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U.S. employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2 pct.

August 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

Still, July's gain was less than in the previous three months and probably wasn't strong enough to intensify fears that the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates to curb inflation.

Beebe: No special election for state Senate seat

August 1, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe won't call a special election to fill the state Senate seat of a lawmaker stepping down to take a lobbying job with the University of Arkansas system, the governor's office announced Thursday.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample cited the potential cost and timeline for a special election to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Key, who is stepping down effective Thursday to begin work as the UA system's associate vice president for university relations.

Police searching for suspects who robbed woman at gunpoint

August 1, 2014

A woman on Center Street in Bryant reported being held at gunpoint in her home by three black men.
The incident happened around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

Hazel Gilson, 74, told Bryant police that she responded to a knock at the door. When she opened it, the men forced their way into her home, pointing a gun at her.

One struck her on the head with the pistol, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.
When Mrs. Gilson's husband, Thomas, arrived home, the suspects also threatened him with the weapon, Crowson said.

No charges in 'attempted kidnapping' case; language barrier leads to misunderstanding

August 1, 2014

The Benton Police Department will not be filing charges in connection with a reported kidnapping attempt.

"After extensively interviewing the victim, a possible suspect and witnesses, it was determined that no charges were warranted in the case," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Nice Kiks! Student helps others have new shoes

August 1, 2014

Ethan Harris, 11, who is famous in Bryant for his fundraising efforts to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant, is starting a new project Saturday.

Ethan will be collecting new tennis shoes and monetary donations to purchase shoes for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant.

Residents can stop by the Alcoa Exchange near Shoe Carnival to make donations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Girls shoe sizes 13 through 2 are most needed, said Carla Harris, Ethan's mother.

"It's difficult to pinpoint a specific size when so many children, of all sizes, need them," Harris said.

Municipal races continue to draw local candidates

August 1, 2014

Candidates are continuing to file for municipal positions to be determined in the November general election.

The recent filing period opened at noon July 25 and closes at noon Aug. 15.

As of mid-morning today, the following individuals have filed as candidates.

The candidates listed here also include those who previously filed for county positions before the preferential primary election, but will be included on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Alexander
•Mayor, Farren Wadley; Corliss Jerry Ball.
•Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, no filings to date.

Wet/dry option to get vote; Issue narrowly slips into November ballot

August 1, 2014

An effort by Our Community, Our Dollars to get a wet/dry issue on the Nov. 4 general election ballot has succeeded.

The required number of signatures on a petition to allow the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages in Saline County has been met, according to County Clerk Doug Curtis.

Curtis reported late Thursday afternoon that 31,528 signatures were processed and 25,653 were accepted after 5,875 were rejected.

He said 25,580 signatures of registered voters were required to place the measure on the general election ballot.

McMahan responds to dismissal of lawsuit

August 1, 2014

A lawsuit filed by Bauxite resident Deborah Purifoy against the city of Bauxite, Mayor Johnny McMahan and police officials has been dismissed.

In the complaint, Purifoy alleged that she was mistreated during an incident in 2010.

The dismissal notes that on Sept. 11, 2010, Michael Turner, a defendant in the suit, was working as a Bauxite police officer and was called to the home of Gary and Peggy Hula in response to a domestic disturbance call. Purifoy is a neighbor of the Hulas.

Front entrance to Saline Memorial closed for renovation

August 1, 2014

The main entrance to Saline Memorial Hospital will be closed beginning this morning for approximately 12 weeks while the area undergoes a planned renovation.
According to Matt Brumley of Saline Memorial Hospital, "We have two alternate entrances, one by the mail lobby elevators and we are also using the health education building entrance. Signage will be placed throughout the hospital to assist visitors. We have also placed information in our local physicians offices."

BREAKING NEWS: Wet/dry vote to be on Saline County ballot in November

July 31, 2014

An effort by Our Community, Our Dollars to get a wet/dry issue on the Nov. 4 general election ballot has succeeded.

The required number of signatures on a petition to allow the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages in Saline County has been met, according to County Clerk Doug Curtis.

Curtis reported late Thursday afternoon that 31,528 signatures were processed and 25,653 were accepted after 5,875 were rejected.

He said 25,580 signatures of registered voters were required to place the measure on the general election ballot.

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