The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-21T13:58:46-05:00 to host event concerning 'wet' issue2014-11-21T13:58:46-05:002014-11-21T13:58:46-05:00The Saline CourierRick Chrisman of the Alcohol Beverage Control is scheduled to speak for about 30 to 45 minutes following a lunch provided by the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.“They are going to give us a presentation of what is going to happen in the next 10 months,” Gary James, said executive director for the chamber. Benton, ARSam PierceChamber to host event concerning 'wet' issueNo source not happy after lack of quorum; 5 aldermen no shows for council meeting2014-11-21T13:51:42-05:002014-11-21T13:51:42-05:00The Saline CourierAldermen Randy Cox, Adrian Henley, Scott Curtis, Brenda Miller and Wade Permenter were absent. The council had planned to discuss the city’s finances, two development projects and a proposed change to the city attorney’s position. “Due to these aldermen’s poor decision making, the city of Bryant has now been put in a precarious position. Randy Cox and his allies have put politics before the people,” said Mayor Jill Dabbs. “Rather than do the job they were elected to do and ensure that the city’s business functions smoothly, they have put their political careers first. We have critical deadlines that have to be met in order to keep this city functioning properly.” In a statement released Thursday night, Randy Cox, who is Dabbs’ opponent in a runoff election, said he could not attend the meeting because of a prior family obligation. “I have missed only one other regular council meeting during my term — the day my father passed away," Cox said. "The accusation that this was some kind of organized event borders on lunacy. This is nothing more than one last headline grab going into the runoff election on Nov. 25.” Benton, ARSarah PerryDabbs not happy after lack of quorum; 5 aldermen no shows for council meetingNo source Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal2014-11-21T13:41:56-05:002014-11-21T13:41:56-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableVIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving MealNo source groundhog charges at New Hampshire man 2014-11-20T15:50:05-05:002014-11-20T15:48:15-05:00The Saline CourierGary McGrath of Hampton tells WMUR-TV ( the groundhog got close, so he pushed him back with his foot Tuesday. But the animal returned. McGrath said he gave him a harder kick and closed the garage door.But the groundhog sneaked through another opening — and McGrath ended up running to the front door.His wife called an animal control officer, who got back into his truck for a short time when confronted by the groundhog. The animal was later put down in the yard. It will be tested for rabies.Benton, ARAssociated PressAggressive groundhog charges at New Hampshire man No source arrested for allegedly imprisoning woman2014-11-20T15:30:29-05:002014-11-20T15:30:29-05:00The Saline CourierGary Kyle, 53, of Benton was charged with terroristic threatening, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and assault on a family member in connection with the incident, according to the Saline County jail inmate roster. Kyle also is named in an active warrant for failing to appear in court for careless driving. The victim told police that Kyle is an acquaintance who came to her residence Tuesday night and asked if he could spend the night. “During the night Kyle became aggressive toward her and told her she couldn’t leave her residence,” according to the police report. Later Kyle allegedly threatened a man with a knife. Benton, ARSarah PerryMan arrested for allegedly imprisoning womanNo source voting continuing in mayoral runoff races2014-11-20T11:38:50-05:002014-11-20T11:38:50-05:00The Saline CourierEarly voting began Tuesday.In the first two days, a total of 956 voters have cast ballots, according to information obtained from Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis' office.Broken down by sites, 44 have voted at the "vote here" building in Benton and 912 have voted at Grace Church in Bryant. These are the only two early voting sites available for the runoff election.The outcome of the runoff races will determine who will be at the helm of the cities of Bryant, Bauxite and Alexander since no candidate received a majority vote in the Nov. 4 general election.The candidates in the respective cities are:•In Bryant, Jill Dabbs and challenger Randy Cox, a current alderman.•In Bauxite, Eddie Jones, who held the office several years ago, and Bill Russell.•In Alexander, incumbent Michelle Hobbs and Paul Mitchell, who previously held the office.The Benton center, located across the street from the Saline County Courthouse, will be open today and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21, and Monday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Grace Church, at 4200 Highway 5 in Bryant, will be open today and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be closed on Monday, Nov. 24.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckEarly voting continuing in mayoral runoff racesNo source Jermain Taylor charged in Arkansas shooting 
2014-11-20T11:04:06-05:002014-11-20T11:04:06-05:00The Saline CourierThe media reports the 36-year-old Little Rock native was charged Wednesday with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening. If convicted, he faces up to 26 years in prison.Pulaski County sheriff's deputies say Taylor shot his 41-year-old cousin, Tyrone DaWayne Hinton of Jacksonville, at Taylor's home in Maumelle on August 26. Deputies say Hinton was wounded on his "lower extremities."Taylor won the International Boxing Federation middleweight title in a Biloxi, Mississippi, bout on Oct. 8.His attorneys have filed a motion challenging the legality of Taylor's arrest and asked that evidence collected from that arrest be barred from use in court.Benton, ARAssociated PressBoxer Jermain Taylor charged in Arkansas shooting 
No source in small plane crash in Chicago dies 
2014-11-18T14:38:12-05:002014-11-18T14:38:12-05:00The Saline CourierThe small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home Tuesday, plunging into the basement but leaving the bungalow's two residents unhurt.Fox did not identify the pilot but says emergency crews are trying to recover the body from the wreckage.The pilot of the Aero Commander 500 had just taken off from nearby Midway International Airport when he reported engine trouble around 2:40 a.m. and asked to return to the airport.Benton, ARAssociated PressPilot in small plane crash in Chicago dies 
No source investigate Arkansas food pantry theft 
2014-11-18T14:26:22-05:002014-11-18T14:26:22-05:00The Saline CourierLuxora Police Chief Albert Wright tells KAIT-TV someone smashed a hole in a wall of the God's Angel Ministry Food Pantry last week. Thirty pounds of beef, 20 pounds of chicken and a variety of other meats were reported stolen.Benton, ARAssociated PressPolice investigate Arkansas food pantry theft 
No source in Show; Herdmans take over church pageant in holiday classic2014-11-18T13:18:43-05:002014-11-18T13:18:43-05:00The Saline CourierThe play was written by Barbara Robinson and adapted from the bestselling children’s novel.Show dates at the historic Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton are Dec. 4-7 and 11-14.Director is Hillary Bell, assisted by Angel Choir directors Lynda Hollenbeck and Daphne Shoppach.The play tells the heartwarming story of the Herdmans, described as “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world,” who manage to get themselves cast in the church Christmas pageant, much to the surprise and indignation of the church ladies and fear and trembling of the other children in the pageant.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckBest in Show; Herdmans take over church pageant in holiday classicNo source