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July 25th, 2014

McClellan High School planning 1970s multi-year reunion; seeks grads

July 25, 2014

The McClellan High School Class of 1974 is searching for former students who graduated in any year during the 1970s for a multi-year reunion. According to Jane Stout, "The grand reunion will have a festival atmosphere, dinner, live music and many surprises." The reunion is scheduled for September 13 at the Castle on Stagecoach Road in Little Rock. The reunion organizing group is asking that any graduate from a 1970s class contact Pam Zeigler Harris at 501-247-9189, Laura Stolzer Bettis at 870-219-3749, Jane Beitz Stout at 501-860-4667 or Donna McGinty Snelling at 501-860-8871.

Report: Adding vision, dental would cost $43M

July 25, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits.

A report commissioned by the state Insurance Department projected that adding the coverage to the state's "private option," would cost about $20 a month per person in the program. More than 170,000 people are enrolled in the private option, which is using federal funds to purchase insurance for the poor.

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.

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