The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-03T11:53:30-05:00 lane closures set for I-40, I-430 interchange2015-03-03T11:52:22-05:002015-03-03T11:52:22-05:00The Saline CourierCrews are putting down pavement on the ramp connecting northbound Interstate 430 and westbound Interstate 40. The northbound inside lane on I-430 will be closed north of the Maumelle exit.The work will take place overnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Work will start at 9 p.m. each night and conclude by 7 a.m. the next morning. The closures will not be in effect during the day.Benton, ARCourier StaffOvernight lane closures set for I-40, I-430 interchangeNo source Rock Hazardous Weather Outlook: Wednesday, March 42015-03-03T11:45:08-05:002015-03-03T11:44:17-05:00The Saline CourierAs temperatures drop Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the precipitation will transition from liquid rain to a wintry mix. The timing of the winter precipitation will occur around daybreak Wednesday morning across the north with some sleet but mainly snow expected. As the cold air surges south Central areas can expect to transition over in the early afternoon. A mix of some freezing rain, but mostly sleet and snow, will occur across the middle of the state. Southern sections will change over by the late afternoon or early evening with the potential for significant amounts of ice due to a prolonged period of freezing rain. Please note that the exact timing of the transition could change as more data is received.Benton, ARCourier StaffNWS/Little Rock Hazardous Weather Outlook: Wednesday, March 4No source Chamber's annual banquet is Tuesday2015-03-03T11:53:30-05:002015-03-03T11:33:49-05:00The Saline CourierThe banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Benton Event Center, 17322 interstate 30 North.Gary James, executive director of the chamber, encouraged attendance at the banquet."It's sure to be a night to remember with great networking and a fantastic meal," he said.Benton, ARCourier StaffBenton Chamber's annual banquet is TuesdayNo source voting starts today in Bryant2015-03-03T10:41:03-05:002015-03-03T10:41:03-05:00The Saline CourierResidents can vote today through Friday at Grace Church in Bryant. The building will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. In Benton, residents can vote at the “Vote Here” building today until Friday and then on Monday, March 9. The building will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The current millage rate for the Bryant School District is 37.2 mills. Officials are seeking an increase of 4.9 mills. If approved, the money generated will be used to build and update facilities around the district. Those who are unsure whether they are eligible to vote can visit Benton, ARSarah PerryEarly voting starts today in BryantNo source Council to meet Monday2015-03-03T11:27:06-05:002015-03-02T15:04:41-05:00The Saline CourierAccording to the agenda, the council will discuss a water contract, the personnel policies handbook, paid holidays for employees, alcohol sales, water department late fees and a fundraiser for City Hall. Benton, ARSarah PerryBauxite Council to meet MondayNo source about proposed millage increase set for today2015-03-02T13:58:31-05:002015-03-02T13:58:31-05:00The Saline CourierA grassroots campaign organization, Building for a Better Tomorrow, will host a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at Bishop Park to inform residents about a proposed millage increase for the Bryant School District. This meeting was originally set for last Monday but was postponed because of winter weather. Currently, the millage rate for the Bryant school district is 37.2 mills. Officials are seeking an increase of 4.9 mills. This meeting will serve as a forum for people to present questions about the project. “We want people to have ample opportunities to find out what this is about,” said Bryant resident Shane Broadway, who is serving as the group’s chairperson. If approved, the money generated will be used to build and update facilities around the district. “The district is going to have to do something about space,” Broadway said. State funding does not keep up with the growing district's needs, Broadway noted, adding that many of the school’s facilities were built when the district was half of its current size. Proposed improvements include:• A new cafeteria on the high school campus. • Conversion of Building 2 on the high school campus to classrooms. • Heating and air conditioning unit and electrical upgrades on the high school campus. • A new elementary school. • A new middle school on the Hill Farm property. • Additions and renovations at Bryant Elementary School. • Conversion of Bryant Middle School to a junior high housing eighth- and ninth-graders. • A new 2,200-seat arena to host school, district and community events. • A new performing arts facility at the high school for school, district and community events. • Continuing to renovate and update aging facilities on the high school campus.• Continuing to address safety/ security issues. Broadway also noted that he, like most people, is not a proponent of millage increases, but he is convinced that one is needed.“Bryant Superintendent Tom Kimbrell has seen how you do it right and how you do it wrong,” Broadway said. If the proposed millage increase fails again, the Arkansas Department of Education Facilities Division will come in to raise funding to make needed improvements, Broadway explained. Division officials could choose to cut extracurricular activities or academic programs, he said.“I would rather the patrons decided the state of the district’s future,” he said. Benton, ARSarah PerryMeeting about proposed millage increase set for todayNo source Dispatch: Monday, March 2, 20152015-03-02T13:54:53-05:002015-03-02T13:54:18-05:00The Saline CourierFriday• A representative from Elrod’s Outdoors reported a burglary. • A man on the 16000 block of Vandiver Road reported an individual was threatening him.