February 19th, 2012
One pencil, one piece of paper, one open and attentive mind, and at least one person's belief that anyone can change through the power of education, that is all eight inmates inside the Saline County jail said they need. A chance to prove to you, their families, and most importantly themselves, that lives and communities can be transformed.
John Duke's many years of service to Saline Memorial Hospital and to the Saline County community will be recognized at the second annual Heart of Saline Recognition Dinner and fundraiser.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, at The Center at Bishop Park.
The Saline Memorial Health Foundation is hosting the event.
The Haskell Police Department is one officer lighter after the recent firing of Brandon Carter.
According to Chief Mike Holt, Carter was terminated on Jan. 24 for violating a departmental policy.
Haskell Mayor Jeff Arey added that Carter was dismissed specifically for violating the department's Taser policy.
Arey said "there was a complaint made and there was an internal investigation" that ultimately ended Carter's tenure as a Haskell officer.
Arey noted that no person was injured due to Carter's actions.
Claire Christine Walls Ohlsen, 43, of North Little Rock passed away on Wednesday, Feb.15.
She was born in Arkadelphia on Feb. 15, 1969. She graduated from Sheridan High School and attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.Â Â
Layla, a sweet red rose with an imperfect petal
Layla Rose Tolar is a 7-year-old blonde-haired girl from Owensville, about 15 miles from Benton, near Hot Springs Village.
Myka Bono Sample has announced her candidacy for the office of Saline County Circuit Clerk. She is seeking the Republican Party's nomination in the May preferential primary election.
Sample is new to the political arena, but is no stranger to the operation of the circuit clerk's office. While working in the Saline County Circuit Clerk's office for three years, she was involved in all aspects of the office.
A new program has been established in Saline County Circuit Court to assist teenagers in straightening out their lives.
Specifically, the program provides mentors for young people on probation.
These mentors are known as VPOs, or volunteer probation officers.
Seven individuals have begun their VPO duties to assist youngsters along the road to becoming productive adults, according to Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister.
McCallister described a recent incident in which a 15-year-old boy was told that the new program had begun and that a VPO would be serving as his mentor.
Jefferson David â€śJ.D.â€ť McVay, 69, of Little Rock, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14.
He was born Feb. 18, 1942 in Little Rock to the late Ewell Gilford McVay Sr. and Helen Moody McVay.Â He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Albert McVay; and two sisters, Ona Spinnenweber and Elizabeth Lindsey.
Kenneth D. Wilson, 58, of Benton died Tuesday, Feb.14, at John L. McClellan Veterans Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born May 15, 1953, in Clinton.Â Â
Mr. Wilson was a retired U. S. Air Force veteran serving for 20 years as an aviation mechanic.Â He then sought to help other veterans by working at the Veterans Hospital.Â His life revolved around his love for God, family, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.P. Pope
Bonnie E. Shelnut, 85, a resident of the Fenter community, passed away Tuesday,Â Feb. 14, at Saline Memorial Hospice House.Â She was born July 11, 1926, to Roy and Gracie Hiatt.
Bonnie was a retired LPTN for Benton Services Center and a member of the Poyen Missionary Baptist Church.Â She loved to garden, cook, and travel the countryside.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Andrew Shelnut; a sister, Connie Otts; and two brothers, A.J. Hiatt and Calvin Hiatt.