The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-02T14:34:15-04:00 tonight to kick off Saline County festivities2014-09-02T13:06:54-04:002014-09-02T13:06:54-04:00The Saline CourierThe first event is the annual parade in Downtown Benton at 6 p.m. The theme is "Blue Jeans and Country Dreams." Winners will be announced for the top float entries and in some of the other divisions.Activities will continue throughout the week, culminating with the final rodeo performance Saturday night in Thomas Arena at the fairgrounds.Saline County Fair Association members encourage attendance at the fair. "Admission to the fairgrounds is free throughout the week," spokesperson Mollie Wright said.Following today's parade, the midway at the fairgrounds will be open with the first of several armband nights, Wright said. "The armband promotions entitles a person to ride as many rides as he or she wants for as many times for one overall price," she said.Individuals entering the various competitions at the fairgrounds began doing so at 9 a.m. today, Wright said. "Entries will be accepted until 6 p.m., " she said.All entries will be in place today with the exception of baked goods, candy and certain horticultural exhibits, and these will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.All entries will be judged except the rabbit and poultry entries with the large animal judging taking place at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the show arena. At this time the sheep/goat/swine barn and cattle barn will be closed to visitors."This will also be the second night of the carnival which opens at 6 p.m. as well," Wright said.Thursday is Senior Citizens Day at the fair with lunch served to seniors at 11 a.m.  "At 1 p.m. the poultry and rabbit barn will be closed, and all poultry will be judged," she said.Immediately following the poultry judging, junior exhibitors interested in poultry showmanship will be allowed to compete, Wright said.  "At approximately the same time, junior rabbit exhibitors will be allowed to participate in rabbit showmanship and will be getting ready for the rabbit show. Poultry and Rabbit showmanship winners will be announced at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the show arena. "The rabbit show will start at 6 p.m. at the same time that the second armband night opens for the carnival," Wright noted."On Thursday night, H A $5 fee will be charged for the bull-riding show, Wright said.She added that Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., is designated as School Day and Special Needs Day.At 6 p.m. Thursday the carnival will open and at 6:30 p.m. the annual 4-H Pee Wee Livestock show will be held in the show arena."This is where 4-Hers bring their animals into the arena for the youngsters to show them with assistance," Wright said.This event is open to children 8 and younger who would like to lead a sheep or goat to win a big rosette ribbon.  At 7:30, H "Admission to the rodeo is $10 for adults; $5 for children 7 to 10; and free to children 6 and younger," Wright said.Activities will be continuous on Saturday, Wright said."We will kick off the day with the annual poultry chain auction at 9 a.m. in the show arena," Wright said. "Then the annual Jr. Livestock Exhibitors Premium Sale and Auction will take place at 10 a.m. in the show arena. The carnival will start at 1 p.m. with armband day until 4 p.m., then reopen at 6 o'clock that evening."H "Evans United out of Missouri is providing our carnival," Wright said. "The midway will open at 6 each evening and at 1 p.m. on Saturday."Wright pointed out that the Saline County 4-H Clubs are hosting a petting zoo that will be open from 6 to 9 each evening. "Bring your children to show them how to hold an animal or pet an animal during this time," she said."For the last several years, the rodeo has been hosted by H She pointed out that H Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckParade tonight to kick off Saline County festivitiesNo source educators take part in ESL Academy2014-09-02T13:02:11-04:002014-09-02T13:02:11-04:00The Saline CourierAbout 200 teachers attended the program. Saline County representatives included, from Benton, Carmen Phelps, Michelle Taylor, Kim Hathcote, Ally Brown, Amanda Dale and Brynn Stout. Bryant School District teachers were Christy Frost, Mary Uzzell, Suzanne Johnson, Leslie Smith, Tracey Paul, Theresa Boyette and Andrea Willis.Willis is also a member on the HSU Advisory Board and an ESL teacher.Jo Gusman of Sacramento, Calif., was the guest speaker during the training. She has been an educator for 40 years and her recent work titled, Common Core State Standards and ELL'S: Equal Access, was presented and defined for the 2014 participants.Her educational interest has been with brain research and processing for ELL'S.Dr. Andre Guerrero, Arkansas Department of Education Language Minority spokesman, has been involved with the program for the past 16 years. Guerrero is responsible for making connections with companies such as Tyson in order to financially make the ESL Academy experience happen for teachers.Guerrero was awarded the Outstanding Service award from Arkansas Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages in the fall of 2013. Guerrero reports each year the different languages spoken within the homes of our students to the ADE.Benton, ARJosh BriggsCounty educators take part in ESL AcademyNo source suspect scheduled to appear in court Thursday2014-09-02T14:34:15-04:002014-09-02T12:13:52-04:00The Saline CourierEnriquez, 65, of Sardis was arrested in June in connection with the death of his 22-year-old neighbor, Anthony Ballentine. Shortly after his arrest, his bond was set at $500,000.He remains in custody at the Saline County Detention Center.In August his attorney filed a motion requesting a reduction in bond."There is a material change in circumstance that would justify another bond hearing in this matter," wrote Bobby Digby of Little Rock, who is serving as Enriquez's legal counsel. During his first bond hearing, Detective Cpl. Gary Robertson testified about the case. When deputies first received the call to respond, they believed a car accident had occurred near the residence since Enriquez called 911 to report a "crash" at his residence, Robertson said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the victim's body lying on the kitchen floor. According to police, Ballentine