The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-29T16:36:14-04:00 VIDEO: Peyton Manning dances at practice2014-07-29T16:33:05-04:002014-07-29T16:29:58-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableTRENDING VIDEO: Peyton Manning dances at practiceNo source Society of Saline County Pet of the Week2014-07-29T14:48:48-04:002014-07-29T14:48:34-04:00The Saline CourierHe needs a special home, according to Ann Sanders, director of the Humane Society of Saline County."Wilson had nearly starved to death and had very little hair when we took him in," Sanders said."We think someone put flea drops on him and that is what made the large sore he suffered that left him with no hair on the back of his neck," Sanders said.She noted that Dr. Eric Jayne first treated Wilson and then the staff at the Humane Society has been "giving him lots of tender love and care along with lots of food.""Wilson loves to eat and will reach through the bars of his cage to make sure you don't forget to feed him," Sanders said."He is a staff favorite at the Humane Society and we are all waiting for that special someone to come along and adopt him," she said.Wilson's adoption fee is $75.This special cat may be seen at the shelter between noon and 4 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday.The facility also houses a number of other cats and kittens as well as dogs of many varieties. All animals that are adopted from the facility are first spayed or neutered.The shelter is at 7100 Bauxite Highway.Donations to assist the society may be mailed at any time to P.O. Box 305, Benton, AR 72018.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckHumane Society of Saline County Pet of the WeekNo source AG asks to help defend drilling tax break2014-07-29T14:47:08-04:002014-07-29T14:47:08-04:00The Saline CourierMcDaniel on Friday asked a Pulaski County judge to allow him to intervene in the lawsuit over a measure thatexempts sand used in natural gas drilling from state sales taxes, which was approved earlier this year as part of a state agency's budget despite objections from the governor. The lawsuit argues the tax break should have been considered on its own and required a two-thirds majority to even be introduced during the legislative session, which was intended to focus on budget issues.McDaniel asked to intervene in the case the same day Department of Finance and Administration Director Richard Weiss, named as the defendant in the lawsuit, agreed in court papers that the tax exemption was unconstitutional.The Legislature approved the tax break in March as part of the budget for the department's revenue services division, overriding a line-item veto by Gov. Mike Beebe. Beebe and Weiss had cited concerns about the tax break being included in the division's budget and not considered as a stand-alone item.Benton, ARAssociated PressArkansas AG asks to help defend drilling tax breakNo source snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas2014-07-29T14:46:01-04:002014-07-29T14:46:01-04:00The Saline CourierA cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week, weather forecasters said Monday.It's normally the hottest time of the year, with highs averaging around 95 degrees and nighttime lows in the 70s. But National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Day said the cool snap will push highs closer to 80 degrees with lows in the 60s through early next week."Looks like on Wednesday we may even see some highs in the 70s," Day said from the Norman, Oklahoma, office. "I really think it's just kind of an anomaly. It's basically a front moving through, a pretty strong one at that."It's the second cold front to alter the region's summertime weather patterns this month. The cold fronts are a harbinger of El Nino, a prolonged warming of Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures that generally results in cooler air, according to Sean Clarke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, Arkansas."We're basically in a transition to an El Nino year right now," Clarke said. The chance of an El Nino affecting weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere is about 70 percent this summer and close to 80 percent during the fall and early winter, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center says.The last El Nino occurred in 2009, when temperatures were also cooler than normal, Clarke said."That's the effect for Arkansas. It's not the effect for the entire country," he said.The cooler forecast is expected to give people who work outdoors a break. Valley Herrin, owner of All Asphalt Paving "It's extremely hard. You've got to stay hydrated," Herrin said. "Just about everything you work with is roughly about 350 (degrees) to 450 (degrees). It kind of makes you feel like you can't catch your breath."Chris Wright, an outside sales estimator for Elliott Roofing in Oklahoma City, said the cooler weather could allow roofers to work through afternoons — usually the warmest part of the day."We're constantly making sure that they're hydrated, that' they've got water," Wright said. But as a precaution, crews are pulled off jobs during the afternoon to prevent heat-related medical conditions and return in the early evening, he said.The cooler forecast may