The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-20T17:17:12-04:00 involving school bus, car reported in Bauxite2014-08-20T17:17:12-04:002014-08-20T17:17:12-04:00The Saline CourierChildren were on board the bus at the time of the accident, but only three minor injuries were reported, Courtney said.Benton, ARNo author availableAccident involving school bus, car reported in BauxiteNo source church offering way to avoid financial distress2014-08-20T13:39:30-04:002014-08-20T13:39:30-04:00The Saline CourierClasses meet once a week for a different lesson taught by program founder Dave Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. First United Methodist is located at 200 N. Market St. in Benton. Classes are held at 6 p.m. each Sunday and are now in session.Contact Beverly Brister at (501)778-3601 for more information or to register.Ramsey said his program, through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially."On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days," he says. "Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.“FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” he noted. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.” Ramsey notes that he knows firsthand the pain that financial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than a million dollars by age 26, he quickly lost it all. Since that period he has helped families and individuals across the country learn how to gain control of their finances and avoid debt so they don’t have to experience the same pain he did. FPU lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey, and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization. After purchasing a membership. each participant receives a workbook, Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money, an envelope system and an audio CD library.Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons. For more information or to purchase a membership, go to has authored five New York Times best-selling books: "Financial Peace," "More Than Enough," "The Total Money Makeover," "EntreLeadership" and "Smart Money Smart Kids."Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckBenton church offering way to avoid financial distressNo source group monitoring Alexander juvenile center2014-08-20T13:36:25-04:002014-08-20T13:36:25-04:00The Saline CourierThe center has released a report about its findings but will still monitor the center, said Justin Nickels, communications specialist with the facility. "We hope this report and the recommendations made within will help to move the discussion in the direction of creative and positive next steps toward a truly effective and humane juvenile justice system," according to the report. Issues at the center came to light after a statewide publication reported there were 327 assaults noted in 2013. This was a 98 percent increase in assaults in 2013 in comparison to 2012, Nickels said. "That's astounding," he said. Victims of the alleged assaults included both children and workers, he said. Leaders at the center say this increase reflects a change in the definition of assault. Based on the performance-based standard model that the center is using, an assault can include "a youth who engages in horseplay with other youth, a youth who throws a shoe into another youth's room without striking them and a youth who attempts to fight another youth but is stopped by the staff," according to the report. The average stay for a juvenile at this facility is five to 18 months, but some children have remained as long as three years. The story of one 13-year-old is included in the report. He has been at the center for three years. "During interviews with the center staff, he has stated that he is aware that his behavior is what is keeping him at AJATC, but no one is listening to his pleas for help," according to the report. The report also explained issues with adhering to the inmates' schedules and not allowing inmates to use the phone as outlined in the center's policy. Staff members also reportedly reward youth with candy bars for assaulting other inmates, according to the report. The center concluded its report with recommendations for the state, which include researching other similar centers in other states and "reallocating funding from the Arkansas Juvenile Treatment and Assessment Center to other programs throughout the state with a demonstrated track record of effectively and safely providing services to at-risk youth." Benton, ARSarah PerryAdvocate group monitoring Alexander juvenile centerNo source sells land to state highway department2014-08-20T13:32:45-04:002014-08-20T13:32:45-04:00The Saline CourierIn a regularly scheduled meeting of the council Monday night, the council members agreed to sell approximately 10 square feet of land to the Highway Department for $100.Mayor Johnny McMahan said the state agency is interested in enlarging the Rock Island