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November 6th, 2014

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.

Benton man charged with sexual assault of juvenile

November 6, 2014

A 22-year-old Benton man was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile.

Nickalous Turner reportedly “inappropriately touched” a 9-year-old girl, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Turner has been charged with second-degree sexual assault in connection with the incident.
The investigation is continuing, Russell said.

“Additional charges could be forthcoming,” he added.

Turner was released Wednesday afternoon from the Saline County Detention Center after posting a $25,000 signature bond.

No runoff; Ponder wins seat

November 6, 2014

No runoff election will be necessary to fill the Ward 3, Position 2 seat on the Benton City Council.
The incumbent, Jerry Ponder, will continue to serve in the post.

Ponder was one of three candidates seeking the seat, but finished second behind challenger Freddy Burton. Rick Holland, a former mayor, ran third.

Initially it appeared that a runoff would be required between Burton and Ponder to determine who would occupy the seat, but the situation changed when Burton dropped out of the race Wednesday morning.

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

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