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Sparks fly over Conway Christmas tree

CONWAY, Ark.(KTHV)- The state's largest artificial Christmas tree was supposed to be undergoing repairs this summer, but as city employees discovered, the tree and its maker were both left in the dark.

It sounds like a scene from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, but this story isn't pretend.

Conway resident Melissa Fischer Bland says the recent tree trouble has her upset.

"It's sad because you think about the amount of money that was spent on that and then the company says they're going to fix it and so it's like what's the town going to do now?"

After the holidays, the tree went back to its manufacturer in Springdale to fix a problem with sections of the tree not lighting up.

Mayor Tab Townsell says the city recently discovered that Get Lit is no longer in business.

The mayor was out of town Thursday on business, but released this statement to THV:

Vilonia School under construction again

Vilonia School under construction again

VILONIA, Ark.(KTHV)- The project was just a few months from completion when hundreds of man hours were destroyed in minutes.

For project manager Lance Wright, this construction site in Vilonia feels eerily familiar.

"We were just a little over 90 percent complete and about a month away from turning the building over to the owner."

When Wright says mother nature had other plans.

"Roof sheets, columns, insulation, there were components of the building just all over the place."

Taking this nearly completed 95,000 square foot intermediate school back to square one.

"Walls are starting to go up. It's starting to look like a building again, so we'll be able to move into that next year."

Conway's Christmas tree back in town; attorney looking into breach of contract

Conway's Christmas tree back in town; attorney looking into breach of contract

Conway’s large artificial Christmas Tree has had a complicated summer that’s left the City Attorney looking into civil remedies against its maker.

In an email today, Mayor Tab Townsell outlined what’s happened since the tree was taken down in January. As per the agreement between the city and the tree’s manufacturer, Get Lit, Get Lit took the tree back to its shop in Springdale to fix a problem with some sections of the tree not lighting up. 

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College Day 2014 in Conway

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- College is back in session at most universities in Arkansas. And this weekend a church in Conway is hoping to help students adjust and get antiquated with the community in Faulkner County.

Pastor Cornell Maltbia and Director of College Ministry Kaylon Bradford from True Holiness Saints Center shared details on "THV 11 This Morning".

College Day 2014 will be Sunday Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. It's an opportunity to hear a word from the community, enjoy worship, food, fun, and more.

You can sign up online here: http://trueholiness.net/collegeday/

Local university communicating in a 'snap'

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A new smart phone app is making its way onto a local college campus.

According to college-centric marketing company Sumpto, 77 percent of college students use Snapchat every day.

That statistic got the University of Central Arkansas to jump on board.

Freshman Taylor Davis just started following "UCABEARS" on Snapchat today. He says, "I think it's pretty cool such a big university is willing to communicate with little old me. It'll help freshman year go a lot smoother."

The university kicked off the school year with UCA President Tom Courtway sending students a welcome Snapchat. In the snap he said, "I cannot wait for move-in day on August 17th. Go bears!"

Since this first snap was sent out, UCA has acquired 450 followers.

Sophomore Emily Lowery says, "It's faster and you get to take videos and it's fun and creative."

UCA welcomes freshmen during move-in day

UCA welcomed its freshmen class on move-in day in Conway on Sunday.

Despite a traffic jam getting into the city, things went pretty smoothly once everyone was in the dorms. For one mom and UCA alum, there's quite a difference from her days moving onto campus.

Lorna Strong said, "This was much more organized, and there were much more things that they have in terms of electronics that they brought in that we didn't have in our dorm room."

Welcome Week begins for freshmen Monday morning and UCA classes start Thursday.