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Conway's Homeless Shelter Raises $36,000 to Benefit Bethlehem House

Conway's Homeless Shelter Raises $36,000 to Benefit Bethlehem House

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Bethlehem House, Conway’s homeless shelter, recently raised over $36,000 during the Tenth Annual Valentine Gala and Auction.

This was the first year for the Jewelry Hunt from Dayer Jewelers. Forty boxes were sold for $50 each, one box contained a Chatham Aquamarine and Diamond pendant valued at $1,100 won by Tess Fletcher of Conway. All other boxes contained a gift certificate for a meal from David’s Burgers.

Bethlehem House is a non-profit shelter that depends on support from local churches, organizations and individuals. Funds from the Valentine Gala and Auction go to the Operational Fund for day-to-day operations.

Bethlehem House has a mission to change the life situations of the homeless and nearly homeless in our community. To obtain more information, volunteer with or donate to Bethlehem House, call (501) 329-4862 or visit bethlehemhouse.net.

 

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Youth Leadership Initiative) - Kids from across Arkansas will convene in Little Rock to join in the fight against tobacco and other nicotine use on Wednesday, March 18th with a Silent March and Mock Funeral along Capitol Avenue, followed by a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative and other public health partners, Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Kids are sending two powerful messages on this day: They want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products and they want elected leaders to do more to protect them from tobacco.

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The best spellers in the state will come together to compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, which could take the winner to nationals in Washington D.C.

The competition will be held Feb. 28 in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competition will consist of 60 county spelling bee winners in second through eighth grade that will be competing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May. 

The other prizes will be Kindles for the top three finishers, Amazon gift cards and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionaries. 

 

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.     

Arkansas STEM students to present at State Capitol

Arkansas STEM students to present at State Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (University of Central Ark.) - More than 90 undergraduate students will present 64 posters highlighting their original research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on Wednesday, Feb.11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda in Little Rock.

This is the fourth consecutive year for the Arkansas STEM Posters at the State Capitol. The University of Central Arkansas is the primary organizer of the event, with support and participation from other Arkansas colleges and universities. The Arkansas STEM Posters at the State Capitol is modeled after the STEM Posters program at Murray State University in Kentucky. Both are designed to mirror the Posters on the Hill event at the U.S. Capitol.