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Deputy followed sergeant's orders; more info released in fatal I-30 crash

October 24, 2014

A man allegedly responsible for a fatal accident that occurred Saturday on Interstate 30 near the Alexander overpass had been stopped by a Saline County Deputy Jack Moseley and was allegedly driving while intoxicated, according to a report released by the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, Caleb Alsup, 33, of Benton was driving a 2014 Ford Focus when he was struck by a 2003 Ford Mustang, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Alsup was pronounced dead at the scene.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Daily Dispatch Oct. 23, 2014

October 24, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A woman on Hiland Circle reported a family member took an item from her home without her permission.
•A man at Walmart reported his credit card was used without his permission.
•Matthew Hufham, 28, of Malvern received a citation on East Pine Street for theft of property.

Saline County Sheriff’s Office
•A woman on Olive Hill Drive reported her husband assaulted her.
•A man reported his identity was stolen.
•A caller on West Jackman Trail reported a disturbance.

Benton Fire Department

Voters to pick Fite's successor as county judge on Nov. 4

October 23, 2014

Saline County Judge Lanny Fite is leaving office in January to serve in the Arkansas Legislature and voters will select between two candidates for his successor.

Current Haskell Mayor Jeff Arey, a Republican, is facing Libertarian candidate Shawn Hipskind in the effort to fill the soon-to-be vacated post.

The Saline Courier sent a set of questions to the email addresses listed in each candidate's information filed with the Saline County Clerk's Office. Arey responded to the questions and Hipskind did not.

The Q&A can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Public meetings scheduled on fate of recycle bins

October 23, 2014

The Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District has set a series of three public meetings to gather input about the future of the recycling bins in Saline County. The effort commonly is known as the "black box program."

Board members of the district have been discussing the program and the increasing cost associated with it during board meetings for several months.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Daily Dispatch, Oct. 22, 2014

October 23, 2014

Benton Police Department
•Officers responded to a report of vandalism to storage units at Tyndall Park Mini Storage on 4th Street.
*The Benton Water Department reported the theft of an asphalt "pizza cutter," a device that attaches to a backhoe and cuts asphalt with a large circular disc. The piece of equipment was last seen on the ground of a worksite at 913 Columbia Street.
*A woman reported the theft of her purse from her vehicle as it was parked at Castle Oak Apartments.

Voters to elect new sheriff in Saline County

October 23, 2014

Cleve Barfield, who has served as Saline County sheriff since August 2013, will be leaving the office at the end of the calendar year. Barfield was selected as sheriff following the retirement of Bruce Pennington, who left the position following an arrest for public intoxication.

On Nov. 4, county residents will select a new sheriff by choosing between Republican Rodney Wright and Democrat Rodney Goshien.

Ben Bradlee remembered for invigorating journalism

October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.

The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal.

Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. He was 93.

Bryant infant death prompts investigation

October 22, 2014

Bryant Police Department is investigating the death of a 5-month-old child.

Police were called to the baby's home on Chelsea Street after he was reported to be unresponsive around 6 p.m. on Monday.

The child was transported to Saline Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer.

"Bryant police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the infant's death," he said. "No further details are available at this time."

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Early voting numbers up to 6,888 in just 2 days

October 22, 2014

A total of 6,888 ballots have been cast since early voting started Monday in the November general election.

Broken down by specific sites, the Saline County Clerk's Office reported that 3,994 people have voted at the county election center ("vote here" building) in Benton; 1,390 have voted at Grace Church in Bryant; 1104 have voted at Bank of the Ozarks (formerly Summit Bank) in Hot Springs Village; and 400 have voted at the East End Fire Station.

Early voting will be continuing today. Hours, dates and sites for the continuation of early voting are:

SMH renovation includes lobby, gift shop

October 22, 2014

After being closed to the public for several months, Saline Memorial Hospital unveiled a redesigned and refurbished main entrance and lobby on Monday.

Members of the SMH Board of Directors, SMH staff, donors to the project and other invited community guests were given a “first look” at the lobby that had not been updated since the early 1990s.

"The main entrance is typically the first place our visitors go when entering the hospital," said Matt Brumley, director of the Saline Memorial Health Foundation.

The remodeling was a project of the foundation.

 

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