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November 15th

New court date set for Bryant teacher suspected of sexual assault

November 15, 2012

A former Bryant teacher who was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for the alleged sexual assault of a minor has a new court date.
Courtney Speer, 31, was not present Tuesday in Benton's District Court, but her lawyer attended on her behalf. Speer is scheduled for an appearance on Dec. 18.

Former Benton parks administrator pleads guilty to theft and crime fraud

November 15, 2012

A former administrative assistant for the Benton Parks Department pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of felony computer fraud, falsifying business records and theft of property.
Saline County Circuit Judge Gary Arnold sentenced 58-year-old Kitty Smith to serve 36 months of probation, pay a $750 fine and court costs of $150.
She also must serve 40 hours of community service and make restitution to the city of Benton.

November 12th

Saline voting tallies resemble that of Arkansas overall on issues

November 12, 2012

Arkansas voters passed Issue No. 1 in Tuesday's general election.
As a result, a half-percent sales tax will be implemented throughout the state for improving roads.
Revenue generated from the tax will finance improvements to streets, bridges and roads, but primarily will be used to pay for a four-lane highway system statewide.
The issue received approval from 58 percent of Arkansas voters. That constitutes 592,980 votes. In Arkansas, 42 percent of Arkansas voters, constituting 425,733 votes, were opposed to the issue.

Finney had 'a feeling' she'd win vehicle give-away at fundraiser

November 12, 2012

Last summer when Michelle Finney's mother was a patient at Saline Memorial Hospital, she had several opportunities to see the 2012 GMC Acadia parked near the hospital entrance.
The car was at the site to promote an upcoming fundraiser for the SMH Foundation and the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The promotion for the vehicle, being donated by Everett Buick GMC, involved selling $100 chances— 500 of them — to raise money for the effort.

Because of winter weather which dropped snow and ice over the entire state, the Arkansas Activities...
Bryant Hornets junior Evan Lee runs the bases in Bryant’s 6-4 victory over Arkadelphia at Hornets...
Benton centerfielder Hannah Ward, 30, celebrates with her teammates after rounding the bases...

 

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