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March 4th, 2015

Weather-Related Closings

March 4, 2015

The following is a list of weather-related closings, cancellations and delays in Saline County for Thursday, March 5:

• Arkansas National Guard: Inclement weather policy.
• Ascent Children's Health Services: CLOSED
• Bauxite School District: CLOSED
• Benton City Offices: CLOSED
• Benton District Court Cases: Thursday cases continued until Thursday, March 12.

Forecasters: Ice, snow head to Arkansas

March 4, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say winter precipitation will become common late this morning in a band from east central Oklahoma through northern Arkansas to southern Missouri.

A statement from the Storm Prediction Center on Wednesday warned of sleet, ice and snow accumulations. It said the freezing line at the surface largely paralleled Interstate 44 as of 6 a.m. Wednesday and was moving southeastward at 15-25 mph.

Forecasters issued a winter storm warning for all but one of Arkansas' 75 counties. Benton County is under a winter weather advisory.

County library used book sale set for March 7

March 4, 2015

The Saline County Library Used Book Sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, on the lower level of Herzfeld Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton.

The sale is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

Library Director Erin Waller said the book sale is one of the best fundraisers for the library, and she attributes it to the unique finds at reasonable prices.

More information is available at www.salinecountylibrary.org.

First day of Bryant millage early vote sees high turnout

March 4, 2015

Nearly 500 people turned out for first day of early voting in a Bryant school election.

Eighty-five residents voted at the Benton poll and 492 residents voted in Bryant, according to the Saline County Clerk’s office.

“The number of early voters is an indicator of how much our patrons have educated themselves about the millage proposal,” said Superintendent Dr. Tom Kimbrell.

The current millage rate for the Bryant School District is 37.2 mills. Officials are seeking an increase of 4.9 mills.

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