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February 18th, 2013

Second homicide in Saline County this year; suspect arrested

February 18, 2013

A Little Rock man is behind bars today for allegedly fatally stabbing an East End man late Friday.
George David Davidson, 36, faces a charge of first-degree murder and, as of press time, was being held without bond at the Saline County jail.
Lt. Scotty Courtney said at 7 p.m. Friday, 911 dispatch received a call of a possible stabbing at a home in the 7400 block of Brimer Road in Mabelvale. Deputies reportedly arrived on the scene at 7:10 p.m. and found 33-year-old Chris Yarberry with stab wounds.

February 13th

Saline County's unemployment rate down from 2012

February 13, 2013

The unemployment rate in Saline County was 5.8 percent at the end of 2012, down from 6.1 percent the previous year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The county is faring better than the state overall, with Arkansas' unemployment rate sitting at 7.1 percent in December 2012.
“I think it's attributed to the quality workforce in Saline County,” said Gary James, director of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have a heritage of strong, dedicated workers.”

February 11th

Bryant takes initiative to 'Go Green'

February 11, 2013

The city of Bryant is putting into place new technology that will allow the government to "Go Green."
During the past two years, each department has been charged with finding ways to make its operations more efficient and cost-effective. One item in particular that crossed all departments was printing costs and the subsequent expense of storage of paper documents.
City Clerk Heather Kizer saw firsthand the commitment to space that storage of city ordinances, meeting minutes, city contracts, agreements and resolutions required.

Bryant senior shares Super Bowl experience

February 11, 2013

To call the past three months a wild ride for Bryant High School senior Ian Shuttleworth would be an understatement.
"Everything about it was incredible, and I can't even pick just one moment," Shuttleworth said about his favorite part of his four-day trip to New Orleans, the host city for the National Football League's Super Bowl 47.
"They say it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go to a Super Bowl, but once you go, you definitely want to go back again. Hopefully I'll get to go back to another Super Bowl someday."

Village actor/director to receive theater group's Spotlight honor

February 11, 2013

Hot Springs Village resident Jerry Davis has been selected for the American Association of Community Theatre Spotlight Award in recognition for outstanding dedication, service and contribution to community theater.
"I'm amazed and pleased to receive the honor," Davis said.
"I've just been having fun," he said. "I've not been working for an award, but it's nice to get one."
Davis, director of Carousel Theater, Workshops for Seniors, in Hot Springs and in Hot Springs Village, is the first Arkansas resident to receive this distinction.

February 6th

Baxley named Citizen of the Year at Benton chamber's annual event

February 6, 2013

Environmentalist Chad Pregracke became the personification of the adage "preaching to the choir" when he challenged the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce banquet audience to "pick a cause, get involved, champion it and make a difference."
Pregracke, who has made cleaning up the Mississippi River the chief focus of his life, stressed the importance of involvement, while noting that by doing so people "can make the world a better place."
"One person at a time can make a difference," he said.

Bryant police seeking 2 robbery suspects

February 6, 2013

Bryant police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred around 9:20 p.m. Monday at the Subway restaurant at 611 Office Park Drive.
Sgt. Todd Crowson reported that two black men came into the store and robbed the workers at gunpoint.
The two men reportedly ordered the two employees to open the cash drawers and safe. Once the money was taken, the robbers moved the victims to the back of the store, at which time they took whatever money the employees had in their purses and wallets, Crowson said.
The suspects then fled out the front door of the restaurant, police said.

First Security top winner at 'Souper Bowl' cook off: Bank top winner for 3rd year

February 6, 2013

It was taco soup to the finish line for First Security Bank.
For the third consecutive year, the financial institution's taco-flavored soup took top honors at Habitat for Humanity of Saline County's "Souper Bowl" cookoff.
Jerry Ponder and Kaycee Wright of First Security operated the bank's booth where they collected the biggest financial return for the event.
"They raised over $300 at that booth," said Amy Bennett, associate director of the chapter.
The booth winner was determined based on the total amount of money collected in each team’s tip jar.

February 4th

5K is scheduled as benefit for Friendship preschoolers

February 4, 2013

The inaugural “Walk, Run and Roll” 5K to benefit special children at Friendship Community Care’s MiChild Preschool is scheduled Saturday, March 9.
Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the event and the “MiChild Mile” taking place at Hurricane Lake Estates in Benton.

February 1st

West Side burglary leads investigators to large drug bust and four arrests

February 2, 2013

Benton police have arrested four people in connection to Wednesday's West Side burglary and recovered more than $1.3 million in pharmaceutical medication on nine different properties throughout Benton, Malvern, Hot Springs and Bismarck.
Lt. Kevin Russell said the arrests were made in conjunction with with seven law enforcement agencies and the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy.

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