Archive - 2013 - News Article
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) â€” It started with a routine check by German tax inspectors â€” and resulted in the discovery of an art hoard so vast and spectacular that no one yet knows how the story truly ends.
On a high-speed train from Zurich to Munich on Sept. 22, 2010, Germany's briskly polite officialdom was on the lookout for customs and tax cheats. Thousands of German citizens had bank accounts in Switzerland, many of them undeclared, and the route from Zurich was a prime target for those carrying substantial sums of cash.
A town hall meeting in Bauxite on Monday night was the focus of discussion regarding the cityâ€™s sewer system. Specifically, Mayor Johnny McMahan discussed ways to maintain sewer grinder pumps that each resident has at their home. A cleaned-up example of a sewer grinder pump that recently failed was used as a visual aid to illustrate the issue. McMahan has proposed a half-cent increase to the cityâ€™s sales tax to fund maintenance, repairs and operations of the sewer system in Bauxite. A full story of the town hall will be in the Nov. 6 edition of The Saline Courier.
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people.
Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed Friday that a TSA officer was killed.
He says the union's information comes from their local officials in Los Angeles.
The attack frightened passengers and disrupted flights nationwide.
Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police spokesperson gives some tips for families partaking in Halloween festivities tonight.
Halloween is a special time of year for both you and your children. The children get to enjoy dressing up and eating lots of candy and you are left with a lifetime of great memories about the fun they had. We at the Benton Police Department want to help you ensure that they are safe while out there trick-or-treating so we have made a short list of things to consider before going out on Halloween night.
Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs announced during a City Council meeting Thursday night that Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer will be placed on unpaid administrative leave for five days beginning Monday, Oct. 28.
The disciplinary action results from an incident that occurred last summer when Kizer and School Resource Officer Lee Ledbetter used the city's credit card to pay for a meal at an upscale strip club and steakhouse while in Orlando, Fla., for SRO training.
A Benton Redi-Mix cement truck tipped over onto its side Monday morning while turning uphill from the westbound service road of Interstate 30 to Highway 5. The driver of the truck injured his left wrist, but was otherwise unharmed. The truck was empty at the time.
Benton School Board began a special meeting Monday night by voting unanimously to rescind a previous vote regarding a teacher salary proposal that had not been presented to the district's Personnel Policies Committee as required by state law. The earlier vote would have put in place the administration's salary proposal for teachers, which the board had discussed in an illegal executive session before voting on the issue.
2 teens severely burned in Ark. haunted house fire
BONO, Ark. (AP) â€” Two teenagers working as volunteers at a northeast Arkansas haunted house suffered severe burns when another worker poured paint thinner into a burning barrel, causing it to burst into flames, authorities said.
The fire broke out late Saturday at Nightmare Productions Haunted House on U.S. 63 between Jonesboro and Bono. The haunted house's owner, Cody Russell, said they don't yet know why the worker poured the chemical into the barrel but said he's since been dismissed from the company.
Ark. GOP Rep. Tim Griffin won't run for 3rd term
ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin made the unexpected announcement Monday that he won't run for a third term representing central Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Griffin's decision throws uncertainty into an election where Republicans had hoped to build upon recent gains in Arkansas. The GOP holds all four of the state's U.S. House seats, both chambers of the state Legislature and one of its two U.S. Senate seats.
In a memo to Benton School District staff members on Oct. 16, Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that an executive session held during the school board's regular meeting on Oct. 14 illegally discussed a proposed salary scale for teachers. Executive sessions are designated specifically for personnel actions for specific employees, not for issues of general nature.
A full story about the issue and a Personnel Policy Committee meeting on Oct. 16 where the matter was discussed can be found in the Oct. 17 issue of The Saline Courier.