Railroad bridge by straightening out Arkansas 183. The property to be purchased from Bauxite is located past Arkansas Labeling on the left side of the highway, near Bryant.McMahan said the agency currently is relocating utilities for the project."It is for the common good and I don't think there is any reason to fight this," McMahan said. "At one time they were thinking about a different route and I told them we could not pay to move the utilities, so they worked it out so that this will affect us very little."Alderman Mona Struble stated, "It is fair market value what they are getting."McMahan said, "I think they are offering us, in good faith, $100. But they are going to take it either way. We can either pass it or not pass it."It was noted that the agency would seize the land through eminent domain if the council did not vote for the resolution authorizing the sale of the property.Alderman Paula Matthews presented a motion to approve the resolution and authorize the mayor and city clerk to prepare the required paperwork. The motion was seconded by Alderman Brenda Haney and then approved by a vote of 3-0. Struble abstained from voting because she is an employee of the Highway Department.In other business, the council members discussed what should be done in regard to the city's water and sewer rates.During a July 21 meeting, the Arkansas Rural Water Association told the council members that without unless the rates are adjusted, Bauxite will no longer be able to maintain its system. Alderman Karen Brooks recommended that the council amend the fees associated with late water payments and change fees. Brooks also recommended that the council look at raising both the water and sewer rates, specifically suggesting that business customers be charged a higher rate than residential customers. In order to raise the sewer rates, the council must hold a public hearing. The council members tentatively scheduled a public hearing for Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. before the regularly scheduled council meeting. McMahan said, "I believe everyone realizes that something needs to be done. A workshop might be the place the start."Benton, ARBobbye PykeBauxite sells land to state highway departmentNo source Lewis, taxes focus of press conference2014-08-20T13:26:35-04:002014-08-20T13:26:35-04:00The Saline CourierThe partnership was announced by Benton Mayor David Mattingly at a press conference this morning.Additionally, Mattingly announced plans for a phased-in reduction of personal property taxes during the next three years, the location of a police/fire substation on Arkansas 5 near Alcoa Road and an agreement with Saline County to use the CodeRED system currently in place.Speaking about C.W. Lewis Stadium prior to the conference, Mattingly said, "We have the opportunity with the parks department to use the stadium for various groups in the city."An agreement has been reached with UALR to use the stadium at an annual rate of $1 per year for the next three years.As part of the agreement, the Benton Parks Department will assume maintenance of the stadium to include mowing, cleaning, lights and water."We will makes sure the power is on, the water is flowing and the field is kept in condition for use by any group that wishes to use the stadium," Mattingly said.The agreement calls for the Benton Parks Department to be responsible for scheduling the use of the stadium just as it does for Tyndall Park and Bernard Holland Park."We will not schedule events or usage of the stadium for Sunday or Wednesday," Mattingly said.A joint parking agreement with First Baptist Church adjacent to the stadium has been reached, Mattingly said.He noted that a portion of the stadium parking lot is owned by the church."Rather than letting the stadium sit unused, adding the venue to one of the parks department options, even on a short-term basis, makes good sense for the city and the residents," the mayor said.Several groups, including soccer programs, have been approached regarding use of the stadium, he noted.On another matter, Mattingly also reviewed a plan to reduce personal property taxes in the city. Benton residents are currently assessed 4.5 mills. Of that total, 4.1 mills is from personal property tax and .4 mills goes toward the fire pension fund for the city.Mattingly's proposal would reduce the personal property rate to 3.9 mills while simultaneously increasing the fire pension fund rate to .6 mills. The increase in the rate dedicated to the pension fund is needed to help stabilize the fund, the mayor noted.Since 2009 the fire pension fund has seen an asset drop from $2.2 million to $1.8 million. Mattingly said that among the items being closely monitored are unfunded liabilities, and he noted that pension funds are typically in this situation across the country as many firefighters reach retirement age.Pensions are retirement plans paid 100 percent by the municipality and