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July 25th

Ark. attorney general warns of phone scams

July 25, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — 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.

July 24th

Senators propose tax relief after Ark. oil spill

July 24, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — 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 — a Democrat — and Boozman — a Republican — would classify compensation to Mayflower families as "qualified disaster relief payment."

Ralph Bunche movie night set for Saturday

July 24, 2013

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.

Ark. lawmakers to meet to discuss death penalty

July 24, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — 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.

NOTICE: Burn ban lifted

July 24, 2013

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.

July 23rd

Bryant School Board to discuss faculty, staff changes tonight

July 23, 2013

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.

Severe thunderstorm warning in effect

July 23, 2013

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.

NOTICE: Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

July 23, 2013

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.

Part of Boone Road closed today

July 23, 2013

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.

B Town Salt-Bowl-a-Thon set for Aug. 9

July 23, 2013

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.
“The 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,” said Julie Roltsch, chairman for the event.

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