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2A LOCAL l Harrison Daily Times Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Reception for former assistant chief Staff Report


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A reception is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, in honor of former Harrison Police Assistant Chief Sam Martin. Martin retired from the HPD in October after being with the department since 1988 to take a position as

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director of campus security at North Arkansas College. Martin, who had worked in law enforcement for 13 years, spent about five months on patrol before testing Martin and being moved to the criminal investigation division. He was

a detective working regular cases at first, but took over as undercover narcotics officer a few years later. He was promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant and captain while in the narcotics division and worked for both the DEA and 14th

Judicial Drug Task Force. He was promoted to assistant police chief when former Chief Lyle Smith took over. The reception is set for 2-4 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor of City Hall. Refreshments will be served and people can stop in to say farewell to Martin.


BAND WINS AWARDS The Harrison High School marching band, under the field command of senior Brady Ramsey, competed at the Elkins Marching Festival on Oct. 8. The band earned Superior/Honor I ratings from each adjudicator. Additionally, the band earned best woodwinds, best color guard and best drum major. Receiving the awards were (from left): Shelby Baugh, Judson Vanderpool, Charlie Jo Mallett, Evan Causey, Hope Armer, Trevor Martin, Tyler Nelson, Skylar Caldwell and Brady Ramsey.

Insurance frustrates judge Sticker shock frightens county employees Staff Report

Boone County Judge James Norton expressed his frustra-

tion Thursday night to finding an affordable group health insurance plan. But he’s still confident of finding a plan that fits budgets better than the initial offering. “I don’t want everyone mad at me,” the judge told members of the Boone County Budget and Finance Committee. Earlier this year, the county’s insurance carrier said it was looking at a 29 percent increase in premiums because of high health care claims. “People are scared and don’t know what to do,” Norton continued. He noted that the current policy has a $500 deductible, and a proposed new plan has $5,000 deductibles. Norton said the problem stemmed from employees who attend-

ed a recent insurance presentation. “They got their hopes up and are mad because I did not take her up.” The county judge said he is confident the county can get a better quote on group health insurance before next Tuesday night’s quorum court meeting. Thursday night’s budget meeting started with committee chairman David Thompson explaining a budget item for constables. It was noted that counties are required to pay each constable $10 per month ($120 per year). Boone County currently has three constables. The discussion ended as JPs Tony Rees and Ralph Guynn said they would like Boone County to have one constable per JP district.

Fall FOIA workshop Nov. 20 Staff Report

Boone County Concerned Citizens will sponsor its annual fall Freedom of Information workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Room B of the Durand Center on North Arkansas College’s Center Campus, a block north of the square on North Main Street in Harrison. Guest speakers will be John Tull, a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull and Burrow Law Firm in Little Rock, and Robert Steinbuch, professor of law at the W.H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Participants will hear about provisions of the state Freedom of Information Act and will be taught how to request

all types of public information covered by the FOIA. Other topics expected to be addressed include: • Personnel records; • Open meeting requirements; • Executive sessions; • Review of Attorney General’s Opinion process as it relates to FOIA issues. Free light refreshments and drinks will be served, and door prizes will be offered, including a $100 gift certificate. A spokesman said Concerned Citizens is an organized group of individuals dedicated to ensuring that maximum openness in governmental affairs is practiced by every agency which utilizes taxpayer monies and operates within Boone County. For more information, contact Betty Knight at (870) 688-9543.

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