The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-29T11:36:29-04:00 tells yoga training schools to get licensed 2014-08-29T11:36:29-04:002014-08-29T11:36:29-04:00The Saline CourierThe Arkansas Board of Private Career Education oversees private, postsecondary career schools for fields, such as real estate, bail bonds and tattoo piercing.The board's director, Brenda Germann, says that yoga teacher-training schools in Arkansas should've been licensed sooner. But she says she had little knowledge of their existence until recently when a national group asked each state about licensing for the facilities.Benton, ARAssociated PressBoard tells yoga training schools to get licensed No source up for Amplify; third annual Christian music festival starts today2014-08-29T11:35:21-04:002014-08-29T11:35:21-04:00The Saline CourierThe two-day festival opens its doors at 3 p.m. today and again at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The festival will feature top contemporary Christian music artists including Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, Sanctus Real, Jason Gray, Rhett Walker Band, Citizen Way, MIKESCHAIR, The Museum, Drew Cline, Spencer Lloyd, who competed in this season's "American Idol," and others. The festival is completely free and open to the public and will feature Christian music, apparel and food vendors, kids' activities, bounce houses and a fireworks show for the finale.Josh Turner, event co-chair, said, "The main goal of Amplify is to expose people to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to break down barriers between churches and provide a positive, fun-filled opportunity to come together and worship Christ." Organizers estimate that more than 20,000 people will attend the festival this year. "This year will be even bigger and better than last year," said Turner.Matt Brumley, co-chair for the event, said, "When we started planning Amplify a couple of years ago, our thought was to put on a Christian music festival that was unlike anything in Arkansas or surrounding states. The response we have received, not just from those in our community but from around the country, has been amazing."When people find out this event is free, they just can't believe it. We would not be able to do any of this without the support of our sponsors, who are investing in Amplify because they truly believe in the vision and mission of this event."Guests attending the festival are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets or tarps, sunscreen, extra cash for drinks, food and shopping as well as all of their friends. Video cameras, pets, ice chests or coolers and outside food and drinks will not be allowed in the festival. Smoking also will not be allowed. The lineup for the festival follows:Today4 p.m. Becca Bradley4:50 p.m. Spencer Lloyd5:50 p.m. MIKESCHAIR6:50 p.m. Jason Gray8:10 p.m. Rhett Walker Band9:30 pm. Big Daddy WeaveSaturday2 p.m. Becca Bradley2:45 p.m. Spencer Lloyd4 p.m. Drew Cline5 p.m. The Museum 6:05 p.m. Citizen Way7:30 p.m. Sanctus Real9:15 p.m. Jeremy CampBenton, ARBobbye PykeAmped up for Amplify; third annual Christian music festival starts todayNo source Council approves billboards, new gated community2014-08-29T11:33:55-04:002014-08-29T11:33:55-04:00The Saline CourierThe gated community, which will be located on Mt. Carmel Road south of Hurricane Creek, will be an upscale neighborhood similar to Midtown and will be built in three phases.Developers have been working with every city department to make sure this is the best project possible, said Dee Fiser, one of the project coordinators.At first, the council members approved the rezoning ordinance only on its the first reading but failed to pass a motion for subsequent readings, saying they did not want to rush it. This would have resulted in the ordinance being presented again at the council's next meeting. Fiser then asked that the aldermen approve the zoning change because of time constraints related to the date for closing on the purchase of the land."Putting this off can kill a good project," said Alderman Brenda Miller. The council then voted to approve the additional readings, but the ordinance will not become effective for 30 days.The council also approved an ordinance dealing with billboards. According to the ordinance, new billboards will be allowed only on Interstate 30 and must be situated at least a thousand feet from another billboard. The council also discussed the forensic audit that was requested by the council months ago. Alderman Randy Cox told the council that he has recently spoken with Dr. L. Douglas Brown, who has been hired to complete the forensic audit. Cox requested that staff attorney Chris Madison speak with Brown.The council also requested feedback about the recent legislative audit findings. Two of the findings have beeb submitted to Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady for further review.The findings pertain to lack of documentation or no documentation for travel expenses. Casady is hoping to wrap up everything in a week, said Joy Black, the city's finance director. Benton, ARSarah PerryBryant Council approves billboards, new gated communityNo source nights of rodeo performances on tap for county fair. 2014-08-29T11:30:40-04:002014-08-29T11:30:40-04:00The Saline CourierThe first activity for fair week on Tuesday will be the annual parade at 6 p.m. in Downtown Benton, but that's not all residents can enjoy during the annual event, said Mollie Wright, a member of the Fair Association Board of Directors.This year two nights of rodeo shows are scheduled, Wright said."The Saline County Fair Association is excited to announce we will once again be hosting the annual rodeo produced by H Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6.Wright noted that H Wright said the rodeo will feature traditional events like bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and breakaway roping. "Also, preceding the rodeo each night at 7:30, there will be a mutton bustin’ for the little cowboys and cowgirls to ride a sheep," Wright said.She noted that this year's rodeo is sanctioned by the Arkansas Rodeo Association, the Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association out of Oklahoma."We hope to attract entries from all throughout the region — both