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July 25th, 2014

Top-notch choice; Benton names Stoll Teacher of the Year

July 25, 2014

Darci Stoll has been named Teacher of the Year for the Benton School District.

The announcement of the honor was made Thursday night in a meeting of the Benton School Board.

Stoll is a social studies teacher at Benton High School, where she has taught for the past nine years.

Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that the "selection of the Teacher of the Year is quite a process."

It involves a vote among all the teachers of the district, he pointed out.

As the district's Teacher of the Year, Stoll is now eligible for the state Teacher of the Year competition, he noted.

Concert series at courthouse to begin Sunday evening

July 25, 2014

Concert Violinist Oksana, director and founder of Ovation Music Academy in Benton, has scheduled a monthly live music series to be held at the Saline County Courthouse from July through October of this year.

The concerts will be held at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month, Oksana said.

“Because of the increasing popularity of the events that we have held on the courthouse lawn, we have decided to provide a commitment to the people of Saline County to experience free live music during the most comfortable months of the year in an outside venue,”she noted.

Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

July 25, 2014

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office Thursday afternoon with patient Richard Plotts, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

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