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September 30th, 2013
Caitlin Bennett hasn't found a job since she completed her degree in the spring of 2012. Actually, she hasn't been looking. The 23-year-old decided to follow her calling instead.
On Sept. 30, she returns to Southeast Asia to help victims of abuse, forced labor, illegal detentions, sexual violence and human trafficking.
The Bauxite School Board will meet at 7 p.m on Sept. 30 in the Middle School Professional Development Room.
A reception to recognize retiring board members will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The agenda for the regular meeting includes:
- Reorganization of the board and a welcome for new member Michael Vocque.
- Approval of monthly expenditures.
- A revenue and expenditure report made this year through Aug. 2013, in various categories, will be reviewed by board members.
- The current student count for the district will be reviewed.
A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the northern section of Military Road in Benton. The section of road between Burger King and Interstate 30 has been widened and traffic patterns altered to decrease vehicle congestion and to open the area to commercial development.
The plan to widen the road began during the administration of former mayor Rick Holland.
From Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department:
Last night 9/23/13, just after 10:00 the Bryant Police Department received a call from one of our Officers reporting that someone had broken into his police vehicle and took several Police items, including his weapon, raid vest, taser. Investigators began to immediately work on the case in attempt to locate the stolen items and find the person who was responsible for the theft.
A federal suit for alleged mistreatment at the Saline County jail was settle out of court as of Sept. 20, according to local attorney George D. Ellis, who represented the jail in this case. James Grundon filed a suit on Dec. 16, 2010, alleging that he was denied medical care after getting into a fist fight during his time at the jail. Grundon was awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections at the time. Details will be published in Wednesday's Saline Courier.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Financing for a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas expects to be wrapped up by the end of the year, but until then backers will be lining up customers and suppliers.
The Big River Steel plant, which is projected to employ more than 500 people, recently was approved for an air quality permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, pending resolution of any objections that are due before mid-October.
The monthly Congo Masonic Lodge all-you-can-eat fish fry is set for Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
The lodge is located at the corner of Steel BridgeÂ and Thompson Dairy Road.
American-raised catfish, homemade hushpuppies, beans with ham, river-bank-fried taters and more will be served, according to the lodge.
Prices are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 9 to 12. Children ages 8 and under are free.
The fish fry will be the last Saturday of each month, April through October.
Money raised goes to area charities, according to the lodge. The public is invited.
Civil War dances of the time period will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Herzfeld Library in Benton. The Historic Washington Dancers from Old Washington will perform such dances as the Virginia Reel and other Civil-War-period dances.Â
The dancers will be dressed in Civil War period costume.
The Saline County patrol that was reported to be missing since May has been located.
It turns out, the vehicle was actually assigned to a detective, and was believed to be missing because the VIN was copied down incorrectly.
This is the reason it was not located in the initial review of the vehicle roster when the vehicle was suspected to be missing, Lt. Scott Courtney said.
The error was discovered during a detailed inventory of vehicles in the sheriff's office in preparation of the leadership transition.
Crews have just responded to the area of Lillian and E. Sevier St. for a broken water main, according to the Benton Utilities Facebook page.
They have called in an emergency locate and are gathering the supplies needed to repair it. Water will be off for 2-4 hours while the repair is completed. No boil order is expected for this area.