had been shot twice — once in the head and once in the groin.Nearby residents reported hearing gunshots around 11:30 p.m. or midnight, but Enriquez did not call 911 to report the incident until around 5 a.m. During the time he was on the phone with a dispatcher, Enriquez's story changed three times, Robertson said. A .22 caliber handgun and ammunition consistent with the victim's injuries were recovered at the scene, the deputy noted. During a court hearing, Digby said Enriquez was intoxicated when deputies arrived at the residence. He also noted that Enriquez and the victim had been friends. Benton, ARSarah PerryMurder suspect scheduled to appear in court ThursdayNo source Dispatch, Aug. 29-Sept. 12014-09-02T12:09:15-04:002014-09-02T12:09:15-04:00The Saline CourierFriday•A man on Columbia Avenue reported his vehicle was stolen. •A woman on Church Street reported an individual attempted to break into her vehicle. •Shelia Smith, 55, of Benton was arrested at Walmart and charged with shoplifting. She was also named in two active warrants. •Cara Head, 42, of Traskwood was arrested at Dollar General on Military Road and charged with shoplifting. She was also named in two outstanding warrants. •Sam Buchanan, 60, of Benton was arrested on Cox Street and charged with domestic battery. •Several residents on Denton Street reported their vehicles had been spray-painted. •Casey Dillard, 31, of Benton was arrested on Burton Street and charged with domestic battery. Saturday•Leah Morrison, 29, of Benton was arrested on South Main Street and charged with driving while intoxicated. •A woman on Rocky Mountain Road reported an individual attempted to break into her residence.•A woman on North Fourth Street reported her license plate had been spray-painted. •A man on North Fourth Street reported his vehicle had been spray-painted. •Daniel Dickerson, 28, of Benton was arrested on Scott Salem Road and charged with domestic battery. During the same incident, Megan Dunn, 19, of Benton was arrested at the same address and cited for domestic battery. •A man on South Second Street reported his vehicle was spray-painted. •Christy Nichols, 42, of Benton was arrested at Walmart and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. •A woman at Tinseltown reported an individual damaged her vehicle. Sunday•Christopher Vanderhost, 28, of Benton was arrested on Gattin Road and charged with driving while intoxicated. •Timothy Jones, 30, of Benton was arrested on Lillian Street and charged with public intoxication. •Charles Samples, 20, of Benton was arrested on Interstate 30 and charged with public intoxication, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. •Layton Davis, 25, of Benton was arrested on Fifth Street and charged with driving while intoxicated. •The owner of Hobo Joe's Shaved Ice reported a break-in at the stand. •A man on Autumnwood Drive reported his vehicle had been spray painted. •Fredrick Maloney, 37, of Rainer, Mass., was arrested at Murphy USA and charged with public intoxication. Monday•Maylea Richmond, 23, of Traskwood was arrested on Edison Avenue and charged with public intoxication. Saline County Sheriff's OfficeFriday•A woman on Lilac Drive reported her food stamp card was used without her permission. Saturday•A woman on West Kildeer Road reported a theft. •A woman on Chicot Acres reported her washer and dryer were stolen. •A man on Arkansas 229 reported a theft. •A woman on Samples Road reported a man threatened to kill her mother. •A man on Graham Road reported he received telephone threats from someone using an unknown number.Sunday•A man on Chicot Road reported his vehicle was stolen. •A woman on North Drive reported her ex-husband was threatening her. •A man on Lana Lane reported a person threatened him.•A man on Rice Road reported a break-in. •A man on Springdale Road reported his gun was stolen. Monday•A woman on Highway 167 reported her vehicle was stolen. •A woman on Shuffield Drive reported an individual shot her horse. •A woman on Season Road reported a man threatened her. Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to a cooking fire, a trash fire, six rescue calls, seven medical calls, three motor vehicle accidents and two calls to assist individuals. Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch, Aug. 29-Sept. 1No source shot in Benton 2014-09-02T10:54:38-04:002014-09-02T10:45:22-04:00The Saline CourierWhen officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim with a gunshot in his back. The victim was transported via MedFlight to Baptist Health Medical Center. He is currently in stable condition, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson. Toland has been charged with first degree battery and is being detained at the Saline County Detention Center, Russell said. Benton, ARSarah PerryMan shot in Benton No source withdraws, Mattingly unopposed for Mayor2014-09-02T10:31:16-04:002014-09-02T09:51:32-04:00The Saline CourierGene Gentry had filed to challenge Benton Mayor David Mattingly in the November general election.Gentry was contacted this morning and confirmed that he has withdrawn from the race, but added "I'd rather not comment right now." Gentry said he filed paperwork to drop out of the race on Aug. 29.Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis also confirmed that paperwork to withdraw from the race was filed by Gentry at 3:19 on Aug. 29.Responding to the news of Gentry's withdrawal, Mattingly said "Nancy and I care about Benton so much and are grateful to the people of this city for the faith they have placed in me as their mayor. I'm also appreciative of the opportunity to continue to focus on the city's business without the added distraction of a costly campaign. Additionally, I appreciate my campaign team for their preparation and support. When you have a good team and true friends around you, life gets much easier regardless of what you are doing."Mattingly added, "We have accomplished a great deal over the last four years and have won several political battles against the forces that were holding our city back. Now the task turns to finishing the projects we have started and maintaining the momentum we have achieved. I look forward to that challenge and I'm honored by the faith our citizens have place in me."Benton, ARBrent DavisGentry withdraws, Mattingly unopposed for MayorNo source 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