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Backers ask court to dismiss alcohol-sales lawsuit

September 17, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Backers of a measure that would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties are asking the state's highest court to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to remove the proposal from the November ballot.

Representatives from Let Arkansas Decide filed court papers Tuesday seeking the dismissal of the suit filed earlier this month by Citizens for Local Rights. The opponents say petitions were due on the July Fourth holiday, which fell on a Friday.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office accepted the petitions the next business day, or Monday, July 7.

Pulaski County voters approve new school district

September 17, 2014

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville and north Pulaski County voters have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a new school district.

Pulaski County officials say initial results of the vote Tuesday show that nearly 96 percent of voters supported separating from the Pulaski County Special School District. About 10 schools will secede from the existing district to create the Jacksonville/North Pulaski County school district with roughly 4,000 students.

About 21 percent of eligible voters within the boundaries of the proposed district voted.

NRA launches $1.3M ad buy for Cotton 


September 17, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The National Rifle Association on Tuesday said it's launching a $1.3 million television ad campaign to promote Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, a little over a year after the group ran radio ads defending Pryor's record on guns.

Bryant district gives OK to 2014 budget

September 17, 2014

Bryant School Board approved a budget for the 2014-2015 school year during its regular meeting Monday night.

The board has previously discussed the budget during two work sessions.

Angela Drummond, district treasurer, told the board during the sessions that the district has additional funds in the budget that were not used during the 2013-14 school year.

The board discussed ways to use the surplus funding and incorporated these into the budget.

Benton district feature set for Larry King's 'In View' spot

September 17, 2014

Benton School District's feature on the nationally televised "In View" program hosted by Larry King will air on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The broadcast is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. local time on the Fox Business Network.

A preview of the program was presented Monday night at a meeting of the Benton School Board.

Benton Superintendent Jeff Collum said Monday night that he was contacted in March by one of the executive producers of "In View" about the proposed program that portrays Benton as "one of the top school districts in the nation."

Bohannan leaving Benton School Board

September 17, 2014

Brad Bohannan, president of the Benton School Board, was commended for his service to the school district and the local community during a board meeting Monday night.

Bohannan was attending the board session for his final time as a member of the school district's governing body.

Jackie Sasfai will be taking his place on the seven-member panel beginning with the October board meeting. Bohannan did not seek re-election to another term.

In the meeting this week, Superintendent Jeff Collum presented Bohannan with a Panther Pride award after lauding his leadership.

Kelloms, Jacks win school board races

September 17, 2014

School board elections took place Tuesday in two districts in Saline County.

One incumbent retained his seat and one board will be welcoming a newcomer.

Andy Kelloms defeated Jordan Abels to retain his position on the Harmony Grove School Board in Haskell.

Kelloms won by a total of 133 votes (55.19 percent) over 108 for Abels (44.81 percent).

In the Bauxite district, Ryan Jacks handily defeated incumbent Frank Torres for a seat on the board. Jacks received 154 votes (74.4 percent) to 53 votes (25.6 percent) for Torres.

Daily Dispatch, Sept. 16, 2014

September 17, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A man on West Hazel Street reported the theft of a vehicle.
•Michael Halpain was arrested at Walmart and charged with shoplifting. He is also named in an outstanding warrant.
•Judy Smoke, 43, of Traskwood was cited for terroristic threatening in connection with an incident on Alcoa Road.
•Michelle Henning, 45, of Benton was cited for shoplifting in connection with an incident at Walmart.
•Jonathan Swaite, 29, Kayla Steele, 19, and Chelsea Bauer, 19, all of Benton, were arrested on River Street and charged with various drug-related offenses.

Habitat begins Apostles Build; home recycling also under way

September 16, 2014

Thirteen local churches have joined forces to provide a home for a Benton man.

Wes Hogue's new house is the focus of the annual Apostles Build of Habitat for Humanity of Saline County.

Work on the structure in Partnership Village began Saturday morning. Along with volunteers from the sponsoring churches, Hogue was on site to assist.

All homeowners are required to provide "sweat equity" toward their home projects and Hogue has been contributing to this requirement as a volunteer at the Habitat ReStore.

Brief agenda for finance meeting today in Bryant

September 16, 2014

The Finance and Personnel Committee of the Bryant City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boswell Municipal Complex.

During the meeting, the committee will be discussing the August financial statements, the purchase of new equipment for the Bryant Fire Department and a grant for the Bryant Parks Department.

 

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