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Third murder investigation of the year in Saline County

February 18, 2013

The Saline County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide that occurred in Bauxite late Saturday.
Lt. Scotty Courtney said 23-year-old Bauxite resident Johnathan Albertsen is being charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault on a family or household member for allegedly fatally stabbing his step-father, 48-year-old Joseph A. Gonsalves. The stabbing reportedly occurred during a domestic dispute between the two men.
Gonsalves was transported to Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton and was later pronounced deceased.

53rd home dedicated by Habitat volunteer

February 18, 2013

“Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,” These few words from the song “All Are Welcome,” by Marty Haugen, describe the atmosphere as the newest homeowner at the Habitat Partnership Village, Mary Hining and her son, Connor Smith received the keys to their new home during the dedication on Sunday, Feb. 10. “I am so very excited,” Mary said, “A year ago I did not know what Habitat was and today I am standing here in my home.” Mary’s life changing event started at scrapbooking party when she met Selena Ellis and Jill Winchell, who volunteer with Habitat.

Sense and Nonsense: The view from the obituary desk can be revealing

February 18, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

When I first started working for this newspaper — which was then known as The Benton Courier — one of the first assignments I drew was writing the obituaries.
In those days this was a pretty usual practice and, as far as I know, it continues today.
Obits, as a rule, aren't difficult to write. In my rookie days, we had a set style for all obits unless it was a feature obit highlighting the death of a community leader.

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