April 16th, 2013
The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a plan to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents, with many Republicans saying the approach is the best way to maintain some control over provisions of a new federal health care law they still oppose.
The private-option plan was presented to legislators in two parts, with one part including language authorizing the plan and a second part setting up the funding. The funding element finally won its needed three-fourths vote in the House, though it still needs to be approved by the same margin in the Senate.
The Benton Police Department has release the mugshot of Benjamin Spears, 33, of Benton. Spears was arrested for allegedly sending an email to the Benton Police Department demanding "a large sum of money" or he would kill one random person per day until his demands were met. Full details of the investigation and arrest are in the April 16 edition of The Saline Courier.
The Benton Police Department has arrested Benjamin Spears, 33, of Benton on felony charges of terrorism, criminal attempt to commit theft of property and computer fraud. Spears is alleged to have sent an email to the Benton Police Department demanding a large sum of money and if his demand was not met, he would kill one person per day until he received the money. A full report of the story can be found in Tuesday's Saline Courier.
Margie Sue Adams, 78, of Benton passed away April 14, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant. She was born Dec. 1, 1934, in California.
Margie was a retired cook from Benton Services Center and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Margie Foshee; her husband, Henry Adams; a son, Ronnie Adams; and a daughter, Phyllis Adams.
Henry "Hank" Norris Giles, 86, died peacefully in his home in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 23, 2013. Family and friends were with him.
He is survived by his daughter, Dargey, and her husband and their two sons; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; several nieces and nephews; grand and great-grand-nieces and nephews.
Julian G. â€śBoâ€ť Taggart was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Little Rock to F.N. and Willie Taggart.
He died peacefully April 11, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
Bo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maxine Lively Taggart; a daughter, Glenda Sue Taggart Mesa; two sisters, Katherine Borghetti and Clara Mains; and two brothers, Beyrl and Tom Taggart.
He is survived by three sons, Frank Taggart and wife Iris of Benton, Jim Taggart and wife Robin of Perryville and Dan Taggart of Gainesville, Fla.
Georgia King Fuller, 85, died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Searcy Healthcare Center in Searcy.Â Georgia was born November 14, 1927 in Heber Springs to Shelby and Maggie Osburn Warren.Â She was a homemaker and attended Sugar Loaf Baptist Church while living in Heber Springs.Â
In addition to her parents, Georgia was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy L. King and Otis Fulmer; and a sister, Alma Marks.
Melba Munnerlyn, 87, of North Little Rock died Wednesday, April 10, 2013. She was born Nov. 23, 1925 in Georgiana, Ala., to the late Emmett and Estelle McClure Byrd, as one of eight children.
She attended school in Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock High School. Melba married Prather Eugene â€śRipâ€ť Munnerlyn on Aug. 4, 1946.
Alexander resident Nate Smith, director of public health programs and state epidemiologist at the Arkansas Department of Health, participated in the Boston Marathon today. The Boston Marathon website shows he finished the race at about 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, just moments before two explosions went off near the finish line, killing two people and injuring 23.
House Bill 1219 failed in the Arkansas House of Representatives to gain the 75 votes needed for passage. The bill, which allocates funds to the Department of Human Services and includes the Medicaid expansion funding, was rejected by a vote of 69 against, 28 for, 2 non-votes and 1 member voting 'present.'
Saline County legislators were divided in their vote. Rep. Mayberry and Rep. Davis voted for the bill. Rep. Hammer voted against. Rep. Clemmer was a non-vote.