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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.

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.

Fashion show in Benton to benefit MS

July 25, 2014

Twenty-six models will hit the runway in some of the latest fashions at the Benton Event Center to help raise money for the fight against multiple sclerosis. The annual fundraiser is called "Orange You Lovely" and proceeds will go to the Central Arkansas Walk MS event.

Lisa Finkbeiner, director of special events and development for the National MS Society in Little Rock, says "There will be yummy desserts, more than $3,000 worth of merchandise in our silent auction and amazing volunteers and scholarship winners whom the National MS Society will honor."

Harrington gets 30-year-term; 2 others convicted on sex charges

July 25, 2014

Three men recently received prison sentences after each pleaded guilty to felony charges in Saline County Circuit court.

One man pleaded guilty to drug charges and a sexual assault charge. Two others were charged with sexual crimes after meeting their victims at local churches.

Joey Harrington, 43, of Benton, pleaded guilty to several charges including sexual assault, felon in possession of a firearm, failure to appear in court and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. He was sentenced by Saline County Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips to a 30-year prison term.

FAA lifts ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv airport

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali

July 24, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, the plane's owner and a French government official said.

Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said.

Arkansas university to cut 16 jobs in 2 years

July 24, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE — Sixteen jobs will be cut in two years after the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville phases out a printing unit, school officials said.

Offset printing will stop on July 1, 2016, in the university's Print-Mail-Copy Solutions business unit, which provides graphic design services, on-campus mail delivery and a full-service post office. Offset printing involves transferring ink from a plate to a rubber cylinder and then onto paper.

The planned cuts are about 40 percent of the business unit, which has 39 jobs, according to reports.

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