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October 10th, 2014

A-F rating system approved for Arkansas schools

October 10, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Most Arkansas public schools will soon be graded in much the same way students are graded.

On Thursday, the Arkansas Board of Education approved a new A through F rating system that will replace the older practice of rating schools on a 1-5 scale. Schools won't be penalized or rewarded based on their results. Grades won't be applied to alternative learning education centers.

The media reports a 2013 law required the letter grades, which are meant to be easier for parents to understand.

Barbershop, gospel music on tap at concert to benefit Safe Haven

October 10, 2014

Some tickets are still available for a Saturday night benefit concert for Safe Haven, a local domestic abuse shelter for women and children.

Two performing groups will be featured in the 6 p.m. concert at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

The event will feature Top of the Rock women's barbershop singers, based in Little Rock, and Mark209, a gospel quartet from Nashville, Tenn.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Daily Dispatch, Oct. 9, 2014

October 10, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A man came to the Benton Police Department to report money was stolen in Tahlequah, Okla.
from his bank account.
•A woman on Galloway Drive reported jewelry was stolen from her residence.
• A man on Beverly Drive reported tools were stolen from his residence.
•A woman on Parker Street reported money was stolen from her residence.
•Gregory Crook, 28, of Benton was arrested on Alcoa Road and charged with public intoxication.

Saline County Sheriff's Office
•A woman on East Sawmill Road reported her tires were slashed.

2 charged with 37 counts of forgery

October 10, 2014

A man and woman have been charged with 37 counts of forgery for allegedly forging more than $5,000 in checks stolen from a family member.

Ashlee Rodgers, 23, and Neil Phelps, 27, both of Benton, were arrested Monday.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

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