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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH
The City of Morrilton has completed construction of a new cell at the landfill that is projected to increase the life of the landfill by 18 years. The $1.4 million investment allows the city to continue maintaining a consistent stream of revenue and keep trash rates low for the citizens of Morrilton. Including the projects funded by a $4 million bond issue and projects scheduled to get underway in 2019, Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer says the city will have invested over $6.5 million in upgrades over the past two years. The city is using proceeds from a $600,000 loan to help fund the new cell...

Leaders with the South Conway County School District hope to begin construction on the school's next major building project in the spring. The project includes enclosed hallways for secured safety at Morrilton High School and Morrilton Junior High; renovations to H.B. White Auditorium; a new agriculture classroom at the high school; a new baseball field, ag shop and animal science lab across from Devil Dog Arena; and a relocation of the playground at Morrilton Intermediate School away from the highway. The district announced the $7 million project last spring, and Superintendent Shawn Halbrook says they're now in the process of finalizing the contract with Nabholz Corporation. Once construction begins, Halbrook says the entire project should be completed in less than a year and anticipates that all the work will be finished before the end of 2019...

Morrilton City Attorney Paul Dumas was recognized this week for his years of service to the city. Dumas was presented with a plaque by Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer during his final City Council meeting as City Attorney on Monday. Dumas has served in that capacity for the past six years. Jonathan Kelley was elected to the position in May and will officially take over the role on January 1st...

Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education are pleased to announce the creation of the Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year award. The award will recognize an outstanding public school educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to the Computer Science Initiative. The application process will open in February 2019 and will be available to any educator with an Arkansas teaching license or an approved licensure exception who is currently working in an Arkansas public school. Applicants must show their commitment to the Computer Science Initiative by demonstrating how their efforts have impacted student learning, their school and community, and the state. Five finalists will be selected from the applicants, with each receiving $2,500. One of the five finalists will be named the 2019 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year and will receive an additional $12,500 award, for a total of $15,000. The 2019 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year also will receive paid registration and travel to the 2019 ADE Summit next summer and a $1,000 sponsorship to attend the 2019 Computer Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona...



























































































































































































































































































































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Another lock-down defensive effort proved the difference once again for Morrilton's senior girls' basketball team on Tuesday as the Lady Devil Dogs beat Dardanelle, 36-22, on the road in 4A-4 conference play. Morrilton trailed, 8-2, early in the second quarter before taking control of the game with a 15-0 run that included three three-pointers from senior Mary Kate Kordsmeier, including the Dixon Family Dental Big Smile Play of the Game. Kordsmeier scored 12 points to lead Morrilton, who improves to 8-3 overall, 2-0 in conference play with the win. In the boys' game, senior Jansen Bell scored 15 points for Morrilton, but the Sand Lizards came out on top in overtime, 48-47, handing the Devil Dogs their first conference loss of the season. With the game tied at 33 in the fourth quarter, Morrilton pulled ahead with a 7-0 run capped by the Dixon Family Dental Big Smile Play of the Game, a third three-pointer of the night for senior Terry Franklin. But Dardanelle would outscore the Devil Dogs, 9-2, the remainder of regulation to get the game to overtime where they would eventually prevail. Franklin finished with 11 points for the Devil Dogs, whose overall record falls to 5-6 with the loss. Morrilton returns home to face Dover on Friday...

Wonderview's senior girls have made it through the first half of their 1A 5-North conference schedule undefeated. The Lady Daredevils beat Timbo, 59-26, on the road on Tuesday night to improve to 8-0 in conference play and 15-3 overall. Wonderview's boys lost a tough one to the Tigers, 58-56, to fall to 11-5 overall, 5-3 in conference play. Junior Jacob Reynolds led the Daredevils with 14 points. Senior Jacob Gullett followed with 13. Wonderview won the junior boys' game, 57-19, behind 16 points from Dillon Gangluff and 11 from Sam Reynolds. Wonderview will host Guy-Perkins for Homecoming on Friday...

Nemo Vista's senior girls picked up their second 2A 5-North conference victory of the season on Tuesday, beating South Side Bee Branch, 45-41, in Center Ridge. The Lady Red Hawks are now 5-8 overall, 2-2 in the conference with the win. Nemo Vista's boys earned their first conference win, beating the Hornets, 70-64, improving their overall record to 7-6. Nemo Vista will play seventh grade and junior high games against Mt. Vernon-Enola on Thursday. The senior high teams will be back in action on Friday against Quitman...

Morrilton's seventh grade teams are in action Wednesday with games at home against Russellville, starting at 4:00...

Four Morrilton High School football players received All-State honors for their play during the 2018 season. Senior receiver Mason Adams, junior running back Xaviar Clemons, senior offensive tackle Hunter DeSalvo and senior defensive lineman Keywan Shavers were all recognized on the Class 5A team...