Archive - 2013
Several local celebrations have been scheduled to mark Independence Day.
Arkansas Health Center has planned a celebration for today. Center officials are predicting it will be "the best fireworks show this side of the Arkansas River."
Activities are planned from 5 to 10 p.m. at the center's campus, 6701 U.S. 67 in Haskell.
Jennifer Kelly-Santee, the center's special events coordinator, said the celebration will offer "great bands, great carnival food, free fun for kids and awesome entertainment."
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas officials are holding a public hearing on the state's plan to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.
The Department of Human Services on Tuesday planned to hold a hearing on the "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state. Lawmakers approved the plan this year, but it still must get final clearance from the federal government.
The plan was touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.
A video of the press conference can be found here: http://bentoncourier.com/content/video-sheriffs-press-conference-after-w...
Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington says he takes full responsibility for an error in judgment Saturday night that led to his arrest on two misdemeanor charges and a brief detainment by the Benton Police Department.
Pennington apologized for his actions Monday afternoon during a news conference at his office, blaming no one other than himself while simultaneously commending police department personnel for "doing their job."
Benton police arrested early Saturday morning a man on charges of attempted arson and attempted murder.
After a disturbance was reported about 10:30 p.m. on Lillian Street, one of the men involved in the argument, James Garland, 54, agreed to leave the scene in order to "calm things down," according to a police report of the incident.
However, about 2 a.m., a neighbor told police Garland returned to the home. The neighbor said he witnessed Garland dousing the exterior of the house with a large amount of gasoline in an apparent attempt to set it on fire.
OMAHA, Neb. â€” A new monthly survey suggests the economy remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states and business will continue to improve in the months ahead.
The overall index for the region declined to 55.6 in June from 56.2 in May, but any score above 50 suggests growth.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says business leaders expect slower growth in the next few months. Modest job growth is also expected as the hiring index dropped to 53.7 in June from May's 59.3.
CABOT â€” Lonoke County authorities say an escape from the county jail has been recaptured near Cabot.
Lt. James Kulesa told reporters that authorities using search dogs recaptured 22-year-old Micah Lance Edwards Sunday afternoon in a wooded area along Arkansas Highway 236.
Edwards had disappeared from the Lonoke County jail about 7 p.m. Saturday. He was being held on misdemeanor charges from Ward and Springdale.
BENTON -- On Saturday night around 7:55, officers from the Benton Police Department were dispatched to Dentonâ€™s Trotline after receiving a call that a â€śvery intoxicated individualâ€ť was getting into a vehicle in the parking lot, according to a statement released just after midnight by Lt. Kevin Russell.
Sherri Dianne Ridge Cathey, 39, left us to be with the Lord on June 26, 2013. She was born Nov. 22, 1973, in Little Rock, to Dale and Shirley Ridge as the youngest of three children.
She attended school in Bryant and graduated from Bryant High School. She earned a degree in accounting from UALR and went on to earn a master's degree in education to pursue a teaching career. She finished her career teaching at Bethel Middle School in Bryant.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Leslie Scruggs; and her paternal grandmother, Lois Ridge.
Ruby Helen Cullipher, 82, of Benton passed away June 27, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice house. She was born Feb. 22, 1931, in Guthrie, Okla.
She was the daughter of Edward Turner and Mary Mills Turner. Ruby was a homemaker for 76 years. She was a member of Benton Pentecostal Church of God and enjoyed caring for her children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mary Turner; her brother, Ellis Turner; her sister, Inadelle Spakes; and her son, Ralph Cullipher.
Eva Power Moore, 84, of Benton died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, with her family at her side. She was born in Benton on Sept. 3, 1928, to the late Leslie and Mamie Landers Power.
She graduated from Benton High School in 1946 and went on to attend Little Rock Junior College and then the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.