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September 18th, 2014

Convicted killer surrenders 3 months after escape

September 18, 2014

BOONEVILLE — A convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison turned himself into authorities Thursday after about three months on the run.

Timothy Buffington escaped June 21 from the Pine Bluff Unit after stealing a shotgun from a house on the prison grounds where he'd been performing janitorial work. He was found more than 150 miles away Thursday — in the same area where he was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1998 shooting death of his ex-wife, Rhonda Combs.

Committee discusses Bryant year-end finances

September 18, 2014

During a meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Bryant City Council, the aldermen discussed the outlook for the city's end-of-year finances.

While discussing the monthly financial report, Joy Black, finance director, told the committee that sales tax revenue is less than what was budgeted and she does not expect the city to make up the difference by the end of the year.

The committee suggested that the council discuss postpone some projects until the beginning of 2015 in case their is not enough revenue to cover the costs.

Fundraiser planned for Baker family on Saturday

September 18, 2014

Bishop Park in Bryant will be the site for a Sept. 20 Zumbathon fundraiser for the family of Heather Baker who died as the result of a hit-and-run accident on the Target parking lot.

Baker suffered fatal injuries as she was walking from her car to a store in the Alcoa Exchange parking lot on Aug. 21 and died of those injuries the following day.

Zumba, a popular form of exercise involving dance and aerobic elements, will be the featured attraction for the event.

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