October 27th, 2014
A total of 9,086 ballots have been cast in the six days since early voting started Oct. 20 in the November general election.
Broken down by specific sites, the Saline County Clerk's Office reported that 4,302 people have voted to date at the county election center ("vote here" building) in Benton; 2,500 at Grace Church in Bryant; 1,530 at Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank) in Hot Springs Village; and 1,632 at the East End Fire Station.
Early voting will be continuing today. Hours, dates and sites for the continuation of early voting are:
Months after her sonâ€™s death, a Benton woman organized a 5K race to raise money for a research foundation.
Sarah Burnsâ€™ son, Hudson Andrew, died Feb. 19, 2014, at the age of 16 months. He died in his sleep during nap time at a day care facility, she said.
The exact cause of death has not been determined, but it has been ruled a sudden and unexplained death in childhood â€” also known as SUDC. This is similar to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), but applies to children who are older than 1.
Hudson had been in perfect health, Burns said.
Elsie Mae Ashcraft, 85, of Alexander went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.
She was born Oct. 3, 1929, in Sheridan to the late A.N. Ward and Thelma Dortch Ward. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family. She was employed by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (state Revenue Department).
Mrs. Ashcraft was a member of Temple Baptist Church for almost 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Carolyn Sue Ashcraft; and a sister, Ethel Faye Torres.