Archive - Feb 2013 - News Article
â€śLet us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,â€ť These few words from the song â€śAll Are Welcome,â€ť by Marty Haugen, describe the atmosphere as the newest homeowner at the Habitat Partnership Village, Mary Hining and her son, Connor Smith received the keys to their new home during the dedication on Sunday, Feb. 10. â€śI am so very excited,â€ť Mary said, â€śA year ago I did not know what Habitat was and today I am standing here in my home.â€ť Maryâ€™s life changing event started at scrapbooking party when she met Selena Ellis and Jill Winchell, who volunteer with Habitat.
It has been 280 days since John and Shane Hunter set out on a pedal-driven odyssey from their home state of Maine. The two have ridden their bicycles through 11 states so far, en route to their target destination, the Grand Canyon.
Most recently, they spent a few days here in Benton.
May 14, 2012, John Hunter quit his dishwashing job at a Thai restaurant and the very same day he and his uncle, Shane Hunter, set out on their bikes to ride 500 miles toward their first stop, Niagara Falls, on what the two expected would be â€śthe trip of a lifetime.â€ť
A Little Rock man is behind bars today for allegedly fatally stabbing an East End man late Friday.
George David Davidson, 36, faces a charge of first-degree murder and, as of press time, was being held without bond at the Saline County jail.
Lt. Scotty Courtney said at 7 p.m. Friday, 911 dispatch received a call of a possible stabbing at a home in the 7400 block of Brimer Road in Mabelvale. Deputies reportedly arrived on the scene at 7:10 p.m. and found 33-year-old Chris Yarberry with stab wounds.
The unemployment rate in Saline County was 5.8 percent at the end of 2012, down from 6.1 percent the previous year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The county is faring better than the state overall, with Arkansas' unemployment rate sitting at 7.1 percent in December 2012.
â€śI think it's attributed to the quality workforce in Saline County,â€ť said Gary James, director of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce. â€śWe have a heritage of strong, dedicated workers.â€ť