The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-30T13:17:29-04:00 State University closes outreach center 2014-07-30T13:17:29-04:002014-07-30T13:17:29-04:00The Saline CourierThe Jonesboro Sun reports that Vice Chancellor and Provost Lynita Cooksey announced the closure on Tuesday.She says the university is attempting to streamline operations and reduce duplicated work. She says other departments will absorb the functions of the center and no services will be cut.It's unclear if the closure will result in layoffs. Cooksey says the nine staff members were offered or reassigned to vacant positions at the university.The center had operated for more than 36 years under different names. It offered online noncredit programs, community education, summer camps and youth programs.Benton, ARAssociated PressArkansas State University closes outreach center No source find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son 2014-07-30T13:13:57-04:002014-07-30T13:13:57-04:00The Saline CourierBrooke Floyd, who was the wife of Brian Floyd and mother of Harper Floyd, remained in jail Tuesday on a preliminary charge of endangering the welfare of a minor. She was seen with her husband and son on Friday morning, hours before she was found wandering alone on a remote road in the area, which is about 80 miles west of Little Rock.At the time, she looked "cut up and scarred as if she had been in a wooded area," Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey told the Southwest Times Record.He said Brooke Floyd "spoke of a separation Friday night" and listed her marital status as "single" on the police report."Investigators are still trying to get to the bottom of what caused the separation," Gilkey added.Brooke Floyd didn't initially cooperate with the search effort and was arrested over the weekend on the child endangerment complaint, but she later led authorities to the family's truck, which was towed from the area Tuesday.Gilkey said searchers found Harper's body in the mountainous terrain at around 1:30 p.m. and found his father's about an hour later. The bodies were taken to the state crime lab for autopsies."It's not the outcome we certainly had hoped for and our prayers and thoughts go out to the families involved," Gilkey said at a news conference at the remote site.Gilkey said investigators don't know yet whether they consider Brooke Floyd a suspect or a victim. Nobody responded to a message seeking comment left Tuesday at a number listed as hers.The sheriff told The Associated Press late Tuesday that investigators were meeting with county prosecutors to go over the case, and said the review could take several days. Gilkey did not say whether the deaths were the result of homicide or accident."Right now, it's still the same; we're still in meetings, going back over everything that's happened since 1:30 p.m. last Friday," Gilkey told the AP by phone.Benton, ARAssociated PressSearchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son No source for municipal positions continues2014-07-30T13:10:34-04:002014-07-30T13:10:34-04:00The Saline CourierNineteen individuals filed on opening day, eight candidates filed the second day and two more filed on the third day.Candidates may continue to file through noon on Aug. 15.In Bryant, the race for mayor has drawn two candidates — Alderman Adrian Henley, who filed on July 29, and Alderman Randy Cox, who filed July 25.Mayor Jill Dabbs has not filed for re-election, but previously announced she would be seeking another term.City Clerk Heather McKim has filed for another term.In the Bryant City Council races, Lorne Gladden is seeking the Ward 1, Position 1 seat being vacated by Henley; Rae Ann Fields, executive director of the Bryant Chamber of Commerce, has filed for the Ward 2, Position 2 seat; and incumbents Mike Chandler and Brenda Miller have filed for re-election.Doug Mays has filed as a candidate for city attorney.In Benton, Aldermen Charles Cunningham, Bill Donnor, Brad Moore, James Herzfeld, Steve Lee and Lori Terrell have filed for re-election.City Attorney Brent Houston and City Clerk Cindy Stracener have filed as candidates for additional terms.In Haskell, the mayoral race has drawn three candidates thus far. The winner will succeed Jeff Arey, who won the Republican Party's nomination for the office and will face Democrat Shawn Hipskind in the November general election.The candidates, to date, are Jayme Watson-Bruton, Jerry D. Tittle and Janie Lyman.In the Haskell City Council races, Dallas Wright has filed for the Ward1, Position 2 seat, and Roy Carman has filed for the Ward 3, Position 2 seat.In Alexander, the mayor's race thus far has drawn one candidate, Corliss Jerry Ball. In the aldermanic races in that city, the candidates, to date, are:•Jean Cummings Fisher, Ward 1, Position 2.•Andy Mullins, Ward 2, Position 2.•Harvey Howard, Ward 3, Position 2.In Shannon Hills, Mayor Mike Kemp has filed for another term.In the council races in that city, the following candidates have filed:• James M. Frala, Ward 1, Position 1.