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December 6th

NOTICE: Blood drive cancelled

December 6, 2013

Due to inclement weather, the American Red Cross blood drives scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Saline County Library branches in Benton and Bryant have been cancelled.

Power outages reported

December 6, 2013

First Electric Cooperative has reported that 582 people in Saline County near Shannon Hills are out of power. Six residents are out of power in Cleburne County and 17 residents have reported power outages in Pulaski County, according to First Electric Cooperative's website.
About 11,150 Entergy customers are out of power, according to their website. Pope County has the most customers affected.
Benton Utilities has not received any reported outages at this time.

December 5th

Hazardous Weather Outlook from National Weather Service

December 5, 2013

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 PM CST THU DEC 5 2013

ARZ003>007-012>016-021>025-030>034-037>047-052>057-062>069-061100-
ARKANSAS-BAXTER-BOONE-BRADLEY-CALHOUN-CLARK-CLEBURNE-CLEVELAND-
CONWAY-DALLAS-DESHA-DREW-FAULKNER-FULTON-GARLAND-GRANT-HOT SPRING-
INDEPENDENCE-IZARD-JACKSON-JEFFERSON-JOHNSON-LINCOLN-LOGAN-LONOKE-
MARION-MONROE-MONTGOMERY-NEWTON-OUACHITA-PERRY-PIKE-POLK-POPE-
PRAIRIE-PULASKI-SALINE-SCOTT-SEARCY-SHARP-STONE-VAN
BUREN-WHITE-WOODRUFF-YELL-
600 PM CST THU DEC 5 2013

NOTICE: City of Bryant Inclement Weather Closing - Essential City Personnel Only

December 5, 2013

From the City of Bryant:
The Bryant School District has announced their closings for Friday, Dec. 6, due to inclement weather. Based on City past practices, only essential city personnel will be required to report to work on Friday, Dec. 6, per Mayor Jill Dabbs.

NOTICE: Gov. Beebe declares emergency due to Arkansas weather

December 5, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is declaring a statewide emergency because of the wintry storm that's hitting the state.

Beebe declared a statewide disaster on Thursday afternoon.

The governor's office says that combined with additional proclamations, the disaster declaration will ease restrictions on utility crews, fuel haulers and propane deliveries during the wintry storm.

School Closures for Friday

December 5, 2013

Benton, Bryant, Bauxite, Harmony Grove and Glen Rose has announced that they will be closed tomorrow because of increment weather. The University of Central Arkansas will be closed starting today at 3:30 p.m.

Accuweather.com: One of the Worst Ice Storms in 
Years to Unfold From Texas to Kentucky

December 5, 2013

AccuWeather.com reports an ice storm will affect millions of people into Friday and threaten to cut power for hundreds of thousands from northern Texas to western Kentucky.
Travel by vehicle or foot will be dangerous during and after the storm, due to icy roads and falling trees and power lines.

Mayor Mattingly Encourages Safety During Winter Storm

December 5, 2013

Major David Mattingly sent out a press release encouraging safety during the impending winter storm. Mattingly said, "We have held discussions with all department heads regarding whatever assistance the city can provide as a result of a bad winter storm. As we receive notice of where warming shelters will be located we will post that information on our website."
The city has been notified by Northside Church of Christ that they will be open as a warming center and can be reach at (501)315-1128.

December 4th

NOTICE: CASA Holiday Home Tour set for Dec. 8 has been canceled

December 4, 2013

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Saline County has canceled its Holiday Home Tour scheduled for Sunday, December 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. due to impending winter weather.

The Board canceled the Tour Wednesday out of concern for the homeowners, who were so graciously opening their homes, the Tour attendees and the CASA volunteers.

NOTICE FROM CIRCUIT CLERK'S OFFICE: Jury orientation sessions canceled for Friday

December 4, 2013

The three jury orientation sessions scheduled for Friday has been postponed until Friday, December 13, 2013, Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan and Circuit Judge Gary Arnold announced Wednesday.

The decision to delay the orientation sessions was made because of the winter storm watch in effect for central Arkansas starting Thursday, Milligan and Arnold said.

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