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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH
The Conway County Quorum Court's first regular meeting of 2015 was filled with personnel policy amendments, 2015 budget amendments and a clean-up ordinance for final adjustments to the 2014 budget. The personnel policy amendments were approved to change the starting salary for county employees. The amendment to the 2015 budget was to account for equipment purchases for 911, the receipt of a $12,500 grant for the Office of Emergency Management, and payment for the renovation of the St. Vincent Morrilton hospital emergency room. Justices of the Peace on Monday also approved the appointment of Joel Taylor to the Conway County Library Board, replacing Jeannie Denniston for a term to expire February 27th, 2020. Resolutions were also passed to fill vacant job positions at the Sheriff's Office, Detention Center and Road Department...

An increase in enrollment since the beginning of the school year has forced the South Conway County School District to add an additional teacher to its staff. Superintendent Shawn Halbrook reports the district's Board of Education took action to fill the position at a special meeting on Monday by hiring Robbie Kordsmeier as a fourth grade teacher at Morrilton Intermediate School.  Halbrook says the meeting also included the approval of a construction change order for the enclosure project at Morrilton Elementary School.  In another personnel matter, the Board approved the hiring of Lashonda Hervey as a child nutrition cook at Morrilton Junior High School...

The entire state of Arkansas is currently under a moderate risk for wildfires, though no burn bans are active for the state at this time. The Arkansas Forestry Commission reports 25 wildfires burned 378 acres in the state over the weekend. According to Conway County's 911 Administrator, Steve Beavers, the county received several calls on Monday for reports of smoke in the area. But he says that was from controlled burns by the Game and Fish and Forestry Commissions - not from wildfires.  While it may not be imminent, officials say if the dry conditions persist much longer, burn bans may have to soon be issued for some areas of the state. To monitor the fire danger in your county and to view a list of prescribed burns, you can visit the Forestry Commission's website at www.ArkFireInfo.org...

A group of Republican lawmakers wants to terminate Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion by the end of the year, despite Governor Asa Hutchinson wanting to continue the program through 2016. Senator Linda Collins-Smith and six other GOP senators co-sponsored legislation filed Monday that would end the state's "private option" on December 31st. Under the private option, Arkansas uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Hutchinson, a Republican, last week called on lawmakers to continue the program through the end of next year while a proposed task force looks at the future of the state's Medicaid system. The private option has sharply divided Republicans, who control the Legislature. Collins-Smith is among several lawmakers who were elected last year on a vow to end the program...

Hope Danielle Rankin was crowned Morrilton High School's 2015 Ayer Queen. Hope is the 16-year-old daughter of John and Darla Rankin and a sophomore at MHS. First runner-up was junior Kathryn Elyce Williams. Senior Elizabeth Megan Cheek was second runner-up. Third runner-up was senior Danielle Diaz. Senior Lyndsey Jones, the 17-year-old daughter of Bruce and Sarah Jones, won the talent competition. First runner-up in talent went to Elizabeth Cheek. Hope Rankin received second runner- up. Senior Abigail Synclaire Windham was awarded third runner-up. Windham was also named Miss Congeniality. Cheek was awarded Audience Favorite. The 49th annual Ayer Beauty Pageant was held Saturday at H.B. White Auditorium on the campus of Morrilton High School. Fifteen young ladies competed for the title. The competition began Saturday morning with interviews by a panel of four judges. The interview portion of the competition is the most heavily weighted portion of the pageant. The evening event included the talent competition and evening wear. The annual Ayer pageant is sponsored by the Ayer yearbook staff to help defray the cost of the MHS yearbook...








































































































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Lakin Dillard scored 16 points and Tory Criswell added 12 as Morrilton's ninth grade boys defeated Greenbrier, 41-31, on Monday in Morrilton. In the girls' game, Rylee Raper scored 11 points in Morrilton's 26-23 win. Greenbrier won the eighth grade girls' game, 37-31. Morrilton's junior high teams play at home against Beebe on Thursday. The seventh grade teams play at Pottsville on Wednesday...

Sacred Heart and Bigelow split a pair of junior high games on Monday. Bigelow won the girls' game, 42-16, with Sacred Heart winning the boys' game, 30-24...

Morrilton's senior high teams make one of their longest trips of the season on Tuesday when they travel to Farmington for a pair of 5A West conference games. Both Morrilton teams are hoping to bounce back from losses to Vilonia on Friday. The Lady Devil Dogs are 2-3 in conference play and hoping to knock off a Lady Cardinal team that's 4-1 in league play and ranked third in the state in Class 5A. The boys' game features the 3-2 Devil Dogs against the 2-3 Cardinals who are coming off a one-point loss to Little Rock Christian on Friday. The action starts with the girls' game at 6:00 p.m. with the boys' game to follow...

Sacred Heart and Wonderview square off Tuesday for the second matchup this season between county and conference rivals. Wonderview swept the games at Sacred Heart in November. Tuesday's games are at Wonderview where the Daredevils have a chance to clinch the outright 1A 5-North conference championship and the Lady Daredevils can clinch at least a share of the conference title. Both Sacred Heart teams appear headed for a third place finish in the conference. The action starts with a junior boys' game at 5:30, followed by senior girls' and senior boys' games. We'll have the broadcast of both senior high games live on 101.7 KVOM, starting around 6:30...

Arkansas goes for its third consecutive win on Tuesday when the Razorbacks return home to face Tennessee in a battle of two of the five teams tied for second place in the Southeastern Conference. The Hogs and Vols are both 4-2 in league play. The Volunteers have already defeated the Razorbacks this season, winning 74-69 when the teams met in Knoxville on January 13th. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and due to our coverage of the Sacred Heart/Wonderview games, the Arkansas game will air on KVOM AM-800. Pregame coverage will start at 7:30...






































































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