Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

VOD New Movie Releases - The Revenant

Conway Corp movies are Video OnDemand because they’re ready to watch when you’re ready to watch them. There’s no driving to the store, no checking the mail and no waiting for the latest titles to be available. Movies are digitally streamed to your cable box so you don’t have to worry about DVDs to return or possible late fees.

The best part about Conway Corp VOD movies? Most of them are available to watch weeks before they’re released to Netflix, Redbox and other rental companies. Plus, some of our movies are even available on VOD while they’re still in theatres. They’re easy to watch – access the VOD menu via digital channel 200, select your movie, sit back and enjoy!

These movies were just released and are now available:

Fifty Shades of Black In a spoof of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Hannah Steele (Kali Hawk) interviews entrepreneur Christian Black (Marlon Wayans) for her roommate's school newspaper. The wealthy and eligible Black quickly learns how clumsy the young woman is. As flirtation leads to attraction, Christian invites Hannah to his home and introduces her to his world. Despite their different backgrounds, the new couple consistently surprise each other with how far they're willing to go to make their relationship work.

The Lady in the Van In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years.

Norm of the North Norm (Rob Schneider) is a polar bear who doesn't know how to hunt, but he does possess the unique ability to talk to humans. When the wealthy Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong) unveils his idea to build luxury condos in the Arctic, Norm realizes that his beloved home is in jeopardy. Accompanied by three mischievous lemmings, Norm stows away on a ship to New York. Once there, he meets a surprising ally (Maya Kay) who helps him hatch a scheme to sabotage the shady developer's plans.

The Revenant While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains life-threatening injuries from a brutal bear attack. When a member (Tom Hardy) of his hunting team kills his young son (Forrest Goodluck) and leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back to civilization. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, the legendary fur trapper treks through the snowy terrain to track down the man who betrayed him.

Click here to see all the movies currently available OnDemand with Conway Corp.

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Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

Conway Corp adds cable networks

Conway Corp has added three networks to our cable offerings on the Digital Plus and Starter packages: BBC World News, IFC network and SundanceTV. In addition, WE tv has moved from the Digital Plus package and is now available to all cable subscribers on the Starter package.

BBC World News – Digital Channel 104 BBC World News offers news on the hour, every hour presented by a world-class team of journalists. Daily, weekly and monthly programs cover the latest developments in business, sports and technology across the globe, while regular programs and special features go beyond the news to showcase the surprising, incredible and local insights journalists discover on location throughout the world.

IFC – Digital Channel 135 IFC is committed to being always on and slightly off. The network’s lineup of original comedies like Portlandia, Maron and Comedy Bang! Bang! are complemented by fan-favorite movies and revived cult-classic TV shows.

SundanceTV – Channel 86 or HD Channel 593 Founded by Robert Redford, SundanceTV celebrates creativity and distinctive storytelling through unique voices and narratives found in the best independent films. From delivering critically acclaimed Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning television featuring some of the world's most talented creators and performers, to showcasing some of the most compelling and iconic films across genres and generations, SundanceTV is a smart and thought-provoking entertainment destination.

WE tv – Channel 85 With compelling, can’t miss unscripted shows and dramatic scripted series, WE tv’s programming is fueled by personalities and relationships filled with purpose and passion. WE tv welcomes everyone and embraces how today’s digitally savvy, socially engaged audiences connect through content, using it as a catalyst to drive conversation and build community. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

Energy Smart names Builder of the Year

Conway Corp named Rush-Hal Properties the 2015 Energy Smart Builder of the Year for their dedication to building energy-efficient homes in the Conway community.

Energy Smart homes use less energy than standard-built homes and help save homeowners money and energy for years to come.  

Conway Corp recognized 19 homes built by Rush-Hal Properties as being Energy Smart in 2015. Rush-Hal has several additional homes that will meet Energy Smart standards planned for construction in the Salem Woods Subdivision in 2016. 

“Rush-Hal Properties has been committed to building homes that meet or exceed Conway Corp Energy Smart criteria since the Energy Smart New Home program was developed in 2009,” Conway Corp Major Accounts and Energy Efficiency Manager David Avra said.

Energy Smart specifications are based on the United States Department of Energy recommendations. Energy Smart homes can save 20 to 30 percent energy use over a standard built home thanks to a variety of energy-efficient features including insulation, high-performance windows, tight ducts and efficient heating and cooling equipment.

“The 19 Energy Smart homes built by Rush-Hal Properties in 2015 will save customers over $7,500 per home over its life expectancy,” Avra said. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

Planting & trimming trees near power lines

A shade tree is nice to have a hot summer day, but tree limbs and power lines aren’t good neighbors – especially when storms bring lightning, high winds or ice. Limbs that touch or fall on power lines can cause power outages. That’s why it’s so important to plant the right trees in the right place.

Start with a plan

When selecting a tree or shrub to plant, it’s just as important to consider what you plant as it is where you plant. The right tree or shrub, planted in the right place, can give you years of beauty and value without the potential dangers of getting too close to power lines. Be aware of power lines in your area and consider the final height and width of the vegetation you’re planting when it’s fully grown.

