Archive - Jun 2013 - News Article
POCAHONTAS â€” Black River Technical College is joining the list of Arkansas schools that won't allow concealed guns on campus.
The school's board of trustees voted last week to opt out of the new state law. Board chairman John Jackson Jr. tells the Paragould Daily Press (http://bit.ly/190kHiU ) that the trustees had several questions about the new law and decided not to change the college's current policy banning weapons.
Black River Technical College has about 3,000 students with campuses in Pocahontas and Paragould.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas lawmakers are studying the state's scholarship programs after a shortfall prompted Gov. Mike Beebe to tap into reserve funds to continue grants that help students pursue degrees in some medical fields.
Members of the House and Senate Education Committee on Monday said they planned to look at the state's 24 scholarship programs. State higher education officials say they need an additional $5.5 million to restore about 4,800 scholarships for incoming students that will be cut because of a shortfall in its fund.
LITTLE ROCK â€” The violent flash flood in west Arkansas that killed a sheriff and a wildlife officer as they tried to rescue two women forced the men to make a series of split-second decisions that no set of regulations can anticipate, the chief of enforcement for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said.
The Saline Courier recognizes local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians in a special section of today's issue.
The paper is on newsstands now.
The Saline County Library system will kick off its summer reading program for all ages on Monday, June 10.
The theme for the events is "Aargh! Pirates!"
It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bryant library and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Benton library.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. â€” Attorneys for ExxonMobil Corp. and Exxon Pipeline Co. have filed a motion asking for dismissal of a lawsuit by Mayflower residents over a recent oil spill.
ExxonMobil Pipeline's Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock and forced the evacuation of about 20 homes.
A lawsuit by Kathryn Jane Roachell Chunn and Ellen Burgess asks for unspecified damages because of diminished value to their property and nuisance.
Bryant police on Thursday night arrested two suspects in connection with an armed robbery that took place at the Kum & Go on Reynolds Road last week.
Keifer Collins, 18, of Little Rock is charged with felony aggravated robbery, felony theft of property, and misdemeanor tampering with physical evidence.
The second suspectâ€™s identity cannot be released at this time because he is a minor, said Sgt. Todd Crowson.
However, due to the seriousness of the crime, he has been certified as an adult for the same charges as Collins.
The Spreading Anne's Wings organization will host the "I SAW Hope" Family Fun Night on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
The event, which will benefit the family of a young girl with a rare skin condition, is set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Activities will include face painting, bounce houses and presentations by Radio Disney. Tickets are $5 for children and $7 for adults.
Following the event will be a free showing on the jumbo-tron of a popular children's animated feature.
The Saline Courier is sponsoring a 2014 Pet Calendar contest, beginning Monday, as a fundraiser for its Newspapers in Education program. The top-12 vote-getters will be featured in our 2014 Pet Calendar.
The contest entry period runs through June 10. Entry fee is $5 per pet. Entries will be featured in the pages of the Courier throughout the voting period, with updated voting totals.
The 2014 calendar will feature the 12 pets who gain the most votes. Each pet will be professionally photographed for the calendar. The calendars will be available by Thanksgiving and will cost $2 each.
Bryant police are still searching for suspects in an armed robbery that took place early Friday morning at Kum & Go on Reynolds Road.
Police received video surveillance footage today from the convenience store chain home office.
Police Chief Mark Kizer said it has been determined that the vehicle driven by the suspects was a Toyota Forerunner made between 1997 and 2001 and that one of the suspects was wearing a Joe T. Robinson sweatshirt.
The video shows the other suspect wearing a Nike sweatshirt during the robbery.