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Board tells yoga training schools to get licensed

August 29, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas state board says schools that train yoga teachers will soon need to attain a license.

The Arkansas Board of Private Career Education oversees private, postsecondary career schools for fields, such as real estate, bail bonds and tattoo piercing.

The board's director, Brenda Germann, says that yoga teacher-training schools in Arkansas should've been licensed sooner. But she says she had little knowledge of their existence until recently when a national group asked each state about licensing for the facilities.

Amped up for Amplify; third annual Christian music festival starts today

August 29, 2014

The third annual Amplify Christian Music Festival begins today on the grounds of Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton.

The two-day festival opens its doors at 3 p.m. today and again at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The festival will feature top contemporary Christian music artists including Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, Sanctus Real, Jason Gray, Rhett Walker Band, Citizen Way, MIKESCHAIR, The Museum, Drew Cline, Spencer Lloyd, who competed in this season's "American Idol," and others.

Bryant Council approves billboards, new gated community

August 29, 2014

A rezoning ordinance permitting a new gated community and a billboard ordinance drew the approval of the Bryant City Council in a meeting Thursday night.

The gated community, which will be located on Mt. Carmel Road south of Hurricane Creek, will be an upscale neighborhood similar to Midtown and will be built in three phases.

Developers have been working with every city department to make sure this is the best project possible, said Dee Fiser, one of the project coordinators.

2 nights of rodeo performances on tap for county fair.

August 29, 2014

The Saline County Fair is about to get under way and with the fair comes the annual rodeo performances.

The first activity for fair week on Tuesday will be the annual parade at 6 p.m. in Downtown Benton, but that's not all residents can enjoy during the annual event, said Mollie Wright, a member of the Fair Association Board of Directors.

This year two nights of rodeo shows are scheduled, Wright said.

"The Saline County Fair Association is excited to announce we will once again be hosting the annual rodeo produced by H & H Rodeo Company out of Vilonia," Wright said.

Final suspect in robbery case apprehended

August 29, 2014

The final person being sought in conjunction with a July 30 robbery was arrested Thursday.

Coytrell Harris was arrested in the Otter Creek area by officers of the U.S. Marshals Service, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.

The victim told officers that three men came into her home and held her at gunpoint, Crowson said.

Harris was charged with kidnapping, theft of property, aggravated assault, aggravated assault, battery and interference with emergency communication.

Four other people previously were arrested in connection with this incident.

Daily Dispatch, Aug. 28, 2014

August 29, 2014

Benton Police Department
•A woman on Brenda Drive reported her GPS was stolen.
•An employee at First Security Bank on Military Road reported receiving a fraudulent check.
•A woman at Benton Middle School reported her son's trumpet was stolen.
•Debra Ortiz, 30, of Benton was arrested on South Third Street and charged with assault on a family or household member.
•A man on South Market Street reported three guns were stolen from his residence.
•A man on Columbia Ave. reported the theft of a 2001 Black Toyota Tacoma.

Saline County Sheriff's Office

Pryor invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV attack ad

August 27, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor invoked the Ebola outbreak in a new television ad unveiled this week criticizing his Republican rival over a vote against medical disaster funding, injecting fears about the deadly disease into an already intense race.

The Arkansas senator's campaign has been running a new television spot that opens with TV news clips about the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa. Health officials say an outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely.

Boxer Jermain Taylor accused of shooting cousin

August 27, 2014

MAUMELLE — Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and assault in a shooting that wounded Taylor's cousin at the boxer's suburban Little Rock home, authorities said.

"Mr. Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault," Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden said Tuesday. "It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire."

Former resident caught in Napa quake

August 27, 2014

San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, Aug. 24, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

The magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled in the vineyard-studded hills of northern California, ruptured water mains and gas lines, hampering firefighters' efforts to extinguish the blazes that broke out after the temblor struck at 3:20 a.m.

Police investigating BHS vandalism; authorities say glass was shot out

August 27, 2014

Benton police are looking for the person responsible for vandalizing Benton High School.

On Monday, school staff reported some of the glass in the rotunda area at the school had been broken.
"The glass was broken by what appeared to be two bullet holes through it," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

A surveillance video showed "the suspect in the case driving a small motorcycle and firing two rounds toward the rotunda area before speeding off at approximately 12:23 a.m. on Saturday," Russell said.

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