September 19th, 2014
James Franklin â€śJimmyâ€ť Holiman, 68, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
Jimmy was born Feb. 17, 1946, in Bauxite to the late Elbert and Lorene Steele Holiman.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. He had an extensive career in the public safety field, initially with the Benton Fire Department. He served as assistant chief for 11 years.
BOONEVILLE â€” A convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison turned himself into authorities Thursday after about three months on the run.
Timothy Buffington escaped June 21 from the Pine Bluff Unit after stealing a shotgun from a house on the prison grounds where he'd been performing janitorial work. He was found more than 150 miles away Thursday â€” in the same area where he was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1998 shooting death of his ex-wife, Rhonda Combs.
During a meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Bryant City Council, the aldermen discussed the outlook for the city's end-of-year finances.
While discussing the monthly financial report, Joy Black, finance director, told the committee that sales tax revenue is less than what was budgeted and she does not expect the city to make up the difference by the end of the year.
The committee suggested that the council discuss postpone some projects until the beginning of 2015 in case their is not enough revenue to cover the costs.
Possible water and sewer rate increases were the focus of a Bauxite City Council meeting on Monday.
Alderman Paula Matthews presented a recommendation to raise the minimum water and sewer bill by $2.
Currently, residential customers are charged $17 for the first 2,000 gallons of water and $8.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Customer sewer charges are $12 for the first 2,000 gallons and $5.15 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.