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TUESDAY, MAY 31ST
A Pope County man is one of at least seven people killed in separate accidents on Arkansas roadways over the Memorial Day weekend. According to a report from the Arkansas State Police, 38-year-old Christopher Myers of Russellville died when the truck he was driving north on Highway 27 went off the road, struck a driveway and overturned. Myers was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in the truck, 42-year-old Sondra Combs of Dardanelle and 28-year-old Matthew Combs of Dover, were injured and transported to a hospital in Dardanelle for treatment. The accident occurred around 9:00 p.m. Saturday.​..

The City of Morrilton showed off the recent renovations and upgrades at its swimming pool, basketball court, tennis courts and nature trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony at all four sites on Friday. Parks Director Larry Tarrant says the upgrades include painting and repatching of the swimming pool and resurfacing of the basketball court and tennis courts.  At the nature trail, the parking lot has been paved, bathrooms have been added and a covered pavilion has been constructed. Tarrant adds that upgrades at the baseball and softball fields are also planned.  The renovations are being funded with proceeds from the city's $3 million bond issue dedicated for city improvements...

The United States Senate passed legislation last week designating the Perryville Post Office as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office.” Sergeant George Bennett, a native of Thornburg, served as a Military Assistance Command, Vietnam advisor during the war operating out of South Vietnam. On December 29th, 1964, during a firefight with Viet Cong guerillas, Sergeant Bennett was taken prisoner and became the first American POW killed in Vietnam. He spent 179 days as a POW and after his third attempted escape, he was executed by his captors on June 25th, 1965. U.S. Senator John Boozman and Congressman French Hill led efforts to honor Sergeant Bennett. The House of Representatives passed this legislation in April. It now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law...

The Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas has announced two area schools as among the highest-performing schools in Arkansas. Nemo Vista Middle School and Morrilton Junior High School have both been awarded an OEP "Beating the Odds" award for performance on the Literacy, Math, and overall PARCC exam. These awards are given to high-achieving schools that serve low-income communities where at least 66 percent of students are enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program. Based on the results of the 2014-15 PARCC assessments, performance is measured by the OEP-created "school GPA." Nemo Vista Middle School was the highest-achieving middle school in the state based on literacy results and the third-highest overall. Morrilton Junior High was ranked seventh-highest overall, eighth-highest in math and eighth-highest in literacy among all qualifying junior high schools in the state...

Tuesday is the deadline for Arkansans to assess cars, boats and other personal property without a late penalty. Assessors say it's important for Arkansans to assess on time to avoid paying a ten percent penalty on their property tax bill and to streamline their car tag renewal process. Arkansas law requires drivers to assess their vehicles, pay property taxes and have current insurance before they can renew their registration. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin encourages property owners to use Gov2Go to take care of their assessment and get reminders for other important government deadlines throughout the year. Gov2Go is an award-winning “digital government assistant” that tracks Arkansans’ assessment, property tax, vehicle registration renewal and franchise tax deadlines. The app is free and available for iPhone and Android smartphones, Apple Watch and on the web at www.getgov2go.com...












































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Shekinna Stricklen's WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun, lost to her former team, the Seattle Storm, 93-81, on Saturday, falling to 1-4 on the season. The Morrilton native did not play in the game. The Sun stay on the road for a game Tuesday night at Phoenix...

Carlos Martinez had eight strikeouts over eight shutout innings, Matt Carpenter had four hits and Matt Holliday had a mammoth homerun among his three hits as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers, 6-0, in Milwaukee on Monday. The Cards and Brew Crew square off again Tuesday night at 7:10 at Miller Park. Pregame coverage will start at 6:15 on KVOM-AM 800...

The Arkansas Travelers were off Monday, but they're back in town Tuesday night for the start of a six-game homestand. First pitch for the’ game against Corpus Christi is set for 7:10 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Park...

The Morrilton American Legion baseball team's season opener against Cabot scheduled for Tuesday night has been cancelled.  The team will now open its season Wednesday night at Russellville...