Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 2018

Meriweather celebrates 25 years of service

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 two employees who are celebrating anniversaries and have been with the company 25 years or more.

Jeff Meriweather is celebrating 25 years with Conway Corp. Jeff was hired May 20, 1991 as a Laborer in the Water Department and transferred into the Cable Department as a CTV Installer in November 1992. He became a Cable Technician in August 1994 and was promoted to System Technician in May 1997. He was promoted again in April 2000 to Senior Technician and became the Cable Installer Foreman in October 2001. He was promoted to his current position – CATV Installation Superintendent – in January 2007. Jeff is responsible for organizing, planning, coordinating and supervising the activities of the cable installer technicians.

In addition, Conway Corp would also like to congratulate Senior Lab Technician Dusty Weaver who is celebrating 33 years of service to Conway Corp and the community.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 2018

Routine utility pole inspection underway

Conway Corp has contracted with Osmose Utilities Services to inspect 1,300 of the cities wooden utility poles over the next six weeks. The inspections will be in an area of Conway south of Dave Ward Drive between Salem and South German Lane. Each year, Conway Corp inspects 10 percent of its utility poles.

“The inspections are a part of routine maintenance that is required by the National Electric Safety Code,” Dale Gottsponer electric system senior engineer said. “Poles that are more than ten years old will be checked below the surface for signs of decay. Poles that were installed in the last ten years will be visually inspected.”

Osmose has found the vast majority of decay occurs within 18 inches from ground level. Crews scrape away decay and place a preservative around the base. The upper portion of each pole is also inspected to make sure that no connections to power lines are loose.

Conway Corp crews will follow the inspection to make any repairs or replace any poles as needed. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 2018

Conway Corp promotes Davis, Jones

Conway Corp recently promoted two employees Paul Jones and Clayton Davis. Damage Prevention Technician Jones was promoted to Senior Damage Prevention Technician, and Serviceman Davis was promoted to Damage Prevention Technician. 

Jones and Davis are both certified to locate and mark buried utilities including electric, water, sewer and telecommunication lines. It is their responsibility to reliably and efficiently locate infrastructure while providing safety for those who would be impacted by damaged utilities.

“Service is the foundation of our relationship with the community,” Jim Lawrence Damage Prevention Foreman said. “Paul and Clayton will use their experience and commitment to protect our systems so that we can continue to provide that high level of service.”

Jones was hired in April 1990 as a locator and also worked as facility maintenance for plumbing before becoming a damage prevention technician. Davis was hired in January 2008 as a meter reader and was promoted in 2012 to serviceman.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 2018

Conway Corp promotes Clint Cook

Conway Corp has announced the promotion of Clint Cook from senior headend technician to headend engineer in the Information Technology Department. 

As headend engineer, Cook is responsible for the maintenance, repair, additions and general upkeep of Conway Corp’s headend – the facility that originates and communicates cable television and cable modem services to subscribers.

“Clint has 15 years of experience with Conway Corp and our broadband network. He works to make sure that our system is reliable and maintains standards that will keep our facility with advanced technology,” Randy Lukas, manager of headend operations said. “I’m excited about this move and the possibilities it presents for Conway Corp and our customers.”

Cook started at Conway Corp in September 2001 as a cable TV installer trainee.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 2018

Win a free AC Tune Up from Conway Corp

Summer is officially on its way, which means temperatures are steadily rising. Sometimes it’s hard to balance comfort and cost, but staying relaxed and cool in your home on the hottest days of the year without worrying about energy bills going through the roof is possible.

One of the easiest things you can do to stay cool this summer is having a professional tune up your air conditioning unit. Over the course of 12 months, a home’s heating and cooling will easily run thousands of hours. Left unserviced, the average unit will lose five percent of its efficiency each year from dust and dirt accumulation as well as regular wear and tear.

Conway Corp recommends customers have a preventative maintenance tune up on their central air conditioning unit every year to keep it working efficiently. Having your home’s cooling system serviced is one of the best things you can do – both from a comfort perspective as well as a financial one. Plus, small problems can be detected long before they turn into big, expensive problems when temperatures are likely at their worst.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a checkup of your home’s HVAC system can extend its life by several years as well as save you up to ten percent a month on energy bills. On average, a tune up will cost $70 to $100 which easily pays for itself in monthly efficiency savings. Plus, a well-looked-after unit will last up to 15 years, compared to a seven years for ones that are left ignored. Extending the life of your unit will save up to $5,000 in replacement costs.

