The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-15T13:51:47-04:00 Middle School evacuated2014-04-15T13:51:47-04:002014-04-15T13:51:47-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableBryant Middle School evacuatedNo source School Board will meet tonight2014-04-07T15:49:39-04:002014-04-07T15:49:39-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableBryant School Board will meet tonightNo source dropped in manslaughter case of former Little Rock officer2014-04-07T11:38:39-04:002014-04-07T11:38:39-04:00The Saline CourierA trial set for next month would be the third for Josh Hastings, who prosecutors say was reckless when he fatally shot Bobby Moore in 2012. Juries couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in his previous trials.Attorney Bill James argues for Hastings that a third trial should be blocked on constitutional grounds of due process and fundamental fairness. Prosecutors haven't yet filed a response.Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Wednesday that Hastings can't argue to the jury that he was justified in shooting when a car approached as he investigated car burglaries.James also asked Griffen to withdraw from hearing the case.Benton, ARNo author availableCharges dropped in manslaughter case of former Little Rock officerNo source'In View Series' hosted by Larry King feature to cost Benton district $27,9002014-04-03T17:24:45-04:002014-04-01T16:14:37-04:00The Saline CourierThe show's executive producer explained to Collum and Benton School Board President Brad Bohannan that Benton was selected from research conducted by their producers using criteria such as academic performance and accomplishments, technology and top-performing schools.The arrangement includes a payment of $27,900 from the district to the broadcast. Sponsorships to help defray the costs are being sought by the district.Benton, ARSaline Courier Staff'In View Series' hosted by Larry King feature to cost Benton district $27,900No source causes delays in Bryant2014-04-01T11:39:19-04:002014-04-01T11:39:19-04:00The Saline CourierA new panel box will need to be constructed which could take several days, said Dana Poindexter, assistant to the mayor. "We are asking that everyone use extreme caution in this area," she said. This intersection will be considered a four-way stop and requires all drivers to make a complete stop before proceeding through. Benton, ARNo author availableAccident causes delays in BryantNo source fundraiser to benefit Bryant dog park2014-03-27T11:12:26-04:002014-03-27T11:12:26-04:00The Saline CourierTen percent of all sales will be donated to the Bryant Dog Park Build, said Tricia Power, animal control director. U.S. Pizza also has a dog-friendly outdoor terrace, so people can bring their dogs to enjoy the event as well. Employees of the animal control department will be at the restaurant until 8 p.m. taking orders for "Pawesome Pavers" and tickets to the Fur Ball, a formal event that will benefit the dog park. "Pawesome Pavers" are custom bricks that will be placed on the park entrance walkway. "The proposed dog park will be located within Alcoa Park at the corner of Mills Park Road and Shobe Road and will feature over an acre of fenced-in area, with benches, lighting and even a water feature for summertime canine fun," Power said. Benton, ARSarah PerryPizza fundraiser to benefit Bryant dog parkNo source Malaysia Airlines plane believed to be in Indian Ocean2014-03-24T10:22:02-04:002014-03-24T10:22:02-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARAssociated PressMissing Malaysia Airlines plane believed to be in Indian OceanNo source Governor candidate to run on campaign to abolish the office2014-03-20T10:17:14-04:002014-03-20T10:17:14-04:00The Saline Courier“I know it’s unusual for a politician to say, ‘Cut my job,’ but that’s exactly what I hope to do,” Mayberry said. “The office of lieutenant governor has lived past its time. We can eliminate the position and reassign the duties of the office to other existing state office-holders. In the end, we can eliminate a layer of bureaucracy, we can make government smaller and more efficient, and we can save taxpayers about $400,000 per year, which is the most recent budget of that office’s operations.”In Mayberry’s plan, the secretary of state would become first in the line of succession to be governor if he or she couldn’t fulfill the term.“I believe the first person in the line of succession should be a Constitutional officer, elected statewide, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a lieutenant governor,” Mayberry said.Mayberry said five other states do not have a lieutenant governor, and that the secretary of state is first in the line of succession to be governor in three of those. He said there are four additional states that combine the role of lieutenant governor with other offices.If elected, Mayberry said he will advocate for the 90th General Assembly to refer a proposed Constitutional amendment to voters for the 2016 general election. If the voters approve, the amendment would abolish the office of lieutenant governor and would change the line of succession, as well as reassign other duties of the lieutenant governor.“Who can better advocate for elimination of the office than the person who holds it?” Mayberry said. “That takes the ‘politics’ away as an obstacle. It doesn’t appear that someone is targeting a particular individual, but instead the focus is truly on making government run better.”Under Mayberry’s proposal, the governor would have the discretion to retain his or her authority when out of state, or to temporarily delegate that responsibility to the secretary of state, if needed. Currently, the governor is required when out of state to relinquish authority to the lieutenant governor.“That is archaic law,” Mayberry said. “Given the advances in today’s communications technology, I believe the governor can still be fully capable of being the governor while having lunch across the river in Memphis, Tenn.”In addition to filling in for the governor, the other chief mandated responsibility of the lieutenant governor is to preside over the state Senate. In Mayberry’s plan, those duties would be handled by the Senate Pro Tempore.“That’s the way it was handled in the most recent fiscal session, and everything went quite smoothly. It already works in a similar manner in the House of Representatives where the Speaker of the House presides,” Mayberry said. “I believe the transition of that responsibility would be seamless.”Arkansas’ most recent lieutenant governor resigned effective Feb. 1. The state legislature then voted overwhelmingly to keep the office vacant for almost a year until the November 2014 general election winner could assume duties in January 2015.“A lot of people have asked recently, ‘Do we really need that office?’” Mayberry said. “It was, and is, a good question. As long as we have the office, it’s essential that we have a good candidate in it because that person is literally a heartbeat away from being governor. But do we really need the office? I don’t think so.”Mayberry said one of the planks in his campaign platform from the beginning has been a focus on efficiency in government.“I plan to use the resources of that office to sit down with front-line employees throughout state government to identify waste and inefficiencies,” Mayberry said. “Some of those employees likely see inefficiency every day but have never been in a position to do anything about it. We’ll take their recommendations to the legislature and to the governor as ideas to give taxpayers a bigger bang for their buck.Benton, ARNo author availableLt. Governor candidate to run on campaign to abolish the officeNo source hits side wall of the Rib Crib in Benton; Driver injured2014-03-17T11:17:24-04:002014-03-17T11:17:24-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableCar hits side wall of the Rib Crib in Benton; Driver injuredNo source Superintendent placed on administrative leave2014-03-11T16:06:07-04:002014-03-11T16:06:07-04:00The Saline CourierThe district released this statement about the situation. "The Bryant Board of Education is actively developing a plan to ensure interim leadership at the superintendent level. The board has the utmost confidence in the ability of the current administration to handle any questions or decision that may arise until an interim leader is designated."Further information is confidential, said Rhonda Sanders, school board president. The board will be meeting for a personnel session Tuesday March 11 at 5:30 p.m. Benton, ARSarah PerryBryant Superintendent placed on administrative leaveNo source