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October 24th, 2013
A Benton Redi-Mix cement truck tipped over onto its side Monday morning while turning uphill from the westbound service road of Interstate 30 to Highway 5. The driver of the truck injured his left wrist, but was otherwise unharmed. The truck was empty at the time.
Benton School Board began a special meeting Monday night by voting unanimously to rescind a previous vote regarding a teacher salary proposal that had not been presented to the district's Personnel Policies Committee as required by state law. The earlier vote would have put in place the administration's salary proposal for teachers, which the board had discussed in an illegal executive session before voting on the issue.
2 teens severely burned in Ark. haunted house fire
BONO, Ark. (AP) â€” Two teenagers working as volunteers at a northeast Arkansas haunted house suffered severe burns when another worker poured paint thinner into a burning barrel, causing it to burst into flames, authorities said.
The fire broke out late Saturday at Nightmare Productions Haunted House on U.S. 63 between Jonesboro and Bono. The haunted house's owner, Cody Russell, said they don't yet know why the worker poured the chemical into the barrel but said he's since been dismissed from the company.
Ark. GOP Rep. Tim Griffin won't run for 3rd term
ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin made the unexpected announcement Monday that he won't run for a third term representing central Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Griffin's decision throws uncertainty into an election where Republicans had hoped to build upon recent gains in Arkansas. The GOP holds all four of the state's U.S. House seats, both chambers of the state Legislature and one of its two U.S. Senate seats.
In a memo to Benton School District staff members on Oct. 16, Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that an executive session held during the school board's regular meeting on Oct. 14 illegally discussed a proposed salary scale for teachers. Executive sessions are designated specifically for personnel actions for specific employees, not for issues of general nature.
A full story about the issue and a Personnel Policy Committee meeting on Oct. 16 where the matter was discussed can be found in the Oct. 17 issue of The Saline Courier.
FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
Crews have just arrived on scene of a busted water main on W. Sevier at Maryland. We have called in an emergency locate where other underground utilities can mark their lines, so we won't hit them. The crew is gathering the necessary supplies and equipment to make the repair at this time. As soon as the other utilities in the area are marked, they will reduce the pressure in the area to make the repair, so some customers will notice little to no pressure until the repair is made.
WASHINGTON â€” Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a 200-point gain in morning trading.
"This is a time for reconciliation," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of the agreement he had forged with the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he'll call lawmakers back to the Capitol this week to approve a plan to increase funding to the state's teacher insurance program to lower premium hikes that are set to take effect next year.
Beebe told reporters that he planned to call for the session to begin Thursday afternoon, with lawmakers expected to work through Saturday on the plan to address the rate hikes. Beebe's office said the governor planned to issue a formal proclamation calling the session later Wednesday.
FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
Electric crews have just responded to the area of Edgehill and DeSoto Place for an outage. Callers have advised us they heard a loud pop which is usually a fuse blowing. However, the crew will find the cause of it. Then they will make the necessary repairs to get it back on as quickly as possible.
FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
Crews are still on scene at Alcoa/Hicks Road intersection making the needed repair to the water main. The latest update from the scene: They have almost completed putting the line back together. They have a load of b-stone to backfill and secure the line in place with all of the rain, and then they will start bringing the pressure back up along with opening fire hydrants up to flush the lines in the area to remove air. They should start bringing the pressure back in about one hour, if things go well.