June 21st, 2014
PINE BLUFF â€” A group of photographers is working to document a long-closed, historic hotel in Pine Bluff, while it's also being studied by architecture students. The hotel was once considered among the finest in Arkansas, but has been abandoned for nearly half a century and after a hard winter, the once grand structure is deteriorating fast.
The two story lobby with marble walls and plaster ornamentation is crumbling. The curved ceiling once featured stained glass, but that's broken, allowing water to pour in.
Three Bryant teams were recognized for their mobile app creations by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin at the House Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) App Challenge earlier this month.
Students from Bryant High School received the top three awards in the second congressional district.
Ninth-graders Aspen Mann, Savannah Schultz, Austin Wilkerson and Briley Young created an app called Survivor Blog that won first place.
The app is designed for cancer patients to connect with one another and share photos and drawings and includes an educational component.
Bryant School Board has approved the sale of land near Hurricane Creek Elementary for the expansion of Alcoa Road.
The action occurred in a meeting Tuesday night.
Saline County will purchase a small piece of land near Hurricane Creek Elementary from the district for $40,753.19, according to the contract.
This amount will include the needed funds to move the school's electronic gate and sign, said Don McGohan, assistant superintendent.
The Alcoa Road expansion is a shared project involving the cities of Benton and Bryant and the county.