June 22nd, 2012
Saline County is under a burn ban.
County Judge Lanny Fite announced today that he has declared the ban following the state Forestry Commission's recommendation.
Burn bans are issued for 30 days unless a lift is authorized by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The ban reportedly applies to controlled or other burning.
The current dry conditions and high temperatures reportedly have necessitated this decision.
The county is among several of the state's 75 counties that currently have bans in effect, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.
In these cases, the one consistent communications service that reportedly never has failed has been amateur radio. These radio operators, often called â€śhams,â€ť provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station.
A Saline Memorial Hospital physician has brought honor to the hospital as well as the community.
Dr. Scott Archer was recently recognized by the AR SAVES Program as Physician of the Year. The award was presented at the AR SAVES annual meeting at the Clinton Library in Little Rock.
Archer is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at SMH, where he serves as the chief of emergency medicine and medical director of the Saline Memorial Ambulance Service.
He also serves as the physician lead between SMH and the AR SAVES Program.Â
If there is one thing that LeBron James and company need, it is positive feedback from the public. Since James announced that he was "taking his talents to South Beach" before the start of the 2010 season, he has been slammed with negativity and crude remarks from millions of people across the world.
Bond has been set at $250,000 for murder suspect Danny Wayne Stalnacker, who voluntarily surrendered to Hot Spring County authorities at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Stalnacker, 64, appeared before District Judge Mike Robinson on Wednesday and is scheduled for a subsequent appearance at 1 p.m. Aug. 7.
Lt. Scotty Courtney of the Saline County Sheriff's Office said Stalnacker remains incarcerated at the Saline County Detention Center.
Stalnacker, 64, is charged with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of 35-year-old Christopher Patterson of Traskwood.
Representatives of Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the city of Benton, Benton School District and Saline Memorial Hospital came together Wednesday for the first Benton Summit.
The event was held in the media room at Benton High School.
The theme for the summit was "Opening Doors." It was structured as an event to educate the community on the measures being taken by the four featured entities toward mutual cooperation.
Approximately 140 community residents attended.
Morgan Paul Richey Jr., 76, of Benton passed away June 19.Â He was born Feb. 16, 1936, in Saline County to the late Morgan Paul and Myrtle Richey Sr.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Burnett.
Benton City Council decided Tuesday night to abolish the city's Parks Commission.
The council voted 8-2 â€” including one "no" vote caused by the absence of a member â€” for an ordinance that does away with the commission and transfers responsibility for the parks and recreation department to the council.
At the start of the special meeting, Mayor David Mattingly announced that he had convened the session at the request of three aldermen: Jerry Ponder, Steve Lee and Bill Donnor.
For the second consecutive week, the Tyndall Park amphitheater will be offering classical theater, this time in a version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23, and again the following week at 7 p.m. June 28-30.
Last week, the Young Players, the youth theater division of the Royal Players, presented a modern version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with performances of "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet."
"It is our goal to eradicate child abuse in all its forms within the next three generations." This is the mission of the Southern Regional Training Center at the NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville.
Wyley Elliot, vice president for public relations and development at NWACC, told the Benton-Bauxite Rotary Club on Tuesday that more than 1 million people in the United States are impacted by child abuse and neglect each year.
The meeting was held at Brown's Country Store and Restaurant.