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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 »


CONWAY, Ark. _ The University of Central Arkansas and head men’s basketball coach Russ Pennell have agreed to part ways effective immediately, according to Dr. Brad Teague, UCA’s director of athletics.

Pennell, in his sixth season at UCA, has been on a leave of absence for personal reasons since Dec. 16. Teague said Tuesday that Pennell will not return as the Bears head coach. Associate Head Coach Anthony Boone, who has been in charge of the program since mid-December and been a part of the coaching staff since 2014, will continue as the interim head coach the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

Harding Softball Set For Another Big Year!!

The Harding softball team is picked to finish tied for second place in the Great American Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Lady Bisons and Arkansas Tech both had 105 points and each received one first-place vote.

Southern Arkansas had 120 points to finish first in the poll. The Muleriders won the GAC regular season championship last season. Arkansas Tech finished second with Harding third.

Harding had a 35-23 overall record and a 26-18 GAC record.

Harding returns three All-GAC players from last season. Pitcher Jenna Hipp and catcher Briley Feringa were second-team All-GAC, and infielder Amanda Fields was honorable mention.

The Lady Bisons will open the 2020 season at the Arkansas Tech Invitational in Conroe, Texas, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Harding will play Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Commerce Friday and Texas-A&M-International and Cameron Saturday.

Harding’s first home games will be at the Harding Invitational Feb. 7-9. The Lady Bisons will play four games that weekend.

Police budget request drops $25,000 cut despite desire to add full-time officer as SRO

A budget proposal of $3,734,917.54 for the Searcy Police Department in 2020 made at the Committee of the Whole meeting earlier this month was around a $25,000 drop from the department’s initial proposal despite Police Chief Steve Hernandez wanting to hire one full-time officer to work as a school resource officer.

Currently, he said, he is pulling an officer off the street to work in one of the Searcy schools. That officer is roaming the three elementary schools while the high school, junior high and middle school each have their own SRO.

AGFC seeks public input on deer management plan revision

Biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are seeking public input on the current revision to Arkansas’s White-tailed Deer Strategic Management Plan. This is the first review and revision of the plan since 2013.

The plan is reviewed every five to seven years to adapt to changing needs by developments in Arkansas’s deer herd and available habitat.

The plan was drafted by the agency’s deer program coordinator and assistant deer program coordinator with considerable input from the agency’s Deer Management Team, a collection of biologists and enforcement personnel from every region of the state

UCA researchers receive more than $1 million in grants

More than $1 million in research grants have been awarded to faculty members at the University of Central Arkansas.

In total, $1,020,435 is set to be used in the UCA College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics . According to UCA, this is also the first SBIR grant the university’s department of computer science has ever received.

Billy Ball; A Good Man Doing Good Things!

This Christmas marks 40 years of giving to the Sunshine School for Billy Ball, who hands out chicken to the students and donates at least $10,000 to the nonprofit every December to contribute to the services that are offered to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

According to Director Sally Paine, Ball owned the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Searcy “for many years.”

“For the last 40 years,” said Charity Morris, administrator at the Sunshine School, “he has come, and every student at our school gets a KFC dinner, gets a little gift and then he presents a check for $10,000 or $11,000.

Are Your Garbage Collection Prices about to go up again???

Arkansas Food Bank

The Searcy Sanitation Department is seeking an increase of $155,046.53 for its budget for next year.

The increase, requested at the Committee of the Whole meeting Dec. 17, is due to needing a new leaf truck; single-axle, rear-loader trash truck; boom truck; side-arm truck; new dumpsters; hirings; and pay increases for employees, according to Sanitation Superintendent Terry Rutherford.

Rutherford met with Mayor Kyle Osborne and City Clerk/Treasurer Jerry Morris before the budget was proposed.

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