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Archive - Jul 2013

July 18th

Award-winning author to present at library tonight

July 18, 2013

Peter Brown, an award-winning children's author and illustrator, will present a program for ages 18 and up held at 6 p.m. at Herzfeld Library. Brown will discuss the creative process, the publishing industry, and tips on how to best pursue publication.
The programs are free and open to the public. Call 501-778-4766 or 501-847-2166 for more information.

Where Buffalo roam: Jack James signs with ABC

July 18, 2013

BENTON – Former Benton Panther second baseman Jack James will be joining Panther teammate Justin Vincent at Arkansas Baptist College next baseball season as James signed his letter of intent to play for the Buffaloes on Tuesday afternoon at Benton Arena.

Drug czar: Treat addiction as public health issue

July 18, 2013

LITTLE ROCK— The director of the nation's drug policy office says treatment and education are the most effective tools to combat drug abuse.
Drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske said Thursday in Little Rock that law enforcement is also part of the equation but said addressing addiction as a public health issue is the main focus of his mission.
Kerlikowske told about 700 people gathered for a state conference on prescription drug abuse that abuse rates nationally are showing some improvement.

Black Sox take down McClendon's

July 18, 2013

BRYANT – The Benton McClendon’s Appliances and Bryant Black Sox finished up their respective regular seasons on Tuesday night at Hornets Field in Bryant, with the Sox coming away with an 8-1 victory. Bryant starter Tryce Schalchlin and reliever Ozzie Hurt combined on a one-hitter against the McClendon’s.
“It’s been like that all year,” Bryant Coach Darren Hurt said. “Our pitching has just been solid. No matter who we throw up there, we’re six deep. They all give us quality innings and it wasn’t any different [Tuesday] night.”

NOTICE: Saline Courier production delayed today

July 18, 2013

Due to an issue with the printing press, Saline Courier delivery has been delayed 2-3 hours today.
The paper should be on newsstands by about 3 p.m., and home delivery might be as late as 6 p.m. for some areas.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

July 17th

Benton police arrest second burglary suspect in two days

July 17, 2013

Benton police have arrested two burglary suspects this week.
Officers on Tuesday afternoon responded to Dogwood Lakes Apartments on report of a residential burglary, where several items had been stolen.
Evidence gathered at the scene implicated suspect Dustin Hines, 23, who was located and arrested a short time later.
Hines is charged with residential burglary, theft of property, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing government operations.
Additionally, he has an active warrant out of Faulkner County for probation revocation.

Finals-bound

July 17, 2013

HOT SPRINGS – After suffering their lone loss on the season and scoring just four runs in two games on Sunday, the Bryant Everett Black Sox made up for their lack of scoring with a 19-0 win over host Lakeside – advancing them to the State Tournament in Cabot – and an 11-2 win over the team which gave Everett its only loss, the Little Rock Cobras, in the Zone 4 Tournament at Lakeside High School.

July 16th

Baptist Health to lay off 170 across company

July 16, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Baptist Health says it will lay off 170 workers across its network in Arkansas.

The hospital organization said Tuesday the layoffs will mainly affect workers who aren't nurses.

Arkansas Business reports the job cuts are expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Baptist Health has 73,000 workers and hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Arkadelphia, Heber Springs and Stuttgart.

Spokesman Mark Lowman says the cuts will not affect quality of care. He also says the layoffs are in line with job reductions made by other hospitals.

Fire risk remains high; burn ban still in effect

July 16, 2013

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in the median between the service road and Interstate 30 East near the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton on Monday evening. Despite recent rain, the risk for fire remains higher than normal and the burn ban for Saline County is still in place.

Doris Dean Harper

July 16, 2013

Doris Dean Harper, 87, of Benton passed away Monday, July 15, 2013. She was born July 12, 1926 in Saline County. Doris was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Onie Raper, husband, Warren Harper, four brothers and one sister.
She is survived by son and daughter-in law, David Presley Harper and wife Roseanne of Benton; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Melton and husband Greg of Benton; brother, J. T. Raper, Benton; grandchildren, Erica Harper, Corey Melton, and Zachary Melton.

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