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A 9-11 National Day of Service and Remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday for Arkansas Realtors. The ceremony will be at 1520 Glory Cove at the Habitat for Humanity Partnership Village. Lunch will be served by Hot Dog Mike.
WASHINGTON â€” Pushing military might and raising hopes it won't be needed, President Barack Obama threw his support Tuesday behind a plan for U.N. Security Council talks aimed at securing Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, even as he pushed the fallback idea of U.S. airstrikes against Bashar Assad's regime if that effort fails.
Seizing on that two-track strategy, a bipartisan group of senators crafted a reworked congressional resolution calling for a U.N. team to remove the chemical weapons by a set deadline and authorizing military action if that doesn't happen.
The Saline County Library is offering a "Down on the Farm" storytime and crafts session for kids ages 3 to 5. The farm-themed storytime make-and-take farm crafts will be available for all ages from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Boswell Library in Bryant. Call 501-847-2166 for more information.
The Herzfeld Library in Benton will offer the same storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Make-and-take farm crafts will be available for all ages from 3 to 8 p.m. Call 501-778-4766 for more information.
The Saline County Court will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Saline County Courthouse to discuss a resolution that would declare a vacancy in the office of sheriff.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Saturday.
The Saline County Quorum Court has called a special meeting for Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.
Initial reports indicate that Sheriff Bruce Pennington has submitted a request to retire Oct. 1, as he had originally planned.
The court will be considering a resolution to declare the sheriff's position vacant.
More details will be reported as they are received.
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, â€śThis letter supersedes the letter given on August 30, 2013. I am amending my retirement date to January 1, 2015.â€ť 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."