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Hospitals and clinics across the state are taking extra precautions to prevent Ebola. Such was the case in Clinton Thursday morning when the Ozark Health Medical Center went under a precautionary lockdown amid concerns over a patient. Officials said the situation was due to the patient's travel history and symptoms, but the state health department cleared the patient of possible Ebola later that day. Dr. Gary Wheeler with the health department says new questions are now being asked as soon as someone steps into a hospital.  He says widespread awareness about the transmission of the disease is important.  Wheeler says Ebola informational signs are also outside major hospitals. The health department says there are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Arkansas, and that only those individuals who have traveled to Arkansas from the affected West African countries or who have cared for an Ebola patient in a health care facility within the last 21 days, are considered at risk for Ebola...

Arkansas' highest court says voters will be able to consider whether alcohol sales should be legal statewide. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously denied a bid to toss the item from the November 4th ballot. The proposal's opponents said petition-gatherers did not file paperwork on time and did not fully explain what voters would be voting on. Arkansas ballot petitions are due four months before Election Day. This year, the deadline was July 4th, but the secretary of state accepted them the next business day, July 7th. The group Citizens for Local Rights suggested the state should have opened its offices on Independence Day to accept them. Arkansas currently has 38 "wet" and 37 "dry" counties. The proposal seeks to make liquor sales legal in all 75 counties...

The state's infrastructure earned a grade of "D+" in the inaugural 2014 Report Card for Arkansas' Infrastructure released Thursday by the Arkansas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The report evaluates seven infrastructure categories: roads, drinking water, transit, levees, dams, bridges and wastewater. The lowest grades given were for levees and dams, which each received a “D.” Both bridges and wastewater earned the highest grade of “C+.” The report notes that 32 percent of the state's bridges are at least 50 years old, while the national average age for bridges is 42 years. Judge Jimmy Hart says Conway County is already in the process of replacing most of its older bridges.  The state has reduced funding for infrastructure over the past decade, causing Arkansas’ infrastructure system to show signs of aging. The state's roads received a grade of "D+" and Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials say the state needs continued investment to maintain its roads and reduce fatalities. Judge Hart reports revenue from the natural gas severance tax has allowed Conway County to make improvements on its roads, but there's still a lot of work to do.  Aaron Robinson, chairman of the Arkansas Report Card Committee says Arkansas must make the commitment to invest in its infrastructure now, as it will only cost the state more in the future...

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation will hold its 12th annual Just Desserts fundraiser Friday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the UACCM Plaza. The theme for this year's event is "Let Them Eat Cake" and it will feature French baroque decorations. The Foundation's Morgan Zimmerman says Just Desserts includes all-you-can-eat desserts and much more.  This year, the Foundation will auction desserts and dessert-related items such as cake stands, cake servers and gift certificates. The super raffle will feature a two-night stay at Big Cedar Lodge among other prizes. In addition to the array of sweets, an assortment of savory snacks including Petit Jean meat and cheese trays is part of the food selection. Foods for the event are donated by area bakeries and restaurants as well as UACCM faculty, staff, and Foundation Board members. Zimmerman says all proceeds from Just Desserts go to the UACCM Foundation, which directly benefits the college.  Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and will be available at the door...

Homecoming festivities at Perryville High School take place Friday. The afternoon ceremony is scheduled to start around 2:15 in the gym. The evening ceremony will get underway at 6:30 at Mustang Stadium. The annual crowning of the 2014 Homecoming Queen will take place Friday at the football field and is sponsored by the Perryville High School Student Council. Kickoff for Friday's football game against Rose Bud is still scheduled for 7:00 at Mustang Stadium...
































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The Morrilton Lady Devil Dog volleyball team's five-match conference winning streak was snapped Thursday night in a four-game loss at home to Little Rock Christian. With two conference matches remaining, Morrilton is in third place in the 5A West. Harrison remains undefeated and in first place; Little Rock Christian is in second and Greenbrier is in fourth place. The Lady Devil Dogs will host Harrison on Tuesday for their last home match and will travel to Greenbrier next Thursday. Tuesday will be Senior Night. The Lady Devil Dogs will honor the six volleyball seniors after the junior varsity match, which starts at 5:00. The volleyball seniors are Shamia Wright, Shelbi Collins, MaShela Flakes, Morgan Mullins, Lyndsey Jones and Jordin Stinnett. The Class 5A State Tournament will be held October 28-30 at Valley View. The state finals will be held November First in Hot Springs...

Brett Jones scored a late touchdown for Morrilton, but that's all the ninth grade Devil Pup football team would get Thursday night in a 30-8 loss to Greenbrier at Devil Dog Stadium. Morrilton plays at Beebe next week...

The Morrilton High School football team makes the long trek to northwest Arkansas Friday to take on the Farmington Cardinals, a team that's new to the 5A West this year. The Cardinals started the season 3-0, but, like the Devil Dogs, have won just one of their three conference games. Morrilton Coach Cody McNabb says Farmington has weapons offensively that make them a dangerous team.  The Devil Dogs are still looking for their first win on the road this season and a victory Friday would certainly enhance the team's playoff chances. Kickoff from Farmington is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. We'll have all the action for you live on 101.7 KVOM starting with the RARN Arkansas Gameday Show at 6:00 followed by the Devil Dog Coach's Show with Coach Cody McNabb at 6:30 and our live broadcast around 6:45...

The other games in the 5A West Friday night are Clarksville at Harrison, Greenbrier at Little Rock Christian, and Vilonia at Maumelle...

It's Homecoming at Perryville Friday night where the Mustangs play host to Rose Bud in search of their first win of the season. On-field festivities start at 6:30 with kickoff remaining at 7:00 from Mustang Stadium. Bigelow travels to Poyen in a big game in the 2A 5-North conference. You can hear more about those games on our Perry County Coaches' Show, airing at 5:00 p.m. Friday on 101.7 KVOM...

In games involving other area teams, Atkins plays host to Barton, Clinton hosts Pulaski Robinson, Conway is at home against Alma, Conway Christian is at Quitman, Danville plays at home against Lavaca, Dardanelle hosts Ozark, Dover hosts Pottsville, Hector plays at Union Christian, Mayflower travels to Bald Knob, Russellville plays at Van Buren, and Two Rivers is at Mansfield...

Georgia coach Mark Richt expects star tailback Todd Gurley's indefinite suspension to stay in place this week for the No. 10 Bulldogs' game against Arkansas in Little Rock on Saturday. The school is investigating allegations of rules violations by Gurley, whose suspension began for last week's 34-0 win at Missouri. The school has not released details of the investigation. Richt has said it involves autographs and memorabilia. Gurley was considered a leading Heisman Trophy candidate and did practice with the team this week. The Razorbacks and Bulldogs kick off at 3:00 p.m. Saturday and we'll have all the action for you starting with the pregame show live at noon on 101.7 KVOM...

In other state college games on Saturday, UCA plays at Southeastern Louisiana and Arkansas Tech plays host to Henderson State at 2:00 in Russellville...

Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over St. Louis, ending the Cardinals' season Thursday night. The Giants will face American League champion Kansas City with Game 1 slated for Tuesday night...











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