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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST
Three local public schools are among the 215 in Arkansas recognized as high performing schools based on the results from the 2014 school year as authorized through the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program. The program recognizes the top 20 percent of schools based on academic achievement, academic growth and graduation rates. A total of 109 public schools were identified as top ten percent schools, while 106 public schools were identified as being in the top 11-20 percent. Nemo Vista Elementary, Nemo Vista Middle School and Wonderview Elementary School all fall in that category. Nemo Vista Principal Tresa Virden credits the hard work of the teachers and students for achieving the honor.  A total of $7 million from the governor's allocation of the General Improvement Fund has again been designated for the program this year. Schools in the top ten percent are eligible to receive $90 per student. Schools in the top 11-20 percent are eligible to receive $45.10 per student. Nemo Vista Elementary will receive $8,339. Nemo Vista Middle School will receive $5,342. Wonderview Elementary will receive $10,872. Virden says schools can use the money for faculty bonuses or to assist with improving or maintaining student performance.  According to the Department of Education, schools receiving recognition funds must establish a committee to determine the best use of the funds. The committee includes the principal, a teacher elected by the faculty, and a parent representative selected by the local Parent Teacher Association or another parental involvement group...

Arguments for and against Arkansas' gay marriage ban in front of a federal judge have wrapped up. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker did not rule regarding a lawsuit brought by two same-sex couples who challenged the state's 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The couples argued the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation, while state lawyers said voters who approved the ban should not see it overturned. The Arkansas Supreme Court heard similar arguments Thursday morning in a state case, but did not rule. In May, a Pulaski County judge set aside the ban, leading clerks to issue more than 500 same-sex marriage licenses before a stay was issued a week later...

Christmas shoppers in Morrilton will be able to get an early start as several downtown businesses will hold their annual Christmas Open House this Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Cody Hill with the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce says many of the downtown merchants will open their doors for a special afternoon of Christmas shopping.  Some of the business that have agreed to participate include Doylene's Touch of Gold, Paradise Tanz, McCallie Ranch Antiques Co-Op, Pure Bliss Salon, Tasty Cakes, 64 Downtown Mall, Clover Alley Gifts, Merle Norman and More, The Shoe Company, and C&J Family Thrift Store. The Morrilton Depot Museum will also have a bake sale during the event...

It will cost families more to prepare the Thanksgiving meal this year, due largely to an increase in the average cost of frozen turkey and a gallon of whole milk. According to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 29th annual survey, it will cost $46.23 for a family of ten, or $4.62 per person, to enjoy the feast. Last year’s average was $42.63. The statewide average is based on responses from members of the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and other volunteers who surveyed food prices at 12 grocery stores and supermarkets across the state. They were asked to report the “best in-store price” of 12 items included in the meal. The average price of a 16-pound young tom turkey this year increased $2.49 to $18.08. Another major driver of the survey is the cost of a gallon of whole milk. After dropping to four dollars in 2013, the average increased to $4.25 this year. Also contributing to the price hike was a 59-cent increase in the cost of a half-pint carton of whipping cream and 55-cent increase for three pounds of sweet potatoes. Other items included in the meal that saw an increase in price were a package of frozen green peas, up seven cents; a pound of carrots, up 19 cents; and the combined average cost of miscellaneous items included in the meal such as coffee, eggs, flour, and butter, which increased 28 cents. Items that saw modest price reductions include cubed stuffing, a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, a two-count package of frozen pie shells, 12-count package of brown and serve rolls, a bunch of celery, and a 12-ounce package of cranberries...













































































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Morrilton's junior girls' and boys' basketball teams will be playing for the championship in the Atkins Junior High Invitational Tournament after both teams earned wins in Thursday's semi-finals. The Lady Devil Dogs beat Dardanelle, 24-23, while the boys beat J.A. Fair, 37-35. The girls' championship game will be Saturday at 5:45 with the boys' game to follow at 7:00...

Wonderview's junior girls will play in the finals of the Lamar Tournament on Saturday after a 43-25 victory over Lamar on Thursday. Brooke Zimmerman led Wonderview with 14 points in the win. Kailey Gullett added 11. Wonderview has conference games Friday at home against Mount Vernon-Enola. The junior girls play at 5:30 with the senior girls' and boys' games to follow...

Taylor Usery scored 16 points to lead Sacred Heart's senior girls to a 54-21 victory over Bigelow in non-conference action Thursday night. Lindsey Bean had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Rebels improve to 6-4 on the season. Sacred Heart's senior boys put three players in double figures, but lost, 65-55, to the Panthers. Joe Beck led the Rebels with 12 points. Wyatt Burgener and Stephen Maus each added ten. Sacred Heart's seventh grade boys and junior boys play at LISA Academy North Friday, starting at 5:30...

Also on Friday, Nemo Vista travels to Abundant Life for junior boys' and senior high games, starting at 5:30...

A number of area high school football teams are playing second-round playoff games on Friday. Hector, which had a bye last week, plays host to Rison. Also in Class 2A, Conway Christian hosts Des Arc. In a Class 3A matchup, Mayflower goes on the road to face conference foe Harding Academy. In Class 4A, Clinton plays at Pine Bluff Dollarway and Dardanelle is at home against Hamburg. In Class 7A, Conway plays host to Fayetteville. The Class 5A matchups include Camden Fairview at Pulaski Academy, Greenbrier at Batesville, Wynne at Maumelle, and Beebe at Hot Springs...

Coming off an impressive 30-point blowout win over Wake Forest on Wednesday, the Arkansas basketball team takes on Delaware State Friday night in Bud Walton Arena. Tipoff is slated for seven p.m. with pregame coverage to start at 6:30 on 101.7 KVOM...

Saturday will be Senior Day for the Arkansas football team when the Razorbacks take on No. 8 Ole Miss in Fayetteville for the team's final home game of the season. The Hogs are riding high after last week's 17-0 win over No. 17 LSU. The Rebels, who were off last week, lead the country in scoring defense, allowing just 11.9 points per game. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Pregame coverage will start at 11:30 a.m. on 101.7 KVOM...

In Thursday night's college action, Arkansas State lost to Texas State, 45-27...






























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