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'Elvis Lives' coming to UCA

'Elvis Lives' coming to UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Elvis Lives!, a musical journey through the life of rock n’ roll’s greatest performer, will be at the University of Central Arkansas’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on Jan. 28 for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

“Elvis lovers will not be disappointed with this dynamic show that celebrates the life of the beloved entertainer,” Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances, said. “The three Elvis tribute artists have true talent and will take you back in time to celebrate his musical career with stunning costumes, amazing vocals, a live band and rarely seen footage.”

The three tribute artists — Bill Cherry, Jay Dupuis and Dean Z — have all been finalists and champions from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual, worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Contest in Memphis.

Conway PD holds academy to accomodate growth

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A video posted on social media by the Conway Police Department has gone viral, creating a new to way to attract more recruits. 

Chief Jody Spradlin of the Conway Police Department said, “Obviously as the city grows our services are going to grow. Law enforcement is not excluded whatsoever from that.”

Conway has been named one of the fastest growing cities in Arkansas. This is one of the main reasons the police department has been pushing to hire more officers. Spradlin continued, “For example, our detectives, they were doing a lot more cases with no increase in man power. So, we’re going to be able to add some to that to decrease their caseload.”

UCA students win biotest campaign

UCA students win biotest campaign

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) — University of Central Arkansas students won a competition to develop a new marketing campaign for Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation. 

Jessica Casey (Lamar, Arkansas), Mya Hyman (Little Rock, Arkansas) and Noelle Smith (Little Rock, Arkansas) from the team “Check Your Vitals” won the competition by developing a plan to help Biotest encourage more college students and community members to donate plasma.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity provided by UCA and Biotest Plasma,” said Smith. “I learned skills guaranteed to help me succeed in my future endeavors, and I am so excited for Biotest Plasma to grow and reach many more donors.”

Memorial held for Ark. gay-rights activist

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A memorial service was held in Conway on Saturday for a well-known gay pride pioneer.

The Conway community and surrounding areas joined together to remember the life of Robert Loyd on Saturday, Jan. 16. Loyd was the founder of the Conway Gay Pride Parade and owner of the famous "Teach Tolerance Pink House."

He and now-husband John Schenk served as plaintiffs in Arkansas' version of the same-sex marriage case that was decided by the Supreme Court last year. The Vietnam veteran was also celebrated for his service and his years as a foster parent.

"He never met a child in need that he didn't help...gay or straight. And we were lucky enough to get guardianship of four of them," said Schenk.

UCA receives $250,000 gift in support of the arts

UCA receives $250,000 gift in support of the arts

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas received a $250,000 gift that moves the university closer to becoming an All-Steinway campus.

Joe Whisenhunt Sr., Joe Whisenhunt Jr., Kari Whisenhunt and the entire Whisenhunt family dedicated the gift in memory of Margaret Whisenhunt, who helped establish the Friends of Music, an organization that works to enhance the student experience in the Department of Music.

The donation allowed the upgrade and equipment purchase for a practice room suite made up of five practice spaces that will bear Margaret Whisenhunt’s name.

Police identify men who died in Conway fire


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Conway police identified two men killed in a fire on Robins Street in Conway early Sunday. 

According to a Facebook post by police, 65-year-old Gary Harrison and 53-year-old Nicholas Compagnucci died during a mobile home fire that was reported just before 2 a.m.

Police said their bodies were found once the fire was extinguished.  

CPD spokesperson LaTresha Woodruff said the department does not suspect foul play but have not yet determined a cause. She did say several space heaters were found in the debris, but stopped short of blaming them for starting the fire.

UCA to host Argentine student for two-month visit

UCA to host Argentine student for two-month visit

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas will host 15 Argentine students as part of the Friends of Fulbright program from January 8 to February 26.

Friends of Fulbright is a U.S. Department of State supported program, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission Argentina and U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

This program is designed to increase student mobility for outstanding junior and senior level university students majoring in economics, business, education and political science. Selected students will be in residence on the UCA campus participating in cultural activities on campus and in the community. Students also will earn three English language credit hours.