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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH
Fire crews are staying on high alert as drought-like conditions continue across the state. The Arkansas Forestry Commission lists the wildfire danger as "high" for every county in Arkansas. A burn ban is in effect for all but six counties in Arkansas, and Morrilton Fire Chief Earle Eichenberger says that warning should be taken seriously. A number of wildfires have been reported in Arkansas over the past month, including one that burned several hundred acres of national forest land in Perry County...

Southwestern Energy Company's protest of its ad valorem tax assessment will be heard in Circuit Court after a judge at the county court level in Conway County ruled in favor of the tax assessors on Tuesday. The assessment is based on a three-year average of the price of natural gas in the Fayetteville Shale, which assessors claim is $3.04 per million cubic feet. The company argued the assessment should be $1.80 per million cubic feet. Southwestern spokesperson Christina Fowler says the company has been trying to work with the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Division since 2015 to address the dollar value of the gas. One of the company's claims, according to Fowler, is that the formula used to determine expenses is outdated and not in line with the current commodity market. She adds their goal is to make sure the fairest valuation is given for all parties involved. No date has been set for the Circuit Court hearing on the matter. Southwestern still has Circuit Court proceedings pending in White and Cleburne Counties from 2016 assessment protests...

Arkansas lawmakers have recommended a regulatory panel look at revising its proposed ban of an herbicide farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, nearly a month after a maker of the weed killer asked a judge to halt the prohibition. A subcommittee of the Legislative Council voted to delay considering the proposed rules by the state Plant Board to prohibit dicamba's use from April 16th through October 31st next year. The subcommittee's recommendation goes before the full council on Friday. The council has the power to approve or reject the proposed ban. The state earlier this year approved a temporary ban on the herbicide's sale and use, and has received nearly one-thousand complaints about dicamba this year. Monsanto, which makes dicamba, has filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court challenging the ban and claiming the Plant Board exceeded its authority in prohibiting the weed killer. The Missouri-based company has asked a judge to block the state from enforcing the ban, and a hearing in the case is scheduled next month...

One of the major projects for retail marketing students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is to design and install a window display featuring a local business. The purpose of the display is two-fold: provide publicity for a local business and allow students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned during their Visual Merchandising course. Throughout the fall semester, four teams of students created displays featured in the Business Technology Center lobby. Businesses featured include Big Cuppa in Morrilton, Dog Ear Books in Russellville, Atwoods Ranch and Homes in Russellville, and New2You Thrift Store in Morrilton. UACCM Business Instructor Nancy Patterson said that along with exposing these businesses to hundreds of potential patrons walking through the Business Technology Center on campus every day, the project helps her students experience situations they can expect in the world of business...





























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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There's not much local high school basketball action taking place Thursday, but Morrilton's senior girls are taking part in the H.B. Stewart Classic in Greenwood. They'll play Providence Academy at 4:00 p.m. and will have games against Greenwood on Friday and Bentonville on Saturday...

Several area teams will be in action Friday night. Wonderview will play at Mt. Vernon-Enola, Nemo Vista will host Quitman and Sacred Heart will play at St. Joseph in Conway. We'll have the broadcast of the Sacred Heart senior high games at St. Joseph live on 101.7 KVOM and online at www.kvom.com...

We'll also have the broadcast of the big games Monday night when Morrilton plays Sacred Heart for the first games to ever be played in the new Devil Dog Arena. A big crowd is expected, and parking is available in the front and the back of the arena. Admission gates are also located on both ends, but no outside food and drinks will be allowed in the arena...







































































































































































































































































































































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