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February 11th, 2013
Hot Springs Village resident Jerry Davis has been selected for the American Association of Community Theatre Spotlight Award in recognition for outstanding dedication, service and contribution to community theater.
"I'm amazed and pleased to receive the honor," Davis said.
"I've just been having fun," he said. "I've not been working for an award, but it's nice to get one."
Davis, director of Carousel Theater, Workshops for Seniors, in Hot Springs and in Hot Springs Village, is the first Arkansas resident to receive this distinction.
Environmentalist Chad Pregracke became the personification of the adage "preaching to the choir" when he challenged the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce banquet audience to "pick a cause, get involved, champion it and make a difference."
Pregracke, who has made cleaning up the Mississippi River the chief focus of his life, stressed the importance of involvement, while noting that by doing so people "can make the world a better place."
"One person at a time can make a difference," he said.
Bryant police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred around 9:20 p.m. Monday at the Subway restaurant at 611 Office Park Drive.
Sgt. Todd Crowson reported that two black men came into the store and robbed the workers at gunpoint.
The two men reportedly ordered the two employees to open the cash drawers and safe. Once the money was taken, the robbers moved the victims to the back of the store, at which time they took whatever money the employees had in their purses and wallets, Crowson said.
The suspects then fled out the front door of the restaurant, police said.
It was taco soup to the finish line for First Security Bank.
For the third consecutive year, the financial institution's taco-flavored soup took top honors at Habitat for Humanity of Saline County's "Souper Bowl" cookoff.
Jerry Ponder and Kaycee Wright of First Security operated the bank's booth where they collected the biggest financial return for the event.
"They raised over $300 at that booth," said Amy Bennett, associate director of the chapter.
The booth winner was determined based on the total amount of money collected in each teamâ€™s tip jar.
The inaugural â€śWalk, Run and Rollâ€ť 5K to benefit special children at Friendship Community Careâ€™s MiChild Preschool is scheduled Saturday, March 9.
Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the event and the â€śMiChild Mileâ€ť taking place at Hurricane Lake Estates in Benton.
Benton police have arrested four people in connection to Wednesday's West Side burglary and recovered more than $1.3 million in pharmaceutical medication on nine different properties throughout Benton, Malvern, Hot Springs and Bismarck.
Lt. Kevin Russell said the arrests were made in conjunction with with seven law enforcement agencies and the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy.
Employees of Westside Pharmacy found their business had been burglarized early Wednesday.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said officers found that the suspects used forcible entry to gain access to the pharmacy. Details on how the burglars broke into the building was not released as of press time, but Russell said "details will be forthcoming on this incident."
Two Benton men were arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing from a home while in the view of officers.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said at 12:15 a.m. officers drove to the 1400 block of Arkansas 35 South to check out a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. What officers found was a truck backed up to a shop and two men loading items into the bed of the truck, Russell said.
Being recognized as a national leader is becoming a habit at Everett Buick GMC.
For the third consecutive year, the family-owned business has been named the top GM dealership in the United States for 2012. More than 3,100 vehicles were purchased at Everett's in 2012, up from 2,665 in 2011.
"If someone would have told me six years ago this would happen three years straight, I wouldn't have believed them," said owner Dwight Everett.
"We could not have accomplished what we have here without the support of the community and the partnership we have with GM," co-owner Susie Everett added.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identity of a dead body found off River Road on Sunday as 19-year-old Gregory Tyrone Pikes of Benton.
As of press time, no person(s) of interest have been named by authorities. The manner in which Pikes was killed was also not released as of press time.