The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-25T22:33:44-05:00 wins re-election; all votes counted in 3 runoffs2014-11-25T22:33:44-05:002014-11-25T22:33:44-05:00The Saline CourierBRYANTMayor Jill Dabbs 52% 1,737 votesRandy Cox 48% 1,574ALEXANDERPaul Mitchell 74% 130 votesMayor Mitchelle Hobbs 26% 43 votesBAUXITEBill Russell 53% 62 votesEddie Jones 47% 56 votesBenton, ARJosh BriggsDabbs wins re-election; all votes counted in 3 runoffsNo source says she has won re-election2014-11-25T22:15:09-05:002014-11-25T22:15:09-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARJosh BriggsDabbs says she has won re-electionNo source leads Cox after Early Voting; Russell, Mitchell ahead in respective races2014-11-25T21:47:39-05:002014-11-25T21:47:39-05:00The Saline CourierBRYANTMayor Jill Dabbs 53% 905 votesRandy Cox 47% 817 votesALEXANDERPaul Mitchell 79% 11 votesMayor Michelle Hobbs 21% 3 votesBAUXITEBill Russell 71% 24 votesEddie Jones 29% 10 votesBenton, ARJosh BriggsDabbs leads Cox after Early Voting; Russell, Mitchell ahead in respective racesNo source for business could be scammer2014-11-25T15:15:09-05:002014-11-25T14:21:47-05:00The Saline CourierOn Monday, the Benton Schools Athletic Department warned of two unauthorized companies contacting area business to sell ads for promotional items.“End Zone Athletics and 5 Star Posters are not authorized to sell ads in the Benton School District,” Benton athletic director Randy McFarlin said.The school dropped its contract with 5 Star Posters almost a year ago, before McFarlin came on.“I’m pretty sure (former athletic director) Steve Quinn cancelled it back in January,” McFarlin said. “Some of these companies will still come in and try to sell more.”The Benton Athletic Department does not use any third-party companies to sell athletic ads.“Our cheerleaders or teams may go directly to the business themselves,” McFarlin said. “But we don’t hire anyone else to sell ads for Benton athletics.“It is not just the Benton area. They do this across the nation.”McFarlin said the businesses like to “trick” people into believing they are supporting athletics but most of the time only a small percentage actually goes to the schools.If any local businesses receive phone calls asking if they would like to pledge money towards promotional items for Benton athletics, McFarlin said to call the school district to confirm its authenticity.“I would not purchase an ad from anyone over the phone,” McFarlin warned. “Call us and we can confirm any of the fundraisers going around.“But as far as selling advertisements, we don’t authorize that.”The Better Business Bureau is also warning accredited businesses about a phone phishing scam using the BBB’s name.There are multiple versions of the scam where callers claim to be a collection agency working on behalf of the BBB. Benton, ARSam PierceCalls for business could be scammerNo source 5th-grader wins essay contest2014-11-25T15:16:31-05:002014-11-25T12:19:05-05:00The Saline CourierIn fact, she likes it so much that she was able to convince the judges of an essay contest that it’s really the best day of all.Zoe’s essay about that particular day was selected as the top essay among all of those submitted in the contest that was open to fifth-graders throughout Saline County. (The essay appears on page 10 of today’s Courier.)The actual question the children expounded on was: “What is your favorite day in the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ and why?”Zoe took the segment about “ten lords a-leaping” and applied it to the many leaps one takes in life.As her special prizes, she receives $100 and, with County Judge Lanny Fite at her side, will be turning on the courthouse lighting display Monday night.The lighting ceremony, set for shortly after 6 p.m., is held in conjunction with the Christmas parade in Downtown Benton.Essay winners were selected in every elementary school, Fite said. The winners at the other schools included:•Colby Walston, Hill Farm Elementary.•Landyn Walden, Angie Grant Elementary.•Erin Brasher, Caldwell Elementary.•Kaylee Mae Milem, Ringgold Elementary.•Johana A. Ordonez, Collegeville Elementary.•Linnsey C. Seyfert, Bauxite Middle School.•Mia Simone Parker, Springhill Elementary.•Victoria A. Menzies, Salem Elementary.Additional winners will be announced for Harmony Grove Middle School, Paron Elementary, Davis Elementary and Howard Perrin Elementary schools. The winners’ names will not be released until the children receive their certificates, Fite said.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckBryant 5th-grader wins essay contestNo source Arkansas 2-year-old sought in Searcy 
2014-11-25T15:16:58-05:002014-11-25T12:06:32-05:00The Saline CourierPolice say the child, Malik Drummond, walked away from the home about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. The media reports that an Amber Alert was issued a short time later and was upgraded early Monday after initial search efforts in the area were unsuccessful.Police say Malik is black, stands about 3 feet tall, weighs about 40 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing brown pants and a blue shirt. Authorities say the child is also autistic.Benton, ARAssociated PressMissing Arkansas 2-year-old sought in Searcy 
No source to host event concerning 'wet' issue2014-11-21T13:58:46-05:002014-11-21T13:58:46-05:00The Saline CourierRick Chrisman of the Alcohol Beverage Control is scheduled to speak for about 30 to 45 minutes following a lunch provided by the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.“They are going to give us a presentation of what is going to happen in the next 10 months,” Gary James, said executive director for the chamber. Benton, ARSam PierceChamber to host event concerning 'wet' issueNo source not happy after lack of quorum; 5 aldermen no shows for council meeting2014-11-21T13:51:42-05:002014-11-21T13:51:42-05:00The Saline CourierAldermen Randy Cox, Adrian Henley, Scott Curtis, Brenda Miller and Wade Permenter were absent. The council had planned to discuss the city’s finances, two development projects and a proposed change to the city attorney’s position. “Due to these aldermen’s poor decision making, the city of Bryant has now been put in a precarious position. Randy Cox and his allies have put politics before the people,” said Mayor Jill Dabbs. “Rather than do the job they were elected to do and ensure that the city’s business functions smoothly, they have put their political careers first. We have critical deadlines that have to be met in order to keep this city functioning properly.” In a statement released Thursday night, Randy Cox, who is Dabbs’ opponent in a runoff election, said he could not attend the meeting because of a prior family obligation. “I have missed only one other regular council meeting during my term — the day my father passed away," Cox said. "The accusation that this was some kind of organized event borders on lunacy. This is nothing more than one last headline grab going into the runoff election on Nov. 25.” Benton, ARSarah PerryDabbs not happy after lack of quorum; 5 aldermen no shows for council meetingNo source Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal2014-11-21T13:41:56-05:002014-11-21T13:41:56-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableVIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving MealNo source groundhog charges at New Hampshire man 2014-11-20T15:50:05-05:002014-11-20T15:48:15-05:00The Saline CourierGary McGrath of Hampton tells WMUR-TV ( the groundhog got close, so he pushed him back with his foot Tuesday. But the animal returned. McGrath said he gave him a harder kick and closed the garage door.But the groundhog sneaked through another opening — and McGrath ended up running to the front door.His wife called an animal control officer, who got back into his truck for a short time when confronted by the groundhog. The animal was later put down in the yard. It will be tested for rabies.Benton, ARAssociated PressAggressive groundhog charges at New Hampshire man No source