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TUESDAY, JULY 28TH
A teenager is recovering from injuries sustained from a weekend fall on Petit Jean Mountain. Several emergency entities from Conway County were involved in saving the 15-year-old boy Friday evening. Baptist Med Flight transported the boy from the mountain to the hospital for treatment. He is said to have suffered several broken bones among other injuries, but is expected to recover. The Med Flight crew thanked Med-Tech EMS, Petit Jean State Park rangers, the Conway County Sheriff's Department and fire/rescue crews from Petit Jean, Sardis, St. Vincent, Morrilton, Oppelo and Overcup who all responded to the scene...

The Conway County Quorum Court has given formal approval to begin construction of a major expansion to the county's detention center. During the group's regular monthly meeting on Monday, Justices of the Peace passed an ordinance authorizing the borrowing of up to $2 million for the project. The total cost of the project is $3.2 million, but County Treasurer Wayne Desalvo explained the county already had $1.2 million set aside for the project from contingency funds, surplus funds and the retirement of a jail CD. To repay the loan, Desalvo said the county will make payments of $423,000 per year for five years, which will be covered by an increase in the millage distribution and a transfer of sales tax revenue. Desalvo told JPs the county should have no problems making those payments.  Bids were opened earlier this month and the project will fall within the county's budget. There are 14 different bid packages, and all one have been accepted. One package is having to be rebid, but is scheduled for opening on August 19th. The expansion will approximately double the capacity of the current jail facility...
In other business from Monday's meeting, JPs passed a resolution approving the appointment of Don DePriest to the Human Services Facilities Board and the reappointment of Marlin Boyle to that same board. An amendment to the 2015 budget was also approved, along with an ordinance appointing District Judge Jeannie Denniston as a person who may solemnize marriages in Conway County...

A federal judge has again blocked a proposed class-action lawsuit against ExxonMobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower along the Pegasus Pipeline. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the judge denied a request to alter his March ruling dismissing the lawsuit. Plaintiffs argued that ExxonMobil suppressed evidence, but the judge told them they haven't demonstrated how they were harmed by the company's action...

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported the state's first case of West Nile virus this summer. The department said Monday that a person in the state has tested positive for the virus, though it's unknown where the person is located or if the person actually contracted the virus in Arkansas. The health department's chief medical director, Gary Wheeler, says it's late in the year for the state to have its first case of West Nile, but that doesn't mean there won't be more cases.  West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. In the U.S., most people are infected from June through September. The CDC reports that most people who contract the virus do not have any symptoms, but about one in five people will develop a fever with symptoms like headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash...

Residents of qualifying counties who suffered damage from the severe storms of May 7th through June 15th have less than one month left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline to register for disaster assistance is Tuesday, August 25th. Individuals and families who suffered losses as a result of the late spring storms may register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. Residents of Perry and eight other counties may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. That assistance can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance. The SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property...








































































































































































































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After hosting the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game, the Connecticut Sun are back in regular season action Tuesday when they play host to the Indiana Fever. Through 15 games, Connecticut is 8-7 and in fourth place in the six-team Eastern Conference. Morrilton's Shekinna Stricklen has played a key role off the bench for the Sun. The former Lady Devil Dog great is seventh on the team in scoring with 6.7 points per game. She's shooting 38 percent from three-point range and averages 1.6 rebounds per contest...

Kolten Wong's fourth inning grand slam was all St. Louis would need in a 4-1 series-opening win over Cincinnati Monday night at Busch Stadium. The blast came in support of Lance Lynn who allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to earn the win. The Cardinals, who now lead the National League Central by 6.5 games over Pittsburgh, take on the Reds again on Tuesday at 7:15. Pregame coverage starts at 6:20 on KVOM AM-800...

The Arkansas Travelers edged the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 4-3, Monday night at Dickey-Stephens Park for their fifth consecutive win. The Travelers now claim sole possession of first place in the Texas League North Division. They'll take on the Naturals again Tuesday night at 7:10 in North Little Rock...