Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several areas in central Arkansas, including southern Saline County.
The storm is capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.
This storm was located 6 miles west of Benton, and moving Southwest at 15 mph at 1:55 p.m.
Locations impacted include Benton, Traskwood, Rockport, Lonsdale and Haskell.
This includes Interstate 30 between mile markers 96 and 121.
The warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m.
The National Weather Service is calling for a severe thunderstorm watch for the Saline County area.
The hazardous weather watch is in effect until further notice.
The portion of Boone Road west of Tanglewood Street in Bryant will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
All westbound traffic will be detoured from Tanglewood Street to Boswell Road. All eastbound traffic will be detoured from Woodland Park Road to Boswell Road.
Workers will be adding culverts to improve the drainage in the area, according to the street department.
For questions or comments, contact the street department at 501-943-0468.
The second annual B Town Salt-Bowl-a-Thon is set for Friday, Aug. 9. at Enterprise Lanes in Benton.
Put on this year by the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is a gathering of all Saline County residents.
â€śThe idea is for one office to challenge another office or branch in another Saline County town, or for one competitor to challenge another competitor in another town,â€ť said Julie Roltsch, chairman for the event.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed initiated act that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
McDaniel rejected the proposal in an opinion on Monday that says the proposal by Arkansans for Responsible Medicine contains ambiguities.
McDaniel's opinion says the proposed measure isn't clear enough about whether patients could grow their own marijuana at home. The opinion also says there's contradictory language in the proposal regarding nonprofit dispensaries.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Opponents of a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that have been fully adopted in most states asked Arkansas lawmakers Monday to back out of the standards, saying the plan takes away the state's control over its classrooms.
Teachers, parents and national groups opposed to the Common Core standards urged lawmakers to drop the benchmarks as a legislative panel opened a two-day long hearing. Arkansas is among 45 states that have adopted the standards, which will be fully implemented in the state by the 2014-2015 school year.
Saline County is under a severe thunderstorm watch today until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
With Duchess Kate in the hospital in labor, the Associated Press has released a timeline of events from the couple's life and pregnancy.
LONDON â€” Prince William and his wife Kate, both 31, are expecting their first child, to be third in line for the throne. Here are some highlights of their lives and of the royal pregnancy:
â€”Sept. 2001: Prince William and Kate Middleton meet at St Andrews University in Scotland where they are both studying art history.
Tracy Neal of Bryant was making her third try for the Miss Arkansas crown and almost got it â€” but not quite.
The 23-year-old was named first runner-up at the pageant in Hot Springs, which is no small honor. For that distinction, Neal receives a $8,000 scholarship sponsored by Charles and Susie Morgan.
She was competing as Miss Heart of the Ozarks.
More details are available in today's issue of The Saline Courier.
Brian Irby of the Arkansas History Commission will present today at 6:30 p.m. in the Herzfeld Library in Benton an interesting program about Arkansas Governor Jeff Davis and the problems that public drinking caused in early 20th century Arkansas. The meeting is open to the public. Call 501-778-4766 for more information.