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Today is December 12, 2017

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 December 12, 2017

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 December 12, 2017

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. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is December 12, 2017

VOD New Movie Releases - Steve Jobs

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:

33 Disaster strikes on August 5, 2010, as a copper and gold mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed crew. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit.

Black Mass While his brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.

Steve Jobs With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve "Woz" Wozniak (Seth Rogen) get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston) and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.

Trumbo In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Also stars Diane Lane, Helen Mirren and Louis C.K. and

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

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Today is December 12, 2017

Cooking with fats & oils? Can the Grease

Fats, oils and greases aren’t just bad for arteries and waistlines – they’re bad for sewers too. Fat, oil and grease from cooking and food are a real “pain in the drain” because they all contribute to buildup in pipes and are the major cause of problems like blockages in sewer lines. They may not appear to be harmful, but things like oil, butter, margarine, shortening, pan drippings, dairy products and sauces solidify into masses that can clog sewer lines. This buildup restricts flow and leads to sewer spills which can be extremely expensive for homeowners.

In addition to sewer spills, pouring grease down the drain can lead to other problems as well including clogged drains or toilets; sewage backups into your home; sewer overflows in neighborhood parks, yards and streets; rancid odors; potential contact with bacteria and viruses that can cause illness; expensive cleanup, repair and replacement of damage property and higher operating and maintenance costs for Conway Corp potentially resulting in higher sewer bills for you.

Once in a pipe, grease never goes away. Over time, any household can put enough grease down a drain to clog its pipes and create serious problems. Even a little bit of grease here and there builds up over time and will soon be a problem. Apartments are especially vulnerable to grease clogs because there are so many kitchens draining into the sewer system at one point.

The best way to prevent sewer problems is to never pour fat, oil or grease down the drain. Instead, Conway Corp encourages customers to Can the Grease. Let grease cool down, collect it in a container and throw it away in the trash. You can make your own grease can using any empty metal container like a soup or vegetable can. Just toss the cans after full or use disposable, heat-resistant oven bags and reuse the can. Please use caution when pouring hot grease or wait for it to cool slightly as hot grease can burn skin.

Don’t believe the myth that it’s okay to pour grease down the drain as long as you run hot water at the same time. No amount of hot water keeps grease from eventually congealing, and once it cools it will stick to the walls of the pipes and create expensive and messy problems of sewer backups.

Following a few other dos and don’ts will help you and your neighbors avoid expensive sewer backups, plumbing emergencies and rate increases to cover sewer maintenance and repairs while helping protect water quality in the Conway community.

Dos

  • Recycle used cooking oil or properly dispose of it by pouring it into a sealable container and placing the sealed container in the trash. To recycle large amounts, contact a local recycler or use clay cat litter. Mix the oil a little at a time with the litter. When all the oil has been absorbed, pour the cat litter into a trash bag, seal the bag, then dispose of it in your regular trash.
  • Wipe or scrape your dishes before washing them. Commercial additives in detergents only dissolve grease temporarily.
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans, garbage bags or compost piles.
  • Remove excess oils from pots and pans with a paper towel and throw away the towel in a trash can.
  • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles.
  • Use strainers in sink drains when rinsing dishware or peeling or trimming or food to collect small food scraps that would otherwise be washed down the drain then throw away the scraps in the trash.
  • Rinse dishes with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher. Hot water melts the fats, oils and grease off the dishes and into the sewer pipes.

Don’ts

  • Never pour grease down sinks, toilets or any drains including storm gutters or storm drains. Even a tablespoon can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid using your garbage disposal. It grinds food but doesn’t keep grease from going down the drain.
  • Don’t use cloth towels or rags to scrape plates or clean greasy or oily dishware. When you wash them, the grease will still end up in the sewer.

In addition to helping residential customers learn about grease control, Conway Corp works with food service facilities to help prevent grease-related problems by requiring best kitchen practices and guidelines. If you have questions about grease or about sewer system operations and maintenance for residential or commercial accounts, call Conway Corp at 450-6000 or click here to email.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is December 12, 2017

Carroll earns APPA Public Power Manager certification

Chief Financial Officer Bret Carroll recently earned his Public Power Manager (PPM) certification from the American Public Power Association. 
 
“The public power industry is complex and always changing,” CEO Richard Arnold said. “This APPA program is designed to prepare participants to provide organizational direction and leadership.  
 
This certification demonstrates Bret’s knowledge and skill in this area. We are proud to have him on our leadership team.”
 
