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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16th
Organizers have announced plans for the 2014 Conway/Perry County Relay for Life. The theme for this year's event is "Boot Out Cancer." The honorary chairperson is Wayne Smith of Morrilton. There are some major changes to Relay for Life in Conway County this year. The event will take place a little bit later than in previous years. In the past, Relay has been held in late April or early May, but this year it's scheduled for June 13th. There's also a change in venue as Relay for Life will move from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton to the Conway County fairgrounds. Another big change this year, according to chairperson Teresa Bailey, is a change in the time for Relay.  This year's event will take place from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.  Traditionally, Relay for Life has been a 12-hour event and teams were asked to have at least one member walking at all times.  It's not too late to sign up a team to participate in Relay.  Bailey says you can do that online at www.relayforlife.org.  Team fundraising efforts are already underway.  The next event is a bake sale, which will be held all day Friday at both Petit Jean State Bank locations.  The deadline to purchase luminaries to be displayed during the Relay is June Fourth, and pictures need to be turned in to Teresa at Petit Jean State Bank by that same date.  If you'd like to get involved in the 2014 Conway/Perry County Relay for Life, you can visit www.relayforlife.org or drop by the next team captain's meeting, which is set for 5:30 p.m. on May 1st under the pavilion at Morrilton City Park...

Churches, government agencies or non-profit organizations in Morrilton and Conway County are encouraged to sign up as a sponsor for this summer's state-funded feeding program for kids. The program provides two meals a day during the summer months for students in kindergarten through the age of 18. In a community information session last week, Buster Lackey, director of the health and nutrition program for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, said Conway County is one of the areas of focus for expanding the program.  Lackey said the program has been approved for Conway County, but all that's needed are the host sites to sponsor the program.  He said organizations that have interaction with kids on a daily basis are preferred, but those that want to sponsor for a shorter period of time are also encouraged to participate.  If you'd like more information about the summer feeding program, you call Lackey at 501-320-8950, or if you're interested in sponsoring the program, call the Morrilton mayor's office at 354-1556...

Employees of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton more than doubled the national average for employee participation in workplace giving with just over 89 percent of full-time faculty and staff pledging to support the college’s current fundraising efforts. The UACCM Foundation is working to raise funds and public support for projects totaling more than $13 million through the “GIVE MEANING” campaign over a three-year period. The campaign focuses on four major initiatives which support the UACCM mission, including new learning facilities, scholarships, building maintenance, and an enhanced collegiate experience for its students. Employees of the college have made pledges to contribute nearly $62,000 toward the project. Faculty and staff were introduced to the idea in the fall of 2013 when Campus Campaign Co-Chairs Mary Newsome and Pat Pettry informed employees that the kick-off would take place in January. By the end of the year, before the employee campaign officially began, more than 30 percent of UACCM employees had made pledges. At a campus-wide employee meeting to start the spring semester, UACCM Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman revealed plans for a friendly competition to encourage participation in the campaign. Faculty and staff were randomly divided into four teams and given colored wristbands to identify each group. They were then challenged to get the highest percentage of participation within each group over a four-week period. Combined, the teams accomplished 87 percent participation by mid-February when the wristband contest came to a close. Members of the UACCM Foundation Board treated employees to a barbeque lunch last week to show their gratitude for the support of the campaign by faculty and staff...

The Conway County School Counts! Foundation will honor its 2014 graduates in a ceremony at Morrilton High School on April 24th, at 9:00 a.m. Brianna Johnson Beck, PT, DPT, will be the speaker for the program. Brianna graduated in 2003 from Nemo Vista High School, one of the four Conway County high schools that participate in the School Counts! Initiative. After the ceremony, students and guests will enjoy a reception provided by the Pathfinders Club. The School Counts! graduates, their parents, area government officials, and special guests - eighth grade students from the county's schools - will attend. School Counts! is a grass roots organization that provides encouragement, information, and financial incentive to Conway County graduating seniors to gain additional education after high school. The initiative was formed to impact the local workforce by increasing the percentage of students seeking educational opportunities above high school graduation. Financial incentives are available for students desiring to attend the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton who have met the School Counts! criteria of Quality, Attendance, Persistence, and Goal Setting. The School Counts! counselor works with students in all Conway County schools in grades K-12 as well as parents. A total of 60 students will be honored this year...





































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City bragging rights are on the line when Morrilton High School and Sacred Heart face off in baseball action Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. from Morrilton's Dr. Ray Fullerton Field. If you can't make it to the game, we'll bring you all the action live on KVOM AM-ESPN 800...

Sacred Heart’s softball team is also in action Wednesday with a conference make-up game against Nemo Vista. First pitch from Center Ridge is set for 4:00..

A night after Lance Lynn shut out the Brewers, fellow hard-throwing right-hander Shelby Miller followed Tuesday by striking out seven and allowing three hits over six innings to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win over the Brewers. Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list, while Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each hit homeruns in the ninth for the Cardinals, who handed Milwaukee its second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak. After wrapping up their series in Milwaukee with an afternoon game on Wednesday, the Cards begin a four-game set against the Nationals in Washington on Thursday...

Luke Jackson and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Frisco RoughRiders blanked the Arkansas Travelers, 3-0, to finish a three-game sweep at Dickey-Stephens Park.  Wednesday is a league-wide off day before the Travs take the road on Thursday to begin a four-game series with Springfield...

The Arkansas Razorback baseball team jumped out to an early lead Tuesday evening and never looked back, picking up a 7-2 win over Stephen F. Austin in Fayetteville. Michael Bernal paced the offense from the bottom of the order, going three-for-three with three runs batted in. Arkansas returns to action this weekend, welcoming No. 11 Vanderbilt to town for a three-game SEC series at Baum Stadium...



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