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June 13th

FBI seeking robber dubbed 'Loan Ranger Bandit'

June 13, 2013

LITTLE ROCK— The FBI and police in three states are searching for a bank robber they call the "Loan Ranger Bandit."

The man is suspected of robbing at least 10 banks at gunpoint in Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi from January 2009 to October 2012. The FBI says he walks into the bank undisguised and demands 20, 50, and 100-dollar bills.

No one has been injured — but the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Lake Norrell fireworks fundraiser set for Saturday

June 13, 2013

A fundraiser for the Lake Norrell fireworks celebration will be 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Norrell Community Center.
The Lake Norrell Area Association will host the annual event, which includes dinner and a quilt raffle. Barbecue dinner will be $10 for adults. Hot dogs for the kids is $5 (for ages 5-10), kids plates for 4 and under are free. The association is selling raffle tickets for a queen size quilt, tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held during the event. For more information contact Barbara Howell 681-7577.

State, feds file complaint over Arkansas oil spill

June 13, 2013

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — State and federal prosecutors in Arkansas are seeking civil penalties from ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. over the company's oil spill in a central Arkansas neighborhood.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer announced Thursday that state and federal prosecutors filed a joint enforcement action against Exxon, alleging violations of environmental laws.

Exxon's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29 in Mayflower, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil and causing the evacuation of more than 20 homes. Some nearby residents have sued the company.

City of Bryant: BONAFIDE offers residents opportunity to better the community

June 13, 2013

The Bryant Organized Neighborhood Association for Improving Development and Environment is free group in Bryant, with participation in events that include Keep Bryant Beautiful Cleanup Days, trail building, and landscaping and workshops on walkability of the city and connectivity of city streets.
Anyone interested in participating may contact the mayor's assistant, Brett Roberts, at broberts@cityofbryant.com. Those who are interested must include contact information in the email, including their name and street address, according to Roberts.

June 12th

Tool drive for Habitat set for Saturday

June 12, 2013

Habitat for Humanity in Saline County is sponsoring a tool drive of new and gently used tools on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowe's in Bryant.
Tools garnered will be used at the construction site or sold at the Habitat ReStore. All proceeds will go to the 2014 youth build. 

Southern Baptists officially oppose gay Scout rule

June 12, 2013

HOUSTON — The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution Wednesday expressing its opposition to and disappointment in the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts.

The resolution was voted on by members at the denomination's annual meeting in Houston. It also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executive and board leaders who tried to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops.

Free family movies to kick off in Tyndall Park June 20

June 12, 2013

The Benton Parks and Recreation Department will be showing Looney Tunes and "The Lorax," starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 in the amphitheater at Tyndall Park.
Benton Parks and Recreation will present free family movies throughout the summer.
Concessions will be available.

June 11th

Historical Society to present "Ms. Gola Boone: Memories of Bryant" Thursday

June 11, 2013

The Bryant Historical Society will present "Ms. Gola Boone: Memories of Bryant" Thursday at 6:30 at the Boswell Library.
Boone is a lifetime resident of Bryant, and the Boone family has played a contributing part in the history and heritage of Bryant, said Patsy Kuhn, head of the historical society.
"She will be sharing her memories of over the past 90 years with her usual wit and charm," Kuhn said.

Oaklawn Park plans 58,000-square-foot expansion

June 11, 2013

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to vote this week on a 58,000-square-foot expansion of Oaklawn Park's gaming area.
Oaklawn General Manager Eric Jackson says the plan is separate from the racetrack's previous expansion, which was completed in May 2009. Jackson tells the Sentinel-Record that Oaklawn has seen "organic growth" since the state legalized electronic gambling machines at racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.
If the planning commission approves the site plan, work could begin next May.

Budget revisions, IT position subject of Bryant committee meeting tonight

June 11, 2013

Proposed revisions to the general City of Bryant budget and also the street and water budgets are on the agenda for the Bryant Finance and Personnel Committee meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall, 210 SW 3rd St.
The committee also will discuss the classification and compensation plan for the open systems administrator position.
The systems administrator job is the new in-house information technology position, which City Council voted to create last month.

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