Two candidates are seeking the office of Saline County Coroner. Before the filing season began, Will Bearden, the county's longtime coroner, announced he would be retiring.
The race includes two men familiar to residents of Saline County â€” Sam Ballard of Smith-Benton Family Funeral Home, who held the office a number of years ago, and Kevin Cleghorn, currently service as deputy coroner for the county.
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In the Nov. 4 general election, Bryant voters will have a choice between two candidates for city clerk â€” incumbent Heather McKim and challenger Sue Ashcraft.
Early voting began Monday, Oct. 20.
The Saline Courier, on Oct. 13, submitted questions to both candidates at the email address on file with the candidates' paperwork at the county clerk's offices. McKim submitted her answers on Wednesday morning.
A follow-up reminder telephone call was placed to Ashcraft on Wednesday morning, but as of press time, she has not responded.
According to a report released today by Benton Police Department, an ongoing investigation is being conducted into the death of am 11-month-old. See tomorrow's issue of The Saline Courier for more information.