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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th
Arkansas Tech University has surpassed the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas to become the third-largest institution of higher learning in Arkansas. Tech reported a preliminary 11th day enrollment of 12,003 students for the fall 2014 semester, an increase of 5.6% over fall 2013. Only the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Arkansas State University have larger enrollments among Arkansas colleges and universities. Enrollment at Arkansas Tech has increased by 183% since 1997. This fall marks the 16th consecutive year that Arkansas Tech has established a new institutional record for enrollment. The growth this semester is bolstered by the largest freshman class in Arkansas Tech history. There are 1,684 incoming freshmen on the main campus of Arkansas Tech in Russellville this fall, an increase of 17.5% over fall 2013. When the first-time students from Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus are included in the count, there are 1,951 freshmen enrolled at Arkansas Tech this fall...

Arkansans have been enjoying reasonably low gasoline prices for the past few weeks. Mike Wright with the AAA says that trend should continue, and that prices are actually expected to fall in the near future.  Currently, gasoline costs about 20 cents less per gallon than this time last year when the state average was around $3.40 a gallon...

In recognition of Manufacturing Day, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton plans to enhance community awareness of the demand for technical and professional education by hosting “Step Up to Employment” on Saturday, October 4th, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  The event is designed to connect employers with future generations of employees as well as feature the numerous hands-on training programs offered at UACCM. The goal of UACCM’s “Step Up to Employment” event is to provide business representatives with an opportunity to meet future employees and discuss the shortage of skilled workers they currently face. UACCM has invited numerous businesses to set up booths next to the technical areas that provide training for them. The college invites the public to drop in as it demonstrates the value of technical training and how it links directly to employment opportunities. Unemployed and underemployed adults are encouraged to attend the event along with individuals considering the possibility of making a career change. Since junior and senior high students will benefit from exploring the numerous career options that are available, UACCM hopes families with students enrolled in the eighth through twelfth grades will participate. For more information, you can contact the UACCM Office of Community Education at 977-2189...

A ribbon cutting was held Friday at the new location for Tasty Cakes Bakery. Michelle Poteete moved the shop from her home on Bald Knob Road last month to a downtown Morrilton location at 113 North Moose Street.  Tasty Cakes still does specialty cakes, as well as cupcakes, cookies, pies and other sweets daily where people can drop in and get what they want without having to wait. Poteete says she may also eventually offer a small lunch menu. Tasty Cakes is open from 10;00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  To find out more or for special orders, call 242-3988...

The City of Oppelo's annual Homecoming celebration is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th. Festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Oppelo City Hall and the area around the hall. A museum of Oppelo pictures and other memorabilia will be set up in City Hall. Flea Market booths will be set up on the grass south of the building. The day will also include book signings, information on Smart 911 and other activities, including knife-making demonstrations by local knife maker Jamie McCoy. There will also be live entertainment and hourly drawings for prizes. For more information on the day's events, call Euna Beavers at 354-4428 or Bobbie Anderson at 354-5721...




























































































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Taylor Waddell ran for nearly 200 yards and four touchdowns, part of a 414-yard rushing performance for Pottsville as the Apaches ran over Morrilton, 43-13, in a non-conference game Friday night. The Devil Dogs had no answer for the Apaches' Dead-T attack and could not muster anything offensively in the early going and fell behind, 30-0, by halftime.  Morrilton got touchdowns on a five-yard run by senior Terrence Minor and a 19-yard pass from junior Jalen Wright to senior Dwayne Foster that earned the Dixon Family Dental Big Smile Play of the Game. Foster had two catches for 28 yards to earn the Colton's Steak House Offensive Player of the Game. Safety Ryan Kordsmeier's nine tackles helped the senior take home Colton's Defensive Player of the Game honors. Harrison Pavatt and Lane Granberry each had ten tackles for the Devil Dogs, who fall to 0-2 on the season. Morrilton will play its home opener against Searcy this week. The Lions were throttled by Batesville, 51-7, on Friday...

Perryville fell to 0-2 on the season, dropping its battle with Two Rivers, 50-27, on Friday. The Mustangs play at Lamar this week...

Bigelow lost to Atkins, 27-13, Friday night. The Panthers host Danville this week. The Little Johns beat Mount Ida, 28-14...

In other scores of interest from Friday, Russellville lost to Rogers Heritage, 7-6; Farmington beat Huntsville, 39-6; Greenbrier beat Heber Springs, 46-28; Vilonia lost to Harding Academy, 29-20; Little Rock Christian beat White Hall, 44-33; Maumelle shut out North Pulaski, 39-0; Clarksville lost to Ozark, 34-14; Harrison lost to Siloam Springs, 47-35; Hector beat Hackett, 20-6; Dardanelle shut out Booneville, 28-0; Dover did the same to Cedarville, 35-0; Conway beat Jonesboro, 49-28; Conway Christian beat Benton Harmony Grove, 32-20; and Clinton beat Highland, 49-27...

Wonderview High School senior Bailey Zimmerman has committed to play basketball for the University of Arkansas. Zimmerman was named the 2013-14 Class 1A Player of the Year by the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association and is a three-time All-Conference, All-Region and All-State player. In her three seasons at Wonderview, Zimmerman has led the Lady Daredevils to one state championship, a state runner-up finish and a semi-final appearance. As a junior, Zimmerman averaged 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks per game. Zimmerman will be a part of new coach Jimmy Dykes' first full recruiting class at Arkansas, a class that already includes commitments from other top in-state players Malica Monk from North Little Rock and Conway’s Jordan Danberry, the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last season...

Jonathan Williams ran for four touchdowns and Alex Collins added two more to lead Arkansas past Texas Tech, 49-28, on Saturday in a matchup of two former Southwest Conference foes. Williams finished with 145 yards on 22 carries for the Razorbacks. Collins finished with a career-high 212 yards on 27 carries. The Hogs host Northern Illinois this weekend in Fayetteville...

Fredi Knighten threw for 217 yards, ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass for Arkansas State, but the Red Wolves fell to Miami, 41-20, on Saturday. The Red Wolves host Utah State this weekend in Jonesboro...

Ryan Howard passed for 337 yards and five touchdowns, but it was not enough for Central Arkansas as the Bears lost to Montana State, 43-33, on Saturday. UCA returns home to play Missouri State this Saturday...

Arkansas Tech allowed 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday in a 27-23 loss to the Bulldogs. The Wonder Boys host Southern Nazarene this weekend...

Rookie Marco Gonzales struck out nine, Jhonny Peralta homered and the National League Central-leading Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-1, Sunday for their third straight win. St. Louis kept its 3.5 game division lead over Pittsburgh. The Cards are off Monday...  

In local action Monday, Morrilton High School's tennis team plays at home against Vilonia at 3:30 and the golf team competes at Pottsville at 3:30...