April 9th, 2013
Maintenance work on an Interstate 30 median wall will require a lane closure, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.
The work will require the westbound inside lane of Interstate 30 to be closed between mile markers 139 and 142. Thatâ€™s located from just south of the I-30/I-630 interchange in Little Rock to just south of the I-30/I-40 interchange in North Little Rock. The closures will be Tuesday, April 9th through Wednesday, April 10th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting.
The regular meeting of the Shannon Hills city council will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight (April 9) at city hall.
On the agenda are department head reports from various city departments. David Passmore will present information from Public Works. Chief Hale will report on the Police Department. Mel Aldridge will present information from the Fire Department.
Under old business, aldermen will hear an update on a grant for the city park as well as an update regarding drainage improvement projects.
A man being sought by authorities in conjunction with the theft of an airplane surrendered voluntarily on Friday morning to Saline County officials.
Dennis Hunter of California is being charged with aggravated assault incurred during a stopover in Saline County.
No outstanding warrants or charges from the federal government were found by Saline County authorities at the time of arrest, so after Hunter was charged in Saline County, he was able to be bonded out of jail and released, said Lt. Scotty Courtney of the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
Recent rainfall has left Saline River water levels higher â€” and faster â€” than the annual average, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The level usually sits at about 5 feet at the end of March and beginning of April, and today the water level is at 7.61 feet. Last weekend, it topped out at almost 11 feet. Although Saline County is seeing a reprieve from the rain today and through the weekend, more storms are predicted for next week.
Wayne W. Shelnut, 84, of Benton died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.Â He was born Sept, 12, 1928, in Benton.Â Wayne was retired from the U.S. Air Force and he was a Baptist.Â
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Marie Shelnut; his a parents, Elbert and Bertha Shelnut; two brothers, James Shelnut and Connie Shelnut; a sister, Sherry Austin; and a grandson, Cody Dobbins.
Gerald E. Scott, 89, of Benton passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.Â He was born March 13, 1924, in Dillon, Kan.Â Mr. Scott was a World War II Navy veteran, a self-employed heavy equipment operator and a member of Zion Lutheran Church.Â
Mr. Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Flossie Scott; four brothers; three sisters and one grandson.
Theodore Paul 'Ted' Helmich
Theodore Paul "Ted" Helmich, 74, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at his home in Benton. He was born March 27, 1938, in Benton to Edward and Edna (Hill) Helmich of Benton.
Ted graduated from Bryant High School and attended Arkansas Tech University.Â After two years in the U.S. Army as a mechanic, he graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a degree in mechanical engineering.Â Ted retired from Alcoa after 28 years of service.
The Legislative Breakfast is Friday at 7 a.m. in the cafeteria at Saline Memorial Hospital.
The community will be given a chance to weigh in as legislators recap the last two weeks at the Capitol.
PEARCY â€“ In nasty weather at Lake Hamilton High School, the Benton Panthers soccer team came away with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Wolves in 7A/6A South conference play on Tuesday night.
â€śWe played very hard in adverse conditions,â€ť Benton Coach Bobby Winn said. â€śWeather was rainy and in the 30â€™s.â€ť
The Panthers (5-1-1, 4-1 South) Â gave up three goals in the first half, but stuck to the game plan in the second half to come back.
TEXARKANA â€“ The Bryant Hornets were the recipients of 13 walks and five errors in an 11-1 win over the Texarkana Razorbacks in 7A/6A South conference play on Tuesday in Texarkana. With the 13 walks, the Hornets banged out 13 hits as well.
â€śThey helped us out,â€ť Bryant Coach Kirk Bock said of Texarkana. â€śThey walked 13 of us and they booted five balls. They helped us out a lot.â€ť
Every player in the Hornetsâ€™ lineup had at least one hit, with four players getting two hits.