The Daily Press http://bentoncourier.com http://bentoncourier.com/apfeed.xml--1 The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-28T13:08:11-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10472TRENDING VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see owner2014-07-28T13:08:11-04:002014-07-28T13:02:34-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableTRENDING VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see ownerNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10472Change0Usable2014-07-28T13:02:34-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10471Special Meeting of Sheridan School Board set for July 292014-07-28T12:50:18-04:002014-07-28T12:50:18-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableSpecial Meeting of Sheridan School Board set for July 29No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10471Change0Usable2014-07-28T12:50:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10470The Saline Courier will be delayed2014-07-28T10:27:24-04:002014-07-28T10:26:11-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableThe Saline Courier will be delayedNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10470Change0Usable2014-07-28T10:26:11-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10469Benton SRO program draws praise from district, state2014-07-26T15:28:03-04:002014-07-26T15:28:03-04:00The Saline CourierDuring the recent conference, Chief Kirk Lane was selected as the winner of the 2014 top award for the department's contribution to the School Resource Officer program.Lane was commended for his commitment to the SRO program, noting his accomplishments as adding an SRO supervisor to the program, providing additional training for SROs, and securing a $15,000 security upgrade grant in the last school year. That was not the extent of the local honors, however.In a school board meeting Thursday night, where the police honors were noted, board President Brad Bohannan announced that Superintendent Jeff Collum had been selected for the Larance Johnson Education Administrator of the Year honor as part of the Safe Schools Leadership Award.Bohannan noted that this award is presented in recognition of a school administrator who has made a significant contribution to its SRO program.Collum was recognized for his commitment to the SRO program and for overall measures taken to provide a safe and secure environment for the children in the local district.  A further honor for the district included SRO Quinton Jackson becoming a finalist for the SRO of the Year Award.For being a finalist for the award Jackson presented with a plaque acknowledging his dedication to the Benton School District. Bohannan noted that in a contest for the Safe Schools Conference “Best In Show” Car Contest for the most innovative school resource vehicle, the Benton Police Department's “Panther” Ford Mustang won the 2014 car contest title.The vehicle is drive by Sgt. Lisa Stuart.The program recently expanded to four SROs with Bobby Shell becoming the latest officer to participateCollum commended Lane and others in the department for their participation in the program."This is a great partnership between the school district and the city of Benton," Collum said."Shortly after I arrived here, Chief Lane and began conversing on ways to expand the program to four full-time SROs," he said.Collum noted that the program enhances student and employee safety.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckBenton SRO program draws praise from district, stateNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10469Change0Usable2014-07-26T15:28:03-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10468Benton council faces packed agenda Monday night2014-07-26T15:25:02-04:002014-07-26T15:25:02-04:00The Saline CourierOrdinance 44 is set to appropriate a total of $1.250 million for street improvement projects in the areas of Christy Acres, Pamela Street, Princeton/Montclair Streets, Longview Street and Overview Street.Mayor David Mattingly in March asked for a listing of recommended street improvement projects by ward. He asked that the two aldermen from each ward work together to form the priority list for the respective areas. In April, the lists were discussed during the Street Committee meeting and a final list was created. Funding for the improvements will come from two city accounts. A total of $1.175 million will be appropriated from the quarter-cent tax fund and the remaining $75,000 will come from the regular street fund."Now that the Military Road project is over and we have paid the last bill, the city has focused on other street projects," Mattingly noted.The Princeton/Montclair project includes rebuilding drainage walls that are slowly collapsing into a creek.Ordinance 48 has been drafted to appropriate funds for the parks department to purchase additional land near the Riverside Center complex.According to the ordinance, the Saline County Fair Board "has agreed to sell five acres of land adjacent to the city's property, conditioned upon the board having access to the land for parking during the county fair and other large events occur."Saline County Judge Lanny Fite has, according to the ordinance, "agreed to declare the property as surplus and sell it in accordance with Arkansas law, conditioned upon the city and the county entering into a memorandum of understanding prior to the sale of the property pertaining to usage of the land by the board." Funds to purchase the property will be appropriated from the quality-of-life sales tax approved by Benton voters in the fall of 2013 for improvements to the city's parks.The land is located south of the fairground arena and north of Jackman Street. The term of the agreement is set for 25 years and the county "shall pay the city the sum of $1 per year for the rights" outlined in the agreement with the city.The site will be converted to a paved parking lot. The county will have access to the lot for three events each calendar year. One of the events will be the Saline County Fair. The other two events "will be at the discretion of the county, provided that reasonable notice is given to the city, but in no event shall the county give to the city less than 90 days' written notice before the event occurs." In other business, an ordinance to levy a tax on all real and personal property in the city will be voted upon. This is a routine ordinance that each city in the county must pass on an annual basis.A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with McClelland Consulting Engineers and Iowa Bridge and Culvert for the design and construction of the Northshore drainage improvements will be considered as well.The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Benton Municipal Complex, 114 S. East St.Benton, ARBrent DavisBenton council faces packed agenda Monday nightNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10468Change0Usable2014-07-26T15:25:02-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:1046716 people file during first day of filing period2014-07-26T15:22:59-04:002014-07-26T15:22:59-04:00The Saline CourierAs of press time, 16 candidates had filed for open positions. The following filed for positions in Benton:•Charles F. Cunningham for Ward 2, Position 1 of the Benton City Council.•Alderman Bill Donnor for Ward 3, Position 1 of the Benton City Council.•Alderman Brad Moore for Ward 4, Position 1 of the Benton City Council. •Brent Houston for city attorney.•Cindy M. Stracener for city clerk.The following candidates filed for positions in Bryant: •Randy Cox for mayor.