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July 28th, 2012

Police searching for men who stole $27,000 in iPhones from Walmart

July 28, 2012

It took about 10 minutes for two men to take 38 iPhones and a smart-phone notebook at the Bryant Walmart store early Tuesday, authorities said.
Walmart officials reportedly told officers from the Bryant Police Department that the amount of items taken is worth $26,832. Sgt. Todd Crowson said they do not know how the suspects were able to walk past the front doors without setting off any alarms.

Resident’s dog complaint leads to testy encounter with Mattingly

July 28, 2012

A complaint Monday about a neighbor's dog escalated to a heated confrontation between Benton resident Donald Power and Mayor David Mattingly.
The incident occurred late afternoon on Pope Street, where Power resides. In the center of it all is the future of three dogs.
Power contends that three dogs belonging to his neighbor, Russ Rogers, are creating a nuisance by barking and says one dog in particular is "vicious" and charges at him.

July 27th

Purifoy speaks out about recall effort

July 27, 2012

"This is between the residents of Bauxite and Mayor McMahan, not between him and me," says Debbi Purifoy, who is leading an effort to recall McMahan.
Purifoy has gathered approximately 130 signatures from residents in Bauxite (population 438) who apparently agree with her when she says, "We need to save this town before it's too late."

July 26th

Marlin Ray Wright

July 26, 2012

Marlin Ray Wright, 67, of Cabot passed away Tuesday, July 24.  He was born April 7, 1945 in Bauxite.
Ray was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired Arkansas State Police trooper.  He was a member of the Arkansas Retired State Police Association and quietly donated to several charities. 
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Marlin and Bertha Wright; two brothers, Joe Wayne and Ralph Wright; and three sisters, Shirley Bradley, Billie June Horvath and Juanita Jacobs.

Frankie Mae Calvin

July 26, 2012

Frankie Mae Calvin, 75, of Benton went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 19. Frankie was born to Joel White Sr and Christine Sanders White in Grady. She retired from ALCOA after working there for more than 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Calvin Sr.; an infant son, Lawrence Calvin; her stepmother, Alma White; and her sister, Haydena Smith.

Norma McAdory Girner

July 26, 2012

Norma McAdory Girner, 90, of Benton passed away Tuesday, July 24. She was born March, 7, 1922, in Birmingham, Ala., to the late Dave and Lilly B. Harris.
She was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church for 44 years, where at one time she served as church secretary.
In earlier years she was an active member and supporter of the Saline County Humane Society.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 43 years, Robert McAdory Sr.; her second husband, John Girner; a son, Richard "Rick" McAdory; and two siblings.

Bauxite mayor to face recall election

July 26, 2012

Bauxite Mayor Johnny McMahan soon will hit the campaign trail as his name will appear on the November ballot two and a half years earlier than expected.
Resident and former Alderman Debbie Purifoy successfully led a petition drive to recall the mayor after collecting more than 100 signatures in Bauxite.
On Wednesday, Saline County Election Coordinator Linda Montalvo told The Saline Courier, "the signatures have been verified. It is a good petition."

Sign ordinance back on agenda for Bryant

July 26, 2012

The Bryant City Council is scheduled tonight to resume discussion of a city sign ordinance.
In late 2011 and early 2012, unsuccessful attempts were made to draft an ordinance that would draw all parties' agreement and the issue was tabled.
Chris Madison, city attorney for Bryant, plans to ask the council to resume the discussion in tonight's meeting. The ordinance is scheduled for the first of its three required readings.

Benton police are diligent in stopping property crimes; make four arrest

July 26, 2012

Beware, thiefs in Benton. After the recent arrests of four people for property crimes, the Benton Police Department has decided to lay down a plan of action to significantly lower all crimes.
"Since June 1 there have been 134 cases of theft, burglary and breaking-and-entering crimes in the city of Benton. These incidents have not gone unnoticed and the Benton Police Department is pushing back against this trend using various resources," Lt. Kevin Russell said.
Residents might have noticed more officers in more places, and that is all part of the design.

Back to reality: Man still striving to help young athletes despite losing foot

July 26, 2012

BAUXITE – In the world of sports, achieving personal and professional goals is everything to an individual athlete. Whether it be a basketball, football or baseball player or even a professional ping pong champion, goals are what keep an athlete motivated to be better and to become what he or she has set out to accomplish.

But when one loses a foot right above the ankle and is forever changed, how can that athlete stay motivated to battle past reality and still achieve those goals?

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