Archive - 2013
Thelma Cash Baggett, 77, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Little Rock at Baptist Health Medical Center.
Mrs. Baggett attended Glen Rose High School. She retired from the Arkansas Health Center and was a member of Fairplay Missionary Baptist Church.Â
Mrs. Baggett was preceded in death by her parents, James Daniel and Frances Cash; her stepmother, Edith Cash; her husband, Sherrill Baggett; five brothers, Ellis, Edward, Bob, Morris and Clenton Cash; and two sisters, Hazel Hughes and Letty Burks.
Carolyn â€śJeanâ€ť Burke, 58, passed away July 21, 2013.
Jean was born on June 19, 1955, in Searcy. She was a seamstress and bookkeeper. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed playing the piano, singing in the choir, and teaching Sunday School. Her three precious grandchildren were her greatest joy.
Stomp D.A.T., an anti-drugs, alcohol and tobacco group, will put on a "Back-to-School Stomp" at Tyndall Park on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m.
There will be free live entertainment, a bounce house, water, popcorn, tours of fire trucks and ambulances and about 20 booths with activities. For more information, call 501-776-5970.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas legislators are to hear from state officials about putting elements of the federal health overhaul in place in Arkansas.
The Public Health Committee is to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for open enrollment. The state is expanding health insurance coverage to about 500,000 more people who are to be insured through an insurance exchange.
Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford is to discuss his receipt of letters from five companies who intend to offer plans in the insurance exchange.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning about two phone scams going on in the state.
McDaniel says his office has received a number of reports that people claiming to be with credit card companies or the government are trying to obtain credit card or bank numbers.
McDaniel says one scam involves a person alleging to be with a credit card company and saying the would-be victim's credit cards are locked and that their credit numbers are needed to unlock the cards. He says credit card companies would already know the customers' card number.
LITTLE ROCK â€” US Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman have introduced legislation to exempt Arkansans who receive compensation from ExxonMobil for the Mayflower pipeline spill are not taxed by the federal government.
The legislation introduced Wednesday is similar to a bill introduced last week by Republican Rep. Tim Griffin and that is supported by the Arkansas congressional delegation.
The Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Act of 2013 by Pryor â€” a Democrat â€” and Boozman â€” a Republican â€” would classify compensation to Mayflower families as "qualified disaster relief payment."
The Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association will host a movie night on Saturday at 7:30 in the Ralph Bunche Community Center, 1600 Dixie St. in Benton.
Admission is free. The general public is invited.
The family-themed event will feature a showing of "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington.
Refreshments will be available. Door prizes will be given away.
For more information, contact Karl Barnes, president of the association, at 501-626-4706.
LITTLE ROCK â€” The head of Arkansas' prison system is expected to meet with legislators to talk about executions after the state's top lawyer said the current death penalty system is broken.
Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs is to appear before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.
The state hasn't executed an inmate since 2005 and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. His recent remarks come as Arkansas grapples with legal challenges and a shortage of drugs used in lethal injections.
The burn ban in Saline County has been lifted, according to County Judge Lanny Fite.
The area received about an inch of rain Tuesday afternoon and evening, which brought up the soil moisture level, the deciding factor in determining drought conditions.
High temperatures and lack of rain contributed to wildfire danger that necessitated the ban, which had been in effect since Monday, July 8.
The Bryant School Board has called a special meeting tonight to discuss staff and faculty changes within the district and polling sites for the 2013 school election.
The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Bryant High School multipurpose room.