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January 7th, 2013
When a baby is ready to enter the world, it takes a lot more than bad weather and a power outage to change its mind.
That's exactly the scenario that took place during the early morning hours of Dec. 26 at the Benton home of Josh and Katie Broadus.
Katie, who was nine months' pregnant, was scheduled for an induced delivery on Dec. 28, but daughter London Kate didn't want to wait. This, in spite of the fact that a snowstorm had occurred, taking out the electricity and heat in their home.
Whether facing rain, sleet, snow or the fact that he turns 90 years of age on Thursday, nothing will stop Ernie Gibson of Benton from walking a mile or cooking unique pecan pies for the community every day.
"I just started making pies and people got to eating them. The more they ate, the more I made them and I just stayed with it," he said with a laugh. "I don't know why I make the pies, it's just something I found out I could do and people seem to like it."
The Bryant City Council voted during a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday to extend a hold on the issuance of permits to build multi-family housing in the city limits.
The council had been slated to vote on whether to lift the moratorium, which was put in place in 2011. Alderman Steve Curtis instead moved to vote to extend it.
Although the action might make the city vulnerable to a lawsuit with a current land owner, the council voted unanimously to extend the hold after nearly 20 residents spoke out against the construction of apartments in the area.
State officials have approved a local burn site for debris resulting from the recent winter storm that affected many areas of Saline County.
The site is located behind the county airport off Reynolds Road.
Benton Mayor David Mattingly and County Judge Lanny Fite met to formulate plans for operation of the site.
Mattingly noted that signs will be posted to indicate the location.
The site will be open to the public Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saline County employees will man the facility.
Benton Police Officer Chris Goss is credited with saving an 88-year-old woman from a burning structure on Derby Circle.
Bruce Armstrong, fire marshal for the Benton Fire Department, said Goss crawled down a smoke-filled hallway to reach Jessie Mae Flowers, who was in bed in a rear bedroom of the structure at 2908 Derby Circle.
The fire was reported around 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, during a period when many local residences were without electrical power.
Upon entering the structure, Goss "encountered thick, black heavy smoke, which had filled the house," Armstrong said.
When Mark William Orr entered the world on Jan. 2, he became a celebrity.
The infant is Saline Memorial Hospital's first baby of 2013.
Mark William is the son of Chad and Krista Orr of Malvern.
According to Rebecca Jones, director of marketing and community relations, he weighed 10 pounds and 2 ounces and was 22 inches long when his birth occurred at 12:46 p.m.
"This is Krista's fourth baby and all have been born at Saline Memorial Hospital," Jones said.
Dr. Kim Smith delivered the child, she added.
December 31st, 2012
The Benton Area Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for the organization's annual banquet.
The banquet is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2013. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the chamber at 501-860-7004. Individuals tickets are $28 and tables for eight are available for $200.
The family life center at Holland Chapel Baptist Church will again serve as the venue for the annual gathering.
Keynote speaker will be Chad Pregracke, the founder of Living Lands & Waters, an organization dedicated to the preservation and cleaning of waterways in the United States.
The Christmas Day storm that dumped from 6 to 10 inches of snow in central Arkansas has left a growing pile of debris in its wake. Fallen trees, limbs and other yard waste have been cleared and accumulated.
Residents have begun to ask if there will be an effort to assist with the removal of the debris. The Saline Courier contacted local mayors for their response.
Thousands of Saline County residents are still without power in wake of the winter storm that hit Tuesday, Christmas Day.
As of press time, estimates on how many customers are out of service or when power will be restored was not available by Benton Utilities.
"The outage is widespread," said Jeremy McAdoo, a representative from Benton Utilities. "We have crews working around the clock. Two separate crews are working 12-hour shifts."
Noel's future was in doubt.
The victim of a hit-and-run driver, the elderly beagle faced uncertain days because of what was believed to be a broken leg.
After a full examination, one bit of good news emerged. The leg wasn't broken, but damage had been done to the muscles and ligaments. Following a period of rest, veterinarians expected her to be as good as new.
Noel faced a much more serious problem: She was homeless. However, thanks to the giving hearts of many people, she has found refuge with a Saline County couple.