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Habitat begins Apostles Build; home recycling also under way

September 16, 2014

Thirteen local churches have joined forces to provide a home for a Benton man.

Wes Hogue's new house is the focus of the annual Apostles Build of Habitat for Humanity of Saline County.

Work on the structure in Partnership Village began Saturday morning. Along with volunteers from the sponsoring churches, Hogue was on site to assist.

All homeowners are required to provide "sweat equity" toward their home projects and Hogue has been contributing to this requirement as a volunteer at the Habitat ReStore.

Brief agenda for finance meeting today in Bryant

September 16, 2014

The Finance and Personnel Committee of the Bryant City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boswell Municipal Complex.

During the meeting, the committee will be discussing the August financial statements, the purchase of new equipment for the Bryant Fire Department and a grant for the Bryant Parks Department.

Free prostate cancer screening available at local organization

September 16, 2014

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association have scheduled a free prostate cancer education and screening event at the Ralph Bunche Community Center, located at 1600 Dixie St. in Benton.

The event is set from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

A spokesperson for the program said men between the ages of 45 and 70 are encouraged to take advantage of the free preventative-health care services, which will include a discussion on risk and benefits of screening, a blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and a physical exam.

Struble not cited for harassment

September 16, 2014

Bauxite Alderman Mona Struble was not cited for harassment although a complaint against her was filed recently by Brian Baber.

The report was filed Sept. 4 with the Saline County Sheriff's Office.

Baber made the allegations against his brother, John Baber, and Struble, who was John Baber's then-girlfriend. Struble said the couple has since married.

Lt. Scott Courtney wrote in the original report that Brian Baber alleged that John Baber and Struble have been harassing him since early January.

Daily Dispatch, Sept. 15, 2014

September 16, 2014

Benton Police Department
•An employee at Floors and More reported a vehicle break-in.
•Crystal Guin, 40, of Malvern was arrested at Home Depot and charged with theft of property.
•A man on River Oaks Drive reported several items were stolen from his vehicle.
•A woman on North Summit Road reported mail was stolen from her residence.
•A woman on Oak Hill Lane reported her purse was stolen from her vehicle.
•Vicky Barthel, 58, of Hot Springs Village was arrested at Kroger and charged with shoplifting.

Accepting the Challenge: Bryant students learn to make a difference from tragedy

September 15, 2014

Every year, for at least the last four years, a student at Bryant High School has committed suicide. Members of the Bryant Student Senate hope a program, which is based on the life of a girl none of the Bryant students has ever met, can change that statistic.

On Thursday, Bryant students learned about Rachel's Challenge. This program is based on the life of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the school shootings at Columbine High School in 1999.

After her death, her family and friends found an essay she wrote for her fifth-period class.

Voting locations set for Sept. 16 school board election

September 15, 2014

Early voting for school board elections in Bauxite and the Harmony Grove School Districts ends today.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Vote Here building across from the Saline County Courthouse will be closed. Voters must go to specific polling sites in each district to cast their ballots.

All polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m on Tuesday.

Harmony Grove district patrons will vote at the Haskell Fire Department located behind City Hall in Haskell.

Bauxite patrons must go to a location specific to the precinct in which their voter registration is set.

Saline County under firewood quarantine for next 120 days

September 15, 2014

Saline County is currently under a firewood quarantine after a vote by the Arkansas State Plant Board on Sept. 11.

Twenty-five other counties are included in the quarantine which hopes to slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Quarantined items include firewood of all hardwood species, and the following ash items: nursery stock; green lumber with bark attached; other material living, dead, cut or fallen including logs, pulpwood, stumps, roots, branches, mulch and composted/un-composted chips that are one inch or greater.

Fatal accident reported on I-30

September 15, 2014

A Bryant man died of injuries suffered early Sunday morning on Interstate 30 near mile marker 125 between Bryant and Alexander.

The Arkansas State Police reported that Miguel Cruz, 34, was driving a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria westbound at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle struck a concrete barrier, overturned and came to rest on its side, according to the ASP report.

Texas minister to lead Willliams Preaching Series

September 13, 2014

Dr. Janice Gilbert, senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas, will be the guest preacher for this year's Williams Preaching Series at First United Methodist Church in Benton.

The series will take place Sunday and Monday, Sept. 14 and 15.

The preaching series was established by the late Ruth Williams, widow of the the late Curtis Williams, to honor her husband. Among his pastoral appointments was serving as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Benton.

 

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