Conway runs rampant on Central

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The Conway Wampus Cats made the Central Tigers look like cubs in Conway’s 45-3 win Friday at John McConnell Stadium.

The Wampus Cats (6-2, 4-1 7A Central) did most of their damage on the ground throughout the game, scoring its first three touchdowns on the night.

The first came on the opening drive of the night from 5 yards out by running back Michael George.George added a second rushing touchdown from 20 yards out with 4:36 left in the first quarter, making the score 14-0.George finished the first quarter with 135 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He ended the night with 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

“I thought we ran the ball well early and that opened up some things on the play-action,” coach Clint Ashcraft said. “We used play action quite a bit in the second quarter. Those things feed off of each other and that really helped us.”

After stopping Conway’s next drive, Central (2-6, 1-4 7A Central) looked to reverse its fortunes by scoring a touchdown, driving within 10 yards of a touchdown.However, the Wampus Cat defense stopped the Tigers at Conway’s 4.This set up a 21-yard field goal by Keeling Baker with 8:31 left in the second quarter. This would be the only points Central would score all night.

Conway would not be denied a third scoring opportunity when it faced a fourth-and-one at its 47.Running back Brennan Clark broke for a 53-yard touchdown, making the score 21-3.

After another defensive stop, the Wampus Cats were faced with a short field, so they threw the ball for just the third time in the game.Quarterback Andrew Hreha ended the three-play drive with a 30-yard wheel route to George, making the score 28-3 with 1:59 left in the half.

Again, the Conway defense showed up on the opening drive of the second half when safety Jackson Freeman picked off quarterback Donald Robinson at the 27 for a pick-6.

The Wampus Cats once again forced a turnover on the Tigers’ next drive, causing Robinson to fumble, which Conway safety Matt Lloyd recovered. Getting into the backfield seemed like a theme for the Wampus Cats, which forced Central quarterback Jacob Howard from the game.

“We were able to make the quarterback to move around a bit, which is always good for your secondary,” Ashcraft said of the Conway defense. “Their quarterback ended up getting hurt, which in turn, hurt them. I thought our guys played really physical.”

Conway then drove down to the 4, where Jordan Wicks made a 21-yard field goal, putting the game under a running clock with 7:31 left in the third quarter.

Ashcraft sent in the second stringers, who added another touchdown on a 2-yard run by running back Giovanni King.

With two games left in the regular season, the Wampus Cats will travel to Catholic before facing Bryant at home, which will hold playoff seeding implications.

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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Odds, College Football Betting Pick

The Alabama Crimson Tide own the recent rivalry with the Arkansas Razorbacks, winning the last 10 meetings by an average of 23 points, three of them by 35 or more, and going 6-4 against the spread. The Tide will play as huge home favorites when they host the reeling Razorbacks on Saturday night.

College football point spread: The Crimson Tide opened as 29.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

College football betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 49.0-16.4 Crimson Tide (College football picks on every game)

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Why the Arkansas Razorbacks can cover the spread

It’s difficult to put lipstick on these ‘Hogs at the moment considering they haven’t covered a spread yet this season. They’re also 0-3 against Power Five teams after losing at South Carolina last week 48-22.

That game was tied 10-10 when Arkansas gave up an 18-yard touchdown pass with just four seconds left in the first half. The Razorbacks then gave the game away with three second-half turnovers taken back for Gamecocks touchdowns.

Arkansas got outgained by South Carolina but only by a 358-330 margin. Four total Hogs turnovers, though, led directly to 24 Gamecocks points.

Two weeks ago, the Razorbacks put on a decent performance, beating New Mexico State 42-24. They actually had the 18-point spread covered most of that game but gave up a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and later eschewed a 40-yard field goal attempt, instead settling for a push.

Why the Alabama Crimson Tide can cover the spread

The Tide remain the top-ranked team in the land following their 27-19 victory at Texas A&M last week. Alabama spotted the Aggies an early field goal then scored the game’s next 24 points to take control. The Tide didn’t allow A&M to get back within one score until just 17 seconds remained in the game.

On the evening, Alabama outrushed the Aggies 232-71 and won the turnover battle 3-1. And while they got within a sniff of covering a 25-point spread with that 24-3 lead, they let A&M off the hook. In fact, Tide coach Nick Saban didn’t seem too impressed with his team’s performance and might put his troops through the ringer this week in practice.

Alabama opened SEC play by beating Vanderbilt and Ole Miss by a combined score of 125-3, covering spreads of 20 and 30 points.

Smart pick

Alabama often seems to take it easy on lesser non-conference opponents, but in the SEC, it’s all business. The Tide owns a 20-game conference winning streak, and eight of those wins have come by 28 points or more. Meanwhile, Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen is nursing a sore shoulder, and that news probably sounds like a dinner bell to the Tide defense. Smart money at sports betting sites here wagers Alabama.

