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A jury has begun deliberations in the manslaughter trial of a former Alexander police officer. The trial for Nancy Cummings, 47, began Thursday in Saline County Circuit Court. The state rested its case earlier today and the defense then rested without calling witnesses.
Cummings is charged in conjunction with the shooting death of Carelton Wallace, 30, of Bryant.
The Saline Courier will follow the story and post updates as they become available.
Before Sheriff Cleve Barfield began his official duties on Tuesday, he was already making personnel changes.
Effective Oct. 1, on Barfield's first day in office, the personnel roster no longer included Chief Deputy Bill Field and administrative secretary Mistie Oswalt.
"They were not retained," Barfield said Wednesday in response to inquires.
He has not named a new chief deputy.
"I haven't put anybody in there yet," he said, "but maybe I will in the next few days.
The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command began taking applications for the Christmas Assistance Ministry Program.
Children up to age 12 are eligible to apply for the program.
Parents wishing to apply can turn in application from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at 129 North Main St.
Applications will be accepted Oct. 1-4.
Parents should bring the following documents:
â€¢picture ID for head of household
â€¢certified birth certificate for all children in the home up to age 12
A significant event is occurring at 5:30 p.m. today when the Benton Advertising and Promotion Commission and the city of Benton host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Benton Event Center.
In November 2011, the residents of Benton approved a bond issue to finance construction of the center. Construction took 15 months.
The public is encouraged to attend today's ceremony.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the building was held on July 3, 2012. The first event to be held in the facility is a gun and knife show set for Oct. 5 and 6.
Caitlin Bennett hasn't found a job since she completed her degree in the spring of 2012. Actually, she hasn't been looking. The 23-year-old decided to follow her calling instead.
On Sept. 30, she returns to Southeast Asia to help victims of abuse, forced labor, illegal detentions, sexual violence and human trafficking.
The Bauxite School Board will meet at 7 p.m on Sept. 30 in the Middle School Professional Development Room.
A reception to recognize retiring board members will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The agenda for the regular meeting includes:
- Reorganization of the board and a welcome for new member Michael Vocque.
- Approval of monthly expenditures.
- A revenue and expenditure report made this year through Aug. 2013, in various categories, will be reviewed by board members.
- The current student count for the district will be reviewed.
A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the northern section of Military Road in Benton. The section of road between Burger King and Interstate 30 has been widened and traffic patterns altered to decrease vehicle congestion and to open the area to commercial development.
The plan to widen the road began during the administration of former mayor Rick Holland.
From Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department:
Last night 9/23/13, just after 10:00 the Bryant Police Department received a call from one of our Officers reporting that someone had broken into his police vehicle and took several Police items, including his weapon, raid vest, taser. Investigators began to immediately work on the case in attempt to locate the stolen items and find the person who was responsible for the theft.
A federal suit for alleged mistreatment at the Saline County jail was settle out of court as of Sept. 20, according to local attorney George D. Ellis, who represented the jail in this case. James Grundon filed a suit on Dec. 16, 2010, alleging that he was denied medical care after getting into a fist fight during his time at the jail. Grundon was awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections at the time. Details will be published in Wednesday's Saline Courier.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Financing for a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas expects to be wrapped up by the end of the year, but until then backers will be lining up customers and suppliers.
The Big River Steel plant, which is projected to employ more than 500 people, recently was approved for an air quality permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, pending resolution of any objections that are due before mid-October.