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March 11th, 2014
Bryant Superintendent Randy Rutherford has been placed on administrative leave for at least the next 30 days.
The district released this statement about the situation.
"The Bryant Board of Education is actively developing a plan to ensure interim leadership at the superintendent level. The board has the utmost confidence in the ability of the current administration to handle any questions or decision that may arise until an interim leader is designated."
Further information is confidential, said Rhonda Sanders, school board president.
"Steel Magnolias," the popular play by Robert Harling, will open Friday night, March 7, at the historic Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton.
Performances will continue Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, March 8 and 9, and be repeated the following weekend, March 14-16.
Everett Buick GMC is sponsoring the show, which is being directed by Gina Welch and produced by Lisa Goodrich.
The entire play is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., where all the ladies "who are anybody" come to have their hair done.
Florrie Deen Wakenight Lyle saw a century of change in her full life.
The retired Benton teacher, who was in her 101st year, died Tuesday, March 4, at Saline Memorial Hospital.
Lynda Hollenbeck has a tribute to Mrs. Lyle in the March 5 edition of The Saline Courier.
Arkansas compromise Medicaid expansion stays alive
ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Arkansas' first-in-the-nation plan that uses Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for the poor survived an effort to defund it Tuesday, as lawmakers gave final approval to continue a program that has extended health coverage to nearly 94,000 people.
According to multiple reports, Benton and Bryant school districts will be closed tomorrow. Both districts, along with Harmony Grove and Bauxite, were closed Monday after winter storms dumped freezing rain and sleet on Central Arkansas on Sunday.
Saline County is no longer under a burn ban.
One of Benton's oldest and most famous restaurants shut its doors at close of business Saturday -- for good. Ed and Kay's opened in 1982, changing from Ed and Alma's. On Saturday, owner Kay Diemers closed shop, ending the reign of the "Mile High Pies" in Saline County.
Pick up a Monday issue of The Saline Courier for the full story.
According to multiple reports, all schools in Saline County (Benton, Bryant, Harmony Grove and Bauxite) will be closed Monday due to inclement weather.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter challenged opponents of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion Tuesday to offer an alternative that could break a legislative stalemate threatening the future of a program that provides subsidized coverage to more than 93,000 people.
Saline County was placed under a burn ban Tuesday morning.