also permit roofers to work on steeply pitched roofs that are more labor-intensive, Wright said.Herrin said showers expected to accompany the cold front could slow progress on the jobs.Benton, ARAssociated PressCool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, ArkansasNo source makes short work of agenda2014-07-29T14:44:36-04:002014-07-29T14:44:36-04:00The Saline CourierTwo of the ordinances dealt with the purchase of land and one authorized the start of street projects.Ordinance 48 of 2014 was passed on all three readings by a vote of 9 to 1. The lone negative vote resulted from the absence of Alderman Evelyn Reed.The ordinance authorizes the purchase of five acres of land adjacent to the Saline County Fairgrounds. The acreage will be paved for use as a parking lot for the Riverside Center complex.The ordinance states that the parking lot will be available for use by the fairgrounds for three events each year. One of the events is set for the Saline County Fair each fall with the remaining two events at the discretion of the county based upon events at the fairgrounds and availability of the lot.Mayor David Mattingly said the process of working with the county on the site began in January of this year."The city attorney and the county attorney pulled it together," he said. "Judge (Lanny) Fite is ready to move forward with designating the land as surplus."Once that declaration has been made, a public auction will be held with the stipulation that any individual or entity that purchases the land must abide by a common parking agreement for use by the city and the county.Mattingly said the purchase of the site is a "big step toward putting things together so that roads and other structures can begin at the Riverside Center."The ordinance was passed unanimously on all three readings.Ordinance 44 authorizes street projects in the areas of Christy Acres, Pamela Street, Princeton/Montclair Streets, Longview Street and Overview Street.Mattingly said the process of determining which projects would receive priority began in the spring of this year. Aldermen from each ward worked in conjunction with the administration to compile a priority list."This is a very positive step to do things for city infrastructure now that Military Road is complete," he said.The ordinance passed unanimously on all three readings.In other business, $16,346 was approved for the purchase of computers for the police department. Of this amount, $12,192 will be paid with a grant received by the department. The remaining $4,154 will be paid from the Benton Police Department seizure fund account.The ordinance passed unanimously on all three readings.A community development grant worth $9,500 will be used for the creation of an Historic District Design Guideline Handbook for the city. The council unanimously approved the expenditure.The council passed a resolution to purchase land adjacent to the Ralph Bunche park as a means to expand offerings in the area for the parks department.Alderman Jerry Ponder submitted a report from the Advertising and Promotion Commission.Ponder and Alderman Lori Terrell serve on the commission.Ponder reported that 50,000 visitors have visited the Benton Event Center since its opening in October 2013. "Weekends are booked through spring of 2015," he said.Ponder also reported that a funding request to the commission from the Gann Museum's ad hoc downtown mural committee was put on hold until a determination could be made as to the legality of using commission funds for the project.Benton, ARBrent DavisCouncil makes short work of agendaNo source wants another term on Bryant post2014-07-29T14:42:40-04:002014-07-29T14:42:40-04:00The Saline CourierMiller currently holds the council's Ward 4, Position 1 seat. "I believe solid background and experience leads to good decisions with local government issues and citizen trust to continue building a progressive Bryant now and for future generations to enjoy," Miller said.During Miller's 25 years of residency in Bryant, she has seen the city's population grow from "about 4,000 to over 18,000 today." "I would like to continue serving on the Bryant City Council to bring forward responsible changes with growth that would continue improving the quality of life for the residents," she said.Miller noted that she believes Bryant needs more connector streets. "With a large percentage of the city budget directly connected to sales tax, I hope to see current financial information to provide adequate information for placing more drainage issues and street overlays in the budget as soon as revenues allow projects to be properly evaluated," she said. Miller has served the Bryant community in several capacities.In March of 2010, she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the city council. As a member of the Bryant Planning Commission from 1996 to 2006, she helped to bring in several developments to the city, including Walmart, Ashley's Furniture, Target, Alcoa Exchange, Bishop Park, Hurricane Golf Course, Saline County Airport, several strip malls and banks, and Bethel Middle School.Miller served on the Bryant School Board from 2001 to 2006, during which time Bryant Middle School, the Bryant Athletic complex, Bethel Middle School and Hurricane Creek