January 8th, 2014
None of the schools in Saline County have plans to close early at this time, according to school officials.
Principal Tim Holicer at Harmony Grove said that "it is safer to keep the kids here while the temperature is below freezing."
More information will be reported as it becomes available.
Saline County emergency personnel are working multiple accidents with and without injuries due to slick roadways including every Interstate 30 overpass in the county, multiple wrecks on Arkansas 5 and Highway 67.
Parts of Arkansas 5 North near Miller Cove have been closed, along with the Military Road overpass at this time.
Temperatures have not reached freezing yet today but are expected to climb to 36 degrees. More winter weather is expected for tomorrow morning including freezing rain.
Entergy Arkansas officials have reported that about 450 customers are out of power in west Benton near West South Street.
"A vehicle has hit our equipment," according to their website. "Our crews are on their way to restore power as soon as possible."
First Electric Cooperative official have no reported outages at this time.
Billie Jackson Campbell, 76, of Benton, was born on March 23, 1937 and died Jan. 6, 2014.Â Bill was born in Paragould, to Donald and Wava Campbell.Â Billie moved to Michigan as a teenager and worked for General Motors in Flint for several years.Â He retired from General Motors and moved to Benton in 1989.Â Later he worked as a building contractor until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dennis Campbell and grandson, Royce G. Rush III.
LaWanda M. Stuckey, 83, of Benton, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.Â She was born Dec. 3, 1930 in Bauxite.Â Mrs. Stuckey was a homemaker and a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ruby Mae English and two brothers, James and Charles English.
Stephen Ralph Donnor, 60, of Benton, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, following complications from liver cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.
He was born March 8, 1953, in Little Rock, to the late Ralph Donnor and Margaret Campbell Donnor of Benton.
Steve was the first of two sons. After graduating from Bauxite High School in 1971, Steve spent a year at the University of Arkansas before joining Alcoa. He retired out of the Alcoa Lab after 33 years.
John Wesley Brown, known as Wesley, 92, of Bryant, died on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.
He was born April 8, 1921, to the late John and Burlie Crow Brown.Â
Wesley was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and later graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas).Â He did post-graduate work at the University of Arkansas.
Wesley was a teacher and coach at Fuller High School for five years before accepting a position in personnel at Reynolds Metals Co., where he worked more than 30 years until his retirement.
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has released the following statement regarding recent ethics charges:
LITTLE ROCK - Kim and I would like to thank many people across the state for their calls, texts and prayers during this difficult time. We have been encouraged by your willingness to stand up for us and beside us throughout this process. Probably one of the most valuable lessons we have learned over the past few years is the value of friendship. We have been encouraged in good faith to share with the people of Arkansas the factual truth, instead of continuing to remain silent.
The recent drop in temperatures could cause your car windshield to crack. Glass expands and contracts due to temperature so it is important to avoid sudden temperature changes. Never use boiling water to defrost your windshield. Instead, turn on the defroster and let the windshield warm up slowly. However, be careful not to set the defroster too high. Let the windshield warm up gradually so the glass isn't shocked by cold temperatures outside and warm temperatures inside, which can also lead to cracking. According to glassamerica.net, "No matter how durable a windshield is, it is still glass.
Anita Kathryn Demere, 63, of Benton passed away Jan. 4, 2014. She was born Sept. 15, 1950 in Little Rock to the late Harold and Mildred Hatfield Sirman. Anita was retired from the Arkansas Health Center in Benton and was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Greg Demere of Benton; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. at Gravel Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Paron.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Ashby Funeral Home.