June 9th, 2014
William Townsend, an employee of the Benton Street Department, uses a chain saw to slice a large piece of a tree that fell and struck Roberson & Associates Insurance Agency on Sunday night on North Market Street in Benton. It is unclear if straight-line winds or lightning caused the damage. Numerous trees and structures were damaged in the severe thunderstorms that swept across Central Arkansas on Sunday.
Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington and Jo Nell Mallory, the former chief deputy finance director for the sheriff's office, were arraigned today in Saline County Circuit Court, where both entered not guilty pleas.
Pennington and Mallory were charged with felony offenses following a legislative audit of the sheriff's office.
Circuit Judge Gary Arnold ordered Pennington and Mallory to appear in court again for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. July 21.
Edmond L. "Buck" Layfield, 88, of Benton was received into the open arms of Jesus on Saturday, June 7. Â For the past two years, he had been living at Four Seasons Residential Care Center.
He was born May 22, 1926, in Harmon, La., to Edmond L. Layfield Sr. and Martha Mae Layfield, who preceded him in death. Before his retirement, he had worked for 37 years as a maintenance mechanic for Reynolds Metals in Benton.