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Searcy man sentenced for shooting in a residential neighborhood

A 27-year-old Searcy man was sentenced Monday to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction for opening fire on a vehicle in a residential neighborhood, according to 17th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Rebecca McCoy.

“David Gene Driver Jr. was sentenced to 36 months” on the charges of terroristic act, a class B felony, and aggravated assault, a class D felony, McCoy said. “An additional 24 months was suspended on count one to reach the statutory minimum (which is five years).”

Driver and Devon Marquis Willis confessed to shooting at each other while inside their personal vehicles at the intersection of Williams Drive and Merritt Street last June 28.

The incident, Ripka wrote, was “witnessed by residents of the neighborhood and children were reported outside playing at the time of the incident.”

Should older people be banned from church?

Just because a mentor starts unconsciously humming Motown tunes during a heart-to-heart talk with you about temptations, that doesn’t mean his advice is irrelevant.

A church in Cottage Grove, Minnesota has made national headlines because of an audacious “In order to save the village, we had to destroy it” strategy to rebrand itself.

The church plans to close its doors in June and reboot itself in the fall, with a new focus on young families with children.

All well and good, except church leadership has been asking its older members to “take one for the team” and haul their intimidating old carcasses to some alternative congregation, out of sight of hoped-for newbies. A couple of years down the road, the outcasts can meekly beseech their former congregation to let them darken its doorway again.

The Bible tells us that God has the hairs of our heads numbered. And apparently church strategists maintain a database on their degree of GRAYNESS.

To think, theologians have debated the exact nature of the Mark of the Beast for nearly 2,000 years, and now we have it narrowed down to either DOUBLE CHINS or VARICOSE VEINS!

We are told that Christians are supposed to be a “new creature” when converted, but where in the scripture does it also say they must remain as CUTE as Baby Yoda?

Hendrix Baseball earns top 50 national ranking

CONWAY, Ark. – After recording a sensational, record-breaking season a year ago, Hendrix baseball is receiving national votes in the 2020 Preseason Top 25 as it was released Tuesday afternoon. Hendrix earns eight national votes which is equivalent to being ranked No. 42.

Levee Damaged in 2019 Flood to be repaired!

Lollie Levee

Repairs to the Lollie Levee following the near breach during the historic 2019 Arkansas River Flood should be complete by the end of 2020.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil engineers Elmo Webb and Jonathan Palmer spoke to the Local Emergency Planning Committee on Wednesday about what caused the near breach and gave an approximate timeline for when repairs to the Faulkner County Levee, known locally as the Lollie Levee, would begin.

Governor proclaims Jan. 27 NASA Day in Arkansas

NASA Chief makes first ever visit to the state

SEARCY, Ark. (Jan. 15, 2020) — The Harding University Department of Engineering and Physics will host NASA Day at Harding on Jan. 27,  featuring NASA Chief Technologist Dr. Douglas Terrier, the highest ranking NASA technology official and first NASA chief ever to visit the state of Arkansas. In recognition of Dr. Terrier’s visit, Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed the date NASA Day in Arkansas. You can view the proclamation at


During NASA Day at Harding, Dr. Terrier will hold meetings with and make a series of presentations to various groups, including area elementary, middle, junior and high school students, as well as Harding students and faculty. More than 1,000 students from local schools will be participating on campus. Along with student meetings about NASA programs, jobs and opportunities, Dr. Terrier will meet with representatives from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. The consortium includes 17 four-year universities and colleges throughout Arkansas. The day’s events include the dedication of a plaque recognizing the NASA research conducted at the University from 1967 to present day. A special exhibit titled “Harding and NASA: Through the Years” will also be displaying grant-funded research beginning with astronaut physical fitness, of benefit to the first moon launch, to Harding’s membership in the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and scientific and technology research that continues today.


The day will culminate with a 7 p.m. lecture by Dr. Terrier in Benson Auditorium titled “Forward to the Moon: The NASA Artemis Program”

Harding Earns 43 Academic All-America Honors in Decade; Most in Arkansas and GAC

SEARCY – Research done by David Sherwood of Wingate University revealed Thursday that Harding University received 43 Academic All-America citations from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 12, 2019.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and must have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

Harding’s 43 awards tied for 41st among all athletics-playing universities in the United States and Canada. It tied for 14th among NCAA Division II schools, was the most of any Great American Conference school and the most of any school in the state of Arkansas.

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