To earn his PPM certificate, Carroll completed three required courses and submitted a plan that outlined an issue, challenge or opportunity within Conway Corp and worked through it by applying six key leadership principles: accountability, character, community, empowerment, service and sustainability.
 
Carroll's project resulted in the implementation of credit checks through Online Utility Exchange to ensure fair and accurate customer deposits. 
 
Carroll will be recognized at the APPA National Conference and Public Power Expo in June.
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Today is December 12, 2017

Win a trip to the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards!

Win a family trip to the super-sized award show celebrating kids’ favorite things!

The biggest celebrities, hottest performances and most epic of slime will be at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – and you could be there, too!

Conway Corp customers can enter the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards Sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip for four to Los Angeles to attend the big show on March 12 hosted by country music superstar and The Voice front man Blake Shelton.

The 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards will be larger than life with massive musical performances, colossal celebs and super-sized surprises all served up with slime, blimps and everything in between – and as a Conway Corp cable customer, you have a chance to experience it live!

Enter daily at NickKidsChoiceAwardsSweeps.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Many will enter, one will win. Official Rules and how to enter can be viewed at www.NickKidsChoiceAwardsSweeps.com. Certain Restrictions Apply. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of the 50 US and DC aged 21 years or older at time of entry who is a valid subscriber of one (1) of the National Cable Television Cooperative member cable system operators participating in the Sweepstakes and are the parent of a child between the ages of 6 and 17 years old at the time of entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 1/18/16 and ends at 11:49:59 p.m. ET on 2/12/16. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited or restricted by law. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received. One (1) Grand Prize available, total ARV $4,000.00.  Sponsor: Viacom Media Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc., 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is December 12, 2017

Simpson 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 five employees who are celebrating milestone anniversaries and have each been with the company 25 years or more.

Jim Simpson is celebrating 25 years with Conway Corp. Jim was hired January 3, 1991 in the Electric Department as a Groundman. He started the Apprentice Lineman program in April 1998 and became a Journeyman Lineman in April 2001 after completing the four-year program. 

Jim is currently a Journeyman Lineman in the Electric Department and is responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing both overhead and underground electrical power distribution lines and accompanying apparatus to keep the lights on for the residents and businesses of Conway.

Jim also works at community events like Toad Suck Daze and regularly visits local schools to help educate children on electrical safety and energy conservation.

In addition, Dispatcher Keith LaPlante is celebrating 29 years of service; Engineering and Planning Manager Greg Dell is celebrating 31 years of service; Senior Lineman Lance Woodcock is celebrating 33 years of service and Wastewater Plant Superintendent Bill Fulmer is celebrating 37 years of service.  

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is December 12, 2017

Apply now for the UCA Richard Arnold Conway Corp scholarship

The UCA Foundation is currently accepting applications for foundation scholarships including the D. Richard Arnold/Conway Corporation Scholarship. 

The D. Richard Arnold/Conway Corporation Scholarship is open to full-time students who graduated from a high school in Conway, Arkansas or, if home schooled, resided in the service area of Conway Corporation at the time of graduation and have an ACT of 21 or above and high school GPA of 2.75 or above. Consideration may be given to financial need, and children of Conway Corporation Board of Directors are ineligible for consideration.

The UCA Foundation has 303 named scholarships funds and has awarded more than $8.5 million in scholarships to date. Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are available until the deadline to apply which is March 11.

Click here to apply for the D. Richard Arnold/Conway Corporation Scholarship or another foundation scholarship or call 501-450-3650 for more information.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is December 12, 2017

Energi recognizes Conway Corp for risk management excellence

Conway Corp has received Energi’s 2015 Excellence in Risk Management Award for being a leader in the implementation of Energi safety and risk management programs.


Energi, a leading provider of Insurance and Risk Management Programs to the energy industry, recognized Conway Corp as being the “Best of the Best” within the energy industry at the annual Energi Risk Management & Insurance Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 2015. 


Safety Director Steve Plant accepted the award on behalf of the company. 


“Conway Corp’s focused commitment to safety, implementation of risk management best practices, and willingness to learn and apply new safety techniques have enabled us to set a future standard of excellence among our industry peers,” he said.


The Excellence in Risk Management Award is given to select energy companies who have made significant commitments to loss prevention and safety programs.  


The criteria for this award include loss ratio, commitment to safety, implementation of Risk Management Best Practices and incorporation of Energi’s Safety Plus recommendations.

 
"Conway Corp's dedication to strict loss prevention processes and use of the best safety practices requires hard work from everyone in the company," Plant said. 


"Every action and commitment made to loss prevention and safety programs that have lead to our being recognized is very much appreciated and has not gone unnoticed."

 

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