The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-13T10:46:10-04:00 minister to lead Willliams Preaching Series2014-09-13T10:46:10-04:002014-09-13T10:46:10-04:00The Saline CourierThe series will take place Sunday and Monday, Sept. 14 and 15.The preaching series was established by the late Ruth Williams, widow of the the late Curtis Williams, to honor her husband. Among his pastoral appointments was serving as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Benton.Gilbert will be preaching at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, and again at 7 p.m. that day in the church’s sanctuary. A potluck dinner at 5 p.m. in the Christian Life Center will precede the Sunday evening service.A luncheon service will be held in the Christian Life Center of the church on Monday, Sept. 15. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m., and the worship service will be held at noon, also in the Christian Life Center.A nursery will be provided for each service. All services, the potluck dinner and the luncheon are open to the entire community.The series will conclude with a worship service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Monday.For two consecutive years Gilbert has received awards recognizing her achievement in evangelism and church growth.She has served at the district and conference levels on the Board of Ordained Ministers. She is a clergy mentor and has served within the Mentor for Clergy Accountability Group as chair of clergy mentors of the Texas Annual Conference.In addition, she has served on various boards, committees and task forces within the Texas Annual Conference.Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and speech communication from Texas Southern University; post-graduate hours in speech pathology at the University of Houston; a Master of Education degree in education administration from Prairie View A&M University; and a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.She attended Graduate School of Theology and Austin Presbyterian School of Theology and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian counseling from Cornerstone Seminary in Oklahoma.She is also an educator and instructor. She is a certified speech and language pathologist and has taught public speaking and speech communication at Texas Southern University in Houston and in the Houston Community College in Stafford. She serves on the board of directors of Back On Track Outreach Inc., a nonprofit organization.Gilbert currently has a contract for a book she is authoring. The book it ttitled “Recovery from Spiritual Stolen Identity.”First United Methodist Church is located at 200 North Market Street in Benton. The Rev. David Jones is senior pastor.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckTexas minister to lead Willliams Preaching SeriesNo source Church to sell bulbs from registered iris grower2014-09-13T10:44:14-04:002014-09-13T10:44:14-04:00The Saline CourierKirtley is known in the area for her expertise in raising the flowers.The sale is set from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, under the Salem Campgrounds arbor on the Salem Church grounds.According to church spokesman Dick Bondurant, varieties that will be available to purchase will include registered day lilies, angel trumpets, grounds cover and assorted perennials."But the big thing is that we'll be selling irises in 100 or so colors," he said.He pointed out that "these are not your average colors.""These are not your purples and yellows and whites," Bondurant said. "We'll have reds and oranges in very unusual shades."These are very hardy plants and very easy to grow," he said. "Nature does an awesome job in taking care of irises."Pretty much all you have to do is put them in the ground and forget about them, except during extreme drought," he said. "When it's done, it's done. "They bloom only once a year," he said.He pointed out that Kirtley's garden has been featured in The Saline Courier and in other publications."Church members will be digging the bulbs this Saturday (today) and have them ready at the sale next Saturday," he said.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckSalem Church to sell bulbs from registered iris growerNo source to host public meeting in Bryant2014-09-13T10:43:05-04:002014-09-13T10:43:05-04:00The Saline CourierBryant Mayor Jill Dabbs said this will be an "open house" event with no formal presentations scheduled. The public is invited to attend the meeting any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to view exhibits, ask questions and offer comments.The meeting will be held at Grace Church in Bryant, 4200 Highway 5 North. Benton, ARBobbye PykeAHTD to host public meeting in BryantNo source Services to host 'killer' event2014-09-13T10:41:57-04:002014-09-13T10:41:57-04:00The Saline Courier"Murder at the Masquerade," which will serve as Civitan Services' largest fundraiser of the year, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Benton Event Center. During the event, the audience will be able to try to figure out with their table mates a mystery portrayed by a group of professional actors from Murder Mystery Company in Nashville. Chefs from Dinner's Ready will prepare the meals on-site for the event, said Leigha Jones, community development director. "It is an exciting opportunity for a date night, family outing and professional networking while supporting a great cause," Jones said. Semi-formal attire will be required for the