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April 16th

WRECK UPDATE: Driver was traveling on I-30 prior to crossing service road, crashing

April 16, 2013

WRECK UPDATE: Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department said the driver of the 18-wheeler that was traveling westbound and left the road on the northbound side of Interstate 30 was a female driver and was taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center via MedFlight around 11 a.m. this morning.

Hunter Mickelson transferring from UA

April 16, 2013

Arkansas sophomore Hunter Mickelson will not be a part of the Razorbacks basketball squad next year, according to his father. Darien Mickelson, Hunter's dad, said that his son will be transferring away from UA at the conclusion of the 2013 spring semester.
Mickelson set the freshman shot-blocking record two seasons ago with 72 while averaging 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 548 minutes as a freshman.

Traffic on service road congested after 18-wheeler wreck

April 16, 2013

An 18-wheeler ran off the service road on the northbound side of Interstate 30 earlier today. The vehicle was traveling west, behind Ashley's Furniture in Bryant.
Traffic in the area is congested, as local authorities continue to deal with the incident.
Sgt. Todd Crowson with the Bryant Police Department said when the accident was reported the witness informed police that the driver of the truck was unconscious.

Ark. House passes 'private-option' Medicaid funds

April 16, 2013

The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a plan to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents, with many Republicans saying the approach is the best way to maintain some control over provisions of a new federal health care law they still oppose.
The private-option plan was presented to legislators in two parts, with one part including language authorizing the plan and a second part setting up the funding. The funding element finally won its needed three-fourths vote in the House, though it still needs to be approved by the same margin in the Senate.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Benton Police release mugshot of extortion suspect

April 16, 2013

The Benton Police Department has release the mugshot of Benjamin Spears, 33, of Benton. Spears was arrested for allegedly sending an email to the Benton Police Department demanding "a large sum of money" or he would kill one random person per day until his demands were met. Full details of the investigation and arrest are in the April 16 edition of The Saline Courier.

BREAKING NEWS: Benton Police arrest suspect in extortion case

April 16, 2013

The Benton Police Department has arrested Benjamin Spears, 33, of Benton on felony charges of terrorism, criminal attempt to commit theft of property and computer fraud. Spears is alleged to have sent an email to the Benton Police Department demanding a large sum of money and if his demand was not met, he would kill one person per day until he received the money. A full report of the story can be found in Tuesday's Saline Courier.

April 15th

Margie Sue Adams

April 15, 2013

Margie Sue Adams, 78, of Benton passed away April 14, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant. She was born Dec. 1, 1934, in California.
Margie was a retired cook from Benton Services Center and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Margie Foshee; her husband, Henry Adams; a son, Ronnie Adams; and a daughter, Phyllis Adams.

Henry "Hank" Norris Giles

April 15, 2013

Henry "Hank" Norris Giles, 86, died peacefully in his home in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 23, 2013. Family and friends were with him.
He is survived by his daughter, Dargey, and her husband and their two sons; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; several nieces and nephews; grand and great-grand-nieces and nephews.

Julian G. 'Bo' Taggart

April 15, 2013

Julian G. “Bo” Taggart was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Little Rock to F.N. and Willie Taggart.
He died peacefully April 11, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
Bo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maxine Lively Taggart; a daughter, Glenda Sue Taggart Mesa; two sisters, Katherine Borghetti and Clara Mains; and two brothers, Beyrl and Tom Taggart.
He is survived by three sons, Frank Taggart and wife Iris of Benton, Jim Taggart and wife Robin of Perryville and Dan Taggart of Gainesville, Fla.

Georgia King Fulmer

April 15, 2013

Georgia King Fuller, 85, died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Searcy Healthcare Center in Searcy.  Georgia was born November 14, 1927 in Heber Springs to Shelby and Maggie Osburn Warren.  She was a homemaker and attended Sugar Loaf Baptist Church while living in Heber Springs. 
In addition to her parents, Georgia was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy L. King and Otis Fulmer; and a sister, Alma Marks.

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