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Lamont Cornwell accepts position with SCEDC

August 22, 2014

Mayor David Mattingly today announced a change to the city’s organization. Lamont Cornwell, the Director of Economic and Community Development is retiring effective September 5, 2014. He will be taking on a new challenge. He will become the Executive Director of the Saline County Economic Development Corporation. “Lamont has been an important part of Benton’s success over the past 4 years,” said Mattingly, “and I am going to miss his daily presence, but I know he is not leaving our city, he is going to be working for all the citizens of Saline County.”

Aid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recovered

August 21, 2014

ATLANTA — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday. Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.

Jonesboro paper says police chief bullied reporter

August 21, 2014

JONESBORO — The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun newspaper wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied a reporter into quitting by making a series of derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

In a story published Wednesday, Sun Publisher David Mosesso said Chief Michael Yates had maligned Sunshine Crump's character and was interfering with The Sun's ability to conduct its business.

"Any other entity would have already fired or suspended an employee who made these types of vindictive comments," Mosesso said.

Romney, McCarthy praise Arkansas GOP hopefuls

August 21, 2014

JONESBORO — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy praised their party's nominees for governor and Congress in Arkansas, as the state GOP enlisted the help of national figures to boost their campaigns.

A-State student injured at fraternity house

August 21, 2014

JONESBORO — Police at Arkansas State University say an 18-year-old student was badly hurt by a flying piece of a broken golf club at a fraternity house.

Authorities say a female student was taken to a Memphis hospital after she was impaled by broken golf club on Tuesday night.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports the student's condition has not been released.

University police say a 19-year-old man threw a football to another man, who was using a golf club as a bat. The golf club's shaft broke after it struck the football.

Sex offender arrested after entering school

August 21, 2014

A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday for allegedly entering Ringgold Elementary School without an escort, a violation of his terms.

Robert Warford, 39, of Saline County allegedly entered Ringgold Elementary School with his child on the first day of school.

"Warford did have a legitimate reason to be at the school, but violated his terms of release by not notifying staff and requesting an escort while on school premises," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Warford is a level three sex offender, Russell said.

Billingsley announces candidacy for Bryant City Council

August 21, 2014

Carlton Billingsley has announced he will oppose Gary Hollis for the Ward 2, Position 2 seat on the Bryant City Council.

The position currently is held by Randy Cox, a candidate for the mayoral seat.

Billingsley, a long-time resident of Bryant, says he cares about the community and seeks "an opportunity to lead the community in a positive direction for all residents in the city of Bryant."

Billingsley said he cares about each resident in Bryant and hopes to make the city better for everyone.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to bring new ideas," he said.

Driver wrecks, charged with DWI

August 21, 2014

James Matthew Shelnut, 41, of Benton was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated Tuesday.

According to an incident report from the Saline County Sheriff's Office, Shelnut was westbound on West Longhills Road in Benton when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Z71, crashing into a telephone pole on the north side of the roadway.

The crash occurred 453 feet from the intersection of West Longhills Road and Gabby Lane.

Bryant bond issue back in discussion

August 21, 2014

Bryant bond issue back in discussion

Sarah Perry

Bryant City Council will be meeting in a special session at 6 tonight tonight to discuss a bond proposal previously rejected by voters.

This issue, which was voted down in May, has been revised to include only the park section of the bond, said Mayor Jill Dabbs.

The meeting was requested by Aldermen Wade Permenter, Brenda Miller, Rob Roedel and Scott Curtis. Alderman Mike Chandler also said he is in favor of the meeting but will be out of town, she said.

McMahan encourages residents to run for office

August 21, 2014

A letter from Bauxite Mayor Johnny McMahan, dated July 30, was sent to a select number of Bauxite residents to encourage them to run for the offices of alderman, mayor and town treasurer in the November 2014 general election.

According to McMahan, the letter was sent out to about 15 residents.

The letter stated: "I am asking you personally to consider becoming one of these candidates as I believe Bauxite needs intelligent, serious and dedicated people to help our town through the next two to four years."

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