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Bryant council talks alcohol at first regular meeting of 2015

January 28, 2015

Alderman touched on a couple of big topics during the first regular Bryant City Council meeting of 2015.

The council approved proposed regulations dealing with the sale of alcohol in the city and approved a proposed plan for the Heart of Bryant area.

Planning Director Dave Green informed the council that two public meetings last week about this project were “very well attended.”
“All in all, we received a good response to the plan,” he said.

Bauxite alderman out; special council meeting Feb. 2

January 28, 2015

Members of the Bauxite City Council will meet in a special session next week to fill a position vacated abruptly by an alderman just before Monday’s regular council meeting.

Mona Struble-Baber, Position 5 council member, was not present at roll call for the regular meeting of the council. Council members were notified of her resignation during the announcements segment of the meeting by Bauxite Mayor Bill Russell, who said he received a phone call from Struble-Baber around 3:30 p.m. Monday regarding her intention to resign.

Local student sent home for hair color

January 27, 2015

Last week, an 8th grader at Benton Junior High was sent home by school officials for sporting an unusual hair style.

Halle Stringer dyed the bottom few inches of her hair blue.

According to her grandmother Nancy Nichols, Halle said other girls were dying their hair red, and “Halle wanted to be just a little different.”

“Personally, I thought her hair looked nice. Different, but nice,” Nichols said.

Stringer came to school on Tuesday with the new hair-do, but was pulled to the principals office around 5th period.

Benton police release annual report, 2015 goals

January 27, 2015

In 2014, Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane set 10 goals for the department and the department has accomplished all of them. These goals involved communications improvements, statistics, training, records, the special investigative unit and grants.

“We start setting goals for the next year around the end of the previous year. We look at various information and statistics to see where we need improvement and then set goals based on those priorities,” said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Benton Council approves KFC rezoning, Lake Norrell demolition

January 27, 2015

During a meeting of the Benton City Council Monday night, the council approved the rezoning of property where a new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant will be located and the demolition a vacant building at Lake Norrell. The council also approved the purchase of equipment to be used by the Benton Police Department.

Arkansas Funeral Care debacle has local effect

January 27, 2015

An ongoing controversy involving a Jacksonville funeral home that lost its license last week is having an indirect effect on other funeral homes in the state, including those in Saline County.

Arkansas Funeral Care was closed after an inspection revealed that cremations had not been performed in accordance with families' wishes. Investigators reported that bodies had been stacked in a cooler packed beyond capacity and others that had not been embalmed were lying out in the open.

Neal Moore: Senior lineman prevails against all odds

January 26, 2015

Neal Moore, a senior lineman at Harmony Grove, as gone through more trials and tribulations than one could imagine in his young 18-year life.

After shattering his left hip during a freak accident as a third grader in 2006, Moore worked hard to get healthy and back on the football field.

Battling continuous pain throughout the years in his hip, Moore stayed on the gridiron. It wasn't until the first game of 2013 that Moore was struck with more bad luck, blowing out his right knee, putting his football future in limbo once again.

Local boy tags Dallas County's biggest buck

January 26, 2015

Gunnar Westbrook, a fifth grader at Westbrook Elementary, won big at the 25th Annual Big Buck Classic in Little Rock on Sunday.

His 9-point buck he harvested this past deer season scored a gross 123 6/8, earning him biggest buck for Dallas County.

Gunnar is the son of Josh and Monica Westbrook of Haskell.

Following in his father's footsteps: Father and son share common path in politics

January 26, 2015

Saline County Justice of the Peace Steve Gladden and his son, Bryant Alderman Lorne Gladden, have many things in common including a desire to serve and help others.
Steve Gladden served on the Bryant City Council for four terms before choosing to now serve on the Saline County Quorum Court. Lorne Gladden is a new member of the Bryant City Council.
Steve said he is a businessman and decided to serve on the council after city officials passed up the opportunity to have the Hurricane Lake Estates neighborhood within the Bryant city limits.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars

January 23, 2015

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WALDRON – Though the Bauxite Lady Miners improved to 3-3 in the 7-4A Conference with a 50-29...
BRYANT – The Bryant Lady Hornets swim team definitely defended its home turf at the Bryant...

 

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