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May 26th, 2013

More small earthquakes recorded in Arkansas

May 26, 2013

MORRILTON — The US Geological Survey says small earthquakes continue to occur in an area near Morrilton — about 50 miles west of Little Rock.

The USGS reports two, 2.3 magnitude quakes in the area about nine miles northeast of Morrilton. One was recorded at 8:20 p.m. Saturday and the other at 3:10 a.m. Sunday. The quakes are among about three dozen recorded in the area in recent weeks — including a 3.4 magnitude tremor early Friday.

No injuries have been reported.

May 24th

Netflix looks to hook subscribers with 'Arrested'

May 24, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix is hoping this weekend's release of the resurrected TV series "Arrested Development" will draw more subscribers to its Internet video service.
The award-winning show about the dysfunctional Bluth family returns Sunday, seven years after Fox cancelled the series. The revival coincides with Netflix's own resounding comeback from a customer backlash over price increases and shareholders' worries about rising expenses. The adversity had raised doubts about the company's management and future.

Ozone advisory for counties in Tenn., Ark., Miss.

May 24, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Health officials have issued an ozone advisory for residents in three counties in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Shelby County Health Department is warning that ozone levels are going to be higher than normal Saturday in the Memphis metropolitan area due to stagnant conditions, increased temperatures and decreased winds.
The advisory affects residents of Crittenden County, Ark., DeSoto County, Miss., and Shelby County, Tenn.

Benton police searching for missing man

May 24, 2013

The Benton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person.
Richard Gilliam, 61, was last seen leaving for work on Friday, May 17 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to police.
Gilliam is a white man with brown hair and a gray and brown beard.
He is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds.
Authorities say Gilliam’s vehicle was found unoccupied recently in Little Rock, but at this time there is no reason to suspect foul play.

Bauxite reunion set for Saturday

May 24, 2013

The annual Bauxite Reunion will be Saturday at Bauxite Community Hall.
Registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.
Featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be Ragon Don Kinney Sr., a 1960 graduate of Bauxite High School.
Shepard said Saturday's program will conclude with Wilson DuVall, a 1958 Bauxite High School graduate, singing, “Proud to Be an American.”
While the reunion is traditionally attended by people with ties to Bauxite, anyone is welcome to attend the event, Shepard said.

May 23rd

Ark. to submit 'private option' waiver in August

May 23, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Medicaid officials say the state will submit its request to use federal money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents by August.
Department of Human Services Director John Selig told lawmakers Thursday that the state would draft its waiver next month for the "private option" that lawmakers approved as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. Selig said the state planned to submit the waiver to the federal government in August and hoped to get approval by October.

Fashion for Funds to benefit Safe Haven

May 23, 2013

The Leadership Saline County Fashion for Funds fashion show and silent auction is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at The Center at Bishop Park in Bryant.
The event will begin with shopping, light desserts and appetizers.
To purchase tickets or make a donation, contact Lauren Lisowe at Lauren.Benson@xerox.com or 404-964-3236.

Thunderstorms slow Oklahoma tornado cleanup

May 23, 2013

MOORE, Okla. — A band of thunderstorms battered the Oklahoma City area Thursday, slowing cleanup operations in the suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes this week.
The first of the funerals, for a 9-year-old girl killed at a Moore elementary school that took a direct hit in Monday's storm, was scheduled for Thursday morning. A family photo showed the girl, Antonia Candelaria, beaming with a big smile and wearing a white sun hat.

Annual Bauxite reunion to include Old-Fashioned Movie Night

May 23, 2013

The Bauxite Community Hall will show "The Outlaw" and Looney Tunes cartoons on Friday at 7 p.m.
Admission will be 25 cents, and cokes and popcorn will be sold at "vintage prices" as well, according to Randle Wilmoth, coordinator for the Bauxite Reunion.
The Old-Fashioned Movie Night is part of the annual Bauxite Reunion festivities, most of which will take place on Saturday.

May 22nd

Courier accepting 2014 Pet Calendar entries until June 10

May 22, 2013

The Saline Courier is now accepting entries for the 2014 Pet Calendar contest, a benefit for its Newspapers in Education program.
Sign up for the contest at the Courier office, 321 N. Market St. in Benton, or look for entry forms in select issues of the paper.
Entrants must provide a photo of the pet by itself. The pet must currently reside in Saline County. Each entry is $5.
The top-12 vote-getters will be featured in a 2014 calendar, which will go on sale in November for $2 each.
Each pet will be professionally photographed for the calendar.
The entry period concludes Monday, June 10.

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