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Saline County is under a burn ban, effective today.
Saline County Judge Lanny Fite issued the ban this morning, after a lack of rain brought the county's drought index to 678 on Thursday afternoon, according to data from Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The Forestry Commission recommends enacting a burn ban when the drought index reaches more than 600.
This is the second burn ban issued in the county this year. The first was issued July 8 and lasted until July 17.
The recent discovery of two rabid skunks in Haskell is something officials are taking seriously, said Mayor Jeff Arey.
"Because of this, we're encouraging people to get their pets vaccinated against rabies," he said. "Previously we've partnered with the Humane Society to hold rabies clinics, but we're putting more emphasis on this year's clinic."
The drive-through, low-cost clinic is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, on the parking lot of Harmony Grove High School, 2621 Arkansas 229 in Haskell.
Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington announced on Monday that he would not be retiring in October and instead said he would be leaving office in January 2015.
On Tuesday morning, Pennington released more details and said that he will not be retiring at all and plans to run for office again in the November 2014 election.
A special Quorum Court meeting was called by Saline County Judge Lanny Fite for 8 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the issue. For the full story, see Tuesday's issue of The Saline Courier.
Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington has changed his retirement date to Jan. 1, 2015.
Pennington delivered a letter to Jonathan Greer, Saline County civil attorney, at his home on Monday at around 2 p.m. which said, âThis letter supersedes the letter given on August 30, 2013. I am amending my retirement date to January 1, 2015.â The letter was signed by the sheriff.
Pennington announced on Friday that he would be retiring Oct. 1 of this year, stating that he and his wife had been discussing the thought for a while and ultimately thought it was the best thing for him and his family.
Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington announced this afternoon he will be giving up his office and retiring on Oct. 1.
Pennington came under scrutiny after being charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest in conjunction with a June 29 incident at Denton's Trotline.
"My wife and I have been discussing this and we decided it was the right thing to do," Pennington said. "I am not going to take a long break. The first thing I am going to do is get out and look for a job."
WASHINGTON â 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 â far more than previous estimates â 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.
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.
LITTLE ROCK â 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.
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.
FORT HOOD, Texas â 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.