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February 13th, 2015

Flu or fluke? Harmony Grove High reports 36 percent absenteeism

February 13, 2015

HASKELL — With 36 percent of its students missing class this week, Harmony Grove High School is operating “as normal as possible,” Superintendent Daniel Henley said.

Of the 360 high school students, 130 were absent on Wednesday. In addition to the absent students, Henley said six of the high school’s 30 or so teachers have been home since the absenteeism spike started Tuesday.
Influenza is partly to blame.

“Some of it probably is flu,” Henley said. “I’m sure some [students] went to the doctor and some of them didn’t. Some of them were showing flu-like symptoms.”

Benton woman dies of injuries suffered Monday in house fire

February 13, 2015

A house fire that occurred Monday on Burton Street in Benton has claimed the life of its bedridden, 79-year-old resident.

Vivian Ramsey died Tuesday at Arkansas Children's Hospital's burn unit.

Fire marshal Bruce Armstrong reported that Capt. Randy Wright and firefighters Ty Foreman, Jeremy Perry and Michael Gass rescued Ramsey from the burning structure.

"It was a difficult rescue operation and one in which the firefighters were put at great risk," he said.

Woman arrested in connection with threat

February 13, 2015

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman for a threat made to a witness during the recent Saline County Circuit Court trial of a man in connection with the death of two brothers in the Sardis community.

Lea Smith, 38, of Mabelvale, who also testified during the trial, was arrested and charged Feb. 6 for intimidating a witness and terroristic threatening, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

Smith testified that she lives near the Williams family and that she was close to Jonathan Williams, son of one of the victims.

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