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February 18th, 2012

John Duke to be recognized at 2nd Annual Heart of Saline Recognition Dinner.

February 18, 2012

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.

Haskell officer fired.

February 18, 2012

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.

February 17th

Claire Christine Walls Ohlsen

February 17, 2012

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.  

Owensville girl confronts heart complications at ACH

February 17, 2012

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.

February 16th

Myka Bono Sample announces bid to run for circuit clerk

February 16, 2012

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.

New court program established to help young people on probation

February 16, 2012

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 “J.D.” McVay

February 16, 2012

Jefferson David “J.D.” 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.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Albert McVay; and two sisters, Ona Spinnenweber and Elizabeth Lindsey.

Kenneth D. Wilson

February 16, 2012

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.   
Mr. Wilson was a retired U. S. Air Force veteran serving for 20 years as an aviation mechanic.  He then sought to help other veterans by working at the Veterans Hospital.  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

February 16, 2012

Bonnie E. Shelnut, 85, a resident of the Fenter community, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Saline Memorial Hospice House.  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.  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.

Duffy Dewey Benning

February 16, 2012

Duffy Dewey Benning, 80 of Prattsville, died Feb. 13 at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant. He was born July 14, 1931 in Prattsville, the son of the late Delmar Benning Sr. and Leona Ritchey Benning.
Duffy was of the Baptist faith and retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service. He served in Japan, Thailand and Korea and did two tours in Vietnam. After retiring, he graduated from Ouachita Vo-Tech in Malvern and later become the maintenance supervisor and taught at the school for more than 20 years. Duffy loved to fish and do yard work.

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