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CRIME REPORT: with Matt Burks

January 19, 2012

Dog shot in Bauxite by police; neighbors, police chief said it was warranted

A call of a vicious dog in Bauxite ended with the animal being shot, but a neighbor and the police chief say the death was warranted.

"It's very peaceful now," Melissa Parker said. "It's finally peaceful enough for my son to ride his bicycle outside without the fear of being bit. It's good for all of us."

Tonya Verser

January 19, 2012

Tonya Verser, 48, of Magnet Cove died Jan.17.  She was born June 24, 1963, in Malvern to Dean and Anita (Holiman) Nix.
She was a Malvern High School graduate and the medical staff coordinator at Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern.
She is survived by her husband, Tommy Verser; two sons, Josh and Zach Verser; her parents, Dean and Anita Nix; her sisters, Tammy Brown and husband Les, Kim Burton and husband Michael, and Kristi Jones and husband, Jeff. 
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Regency Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Magnet Cove Cemetery. 

Dorothy Elizabeth Newcomb Counts

January 19, 2012

Dorothy Elizabeth Newcomb Counts, 93, a resident of the Collegeville community, died Monday, Jan.16.  She was born June 29, 1918 in Saline County to the late William and Cora Lee Wright Newcomb.  Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, William Con and Cora Lee Wright Newcomb; her husband, Frank Counts; her brothers, Lawrence Newcomb and wife Mildred of Collegeville, Frank Newcomb and wife Juanita of Scott; her sisters, Bea Gordon and husband Louie of California and Mary Leetha Newcomb of Scott. 

BAMM Board announces Wall of Fame inductees

January 19, 2012

Benton Athletic Memorial Museum Board of Directors is announcing the inductees for the 2012 Wall of Fame.
Donnie Burks, executive director of the museum, said the new inductees are Becky Fulcher, Emily Arnold Hinton and Jeff Freeman.
The three will be honored Feb. 25 at the annual Wall of Fame banquet to be held in the cafeteria of Benton High School.
Displays depicting accomplishments of the inductees will be set up in the museum, which will be open from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The banquet will start at 6 p.m.

Raymar Road South primary focus of Bryant Commission

January 19, 2012

A discussion of the proposed Raymar Road South access plan dominated the Bryant Planning Commission's meeting late Tuesday.
Alderman Scott Curtis addressed the commission seeking answers about access to the road that eventually will tie into the Saline County Airport.
"I want to have questions answered in hopes that we can shell the corn," Curtis said. "Once the city commits to a route, are the citizens going to have access to the road that connects to the airport? It is Airport Commission property and receives federal funding. Are they going to let us use it?"

Superintendent search in Benton draws 19 applicants

January 19, 2012

Nineteen individuals are vying for the position of superintendent of the Benton School District,
Benton School Board members began reviewing the candidates' applications Tuesday night in a closed session that followed the monthly board meeting.
In Thursday's meeting, the board hopes to narrow the field of 19 to four or five finalists who will be interviewed, according to Jeff Morrow, board president.
"We hope to have someone named (for superintendent) by late February," Morrow said.

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