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June 11th, 2013

Historical Society to present "Ms. Gola Boone: Memories of Bryant" Thursday

June 11, 2013

The Bryant Historical Society will present "Ms. Gola Boone: Memories of Bryant" Thursday at 6:30 at the Boswell Library.
Boone is a lifetime resident of Bryant, and the Boone family has played a contributing part in the history and heritage of Bryant, said Patsy Kuhn, head of the historical society.
"She will be sharing her memories of over the past 90 years with her usual wit and charm," Kuhn said.

Oaklawn Park plans 58,000-square-foot expansion

June 11, 2013

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to vote this week on a 58,000-square-foot expansion of Oaklawn Park's gaming area.
Oaklawn General Manager Eric Jackson says the plan is separate from the racetrack's previous expansion, which was completed in May 2009. Jackson tells the Sentinel-Record that Oaklawn has seen "organic growth" since the state legalized electronic gambling machines at racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.
If the planning commission approves the site plan, work could begin next May.

Budget revisions, IT position subject of Bryant committee meeting tonight

June 11, 2013

Proposed revisions to the general City of Bryant budget and also the street and water budgets are on the agenda for the Bryant Finance and Personnel Committee meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall, 210 SW 3rd St.
The committee also will discuss the classification and compensation plan for the open systems administrator position.
The systems administrator job is the new in-house information technology position, which City Council voted to create last month.

June 10th

Northeast Ark. tech college opts out of gun law

June 10, 2013

POCAHONTAS — Black River Technical College is joining the list of Arkansas schools that won't allow concealed guns on campus.

The school's board of trustees voted last week to opt out of the new state law. Board chairman John Jackson Jr. tells the Paragould Daily Press (http://bit.ly/190kHiU ) that the trustees had several questions about the new law and decided not to change the college's current policy banning weapons.

Black River Technical College has about 3,000 students with campuses in Pocahontas and Paragould.

Ark. lawmakers to look at scholarship programs

June 10, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers are studying the state's scholarship programs after a shortfall prompted Gov. Mike Beebe to tap into reserve funds to continue grants that help students pursue degrees in some medical fields.

Members of the House and Senate Education Committee on Monday said they planned to look at the state's 24 scholarship programs. State higher education officials say they need an additional $5.5 million to restore about 4,800 scholarships for incoming students that will be cut because of a shortfall in its fund.

June 9th

Review finds appropriate response to Ark. storms

June 9, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — The violent flash flood in west Arkansas that killed a sheriff and a wildlife officer as they tried to rescue two women forced the men to make a series of split-second decisions that no set of regulations can anticipate, the chief of enforcement for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said.

Hometown Heroes featured in today's issue of The Saline Courier

June 9, 2013

The Saline Courier recognizes local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians in a special section of today's issue.
The paper is on newsstands now.

June 8th

Summer reading program to kick off at the library

June 8, 2013

The Saline County Library system will kick off its summer reading program for all ages on Monday, June 10.
The theme for the events is "Aargh! Pirates!"
It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bryant library and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Benton library.

June 7th

ExxonMobil seeks dismissal of lawsuit over spill

June 7, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Attorneys for ExxonMobil Corp. and Exxon Pipeline Co. have filed a motion asking for dismissal of a lawsuit by Mayflower residents over a recent oil spill.

ExxonMobil Pipeline's Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock and forced the evacuation of about 20 homes.

A lawsuit by Kathryn Jane Roachell Chunn and Ellen Burgess asks for unspecified damages because of diminished value to their property and nuisance.

Bryant PD arrests Kum & Go robbery suspects

June 7, 2013

Bryant police on Thursday night arrested two suspects in connection with an armed robbery that took place at the Kum & Go on Reynolds Road last week.
Keifer Collins, 18, of Little Rock is charged with felony aggravated robbery, felony theft of property, and misdemeanor tampering with physical evidence.
The second suspect’s identity cannot be released at this time because he is a minor, said Sgt. Todd Crowson.
However, due to the seriousness of the crime, he has been certified as an adult for the same charges as Collins.

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