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KVOM NEWS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
The outlook for jobs in Morrilton continues to improve. TTEC, Incorporated has brought approximately 300 new jobs to Morrilton since its opening last summer. A number of existing companies have also announced plans for expansion. Petit Jean Meats announced in December an expansion to add nearly three dozen new jobs to its facility. Green Bay Packaging's Pinecrest Lumber Division announced in June an expansion of its facility at Menifee that will add a few dozen new jobs upon its completion next summer. All of this has contributed to a decline in the unemployment rate for Conway County from 5.3% in July 2017 to 4.6% in July 2018. But other companies have had steady growth that often goes unnoticed. Wayne Smith Trucking, for example, has grown its workforce tremendously since relocating two years ago from Highway 64 West to a much larger site in Morrilton's North Industrial Park. Wayne Smith Trucking has added 23 jobs in the past year and the company's Joey Berkemeyer says they have no plans of slowing down any time soon. In addition to adding drivers, WST also creates jobs by maintaining its own full-service body shop to do maintenance and repairs in-house. Wayne Smith Trucking currently has about 700 trailers, runs 117 trucks over the road and employs about 178 workers, but Berkemeyer says a driver shortage is preventing them from growing even more. The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton offers a commercial driver training course that allows students to train for a career as a driver in as little as five weeks...

Building off the tremendous success from the event's first two years, organizers in Perry County are looking forward to an even bigger and better Arkansas Goat Festival this year. This year's event, the third annual, will take place Saturday, October 6th, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Perryville City Park. Around 1,200 people attended last year's festival, but organizer Sarah French tells KVOM they expect to shatter that mark this year. French says the day will once again be filled with various goat-themed activities for people of all ages. All attendees who come to the festival with a goat, dressed as a goat, or with goats on their clothes will get a door prize. Also, goat owners who pre-register their animals for one of the goat events will receive a special gift. More information about the event is available online at www.arkansasgoatfestival.com and on the Arkansas Goat Festival Facebook page...

Koontz Electric Company of Morrilton has announced the success of its Seventh Annual Invitational Golf Tournament held last Thursday at Morrilton County Club has brought the amount of money raised for the company's scholarship fund to $46,000. That amount has been matched by the company, bringing the total available for local scholarships to $92,000. Twenty-nine scholarships have been committed to graduating high school seniors in Conway County through the Koontz Electric Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are awarded to students focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics degrees and specialized training programs. Scholarship applications are available at all county high schools. Koontz Electric would like to thank all the Silver, Gold and Platinum sponsors, business supporters and employees who helped make this year's golf tournament a success...

Approximately 40 firefighters and 13 apparatus from the Conway County and Pope County Fire Departments participated in a full-scale water shuttle exercise on Tuesday at the Charlotte Teresa Plantation home in the Blackwell bottoms off Alldon Marie Road. The purpose of the exercise was to simulate a full-scale response to a structure fire at the home. Since the home is located in rural Conway County, fire hydrants are not readily available and water must be hauled in for firefighting activities using two-thousand gallon tanker trucks. As trucks arrived and dropped water, they were timed on their turn-around time including fill-up to see how long it will take and how many trucks will be required to ensure water is available at all times to support firefighting operations. The times will be studied and a plan will be developed and implemented for future fire incidents that may occur at the location. Anyone interested in joining the Conway County Volunteer Fire Department can contact Brandon Baker at 501-697-8069...



























































































































































































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The Morrilton High School volleyball team continued its perfect run through the 4A Central Conference with a dominating performance at Forrest City on Thursday. The Dogs won the match by scores of 25-6, 25-1, and 25-3 to finish the first half of the conference season with a record of 7-0. Morrilton will take its 13-2 overall mark to Lonoke for the Jackrabbit Invitational on Saturday...

Morrilton's ninth grade Devil Pup football team fell to 1-3 on the season with a 34-20 loss to Beebe on the road on Thursday. The Devil Pups will take on Clarksville at home next Thursday...

It's been two weeks since the Morrilton High School football team has played, but the Devil Dogs return to the field Friday night when they open 5A West conference play at home against Harrison. The Goblins were nothing short of dominant in their three non-conference games this season and Morrilton Coach Cody McNabb says they look like the team to beat in the 5A West. Kickoff from Devil Dog Stadium is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and we'll have all the action live on 101.7 KVOM. Pregame coverage will start with the RARN High School Gameday Show at 6:00 followed by the Devil Dog Coach's Show with Coach McNabb at 6:30. Our live broadcast from the Haynes Home Center Studio starts around 6:45...

Also on Friday, Perryville opens its 4-3A conference season at home against Jessieville and Bigelow looks to improve to 4-0 when the Panthers open 5-2A conference play at home against fellow unbeaten Quitman. You can hear more about those matchups during the Perry County Coaches' Show airing at 5:00 p.m. Friday on 101.7 KVOM...

In games involving other area teams, Atkins plays at Baptist Prep, Hector is at Western Yell County, Pottsville goes to Dardanelle, Russellville hosts Benton, Dover is at Subiaco Academy, Danville plays at Mayflower, Two Rivers hosts Glen Rose, Conway plays at Fort Smith Southside, Conway Christian hosts Poyen, and Clinton is on the road against Harding Academy...

The Arkansas Razorbacks are 30-point underdogs for their game at Number Nine Auburn on Saturday. Kickoff time for the Hogs' Southeastern Conference opener is 6:30 p.m., and you can hear the action live on our sister station, 99.3 and 105.5 The Eagle. Pregame coverage will start at 3:30 p.m...

The St. Louis Cardinals start their final home stand of the season Friday night when they take on the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium. The Cards will play three games against the Giants and three against Milwaukee before finishing the regular season on the road against the Cubs. With nine games remaining, the Cardinals hold a 1 1/2 game lead over Colorado for the National League's second Wild Card spot. First pitch Friday against the Giants is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Pregame coverage starts at 6:20 on Motown Radio, 92.5 FM and 800 AM...