•Sue Skipper, Ward 1, Position 2.Benton, ARBrent DavisFiling for municipal positions continuesNo source Board approves new personnel, job changes2014-07-30T13:08:14-04:002014-07-30T13:08:14-04:00The Saline CourierA list of the new employees was included in the Benton School Board members' packet in a recent meeting. The personnel, including several who have been recognized previously, are:Administration•Mark McDougal, assistant superintendent for CTE/academic services.•Michael Armstrong, chief financial officer.•Randy McFarlin, athletic director.•Steve Quinn, principal, Benton Middle School.•Stacye Shelnut, principal, Howard Perrin Elementary School.•Kelly Keene, assistant principal, Howard Perrin Elementary School.•Mark Rash, assistant principal, Angie Grant Elementary School.Directors, Instructional Facilitators, Specialists•David Clinton, director, alternative learning center.•Angela Brasher, elementary literacy instructional facilitator.•Karen Heatherly, secondary math instructional facilitator.•Natalie Tanner, technology integration specialist.Secondary Teachers•Marsha Billingsley, counselor, Benton High School.•Lisa Lawrence, math, Benton High School.•Dexter Hendrix, physical education/health/coach, Benton High School.•Jacob Cragg, social studies, Benton High School.•Amanda McDougal, biology, Benton High School.•Robbie Rutherford, business, Benton High School.•Ashley White, math, Benton High School.•Renee Gabbard, math, Benton High School.•Col. Timothy Farmer, JROTC, Benton High School.•Katrina Southwell, business/coach, Benton High School.•Meredith Wylie, French, Benton High School.•Jamie Jones, construction technology, Benton High School.•Ellen Crumby, math, Benton Junior High.•Garrett Parker, social studies/coach, Benton Junior High.•Delton Brown, ETE, Benton Junior High.•Brittany Westerman, physical education/health/coach, Benton Middle School.•Corrie Langford, special education, Benton Middle School.•Seth Glidewell, physical education/health, Benton Middle School.•Merideth McCoy, choir/Benton Middle School.•Ellen Place, special education, Benton Middle School.•Jacqueline Daugherty, math, Benton Middle School.•Anna Davis, math/English, Benton Middle School.•Tara Hogue, ESL (English as a second language), Benton Middle School, Benton Junior High and Benton High School.Elementary Teachers•Allyson Pitts, counselor, Angie Grant.•Angie Neufer, art teacher, Angie Grant.•Chris Beckwith, classroom teacher, Angie Grant.•Sara Waddel, classroom teacher, Angie Grant.•Amanda Wooten, classroom teacher, Angie Grant.•Megan Haris, classroom teacher, Angie Grant.•Kelly Self, classroom teacher, Angie Grant.•Jennifer Lunsford, music teacher, Angie Grant.•Lacee Glidewell, classroom teacher, Ringgold.•Lindsay Carrouth, classroom teacher, Ringgold.•Bronson Melton, classroom teacher, Ringgold.•Ima Greer, media specialist, Ringgold.•Lorin Furman, classroom teacher, Howard Perrin.•Cara Collum, classroom teacher, Howard Perrin.•Dawn Harper, classroom teacher, Howard Perrin.•Lana Jones, classroom teacher, Howard Perrin.•Rebecca Larey, classroom teacher, Caldwell.•Kelli Fuller, classroom teacher, Caldwell.Alternative Learning CenterBenton, ARLynda HollenbeckBenton Board approves new personnel, job changesNo source releases new tuition policy for all military2014-07-30T13:06:20-04:002014-07-30T13:06:20-04:00The Saline CourierAll active duty, National Guard/Reserve or honorably separated veterans will be charged in-state tuition rates and minimal fees regardless of residence or whether enrolled in traditional or online courses.Two such online programs include the B.A. and the M.S. in Criminal Justice. Through these two accelerated options, military students can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree entirely online in as little as 12 months.“The opportunities the accelerated online Criminal Justice programs provide are flexible and convenient, and students can take comfort in knowing they are receiving instruction from some of the best scholars in the state,” said Dr. Jeff Walker, chair of the UALR Department of Criminal Justice.“One of the challenges of returning to school for service men and women is the uncertainty of residency — you sometimes have to move on short notice — so the fact that UALR offers in-state tuition no matter where you reside is an exceptional benefit for those wishing to further their education,” said Kathy Oliverio, military ombudsman at UALR.In addition to receiving in-state tuition rates, the application fee is waived for military students, and in some instances the student can get academic credit for military training.