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No school choice: What will school districts do? Superintendents ponder the current dilemma

June 16, 2012

Arkansas school officials are up in arms. For years the school districts have been trading students back and forth through the Arkansas School Choice Act and that plan already was in the works for another school term.
A few days ago, a federal judge determined, however, that the act is illegal and has issued a ruling saying school districts must cease and desist in regard to this practice.

Council to consider dissolving Parks/Recreation Commission

June 16, 2012

Benton Parks and Recreation Department and the Benton Parks Commission have been in the news a great deal in recent weeks and it appears the attention on these entities isn't waning.
Benton City Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to consider an ordinance repealing the Benton Parks and Recreation Commission, which recently conducted an investigation resulting in the dismissal of one employee and leading later to the announced retirement of the department's director.

Historians, city leaders dedicate cemetery discovered by builders

June 16, 2012

As a piper played "Amazing Grace," a respectful crowd gathered Thursday afternoon at Kirkpatrick Cemetery off Arkansas 5 North in Bryant for a ceremony to dedicate the hallowed spot that had fallen victim to neglect and was nearly lost from history.
The Bryant Historical Society hosted the ceremony that resulted from the efforts of Bryant Alderman Steve Gladden, a past president of the society, and other society members.
The current generation of the Kirkpatrick family was unaware of the cemetery's existence, according to Patsy Kirkpatrick Kuhn, who participated in the event.

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