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July 3rd, 2014

Party Central: Benton denied construction for mobile haunted house

July 3, 2014

JC Clements, owner of Party Central in Benton, alleges that the city of Benton will not allow him to construct a mobile haunted house on the vacant lot next to his business without legal precedent.

In a post to the Party Central Facebook page on July 1, Clements states, "As most of you know, I put on a haunted attraction at Party Central each year called 'The Torture Chamber.' I generally employ about 30 extra people during this time right before Thanksgiving and Christmas. This helps me of course, but my Haunt also helps provide extra money to those in need during the holidays.

Freya: Home needed for pharaoh hound

July 3, 2014

Freya, a 1-year-old pharaoh hound-mix, is the pet of the week for Bryant Animal Control and Adoption Center.

The female dog is reported to be sweet, docile and submissive. An animal control spokesperson said the dog "smiles and closes her eyes as soon as you pet her."

Freya has been housed in a setting with other dogs her size and reportedly gets along well with them.

She may be seen at the animal control center Monday-Saturday, between the hours of noon and 4:30 p.m.

The facility is located at 25700 Interstate 30 North (near exit 126). The telephone number is 501-653-0765.

Ark. ends fiscal year with $78.7M surplus

July 3, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas ended the fiscal year with a nearly $79 million budget surplus and has more than $174 million in one-time money available for various projects when the Legislature convenes next year, state finance officials announce Wednesday.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration announced that net available revenue for the fiscal year that ended Monday totaled $5.02 billion, which was $4.5 million below the previous fiscal year but $78.7 million higher than originally projected.

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