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Convicted killer surrenders 3 months after escape

September 18, 2014

BOONEVILLE — A convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison turned himself into authorities Thursday after about three months on the run.

Timothy Buffington escaped June 21 from the Pine Bluff Unit after stealing a shotgun from a house on the prison grounds where he'd been performing janitorial work. He was found more than 150 miles away Thursday — in the same area where he was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1998 shooting death of his ex-wife, Rhonda Combs.

Committee discusses Bryant year-end finances

September 18, 2014

During a meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Bryant City Council, the aldermen discussed the outlook for the city's end-of-year finances.

While discussing the monthly financial report, Joy Black, finance director, told the committee that sales tax revenue is less than what was budgeted and she does not expect the city to make up the difference by the end of the year.

The committee suggested that the council discuss postpone some projects until the beginning of 2015 in case their is not enough revenue to cover the costs.

Fundraiser planned for Baker family on Saturday

September 18, 2014

Bishop Park in Bryant will be the site for a Sept. 20 Zumbathon fundraiser for the family of Heather Baker who died as the result of a hit-and-run accident on the Target parking lot.

Baker suffered fatal injuries as she was walking from her car to a store in the Alcoa Exchange parking lot on Aug. 21 and died of those injuries the following day.

Zumba, a popular form of exercise involving dance and aerobic elements, will be the featured attraction for the event.

Bauxite City Council considers rate increase

September 18, 2014

Possible water and sewer rate increases were the focus of a Bauxite City Council meeting on Monday.

Alderman Paula Matthews presented a recommendation to raise the minimum water and sewer bill by $2.

Currently, residential customers are charged $17 for the first 2,000 gallons of water and $8.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Customer sewer charges are $12 for the first 2,000 gallons and $5.15 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.

Area cooks encouraged to get tickets for event

September 18, 2014

The "Taste of Home Cooking School" presented by Homemaker Schools is returning to Benton.

The event is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Benton Event Center on Interstate 30.

Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded at the event and every participating ticket-holder will receive a filled goodie bag.

Chef Jamie Dunn will be leading the event that will include demonstrations of recipes, products and homemaking ideas.

Local vendors will be present with samples to taste and numerous ideas and helpful information for area cooks.

Dunn to lead 'Taste of Home' school

September 18, 2014

A few years ago, Jamie Dunn was working as a home economics teacher in Oklahoma when she chose a different route for her life.

That path took her to the Taste of Home Cooking Schools and becoming one of several chefs who host schools throughout the nation.

She will be in Benton on Thursday, Oct. 2, to lead such an event at the Benton Event Center.
Dunn says she feels at home in this role.

Daily Dispatch Sept. 17, 2014

September 18, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A woman on South Main Street reported her Social Security card and her son's Social Security card were stolen from her vehicle.
•A man on South Second Street reported a backpack was stolen from his vehicle.
•A man on River Street reported fuel was stolen from his vehicle.
•A manager at Shiny Carwash on Military Road reported an individual attempted to break into a coin vault.
•Kyle Paul Davis, 25, of Alexander received a citation for theft of property in conjunction with an incident at Econo Lodge.

Hutchinson predicts oncoming advertising onslaught

September 18, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that Arkansas residents are about to be treated to something that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire see every four years — a barrage of political advertising.

Speaking to the Political Animals club in Little Rock, Hutchinson estimated that candidates up and down the ballot would spend $16 million over the next seven weeks on television and other media ads. He compared the upcoming ad blitz to the opening races of runs for the White House.

Arkansas State: Players can restore helmet crosses

September 18, 2014

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University said Wednesday it was wrong for the school to place crosses on the back of its football helmets as a memorial to two students, but that it will allow athletes to add their own remembrances as long as they comply with NCAA rules.

Liberty Institute, a Plano, Texas, law firm, had complained that Arkansas State violated its students' rights by modifying crosses intended to honor a player and equipment manager who died in the past year. The vertical post of the cross was removed, leaving only a horizontal bar with the pair's initials.

Review: Devices, apps act like one under iOS 8

September 18, 2014

NEW YORK — The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity.

Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads, those devices start to act like one. Apps on those devices start to unite, too.

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