beginners and experienced riders," Wright said.To enter the event, riders interested should call Rose Harris at 501-733-3449. "This year, we are privileged to have Lecile Harris, a professional rodeo comedian and clown, to keep the audience entertained and our cowboys on their toes," Wright said.She noted that earlier in his career Harris was a bullfighter clown when his primary responsibility was to protect the cowboy. "His natural tendency for comedy began developing more and more, and he began to thrill the crowd," she said,"Today his catalog of acts, skits and characters are legendary, some dating back more than 40 years, but are still timeless today,"she said.She pointed out that rodeo isn't the only arena in which he has showcased his talents. "He once landed a regular role on the TV series 'Hee Haw' and that lasted five years."Today, Lecile is at the pinnacle of his career and comedy has become his trademark to such a degree that he was recognized as the best in the business by being named Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association Clown of the Year for four years," she said. Wright pointed out that Harris' his bullfighting and comedic ability have "saved many a cowboy and brought smiles and laughter to literally millions of people." "The Saline County Fair Association is both excited and honored to have such an elite performer at this year’s rodeo," Wright said."The association members would like to encourage each of you to attend this annual event," she said. "The association has worked hard to keep the admission fees as low as possible. Admission to the rodeo is $10 per adult, $5 for youngsters 6-12 years old and free for those under 6. Benton, ARLynda Hollenbeck2 nights of rodeo performances on tap for county fair. No source suspect in robbery case apprehended2014-08-29T11:26:04-04:002014-08-29T11:26:04-04:00The Saline CourierCoytrell Harris was arrested in the Otter Creek area by officers of the U.S. Marshals Service, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson. The victim told officers that three men came into her home and held her at gunpoint, Crowson said. Harris was charged with kidnapping, theft of property, aggravated assault, aggravated assault, battery and interference with emergency communication. Four other people previously were arrested in connection with this incident. Benton, ARSarah PerryFinal suspect in robbery case apprehendedNo source Dispatch, Aug. 28, 20142014-08-29T11:24:45-04:002014-08-29T11:24:45-04:00The Saline Courier•A woman on Brenda Drive reported her GPS was stolen.•An employee at First Security Bank on Military Road reported receiving a fraudulent check. •A woman at Benton Middle School reported her son's trumpet was stolen. •Debra Ortiz, 30, of Benton was arrested on South Third Street and charged with assault on a family or household member. •A man on South Market Street reported three guns were stolen from his residence. •A man on Columbia Ave. reported the theft of a 2001 Black Toyota Tacoma. Saline County Sheriff's Office•A woman on Perry Road reported a residential break-in. •A man on Robinwood Drive reported another man attempted to break into his residence. •A woman on House Road reported a man threatened her. •A man on Nabholtz Road reported the theft of a gun. •A man on Arkansas 35 reported the theft of his vehicle's license plate. •A man on Sparks Road reported a residential break-in. Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to a grass fire, a rescue call and six medical calls. Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch, Aug. 28, 2014No source invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV attack ad2014-08-27T11:59:02-04:002014-08-27T11:59:02-04:00The Saline CourierThe Arkansas senator's campaign has been running a new television spot that opens with TV news clips about the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa. Health officials say an outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely.The spot criticizes Republican rival Tom Cotton, a freshman congressman from south Arkansas, for a vote last year against legislation reauthorizing pandemic response programs."Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola," a narrator says in the ad before another voice adds, "Congressman Cotton voted to cut billions from our nation's medical disaster and emergency programs."Pryor's campaign would not say how much it's spending to run the ad or where it's running the 30-second spot, which it said began airing over the weekend. It's part of an escalating ad fight between the two candidates and outside groups in a race that could determine which party controls the Senate. Combined, the candidates and groups have spent more than $19.7 million on the race, according to the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation.Cotton spokesman David Ray ridiculed the spot and said it ignores a vote the congressman cast in favor of a later version of the legislation."Senator Pryor's desperation is comical," Ray said in a statement released by the campaign. "In Senator Pryor's world, he doesn't have to take responsibility for rubber-stamping the Obama agenda over 90 percent of the time, but wants Arkansans to believe Tom Cotton is responsible for everything from Ebola to crabgrass and male-pattern baldness."Pryor's campaign defended the spot and accused Cotton of trying to make light of the issue.Janine Parry, a political science professor at the University of Arkansas, said the ad is "pretty alarmist.""There's no getting around it, almost cartoonish in its insistence of tying a candidate for political office to global misfortune," Parry said.She said it fits in with the general theme Pryor has been using to cast Cotton as extreme by citing his votes against government programs.The spot also criticizes Cotton's vote against pediatrician training at children's hospitals, which has been the focus of two ads that are part of a $3.6 million ad buy by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Pryor on Tuesday appeared outside Arkansas Children's Hospital to emphasize his criticism of Cotton.Benton, ARAssociated PressPryor invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV attack adNo source Jermain Taylor accused of shooting cousin 2014-08-27T11:57:49-04:002014-08-27T11:57:49-04:00The Saline Courier"Mr. Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault," Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden said Tuesday. "It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire."The cousin was hospitalized in serious condition with an apparent gunshot wound and the other man, described as a friend of the cousin, was not injured, Minden said. The two drove away from the home and were found at a Dollar General discount store several blocks away, Minden said. A woman believed to be Taylor's wife called 911 shortly before 6 p.m. to report an intruder and a shooting at the home.The names of the cousin and other man were not released.Taylor, 36, was being held in the Pulaski County jail without bond, according to online jail records. His attorney did not immediately return an after-hours phone call seeking comment.Taylor is expected to appear in Pulaski County District Court via video from the jail on Wednesday morning, Minden said.Minden said the nature of the altercation was still under investigation and that Taylor was arrested without incident."He was very calm and very cooperative with our investigators," Minden said.Benton, ARAssociated PressBoxer Jermain Taylor accused of shooting cousin No source resident caught in Napa quake2014-08-27T11:56:40-04:002014-08-27T11:56:40-04:00The Saline CourierThe magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled in the vineyard-studded hills of northern California, ruptured water mains and gas lines, hampering firefighters' efforts to extinguish the blazes that broke out after the temblor struck at 3:20 a.m.Dazed residents who had run out of their homes in the dark and were too fearful of aftershocks to go back to bed wandered through Napa's historic downtown, where boulder-sized chunks of rubble and broken glass littered the streets. Dozens of homes and buildings across the Napa Valley were left unsafe to occupy, including an old county courthouse, where a 10-foot-wide hole opened a view of the offices inside.Among the residents caught by surprise was a former Benton resident, Jerry Medlin, who said the 20-second quake was unexpected."I was absolutely terrified," Medlin said. "You have no idea how violent a large quake can be. It felt like our house had been grabbed by a large, angry fox terrier. My first thought was of the 4,700-pound Tesla parked 8 feet above our heads, hoping it wouldn’t come for a bedroom visit."We used our phones to find flashlights and went upstairs," he said. "Our house overlooks the city of Napa. All power was out and it was eerily quiet. It was still dark and we could see several fires burning across the city. Our power was out for about three hours."Medlin said the Aug. 24 quake was not the first he has experienced. "We had just finished the house when the Loma Prieta quake occurred in 1979. Because we were closer to the epicenter, this one felt much stronger."He noted that here was no damage in Napa from the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake. "I’ve experienced numerous smaller quakes during my 48 years in California," he said.Medlin's home is built 200 feet up on a large outcrop of bedrock immediately east of downtown Napa. The area is called Alta Heights."The house sits on 10-foot concrete pilings drilled in to the bedrock," he said. "Our architect said we would get only one-tenth of the horizontal motion experienced by residents on the valley floor. We had a few overturned vases and lamps, but no major damage."The house was built exceptionally strong, with 2-by-6 exterior walls, extra-thick sheetrock and cross bracing," he said. "All of our pictures are hung on earthquake-resistant hangers and all free-standing shelving is attached to the wall. After all, we live in earthquake country."Surveying the damage from the recent quake, Medlin photographed what he saw."I walked downtown later in the day. Brick buildings are rare in California and I could see why. Most of the old brick buildings downtown have been damaged, some beyond repair. There are at least 20 satellite trucks downtown all with accompanying reporters.  "Cleanup has started and many shops and restaurants are open for business. Ironically, the tornado damage you risk in Arkansas is covered by insurance, but earthquake insurance is a large, extra charge and only about 5 percent of California homes and businesses are covered."He noted that most restaurants and wineries are open for business. "The most severe economic damage to Napa Valley will be lost tourism because most people have been led to believe otherwise."Medlin lived in Benton from birth to age 22. He graduated from Benton High School in 1961. He also lived in Little Rock while attending UALR from 1943 through 1966, earning a degree in industrial engineering. His father, Lee Medlin, owned and operated Easy Way Tire Co. on East Street in Benton.He is the owner and CFO of Medlin Accounting Software, "the world's oldest shareware company," according to Medlin, who noted that he is semi-retired."I moved to California because there were few job opportunities for industrial engineers in Arkansas. I have lived in California since January 1967. I moved to San Francisco at the beginning of the 'summer of love.' I also worked at Alameda Naval Air Rework Facility during the Vietnam War."Medlin said not much will change for him because of the earthquake. "Since we have no damage, our plans really haven’t changed. We wouldn’t even think of moving from Napa. After all, we have survived the largest earthquake Napa has experienced since it was founded in 1947.Benton, ARBrent DavisFormer resident caught in Napa quakeNo source investigating BHS vandalism; authorities say glass was shot out2014-08-27T11:53:48-04:002014-08-27T11:53:48-04:00The Saline CourierOn Monday, school staff reported some of the glass in the rotunda area at the school had been broken. "The glass was broken by what appeared to be two bullet holes through it," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson. A surveillance video showed "the suspect in the case driving a small motorcycle and firing two rounds toward the rotunda area before speeding off at approximately 12:23 a.m. on Saturday," Russell said. Benton, ARSarah PerryPolice investigating BHS vandalism; authorities say glass was shot outNo source