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Local stores focus on Christmas shopping early

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Now that political ads are over, Christmas ads begin.

Stores in downtown Conway are getting a jump on the all-important shopping season three weeks before Black Friday rolls in and malls begin to dominate the market.

Store owner Eric Sward told THV11 that he's not trying start Christmas shopping too early—he's trying to give his customers what they want.

"Probably about two weeks ago we had people coming in asking for gifts to be wrapped for Christmas, and if you look at the sales this year, they're steadily going up," he shared.

Conway has been holding this kickoff shopping day for 40 years. In addition to getting an early start, it also gives some spouses a chance to gather gifts while the rest of the family is in the deer woods.

Pancake breakfast raises money for Habitat for Heroes

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - With Veteran's Day on Tuesday, one Faulkner County organization spent its Sunday raising money for local heroes.

Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County hosted a pancake breakfast at Stoby's in Conway. The fundraiser benefits the group's Habitat for Heroes program, which helps military veterans in need of home-repairs

Veterans Day deals available to troops

Conway Christmas tree to return this season


s troublesome Christmas tree will return this season.

The tree is set to go up in about two weeks. The $130,000 tree drew quite a bit of criticism for its cost and for electrical problems. Then in August, the company that made it went out of business before making promised repairs.

City attorneys are trying to get some relief.

Background information on the Conway Christmas tree:

Sparks fly over Conway Christmas tree

Arkansas Elections Results 2014

Arkansas Elections Results 2014

For all elections results, go to our real-time elections page: http://www.thv11.com/elections/

Campaign 2014: Social media's role in election results

Campaign 2014: Social media's role in election results

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Social media played a huge role in this election, even as the results began rolling in.

Both the state Democrat and Republican parties say social media is a vital tool in reaching out and connecting with voters, and they both continued to use it to thank supporters after the results came in.

From the most watched race for the U.S. Senate, the winner Tom Cotton tweeted, "We did it. Your support through this race has been truly incredible, and we couldn't have done it without you."

Whereas the incumbent candidate, Mark Pryor, lost his seat. He tweeted, "Humbled by the outpouring support throughout this hard-fought race. Thank you, Arkansas."

From the winner of the Governor's race, Republican nominee Asa Hutchinson, he tweeted, "Thank you Arkansas. We did it."

LIST: Ways to watch THV11 election coverage & get results

LIST: Ways to watch THV11 election coverage & get results

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 will have extended election coverage throughout the evening, as well as offer real-time results as they come in.

How to watch coverage:

1. On THV11's main channel: KTHV

2. 11.2 WeatherNation (formerly THV2)

   - Over the air: 11.2

   - Little Rock Comcast: 233

   - Conway Corp: 170

   - Wehco (Hot Springs/Pine Bluff): 247

3. Live online at thv11.com (Mobile friendly)

Where to find real-time results: www.thv11.com/elections

2 killed in separate Arkansas crashes

PINEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say two men have been killed in separate single-vehicle crashes in the state.

Troopers say 82-year-old Earl Lee Killian of Calico Rock died Friday when the vehicle he was driving northbound on Highway 223 near Pineville went off the roadway and struck a rock embankment, then overturned.

And troopers say 56-year-old Charles David Goad was also killed Friday when the Jeep he was driving went off Highway 25 at Conway and overturned into a ditch.

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