are declining in numbers as programs switch to defined contribution plans that require the employee to contribute a portion of their pay.Without an injection of funds, Mattingly says there are two ways to increase assets in the fund. One approach is to see an increase in the rate of return in the fund; the other is to infuse an increase of capital."The pension currently invests in a money market fund," he said. "With the 18 to 20 percent loss in market value the fund has experienced since 2009, increasing the millage rate from .4 to .6 is expected to extend the life of the fund to 12 years."Mattingly proposes the change in personal property millage drop to 3 mills for property assessed in 2015 and paid in 2016. If city tax collections continue to increase as projected, Mattingly will propose additional decreases of the personal property millage to 1.5 mills assessed on property in 2016, paid in 2017 and a final elimination of the tax for property assessed in 2017.In other announcements, Mattingly said the CodeRED emergency announcement program with Saline County will be available for Benton residents at no cost to the city.The CodeRED program sends messages and telephone calls to residents who have signed up for the services when severe weather or other emergency announcements affect the area. Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the Benton website,, and clicking on the CodeRED link.A planned public safety substation for the area near Alcoa Road and Arkansas 5 is in the planning stages and the final location will be announced soon. The substation will include space for fire equipment and personnel as well as police officers.By building the substation, the city of Benton can apply for an ISO rating review and city officials are confident that it will bring about a lowering of the city's ISO rating.Benton, ARBrent DavisC.W. Lewis, taxes focus of press conferenceNo source killer given additional court dates2014-08-20T11:23:35-04:002014-08-20T11:23:35-04:00The Saline CourierDuring the proceeding, Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips set two new court dates for the defendant. On Sept. 4, Enriquez is scheduled for another bond hearing, and on Oct. 20 he is scheduled for plea and arraignment. Days after his arrest, his bond was set at $500,000, but recently his attorney, Bobby Digby of Little Rock, filed a motion to reduce the bond. "There is a material change in circumstance that would justify another bond hearing in this matter," wrote Digby in the motion. During his first bond hearing, Detective Cpl. Gary Robertson testified about the case. When deputies first received the call to respond, they believed a car accident had occurred near the residence since Enriquez called 911 saying there was a "crash" at his residence, Robertson said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the victim's body lying on the kitchen floor. According to police, Ballentine had been shot twice — once in the head and once in the groin.People who live in the area told deputies they heard gunshots around 11:30 p.m. or midnight, but Enriquez did not call 911 to report the incident until around 5 a.m. During the time he was on the phone with a dispatcher, Enriquez's story changed three times, Robertson said. A .22-caliber handgun and ammunition matching the victim's injuries were recovered at the scene, he said. During the hearing, Digby said Enriquez was intoxicated when deputies arrived at the residence. He also noted that Enriquez and the victim were friends . Benton, ARSarah PerryAccused killer given additional court datesNo source Dispatch, Aug. 19, 20142014-08-20T11:19:06-04:002014-08-20T11:19:06-04:00The Saline Courier•Employees at Benton Middle School and Ringgold Elementary reported a child's parent, who is a registered sex offender, entered the schools without an escort from a police officer.•Employees at Walmart reported a man stole a cell phone case. •Alexander Hoover, 25, of Benton was arrested on River Street and charged with assault and false imprisonment. •A man on Grayson Drive reported a gun was stolen from his residence. Saline County Sheriff's Office•A man on Highway 5 reported his brother's trailer was stolen.•A woman on Bauxite Cutoff Road reported a burglary. •A woman on Bynum Road reported a lockbox was stolen.•A man on North Detonti Road reported a burglary.