•Lorne Gladden for Ward 1, Position 1 of the Bryant City Council. •Mike Chandler for Ward 2, Position 1 of the Bryant City Council.•Rae Ann Fields for Ward 2, Position 2 of the Bryant City Council. •Brenda White Miller for Ward 4, Position 1 of the Bryant City Council.The following candidates filed for positions in Shannon Hills:•Mayor Mike Kemp for mayor.•James M. Frala for Ward 1, Position 1 of the Shannon Hills City Council. •Sue Skipper for Ward 1, Position 2 of the Shannon Hills City Council. The following candidates filled for positions in Haskell:•Jayme Watson-Bruton for mayor.•Jerry D. Tittle for mayor. •Dallas Wright for Ward 1, Positon 2 of the Haskell City Council. Filings will continue until noon on Friday, Aug. 15.All of these positions will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, said Terry Brown, a deputy clerk for Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis.Fillings will continue to take place in Curtis' office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily, Brown said. Judicial nonpartisan filings and filings for the Sept. 16 school election already have taken place. Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election will begin Oct. 20 and continue through Nov. 3, Brown said.Benton, ARSarah Perry16 people file during first day of filing periodNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10467Change0Usable2014-07-26T15:22:59-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10465Man wanted for murder of grandmother arrested in Saline County2014-07-26T14:57:53-04:002014-07-26T14:57:53-04:00The Saline CourierMichael Eugene Conklin, 26, of Bentonville was arrested Friday night and returned to Bentonville, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. The Saline County Sheriff's Office received a tip about Conklin's location from an individual who saw his picture on a newscast, Courtney said. Benton, ARSarah PerryMan wanted for murder of grandmother arrested in Saline CountyNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10465Change0Usable2014-07-26T14:57:53-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10462McClellan High School planning 1970s multi-year reunion; seeks grads2014-07-25T14:49:28-04:002014-07-25T14:49:28-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableMcClellan High School planning 1970s multi-year reunion; seeks gradsNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10462Change0Usable2014-07-25T14:49:28-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10461Report: Adding vision, dental would cost $43M2014-07-25T14:03:18-04:002014-07-25T14:03:18-04:00The Saline CourierA report commissioned by the state Insurance Department projected that adding the coverage to the state's "private option," would cost about $20 a month per person in the program. More than 170,000 people are enrolled in the private option, which is using federal funds to purchase insurance for the poor.The report, released to a legislative panel, projected the cost of adding that coverage to the program would be $42.6 million.Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. The program was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.One of the insurers under the program is offering dental and vision coverage, something that the state didn't originally intend, and that coverage is set to end in 2015. Medicaid officials have said that coverage is one of the reasons why the cost of the program had been running above projections.DHS Director John Selig said the state couldn't add dental and vision to the private option until 2016, but said that's not an option they're considering. The state would have to pay if it added the coverage if it went above the cap spelled out in its agreement with the federal government for setting up the Medicaid expansion."We wouldn't want to add it now until we're sure we can meet the cost neutrality piece," Selig said.Selig said the state won't have to pay for the vision and dental benefits that are set to expire at the end of the year, since the federal government had approved its inclusion in the program.Officials said they're also on track to release their plans for adding health savings accounts to the private option in August, with hearings to be held on the program. Under legislation approved earlier this year to reauthorize the private option, the state must win approval for the accounts by February to keep the expandedhealth care program alive.Benton, ARAssociated PressReport: Adding vision, dental would cost $43MNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10461Change0Usable2014-07-25T14:03:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10460Top-notch choice; Benton names Stoll Teacher of the Year2014-07-25T14:01:39-04:002014-07-25T14:01:39-04:00The Saline CourierThe announcement of the honor was made Thursday night in a meeting of the Benton School Board.Stoll is a social studies teacher at Benton High School, where she has taught for the past nine years.Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that the "selection of the Teacher of the Year is quite a process."It involves a vote among all the teachers of the district, he pointed out.As the district's Teacher of the Year, Stoll is now eligible for the state Teacher of the Year competition, he noted.Collum said Stoll will be recognized at the districtwide convocation on Aug. 11."Thank you very much for this honor," Stoll said at the meeting. "I love my job. I teach fantastic kids."Noting that she experienced "a tough year" in the past school term because of family health issues, she said she received comfort from the concern and compassion from her students."They made my situation so much better," she said. "When I would walk into the classroom, they would ask 'how is your family?' That meant so much to me."While Stoll noted that she loves teaching, she said it is "about more than imparting knowledge to her students.""I love teaching them about social studies," she said, "but I want to contribute to helping them become good adults."Lita Gattis, principal of Benton High School, commended Stoll for receiving the honor.She pointed out that the award alternates between an elementary and secondary teacher every other year.Gattis said Stoll was "really touched" by the concern her students expressed for her and her family during her daughter's illness this past year. She noted that Autumn,12, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes this year."They wanted to make sure she was all right and it meant a lot to her," Gattis noted."She also serves as our girls and boys tennis coach and is the head of our social studies department," Gattis said.Another responsibility Stoll handles is the schoolwide awards ceremony."That's a big thing and she did a great job with it," Gattis said.In addition, Gattis asked Stoll to start a senior games project this year."I asked her if she would look into it and she took it and ran with it," Gattis said."At the end of the year when the kids are tired and seniors are ready to get out, it put a spark back into things. She spearheaded this and it was a real uplifting thing for our students."Gattis called Stoll a "really positive person and we need that.""She's always prepared for her classes. Her instruction methods are good, and she's interesting to listen to.She's a really caring person."She's not just a super teacher, but a super person, too."Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckTop-notch choice; Benton names Stoll Teacher of the YearNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10460Change0Usable2014-07-25T14:01:39-04:00