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24/7 Wall St.: Saline County No. 1 in state income study

February 26, 2015

A recent income study of counties in each state determined that Saline County holds the distinction of being the richest county in Arkansas.

Each state's top county in the study is identified by a photo of a significant site along with pertinent facts. In Saline County's case, a photo of the courthouse is included with the information.

That study by 24/7 Wall St. determined that the county's median household income is $55,348 while the state's median household income is $40,768.

City to take first steps on south route

February 25, 2015

After hearing opinions from residents and business owners for and against a proposed south route in Bryant, the city council approved an resolution allowing Mayor Jill Dabbs to begin speaking with property owners about right-of-way on three possible routes.
Three aldermen voted against the resolution and Alderman Rob Roedel was absent during the meeting. To break the tie Dabbs voted in favor of the resolution.
More information about this issue will be include in Thursday’s edition of The Saline Courier.
During the meeting the council also:

Bryant Chamber ribbon cuttings cancelled

February 25, 2015

Four ribbon cuttings to be hosted by the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce set for Thursday have been cancelled due to weather conditions, according to Rae Ann Fields, executive director of the chamber.
The cuttings will be rescheduled at a later date, she added.

Hazardous Weather Outlook: Wednesday, Feb. 25

February 25, 2015

According to the National Weather Service/Little Rock, the heaviest of the snow can be expected across southern Arkansas where 4-6" of snow will be possible.

Snow will taper off by the late afternoon hours with a sharp cutoff between places that receive over three inches of snow and locations that see just a dusting. The wide variation of snowfall totals could fall within the same county, they say.

Check back for more information throughout the day.

Inclement Weather Closings and Delays: Wednesday, Feb. 25

February 25, 2015

The following schools, government offices and businesses will be closed or delayed on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015:

Bauxite Public Schools: CLOSED
Benton Public Schools: CLOSED
Benton First United Methodist Daycare: CLOSED
Bryant Public Schools: CLOSED
First Baptist Church Preschool: CLOSED
Fountain Lake School District: CLOSED
Glen Rose School District: CLOSED
Harmony Grove School District: CLOSED

This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

Police nab 3 juveniles in burglary case

February 24, 2015

Three local juveniles accused of breaking into a Benton business earlier this month have been arrested.

According to a news release from the Benton Police Department, investigators located stolen property and gathered sufficient evidence to charge the three minors, who have been turned over to juvenile authorities. Their arrest comes two weeks after a Feb. 9 burglary report by Ambient Minerals, located at 705 Bird St. The proprietor there told police that perpetrators had gained entry into the business and that “some items had been stolen.”

Benton basketball games rescheduled

February 24, 2015

Due to inclement weather, Tuesday night's Benton Panther girls and boys junior varsity and varsity basketball games at Pine Bluff have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Forecasters issue wintry weather outlook, watch for Arkansas

February 24, 2015

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Forecasters say a thawing Arkansas should brace for another round of snow and sleet.

The National Weather Service in North Little Rock issued a hazardous weather outlook for Tuesday and a winter storm watch for Wednesday.

The outlook covers much of the state and does not project any additional wintry precipitation through Tuesday night. Many roadways remain icy after 2-3 inches of snow fell Monday on much of central and western Arkansas.

Man charged in connection with shooting incident

February 23, 2015

A man who allegedly shot himself on accident has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Feb. 16, Josh Tiner, 26, was involved in a shooting on North Summit Road.
“Based on information and evidence gathered, Tiner and another individual were handling a pistol that belonged to Tiner whenever it discharged and struck (Tiner,)” said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

During the incident, Tiner suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen and buttock area, Russell said.

Update: Runaway teen located

February 20, 2015

UPDATE: Police say they have located missing teen River Williams. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
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Authorities have exhausted their leads in looking for a 16-year-old Benton juvenile who was reported missing more than a week ago.

River Williams’ mother reported him missing on Feb. 11 and told police she believed him to still be in central Arkansas, “possibly with friends or acquaintances,” according to a statement the Benton Police Department released Friday afternoon.

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