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June 23rd, 2014

Ethics complaint against McMahan dismissed

June 23, 2014

An ethics complaint filed against Bauxite Mayor Johnny McMahan by Bauxite resident Deborah Purifoy has been dismissed.

The complaint, filed April 1, alleged that McMahan utilized city resources to advocate the passage of a half-cent sales and use tax measure presented to Bauxite voters on May 20, 2014.

The proposed tax failed by seven votes.

Three Benton officers graduate from advanced programs

June 23, 2014

Three Benton police officers recently graduated from advanced criminal justice programs offered through the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock.

Detective Brett Carpenter graduated from the Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program.

This six-week program includes: crime scene management and photography, latent print processing, biological and trace evidence, impression evidence, crime scene sketching and report writing and crime scene investigation, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

June 21st

Photographers document long closed historic hotel 


June 21, 2014

PINE BLUFF — A group of photographers is working to document a long-closed, historic hotel in Pine Bluff, while it's also being studied by architecture students. The hotel was once considered among the finest in Arkansas, but has been abandoned for nearly half a century and after a hard winter, the once grand structure is deteriorating fast.

The two story lobby with marble walls and plaster ornamentation is crumbling. The curved ceiling once featured stained glass, but that's broken, allowing water to pour in.

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