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Accepting the Challenge: Bryant students learn to make a difference from tragedy

September 15, 2014

Every year, for at least the last four years, a student at Bryant High School has committed suicide. Members of the Bryant Student Senate hope a program, which is based on the life of a girl none of the Bryant students has ever met, can change that statistic.

On Thursday, Bryant students learned about Rachel's Challenge. This program is based on the life of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the school shootings at Columbine High School in 1999.

After her death, her family and friends found an essay she wrote for her fifth-period class.

Voting locations set for Sept. 16 school board election

September 15, 2014

Early voting for school board elections in Bauxite and the Harmony Grove School Districts ends today.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Vote Here building across from the Saline County Courthouse will be closed. Voters must go to specific polling sites in each district to cast their ballots.

All polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m on Tuesday.

Harmony Grove district patrons will vote at the Haskell Fire Department located behind City Hall in Haskell.

Bauxite patrons must go to a location specific to the precinct in which their voter registration is set.

Saline County under firewood quarantine for next 120 days

September 15, 2014

Saline County is currently under a firewood quarantine after a vote by the Arkansas State Plant Board on Sept. 11.

Twenty-five other counties are included in the quarantine which hopes to slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Quarantined items include firewood of all hardwood species, and the following ash items: nursery stock; green lumber with bark attached; other material living, dead, cut or fallen including logs, pulpwood, stumps, roots, branches, mulch and composted/un-composted chips that are one inch or greater.

Fatal accident reported on I-30

September 15, 2014

A Bryant man died of injuries suffered early Sunday morning on Interstate 30 near mile marker 125 between Bryant and Alexander.

The Arkansas State Police reported that Miguel Cruz, 34, was driving a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria westbound at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle struck a concrete barrier, overturned and came to rest on its side, according to the ASP report.

Texas minister to lead Willliams Preaching Series

September 13, 2014

Dr. Janice Gilbert, senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas, will be the guest preacher for this year's Williams Preaching Series at First United Methodist Church in Benton.

The series will take place Sunday and Monday, Sept. 14 and 15.

The preaching series was established by the late Ruth Williams, widow of the the late Curtis Williams, to honor her husband. Among his pastoral appointments was serving as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Benton.

Salem Church to sell bulbs from registered iris grower

September 13, 2014

Salem United Methodist Church is sponsoring an unusual event: The church is selling registered iris bulbs from the garden of a prominent local Master Gardener, Phyllis Kirtley.

Kirtley is known in the area for her expertise in raising the flowers.

The sale is set from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, under the Salem Campgrounds arbor on the Salem Church grounds.

According to church spokesman Dick Bondurant, varieties that will be available to purchase will include registered day lilies, angel trumpets, grounds cover and assorted perennials.

AHTD to host public meeting in Bryant

September 13, 2014

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public involvement meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, to present and discuss proposed design plans to widen Arkansas 5 from Alcoa Road to Arkansas 183 in Bryant.

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs said this will be an "open house" event with no formal presentations scheduled. The public is invited to attend the meeting any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to view exhibits, ask questions and offer comments.

The meeting will be held at Grace Church in Bryant, 4200 Highway 5 North.

Civitan Services to host 'killer' event

September 13, 2014

In hopes of raising the last bit of money for a new building in Bryant, Civitan Services will be hosting a murder mystery dinner.

"Murder at the Masquerade," which will serve as Civitan Services' largest fundraiser of the year, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Benton Event Center.

During the event, the audience will be able to try to figure out with their table mates a mystery portrayed by a group of professional actors from Murder Mystery Company in Nashville.

ADC announces date for annual horse auction

September 12, 2014

The Arkansas Department of Correction Agriculture Division will host its annual horse auction on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton.

The public will have the opportunity to bid on 25-30 retired horses, colts and mules from ADC's working herd.

Those interested in bidding on the animals may view and ride them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the fairgrounds. 

On the day of the sale, the horses may be viewed from 8 a.m. until noon and the sale will then begin at 1 p.m.

Authorities arrest suspected vandal linked to shooting

September 12, 2014

An 18-year-old Benton resident who allegedly shot at Benton High School on two separate occasions was arrested Thursday afternoon by Benton police.

During two incidents, Justin Carroll, 18, of Benton allegedly drove by Benton High School late at night and shot at the school multiple times, said Lt. Kevin Russell,police department spokesperson.

During the first incident, the glass of the rotunda was shot and during the second incident the digital billboard and a glass door of the cafeteria were damaged, he said.

 

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