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July 16th, 2014

Ross proposes $10M funding boost for public safety

July 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross on Tuesday proposed boosting annual state funding for domestic violence, child abuse and parole programs by $10 million, as he unveiled a plan aimed at addressing public safety in Arkansas.

The ex-congressman detailed his proposals less than two weeks after Arkansas lawmakers approved increased funding to ease an influx of state prisoners crowding local jails. Republican rival Asa Hutchinson detailed a plan to address crime and prison overcrowding earlier this summer.

Old postcards link to county's lineage

July 16, 2014

The history of Saline County, shown through historic postcards and photos, will be presented at the Saline County History and Heritage Society at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Conducting a PowerPoint presentation will be Ray Hanley, president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care.

The program will take place at the society's center, 123 N. Market St. in Benton. It is open to the public.

Hanley acknowledges that, after his family and promoting health, his passion is history.

He and his brother Stephen began collecting postcards almost 40 years ago.

Northshore improvement plan one step closer to reality

July 16, 2014

Benton City Council's Streets and Drainage Committee voted Tuesday night to recommend contracting with Iowa Bridge and Culvert for a drainage improvement project on Northshore Drive.

The company was the low bidder on the project.

A resolution to accept the bid will be brought before the full council on July 28.

The drainage problems on Northshore resulted from the Military Road widening project, according to Mayor David Mattingly.

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