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Council leaning toward peddler licenses

Council leaning toward peddler licenses

The Conway City Council seems to support creating a license system for door-to-door peddlers, but some changes to the proposed ordinance will be considered.

There was some concern voiced by members of the public at Tuesday night’s Conway City Council meeting that the ordinance would require each member of groups like scouts or high school band musicians to pay individually for a license — which could run into the thousands of dollars depending on how high the city decides to set the fee.

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Arkansas Gov. Beebe announces intent to pardon 5

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant five pardons.

Beebe said in a news release Wednesday that each of the five have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole- and probation requirements and paid all fines.

The five are Bobby Douthit of Lowell; James Hosford of Memphis, Tenn.; Cloris Jean Espinosa Madrid of Rogers; Jeffrey Petty of Beebe; and Latonya Tripp Washington of Forrest City.

Douthit was convicted of theft; Petty of theft and related charges; Washington of theft and cocaine possession; Madrid of delivery and possession of methamphetamine; and Hosford of possession and delivery of marijuana.

There is a 30-day waiting period for public comment before final action is taken.

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Beebe student wins essay competition and trip to Washington D.C.

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - Just days ago, Jessica Kloss received a phone call from Congressman Tim Griffin. He told her she had won his essay competition and a trip to Washington D.C. to see the President's State of the Union address.

"Well, I've never been to Washington D.C.," Kloss said. "I mean you watch all these people in the news, and you never think you're actually going to get to meet these people, and it's just surreal to even have the opportunity to do."

A school counselor told her about the contest.

"I went home, and I was like 'Mom, I'm going to write an essay for this,'" Kloss said. "It's worth a shot; I don't think I'll win, but I'll try."

But, Jessica's essay on why she'd like to attend the President's speech beat out more than 100 other essays.

"I didn't get to read anyone else's, but I read hers, and I thought it was awesome," said her father, David Kloss.

Christmas tree disassemble begins

Christmas tree disassemble begins

The takedown of Conway’s 54-foot, artificial Christmas tree has begun.

In its first year in Rogers Plaza in downtown Conway, the tree was the center of controversy from its approval by city council to the variables surrounding its removal.

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Arkansas mom takes on big government

Arkansas mom takes on big government

UNDATED (COA) – Cause of Action (CoA), a government accountability organization, filed a lawsuit today against the Department of Labor (DOL) on behalf of Rhea Lana, Inc. and Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems, Inc. (jointly, “Rhea Lana’s”), a national children’s consignment event company, over the DOL’s attempt to ban volunteers at for-profit enterprises.  Should the DOL’s actions stand it could cripple not only Rhea Lana’s but also the entire consignment industry on which millions of Americans rely.

Local legislators weigh in on Darr

Local legislators weigh in on Darr

The Log Cabin asked state politicians from Faulkner County what they thought about calls for Lt. Gov. Mark Darr’s resignation. Darr was asked to resign by Gov. Mike Beebe last week after Darr admitted to spending campaign funds for personal expenses.

Darr has agreed to $11,000 in fines to the state ethics commission and has admitted to “mistakes in record-keeping and disclosure,” and said on Tuesday that he didn’t personally profit from the alleged violations and intended to stay in office.

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Arkansans walk in support of open carry

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - On Saturday, the Patriots of Act 746 walked in Conway in support of carrying handguns. The debate on whether or not it's legal still hasn't been settled, but supporters have interpreted the act as a victory.

"In the second amendment, it says that we have a God given right to be able to carry weapons," said state representative David Meeks (R-70).

Supporters of the Act walked with handguns in open holsters.

"It is our contention that it authorizes constitutional carry for the state of Arkansas," said Sherwood resident Don Hendricks.

The act, approved last year, lists instances in which you are allowed to carry a handgun. That includes in your home, if you're a police officer, if you're hunting, or if you're on a journey beyond the county in which you live.

"I believe that people should have the option to conceal carry or to open carry," said Meeks.