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Bryant voters to decide on school millage hike while Searcy votes on sales tax

February 10, 2014 (KTHV) - Voting is taking place on Tuesday in Bryant and Searcy.

Voting opens on Tuesday in Bryant where school officials are proposing a 4.7 hike in the local millage.

The increase will go toward a $55 million building and expansion project throughout the city. Polls will be open from 7:30 in the morning until 7:30 tomorrow night.

In White County, Searcy voters also deciding on a 1 percent city sales tax. Supporters said it will generate 6.4 million per year over the 8 years until the tax will sunset.

The added money will be split across 6 departments, mainly street and drainage projects.

Benton Alderman Kerry Murphy announces for Saline County Judge

Benton Alderman Kerry Murphy announces for Saline County Judge

Benton, Ark. (KM) – Benton Alderman and conservative Republican Kerry Murphy released the following statement today announcing his candidacy for Saline County Judge:

“It is with a great sense of responsibility and commitment to service that I officially announce my candidacy for Saline County Judge. Service is an important part of my life – from having the honor of serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, to serving my community as an alderman and in many other capacities, such as organizing the last Fourth of July Fireworks Show and the Saline County Gun and Knife Show. As Saline County Judge, I will stand against higher taxes and wasteful spending. Being a small business owner, I know how important it is to work with local businesses and the Quorum Court to find ways to encourage job growth in our county. 

Bryant city officials meet to discuss finances

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Bryant officials said they have no idea where the city stands financially after the city's Financial Director resigned on Monday.

They met for the first time on Tuesday to discuss finances since the city's financial director resigned.

Now, accounting errors and allegations of personal threats are now coming to light in the aftermath. Internal emails between Bryant city officials show former Financial Director Dennis Edwards saying his efforts to balance the city's books were met with resistance and threats from city leaders outside his department. The mayor said she's dumbfounded by the allegations.

Mayor Jill Dabbs appointed to National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Steering

Mayor Jill Dabbs appointed to National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Steering

Washington, D.C.(NLC) – Jill Dabbs, mayor, Bryant, AR  has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. The appointment was announced by NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor, St. Paul, Minn.

Gov. Beebe announces 16 appointments to boards, commissions

Gov. Beebe announces 16 appointments to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (State of Arkansas) - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the followingappointments to boards and commissions:

Dr. Jamie Brandon, Magnolia, reappointed to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.  Appointment expires October 1, 2015.

Larry Brewer, Conway, reappointed to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.  Appointment expires October 14, 2016.

Ernest Cunningham, Helena-West Helena, reappointed to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.  Appointment expires October 1, 2015.

Debbie Fritsche, Greenwood, reappointed to the State Board of Registration for Professional Geologists.  Appointment expires October 1, 2018.

Sammy Hart, Arkadelphia, reappointed to the Arkansas Veterans' Commission.  Appointment expires October 15, 2018.

11 people so far want Saline County Sheriff position

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV ) - THV 11 is getting its first glimpse of who wants to be next sheriff for Saline County as the search is on for a temporary replacement with the upcoming resignation of current Sheriff Bruce Pennington.

The latest list has 11 people on it; some of them are currently working at the sheriff's office. If anyone else wants to be considered, they have until noon on Friday to turn in their resume. 

The days on the job are numbered for Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington. He's resigning October 1 following fall-out from a public intoxication arrest at Denton's Trotline in late June.

THV 11 knows so far that 11 people want to carry out Pennington's term through the end of next year. They include some candidates who already work for the sheriff's office, like Chief Deputy Bill Field and Jail Administrator Lt. Don Birdsong.  

Sheriff Bruce Pennington responds to petition to oust him

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - An online petition is urging state officials to remove Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington from office.

"The question is does it really have any legal effect and the answer to that is no," said UALR Law Professor Felicia Epps.

Epps said a person is innocent until proven guilty.

Arkansas stature 95-293 states: "(2) Does Amendment 55 permit a county, acting through its quorum court, to provide for recall by petition of county elected officials? ANSWER: No."