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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH
A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court is weighing a separate case, which stems from May, when a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban. More than 500 same-sex couples married before the ruling was stayed. The justices have not indicated when they will rule...

By the slimmest of margins, Britt Ryles has been unofficially elected as the new mayor for the Town of Perry. In Tuesday's runoff election, Ryles edged Willie Bob Summers, 33-32. Sixty-five of the town's 154 voters cast a ballot in the runoff. The results are unofficial until they're certified by the county's Election Commission...

The Conway County Quorum Court took care of a number of year-end housekeeping matters during the group's regular monthly meeting on Monday. Among the ordinances approved, according to Judge Jimmy Hart, is the annual ordinance to levy taxes on the assessed valuation of all taxable property within the county for the year 2014 to be collected in 2015.  The real and personal property tax will be assessed at 4.4 mills for the county general fund, 2.9 mills for county road, and 0.9 mills for the library and the hospital. Another ordinance was approved to amend the 2014 budget, accounting for, among other things, expenses incurred from the November general election. Justices of the Peace also approved the appointment of Marlin Boyle to the Conway County Human Services Facilities Board, replacing Wayne Smith, and approved an ordinance allowing the county to purchase goods or services from Quorum Court members, county officers or county employees...

A group of local motorcyclists will gather this weekend to help needy children in Conway County have the special Christmas they deserve. Curtis Russell of Morrilton is a part of the Toad Suck Harley Davidson Owners Group, which is sponsoring the third annual Wanda Porter Dawson Toy Run on Sunday.  The group will gather at 2:00 p.m. at the former Cogswell Motors in Morrilton.  In addition to the Toad Suck club, members of the Patriot Guard Riders will be participating, as well as local antique car clubs, but Russell says you don't have to be a member of an organized club to take part in the event.  You're just asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girls of any age.  All toys will be given to children from the Conway County Angel Tree, and monetary donations will be accepted and used to further the group's mission to help the kids. If you are not able to attend the event, but would like to donate a gift or money, you can call Jerry Ashby at 501-940-7124...

Arkansas' attorney general says the state Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $276,956 to victims of crime in October. Dustin McDaniel said Monday that awards were made in 204 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 19 previously submitted cases. Victims of violent crime may be eligible for compensation from the state's Crime Victim Reparation Program for unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling and funeral costs. Compensation is also available for lost wages and replacement services. Crime victims may receive up to $10,000 to cover costs such as medical treatment or mental health counseling. In some instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards may be as high as $25,000. Three victims in Perry County were awarded a total of $2,672. In Faulkner County, four victims shared a total of $5,200. Three victims in Pope County were awarded a total of $1,318, and one victim in Yell County was awarded $910. The program was created in 1987. In 2013, the board awarded about $3.3 million...

















































































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John Beck knocked down a late three-pointer and made two free throws with five seconds remaining to lift Wonderview's senior boys to a 49-47 win over Sacred Heart Tuesday night in Morrilton. The Rebels led most of the game until Beck's three put the Daredevils ahead for good in the closing minutes. Jordan Wright would add a free throw before Beck would ice the game with his final points that put the Daredevils ahead by four. Sacred Heart would get a last-second shot to set the final margin. Beck finished with a game-high 26 points and M.J. Griffin added 21 as the two combined to score all but two of Wonderview's points for the game. The win keeps the Daredevils perfect in 1A 5-North conference play and improves their overall record to 11-1. The Rebels got 12 points from Joe Beck and nine from Andrew Dunlap on three three-pointers, but lost their fifth consecutive game, falling to 4-8 overall, 0-2 in conference play. In senior girls' action, Arkansas signee Bailey Zimmerman scored 23 points as Wonderview had no trouble in a 53-29 win over the Lady Rebels. The Lady Daredevils led, 32-8, at halftime and had the game in hand long before the sportsmanship rule was invoked midway through the fourth quarter. Hannah Sponer added ten points for Wonderview, which improves to 8-2 overall, 3-0 in conference play. The Lady Rebels got 11 points from Taylor Usery in a losing effort and fell to 7-5 overall, 1-1 in the conference. Wonderview won the junior girls' game, 55-17, behind 19 points from Faith Byers. Sacred Heart plays host to Guy-Perkins next Tuesday. Wonderview takes part in the St. Joseph Classic in Conway next week...

Morrilton's senior girls improved to 2-0 on the young season as Coach Carin McNabb got the better of her brother, Atkins Coach Craig Pinion, in the Lady Devil Dogs' 75-64 victory over the Lady Red Devils Tuesday night in Morrilton. Tori Jackson led Morrilton with 25 points while Danielle Wright added 16. Morrilton also won the junior girls' game, 49-16, improving to 4-1on the season. Morrilton's senior high teams will take part in a tournament at Van Buren next week...

Bobby Portis scored 22 points and No. 25 Arkansas won its first game as a ranked team in seven years, beating previously ranked SMU, 78-72, on Tuesday night in Dallas. The Razorbacks never trailed after Portis made a three-pointer for the game's first basket and are 4-0 for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Michael Qualls had 13 points and Ky Madden ten for the Razorbacks who host North Texas Friday night...

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says injured starting quarterback Brandon Allen has "a chance" to play when the Razorbacks face Missouri on Friday. Allen missed the second half of Arkansas' 30-0 win over Ole Miss last week after being hit on his right hip. The junior has completed 165-of-286 passes with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions this season for the Razorbacks. Bielema says Allen is not expected to practice much Wednesday, though he said the quarterback could play against the No. 17 Tigers with "a minimal amount of practice time." Backup quarterback Austin Allen, who is 8-of-16 passing for 153 yards this season, finished the win over the Rebels and will start if his older brother is unable to play. The Hogs and Tigers kick off at 1:30 p.m. Friday from Columbia, Missouri. We'll have the broadcast of the game live on 101.7 KVOM...

































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