The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a flood warning for the Saline River at Benton from late Friday night through Sunday morning or until the warning is canceled.
At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the stage was 3.9 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
The river is expected to rise to near flood stage early Saturday morning. Flooding of low lying pastures along the west bank is expected.
Julie Thornberry, 89, of Bolingbrook, Ill., formerly of Benton, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013.
She was born June 1, 1923, in Paducah, Ky.Â
Mrs. Thornberry was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Lizzie Davis; her husband of 49 years, the Rev. Richard Thornberry; and a daughter, Charlene Humphrey.
She is survived by three daughters, Betty Hillis of Wynne, Jeanette Wunglueck of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Judy Davis of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; a brother, Bill Davis of Mountain Home; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
UPDATE: The tornado warning has been extended to 9 p.m.
There is a tornado warning in effect in Saline County until 8:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
According to The Weather Channel, a tornado warning issued earlier today for Saline County is lifted, but there is still a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:15 p.m.
Saline County is under a tornado watch until 9 p.m.
A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for residents of the city of Shannon Hills living in the area located west of Otter Creek to Vimy Ridge Road.
A water main break at the corner of Clayton and Donnie drives is the reason for the boil order, according to David Passmore, public works manager.
As a precaution, all affected customers â€” an estimated 350 â€” are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, Passmore said. Water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes should be boiled briskly for one minute.
The National Weather Service calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today in Saline County, with wind gusts as high as 25 mph.
Forecasts of rainfall and thunderstorms continue tonight and throughout the weekend, with the NWS calling for possible severe storms on Saturday night.
The Saline Courier is sponsoring a 2014 Pet Calendar contest, beginning Monday, as a fundraiser for its Newspapers in Education program. The top-12 vote-getters will be featured in our 2014 Pet Calendar.
The contest entry period runs through June 10. Entry fee is $5 per pet. Entries will be featured in the pages of the Courier throughout the voting period, with updated voting totals.
The 2014 calendar will feature the 12 pets who gain the most votes. Each pet will be professionally photographed for the calendar. The calendars will be available by Thanksgiving and will cost $2 each.
SAN FRANCISCO â€” Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81.6 million after pleading guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges of improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products that were pulled from stores in California and Missouri because of damaged packaging and other problems.
The retail giant entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act and another environmental law regulating pesticides. The fine also settled Environmental Protection Agency allegations.
Richard 'Dicky' Lyndon Redmon, 72, of Benton passed away May 27, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1941, in Pine Bluff.
Richard was retired from Alexander Human Development Center, working also at Reynolds Metals Corp. and served in the Army National Guard.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Lyndon Redmon and Nadine Harmon; and his grandmother who raised him, Gertrude Wallace Terry.
Edward G. "Eddie Boy" Fletcher, 86, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Edward, a 1945 graduate of Little Rock High School, served in the U.S. Army as quartermaster in Japan.
Eddie married the love of his life, Mary Jo "Jody" Lewis, in 1947. They raised their family until her death in 1983.
Eddie was vice president of General Press Services in Little Rock; published The Arkansas Legislative Digest, The Daily Record, Arkansas Baptist News Magazine, small town newspapers and many other publications.