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October 20th, 2014

Local man killed in I-30 wreck

October 20, 2014

A 33-year-old Saline County man died Saturday night in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 30 near the Alexander overpass.

Caleb Alsup of Benton was killed when the 2014 Ford Focus he was driving was struck by a 2003 Food Mustang, the Arkansas State Police reported. The driver of the Mustang allegedly was "attempting to evade law enforcement officers at a high rate of speed and without headlights," according to a reported prepared by Cpl. Jack Williams of the ASP.

The driver of the Mustang was injured along with Alsup's three passengers during the crash.

Confusion over Benton Ward 4, Position 1 vote

October 20, 2014

On Oct. 7, Brad Moore announced he would be moving to Northwest Arkansas and subsequently would be dropping out of his race for re-election as alderman for Ward 4, Position 1. Following the announcement, it was assumed that his opponent, Jim Gardner, would take Moore's seat on the city council. Due to filing deadlines and election guidelines, Moore will remain on the ballot and his votes will count.

Moore continues to prepare for his move to Northwest Arkansas and has attempted to clear up the ballot issue.

Rep. Griffin sees value in Lt. Gov. office

October 20, 2014

Rep. Tim Griffin is on the campaign for the office of Lt. Governor in Arkansas. Griffin, a Republican, is leaving his seat in the U.S. Congress where he has represented the 2nd district since 2011. On Oct. 13, he stopped by the Saline Courier for an interview with Editor Brent Davis. Griffin is facing former State Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter, a Democrat, and Chris Olsen, a Libertarian. Griffin answered questions related to the office of Lt. Governor, its importance and what his focus would be if elected.

October 17th

Commission throws out complaints against Cox; more documentation needed

October 17, 2014

The Arkansas Ethics Commission did not accept an ethics complaint made against Bryant Alderman Randy Cox, who is seeking the office of mayor.

Arkansas Ethics Commission Director Graham Sloan said the complaint would not be accepted because it was not filed correctly. He explained that Barbara Champagne of Bryant, who filed the two-issue complaint, had not signed the complaint under oath, according to a letter.

The letter reads, "Until staff receives a completed citizen complaint form, the Ethics Commission will not take any action with regard to this matter."

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