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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH
Crow Construction kicked off its renovation of the old Coca-Cola Bottling plant in downtown Morrilton with a "demolition ceremony" on Thursday. The company is converting the 20,000 square-foot building at 210 North Moose Street for use as its corporate headquarters. The historic facility most recently housed Morrilton City Hall and Police Department, but is best known for its use many years ago as the site of Morrilton's original Coca-Cola building and Crow wanted to give the public a look at the interior of the building that has been demoed back to the original structure. The building was constructed in 1929 and was used by Coca-Cola until 1968 when the company moved to a larger facility just south of the railroad tracks. The building then served as the location for Morrilton's first Walmart store for a few years before the city offices and police department moved into the building in 1978 where they remained for nearly 40 years. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Brian Rohlman, president of Crow Construction, remarked that the iconic downtown landmark is the perfect location to continue the company's expansion. Since September, demolition crews have been working to take the interior back to its original bones and will soon begin the rebuilding process. The building will house executive offices, accounting, project management and health, safety and environmental operations. Plans also include a large meeting and event space, a gym for employees, and the addition of rooftop solar panels to increase the energy efficiency of the nearly 90-year-old structure. Crow has engaged two area architecture firms on the design-build team that will collaborate on the updated floor plan and interior finishes. The total investment will come to approximately $2 million and the project is expected to qualify for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Tax Credit incentive program. The project is expected to be complete by fall 2019...

Two men have been arrested after a man was found shot to death outside a Conway apartment complex. The Conway Police Department reports 23-year-old Brayland Johnson and 20-year-old Kevin Lamont West of Little Rock were both arrested Wednesday on a charge of first degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Randy Daniels, who police say had been reported missing. Daniels was found fatally shot inside a car at Salem Park Apartments on Monday. Johnson is suspected of shooting Daniels inside the car sometime on Friday and driving it to the apartment complex on Dave Ward Drive. Both suspects are being held in the Faulkner County jail...
The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide that occurred near Greenbrier on Thursday. According to authorities, 46-year-old Ritchie Roberts told deputies he killed 43-year-old Elmer Burks. Burks was found dead in Roberts' home on Merritt Road. Authorities say Roberts is in jail and faces a murder charge...

The City of Morrilton will revisit the possibility of permanently closing the Union Pacific railroad crossing at West Street. Union Pacific had previously requested that crossing, along with the one at Morrill Street, be closed due to safety concerns, but back in February the City Council voted to keep both crossings open after citizens expressed their desire to keep at least the Morrill Street crossing open. The Council said then it would reconsider closing the West Street crossing in the future, and Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer says the Council agreed this week to post a notice at the site to inform citizens that a public meeting will be held to discuss the possible closure. The Morrill Street crossing is not being considered for closure by the city at this time. In fact, Mayor Lipsmeyer says Union Pacific has plans to install safety arms at that crossing within the next two years...

A measure banning abortion based on a Down syndrome diagnosis and a proposal to require online retailers to collect Arkansas sales tax are among the first bills lawmakers filed ahead of next year's session. Ten measures had been introduced by late afternoon Thursday, the first day lawmakers could pre-file bills for the session that begins in January. Republican Senator Trent Garner filed several proposals, including a measure banning doctors from performing an abortion if the woman is seeking the procedure because the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Republican Representative Dan Douglas proposed the online sales tax measure, which has stalled in past sessions. The U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that online retailers can be required to collect sales taxes even in states where they have no physical presence...


















































































































































































































































































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The Morrilton High School football team makes the trek to Blytheville on Friday for a second round matchup in the Class 5A State Playoffs. The Chickasaws won a four-way tie for the number one seed from the East conference and have won eight games on the field this year, including five of their last six. They've scored 40 or more points in each of their last three games and Morrilton Coach Cody McNabb says they're similar athletically to what the Devil Dogs saw from Little Rock Parkview last week. Kickoff from Blytheville is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and we'll have all the action for you live on 101.7 KVOM and online at www.kvom.com. Pregame coverage will start with the Arkansas High School Gameday Show at 6:00, followed by the Devil Dog Coach's Show with Coach McNabb at 6:30 just before our live broadcast from the Haynes Home Center Studio at around 6:45...

The other quarterfinal games in Class 5A are Little Rock Christian at Texarkana, Little Rock McClellan at Pulaski Academy and Wynne at Harrison...

Some of the games of interest in other classifications are Hector at home against Mount Ida, Dardanelle at Stuttgart, Danville against Smackover in El Dorado, Conway at Bentonville West, Conway Christian at home against Fordyce, Mayflower at Rison, Clinton at home against Prescott, and Searcy at Greenwood...

Morrilton's senior boys' basketball team suffered a 68-36 loss in non-conference play at Cabot on Thursday to fall to 0-4 on the season. The Devil Dogs, along with the Lady Devil Dogs, will host Sacred Heart on Tuesday in games we'll broadcast live on 101.7 KVOM...

Morrilton's junior boys will play for the championship in the Tiger Tip-Off Classic in Charleston after the Devil Pups got a win in the semi-finals on Thursday. The championship game will be played Saturday at 5:45 in Charleston...

Wonderview's senior girls suffered just their second loss of the season on Thursday, falling to Valley Springs, 45-39, in double overtime in the semi-finals of the Clinton Invitational Tournament. The Lady Daredevils will play in the third place game on Saturday...

Wonderview senior Bailey Wright will sign her letter of intent to play softball at Louisiana Tech University in a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Wonderview High School...

Sacred Heart plays 1A 5-North conference games at home against Shirley on Friday. The junior boys will play at 5:00 with the senior girls' and boys' games to follow...

Morrilton's Marcel Swinton scored three points for the Central Baptist College men's team as the Mustangs beat Hannibal-LaGrange, 88-78, on Thursday...

Morrilton's Zee Wright had six points and five rebounds in 24 minutes of action off the bench for the University of the Ozarks women's team, but the Lady Eagles lost to Rhodes College, 82-73, on Thursday...