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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20th
Some 460 students in the Nemo Vista School District are back in class this week with hopes for another successful year. Superintendent Cody Beene says everyone seems to be excited for the new year.  Beene says there are a few changes taking place in the district this year including the addition of a new administration building. Beene adds that the district's curriculum has been fully-implemented to meet the common core standards and they're getting ready for the new PARCC assessment. The Partnership of Readiness for College and Careers tests are high-quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy. They are carefully crafted to give teachers, schools, students and parents better and more useful information on how the school is preparing its kids for the future. Also new at Nemo Vista this year, high school students will be allowed to take a variety of classes through the use of Virtual High School and the middle school and elementary begin online testing...

A new federal study found that man-made earthquakes cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude. These induced quakes are sometimes side effects of high-tech energy drilling from injecting wastewater underground. Several hundred small quakes have been recorded in the Fayetteville Shale Play over the last few years. U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Susan Hough's study found that people report feeling the ground move from man-made quakes significantly less than those who experience more normal earthquakes of the same magnitude. However, she said, within six miles of the fault, artificial and natural quakes feel pretty much the same. The study was published Monday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. It is based on thousands of responses to the USGS "Did You Feel It" survey system after quakes in Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas, Texas and Ohio...

​Before the Conway County Fair takes place in early September, several winners will be crowned in the annual fair pageants. The Baby Mister, Baby Miss, Teeny Tiny Princess and Tiny Princess contests will be held Thursday, August 28th. The Tiny Prince, Toddler Princess, Tiny Tot Princess and Petite Princess contests will be held Friday, August 29th. The Little Princess, Preteen Princess, Junior Princess and Senior Fair Queen pageants will be held Saturday, August 30th. All those contests include divisions for boys up to age five and for girls up to age 21, but Pageant Director Bobbye Little says there is a new division for married women at least 21 years of age and the return after many years of the Senior Citizen Fair Queen contest.  The Mrs. Fair Queen contest will be held next Friday night and the Senior Citizen Queen contest will be held next Saturday. All contestants must be Conway County residents and Little says the winners will be determined based on beauty, stage presentation, attitude/personality and overall appearance.  Entry forms and registration information for all pageants are available online at www.conwaycountyfair.com. Applications are also available at Merle Norman and More, Hairport Style and Tan, and Posh Salon in Morrilton. The entry fee is $35 per contestant with additional competitions of photogenic, most beautiful/handsome and best fashion available for $5 each. The final deadline to register is Friday. All pageants will be held at the Multi-Purpose Building at the Conway County Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children age five to 12 and $4 for senior citizens...

It's that time of year again for local artists to exhibit their work at the Rialto Gallery. The exhibit will open September 13th and artwork will be accepted and hung on September 12th. There is an entry fee of $5 per entry and a limit of three works of two-dimensional art. All work must have screw eyes and wire to be hung. The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute is sponsoring the exhibit, and monetary awards will be presented. The exhibit will remain on display through November 14th, and artists will have the choice to sell their work if they'd like. Anyone who lives in, works in or is from Conway County is eligible to participate. If you would like an entry form or have questions, you're asked to contact Coe Wilson at 208-2264 or email coewilson2@att.net...












































































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When the Morrilton football program holds its annual Maroon/Gray scrimmage Thursday night at Devil Dog Stadium, Colton's Steakhouse in Morrilton will be helping raise money for the school's athletic department. You'll be able to buy a Colton's burger, a bag of chips and a bottled water for $6 with proceeds going to the athletic program. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Morrilton High School and Junior High offices or at the game. The evening starts with the introduction of the pee-wee teams at 5:30. The junior high scrimmage will follow around 6:00 with the senior high scrimmage to start around 7:00...

The Arkansas basketball program landed a big-time commitment from the Class of 2015 on Tuesday when Jimmy Whitt verbally pledged to be a Razorback. The six-four shooting guard from Columbia, Missouri chose the Hogs over his hometown Missouri Tigers among other schools. As a junior, Whitt averaged 22.4points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 2.7 assists per game. Whitt has been ranked by some recruiting services as top 50 overall prospect in the country and a top 15 player at his position. The Hogs open the 2014-15 season November 19th against Wake Forest...

The registration period for the Conway County Soccer Club's fall youth soccer season will end Monday. Registration forms are available at C-4. The soccer program is open to boys and girls from age 4-17. The child must have turned four years old on or before July 31st. Registration fees are $50 for the first child, $40 for the second child, and $30 for a third child. If the child is qualified for free or reduced lunch through his or her school, the fee is only $15 per child. The season begins September 8th and continues through the end of October. The club is also looking for sponsors, coaches and referees for the league. For more information, contact Hope Millsap at 208-2648...

The St. Louis Cardinals are finding new ways to get walk-off wins. Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night. The walk-off victory was the second in two nights for the Cardinals, who won for the fifth time in six games and remained 2.5 games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central. The Cards go for the sweep of Cincinnati Wednesday at 7:15. Pregame coverage starts at 6:20 on KVOM AM-ESPN 800...