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FRIDAY, AUGUST 29th
The Morrilton community formally welcomed Jerry Smith, the new president and CEO of the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway County Economic Development Corporation, at a reception Thursday at the Chamber office in downtown Morrilton. Smith is a native of Morrilton and a 1968 graduate of Morrilton High School who returns to the area with extensive community and economic development experience. He says he's excited for the opportunity to bring that experience back home.  Smith most recently worked as a project director for the Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development where his efforts involved the development of a regional innovation ecosystem that matches entrepreneurs and startup companies in the region with sources of seed capital and technical support. He says one of his goals with the Chamber and CCEDC is to promote entrepreneurship in the Morrilton area...

The Conway County Fair Association has announced special entertainment for this year's fair. The Fearless Flores Family, which gained fame as contestants on Season 6 of America's Got Talent, will be performing on the fairgrounds all four nights the midway will be open. The Fearless Flores are ninth and tenth generation stunt motorbike performers from south Florida who present their "Motorcycle Madness" routine inside the legendary "Globe of Death." The family, consisting of a father, mother, daughter and son, perform their show at fairs, festivals and motor sports events all over the country. The fair's midway will be open Wednesday, September 3rd, through Saturday, September 6th, and the Fearless Flores will be performing each night at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. There is no extra charge to see the show; it's free with the price of your general admission. This year's fair is the 107th annual for Conway County. The theme is "Rainbow Dreams and Country Scenes." Another night of pageants will be held Saturday night in the Multi-Purpose Building. The parade will take place Wednesday, September 3rd, in downtown Morrilton. All other activities will take place next Wednesday through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Morrilton. For additional information, visit www.conwaycountyfair.com...

Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate John Burkhalter made a campaign stop in Morrilton this week and shared with supporters some of the things he hopes to accomplish if he’s elected. He believes the lieutenant governor's office should be the ambassador for economic development in Arkansas. Burkhalter, who grew up in Sherwood, is a business owner and former highway commissioner, who is entering politics and seeking the office of lieutenant governor in the hopes of being able to stimulate the state's economy through job creation.  Burkhalter says he hears a myriad of other concerns from voters across the state and he believes improving higher education opportunities and creating jobs is the best way to help the people of Arkansas.  Burkhalter was unopposed in the May primary and faces Republican Congressman Tim Griffin and Libertarian candidate Christopher Olson in the November 4th general election...

The Labor Day weekend is usually the last good summer travel opportunity, and many Arkansans plan to take advantage. Don Redmon with AAA says the current price of gasoline makes driving a more desirable option than in years past.  Redmon says AAA predicts 35 million Americans will travel this holiday, the largest number since the start of the recession in 2008 and 1.5% more than last year...



















































































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The Morrilton Lady Devil Dog volleyball team had a long night on the road at Pulaski Academy on Thursday. The varsity team lost a five-game battle by scores of 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 9-15. The junior varsity team lost in two games. Morrilton will host Jessieville on Tuesday for a non-conference match with the junior varsity match beginning at 5:00 followed by the varsity match. The Junior High Lady Devil Pups defeated Clarksville on Wednesday; the eighth grade team also won. The seventh grade volleyball team won their matches on Thursday at Conway. The junior high team plays at Vilonia on Wednesday. The seventh grade team plays Vilonia at home on Thursday...

After a handful of games kicked off the college football season Thursday night, a full slate of games is on tap Saturday including Arkansas' trip to Auburn to face the sixth-ranked Tigers. Despite a 3-9 season a year ago, the excitement level is high around the Razorback program for what coaches believe will be a much better season. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. with pregame coverage to start at noon Saturday on 101.7 KVOM...

Elsewhere, Arkansas State opens its season with a home game against Montana State in Jonesboro and UCA plays Texas Tech in Lubbuck. The state's Division II schools start their season next weekend...

Shelby Miller takes the mound for St. Louis Friday night as the Cardinals try to right the ship in the start of a four-game series against the rival Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals have won all four of their home series in August, but have lost all four series on the road this month, so they're excited to be back at Busch Stadium for this one. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. Pregame coverage starts at 6:20 on KVOM AM-ESPN 800...

Three runs in the third inning built a 5-3 lead for the Springfield Cardinals and they held on to earn a 5-4 victory over the Arkansas Travelers Thursday night in Springfield. The 32nd and final meeting of the year between the Travs ad Cardinals is set for Friday night at 7:10 in Springfield...

The Oaklawn Jockey Club has announced it is projecting a record purse distribution of $23.5 million for its 2015 racing season. This will mark the seventh consecutive year of increased purses. Since 2008, Oaklawn’s purses have increased by 33 percent. Oaklawn, which had previously announced a record $6.7 million stakes schedule in 2015, opens Friday, January 9th, and the season runs through Saturday, April 11th...