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Iris bulb sale generates $2,300 for area projects

September 23, 2014

A member of Salem United Methodist Church reported that an unusual fundraiser held Saturday proved to be extremely successful for the church.

Richard Bondurant said the sale of iris bulbs brought in $2,300 for community projects the church members will conduct.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Suit filed to remove minimum wage initiative from '14 ballot

September 23, 2014

A lawsuit has been filed to remove the minimum wage initiative from the November general election ballot.

The suit asks the Arkansas Supreme Court to block the "Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage" from placement on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The issue, if approved, would incrementally raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by the year 2017.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Former finance director runs for alderman

September 23, 2014

Gary Hollis, former finance director for the city of Bryant, has announced he is seeking election to the Ward 4, Position 2 seat on the Bryant City Council.

The position is currently held by Steve Gladden, who is not seeking re-election.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Mattingly OK after falling ill during meeting

September 23, 2014

Approximately 10 minutes into the Benton City Council meeting Monday night, Mayor David Mattingly blacked out while presiding in the session.

The mayor was reading a proclamation related to the 40th anniversary of Old-Fashioned Day when he closed his eyes and slumped to his right side.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

2 men killed in separate accidents

September 23, 2014

A Saline County man died early Sunday morning in an all-terrain vehicle accident on Robert O. Smith Road and a Bryant man died in a car accident Monday morning on Interstate 430.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Fall foliage: Chilly nights in Northeast set stage for striking display

September 23, 2014

AccuWeather Global Weather Center -- 23 September 2014 -- AccuWeather reports with the start of fall this week, lows across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast have plummeted into the 30s and 40s at times, providing a sufficient cold blast to encourage the emergence of vibrant colors in autumn leaves.

"The weather between mid-September and mid-October is critically important to fall colors," Dr. Marc Abrams, professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology at Penn State University, said. "The period is often more important than all the preceding weather."

Conway eyes alternative fuel source for trucks

September 23, 2014

CONWAY — Leaders in Conway are deciding whether to drill test wells in the city's landfill to see if enough methane exists underground to use as a fuel source.

The Conway City Council is set to vote Tuesday night on whether to spend $100,000 to drill pilot wells in the landfill. If enough methane is present in the landfill, it could be used to fuel the city's garbage trucks or as a heating source.

Sheriff: Arkansas man jailed after animals starved

September 23, 2014

ROYAL — Garland County authorities have arrested a man who they say starved 27 dogs and horses.

KATV-TV reports the suspect was arrested on 27 counts of aggravated animal cruelty after deputies raided his Royal home on Sunday. The sheriff's department says a neighbor complained about a bad smell coming from the property.

Deputies found three dogs and one horse dead. They say 13 dogs and 14 horses were starved and some had matted fur and visible sores.

The man is being held at the Garland County jail on $67,500 bond. It's unclear if he's been charged.

Groundbreaking held for new Arkansas steel mill

September 23, 2014

OSCEOLA — Officials broke ground Monday on a $1.3 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas that's being touted as a boon to the economically struggling Delta region and the largest single private investment inArkansas' history.

The ceremony at the Big River Steel site marks the beginning of work for the state's first "superproject" under a 2004 amendment that allows Arkansas to borrow money to help lure major employers. The state has issued $125 million in bonds for the project, which is also receiving millions in other public funds for its construction.

Rep. Paul Ryan to speak at fundraiser

September 22, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will be at the Benton Event Center for a BBQ fundraiser for Asa Hutchinson's campaign for governor. Ryan in the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and was selected by Mitt Romney as his running mate in the 2012 presidential campaign.

The fundraiser is set for Wednesday, September 24 and will begin at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $50 per person and $5 for children. Contact Jenna at 501-287-0464 or for additional details.


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