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January 8th, 2014

Saline County schools have no plans to close early due to weather

January 8, 2014

None of the schools in Saline County have plans to close early at this time, according to school officials.
Principal Tim Holicer at Harmony Grove said that "it is safer to keep the kids here while the temperature is below freezing."
More information will be reported as it becomes available.

BREAKING NEWS: Multiple wrecks being worked in Saline County due to slick roads and bridges

January 8, 2014

Saline County emergency personnel are working multiple accidents with and without injuries due to slick roadways including every Interstate 30 overpass in the county, multiple wrecks on Arkansas 5 and Highway 67.
Parts of Arkansas 5 North near Miller Cove have been closed, along with the Military Road overpass at this time.
Temperatures have not reached freezing yet today but are expected to climb to 36 degrees. More winter weather is expected for tomorrow morning including freezing rain.

Reported outage in west Benton

January 8, 2014

Entergy Arkansas officials have reported that about 450 customers are out of power in west Benton near West South Street.
"A vehicle has hit our equipment," according to their website. "Our crews are on their way to restore power as soon as possible."
First Electric Cooperative official have no reported outages at this time.

January 7th

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr releases statement concerning his office

January 7, 2014

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has released the following statement regarding recent ethics charges:

LITTLE ROCK - Kim and I would like to thank many people across the state for their calls, texts and prayers during this difficult time. We have been encouraged by your willingness to stand up for us and beside us throughout this process. Probably one of the most valuable lessons we have learned over the past few years is the value of friendship. We have been encouraged in good faith to share with the people of Arkansas the factual truth, instead of continuing to remain silent.

January 6th

Windshields can crack due to cold temperatures

January 6, 2014

The recent drop in temperatures could cause your car windshield to crack. Glass expands and contracts due to temperature so it is important to avoid sudden temperature changes. Never use boiling water to defrost your windshield. Instead, turn on the defroster and let the windshield warm up slowly. However, be careful not to set the defroster too high. Let the windshield warm up gradually so the glass isn't shocked by cold temperatures outside and warm temperatures inside, which can also lead to cracking. According to glassamerica.net, "No matter how durable a windshield is, it is still glass.

December 30th, 2013

Bryant City Council budget workshop postponed

December 30, 2013

The Bryant City Council was scheduled to meet this evening to discuss the 2014 budget. This meeting has been postponed because the 2013 financial information is not completed yet, said Mayor Jill Dabbs.
In previous meetings and workshops, city council Aldermen have said that they would like to see complete 2013 financial information before they begin discussing the 2014 budget.
It's hard to anticipate 2014 without knowing where the city currently stands financially, said Finance Director Dennis Edwards.

December 26th

Benton Police Department receive several shoplifting calls

December 26, 2013

Benton police officers had several shoplifting incidents reported on Monday and Tuesday.
Walmart, Jcpenney, Best Buy and RadioShack were all affected.
Two incidents were reported at Walmart. During one incident, an employee reported he witnessed a woman steal some merchandise. In a different incident, an employee reported a counterfeit $100 bill.

December 19th

Tanker overturns on Ark. 5

December 19, 2013

An overturned tanker truck on Arkansas 5 caused a loss of electrical power for many residents this morning.
A truck filled with gasoline overturned on the roadway and struck a utility pole. Because of safety concerns and damage to the pole, the electricity was shut off in the area, according to Benton Utilities.
The power reportedly is expected to be out for about five hours. Residents affected include those living on Kenwood Road west of Highway 5 South, some people living on McCurdy and all of Wellington Pointe subdivision.

December 16th

Bauxite City Council to discuss former Treasurer payment

December 16, 2013

Bauxite City Council will meet tonight, Dec. 16, for a regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

Teen arrested in Jacksonville fatal shooting

December 16, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with a fatal shooting at an ATM in Jacksonville.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1bTx9E1 ) that police arrested 19-year-old Lerome Deshawn Kelley on suspicion of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Police say Kelley is accused in the death of 23-year-old Marcus Israel, who was shot Friday during an attempted holdup at an ATM in Jacksonville.

Police say Israel died Saturday morning at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock.

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