Archive - 2013
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.
The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several areas in central Arkansas, including southern Saline County.
The storm is capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.
This storm was located 6 miles west of Benton, and moving Southwest at 15 mph at 1:55 p.m.
Locations impacted include Benton, Traskwood, Rockport, Lonsdale and Haskell.
This includes Interstate 30 between mile markers 96 and 121.
The warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m.
The National Weather Service is calling for a severe thunderstorm watch for the Saline County area.
The hazardous weather watch is in effect until further notice.
The portion of Boone Road west of Tanglewood Street in Bryant will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
All westbound traffic will be detoured from Tanglewood Street to Boswell Road. All eastbound traffic will be detoured from Woodland Park Road to Boswell Road.
Workers will be adding culverts to improve the drainage in the area, according to the street department.
For questions or comments, contact the street department at 501-943-0468.
The second annual B Town Salt-Bowl-a-Thon is set for Friday, Aug. 9. at Enterprise Lanes in Benton.
Put on this year by the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is a gathering of all Saline County residents.
âThe idea is for one office to challenge another office or branch in another Saline County town, or for one competitor to challenge another competitor in another town,â said Julie Roltsch, chairman for the event.
LITTLE ROCK â Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed initiated act that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
McDaniel rejected the proposal in an opinion on Monday that says the proposal by Arkansans for Responsible Medicine contains ambiguities.
McDaniel's opinion says the proposed measure isn't clear enough about whether patients could grow their own marijuana at home. The opinion also says there's contradictory language in the proposal regarding nonprofit dispensaries.
LITTLE ROCK â Opponents of a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that have been fully adopted in most states asked Arkansas lawmakers Monday to back out of the standards, saying the plan takes away the state's control over its classrooms.
Teachers, parents and national groups opposed to the Common Core standards urged lawmakers to drop the benchmarks as a legislative panel opened a two-day long hearing. Arkansas is among 45 states that have adopted the standards, which will be fully implemented in the state by the 2014-2015 school year.
Gertrude Alonda Springer, 94. of Benton passed away July 17, 2013. She was born May 5, 1919, to Oliver Theodore (OT) and Alice Brown Wimberley in Recto.
She lived briefly in Litchfield, Ill., and later moved with her family to Jonesboro, where she met and married William Augustus Springer of Shannon, Miss. They moved to Benton in 1942.