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October 4th, 2012

Teacher charged with sexual assault posts bail; court date set

October 4, 2012

A former Bryant teacher posted bail shortly after she surrendered voluntarily at the Saline County Detention Center on Wednesday morning, authorities say.
Courtney Speer, 31, has been charged with six counts of sexual assault of a minor: four counts in Bryant and two counts in Benton.
Lt. Don Birdsong of the Saline County Detention Center said Speer was released after posting bond. Bail was set at $20,000 and the court date is slated for Nov. 13.

Not the season you expected? Me neither

October 4, 2012

Isn’t all of this getting a little ridiculous Hog fans? Have we not suffered enough? Of course not, because we are Razorbacks’ fans. We’re used to this stuff, right? I know I’m not surprised. Well, maybe I expected a better start to the season after finishing as the No. 5 team in the nation last year losing to the two best teams in the country, and started this season ranked No. 10, and with John L. Smith aside, Arkansas was no doubt overrated.

Pamela Frances Keesee

October 4, 2012

Pamela Keesee, 57, of Bryant, passed away on Sept. 30, with her family by her side.
Pamela was born Nov. 2, 1954, in Kensett to the late Elvis and Lucille Elledge. She loved her husband and children very much, was a great cook, loved her cats, and enjoyed making others happy.
Pamela is preceded in death by her brothers, Wayne and Lonnie Elledge; her daughter, Donna Stackhouse; and her parents.

Ronnie V. (Hutch) Hutcheson

October 4, 2012

Ronnie V. (Hutch) Hutcheson, 70, of Benton died Sunday, Sept. 30. He was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Benton. Ronnie was a retired licensed psychiatric technician nurse and worked in the forensic unit at the Arkansas State Hospital, a Brick Mason and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He loved fishing and deer hunting and was a local community football fan.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Doris Harris Hutcheson.

Hazel Christene Harden

October 4, 2012

Hazel Christene Harden, 91, of Lake Village died Sunday, Sept. 30, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village.  She was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Holmes County, Miss., to the late Sam and Lena Harthcock.  She was a homemaker and a member of Lake Village Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband John Elmer Harden, her parents, two brothers and one sister. 

David Lee Patterson

October 4, 2012

David Lee Patterson, 55, of Traskwood finished his life's work on earth and went on to be with our Heavenly Father to start his next life's adventure on Sept. 28. He was born April 15, 1957, to Robert Curtis and Francis Elaine Patterson.
He is preceded in death by his loving parents and grandparents; a brother, Michael Patterson; and nephew, Christopher Patterson.

October 2nd

3 charged with attempted capital murder

October 2, 2012

Three Saline County men were arrested after they allegedly broke into a home and shot a man.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said this was not a random act of violence.
"There was a history of ongoing personal conflicts between all of the suspects and the victim, but nothing violent until this incident," he explained.

Longhills closes; owners hopeful facility can reopen through new management

October 2, 2012

A Benton institution closed at the end of the day Sunday.
Longhills Golf Course owners Bud and Mary Jean Busken and Jeff and Sam Hamm are ending their oversight of the operation that has served the community for more than a half-century.
The owners have been trying to sell the property for some time to Lindsey Management Co., which has wanted to build an upscale apartment complex at the site while continuing to operate the golf course with its swimming pool, tennis courts and other amenities.

Recently resigned high school teacher to be charged with sexual assault

October 2, 2012

A former Bryant teacher is suspected of sexual assault of a minor.
Courtney Speer, 31, allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Bryant High School student, according to Benton police. Speer resigned Monday from her position as 9th grade English teacher at Bryant High School.
The case is a joint investigation with the Benton and Bryant Police Departments, because incidents occurred in both jurisdictions, on school property and at Speer's Benton home.
At the time of the alleged incidents, Speer was employed as a teacher at Bryant High School.

October 1st

Knight resigns as chairman of Saline Republican Committee

October 1, 2012

Shane Knight has resigned as chairman of the Saline County Republican Committee.
Rumors of his resignation had been circulating around Saline County for the past week and Knight posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he had made a political move.
Steve McDaniel, second vice chairman of the committee, confirmed Knight's resignation Sunday night. McDaniel did not state the reason for Knight's resignation, but added "the Republican Party will carry on and Shane isn't the first chairman to have to resign because of personal conflicts."

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