Archive - Apr 2013 - News Article
A strong cold front is pushing into western Arkansas. Current temperatures include 50 in Hot Springs, 43 in Fort Smith. The current temperature in Benton is 77.
Forecasters expect the potential for storms and rain to continue through midnight.
First Electric Cooperative is reporting 379 power outages in Saline County near Hot Springs Village on Hwy. 5.
The National Weather Service has lifted a thunderstorm warning for Saline County. However, the county is also under a tornado watch until 9 p.m.
At 6 p.m, heavy rains were moving into the Benton area.
The National Weather Service is predicting strong thunderstorms for tonight. There's a 50 percent chance the rain will start this afternoon, according to the NWS website.
The storms are supposed to clear up by Thursday night.
Maintenance work on an Interstate 30 median wall will require a lane closure, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.
The work will require the westbound inside lane of Interstate 30 to be closed between mile markers 139 and 142. Thatâ€™s located from just south of the I-30/I-630 interchange in Little Rock to just south of the I-30/I-40 interchange in North Little Rock. The closures will be Tuesday, April 9th through Wednesday, April 10th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting.
The regular meeting of the Shannon Hills city council will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight (April 9) at city hall.
On the agenda are department head reports from various city departments. David Passmore will present information from Public Works. Chief Hale will report on the Police Department. Mel Aldridge will present information from the Fire Department.
Under old business, aldermen will hear an update on a grant for the city park as well as an update regarding drainage improvement projects.
A man being sought by authorities in conjunction with the theft of an airplane surrendered voluntarily on Friday morning to Saline County officials.
Dennis Hunter of California is being charged with aggravated assault incurred during a stopover in Saline County.
No outstanding warrants or charges from the federal government were found by Saline County authorities at the time of arrest, so after Hunter was charged in Saline County, he was able to be bonded out of jail and released, said Lt. Scotty Courtney of the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
Recent rainfall has left Saline River water levels higher â€” and faster â€” than the annual average, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The level usually sits at about 5 feet at the end of March and beginning of April, and today the water level is at 7.61 feet. Last weekend, it topped out at almost 11 feet. Although Saline County is seeing a reprieve from the rain today and through the weekend, more storms are predicted for next week.
The Legislative Breakfast is Friday at 7 a.m. in the cafeteria at Saline Memorial Hospital.
The community will be given a chance to weigh in as legislators recap the last two weeks at the Capitol.
Police are no longer searching for a man accused of felony assault.
Trent Duncan surrendered voluntarily at the Saline County Detention Center earlier today.
Here is the story that was posted on The Saline Courier website earlier today:
The Benton Police Department is asking for the publicâ€™s help in locating a battery suspect.