Conway Corp Energy Smart professionals recommend scheduling a local, certified HVAC contractor to perform a system tune up that includes four basic steps:

  • Measure airflow of the system to test capacity and efficiency. Most air conditioners require 400 cubic feet per minute of air to operate to capacity.
  • Clean the condenser. The outdoor unit should be sprayed with a heaving foaming cleanser that soaks for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing.
  • Measure indoor and outdoor conditions including indoor wet bulb, indoor dry bulb and outdoor dry bulb. After all measurements are taken, they should be plotted on a sliding chart to determine super heat that will set the proper refrigerant charge.
  • Adjust refrigerant charge. One of the most expensive repairs for units is a refrigerant leak.

Homeowners can also play their part in keeping the system in good working condition by changing the filters on their heating, ventilation and cooling system four times a year. This helps to keep the system running smoothly and improves the home’s airflow providing better air quality and less temperature fluctuation.

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program can help you balance increasing demands for electricity with our commitment to providing affordable rates. This month, Energy Smart is giving away an air conditioner tune up to one Conway Corp customer. To register to win or to see a list of certified HVAC contractors registered with Conway Corp, click here. Entries must be complete by May 31, and winner will be announced June 1, 2016. Winner must be a homeowner in the Conway Corp service area.

To learn more about Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program, call 501-450-6000 or click here.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 2018

Conway Corp presents Wampus Cat scholarships

Conway Corp presented four Conway High School seniors with scholarships for their performance in the classroom and on the field during the Wampus Cat All-Sports Ceremony held earlier this month. 

Swim team members Meredith Ott and Harrison Dawson were honored as the Female and Male Scholar Athletes of the year. Ott and Dawson were each presented with $500 scholarships from Conway Corp. Both will attend the University of Arkansas.

“Promoting education has been important to Conway Corp since the beginning of our company,” Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold said. “We are proud of the academic achievements of these students and are pleased to provide scholarships to help further their education.”

Hailey Estes was named the Ruth Doyle Award winner as the outstanding female athlete. Estes’ achievements include being a three-year letter winner in basketball and soccer. Twice she was selected all-state and all-conference in basketball and will play basketball for Henderson State University.

The outstanding male athlete of the year, the Frank E. Robins Award, was presented to Austin Norris. He is a two-year letterman on the Wampus Cat football team and a three-year letterman on the track team. He will play football for the University of Central Arkansas.

Estes and Norris were presented $250 scholarships from Conway Corp along with their awards, which were voted on by coaches at Conway High School.

Conway Corp has been providing scholarships to Wampus Cat senior student-athletes since 2001 and has awarded more than $22,000.

“We are thankful to Conway Corporation and their continued support of Wampus Cats athletics,” Conway Schools Athletic Director Steve Daniels said. “From the coverage of football and basketball on Channel 5 to these scholarships, they are great friends of Conway High.” 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 2018

Conway Corp promotes electric employees

Conway Corp recently promoted three electric department employees. Senior Lineman Mark Rowlett was promoted to foreman, and Journeymen Linemen Jim Simpson and Scott Ussery were promoted to senior linemen. 

As foreman, Rowlett will direct an assigned crew and assist in directing and coordinating activities in the department. As senior linemen, Simpson and Ussery will supervise electric crew members to ensure the safety and success of the crew as they install, maintain and repair both overhead and underground electrical lines and accompanying apparatus.

Chief Operating Officer Tommy Shackelford said Rowlett was an excellent choice for the position of foreman.

“Mark cares about Conway Corp, the employees who work for him and our customers,” Shackelford said. “I have complete confidence that he will excel in his new, well-deserved position.” 

Electric Distribution System Manager Jim Moore explained the new position for Simpson and Ussery by saying “Jim and Scott will not only be responsible for the safety of the crews but also for ensuring the job is done right.”

Rowlett, hired as a groundman in 1985, celebrated his 30-year anniversary with the company last summer. Simpson joined Conway Corp in 1991 as a groundman, and Ussery was hired as a utility worker apprentice for the water department in 2002. He began working for the electric department in 2004.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 2018

Conway Corp will begin flushing water mains

Conway Corp will begin flushing the city’s water mains on Monday, April 25. The process will begin on the west side of the city, roughly in the area south of Highway 64, west of Donaghey Avenue and north of Dave Ward Drive. This area will take four to six weeks to complete.

Utility crews typically flush the water distribution system once a year to remove sediment and improve drinking water quality. When flushing, fire hydrants are opened, increasing the velocity of water moving through the pipes. Flushing removes sediments that may affect the water's taste and color and is an essential preventive maintenance strategy for the water distribution system.

According to Water Systems Manager David Bradley, while a loss of water pressure is common, the process doesn't typically interrupt water service. After flushing, tap water may appear “brownish.” 

“Let your tap run for several minutes until the water released is clear,” Bradley said. “The colored water is unsightly, but still safe for consumption.”

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 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.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is November 21, 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.