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May 24th, 2013

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.

Local authorties participate today in torch run for Special Olympics

May 22, 2013

Police officers and deputies from the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office and the Bryant Police Department will participate today in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
The run for the Benton Police Department and Saline County Sheriff's Office will start at Holland Chapel Baptist Church at 1 p.m. and will conclude at Back Yard Burgers on Military Road.
The Bryant Police Department will be conduct a leg of the torch run starting at 2:15 p.m. at the Bryant High School and concluding at Bishop Park on Boone Road.

May 21st

WEATHER UPDATE: Flash flood watch in effect

May 21, 2013

A Flash Flood Watch for Saline County remains in effect from 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Showers and thunderstorms will redevelop over the area today and tonight. Areas of heavy rain will be likely this afternoon through the overnight hours. Rainfall amounts will average between 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 4 inches possible.
Extremely amounts of moisture combined with several rounds of thunderstorms will allow for excessive rainfall and the potential for high water problems.

NOTICE FROM THE CITY OF BENTON: Drainage Committee meeting today

May 21, 2013

The Drainage Committee is scheduled to meet at 5:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in the Mayor’s Conference Room at the Benton Municipal Complex.

NOTICE: Benton Street Committee meeting canceled

May 21, 2013

The Street Committee Meeting set for Tuesday, May 21st has been cancelled due to a lack of items for the agenda.

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