The Benton Junior High Panthers got their first taste of life in new stadium and the outcome was as sparkling as their new home. The freshmen Panthers defeated Sheridan 21-12 and the Benton eight graders won 40-20.
The freshmen Panthers got off to an inauspicious start. Sheridan recovered an onside kick to open the game. The Benton defense stiffened, forcing Sheridan to line up to punt on fourth down. But a fake by McKinley Williams resulted in a 52 yard touchdown for the Yellowjackets. The two-point conversion try failed, but Sheridan led early 6-0.
The Saline County Quorum Court has called a special meeting for Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.
Initial reports indicate that Sheriff Bruce Pennington has submitted a request to retire Oct. 1, as he had originally planned.
The court will be considering a resolution to declare the sheriff's position vacant.
More details will be reported as they are received.
Saline County is under a burn ban, effective today.
Saline County Judge Lanny Fite issued the ban this morning, after a lack of rain brought the county's drought index to 678 on Thursday afternoon, according to data from Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The Forestry Commission recommends enacting a burn ban when the drought index reaches more than 600.
This is the second burn ban issued in the county this year. The first was issued July 8 and lasted until July 17.