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July 8th, 2013

Burn ban issued in Saline County

July 8, 2013

A burn ban has been issued for Saline County.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index was at 621 on Sunday, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission. A KBDI of 600 and above indicates an extremely high fire danger level.

July 5th

Civil War presentation set for Monday

July 5, 2013

Herzfeld Library in Benton will present Civil War in Saline County on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Anthony Rushing, a local historian and teacher at Bethel Middle School in Bryant, will give the presentation. Call the library at 501-778-4766 for more information.

10 Things to Know in World News Today

July 5, 2013

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. MORE VIOLENCE FEARED AFTER MORSI OUSTER

The Muslim Brotherhood called for protests today after the military arrested the group's revered leader and other top allies to Egypt's deposed president.

2. FIREWORKS AND TRIBUTES ON JULY 4

Arizona held a candlelight vigil for 19 fallen firefighters and Washington, D.C., prepared a musical tribute to victims and survivors of the Boston bombings.

3. MANDELA'S HEALTH 'PERILOUS'

Lake Norrell fireworks set for Saturday

July 5, 2013

Lake Norrell fireworks event is set for Saturday. The Lake Norrell Area Association will sponsor a boat parade at noon, the dock and deck contest will be at 3 p.m. and the free public fireworks display will be at 9 p.m.
For more information, call Barbara Howell 501-681-7577.

July 4th

Curbside recycling tabled indefinitely

July 4, 2013

A proposed mandatory curbside recycling and one-hauler trash pickup plan that would affect residents of five Saline County cities has been dropped for now, in light of strong resistance from members of the public and several city officials.
Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District board member and Haskell Mayor Jeff Arey, in a special meeting of the district board Wednesday, read a statement expressing a divide between the intentions of the program and the current plan.

July 3rd

BREAKING NEWS: Suspects shot at by police have been arrested

July 3, 2013

Hot Spring County authorities arrested three suspects this afternoon in connection with the burglary of a Bryant fencing company that occurred about 3 a.m. this morning, leading to a chase and an officer-involved shooting hours later.
Melvin Bell of Texas will be charged with attempted capital murder and commercial burglary, said Lt. Scotty Courtney of the Saline County Sheriff's Office.

Ezell Brown and Quinton Brown, both of Texas, will be charged with commercial burglary and fleeing, Courtney said.

Lawsuit filed to overturn Ark. gay marriage ban

July 3, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — A group of 11 same-sex couples from Arkansas on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage, the latest effort aimed at repealing the amendment after recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings supporting gay couples.

The lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court seeks to strike down the constitutional amendment voters approved in 2004 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The amendment also bars the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.

July 2nd

Bryant PD: Man stole $2K worth of steaks from Edward's Food Giant

July 2, 2013

Bryant police arrested this afternoon a suspect in connection with a shoplifting incident on June 26, where two cases— about $2,500 worth — of ribeye steaks were stolen from Edward's Food Giant.
Marvin Dwayne O’Neal, 47, of Little Rock was arrested and charged with theft of property, a Class-D felony.
The store manager was able to provide detectives with a description of the suspect's vehicle and license plate number, which led to the arrest.
Officer Troy White investigated.

Cities, groups plan Independence Day events today-Saturday

July 2, 2013

Several local celebrations have been scheduled to mark Independence Day.

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Arkansas Health Center has planned a celebration for today. Center officials are predicting it will be "the best fireworks show this side of the Arkansas River."
Activities are planned from 5 to 10 p.m. at the center's campus, 6701 U.S. 67 in Haskell.
Jennifer Kelly-Santee, the center's special events coordinator, said the celebration will offer "great bands, great carnival food, free fun for kids and awesome entertainment."

Ark. officials hold hearing on insurance expansion

July 2, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials are holding a public hearing on the state's plan to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

The Department of Human Services on Tuesday planned to hold a hearing on the "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state. Lawmakers approved the plan this year, but it still must get final clearance from the federal government.

The plan was touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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