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July 30th, 2014

Benton Board approves new personnel, job changes

July 30, 2014

When the 2014-15 school term opens in the Benton School District, a number of new faces will be among the faculty at various schools along with several familiar faces in different positions.

A list of the new employees was included in the Benton School Board members' packet in a recent meeting. The personnel, including several who have been recognized previously, are:

•Mark McDougal, assistant superintendent for CTE/academic services.
•Michael Armstrong, chief financial officer.
•Randy McFarlin, athletic director.
•Steve Quinn, principal, Benton Middle School.

UALR releases new tuition policy for all military

July 30, 2014

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced a new tuition policy regarding military students.

All active duty, National Guard/Reserve or honorably separated veterans will be charged in-state tuition rates and minimal fees regardless of residence or whether enrolled in traditional or online courses.

Two such online programs include the B.A. and the M.S. in Criminal Justice. Through these two accelerated options, military students can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree entirely online in as little as 12 months.

Police: Man tried to lure teen into truck

July 30, 2014

No charges have been filed, but Benton police report that a person of interest has been named in a kidnapping attempt reported Monday.

Lt. Kevin Russell, spokesperson for the department, said, "We are still encouraging people to contact us with information due to this still being an ongoing investigation."

A 16-year-old girl told police that she was walking near the intersection of South and Main streets when an Hispanic man approached her and attempted to get her into his vehicle, Russell said. The man made two attempts to coercer into the vehicle, the girl told officers.

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