College football betting trends

Alabama is 1-4 ATS in its last five games at home.

The total has gone under in seven of Alabama’s last 10 games at home after winning their two most recent home games.

Arkansas is 0-7 ATS in its last seven games.

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What Kind Of Arkansas Housing Is Right For You?

If you wind up living in Arkansas as a new resident, then you have to choose where to live and what kind of Arkansas housing you have to live in. Many from outside the state don’t always have a high opinion of the state, thinking it a small, quiet, rural place. It’s true that a lot of the state is just like that, but that can actually be just what many people want. However, it doesn’t have to be the case for you.

Residents of Arkansas are often portrayed in the media, TV, and movies as people living in mobile home parks. However, this is not all that derogatory a thing when done right. Many mobile homes have interiors that are just as nice as permanent homes to the point that you can’t tell the difference when inside them. It’s a very affordable way to live, where someone can rent a little lot of land and pay a mortgage on a mobile home for less than renting an apartment would cost, making the most of their income.

Permanent homes are of course in abundance here, and you can choose from a variety of environments. If you like a college town and are a fan of the Razorbacks in their many sports, then that’s a place to consider being near. If you want urban amenities and lifestyle, then West Memphis is the place to be. if you have the money (and a boat) you can set up on the banks of the Mississippi or many other rivers flowing through the state. You can even enjoy mountain views and elevations in one of the two ranges crossing the Natural State.

Arkansas housing is often detached homes and apartments, but there are other possibilities, be it mobile homes, tiny homes, townhomes, condos, or just extended-stay facilities.

Thieves Steal ATM With Forklift in Daring Arkansas Heist

It’s a lot harder to “take the money and run” when the cash you want is trapped inside an ATM. But some daring thieves in Arkansas recently used a forklift in their effort to do just that.

The thieves crashed an enormous CAT forklift into the drive-thru portion of a bank on Wednesday, August 16th, and made away with an ATM. And police now believe that these criminals might have some ties to the construction industry. I wonder what gave them that idea.

The thieves hit the First Service Bank in Conway, Arkansas around 3:30am local time on Wednesday morning. The Conway Police Department posted the video to Facebook, captured from the bank’s CCTV cameras, and are asking the public for help in identifying the perpetrators. You can’t clearly see any people in the video, so they’re asking people to help identify the forklift.

Even if you make off with an ATM, it can be incredibly hard to crack them open. But given the brute force already demonstrated by these criminals, something tells me they’re going to try and find a way with something big and menacing.

But a warning for anyone who thinks this might be a good idea for them: More and more ATMs have GPS tracking. So even if you make away with the machine, you might have the police on your tail a lot sooner than you’d like.

If you have any information about the theft, the Conway Police are asking the public to call 501-450-6130.

[BBC World]

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Apartment tenants win a victory in fight against landlord-tenant law

Circuit Judge Alice Gray has given a partial victory to residents of the Alexander Apartments, forced to vacate the apartments around Christmas in 2015 after the city found numerous safety code violations.

The judge had earlier found the city of Little Rock had violated due process rights in removing tenants from the apartments without notice. Continuing was a claim by tenants and intervenors for the Arkansas Community Organization that the landlord had breached rental contracts by failing to provide habitable housing.

The judge said state law was clear, both in statute and court decisions. Arkansas (alone among the states) provides no warranty of habitability, explicit or implied, to people who rent housing.

But, she said, the housing code of Little Rock, with its requirement of safe and sanitary conditions, DOES become an implied part of a lease agreement and creates an implied warranty of habitability. She granted the tenant intervenors partial summary judgment on that argument. The issues of breach of contract and damages will be decided at trial, the judge said.

If this notion prevails over time, it could mean there IS some protection for tenants— at least in Little Rock, and perhaps other cities with similar housing codes — against the most anti-tenant law in the country.

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services handled the case. From its release;

Neil Sealy of Arkansas Community Organizations said, “Judge Gray’s ruling is a step forward in bringing balance to Arkansas’s unfair landlord tenant laws. Renters in Little Rock will no longer be stuck in housing that is dangerous and unhealthy. They will now have a way through the law to make sure that the place they are renting is safe and livable." Former tenant Melody Branch says that she feels relieved by the ruling and that, “I feel like now as tenants we are moving to a great beginning. We have some rights now.”

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Arkansas Cop Kills 16-Year-Old Aries Clark Outside Youth Center

A 16-year-old black teen in Arkansas was fatally shot by a cop while outside a youth treatment center.

Aries Clark was at East Arkansas Youth Services on Tuesday ― an emergency shelter for youths that his parents had sent him to for behavioral issues ― when the shooting occurred.

“I never expected not to see my son again,” the boy’s mother, Vicky Clark, told WMC. “I had saw him that Thursday, and we were trying to figure out how we were going to do therapy to get help for him.”

