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Dabbs wins re-election; all votes counted in 3 runoffs

November 25, 2014


Mayor Jill Dabbs 52% 1,737 votes
Randy Cox 48% 1,574

Paul Mitchell 74% 130 votes
Mayor Mitchelle Hobbs 26% 43 votes

Bill Russell 53% 62 votes
Eddie Jones 47% 56 votes


Dabbs says she has won re-election

November 25, 2014

According to Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs, she says she has received a phone call tell her that she has been re-elected as the mayor of Bryant, defeating opponent Randy Cox in a runoff election.

Dabbs leads Cox after Early Voting; Russell, Mitchell ahead in respective races

November 25, 2014


Mayor Jill Dabbs 53% 905 votes
Randy Cox 47% 817 votes

Paul Mitchell 79% 11 votes
Mayor Michelle Hobbs 21% 3 votes

Bill Russell 71% 24 votes
Eddie Jones 29% 10 votes

0 boxes from today's final voting have been counted.

Calls for business could be scammer

November 25, 2014

As the holiday season quickly approaches, so does the season of scams.

On Monday, the Benton Schools Athletic Department warned of two unauthorized companies contacting area business to sell ads for promotional items.

“End Zone Athletics and 5 Star Posters are not authorized to sell ads in the Benton School District,” Benton athletic director Randy McFarlin said.

The school dropped its contract with 5 Star Posters almost a year ago, before McFarlin came on.

Bryant 5th-grader wins essay contest

November 25, 2014

Zoe Turner, a fifth-grader at Hurricane Creek Elementary School, likes the tenth day of Christmas in the seasonal song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

In fact, she likes it so much that she was able to convince the judges of an essay contest that it’s really the best day of all.

Zoe’s essay about that particular day was selected as the top essay among all of those submitted in the contest that was open to fifth-graders throughout Saline County. (The essay appears on page 10 of today’s Courier.)

Missing Arkansas 2-year-old sought in Searcy 

November 25, 2014

SEARCY — Dozens of searchers are combing neighborhoods around the home in Searcy where a 2-year-old child has disappeared.

Police say the child, Malik Drummond, walked away from the home about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. The media reports that an Amber Alert was issued a short time later and was upgraded early Monday after initial search efforts in the area were unsuccessful.

Police say Malik is black, stands about 3 feet tall, weighs about 40 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing brown pants and a blue shirt. Authorities say the child is also autistic.

Chamber to host event concerning 'wet' issue

November 21, 2014

The future of Benton and Saline County concerning the change from a dry county to a wet one will be the focus of a presentation on Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Benton Event Center.

Rick Chrisman of the Alcohol Beverage Control is scheduled to speak for about 30 to 45 minutes following a lunch provided by the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“They are going to give us a presentation of what is going to happen in the next 10 months,” Gary James, said executive director for the chamber.

More on this story can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Dabbs not happy after lack of quorum; 5 aldermen no shows for council meeting

November 21, 2014

The Bryant City Council was scheduled to meet Thursday evening but that meeting was canceled when only three aldermen were present.

Aldermen Randy Cox, Adrian Henley, Scott Curtis, Brenda Miller and Wade Permenter were absent.

The council had planned to discuss the city’s finances, two development projects and a proposed change to the city attorney’s position.

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November 21, 2014

Aggressive groundhog charges at New Hampshire man

November 20, 2014

HAMPTON, N.H. — A New Hampshire man says he was working in his garage when a groundhog he had seen in his backyard charged at him.

Gary McGrath of Hampton tells WMUR-TV ( the groundhog got close, so he pushed him back with his foot Tuesday. But the animal returned. McGrath said he gave him a harder kick and closed the garage door.

But the groundhog sneaked through another opening — and McGrath ended up running to the front door.


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