September 8th, 2014
George Donald Collins, age 60, of Hot Springs passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.Â He was born Oct. 26, 1953, in Little Rock.
George was a member of the Bikers Church in Hot Springs.
He was a graduate of Benton High School and attended Arkansas State University. He loved to hunt, fish and ride his Harley Davidson.
George was preceded in death by his father, George Collins Sr.; a brother, James Collins; and his grandmother, Tommie Caple.
Mildred C. Stitz, 86, of Benton, formerly of Malvern, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, following a brief illness.
She was born April 18, 1928, in Saginaw to Charles and Mamie Smith.Â Her childhood was spent in Social Hill before moving to California during World War II.
She graduated from Luzinger High School in 1945 before moving back to Arkansas with her family later that year.
The final reading of an ordinance and a companion resolution to increase water rates in Haskell will be heard during the regular monthly meeting of the City Council on Monday, Sept. 8.
The ordinance had been reviewed in prior monthly meetings of the council.
If it is approved, the customer rates for water and sewer service in the city will increase from 2 percent annually to 4 percent.
Mayor Jeff Arey says the measures being considered are the result of findings from an annual audit in the city.
This has been a normal practice by the City Council since 2004, Arey noted.
The average Bryant water customers will see an increase of approximately $6.55 a month on their water bill from 2015 to 2017.
Many city officials in Bryant originally thought this increase would be much higher.
"I'm very pleased. It's the price of a happy meal," said Public Works Director Monty Ledbetter.
For Bryant residents to receive water, the city purchases water from Central Arkansas Water and then sells water to residents. Three years ago, CAW announced that it would be increasing prices, but the city absorbed the extra cost.