Arkansas State Police told the publication that an officer with the Marion Police Department shot Clark at 7 p.m., moments after arriving. The boy was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley declined to release information related to the shooting, saying only that two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, according to KATV.

The Arkansas State Police declined to release more information when asked by HuffPost, citing the ongoing investigation.

Clark’s grandmother, Vickie Burks, said she was in the process of trying to get full custody of her grandson.

“I was expecting him to come home, not to be buried,” Burks told the station. “I was telling him, give yourself a little while and you’ll be home with me.”

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Northeast Arkansas cities struggle to meet housing demands

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — Rural communities in northeast Arkansas are struggling to keep pace with the recent influx of business and population.

At the center of the shortage is Walnut Ridge, which grew to 5,340 people after annexing College City in January, Arkansas Business ( ) reported.

Mayor Charles Snapp said the city’s population has increased by more than 10 percent since 2015. Its unemployment rate is below the state and national average at 3.2 percent.

"It’s a good problem to have," Snapp said. "It’s a mayor’s dream to have more jobs than people to fill them, but it is still a problem."

The shortage has prompted some area employers to provide shuttles to larger cities nearby as a temporary solution.

"People will drive 25 miles, sometimes 40 miles or more from as far away as Doniphan, Missouri, to get to work," Snapp said. "Transportation is a big expense for individuals, and it takes a lot of time from people’s families, which causes high turnover."

More than 30 residential permits have been issued so far in 2017, up from six permits in 2010. A new subdivision with 32 lots is also scheduled to begin construction in late August.

Snapp is optimistic about the housing increase, but said it’s still not keeping up with workforce demands.

"It is up to us to try to get the word out so investors will take a closer look at the area’s potential," he said. "We may have been stagnant for decades, but the return on investment is here now."


Information from: Arkansas Business,

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What You Can Do In Conway Arkansas Today

Are the kids starting to drive you crazy in the house? Does it seem like you have been a prisoner in your own home for far too long? If this is the case, i is time to get out and enjoy a short drive around Conway today. Many times we forget about all the things we have to do in the area. To help you decide on a quick trip we are going to share a few of our favorite things to do in the area.

One of the best ways to spend an entire day is to head over to Cardon Settlement Park. This is one of the most beautiful areas and is great to spend time alone or bring the kids with you. There are plenty of hiking trails in the park all of them with incredible views. In fact, you will see some of the most impressive views of the Arkansas River, so be sure to bring your camera along. In addition, you are going to find your normal supply of picnic areas, walking trails, and even a BMX trail that the kids will love.

If you are looking for something a little more on the wild side of life, try out one of the new Escape Rooms in the city! These are a great addition to the area, and many wish they would have appeared much earlier as they are so much fun. The downside to these escape rooms is they really will not hold the attention of kids.

SO if you happen to have your kids along for the day, there is no better diversion than a day at Hogwild Family Fun Center. Here the kids can have some fun playing the arcade games while you get a well deserved rest!

Getting to know Conway artist Michael Church

Conway artist Michael Church is a highly sought after whiz-bang in the field of collage artwork, that unique essence that involves finding old images in many venues and reassembling them into stimulating pieces of creativity.

His work is welcomed in many places of art including the Arkansas Arts Center and other major showcases.

Church considers himself to be a story teller who likes to invite viewers to peer into his work for assessment of his efforts which are executed competently and are, in fact, head turners.

The artist is a Conway native who was schooled here and worked in many places, mostly involving some kind of art form, often in book publishing and in libraries. He has no difficulty saying that he is mostly self-taught.

A critic once said that Church likes imagery which gives him the ability to enrich his final projects .

The artist is a big fellow standing some 6 feet, 3 inches and weighing in at 330 pounds which a friend said suggested that Church is an incongruous fit for an artist working with collages and often with delicate shapes and designs.

He doesn’t see it that way. “I love this kind of art. It’s stimulating and achieving,” he suggests almost enthralled with the subject.

Church can be found working at collage almost every day. He has a pleasant look about him. His hair is beginning to wear thin on top; his eyes play under his pleasant visage. He is good natured and laughs easily.

His interest in art and in creating visual art forms is a fairly new endeavor. He began to experiment with collage and developed an almost an addiction to finding old images, cutting them up and then reassembling individual pieces into new scenes.

He is drawn to images that elicit perceptions and sensations and anything that elicits and depicts feelings of the human condition, Thus his art pieces are stunning and are wondrous to the eye.

Church seems to invite the viewer to peer inside his work. And those who do are energized. A critic once wrote that “Church likes imagery which has the ability to enrich the final product. In one of his pieces two functions coalesce. In one work a woman appears from behind a clothesline to extend a hand to a child.”

The symbolism is not lost on the viewer.

“This is the kind of stuff I like,” Church smiles.

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