Archive - 2013
Alexander resident Nate Smith, director of public health programs and state epidemiologist at the Arkansas Department of Health, participated in the Boston Marathon today. The Boston Marathon website shows he finished the race at about 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, just moments before two explosions went off near the finish line, killing two people and injuring 23.
House Bill 1219 failed in the Arkansas House of Representatives to gain the 75 votes needed for passage. The bill, which allocates funds to the Department of Human Services and includes the Medicaid expansion funding, was rejected by a vote of 69 against, 28 for, 2 non-votes and 1 member voting 'present.'
Saline County legislators were divided in their vote. Rep. Mayberry and Rep. Davis voted for the bill. Rep. Hammer voted against. Rep. Clemmer was a non-vote.
The Boston Marathon says that bombs caused the two explosions heard at the finish line and that organizers were working with authorities to determine what happened.
Organizers made the announcement on the groups' Facebook page on Monday.
Authorities have headed onto the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the site.
Town Hall Meeting Tonight
Saline Memorial Hospital Classroom 1
State Representatives Ann Clemmer and Kim Hammer invite you to a public forum tonight to provide information about the Medicaid expansion and the private option. Special guests include John Selig, Director of Department of Human Services, Andy Allison, Director of Medicaid and other experts.
The meeting is open to the public and attendance is encouraged.
Operation Medicine Cabinet VII is set for Saturday, April 27.
Old or used medications may be turned in â€” no questions asked â€” to police officers at Ferguson's Furniture parking lot on Military Road, Saline Memorial Hospital parking lot, or Target parking lot.
The Saline Courier has brought back its television listings book.
The new section will be included in Sundayâ€™s edition moving forward and will include television listings from Sunday through Saturday each week.
The current daily TV listings grid will continue in the Courier for two weeks, and then will be discontinued.
TV Week features listings, programming notes, features, games and local advertising deals, published in an easy-to-follow format.
The Saline County Library will present Raining Cats and Dogs this week at each of its locations. The event will feature animal-themed games, crafts and more. The event will take place Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Library in Bryant. The Bob Herzfeld Library in Benton will host the event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Humane Society of Saline County will be part of the event at the Benton branch, bringing animals who are up for adoption. For more information, call 501-778-4766
The Churches Joint Council on Human Needs pancake breakfast is set for 7 a.m. Saturday at Salem United Methodist Church, 1647 Salem Road. Ticket prices are $6 for one person or $10 for two. Those interested may call 501-315-0599.
Proceeds will go to benefit CJCOHN to cover costs of installing flooring at the CJCOHN facility.
CJCOHN, which has its headquarters at 103 E. Elm St. in Benton, provides such items as clothing, food, medications, utility assistance and supplemental food delivery to senior citizens.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office is requesting help in located a wanted felon in the East End community.
Jacob Wooten, 29, is wanted for several crimes, including battery in the first degree and felon in possession of a firearm. He is "considered armed and dangerous," according to Lt. Scotty Courtney of the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
Wooten is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding his location may call the Criminal Investigation Division of the sheriff's office at 501-303-5608 or 501-303-5648 after hours.
Ida Nix, 98, of Haskell, went to be with the Lord and Savior on April 11, 2013.Â She passed away at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.Â Ida was a housewife and attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, AugustÂ â€śGusâ€ť and Allie Gustafison; her husband, John E. Nix; a son, J.C. Henshaw; and a half-brother, Burt McDaniels.
She is survivors by her son, Jimmy Henshaw of Haskel;l and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.