September 3rd, 2014
A new chapter of National Charity League is being organized locally.
The league is the oldest and largest mother-daughter volunteer organization in the nation and gives mothers and daughters unique opportunities to strengthen their bond while growing together, sharing of themselves and improving their communities.
Organizational meetings are scheduled today and Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Herzfeld Library in Benton and at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 24 at Boswell Library in Bryant.
In keeping with local tradition, thousands of people lined the streets Tuesday evening to watch the annual Saline County Fair Parade.
The fair theme "Blue Jeans and Country Dreams" was incorporated into many of the entries in the procession that began on South Market Street and processed through Downtown Benton.
More than 100 entries took part in the event, said Tom Wallace, a member of the county fair board.
Decorated floats, cars and trucks were included, along with marching bands, cheer squads, Shriners units and a procession of tractors from an organization in Sheridan.
A Jacksonville man was arrested Monday for allegedly raping a 38-year-old woman who has been ruled mentally incompetent.
Bill Gray, 47, has been charged with rape in connection with the incident and his bond has been set at $100,000, according to the Saline County Sheriff's Office inmate roster.
The victim was acquainted with Gray and the victim's mother reported the incident, according to the incident report.