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TUESDAY, JULY 26TH
Conway County has agreed to partner with Perry County to form a regional intermodal facilities authority for the purpose of acquiring, equipping, constructing, maintaining and operating regional intermodal facilities. The Conway County Quorum Court approved an ordinance Monday night authorizing the formation of the "Central Arkansas Intermodal Authority." The two counties previously discussed teaming with Faulkner County on such an authority, but talks stalled over disputes regarding each county's representation on the authority's board of directors. Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart explains the new partnership, which Perry County's Quorum Court has already approved, includes equal representation among the two counties, both of which could benefit by securing and developing industry or commerce related to the region's various methods of shipping and transport.  The Authority's Board of Directors will include four representatives from each of the two counties, all of whom will be appointed by the county judge from that county...

The Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from numerous business sponsors and volunteers, will again be providing lunch for nearly 700 school teachers and staff members in Conway County in the days leading up to the start of the new school year. The Chamber's Cody Hill says it's an annual tradition the Chamber has to show appreciation for the area's educators.  Lunch will be provided for all teachers and staff members of the South Conway County, Nemo Vista, and Wonderview School Districts; Sacred Heart Catholic School; and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. Anyone in the business community who would like to sponsor or volunteer to help with the lunches is asked to call the Chamber office at 354-2393 or email codyhill@morrilton.com...

An effort is forming to oppose ballot initiatives that would legalize medical marijuana, saying it would lead to increased use of the drug and, eventually, full legalization.  Talk Business and Politics reports The Coalition for Safer Arkansas Communities held an informational meeting Friday that included a message from Terry Benham of Impact Management, who is managing the group’s campaign, Keep Arkansas Safe. The main speaker was Little Rock native and Colorado resident Henny Lasley of Smart Colorado, a group that opposes marijuana legalization in that state. The Coalition expects to have support from law enforcement personnel, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, educators, and medical providers. An initiated act to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes has already qualified for the November ballot. Signatures also are being counted for a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. The two differ in several respects, including that the initiated act includes about 50 medical conditions where the marijuana use would be legal for treatment compared to 14 in the amendment. Only the initiated act contains a provision allowing some patients to grow their own marijuana...

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs. At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between now and August 31st by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code. The next blood drives in Morrilton are scheduled for August 29th at the Conway County Community Center and September Second at Walmart. To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS...










































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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The St. Louis Cardinals were rained out in New York Monday night. They're now scheduled to play the Mets for a doubleheader on Tuesday. The first game will start at 3:10 and will be immediately followed by the second game. You can hear both games live on KVOM-AM 800. Pregame coverage will start at 2:15...

Chris O'Grady tossed six shutout innings, allowing six hits and no walks with six strikeouts as the Arkansas Travelers blanked the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 6-0, on Monday night in North Little Rock. The teams continue their series Tuesday night. First pitch from Dickey-Stephens Park is set for 7:10 p.m...

The Morrilton Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a youth flag football league this fall for children in first and second grades. The registration fee is $40 per child, and registration is open weekdays from August 1st-11th at the Parks and Recreation office in the city ballfield complex. Practices will start August 16th and games will be played Tuesday and Thursday nights from August 30th through September 29th. If you're interested in coaching or if you have any questions, you can call Hanna Ross at 354-4727...