“We are very excited to be able to offer these incentives to military students. While every military student has different challenges and experiences, these options can help even more students reach their specific educational goals,” said Oliverio.The online criminal justice program prepares students for a wide range of career options including cyber security, juvenile justice, law enforcement and law school.Some of the highlights of the accelerated online Criminal Justice program include: 1. With new courses starting every nine weeks, a degree is possible within 12-24 months for those with an associate degree or 18-24 months for those pursuing master’s degrees 2. Scholarships, flexible payment and financial aid options 3. Option to complete an 18-credit hour security certificateAcademic advisers are available to answers questions students may have about each program. For the B.A. in Criminal Justice, visit or call 1.877.651.3750.To speak with an adviser for the M.S. in Criminal Justice, visit or call 1.877.651.3760.UALR is a designated Military Friendly School, a distinction that lands it in the top tier of institutions with leading opportunities for military service members and spouses. The university provides assistance to military members through support from the UALR Veteran Student Success office. Benton, ARBrent DavisUALR releases new tuition policy for all militaryNo source Man tried to lure teen into truck2014-07-30T13:04:39-04:002014-07-30T13:04:39-04:00The Saline Courier Lt. Kevin Russell, spokesperson for the department, said, "We are still encouraging people to contact us with information due to this still being an ongoing investigation."A 16-year-old girl told police that she was walking near the intersection of South and Main streets when an Hispanic man approached her and attempted to get her into his vehicle, Russell said. The man made two attempts to coercer into the vehicle, the girl told officers.She noted that he was speaking to her in Spanish, but she did not understand what he said. A witness to the incident yelled at the man who then drove away, Russell said. The man's vehicle was described as a single-cab Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. The top portion of the truck was painted purple or dark blue and the lower portion was painted red, he said. Benton police transmitted the information to surrounding law enforcement agencies, Russell said. Benton, ARSarah PerryPolice: Man tried to lure teen into truckNo source Dispatch July 292014-07-30T13:01:53-04:002014-07-30T13:01:53-04:00The Saline Courier•Brandon Blakley, 21, of Benton was arrested on Edison Avenue and charged with possession of a controlled substance, no vehicle license, failure to register a vehicle over 60 days, no proof of liability insurance and improper window tint.•A woman on Alcoa Road reported a residential burglary. •An employee at Southern Roots on Military Road reported a woman stole two bracelets from the store. •Michael Moreland was arrested on Military Road and charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He also is named in three active warrants. •Daniel Caple, 52, of Benton was arrested at Walmart and charged with public intoxication. He is also named in an active warrant. •A woman on Alcoa Road reported a residential break-in. •Mary Moore, 49, of North Little Rock was arrested on Interstate 30 in Benton for disorderly conduct. Saline County Sheriff's Office•A woman on Doris Lane reported being a victim of identity fraud. •A woman on Philis Drive reported an assault. •A man on Oakview Circle reported the theft of tools. •A woman on Lana Lane reported an assault. •A woman on Congo-Ferndale Road reported damage to a gate on her property. •A woman on Helmich Drive reported the theft of a utility trailer.Benton Fire DepartmentNo reports were submitted. Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch July 29No source Utilities to shut down area water line to repair break2014-07-30T12:25:43-04:002014-07-30T12:25:19-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARSaline Courier StaffBenton Utilities to shut down area water line to repair breakNo source VIDEO: Peyton Manning dances at practice2014-07-29T16:33:05-04:002014-07-29T16:29:58-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableTRENDING VIDEO: Peyton Manning dances at practiceNo source Society of Saline County Pet of the Week2014-07-29T14:48:48-04:002014-07-29T14:48:34-04:00The Saline CourierHe needs a special home, according to Ann Sanders, director of the Humane Society of Saline County."Wilson had nearly starved to death and had very little hair when we took him in," Sanders said."We think someone put flea drops on him and that is what made the large sore he suffered that left him with no hair on the back of his neck," Sanders said.She noted that Dr. Eric Jayne first treated Wilson and then the staff at the Humane Society has been "giving him lots of tender love and care along with lots of food.""Wilson loves to eat and will reach through the bars of his cage to make sure you don't forget to feed him," Sanders said."He is a staff favorite at the Humane Society and we are all waiting for that special someone to come along and adopt him," she said.Wilson's adoption fee is $75.This special cat may be seen at the shelter between noon and 4 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday.The facility also houses a number of other cats and kittens as well as dogs of many varieties. All animals that are adopted from the facility are first spayed or neutered.The shelter is at 7100 Bauxite Highway.Donations to assist the society may be mailed at any time to P.O. Box 305, Benton, AR 72018.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckHumane Society of Saline County Pet of the WeekNo source