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August 22nd

John R. Prewitt II

August 22, 2013

John R. Prewitt II, 65, of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his residence. He was born Jan. 7, 1948, in Little Rock to John Ralph Prewitt and Mildred Louise (Fleming) Prewitt. Mr. Prewitt was a lifelong educator and a great leader. He loved hunting and fishing both in lakes and rivers.
John was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother; his wife of 40 years, Gerrie Prewitt of Mountain Home; a son, Jon Michael Prewitt of Springdale; a daughter, Jessica Prewitt of Fayetteville; and one sister, Beverly Moore of Horn Lake, Miss.     

Hazel (Kriegbaum) Russ

August 22, 2013

Hazel (Kriegbaum) Russ, 82, of Benton passed away on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. She was born on March 23, 1931, in Saline County, to the late William George and Gladys Hazel (Lee) Kriegbaum. Mrs. Russ was a 1948 graduate of Bryant High School, a 1951 graduate of St. Vincent Infirmary. She retired in 1989, after 38 years of devoted service to the profession she loved. She was a longtime member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Francis A. "Pete" Russ and brother Bill Kriegbaum.

August 21st

Wal-Mart eliminates entry fee for layaway program

August 21, 2013

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is getting rid of the $5 entry fee for customers wanting to open its interest-free, pay-over-time program for holiday gifts.

The move comes as the world's largest retailer is seeing that its low-income shoppers remain pinched in an uncertain economy.

The holiday layaway program is slated to kick off Sept. 13 and will last until Dec. 13. About 35,500 items will be available, 1,000 more than a year ago. At the same time, Wal-Mart is bringing back its $10 cancellation fee that was eliminated last year.

Ark. panel to take up rules for voter ID law

August 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — A state board is taking up the rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law that will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday is scheduled to consider the rules for the voter ID law that legislators approved earlier this year. The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

August 20th

Annie named top dog in pet calendar contest

August 20, 2013

Annie, a golden retriever owned by Jim and Betty Gwatney, took top honors in the 2014 Saline Courier NIE Pet Calendar Contest.
Annie garnered 5,128 votes, finishing 329 votes ahead of runner-up Raine, owned by Rick Ricketts. They are two of the 12 pets to be featured in the 2014 Newspapers In Education Pet Calendar, which will be available for purchase by Thanksgiving. More than 36,000 votes were cast during the contest period, which ended Aug. 2.

Benton detectives investigating rape

August 20, 2013

Police officials are investigating a rape that took place at about 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon at a Benton apartment complex. More information will be available at a later time.

Woman charged with aggravated assault

August 20, 2013

A Benton woman was arrested Monday night after a report that she threatened an alleged victim with a knife.
Officers responded to Cole Street for the report about 9 p.m. and, after talking to the victim, made contact with Chantelle Cox, 31, inside the home.
Cox was then arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
She is currently incarcerated at Saline County jail.

Bryant PD: Children in car during meth deal bust of former Maumelle coach

August 20, 2013

Police say a former Maumelle coach put two children in danger when she brought them along with her for an alleged meth deal last Thursday.
Bryant police reportedly were given a tip that a drug deal was to take place on that day in the Lowe's parking lot.
Members of the Narcotics Unit and Criminal Investigation Division monitored the parking lot and were able to arrest Brittany Burns, 36, of North Little Rock after reportedly observing a drug deal.
During the arrest, officers found a 9-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl in the vehicle with Burns.

Registration open for fall 2013 Walk Across Ark.

August 20, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Hundreds of Arkansans will be donning their running shoes and racking up as many walking minutes as they can for the fall 2013 edition of Walk Across Arkansas.

This fall's event will be held Sept. 30-Nov. 24. This past spring, nearly 2,000 people from 27 counties took part in Walk Across Arkansas. They walked more than 1.6 million minutes, which translates into an estimated 80,009 miles, enough to go around the world more than three times.

August 19th

Police: Knife-wielding man arrested at Days Inn

August 19, 2013

Benton police officers were called to a disturbance at Days Inn on Friday, Aug. 16, about 8:47 p.m.
The suspect, Bradley Jordan, 28, had threatened a suspect with a knife and was charged with aggravated assault and carrying a weapon. Jordan also had active warrants out of the Benton and Bryant police departments.

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