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​The driver of a sport utility vehicle was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital and three others suffered minor injuries following an accident involving a South Conway County school bus Thursday morning. Johnathan Trafford, director of emergency management for Conway County, says the accident occurred on Highway 124 just east of Springfield. He says the bus was slowing down and had activated its caution light when the driver of the SUV hit the rear of the bus. There were 13 students on the bus at the time of the accident, and Shawn Halbrook, superintendent of the South Conway County School District, says every student was examined on scene by EMTs. Two students, along with the bus driver, were taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Morrilton for treatment of minor injuries. Halbrook says parents were notified as soon as the accident occurred, and that students were cared for on scene by district personnel.  Halbrook says most of the students who were not injured did make it to school Thursday.  The accident is being investigated by Arkansas State Police...

The Conway County Health Unit has announced the flu immunization clinics postponed earlier this month have been rescheduled. The clinics for students in the South Conway County School District and the public mass immunization clinic were postponed due to a delay in the shipment of the vaccine. Jaynie Jones, administrator of the Conway County Health Unit, tells KVOM the school clinics will be held Tuesday, November 4th, and Wednesday, November 5th.  Jones says the county has enough vaccine on hand for the school clinics, and that an additional shipment for the public mass flu clinic is scheduled to arrive within the next two weeks and the public mass flu clinic is scheduled for Friday, November 21st, at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.  The clinic was originally scheduled to be held last week at two locations--one for a drive thru and one for walk-in patients--but Jones says they'll try to have both the drive-thru and the walk-in clinic at the same location on the 21st...

One of Morrilton's largest annual events takes place Friday as Main Street Morrilton continues its Halloween tradition of hosting Monsters on Main Street. Promoted as a safe alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, the event attracted more than 2,000 kids to the downtown area last year. From 4:00-6:00 Friday afternoon, children will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat at participating downtown merchants, but Sherry Sowers with Main Street Morrilton says there's a lot more for kids to enjoy that just the candy.  There will also be bounce houses, games, costume contest, a pet costume contest, a fortune teller, face painting and a dance performance by the students of HeartSpeak Dance Studio. "Ghostly" drinks and "devilish" hot dogs will be sold for 50 cents each at the Broadway Pocket Park, but all other activities associated with Monsters on Main Street, including the costume contest, are free...

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is urging residents to beware of Ebola-related scammers. McDaniel has issued a consumer alert and says an increasing number of organizations are offering "cures" and opportunities to donate to victims of the virus. McDaniel says consumers should protect themselves against ill-intentioned organizations. He says it's disheartening that whenever there is any sort of tragedy, there are people who will exploit good-hearted, law-abiding citizens. McDaniel says it's important that consumers are aware of the facts and the methods that scammers use to take advantage of them. McDaniel says there is no FDA-approved vaccine for Ebola and that solicitors offering preventative medication are likely scammers. He says residents also need to make sure that charities claiming to aid families of Ebola patients or Ebola research are legitimate...
















































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Any chance the Morrilton Devil Dogs have of advancing to the state football playoffs this season comes down to Friday's game at Little Rock Christian. The winner has the inside track to earning the number four seed from the 5- West, while the loser is likely eliminated from postseason consideration. Devil Dog Coach Cody McNabb says the stakes will give the game the feel of a playoff game.  Kickoff from west Little Rock is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. We'll have all the action for you live on 101.7 KVOM, beginning with the statewide RARN Arkansas Gameday Show at six 6:00. The Devil Dog Coach's Show with Head Coach Cody McNabb will follow at 6:30, with our live pregame coverage to start around 6:45...

Other games in the 5A West on Friday are Clarksville at Greenbrier, Harrison at Vilonia, and Maumelle at Farmington...

It's Senior Night at both schools in Perry County on Friday where Perryville plays host to Barton and Bigelow welcomes Cutter Morning Star with a playoff spot on the line. Both games start at 7:00, and you can hear more about those matchups during the Perry County Coaches' Show at 5:00 on KVOM...

In games involving other area teams, Atkins travels to Rose Bud, Hector is at home against Hampton, Pottsville hosts Joe T. Robinson, Russellville plays host to Conway, Dover hosts Dardanelle, Danville travels to Paris, Two Rivers is at home against Lamar, Mayflower plays at Harding Academy, Clinton plays at Subiaco Academy, and Conway Christian hosts Magnet Cove...

Morrilton's ninth grade Devil Pup football team fell to 3-5-1 on the season after a 28-12 loss to Searcy on the road Thursday night. The Devil Pups will finish their season Tuesday night at home against Little Rock Christian...

Sophomore Cole Bottoms led five players in double figures with 16 points as Sacred Heart's senior boys' basketball team earned an 88-62 victory over Rural Special on Thursday. Stephen Maus had 15 for the Rebels, Hunter Andrews had 12, Joe Beck 11 and Andrew Dunlap ten as the Rebels improve to 3-2. In the girls' game, Chloe Andrews scored 19 points to lead the Lady Rebels to a 61-46 win. Madeline Beck added 15 for Sacred Heart. Rural Special won the junior girls' game, 46-16, despite seven points from Jenna Chadek. Sacred Heart will play at County Line on Tuesday...

For the fifth time in as many conference games this season, the Arkansas football team takes on a top-ten opponent. This time it's No. 1-ranked Mississippi State. The Razorbacks travel to Starkville on Saturday, hoping to end their 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak. The game will kickoff at 6:15 p.m. Pregame coverage will start at 3:15 on 101.7 KVOM...

In other state college action on Saturday, Arkansas State plays at Idaho, UCA plays at Abilene Christian and Arkansas Tech hosts East Central at 3:00 for Homecoming in Russellville...


















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