event and an award will be given to the best dressed guest. Guests also can wear a Mardi Gras mask, she said.Masks made by Civitan Services' art classes can be purchased at the event, Jones noted. Tickets can be purchases online at or by calling Civitan services. Currently Civitan Services needs less than $900,000 to complete the goal of raising $3.5 million for the project. Benton, ARSarah PerryCivitan Services to host 'killer' eventNo source announces date for annual horse auction2014-09-12T11:35:09-04:002014-09-12T11:35:09-04:00The Saline CourierThe public will have the opportunity to bid on 25-30 retired horses, colts and mules from ADC's working herd.Those interested in bidding on the animals may view and ride them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the fairgrounds. On the day of the sale, the horses may be viewed from 8 a.m. until noon and the sale will then begin at 1 p.m.These horses — some of whose lineage can be traced to the legendary sire Joe Hancock — are perfect for pleasure and trail riding, according to Shea Wilson, pubic information officer."Joe was a big, stout and tough quarter horse who became a match racing sensation in Texas and Oklahoma," Wilson noted."He lived from 1923 to 1943 and sired 15 foal crops that produced 155 registered foals," she said.ADC has crossed quarter horses with draft horses through the years to develop the current working herd, Wilson noted."Crossing the two has made a better line of horses for the prison system and most are not high-spirited," she said.Auctions of prison horses have taken place previously in Benton and have proved to be successful, Wilson noted.The horses included in the ADC auction, during their working years, often ere subjected to long hours and must be strong, healthy animals.Eventually, the time comes for them to retire to a more relaxed, less stressful environment, according to a handler from a previous auction conducted in Benton.In one of the earlier auctions, the adopters included a family who previously had adopted one of the retired animals. They were so pleased with the horse that they wanted a second one, the handler noted.Some of the earlier adopters told The Saline Courier that they would recommend that anyone considering getting a horse choose a Correction Department animal.She said the prison officials were completely honest about the horse's behavior and health.An ADC official said the horses being retired are "good animals that just need to have a slower life."Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckADC announces date for annual horse auctionNo source arrest suspected vandal linked to shooting2014-09-12T11:33:07-04:002014-09-12T11:33:07-04:00The Saline CourierDuring two incidents, Justin Carroll, 18, of Benton allegedly drove by Benton High School late at night and shot at the school multiple times, said Lt. Kevin Russell,police department spokesperson. During the first incident, the glass of the rotunda was shot and during the second incident the digital billboard and a glass door of the cafeteria were damaged, he said. Carroll has been charged with two counts of a terroristic act, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm, theft by receiving, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property, according to the Saline County Sheriff's Office inmate roster. Russell said Carroll may face additional charges and there may be another suspect involved in the case. Recently the Benton School District officials released a statement noting that a $1,000 reward would be given for information related to the two incidents. No one will receive the reward because the police department solved the case without assistance from others, said Gwen Walker, administrative assistant to Superintendent Jeff Collum and communications director for the district.Benton, ARSarah PerryAuthorities arrest suspected vandal linked to shootingNo source PD kicks off city's academy; application deadline is Sept. 192014-09-12T11:29:54-04:002014-09-12T11:29:54-04:00The Saline CourierThe academy will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and will include nine classes during an eight-week period.The course is "designed to give participants a better understanding of police functions and responsibilities," said Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer. Topics will include criminal investigations, patrol functions, narcotics investigations, school resource officers, crime prevention, traffic stops, K-9 programs and shooting instruction. Residents who are interested in participating must be at least 18 and cannot have any felony convictions, Russell said. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Benton Police Department at 114 S. East St. There is no cost for the class, but there are only 15 spots available, Russell said. Benton, ARSarah PerryBenton PD kicks off city's academy; application deadline is Sept. 19No source to discuss hike in water, sewage rates2014-09-12T11:28:38-04:002014-09-12T11:28:38-04:00The Saline CourierThe potential increase recommendation was prepared by Alderman Paula Matthews.Currently, residential customers are charged $17 for the first 2,000 gallons of water and $8.