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August 9th

I-30 closure next week

August 9, 2013

Pavement examinations will require a lane closure on Interstate 30 in Saline County next week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

The work will be performed on Interstate 30, just west of U.S. 70. It will require the westbound outside lane to be closed between mile markers 108 and 110.

The closures will be Monday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 15 and Monday, Aug. 19 through Tuesday, Aug. 20. The closures will only occur between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

East End, Shannon Hills pharmacies broken into Thursday

August 9, 2013

Saline County sheriff's deputies responded late Thursday night to an alarm at East End Pharmacy.
According to a police report of the incident, the glass had been broken on the front door of the business and a box of stuffed toys was missing.
According to police, surveillance footage showed three suspects, each wearing hoodies, masks and gloves, were involved in the incident.
Footage showed they drove a new-model white Chevrolet Traverse.
A pharmacy in Shannon Hills also was burglarized, according to the Shannon Hills Police Department.

Senate control hinges on fate of Southern Dems

August 9, 2013

WASHINGTON— Republicans are counting on some Southern comfort to win Senate control next year.

The fate of Democratic incumbents in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, the ability of the 71-year-old GOP leader to hold his Kentucky seat and the eventual outcome of a Georgia primary will help decide whether Republicans gain the six seats necessary to grab power in the Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.

School bus safety urged as Ark. students return

August 9, 2013

LITTLE ROCK— The Arkansas Education Department is starting a program to urge motorists to be careful around school buses.
Classes resume this month across the state and the department is starting a campaign on Monday called, "Flashing Red, Kids Ahead."
The three-week campaign will emphasize that it is illegal for a driver to pass a stopped school whenever its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.
Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says drivers have an obligation to know the law and a responsibility to drive safely when near students and school buses.

August 8th

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Saline County

August 8, 2013

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Arkansas, including Saline County.
The watch is in effect until midnight.

Local woman recovering after bad boating accident

August 8, 2013

April Wheeler of Bryant, formerly of Haskell, currently is hospitalized at UAMS in Little Rock for multiple injuries she suffered in a boating accident late Saturday afternoon on Lake Hamilton.
According to a family member, Wheeler, 27, was sitting at the front of the craft "when the boat hit a large wake."
"It caused her to lose balance and flip over off the front of the boat," said Wheeler's sister, Courtney Shoptaw. "The boat ran over her and the propeller hit her."
Wheeler was with her boyfriend, Cody Bullock, and some friends at the time of the incident.

LR police investigate shooting of young child

August 8, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Little Rock police say a young child was shot and faces a life-threatening injury.
The Wednesday afternoon incident happened at a home in the city's southwest where police say three children were home alone.
Police spokeswoman Cassandra Davis says the wounded child is being treated at a hospital.
Investigators say it was unclear whether the child shot himself or if he was shot by another child.
Names were not immediately released and police couldn't immediately confirm the age of the wounded boy.

Stomp D.A.T. back to school event set for Saturday

August 8, 2013

Stomp D.A.T., an anti-drugs, alcohol and tobacco group sponsored by the Benton Parks and Recreation Department, will present its Back to School Stomp at Tyndall Park on Saturday, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In addition to several booths providing information for students on the risks associated with using drugs, alcohol and tobacco, the family event will feature a plethora of extracurricular activities on which students can focus instead of turning to substance use.

August 7th

Dangerous high heat indexes continue

August 7, 2013

A heat advisory issued earlier this week by the National Weather Service is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.
According to the NWS, the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levels will create heat index values of at least 105 degrees today and Thursday.
These high heat index values will be reached by early afternoon and will continue for several hours each day, according to the NWS.
The NWS recommends people who live in areas under a heat advisory drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

South West Water users board meeting set for Thursday

August 7, 2013

A South West Water users board meeting is set for Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. at 620 Airlane Drive in Benton.

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