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Community Connections to kick off fall programs for kids with special needs

CONWAY, Ark. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Community Connections will kick off its fall extra-curricular programs for children with special needs and their families on Tuesday, September 22.

The programs, which are free of charge, will include theatre, music, art, flag football, cheerleading, martial arts, golf programs and an autism workshop.

“We believe ALL children deserve the opportunity to play sports and participate in the arts,” said Courtney Leach, director of Community Connections. “We adapt our programs for individual needs and utilize buddies to accommodate children so they can experience success and being part of a team.”

Alchemy Songwriting Competition hosts 5th annual showcase

Alchemy Songwriting Competition hosts 5th annual showcase

More details exposed after 3 more charged in Conway murder

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Three more people have been charged with the murders of Robert and Patricia Cogdell.  Two of them are teenagers, and the other is a parent of one of the defendants already behind bars.

“We feel like the evidence was sufficient enough to warrant filing felony charges,” said Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland.  “And that’s what we did today.”

Connor Atchley, 17, and Anastasia Roberts, 17, are charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of theft by receiving.  Now a total of five people are behind bars.

"This is one of those cases that the community is paying attention to, and they’re innocent until proven guilty," Hiland said.

National Circus and Acrobats of China to continue Reynolds season

National Circus and Acrobats of China to continue Reynolds season

CONWAY, Ark. — UCA Public Appearances will present The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus Thursday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Although the performance is sold out, in the event tickets become available, the public will be notified via the Reynolds Performance Hall Facebook page.

Direct from Beijing, the group will perform “Peking Dreams,” which will include foot juggling with umbrellas, unicycles, adagio of four, grand martial arts, high chair balancing, aerial silks, rope tricks (lasso), teeterboard, grand flying trapeze and group contortions.

“Peking Dreams” was performed for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and has been performed more than 600 times before more than 400,000 people in China, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Blood drive in Conway honors firefighter

Blood drive in Conway honors firefighter

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The annual Badges & Hoses Blood Drive will be held Thursday, September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McGee Center.  

It’s traditionally a friendly competition to see which department, police or fire, can solicit the most blood donations.  However, this year the Conway Police Department decided to donate in honor of Wayne Hartness, Conway Firefighter who died on September 7 of 2015 after a battle with cancer. 

Officials are encouraging others to do the same.  There will be some sort of memorial tribute there for the public to sign, and it will be given to his family.

If you wish for your blood donation to be a quick trip, it is highly recommended by Red Cross officials that you visit www.redcrossblood.org and schedule an appointment using the sponsor code CFSC.


AETN examines Arkansas Common Core state standards

AETN examines Arkansas Common Core state standards

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) - The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) examines Common Core State Standards in “Arkansans Ask: What is Common Core?,” airing Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.

Steve Barnes moderates this discussion of Arkansas’s Common Core State Standards in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Cabot Public School District Superintendent Tony Thurman, Ph.D. Topics will include an overview of the current standards and how curriculum works to achieve those standards.

Viewers may submit questions and comments by calling 1-800-662-2386, emailing paffairs@aetn.org, or tweeting #ARASK.

4th Annual Author Fair: Faulkner County Library to host local writers

4th Annual Author Fair: Faulkner County Library to host local writers

CONWAY, Ark. — Faulkner County Library is hosting its 4th Annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participating authors represent a variety of genres including nonfiction, children’s books, poetry, novels and much more. 

At least 19 local authors are scheduled to participate in this year’s event. Authors will be promoting their published works and will be available to talk and sell their books to the public. 

Nancy Allen, the Faulkner County Library librarian and founder of this event said, “There is an enormous number of working authors in our area. There are other literary events in central Arkansas, but none specifically for Conway and Faulkner County, and I felt like our local talent was being overlooked.”