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August 30th

Obama weighs 'limited and narrow' Syria action

August 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — Edging toward a retaliatory strike, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing "limited and narrow" action against Syria as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad's government of launching a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 1,429 people — far more than previous estimates — including more than 400 children.

No "boots on the ground," Obama said, seeking to reassure a public weary after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pennington to retire

August 30, 2013

Amid controversy over his June 29 arrest, Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington has resigned from office, effective Oct. 1.
More details in Saturday's issue of The Saline Courier.

August 29th

Arkansas lt. gov. drops out of race for Congress

August 29, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr said Thursday that he's dropping out of the race to represent south Arkansas in Congress amid ethics questions over his campaign finance reports.

The decision came less than three weeks after Darr announced he was seeking the 4th District seat, hoping to replace incumbent Tom Cotton. Cotton, a Republican, is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor next year.

August 28th

Ongoing events in Saline County

August 28, 2013

ART DISPLAY: During the months of June and July the Saline County Library will feature the works of Benton resident and art teacher Tane Steed at Herzfeld Library in Benton. The display is located in the meeting room and is open for viewing during regular library hours.

Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

August 28, 2013

FORT HOOD, Texas — A military court sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death on Wednesday for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist what he believed would be a path to martyrdom in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, never denied being the gunman. In opening statements, he acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

August 27th

NOTICE: A&P Committee to meet Aug. 28

August 27, 2013

There will be a called meeting of the Benton Advertising & Promotion Committee on Wednesday, Aug. 28, beginning at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce conference room and is open to the public.
The agenda includes approval of LED signage for the Benton Event Center and the purchase of software for the new center.
The Benton Area Chamber of Commerce is located at 607 N. Market Street in Benton.

Library to host music therapy and relaxation program Thursday

August 27, 2013

The Saline County Library will present a music therapy and relaxation program and performance featuring local musician Linda Brockinton and Dr. Terry Harville of UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Boswell Library in Bryant.
The programs are open to all ages on a first-come, first-served basis and will include a mountain dulcimer concert along with information on the benefits of music for relaxation, healing and therapy. Call 778-4766 for more information.

Hunter education classes offered this fall

August 27, 2013

Hunter education classes will be given Sept. 9-10, 12, 23-24 and 26; Oct. 7-8 and 10; and Nov. 4-6 at the Gene Moss Building in Tyndall Park, located at 913 E. Sevier St. in Benton.
All classes start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. No preregistration required. Student must attend all three nights.

August 23rd

Celebrity waiter event set for today

August 23, 2013

Relay For Life of Saline County will host its fourth annual Celebrity Waiter fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Larry’s Pizza, located off Arkansas 5 in Bryant.
Donations and tips given to waiters throughout the evening will benefit the 2013 Relay For Life event, the American Cancer Society’s largest annual fundraiser.

Inmate who escaped from Ark. jail captured in Fla.

August 23, 2013

HOT SPRINGS — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a central Arkansas jail last month has been recaptured in the Florida Panhandle.

The Garland County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Derrick Estell was in custody in Florida.

Sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Estell had escaped the agency's custody on July 28 with help from Tamara Upshaw and others after returning from the Arkansas Department of Correction for a court appearance.

Investigators in Arkansas say they learned of Estell and Upshaw's whereabouts and worked with authorities in Florida to have them recaptured.

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