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Number of locals honored at annual event

January 30, 2015

The 2014 Community Commitment Awards highlighted the 42nd Winter Banquet and Silent Auction Thursday night held inside the Center at Bishop Park in Bryant.

Hosted by the Bryant Chamber of Commerce and presented by Landers Auto of Saline County, the annual banquet presented six awards on the night including Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Preschool Teacher of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, and Organization of the Year.

Rodney Plack was named Man of the Year and Tonya Horton was named Woman of the Year.

Man accidentally shoots himself, named on active county warrant

January 30, 2015

A man who accidentally shot himself while fishing was named on an active warrant and will be arrested once he is released from Saline Memorial Hospital.

Man allegedly tries to sell $20K in stolen items on Facebook

January 30, 2015

A Traskwood man was arrested for allegedly selling stolen property under a fake name on Facebook.

When deputies arrested Larry E. Parker III, 23, of Traskwood, they allegedly found $20,000 worth of stolen property.
During the investigation, deputies found that Parker has created a social media profile under the name “Lucy Smart” to advertise the property for sale.

“This is a case of Mr. Park utilizing the power of the internet to further his illegal activities,” said Sheriff Rodney Wright.

Wright also urges residents to be cautious when buying property on social media sites.

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.

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