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Committee rejects A-State medical college application

December 18, 2014

JONESBORO — A New York college's application to open an osteopathic medical school on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro has been denied.

But Barbara Ross-Lee of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine said it will submit another application for accreditation to the American Osteopathic Association in April.

Bryant 4-year-old dies at Children's Hospital

December 18, 2014

Bryant police officers are investigating the death of a 4-year-old child. Brayden Bohac was pronounced dead at Arkansas Children’s Hospital after being transported to the hospital via helicopter Tuesday afternoon.

For the entire story, see Friday’s edition of The Saline Courier.

Arkansas St. names Shane Broadway vice president

December 17, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education was named Wednesday as vice president for governmental relations for the Arkansas State University System.

ASU System President Charles Welch said Shane Broadway, a former member of both the Arkansas House and Senate, will succeed Robert Evans, who is retiring.

Top theater chains, including Cinemark and Regal, cancel 'The Interview' showings

December 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film.

Regal Cinemas, AMC and Cinemark have each pulled the movie. In a statement, Regal said it was delaying any showings of "The Interview" because of "the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats."

Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Benton officer graduates from advanced training course

December 17, 2014

Lt. Jeff Kling of the Benton Police Department recently completed the School of Law Enforcement Supervision, an advanced criminal justice class that was offered through the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock.

This course is “designed by Arkansas law enforcement leaders to set a standard that focuses on leadership,
education and advancement in the law enforcement profession,” said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

For the entire story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Saline Courier.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

Mystery man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts

December 17, 2014

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A generous mystery man has made the holiday season a little brighter for employees of two Massachusetts coffee shops.

A man wearing a cowboy hat walked into Marylou's in Hyannis on Saturday and handed the worker behind the counter 15 envelopes, each containing a crisp $100 bill.

Manager Victoria Grandy tells the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/1zmGccs ) "MERRY CHRISTMAS" was printed in red on the front of each envelope.

Workers didn't recognize the man as a regular, but one employee said he resembled Santa Claus.

Country singer Boyd crowned 'The Voice' champion

December 17, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Country fans have spoken again.

Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday.

Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off.

The father from Nashville, Tennessee, was up against three finalists from Adam Levine's team: Runner-up Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, who took third place and Damien Lawson, who nabbed fourth.

This is the fourth win for country star Shelton.

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

December 17, 2014

Norman Bridwell, creator of the popular "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series of children's books turned into a PBS TV show, has died.

Scholastic, his longtime publisher, says Birdwell died Friday in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. He lived in Edgartown, Massachusetts.

County unveils maps detailing potential liquor store areas

December 15, 2014

Under the guidance of Gary Ballard, the Saline County Assessor’s office has released an unofficial map of locations where liquor stores could be placed in Saline County.

The map details where churches and schools are located and the 1,000-foot radius that prevents a liquor store from being placed.

According to the map, the best possible locations for liquor stores will be along Military Road in Benton.

Twenty-one liquor stores could soon be a reality for the county since voters decided to turn the county wet during November’s general election.

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