Elementary were constructed. For 18 years she worked for the Saline County Assessor's Office as a certified appraisal manager and senior appraiser for county assessing.She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a member of Bryant's First United Methodist Church.Miller and husband Tom have three daughters, Brandy, Brook and Susan, and two sons, Mark and Matthew. They also have six grandchildren whom Miller calls "sensational.""I love wearing 'Bryant Blue' and am proud to live and continue growing our family in the center of Arkansas — in Bryant.Benton, ARSarah PerryMiller wants another term on Bryant postNo source Dispatch July 292014-07-29T14:38:05-04:002014-07-29T14:38:05-04:00The Saline Courier • A Benton woman reported that a money order she purchased at the Benton Walmart store was cashed at the Bryant Walmart without her knowledge. She had purchased the money order to pay her rent. Records of the transaction indicate the driver's license number of the individual who cashed the order was copied. • A homemade two-axle, flatbed trailer was reported stolen from Weiss Towing on South Second Street. • A Benton man reported an $800 theft from his checking account at a local bank. The man claims the funds were removed from his account by a relative who does not have access or permission to remove money from the account. Police are seeking a copy of security camera footage showing the fraudulent transactions. • A woman filed a harassment claim following responses she has received from an ad on Craigslist. She said she has received 255 text messages and 34 calls related to an ad she claims she did not post. She told the police that the messages and calls were "indecent." The woman claims the ad was placed by someone else as a means to harass her. • A man was charged with public intoxication after police found him staggering in and out of the roadway in the area of Edison Avenue and Arkansas 35 S out. The man admitted to drinking approximately a half-pint of vodka earlier in the day. • Police were called to Adrian Street for reports of a man and a woman verbally arguing in the middle of the street. The man was staggering back and forth across the street and was making sudden movements with his arms in an aggressive manner. The suspect was heavily sweating and his pupils were dilated to the approximate size of a pencil lead tip. The suspect appeared aggravated and admitted to using meth the previous day. The man was taken into custody and transported to the Saline County jail. The female was released.Benton Fire Department • No reports were received.Bryant Police Department • No reports were received.Bryant Fire Department • Three medical runs, one motor vehicle accident and one fire run were reported.Saline County Sheriff's Department • A medical call was made to East End due to reports of an 83-year-old man who was unresponsive and experiencing shallow breathing. • Deputies were called to a Hensley residence for a report of a man who wasn't "acting right." The caller stated he must have overdosed on something, but she wasn't sure and didn't know what he could have overdosed on. • A gold SUV was found parked in the middle of the road on Chick Lane, just down from West Sawmill Road. • A vicious animal was reported on Tarvin Lane. • A caller reported being "scammed out of money on Craiglist." • Deputies were asked to check on an individual who did not show up for work and his family was unable to contact him. • Deputies responded to a possible overdose in the Mabelvale area. The caller reported his mother had taken "too many pills" and he suspected an intentional overdose.Benton, ARBrent DavisDaily Dispatch July 29No source closure in Bryant to begin Wednesday2014-07-29T14:36:32-04:002014-07-29T14:36:32-04:00The Saline CourierAccording to Mayor Jill Dabbs, the city will be installing culverts across the roadway to improve drainage and prevent flooding in the area. This road will be closed until the construction work is completed.Dabbs said the city will make every effort to complete the project before the start of a new school term.Benton, ARBrent DavisRoad closure in Bryant to begin WednesdayNo source NEWS: Teen says male tried to kidnap her2014-07-29T14:01:13-04:002014-07-29T12:31:07-04:00The Saline CourierThe victim, 16-year-old female juvenile, said a Hispanic male tried to lure her into his single-cab Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck as she was walking. She said he opened the passenger door of his vehicle and tried to get her to get in while speaking something in spanish and motioning for her to get in. The truck is two-toned with the upper half painted purple or dark blue and the lower painted red.The report says that a witness noticed what was happening and yelled at the suspect, who then drove away. If anyone has any information regarding the incident you are encouraged to call 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip. Benton, ARJosh BriggsBREAKING NEWS: Teen says male tried to kidnap herNo source VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see owner2014-07-29T16:36:14-04:002014-07-28T13:02:34-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableTRENDING VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see ownerNo source