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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 More »

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 More »

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 More »

Levee Damaged in 2019 Flood to be repaired!

Repairs to the Lollie Levee following the near breach during the historic 2019 Arkansas River Flood should be complete by More »

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 More »

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 More »

Switching to solar

Phase one of the solar panel project for Searcy Water Utilities is nearly complete, according to Assistant General Manager Tim More »

Top 15 Harding football finishes nationally ranked again

The 2019 Harding football team finished at No. 15 in the final American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll, released More »

Bring Your Trailer House and come to Kensett

The placement of singlewide mobile homes in more than one part of town was one of the topics discussed at a special town hall meeting last week, and city officials are expected to look at an ordinance concerning it at tonight’s Kensett City Council meeting.

Kensett Mayor Allen Edge said everybody at the town hall meeting “decided it would probably be a good thing” to allow more singlewides into different parts of town.

“There would be stipulations on why they need to be at least 12 foot wide” Edge said. “Of course, they [those wanting singlewides] would have to follow all the rules and regulations that are in place.

Dating back to 2011, Edge said he tried to get singlewides allowed in more places but “it got shot down that night during the council meeting.”

It was mentioned by a resident that singlewide mobile homes should be allowed in different places because a lot of single people want to come in to the Kensett community and if they have kids, they would help improve school enrollment. Edge noted that the Kensett Elementary School has 103 fewer students than last year.

“I think this is a step forward to clean up town but also to be able to bring people here,” Phillips said. “We don’t have a lot of people moving into Kensett and I just think this is a good opportunity to open it up and maybe just open the door for people to move back here.”

Harding Women’s Cross-Country Named GAC Program of the Decade,

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference will reveal the All-Decade teams for the 13 sports – football, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, softball, baseball and men’s and women’s golf. The league will also announce a “Program of the Decade” for the 13 sports. This award goes to the team that earned the most points and the highest percentage of points based on the league’s two All-Sports trophies. With its four GAC Championships, Harding was the GAC’s Team of the Decade for women’s cross-country.

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 governor.arkansas.gov.


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”

Panhandlers, Beggars, Bums “trashing” Searcy!!

At the prompting of a Searcy business owner, city officials are considering ways to prevent panhandling and littering in the city.

Kim Wyatt, owner of Kim’s Cutz, spoke about the issue at the Searcy City Council’s agenda meeting Thursday night.

“There’s a lot of people in our city who are really discouraged by the panhandling and the littering and no one really knows what to do about it,” she said.

According to Wyatt, there has been trash at the United Methodist Church’s parking lot at 304 N. Main St. for over two weeks due to “good citizens” giving food to panhandlers who don’t eat the food and leave the trash.

Wyatt said she has received several private messages from people who send pictures of the panhandlers at the bank with their money or buying lottery tickets and cigarettes.

The Lyon College women’s basketball team climbed from No. 18 to No. 10 in the third NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll of the season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Lyon College women’s basketball team has been one of the hottest teams in the country over the last month and is currently riding a 12-game winning streak. Standing at 14-1 on the season, the Scots shot up the rankings from No. 18 to No. 10 in the third NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll of the season, which was released by the national office on Wednesday. It is the first time the Scots have been ranked in the top-10 since the final poll of the 2016-17 was released on March 8, 2017.


Beebe man battles bear in new television series

Last summer, Beebe’s Bruce Jones found himself in a tug of war with a grizzly bear.

The national arm-wrestling champion said he got a call a little over a year ago and was asked if he wanted to be on The Discovery Channel’s new television series, “Man Vs Bear.” His response was “Sure, why not?”

Jones was flown to an area just outside of Park City, Utah, to be one of several contestants who would be pitted against one of three bears.

Jones enjoys a good competition, and the concept of the show “just sounded cool,” he said. “So I was all in.”

He added that he and the contestants alongside him didn’t know what they were getting into when they signed up for the first season of the show, which began airing in December

His experience on the show is “hard to explain,” he said, “because it’s almost unbelievable a little bit, but it was definitely really exciting to be a part of it. How many people are able to say that they competed against a grizzly bear?”

UAMS Medical Center state’s only adult Level 1 traumacenter

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has once again been designated  by the American College of Surgeons as the state’s only adult Level 1 Trauma Center, signifying UAMS can provide the highest level of trauma care for the most serious and urgent cases.

UAMS first achieved this Level 1 verification in 2017 after a vigorous review process.

UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state of Arkansas as recognized by the Arkansas Department of Health.

A Level 1 medical center must have the capability of providing leadership and total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. It also has a major responsibility for providing leadership in education, research and system planning.

The American College of Surgeons’ Verification Program was created in 1987 to promote the development of trauma centers that can provide the necessary care for trauma patients from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

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