August 2nd, 2012
A body found in a section of the Ouachita National Forest on Sunday has been identified as that of a missing Jacksonville woman, but the cause of death for Jackie Hibbs has yet to be determined, authorities said.
Hibbs, 29, had been reported missing on July 19 by the Perry County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said she was last seen alive in the Lake Sylvia area. Her body was discovered Sunday on the Saline County side of the national forest by a person who was preparing for the hunting season.
At any time of the day on Wednesday, hundreds of people could be found gathered in and around Chick-fil-A in Bryant.
Lines to enter the restaurant stretched past the corner of the building. Drive-through lanes looped around and behind the parking lot, joining up with the street beside the restaurant. Parking spilled over into the Loweâ€™s lot, often filling the majority of the spaces. Police officers directed traffic all day.
One of the largest methamphetamine laboratories in the state has been discovered on an abandoned property in Sardis, according to the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
"It is one of the largest in Arkansas due to the amount of substance used to manufacture methamphetamine that has been discovered," Lt. Mike Frost said. "There are at least three gallons of iodine, boxes of matches, four of five generators used to turn meth oil into meth crystals and multiple other things. There are all different components here for making meth."
A Bryant woman was sentenced Wednesday to a total of 35 years with the Arkansas Department of Correction for a sex crime involving a juvenile.
Before the start of the second day of the trial, 26-year-old Michelle Logan Jones agreed to accept a negotiated "no contest" plea to a charge of first-degree sexual assault.
Saline County Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips then sentenced Jones to 20 years in prison followed by a 15-year suspended sentence. Jones will be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of five years.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ New Orleans here they come. The Bryant Black Sox came back to defeat the Texarkana Razorbacks 6-5 in the Senior American Legion State Tournament championship game on Tuesday at Vince DeSalvo Stadium to advance to the Mid-South Regional Tournament in New Orleans starting next Thursday. The Black Sox went 5-0 in State.
Residents of Alexander will have the opportunity to vote on whether to retain Paul Mitchell as mayor of the city.
A successful petition drive has resulted in the recall question being included on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
"I actually support this completely," Mitchell told The Saline Courier. "I believe in a recall election and holding politicians accountable. This gives the people a chance to make a decision concerning those that represent them."
Tracey â€śTrayâ€ť Matthew Moody, 40, of Benton, died Saturday, July 28, of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.
He was born June 26, 1972, in Little Rock.Â Tray was the owner and operator of TME and also a Master Electrician.Â He was a loving and dedicated father, taking his four sons duck hunting so that the love of the sport could be passed on to future generations.Â This past season, Tray was so focused on his sons, their safety and enjoyment of the sport that he didnâ€™t get a duck himself.Â
Ralph Lucion Riner Jr., 71, of Benton passed away Saturday, July 28.Â
He was born April 6, 1941, in Savannah, Ga., to the late Edna and Ralph Riner Sr.Â He retired from sales and was an entrepreneur.Â After his retirement he was employed part-time as a driver for SCAT.
In addition to his family, he loved building, watching and racing cars.
Adolphus J. "Jr." Westbrook, 87, of Haskell, passed away July 26.Â
He was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Haskell to the late Dolph and Gertie Sims Westbrook.Â
"Jr." was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church and served in the Army during World War II.
Â He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Dean Westbrook.
Carolyn Sue Cauffiel, 76, passed away on July 25.
Carolyn was born on May 5, 1936, in Hot Springs. She enjoyed shopping and collected angels and crystal.
Carolyn worked at Union Bank for a number of years and was very involved in her church,Â Trinity Baptist Church in Malvern, where she was a memberÂ as well as serving as the secretary for the church for a short period of time.
She loved shopping. Her favorite collections were angels and crystal. Â Carolyn was dearly loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.