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FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH
Forecasters are warning Arkansans about another unsettled weather pattern that's expected to impact the state Friday through Sunday with the potential of severe storms and excessive rain. The National Weather Service says a warm front will be nearly stationary across northern or central Arkansas on Friday. As an upper weather system moves through the region, showers and thunderstorms will develop mainly north of Little Rock, especially during the late evening and into the overnight hours. There will be some potential for severe storms to develop near the boundary, with large hail and damaging winds the main threats. Areas of heavy rain may also be seen, which could lead to flash flooding across the area. Conway County Office of Emergency Management Director Johnathan Trafford urges citizens to stay alert to any forecast changes, including the timing of any potentially severe weather and heavy rain. Forecasters say a large area of showers and thunderstorms will likely sweep through the region Saturday night and Sunday, and that severe storms will again be possible with isolated tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail possible. Heavy rain will again be seen, increasing the flash flooding and river flooding threat through the weekend...

The National Weather Service has confirmed a small tornado hit Yell County on Wednesday. The EF-0 tornado had wind speeds estimated at 85 miles per hour and was spotted near Dardanelle shortly after 10:00 a.m. The tornado's path was a half-mile long and measured about 50 yards in length. The National Weather Service says much of the damage reported in Yell and Pope Counties was actually the result of straight line winds, which reached peak speeds of 90 miles per hour. They say those winds were responsible for downing large trees and damaging homes. The Weather Service says the longest stretch of wind damage was seen from Rover to Plainview in Yell County...

Dr. Vaughn Grisham and his wife, Sandy, of Oxford, Mississippi, were honored at the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in recognition of the Vaughn Grisham Award presented to him at last fall's Chamber Awards Banquet. The award was established in honor of and is named for Dr. Grisham for his extraordinary efforts that led to the establishment of Vision 2020/Conway County. At Thursday's presentation, Dr. Grisham reemphasized how honored he is for the recognition shown to him by the people of Conway County. Vision 2020 is a community development organization that began under Dr. Grisham's guidance in Conway County in 1995. The lessons learned from his leadership began a number of community development initiatives that greatly strengthened the community after the loss of hundreds of jobs in the late 1990s. The Vaughn Grisham Award will be given in the future by the Chamber, as merited, to others from outside the community who make an uncommon difference in Conway County lives. The Grishams are in town this week for the last session of the second year of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute's Uncommon Communities program, of which Dr. Grisham has played a significant leadership role. Uncommon Communities is a community and economic development program that has focused on Conway, Perry, Pope, Van Buren and Yell Counties to equip their participants to assess, plan, visualize and mobilize their citizens to work together in the areas of economic development, education, and leadership and workforce development, as well as quality of life and place...

BHP Billiton, one of the natural gas production companies with operations in the Fayetteville Shale Play, announced this week it has initiated the sale of its "non-core" U.S. operations and is reviewing the possible auction of its Fayetteville Shale assets that are spread across several counties in north-central Arkansas. According to www.talkbusiness.net, BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie said the company has to do more to increase investor returns following the recent sale of more than $7 billion in global assets. In the most recent quarter that ended March 31st, the Australian mining giant reported no rigs operating in the Fayetteville Shale and only a total of ten wells drilled and completed for the year...















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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A number of Morrilton High School athletes placed in the top ten in their respective events at the 5A West Conference Track Meet hosted by Morrilton on Thursday. Keiondre Jefferson took first place in the boys' triple jump with a winning jump of 43', 7.5". Alex Zangara placed third in the boys' 1600 meter run. Alex Chambers placed eighth in the boys' 100-meter dash. And two Devil Dogs placed in the boys' high jump - Dakota Bates finished in seventh place; Torrian Cain was right behind him in eighth place. Vilonia won both the girls' and boys' team divisions...

Senior Brady Russell homered and freshman Jacolby Criswell and junior Jaren Hill drove in runs, but the Morrilton High School baseball team lost its regular season finale on Thursday, 10-6, to Bentonville West. The Wolverines outhit the Devil Dogs, 16-6, but Morrilton catcher Caleb Canady threw out four would-be base stealers and the Devil Dog defense turned two double plays to keep Morrilton in the game until a three-run seventh inning put the game out of reach. With the loss, the Devil Dogs fall to 8-16. Morrilton will play its first round game in the 5A West Conference Tournament on Monday in Farmington...  

The Nemo Vista baseball team and the Wonderview softball team are both district champions after winning the 1A 5-North Tournament in Mt. Vernon on Thursday. The Red Hawks and the Lady Daredevils, along with the Wonderview baseball team, all qualify for next week's Regional Tournament at South Side...

Dexter Fowler had three hits including a home run and Matt Adams had three hits and two RBI as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a doubleheader sweep of Toronto with a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays Thursday night. Matt Carpenter hit a walkoff grand slam in the 11th inning after Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for an 8-4 win in game one. The Cards have now won eight of their last ten games to get back to the .500 mark at 11-11 after a 3-9 start. The Cards start a three-game series against Cincinnati on Friday at Busch Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Live pregame coverage will start at 6:20 on Motown Radio, 92.5 FM and 800 AM...

The Arkansas Travelers fell to 9-11 on the season with a 6-3 loss to Tulsa on Thursday. The Travs start a four-game series at Springfield Friday night...

A Jared Gates solo home run is the only run the 14th-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team would score in a 9-1 loss to Ole Miss in the opener of a three-game series with the Rebels on Thursday night in Fayetteville. The loss drops the Razorbacks to 33-11 overall, 12-7 in Southeastern Conference play. Due to threat of heavy rain this weekend, the teams will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at noon at Baum Stadium...

The University of Arkansas has announced its annual Red-White spring football game has been closed to the public because of predicted stormy weather across northwest Arkansas this weekend. The scrimmage will still take place on Saturday at noon in Razorback Stadium, and it will be broadcast on the SEC Network and on KVOM-FM 101.7. Arkansas was 7-6 last season and is entering Coach Bret Bielema's fifth season. The Razorbacks open the 2017 season against Florida A&M in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium on August 31st...














































































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