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Arkansas State University closes outreach center

July 30, 2014

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University is closing its decades-old Continuing Education and Community Outreach Center.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that Vice Chancellor and Provost Lynita Cooksey announced the closure on Tuesday.

She says the university is attempting to streamline operations and reduce duplicated work. She says other departments will absorb the functions of the center and no services will be cut.

It's unclear if the closure will result in layoffs. Cooksey says the nine staff members were offered or reassigned to vacant positions at the university.

Searchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son

July 30, 2014

DANVILLE — A four-day search for an Arkansas man and his 10-month-old son came to a grim end Tuesday as authorities discovered their bodies in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains, authorities said Tuesday.

Brooke Floyd, who was the wife of Brian Floyd and mother of Harper Floyd, remained in jail Tuesday on a preliminary charge of endangering the welfare of a minor. She was seen with her husband and son on Friday morning, hours before she was found wandering alone on a remote road in the area, which is about 80 miles west of Little Rock.

Filing for municipal positions continues

July 30, 2014

A total of 29 candidates have filed as candidates for municipal and county offices since the filing period opened on Friday, July 25.

Nineteen individuals filed on opening day, eight candidates filed the second day and two more filed on the third day.

Candidates may continue to file through noon on Aug. 15.

In Bryant, the race for mayor has drawn two candidates — Alderman Adrian Henley, who filed on July 29, and Alderman Randy Cox, who filed July 25.

Mayor Jill Dabbs has not filed for re-election, but previously announced she would be seeking another term.

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:

Administration
•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.

Daily Dispatch July 29

July 30, 2014

Benton Police Department
•Brandon Blakley, 21, of Benton was arrested on Edison Avenue and charged with possession of a controlled substance, no vehicle license, failure to register a vehicle over 60 days, no proof of liability insurance and improper window tint.
•A woman on Alcoa Road reported a residential burglary.
•An employee at Southern Roots on Military Road reported a woman stole two bracelets from the store.

Benton Utilities to shut down area water line to repair break

July 30, 2014

Benton Utilities released this statement on their Facebook page:

"Benton Utilities Water Department will be shutting down the water in the areas of Hwy 35 N/ Hwy 5 S/ Kenwood to repair a break in the lines. They will begin this work between 1:00 and 1:15 this afternoon and it will take them approximately 30 minutes. Customers in this area may experience no water/ low water pressure during this time."

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Humane Society of Saline County Pet of the Week

July 29, 2014

Wilson is a beautiful black and white cat that has been at the Humane Society of Saline County about 12 weeks.

He needs a special home, according to Ann Sanders, director of the Humane Society of Saline County.

"Wilson had nearly starved to death and had very little hair when we took him in," Sanders said.

"We think someone put flea drops on him and that is what made the large sore he suffered that left him with no hair on the back of his neck," Sanders said.

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