Archive - 2013 - News Article
Although the county received about a half inch of rain on Wednesday afternoon, rainfall is still well below average right now.
The shower brought the precipitation total for the past 30 days up to 0.71 inches. The average monthly rainfall for this time of year is generally about 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
The average is based on rainfall totals gathered during a 30-year period, from 1981-2010.
Due to the lack of rain, Saline County is under a moderate wildfire risk.
Saline County also is still one of 16 Arkansas counties still under a burn ban.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in locating a stolen piece of construction equipment.
The 2012 Case skid steer was stolen from a construction site on Narrows Road around July 4.
Anyone with information on the location of the equipment or any other information regarding the theft may contact that Criminal Investigation Division at 501-303-5608.
Peter Brown, an award-winning children's author and illustrator, will read stories and provide a drawing demonstration for children Thursday, July 18 at both Saline County Library locations.
Childrenâ€™s programs will occur at 10:30 a.m. at Boswell Library and at 2 p.m. at Herzfeld Library.
A program for ages 18 and up will be held at 6 p.m. at Herzfeld Library. Brown will discuss the creative process, the publishing industry, and tips on how to best pursue publication.
The programs are free and open to the public. Call 501-778-4766 or 501-847-2166 for more information.
ASHDOWN â€” A trial is scheduled for next week for an Oklahoma woman accused of stealing cattle in southwest Arkansas.
Wendi Cox appeared in court Tuesday in Ashdown where she waived her right to a trial by jury. Shreveport, La., television station KSLA reports that Cox is scheduled for a bench trial beginning Monday.
Cox is already serving a 60-year prison sentence after she was convicted in March of stealing five rodeo team horses and equipment from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.
BOSTON â€” Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found bleeding and hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Boston. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Saline Courier note: There have been several wildfires in the area in recent weeks, and Saline County is still under a burn ban. Here is the AP story on the issue.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Weather forecasters say Arkansas is showing signs of a developing drought and the state Forestry Commission is warning of a heightened fire danger.
CLEVELAND â€” Three women who police say were held captive in a Cleveland home for about a decade have issued a video in which they thanked the public for the encouragement and financial support that are allowing them to restart their lives.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight broke their public silence in the 3-minute, 30-second video posted Monday night on YouTube. They said the support and prayers of family, friends and the public are allowing them to rebuild their lives after what Berry called "this entire ordeal."
The Saline County Library will host a lock-in for teens as part of the Summer Reading program from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday at Herzfeld Library in Benton.
The Summer Reading Program is themed "Dig Into Reading."
Contracts to confirm attendance may be picked up at either library location and are due back Friday, July 5. Call 501-778-4766 for more information.
Household hazardous waste is now being accepted for Saline County residents every Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Saline County maintenance building in Benton, located at 205 S. East St.Â
No businesses may drop off at this location, according to the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District office.
In addition, no drop offs are to be made after hours. The area is monitored by surveillance, and violators will be prosecuted, according to the office.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. 40 KILLED, HUNDREDS WOUNDED IN CAIRO ATTACK
A ministry official says gunmen targeted supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi holding a sit-in outside a military building.
2. CRASH PILOT HAD LITTLE EXPERIENCE WITH BOEING PLANE
The pilot was guiding a 777 into the San Francisco airport for the first time, and tried unsuccessfully to abort the landing after coming in too slow.
3. RECORDS ON BIN LADEN RAID PURGED