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October 27th, 2014

Early voting continuing at 4 Saline County sites

October 27, 2014

A total of 9,086 ballots have been cast in the six days since early voting started Oct. 20 in the November general election.

Broken down by specific sites, the Saline County Clerk's Office reported that 4,302 people have voted to date at the county election center ("vote here" building) in Benton; 2,500 at Grace Church in Bryant; 1,530 at Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank) in Hot Springs Village; and 1,632 at the East End Fire Station.

Early voting will be continuing today. Hours, dates and sites for the continuation of early voting are:

Running for Hudson; mom organizes 'scary' 5K to help foundation

October 27, 2014

Months after her son’s death, a Benton woman organized a 5K race to raise money for a research foundation.
Sarah Burns’ son, Hudson Andrew, died Feb. 19, 2014, at the age of 16 months. He died in his sleep during nap time at a day care facility, she said.

The exact cause of death has not been determined, but it has been ruled a sudden and unexplained death in childhood — also known as SUDC. This is similar to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), but applies to children who are older than 1.

Hudson had been in perfect health, Burns said.

Hands-on work provides life skills to special needs students

October 27, 2014

Two hours before The Sifted Flour bakery is scheduled to open on a recent Thursday, two Benton High School students make their way through the doors and clock in on an electronic tablet. They have work to do.

Mason Langley, a senior, and Brooklyn Fiedler, a junior, are part of a community-based instruction class that focuses on life skills for special needs students.

As the day begins, the two wash their hands and grab aprons. According to the chores chart, Mason is supposed to help make bread and Brooklyn is supposed to take care of stickers.


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