• A woman on the 1300 block of Raper Haskell Road reported a break-in. Saturday• A woman on the 23000 block of Bradley Drive reported a residential break-in. • A woman on the 6000 block of Ram Road reported her television was stolen. • A man on the 2000 block of Kennedy Street reported a theft. Sunday• A woman on the 25000 block of Long Drive reported her debit card was stolen. Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to a rescue calls, seven medical calls, two motor vehicle accidents and a person in distress. Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch: Monday, March 2, 2015No source, deputies respond to fire in Sardis2015-02-27T13:30:48-05:002015-02-27T13:30:48-05:00The Saline CourierFirefighters and Saline County sheriff’s deputies responded to 9800 Hogue Road for a report of a residence on fire.Clinton Dewitt Spann Jr. lived at this home, but he is not residing there now, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. During a Circuit Court trial earlier this month, Spann was found not guilty of murdering brothers Michael Williams and Donald Williams, who lived near Spann. The sheriff’s office is investigating the fire because of circumstances related to the trial and threats previously made toward Spann and his family, Courtney said. It is not known whether anyone was home at the time of the fire. Benton, ARSarah PerryFirefighters, deputies respond to fire in SardisNo source Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies 2015-02-27T13:22:27-05:002015-02-27T13:21:34-05:00The Saline CourierLOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public's mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of TV and film's most revered cult series."He affected the lives of many," Adam Nimoy said. "He was also a great guy and my best friend."Asked if his father chafed at his fans' close identification of him with his character, Adam Nimoy said, "Not in the least. He loved Spock."However, Leonard Nimoy displayed ambivalence to the role in the titles of his two autobiographies, "I Am Not Spock" (1975) and "I Am Spock" (1995).After "Star Trek" ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series "Mission Impossible" as Paris, the mission team's master of disguises.From 1976 to 1982, he hosted the syndicated TV series "In Search of ... ," which attempted to probe such mysteries as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.He played Israeli leader Golda Meir's husband opposite Ingrid Bergman in the TV drama "A Woman Called Golda" and Vincent van Gogh in "Vincent," a one-man stage show on the life of the troubled painter. He continued to work well into his 70s, playing gazillionaire genius William Bell in the Fox series "Fringe."He also directed several films, including the hit comedy "Three Men and a Baby" and appeared in such plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire," ''Cat on a Hot Tim Roof," ''Fiddler on the Roof," ''The King and I," ''My Fair Lady" and "Equus." He also published books of poems, children's stories and his own photographs.But he could never really escape the role that took him overnight from bit-part actor status to TV star, and in a 1995 interview he sought to analyze the popularity of Spock, the green-blooded space traveler who aspired to live a life based on pure logic.People identified with Spock because they "recognize in themselves this wish that they could be logical and avoid the pain of anger and confrontation," Nimoy concluded."How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?" he asked.In the years immediately after "Star Trek" left television, Nimoy tried to shun the role, but he eventually came to embrace it, lampooning himself on such TV shows as "Futurama," ''Duckman" and "The Simpsons" and in commercials.He became Spock after "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry was impressed by his work in guest appearances on the TV shows "The Lieutenant" and "Dr. Kildare."The space adventure set in the 23rd century had an unimpressive debut on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, and it struggled during its three seasons to find an audience other than teenage boys. It seemed headed for oblivion after it was canceled in 1969, but its dedicated legion of fans, who called themselves Trekkies, kept its memory alive with conventions and fan clubs and constant demands that the cast be reassembled for a movie or another TV show.Trekkies were particularly fond of Spock, often greeting one another with the Vulcan salute and the Vulcan motto, "Live Long and Prosper," both of which Nimoy was credited with bringing to the character. He pointed out, however, that the hand gesture was actually derived from one used by rabbis during Hebraic benedictions.When the cast finally was reassembled for "Star Trek — The Motion Picture," in 1979, the film was a huge hit and five sequels followed. Nimoy appeared in all of them and directed two. He also guest starred as an older version of himself in some of the episodes of the show's spinoff TV series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation.""Of course the role changed my career— or rather, gave me one," he once said. "It made me wealthy by most standards and opened up vast opportunities. It also affected me personally, socially, psychologically, emotionally. ... What started out as a welcome job to a hungry actor has become a constant and ongoing influence in my thinking and lifestyle."In 2009, he was back in a new big-screen version of "Star Trek," this time playing an older Spock who meets his younger self, played by Zachary Quinto. Critic Roger Ebert called the older Spock "the most human character in the film."Among those seeing the film was President Barack Obama, whose even manner was often likened to Spock's."Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out," Obama said at the time.Upon the movie's debut, Nimoy told The Associated Press that in his late 70s he was probably closer than ever to being as comfortable with himself as the logical Spock always appeared to be."I know where I'm going, and I know where I've been," he said. He reprised the role in the 2013 sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness."Born in Boston to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Nimoy was raised in an Italian section of the city where, although he counted many Italian-Americans as his friends, he said he also felt the sting of anti-Semitism growing up.At age 17 he was cast in a local production of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing" as the son in a Jewish family."This role, the young man surrounded by a hostile and repressive environment, so touched a responsive chord that I decided to make a career of acting," he said later.He won a drama scholarship to Boston College but eventually dropped out, moved to California and took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse.Soon he had lost his "Boston dead-end" accent, hired an agent and began getting small roles in TV series and movies. He played a baseball player in "Rhubarb" and an Indian in "Old Overland Trail."After service in the Army, he returned to Hollywood, working as taxi driver, vacuum cleaner salesman, movie theater usher and other jobs while looking for acting roles.Benton, ARLYNN ELBER, The Associated PressLeonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies No source Wall St.: Saline County No. 1 in state income study2015-02-26T10:42:53-05:002015-02-26T10:04:30-05:00The Saline CourierEach state's top county in the study is identified by a photo of a significant site along with pertinent facts. In Saline County's case, a photo of the courthouse is included with the information.That study by 24/7 Wall St. determined that the county's median household income is $55,348 while the state's median household income is $40,768.Broken down, this means that 1.7 percent of households in the county make $200,000 or more, the study notes.The county's unemployment rate for 2013 was reported to be 6.2 percent, according to the study.A typical Arkansas household earned $40,768 annually over the five years through 2013, nearly the lowest figure compared with other states, according to the review.Households in Saline County had an annual median income of $55,348 in that period, not especially high relative to most of the states' richest counties.While residents in the wealthiest counties in the vast majority of states were relatively well educated, less than 24 percent of Saline County residents had at least a bachelor's degree over the five years reviewed, the study noted.Only a handful of the wealthiest counties had a lower educational attainment rate than the comparable national figure of 28.8 percent.A passage of the study noted that high incomes in the specific areas often reveal extreme income inequality.While the income gap between the richest and poorest counties was modest in some states, the gap was quite large in a majority of states.Households in Loudoun County, Virginia, for example, earned $122,238 annually, the highest of any county nationwide, and $94,122 more than the median income in Martinsville County, Virginia's poorest area.The study noted that the nation's poorest counties tend to be either predominantly rural or urban. The wealthiest counties, on the other hand, are often suburban areas, located just outside a major metropolis.The wealthiest counties in New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia, for example, are within commuting distance to New York City and Washington, D.C. The high concentrations of businesses in these cities likely provide higher paying job opportunities, the study noted.As in most wealthy areas, residents of these counties tended to be well-educated. In all but seven of the wealthiest counties in each state, the college attainment rates were greater than the national rate of 28.8 percent. In Los Alamos County, New Mexico, nearly 64 percent of adults had attained at least a bachelor's degree over the five years through 2013, the highest rate reviewed.Similarly nearly all of thee counties had healthy job markets. Only three of the wealthiest counties in each state had an unemployment rate higher than the national rate of 7.4 percent in 2013.The high incomes in these areas also often revealed extreme income inequality. Only five of the 50 counties reviewed had median annual incomes that were less than $10,000 greater than the comparable state figures.In addition, household incomes in most of these areas were more than double the comparable income in the states' poorest counties. In eight of the states' wealthiest counties, the median income was more than three times that of the poorest county in the state.To identify the richest county in each state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed five-year estimated median annual household incomes from 2009 through 2013 from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Other areas like parishes or boroughs, which the Census treats the same as counties, also were reviewed.In order to be considered, counties had to have a population of at least 10,000 people. Five-year estimated educational attainment, poverty health coverage and homeownership rates also came from the Census Bureau. Annual unemployment rates are for 2013 and came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Each state's information is accompanied by a photo representative of the area. In Saline County's segment, the courthouse is pictured.The following is the computer link to review each state's information:, ARLynda Hollenbeck24/7 Wall St.: Saline County No. 1 in state income studyNo source