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November 12th, 2013

Bryant boy is finalist for Maytag Dependable Leader Award

November 12, 2013

Today Maytag® brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced the selection of five finalists in the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Awards – America’s Vote competition, including Ethan Harris, a Club Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant, Arkansas. The Dependable Leader Awards recognize Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth, and are dependable and exceptional role models. America’s Vote is an extension of the Dependable Leader Awards, inviting people across the U.S.

November 8th

Bryant special election is not for new tax

November 8, 2013

The Bryant special election is not about a new tax but instead residents are being asked to approve how tax money the city is already receiving will be spent.
According to the ballot, funds generated by a 3/8 percent tax would be used to build two new fire station to replace two outdated ones.
Early voting started Tuesday at Grace Church (formerly Pentecostal Church) on Arkansas 5 (Stagecoach Road). The last day for early voting is today from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Benton Police looking for attempted armed robbery suspect

November 8, 2013

Benton police are looking for a suspect involved in an attempted armed robbery Thursday night at Home Run Gas Station on Military Road.
The owner of the store told officers that he was stocking shelves when he heard a noise at the front door. He said he saw the suspect holding a handgun trying to force his way into the business, but when the owner called 911, the suspect ran away.
"The suspect was described as being a white male, wearing a light-colored, hooded jacket, dark colored pants and a white bandana over his face," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton police spokesperson.

November 7th

FDA to ban artery-clogging trans fats

November 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.

The FDA planned to announce Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people's health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.

Inaccurate Report by McKinney

November 7, 2013

An Aug. 22 meeting of the Benton Public Utilities Commission meeting with Southwest Water Users on Aug. 22 is generating some controversy.
Commissioners in attendance were Phil Miller and Jim Martin as well as Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities. However, the information found in the official meeting minutes of the Aug. 22 meeting differs from a report provided by McKinney to the PUC on Sep. 16.

November 6th

German art hoard held unknown Chagall, Matisse

November 6, 2013

AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — It started with a routine check by German tax inspectors — and resulted in the discovery of an art hoard so vast and spectacular that no one yet knows how the story truly ends.

On a high-speed train from Zurich to Munich on Sept. 22, 2010, Germany's briskly polite officialdom was on the lookout for customs and tax cheats. Thousands of German citizens had bank accounts in Switzerland, many of them undeclared, and the route from Zurich was a prime target for those carrying substantial sums of cash.

November 5th

Bauxite Town Hall focused on sewer grinder pump expense

November 5, 2013

A town hall meeting in Bauxite on Monday night was the focus of discussion regarding the city’s sewer system. Specifically, Mayor Johnny McMahan discussed ways to maintain sewer grinder pumps that each resident has at their home. A cleaned-up example of a sewer grinder pump that recently failed was used as a visual aid to illustrate the issue. McMahan has proposed a half-cent increase to the city’s sales tax to fund maintenance, repairs and operations of the sewer system in Bauxite. A full story of the town hall will be in the Nov. 6 edition of The Saline Courier.

November 1st

Union official: TSA agent killed in LAX shooting

November 1, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people.

Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed Friday that a TSA officer was killed.

He says the union's information comes from their local officials in Los Angeles.

The attack frightened passengers and disrupted flights nationwide.

October 31st

Halloween Should be All Treats and No Tricks

October 31, 2013

Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police spokesperson gives some tips for families partaking in Halloween festivities tonight.

Halloween is a special time of year for both you and your children. The children get to enjoy dressing up and eating lots of candy and you are left with a lifetime of great memories about the fun they had. We at the Benton Police Department want to help you ensure that they are safe while out there trick-or-treating so we have made a short list of things to consider before going out on Halloween night.

October 28th

Bryant Police Chief begins unpaid leave

October 28, 2013

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs announced during a City Council meeting Thursday night that Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer will be placed on unpaid administrative leave for five days beginning Monday, Oct. 28.
The disciplinary action results from an incident that occurred last summer when Kizer and School Resource Officer Lee Ledbetter used the city's credit card to pay for a meal at an upscale strip club and steakhouse while in Orlando, Fla., for SRO training.

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