BENTON (Saline Courier) - Late afternoon Saturday, Benton School District Superintendent Jeff
Collum sent a message via telephone to hundreds of local residents to
assure them that school district officials take the safety of their
Collum was aware that many were focused on news accounts from Friday's
school shootings in Newtown, Conn., which took the lives of 20 children.
The tragic mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary, which also cost the
lives of six adults, once again put the issue of school safety back into
the spotlight, and Collum realized the importance of communicating with
"I just want to reassure parents that our schools are safe to return to
and I hope that we are able to alleviate the stress and tension of
parents," he told KATV news partner The Saline Courier Monday. "I'm a parent myself, so I
know what many are feeling. I want everyone to know that our schools are
extremely safe. To help ease tensions, we are having an increased
police presence at all of our schools through this week."
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:31:23 GMT
HOT SPRINGS - A 1997 Ford pickup was pulling a Buick Park Avenue on a utility trailer eastbound on Albert Pike Road Tuesday afternoon when the car came off the trailer and flipped upside down.More >>
HOT SPRINGS - A 1997 Ford pickup was pulling a Buick Park Avenue on a utility trailer eastbound on Albert Pike Road Tuesday afternoon when the car came off the trailer and flipped upside down near the entrance to the Atrium Retirement Community.More >>
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CONWAY (Log Cabin Democrat) - A monkey made its way through parts of Conway for a short time Tuesday afternoon after escaping from a veterinarian clinic. Conway Police were able to track down the monkeyMore >>
A monkey escapes from a vet for a short time in Conway. More >>
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Catholic High is undergoing some upgrades this summer. Demolition is going on in the hallways to make for new technology. Principal Steve Straessle said while there's no replacement for good teachingMore >>
Construction crews are adding new windows and doors as well as demolishing some of the hallways to make way for new technology.
Bob and Barbara Schmidt dashed to their home on a dirt road in a heavily wooded area northeast of Colorado Springs as smoke from what would become the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history filled the air.More >>
A new wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver forced the evacuation of dozens of homes Wednesday as hot and windy conditions in the West made it easy for fires to start and spread.More >>