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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23RD
Hundreds of U.S. cities have renamed streets after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many more have honored him by adding his name to schools, parks and other buildings. This week the City of Morrilton commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. King by unveiling plans to dedicate a visible and well-traveled stretch of highway as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Highway. Conway County Branch NAACP President Joe Canady made the initial request to Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer last year about potentially renaming a city street in honor of Dr. King, but agreed instead to have the stretch of Highway 64 in the city limits designated as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Highway. City leaders say they're proud to now have a landmark to honor Dr. King’s heroism and work towards achieving equality for all...

The University of Central Arkansas announced Tuesday that it has received the largest gift in its 111-year history, $20 million from Windgate Foundation. This extraordinary matching gift will support the new, state-of-the-art Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts and make UCA a regional leader of the arts. Plans for the 114,000 square-foot facility include 44,000 square feet of art space; an exterior space for three-dimensional art; an art gallery to engage and inspire the Conway community; a 450-seat concert hall designed for orchestra, choir, band and ensemble performances; and a proscenium theatre that will allow for a wide range of theatrical performances, including musical theater and opera. A total of $19 million of the gift will be used for the new construction. The remainder of the project will be funded through additional private gifts and other resources, for a total estimated cost of $45 million. The remaining $1 million from Windgate will be added to the current Windgate Scholarship Fund, which was established within the UCA Foundation in 2005. The Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts will be situated at the corner of Donaghey and Bruce Streets and will serve as a cornerstone of the campus that encourages participation in the arts and provides a unique experience for students, faculty and visitors...

Morrilton's newest restaurant is now open. Morrilton House of Wings is located in the old Colonial Plaza at 1401 East Broadway in Morrilton. The Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the restaurant on Tuesday. The owners of Morrilton House of Wings are Ernest and Crystal Robinson. Crystal is from Morrilton, and Ernest says the idea for the restaurant originally began as somewhat of a joke about seven years ago. Morrilton House of Wings serves traditional and boneless wings with five different kinds of sauce available. It's open from 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday...

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that all Farm Service Agency offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding. Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since January 17th, and will continue to do so Wednesday. Beginning Thursday, however, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions they will accommodate. Additionally, Secretary Perdue announced that the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, which aids farmers harmed by unjustified retaliatory tariffs, has been extended to February 14th. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has temporarily recalled all of the more than 9,700 FSA employees to keep offices open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays beginning January 24th. For the first two full weeks under this operating plan, FSA offices will be open Mondays through Fridays. In subsequent weeks, offices will be open three days a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, if needed to provide the additional administrative services...










































































































































































































































































































































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Morrilton's senior boys' basketball team has moved into a tie for second place in the 4A 4 conference after dominating Dardanelle from start to finish Tuesday night at Devil Dog Arena in a 57-28 victory over the Sandlizards, who entered the night in a tie for first place in the conference. The Devil Dogs raced to a 14-0 lead and never looked back, forcing ten turnovers in the first quarter in building a 21-4 lead. Senior Terry Franklin led Morrilton with 16 points. Senior Xavier Wright followed with 13, all in the first half. The win is the fourth in a row for the Devil Dogs, who are now 12-9 overall, 6-3 in conference play, tied with the Sandlizards and just one game behind Pottsville for first place...The girls' game was also dominated by Morrilton as the Lady Devil Dogs picked up their 15th win of the season, improving to 6-2 in conference play with a 47-27 victory behind 15 points and nine rebounds from senior Tamia Templeton. Just as the boys did, Morrilton's girls put the game out of reach early, scoring the first 16 points of the game and building a 23-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. With the win, Morrilton stays one game behind Pottsville and Clarksville for first place in the 4-A 4 conference. Morrilton continues conference play at Dover on Friday in games we'll broadcast live on KVOM...

The hottest team on the boys’ side of the 1A 5 conference is Sacred Heart. After beating then first-place Timbo on Friday, the Rebels rallied to beat the new first-place team, Mt. Vernon-Enola, 50-40, on Tuesday for their fifth straight win overall and fourth in a row in conference play. Senior Ben Drilling led the Rebels with 20 points while senior Cody Jones followed with 11, helping Sacred Heart improve to 17-9 overall, 7-6 in conference play...Mt. Vernon-Enola won the senior girls' game, 69-34. Sophomore Anna Lee Maus scored ten points for the Lady Rebels, who fall to 5-8 in the conference...Sacred Heart won the junior girls' game, 43-25, behind 12 points from Mia James. Halen Hoelzeman followed with 11 points and Anna Reece Jones added ten. Sacred Heart continues conference play at Guy-Perkins on Thursday in games we'll broadcast live on KVOM...

Wonderview's senior girls have clinched at least a share of the 1A 5 conference championship and the number one seed for the district tournament by beating Shirley, 74-53, on Tuesday night in Shirley. With just two conference games remaining, the Lady Daredevils are 13-1 in league play, have a two-game lead over Concord and hold the tiebreaker over the Lady Pirates...Wonderview's senior boys improved to 9-5 in the conference and remain tied for third place with a 76-63 win over the Blue Devils...Wonderview won the junior girls' game, 35-18. Wonderview will host West Side Greers Ferry on Thursday...

Morrilton's Marcel Swinton had nine points and three rebounds for the Central Baptist College men's team, but the Mustangs lost to Williams Baptist, 65-56, on Tuesday...

The University of Arkansas men's team looks to snap a four-game losing streak when the Razorbacks play host to Missouri on Wednesday night in Bud Walton Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for eight p.m. with pregame coverage to start at 7:30 on The Eagle, 99.3 and 105.5 FM...