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August 13th

Flash flood watch in effect until 1 a.m.

August 13, 2013

The National Weather Service has ordered a flash flood watch for areas of central Arkansas, including Saline County, effective until 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Heavy rain could quickly lead to flash flooding of streams, low water crossings and poor drainage areas, according to the NWS. The NWS warns that low-lying areas will be prone to flooding and water may cover roadways in areas.

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Walnut Ridge teen died of blows to the head

August 13, 2013

WALNUT RIDGE — An autopsy report says a 14-year-old Walnut Ridge girl found dead in the Black River died of blows to the head with a heavy object.

The report released by Arkansas State Police says Sidney Randall was hit more than once in head and that her DNA was found under the fingernails of her now-dead stepfather — John Cornell.

State Police Sgt. Scott Pillow told The Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/19fBfnv ) that all evidence points to Cornell as the killer.

Sharon Extension Club to host picnic for members

August 13, 2013

Sharon Extension Club will meet 10 a.m. Thursday at the Saline County Fairgrounds for its annual picnic. The club will furnish meat and bread. Members are to bring potluck.

Habitat homeownership application meeting set for Thursday

August 13, 2013

A Habitat for Humanity homeownership application meeting is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Herzfeld Library in Benton. Anyone interested in owing a home is encouraged to attend the meeting.

August 10th

Saline County offers one-stop record searching

August 10, 2013

Saline County residents may now access records from all county offices — the County Judge, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor, Tax Collector and County Clerk — in one place online at www.salinerecords.org. (The web address was incorrectly identified in a previous edition of the Courier.)
The county is calling it a "one-stop shop," and Saline County is the first in Arkansas to offer this, said Jim Harris, chief of staff for the Circuit Clerk's office.

August 9th

Improvements to U.S. 167 require lane closure next week

August 9, 2013

Improvements to U.S. 167 will require a lane closure in Saline County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

The work will require the southbound outside lane to be closed between Interstate 530 and Arkansas 367 in southeastern Saline County. The closures will be Monday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 15, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using cones and warning signs.

I-30 closure next week

August 9, 2013

Pavement examinations will require a lane closure on Interstate 30 in Saline County next week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

The work will be performed on Interstate 30, just west of U.S. 70. It will require the westbound outside lane to be closed between mile markers 108 and 110.

The closures will be Monday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 15 and Monday, Aug. 19 through Tuesday, Aug. 20. The closures will only occur between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

East End, Shannon Hills pharmacies broken into Thursday

August 9, 2013

Saline County sheriff's deputies responded late Thursday night to an alarm at East End Pharmacy.
According to a police report of the incident, the glass had been broken on the front door of the business and a box of stuffed toys was missing.
According to police, surveillance footage showed three suspects, each wearing hoodies, masks and gloves, were involved in the incident.
Footage showed they drove a new-model white Chevrolet Traverse.
A pharmacy in Shannon Hills also was burglarized, according to the Shannon Hills Police Department.

Senate control hinges on fate of Southern Dems

August 9, 2013

WASHINGTON— Republicans are counting on some Southern comfort to win Senate control next year.

The fate of Democratic incumbents in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, the ability of the 71-year-old GOP leader to hold his Kentucky seat and the eventual outcome of a Georgia primary will help decide whether Republicans gain the six seats necessary to grab power in the Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.

School bus safety urged as Ark. students return

August 9, 2013

LITTLE ROCK— The Arkansas Education Department is starting a program to urge motorists to be careful around school buses.
Classes resume this month across the state and the department is starting a campaign on Monday called, "Flashing Red, Kids Ahead."
The three-week campaign will emphasize that it is illegal for a driver to pass a stopped school whenever its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.
Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says drivers have an obligation to know the law and a responsibility to drive safely when near students and school buses.

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