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Customers the sewer charges are $12 for the first 2,000 gallons and $5.15 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Matthews proposes that the rates be amended for 2015, based on a recommendation provided to the council by the Arkansas Rural Water Association. The rates would be different for residential and business customers.Matthews recommends that the water rates for residential customers be increased by $1 to $18 for the first 2,000 gallons and be raised to $10 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.For residential sewer customers, she recommends an initial $1 increase, raising the cost to $13 for the first 2,000 gallons and then increasing the rate to and $6.65 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Sewer fees will also include a $10 maintenance fee. For business customers, Matthews recommends water prices be set at $20 for the first 2,000 gallonsand $11.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. For sewer, she recommends prices be set at $15 for the first 2,000 gallons of sewage and $8.15 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.The sewer fees for business would also include a $20 maintenance fee. These changes will be discussed by the council on Monday but will not be voted on until after a public forum has occurred. Council members also will discuss the possible passage of an ordinance that will amend the late charge rates and dates for service for the water system. The ordinance would establish that water and sewer bills are due by the 10th of each month and that the disconnect date for service will be the 21st of each month.The ordinance states that a $15 late charge will added to unpaid bills after the 15th of each month and that accounts that are delinquent by the 20th will be subject to disconnect on the 21st. It also establishes at that the fee for reconnection will be $30 plus the past due amount for services. Past due amounts must be in the office at the start of the business day on the 21st to avoid interruption of service. The ordinance states that if any of the specified dates fall on a holiday or business day, the ratepayer will be given until the next business day to settle the account.The council members plans to vote on this ordinance and discuss the potential water and sewer rate changes at Monday's meeting at Bauxite City Hall.Benton, ARBobbye PykeCouncil to discuss hike in water, sewage ratesNo source audit comes back clean2014-09-12T11:26:52-04:002014-09-12T11:26:52-04:00The Saline CourierCasady has been asked to look into this issue in conjunction with the findings from the city's 2012 legislative audit."The city and various vendors have provided documentation for purchases referenced in your report," Casady said in a letter to Roger Norman of the Division of Legislative Audit. "Unless further action is requested by the Division of Legislative Audit, my office considers this matter closed."According to Casady's report, Investigator Aaron Parsons with Casady's Office investigated each purchase. "During this investigation, I did not review any policy and procedures for the City of Bryant in regards to any possible city violations, as this would not be any type of criminal matter in this instance. While the above purchases may or may not be violations of city policy, they were properly verified with purchase receipts, purchase requests and had supporting documentation indicating such," Parsons said."Based upon these facts, the purchases were not in violation of any criminal theft or fraud statute," he noted.Casady reviewed the 2012 findings of the legislate audit when it was reported that the legislative audit committee members found approximately $5,573 worth of purchases lacking proper documentation. After the audit was completed, documentation was found for each purchase. On Thursday Bryant city officials met with members of the legislative audit committee to discuss the audit findings and all agreed that the issues have been resolved. When state Rep. Andy Mayberry, who serves on the panel, asked why proper documentation was not available at the time the audit was being conducted, Bryant staff attorney Chris Madison said numerous factors may have contributed to the missing paperwork. He explained that at that time City Hall was undergoing a major renovation, a software change was being installed and the city was dealing with several Freedom of Information Act requests. Benton, ARSarah Perry and Brent Davis Bryant audit comes back cleanNo source Dispatch, Sept. 11, 20142014-09-12T11:23:05-04:002014-09-12T11:23:05-04:00The Saline Courier•Gregory Holmes, 44, of Benton was arrested on Summerwood Drive and charged with public intoxication. •A man on Worth Avenue reported items were stolen from his garage. •An employee at Jimmy's Super Stop on Edison Avenue reported an individual left without paying the full amount for fuel. •A man on Country Oaks drive reported several items were stolen from his residence. Saline County Sheriff's Office•A caller in Alexander advised that a man had pulled a gun on someone. •A man in Mabelvale reported someone broke into his home. •A caller in Mabelvale advised that their car dealer tags had been stolen. •A woman in Alexander reported her handgun was missing. •A man in Hensley reported his air conditioner was stolen.•A woman in Benton reported her phone was stolen. •Engelke Terrell Simmons was arrested in Mabelvale for driving on a suspended license. Benton Fire DepartmentBenton firefighters responded to two medical calls and a motor vehicle accident. Bryant Fire DepartmentBryant firefighters responded to two fire alarms and a medical calls. Benton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch, Sept. 11, 2014No source