Overhead Power Lines

To get power to homes and businesses, Conway Corp relies on overhead and underground distribution lines. Overhead utility lines are the easiest to see and probably the ones we take most for granted. Although these lines look harmless enough, they can be extremely dangerous. Planting tall growing trees under and near these lines will ultimately require pruning to maintain safe clearance from the wires. It’s important to know the maximum allowable height of the tree and the minimum distance you can plant from the pole to eliminate potential public safety hazards and reduce service problems from trees interfering with power lines.

There are four planting zones around distribution lines that are important to remember while choosing a tree and location:

No Tree Zone – Twenty feet on either side of the pole for distribution lines. No trees should be planted in this area.

Low Tree Zone – Twenty feet to 40 feet away from the pole. The maximum height at maturity of vegetation growing in this zone should be less than 25 feet tall.

Medium Tree Zone – Forty feet to 60 feet away from the pole. The maximum height at maturity of vegetation in this zone should be up to 40 feet tall.

Tall Tree Zone – Sixty feet and beyond from the pole. Vegetation taller than 40 feet at maturity should be planted in this zone.

Underground Power Lines

Trees are much more than just what you see overhead. Many times the root area is larger than the branch spread above ground. Large areas of Conway are served by underground power lines, and often tree roots and underground lines co-exist without problems. While trees planted near underground lines could have their roots damaged if the lines need to be dug up for repairs, the biggest danger to underground lines occurs during planting.

Before your shovel ever hits the dirt, make sure you are aware of the location of any underground utilities. To be certain you do not accidentally dig into any lines and risk serious injury or a costly service interruption, call 811 at least three days before you start so the locations of underground service lines can be marked. There is no charge for this service, and the one-call locator will mark all buried electric, gas, water, sewer, cable and telephone lines.

Never assume that these utility lines are buried deeper than you plan to dig because in some cases utility lines are very close to the surface. When you get ready to plant, stay at least 24 inches away from any marked lines and consider the length and depth of the roots of the mature tree.

While planting additional vegetation, keep padmount transformers into consideration. These rectangular green metal cabinets are ground-mounted transformers and have underground power lines approaching them from each and every direction. When planting trees or shrubs in their area, always maintain at least ten feet of clearance from each side to allow for repairs and maintenance.

Tree Trimming

To continue to provide nationally recognized safe and reliable electric service, Conway Corp must occasionally remove brush and trim trees along power lines. These practices are approved by arborists nationwide and allow us to maintain our power lines – before the trees and brush are close enough to cause outages – in a manner that is consistent with good arboricultural practices. In addition, it allows us to maintain the safest working environment possible for our linemen and tree workers by pruning limbs before they reach or come in close contact with energized wires.

Tree trimming around power lines is an extremely hazardous job and is part of our responsibility to ensure safe, reliable electric service to the Conway community. Residents should never attempt to trim trees around live power lines. If you see tree limbs touching power lines or have a question about a tree in your yard, call Conway Corp at 501-450-6000.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

CPS Foundation inducts Arnold into Hall of Honor

The Conway Public Schools Foundation inducted Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold into its Hall of Honor earlier this month for being an outstanding resident who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the Conway Public School District.

The foundation’s Hall of Honor recognizes former students, faculty, administrators and community leaders who left their mark on Conway Public Schools. Arnold was recognized as the 2016 Friend to the Conway Public Schools for being instrumental in making the Building the Foundation campaign a success and being a tireless promoter of the efforts of the foundation. 

At the event, Arnold gave credit to Conway Corp which was founded in 1929 to provide support area education.

 “I am sitting with a table of my colleagues tonight who value education and recognize that a great community does not exist if it doesn’t have good schools,” he said. “I recognize that Conway Corp is being honored tonight, and you’ve got a friend of the district forever.”

Arnold started at Conway Corp in 1978, where he served as the manager of the data processing department until he was promoted to manager of finance and accounting. In 1996, he was promoted to chief financial officer and was promoted again to chief executive officer in 1998. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

Conway Corp awards single parent scholarships

Conway Corp awarded two scholarships for the Spring 2016 semester during the  Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Faulkner County ceremony held at the Faulkner County Library earlier this month. 

Kristen Hardcastle and Stephanie Williams were awarded $750 each as Conway Corp Scholars.  Hardcastle is pursuing her degree in Human Resources at Central Baptist College, and Williams is pursuing a Political Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Both Hardcastle and Williams were selected because of their personal commitments to furthering their education for a better future for their children. 

Conway Corp has supplied $4,000 in scholarships for SPSF of Faulkner County since 2010. 

“We are proud to build on the foundation our company was founded on by supporting education in our community,” Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold said.

The mission of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund is to enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. 

“SPSF scholarships help single parents stay in school so they can get the training and education they need to support their family,” said Suzanne Wiltgen, field director for the Central Region of Arkansas SPSF.  “We couldn’t do this without community support, and we are delighted to have Conway Corp involved in SPSF of Faulkner County.”

