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January 16th

Former Bryant Police Chief Coffman says, "Leave me out of all this."

January 16, 2012

Tony Coffman may no longer be the police chief in Bryant, but he still knows what is happening in his former hometown.
During a Jan. 9 press conference, Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs made the allegation that Bryant City Alderman Adrian Henley had "illegally accessed" the personnel files of several city employees, both current and past. Coffman's file was one of those files in question.

Sale of Longhills Golf Course faces more obstacles

January 16, 2012

The owners of Longhills Golf Course and Country Club are now facing a new obstacle in their attempt to sell the property to Lindsey Development Co.
The latest development in the protracted efforts of Bud and Mary Jean Busken and Jeff and Sam Hamm to sell the site has come from the discovery of a document that City of Benton Attorney Brent Houston said "appears to be a covenant signed by William Martin in 1986 and filed of record in 1988 with the Saline County Circuit Clerk."
William "Bill" Martin is the original owner of the golf course site and built the course and its related amenities.

January 13th

Things to do in Saline County this weekend

January 13, 2012

It's weekend time and the weather may be cool but there are some hot things to do the next couple of days.

PURE TALENT

The Young Players, the youth division of Royal Players, will present the school version of "Les Miserables" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a matinee show at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Bauxite Lady Miner Alaina Crouse is helping out in a big way as the only senior

January 13, 2012

Bauxite Lady Miners’ senior forward Alaina Crouse isn’t shy when it comes to shooting 3-pointers and that’s ok with Coach Josh Harrison.
“She shoots the ball extremely well and a lot of times in clutch,” Harrison said. “She doesn't think a whole lot about it. She just sees that she's open and she shoots it. That's big to have. It's good to have a couple girls that don't have a lot of conscience when it comes to shooting.”

SMH, Arkansas Heart Hospital begin cardiac care partnership

January 13, 2012

A large assembly of local leaders gathered Wednesday morning in the atrium of Saline Memorial Hospital's Health Education Building to hear an announcement that has the potential to change the future of the hospital.
Arkansas Heart Hospital has joined with SMH in an alliance that interim CEO Carla Robertson called "the partnership we've dreamed of."
Dr. Bruce Murphy, CEO and president of Arkansas Heart Hospital, announced the agreement at Wednesday's news conference.

Sexual misconduct alleged at Bryant school

January 13, 2012

Bryant Police Department is investigating an incident of alleged sexual misconduct involving a student and a teacher at Bryant High School.
Sgt. Todd Crowson said at press time that no arrests have been made. He noted that for now, the claims are simply allegations and said the name of the teacher accused in the incident is not being released.
"Due to the ongoing investigation in this case, we cannot at this time release any details regarding the alleged incident," Crowson said. "However, we will release further information that we can regarding this case as the investigation continues."

January 12th

Victim of David Pierce speaks out

January 12, 2012

When a Benton man, then in his late 20s, met with First Baptist Church officials in January of 2009 to levy accusations of sexual abuse against the congregation's minister of music — who was present and did not deny the charges — the victim expected the church to prohibit the offender from future contact with members of the youth choir he directed.

County Sheriff Pennington announces bid for re-election

January 12, 2012

"Law enforcement is in my blood and I love my job. I feel like we have made a difference." These are the reasons Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington gave Monday for seeking re-election to a third term. "I have 40 years' experience and you have to have that kind of experience to get the job done right," Pennington said. "It's the only way you can."

CRIME REPORT: with Matt Burks

January 12, 2012

Saline Courier crime reporter Matt Burks puts together the top crime stories of the week.

Neighbors guilty of child sex crimes

Paul Hogue remembered as 'old-school country doctor'

January 12, 2012

Colleagues of Dr. Paul Hogue Jr. and others were remembering the Benton man today as "a great doctor who never turned anybody away."
Hogue died Monday at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House. He was 88.
Dr. Joe Martindale, who practiced with Hogue for several years, called him "one of the old-school country doctors who always took care of people."
"He was a close friend of mine," Martindale said.

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