•A woman on McDaniel Circle reported a theft. Benton Fire DepartmentNo reports were filed.Bryant Fire DepartmentBenton, ARSarah PerryDaily Dispatch, Aug. 19, 2014No source residents encouraged to enter annual fair parade2014-08-19T14:52:42-04:002014-08-19T14:52:42-04:00The Saline CourierThe parade will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Downtown Benton. This year’s theme is “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams." "If you are interested in participating as a school group, marching band, horse and rider, church group, civic group, classic car, old tractor or politician, you are encouraged to do so and help make this the best parade ever," said Mollie Wright, a member of the board.The fair will get under way on Sept. 2 and continue through Saturday, Sept. 6. Fair books contain applicable rules and regulations and are available at the Saline County Cooperative Extension Service, Wright said. Entries can be made online at:"Please help us to fill the exhibit halls and barns with residents of Saline County’s goods and animals," Wright urged."Remember to check us out on the website at: or on Facebook at:" "There is no cost to enter the parade, but a parade form must be filled out and turned into the office," noted Tom Wallace, another representative of the fair association board."After the parade, there will be a pep rally downtown on the courthouse square," Wallace said. "The rally will be for the Salt Bowl and both Benton and Bryant will be there."Following the rally, the fairgrounds will open to the public, Wallace said.Evans Family Shows has been engaged to provide attractions for the carnival, Wallace noted."There will be approximately 30 rides on the midway and a new ride this year called the Genesis," he said."The night following the fair parade will be one of several armband nights," he said.Other armband promotions are scheduled for Thursday night and Saturday afternoon."In addition, a special armband night will be held on Friday from 9 p.m. until the fair shuts down," Wallace said. "This will be for people who bring in their Salt Bowl tickets. "With a ticket, people will be able to purchase a special armband for that night for only $15."A number of special events will be taking place as part of the fair, Wallace said.Benton, ARLynda HollenbeckArea residents encouraged to enter annual fair paradeNo source Superintendent served with order of protection 2014-08-19T14:45:49-04:002014-08-19T14:45:49-04:00The Saline CourierThe order was served Monday and will remain in effect until the matter is addressed in court. A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8.Judge Christopher Palmer of Pulaski County signed the order. Matt Donaghy was married to Misty Donaghy on July 17, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev., and the two separated on July 15, 2014.Matt Donaghy filed for divorce on July 30, 2014. At the time the divorce was filed, he also put a restraining order on Misty Donaghy.The order states: "Each of the above named parties to this action is hereby enjoined and restrained from causing, or permitting, any minor children of the parties to be removed from the jurisdiction of this Court except by prior permission of the Court."Each party is hereby enjoined and restrained from doing, attempting to do, or threatening to do, any act injuring, mistreating, molesting, or harassing the adverse party, or any of the children of the parties. "Each party is hereby enjoined and restrained from selling, encumbering, mortgaging, contracting to sell, or otherwise disposing of, or removing from the jurisdiction of this Court, any of the property belonging to the parties, except in the ordinary course of business, or except by agreement of the parties, or except by the further Orders of the Court."A hearing has been set for 2 p.m. Sept. 8 to discuss which party in the divorce will be responsible for service of the mortgage debt on the home acquired during the marriage. The order against Matt Donaghy was signed Aug. 14. It alleges that Donaghy was physically aggressive with wife Misty and because of the domestic abuse taking place, she needed protection from Matt.Matt Donaghy had not returned telephone calls from The Saline Courier as of press time.Benton, ARBobbye PykeBauxite Superintendent served with order of protection No source's armyworm population unusually large2014-08-19T14:32:28-04:002014-08-19T14:32:28-04:00The Saline CourierArmyworms eat grass and can especially affect hay farmers.Billy Grace, who works on a farm near the Saline and Grant countyline, said he has spent about $1,000 lately just on poison to kill armyworms.His 30-acre farm with 88 rows only had 33 rows after the armyworms started eating, he said. He has had to spray the farm twice. "It's just part of (being a farmer)," he said. Normally a farmer has to spray only once to get rid of the worms, but this year farmers have noticed multiple generations of the worms, said Saline County Agent Ron Matlock of the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.This worms have occurred in both rural and city areas, Matlock said.Because the armyworms come from moths that lay eggs in a yard, the armyworms can occur anywhere, Matlock said. The worms hide under debris during the day and come out in the evenings and early mornings. To get rid of the armyworms, residents can spray their yard and fortunately the grass will grow back, he said. Benton, ARSarah PerryCounty's armyworm population unusually largeNo source