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August 1st, 2013

Arkansas Democratic Party chairman steps down

August 1, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party on Wednesday announced he was stepping down after two and a half years at the helm as he considers a potential run for public office next year.

The state party announced that Will Bond would serve until Sept. 14, when the party's state committee elects a new chairman. Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, announced he's backing Vincent Insalaco as Bond's replacement.

July 31st

NOTICE: Severe thunderstorm warning issued

July 31, 2013

The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for south central Saline County until 8:15 p.m.

UPDATE: Boil order in Shannon Hills lifted

July 31, 2013

From the Shannon Hills Public Works Manager, David Passmore:
The July 29 "Precautionary Boil Water Notice" is hereby rescinded following the repair, an adequate disinfectant level has been established throughout the distribution system and the satisfactory completion of the bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.
If you have any questions, you may contact Lucky Turney or Mary Meyers, Shannon Hills Water Dept. at 501-455-3195, ext. 10.

Benton, Bryant youth to join forces for benefit bike race

July 31, 2013

While it's common for competitions to take place pitting area school groups against each other — particularly for athletic events — youth organizations from three communities have decided to join together for a common cause.
Members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Councils from the cities of Benton, Bryant and Haskell are joining forces for a bike race that will benefit The Care Center in Benton.
The race is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14.

July 30th

UPDATE: Pursuit ends with officer-involved shooting

July 30, 2013

A pursuit with Benton police this afternoon ended in an officer-involved shooting, where the suspect died at the scene.
About 3 p.m., detectives observed the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Clifford Jones, in the area of Gattin Road and Madison Village and attempted to perform a traffic stop.
Jones reportedly refused to pull over for officers, driving quickly on Gattin Road toward Alcoa Road and then onto Interstate 30.

BREAKING: Police chase results in I-30 eastbound being shut down

July 30, 2013

A chase between Benton police and a fleeing suspect has traffic backed up on Interstate 30 eastbound.
The chase originated on Benton Parkway.
More details will be released soon, according to Lt. Kevin Russell.

Pet calendar voting period concludes Friday

July 30, 2013

The final day to vote in The Saline Courier 2014 Pet Calendar Contest is Friday.
Votes are 25 cents each and can be entered at The Saline Courier office, 321 Market St. in Benton.
The top 12 pets will be featured in the calendar, which will be sold later this year.
Winners will be announced Thursday, Aug. 8 in the paper.
All proceeds benefit the Newspapers in Education program.

Ark. district arming more than 20 teachers, staff

July 30, 2013

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) — As Cheyne Dougan rounded the corner at Clarksville High School, he saw three students on the floor moaning and crying. In a split-second, two more ran out of a nearby classroom.

"He's got a gun," one of them shouted as Dougan approached with his pistol drawn. Inside, he found one student holding another at gunpoint. Dougan aimed and fired three rounds at the gunman.

Local school starting dates

July 30, 2013

Benton:
Teachers Aug. 12
Students Aug. 19

Bryant:
Teachers Aug. 12
Students Aug. 19

Bauxite:
Teachers Aug. 12
Students Aug. 19

Harmony Grove:
Teachers Aug. 13
Students Aug. 19

July 29th

NOTICE: Boil Order issued for Shannon Hills

July 29, 2013

A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for residents of the city of Shannon Hills living in the area located east of Vimy Ridge Road to Sardis Road affecting approximately 584 customers.
A water main break has occurred at Laddie Drive.
Therefore, as a precaution, all affected customers are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption and water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.

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