Superstitious persons may be wary of the fact that today is Friday, June 13. However, skywatchers will get a special treat as a full moon occurs today. The last time a full moon fell on Friday the 13th in June was 1919.
This moon is known as both the "strawberry" moon as well as the "honey" moon. According to the Old Farmers Almanac, the "strawberry" name comes from the fact that it is strawberry season and the Algonquin Native American tribes knew that this was the time of year to gather the ripening fruit. In Europe, however, this moon is called the "rose" moon.
The cab of a tractor-trailer rig burned on the side of the road at the 110 mile marker of Interstate 30 west near Benton at approximately 4 p.m.Thursday. According to fire officials, the driver was not injured in the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but preliminary findings suggest a mechanical malfunction. Traffic was backed up into the Benton city limits near South Street for approximately one hour while crews extinguished the fire and removed the rig from the highway. Units from the Benton Fire Department responded.
The Bryant School Board will meet at 5:45 tonight in the Professional Development Center. The board will be discussing possibly hiring additional certified and classified staff positions, said Heather Tipton, executive assistant to the superintendent.