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

The history of Conway Corp

The story of Conway Corporation is one of continuous growth and development, not only of industry, but of the town. More than 85 years ago, Conway faced an uncertain future as it faced the threat of losing Hendrix College and Central Baptist College. City leaders, businessmen and residents joined together to find a solution to preserve the city’s economically –strapped educational institutions as well as attract future industries and jobs to the area.

A town meeting was held, a committee was selected and eventually a recommendation was made. An article printed in the April 20, 1929 issue of the Log Cabin Democrat gave a detailed account of the meeting and the committee chair’s statement:

“Conway has arrived at a crisis in her history. … Conway is built around her colleges; to remove any of them would … leave her … crippled, if not doomed to die and impair, if not destroy, the civic pride and ambition essential to progress.”

“In its municipal electric light plant, the city of Conway has an asset of inestimable value – one which has many times in past years bridged the city over financial crises. To it, in the belief of this committee, we must now turn in this major crisis.”

The people of Conway agreed and banded together to create a unique vision – one no one had seen before. In the grips of the Great Depression, bonds were sold to create Conway Corp out of the city’s electric utility revenues and to generate enough money to keep the two universities in the city. Since then, those original 1929 monies have been reinvested time and time again to power education, economic growth and countless other projects in our community.

Originally, power was only available between sundown and midnight. No electric meters were used, and customers were billed according to the number of lights they had. Residents were billed 35 cents per month for each 16 candlepower – 25 watt – lamp connected. All power was generated downtown where Conway Corp’s business office is located currently.

As the city grew, so did the needs of citizens in new and different ways. It started with turning the city’s modest Light Department into an economic development engine then expanded into purchasing enough power to support a growing city and finding a reliable way to get water to and from an increasing population. Conway Corp began operating the city’s waterworks system in 1930 and has been continually planning for Conway’s future water needs since.

As technologies advanced, so did Conway Corp’s offerings. Cable was added in 1981, and Conway became the fifth city in North America to have broadband cable Internet service in 1997. Telephone service was added in 2008, and new for 2016 residents can take now advantage of Conway Corp Home Security and Automation Service.

As Conway Corp continues to grow and advance, the people of Conway benefit not only from services but also from profits that are reinvested back into the community. What started as $215,000 worth of bonds given to local education institutions in 1929 has grown into millions of dollars invested and reinvested into the community over the years.

Conway Corp is strongly invested in area education and is committed to providing world-class digital technology and other resources like grants and scholarships to local schools, universities and students. Most recently, Conway Corp pledged $3 million to the University of Central Arkansas for the construction and renovation of the Lewis Science Center which is slated to reopen for students next year.

In 1929, Conway leaders built a framework to benefit future generations over and over again. They created an opportunity powered by Conway Corp and its commitment to this community. Since then, Conway Corp and our employees have worked to honor that commitment and make a difference in the place we call home. We proudly continue the efforts of those leaders in 1929 who captured the spirit of Conway and created a vision of the city powered by Conway Corp. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

VOD New Movie Releases - Room

Conway Corp movies are Video OnDemand because they’re ready to watch when you’re ready to watch them. There’s no driving to the store, no checking the mail and no waiting for the latest titles to be available. Movies are digitally streamed to your cable box so you don’t have to worry about DVDs to return or possible late fees.

The best part about Conway Corp VOD movies? Most of them are available to watch weeks before they’re released to Netflix, Redbox and other rental companies. Plus, some of our movies are even available on VOD while they’re still in theatres. They’re easy to watch – access the VOD menu via digital channel 200, select your movie, sit back and enjoy!

This movie was just released and are now available:

Room Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Based on Emma Donoghue’s best-selling and critically-acclaimed novel, Room has been named one of the best films of 2016 by more 60 critics and publications and received four nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards including best picture. Brie Larson won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in the film. 

Click here to see all the movies currently available OnDemand with Conway Corp.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is January 20, 2018

Employees celebrate milestone anniversaries

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize three employees who are celebrating anniversaries and have each been with the company 25 years or more.

Lisa Douglas is celebrating 25 years with Conway Corp. Lisa was hired February 20, 1991 as the Administrative Assistant to the General Manager. In January 1999, she was promoted to her current position as Human Resources Director. Lisa is responsible for organizing, planning, developing and directing the implementation and administration of human resources functions while carrying out policies and procedures relating to all phases of human resources activities.

Linda Johnson is celebrating 25 years with Conway Corp. Linda was hired February 14, 1991 as the Communications Director and was promoted to the Communications Ad Sales Manager in October 1999. In January 2008, she became the Ad Sales, Communications and Marketing Manager and in October 2010 became the Ad Sales and Local Programming Manager. Linda is responsible for managing ad sales efforts as well as local origination programming, leased access and production.

In addition, Water Plant Superintendent Keith Rains is celebrating 27 years of service to Conway Corp and the community. 

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