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October 21st, 2013

Tim Griffin decides will not seek re-election

October 21, 2013

Ark. GOP Rep. Tim Griffin won't run for 3rd term
ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin made the unexpected announcement Monday that he won't run for a third term representing central Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Griffin's decision throws uncertainty into an election where Republicans had hoped to build upon recent gains in Arkansas. The GOP holds all four of the state's U.S. House seats, both chambers of the state Legislature and one of its two U.S. Senate seats.

October 17th

Benton School Board executive session on Oct. 14 determined to be illegal

October 17, 2013

In a memo to Benton School District staff members on Oct. 16, Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that an executive session held during the school board's regular meeting on Oct. 14 illegally discussed a proposed salary scale for teachers. Executive sessions are designated specifically for personnel actions for specific employees, not for issues of general nature.
A full story about the issue and a Personnel Policy Committee meeting on Oct. 16 where the matter was discussed can be found in the Oct. 17 issue of The Saline Courier.

NOTICE: Water main breakage in Benton

October 17, 2013

FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
Crews have just arrived on scene of a busted water main on W. Sevier at Maryland. We have called in an emergency locate where other underground utilities can mark their lines, so we won't hit them. The crew is gathering the necessary supplies and equipment to make the repair at this time. As soon as the other utilities in the area are marked, they will reduce the pressure in the area to make the repair, so some customers will notice little to no pressure until the repair is made.

October 16th

BREAKING NEWS: According to Senator, deal to avoid default and open government 


October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a 200-point gain in morning trading.
"This is a time for reconciliation," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of the agreement he had forged with the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Gov. Beebe calls special session on teacher insurance program

October 16, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he'll call lawmakers back to the Capitol this week to approve a plan to increase funding to the state's teacher insurance program to lower premium hikes that are set to take effect next year.

Beebe told reporters that he planned to call for the session to begin Thursday afternoon, with lawmakers expected to work through Saturday on the plan to address the rate hikes. Beebe's office said the governor planned to issue a formal proclamation calling the session later Wednesday.

Electric power outage in Benton

October 16, 2013

FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
Electric crews have just responded to the area of Edgehill and DeSoto Place for an outage. Callers have advised us they heard a loud pop which is usually a fuse blowing. However, the crew will find the cause of it. Then they will make the necessary repairs to get it back on as quickly as possible.

October 15th

UPDATE ON WATER MAIN BREAK: Crews are finishing repair at Hicks/Alcoa Road

October 15, 2013

FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
Crews are still on scene at Alcoa/Hicks Road intersection making the needed repair to the water main. The latest update from the scene: They have almost completed putting the line back together. They have a load of b-stone to backfill and secure the line in place with all of the rain, and then they will start bringing the pressure back up along with opening fire hydrants up to flush the lines in the area to remove air. They should start bringing the pressure back in about one hour, if things go well.

UPDATE FROM BENTON UTILITIES: Low pressure the result of broken water main

October 15, 2013

FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
Crews have just arrived on scene of a busted water main again at the intersection of Hicks/Alcoa Road. They are headed to get the necessary supplies and equipment to make the repair. They will proceed with digging it up and making the necessary repairs. Folks in this area will probably experience anywhere from very low to no water pressure for several hours.

NOTICE FROM BENTON UTILITIES: Low water pressure. Crews dispatched to the location

October 15, 2013

FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
General information - Crews have been dispatched to the area of Alcoa Road, Hicks Road and the Timbermist subdivision for reports of very low water pressure. No other information is available at this time. Updates will be passed along as they are given.

Temporary Water Service Disruption in Benton on Wed.

October 15, 2013

Temporary water disruption in Benton Wednesday

Benton Utilities has announced a temporary water service interruption for Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m.
A 6-inch water main will be repaired on North Olive Street near Kenwood. Customers affected by the interruption are located on North Olive, Kenwood, McCurdy, Forest Lane, Holly Heights, Valley View and possibly a few residences on streets adjacent to this intersection.
It is unknown how long service will be interrupted, but estimates range from two to four hours.
Contact Benton Utilities at 501-776-5930 for information.

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