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November 11th, 2014

Honoring those who 'give their all'

November 11, 2014

The Vietnam War was in progress when Saline County resident Jerry Ragan enlisted in the Army.
He was 17 and served two tours of duty.

Ragan was one of 11 siblings. In talking about his family, he said, "There was not enough to go around," he said
He dropped out of school as an eighth-grader and went to work in a bakery.

“I knew there was a war going on,” he said, noting that he "stumbled into the recruiter's office in Downtown Benton."

Three days after he and wife Barbara Sue married, he was off to the war.

November 7th

Glitz and Garland scheduled to entice holiday shoppers

November 7, 2014

Benton Area Chamber of Commerce and Saline Memorial Health Foundation are partnering again this year to offer area residents a special holiday shopping experience.

The fourth annual Glitz and Garland is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, at the Benton Event Center.

Matt Brumley, foundation director, reminded residents that only seven shopping weekends remain until Christmas.
He invited residents to plan to finish their shopping early this year and attend this popular event.

More on this story can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

November 6th

Saline County woman scheduled to receive pardon from Gov. Beebe

November 6, 2014

Gov. Mike Beebe announced Wednesday that he intends to grant 25 pardons, including one for a Saline County woman.

According to a release issued by the governor’s office, Julie McCown Gladden Shelby of Benton will be among the individuals pardoned by Beebe.

Shelby was charged in 2007 for attempting to obtain drugs by fraud.

“All terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations," the release states. "There are no law-enforcement objections to the application."

No other details were available about the incident.

33,978 voters cast ballots; no problems on Election Day says Saline County clerk

November 6, 2014

Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis says Tuesday's general election "went smoothly" in this county.

"We had no real problems," he said.

"The rain slowed us down a little bit, but not much. Basically, it went off smoothly."

Curtis noted that the numbers were good regarding voter turnout.

A total of 33,978 voted, according to the official tallies from his office.

He reported that the county with a population of around 107,000 has 46,866 registered voters.

More on this story can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

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