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Things to do this weekend

Things to do this weekend

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - While this weekend is predicting chilly temperatures, there are still several things going on in Little Rock and North Little Rock to help get you out and about. 

Friday, Feb. 20

-Mardi Gras in Arkansas at Next Level Events, 1400 W. Markham St. starting at 8 p.m.

-"Frost Bite Me" at The Joint Theater, 301 Main St. starting at 8 p.m.

-The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E. Markham st. 

-"The Sound of Music" at The Weekend Theater, 1001 W. 7th St. at 7:30 p.m.

- "How to Kill: World War II Watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker" at the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St.

Saturday, Feb. 21

Maumelle police offering their parking lot for online sales transactions

Maumelle police offering their parking lot for online sales transactions

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police in Maumelle are offering their parking lot for the transaction of online sales.

According to a Facebook post made by Maumelle police, the idea was suggested by a follower of their page.

Man charged in Conway officer's death died of pneumonia

Man charged in Conway officer's death died of pneumonia

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say pneumonia resulting from mixed drug intoxication killed a man charged in the 2013 traffic death of a Conway police officer.         

The Log Cabin Democrat (http://bit.ly/1LcQkJg ) reports that Barry Strickland's death certificate says he had a mix of morphine, amphetamine, muscle relaxer, and anti-anxiety medications in his system when he was found dead at his parents' house in November. He was out on bond awaiting a December jury trial.     

Strickland was charged with first-degree battery after authorities say he was driving the car that hit Conway Police Officer William McGary, who was directing traffic, in January 2013. McGary died the next day.     

Strickland's attorney says he had been taking the medications found in his system since he returned from Iraq as a combat veteran.     

Homeschool basketball teams hope to expand competition to AAA

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – This weekend, more than 400 boys and girls from around the state will compete in the annual Arkansas Homeschool Basketball Championships.

41 teams will compete for titles in five different age groups. Among them are the 18 and under boys Northwest Arkansas Hornets, who are ranked 20th in the nation among homeschooled teams in their age group. "I've ran into a lot of people that were like 'I didn't even know there were that many homeschool kids that played,'" said Andrew Roach who is looking to play in college. "If you go play summer ball they [coaches] will come to your regular games."

Arkansas Tech greets 1,683 seniors for Time Out for Tech

Arkansas Tech greets 1,683 seniors for Time Out for Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Arkansas Tech University welcomed the largest high school senior turnout in the 16-year history of its Time Out for Tech preview event on Thursday.

There were 1,683 high school seniors on hand for the opening session at Tucker Coliseum. Including parents and families, approximately 3,200 individuals attended Time Out for Tech 2015.

The opening session was followed by academic break-out sessions, campus tours, lunch at the various dining options on campus and a photo opportunity with Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador.

Hosted by the Arkansas Tech Office of Admissions, Time Out for Tech provides high school seniors and their families with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus.

UCA Battleship reaches tipping point

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Ever play Battleship when you were a kid? There's a new version of this game sweeping college campuses nationally.

University of Central Arkansas students gathered together at the new indoor pool within the Health P.E. Recreation Center, to battle in a new campus competition.

They met their friends at the canoes, some wearing moo moos, and prepared to play Battleship.

"I was just on YouTube one day looking for new intramural games, and I came across it. You know let's see if the students like this, and so we voted on it and everybody was real excited about it," said Logan Wile, director of UCA intramurals.

Four canoes, with three players each.

"It's the last canoe floating. You tip over, it's not your fault, somebody ran into you and rammed on your canoe, you're still out," said Wile.

Students study harder as GED gets tougher

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Students preparing to take the GED are learning a new approach to a new test format. "It's just so hard," Cheyenne Markcum said. But it has not always been this way.

Michelle Horton has been at the Conway Adult Education Center for 14 years. She said, "I have seen drastic changes." In 2014, the GED went from paper to the computer and five subjects, to four. But in that same year, out of 1,534 Arkansans who took all four parts of the test, 1280 people passed it. That is 83 percent. Arkansas consistently ranks near the top when it comes to the pass rate.

Stephon Holmes took the GED before the changes went into effect. He explained, "I feel for them." When he took the test he said it was easier, but his troubled past was hindering his success in the classroom. He said, "My counselor was talking to me and said you might as well go and get your GED because we can't do nothing for you."