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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.

Bethlehem House’s 10th Annual Valentine Gala and Auction benefits Conway's homeless shelter

Bethlehem House’s 10th Annual Valentine Gala and Auction benefits Conway's homeless shelter

Conway, Ark. - Bethlehem House’s 10th Annual Valentine Gala and Auction starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 at Onechurch, located at 1073 Front Street.

The evening includes both live and silent auctions, a brand new ‘jewelry hunt’ and a delicious meal catered by PattiCakes, Stoby’s and Pasta Grill.

Tickets are $30, and are available now at shelter or bethlehemhouse.net. All of the proceeds benefits Bethlehem House and Conway’s homeless shelter. For more details call (501) 329-4862.

Thieves target vehicles near Conway trail

Thieves target vehicles near Conway trail


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - If you happen to walk, jog or bike, you may need to watch out the next time you leave your car to work out. The Conway Police Department continues to get reports of car break-ins in parking lots near the Tucker Creek Trail.

Two break-ins happened days apart, and the thieves took cash and debit cards and a gun that was left behind in one of the cars. Police told THV it is where the keys were that made these break-ins a piece of cake for criminals.

Once Deidra Maltbia locks her car, she wishes she could forget about it, but because of recent car break-ins in the parking lots near the Tucker Creek Trail, she cannot.

"I do not leave anything in my car," said Maltbia. "I do not trust anybody."

She also takes her keys with her. Other runners now holding on tight too.