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The City of Morrilton has reached a settlement in a 2008 case in which a shoplifting suspect was fatally shot by a Morrilton police officer. At a hearing Wednesday in Little Rock, the city agreed to pay $32,500 to the estate of Jermell Thompson, the victim in the November 2008 incident. In doing so, the city avoids the possibility of the lawsuit going to trial. Thompson was 19 years old when he was accused of stealing a bottle of whiskey from a Morrilton liquor store. The Police Department said Thompson then ran from officers who attempted to stop the vehicle Thompson was driving. The chase ended at the intersection of Highways 9 and 9B where the two officers, Clint Murray and Dustin Caudell, got out of their vehicles to approach the car they had been chasing. According to a narrative from then-Police Chief Norbert Gunderman, the suspect vehicle then attempted to leave by backing up toward one of the officers. That's when Caudell fired at the tires of the vehicle, Gunderman added. The vehicle then proceeded forward toward Murray who fired upon the vehicle, striking Thompson. The officers said they thought their lives were in danger. Both have long since resigned from the department...

The bodies of two men – including one from Perryville - who fell from a boat into the water of Lake Maumelle have been recovered. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirms the bodies of 27-year-old Anthony Mayfield of Perryville and 29-year-old Joseph Greenway of Paron were found near a bridge in the lake around 2:15 p.m. Thursday. Searchers found the bodies within six feet of each other. The two were not wearing life jackets, and officials say it appears the two were "flung" from the boat. The search for the two began about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and included crews from the Pulaski and Grant County Sheriff’s Departments and the Little Rock and West Pulaski Fire Departments, as well as Arkansas Game and Fish...

Defense attorneys for a Conway teen charged in the shooting death of the couple who raised him as their grandson say they plan to ask for the case to be moved to juvenile court. During a pre-trial hearing for now 15-year-old Justin Staton in Faulkner County Circuit Court, his attorneys said depending on several discovery requests, they plan to file the motion to move Staton to juvenile court. Prosecutors charged Staton as an adult with capital murder in the shooting deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell last July. Police say Staton and 18-year-old Hunter Drexler robbed and shot the couple then dragged their bodies to a wooded area behind their Conway home, where Staton also lived. A deputy prosecuting attorney said the office would not comment until a motion is filed...

Farmers and Merchants Bank is among the financial institutions currently being spammed by fraudsters using fake text alerts. Officials believe other banks are also being targeted. The Christmas season and tax rebate season are the two busiest times of the year for fraud, and the bank wants to remind everyone that protecting your personal financial information is critical. To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, officials say you should never give out your account information or other personal identity information unless you initiated the call...

Officials with the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton invite the public to a free job fair at the college on Saturday. The college's Mary Clark says it's primarily geared toward the unemployed, dislocated workers or for those who are considering a career change and want to learn about the programs UACCM has to offer.  Information sessions will be offered on the hour from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for those interested in getting more information about both short-term training programs and the college’s credit programs. Businesses from each of the counties in the college's six-county service area will be available to participants. As part of the event, UACCM will also be hosting the Governor’s Dislocated Worker Task Force Mobile Unit. Fair participants may be provided assistance on drafting resumes and letters of application, effective interviewing skills, productive job search techniques and Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate assessments. The job fair will last from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and free lunch will be available for all who attend...

The Union Chapel School and Shop Building near Springfield is one of five properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties. The Union Chapel School and Shop Building were constructed in the late 1930s through the Works Progress Administration, a Depression-era federal relief program. According to its National Register nomination, from the time of its completion in the late 1930s, Union Chapel School was the only school for African-Americans in the Union Chapel and Springfield. It was not only a significant part of Union Chapel's African-American community when it came to education, but it was also an important aspect of the community's social life. As with churches, schools were often an important part of the African-American community not just during the week, but on the weekends as well, and Union Chapel was no exception...













































































































































































































































































































































































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Morrilton's ninth grade boys' basketball team is celebrating a district championship. The Devil Pups beat Vilonia, 41-35, in the tournament finals Thursday night at Vilonia...

Wonderview's junior girls are also district champions. The Junior Lady Daredevils beat Mt. Vernon-Enola, 29-23, in the 1A 5-North Tournament finals at Nemo Vista on Thursday. Faith Byers and Bailey Wright scored nine points apiece to lead Wonderview...

Sacred Heart's junior boys came up one point short in their attempt at a district championship, falling to Mt. Vernon-Enola, 33-32, Thursday night in Center Ridge. Ben Drilling led the Junior Rebels with ten points...

Also at Nemo Vista on Thursday, Wonderview's senior boys demolished LISA Academy North, 82-23, to stay alive in the 1A 5-North Senior High District Tournament, which will resume next week at Guy-Perkins. Five Daredevils scored in double figures in the win led by Dusty Hahn who had all 15 of his points on three-pointers. Eli Harris hit four treys and finished with 14 points. M.J. Griffin had 12 points and Zane Haney and Hunter Brown each put in 11 for the Daredevils...

One of the most highly anticipated games Devil Dog Gymnasium has hosted in quite some time takes Friday night when Maumelle visits for a 5A West clash with the Devil Dogs. Morrilton enters the game in first place in the conference with a record of 8-1. The Hornets are one of three teams just a game back at 7-2. When the teams matched up at Maumelle earlier this season, it was a game for the ages, one the Devil Dogs won, 72-66, in an intense, heated battle that saw four technical fouls called. The memory of that game, along with the position in the standings for both teams, makes this matchup one you won't want to miss...
The boys' game will follow the girls' game, which features a matchup of two teams struggling to find their way in the 5A West. After a strong start to the conference season, the Lady Hornets have lost four in a row and are in desperate need of a win to stay alive in the race for one of the league's four playoff spots. The Lady Devil Dogs remain winless in conference play, but have played better as the season has progressed. They're coming off a strong second half performance against Clarksville and Coach Carin McNabb hopes that will carry over into this game...
It's also Morrilton's annual Pink Out Night for breast cancer awareness...
A junior varsity game will start the action at 5:00, followed by the varsity girls' and boys' games, and we'll have the broadcast of the two varsity games live on 101.7 KVOM, starting around 6:00...

Wonderview celebrates Senior Night when Bigelow visits for a pair of senior high games on Friday. The girls will play at six o’clock, followed by the boys...

Also on Friday, Sacred Heart plays senior high games at South Side Bee Branch, starting at 6:00, and Nemo Vista plays senior high games at Shirley, starting at 5:30...

Coming up on Saturday, the Arkansas Razorbacks look to bounce back from a terrible loss at Mississippi State with another game in the state of Mississippi. The Hogs will be in Oxford to face Ole Miss in a 1:00 p.m. game against the Rebels. Pregame coverage will start at 12:30 on 101.7 KVOM...

Former Lady Devil Dog standout Danielle Wright had seven points, two steals and a rebound for the University of New Orleans women's team on Thursday in the Privateers' 75-64 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi...

Former Nemo Vista standout Ty Virden had one of his best games at the collegiate level on Thursday. The Lyon College freshman scored 20 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists in a losing effort for the Scots, who fell to Freed-Hardeman University, 90-65, in Batesville...

Wonderview's Laken Ward had 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists for Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the Lady Lions' 70-61 victory over Bacone College on Thursday...