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The Well making progress toward student ministry

It’s in the dry … but it will still cure your thirst. The Well Ministries have completed the basic structure of the 10,000 square-foot building between East End Intermediate School and East End Elementary School. The group plans to use the space to offer an after school program for students based on John 4:13-14, “Living water I give them. They will never thirst again.”

                “We have four classrooms, and an auditorium,” said Monrella Buchanon, the organization’s director.  “All the framing is done.” The electric work should be completed in September.  As far as a total completion of the building, Buchanon says they are waiting on God’s timing.  “We don’t want to get ahead of God.”

                Chuck Sanders, who founded The Well and is the owner of Sanders Ace Hardware in East End, says they feel confident construction should be complete by the end of the year but he doesn’t expect the program to begin right away, indicating a lot of details that still need work.

                Read more about this in the September issue of The East Ender, currently in newsstands.


Temporary tax to fund CTE Center will be on November general election ballot

At the July meeting of the Saline County Quorum Court, justices of the peace voted 10-2  to place a 0.375 percent temporary sales and use tax on the November general election ballot. The proposed tax would fund the construction of a career and technical education (CTE) center in Saline County.  The two dissenting votes were from JPs Everette Hatcher and Dawn Creekmore. Jim Whitley was absent.

                The CTE Center would be utilized by students in each of the seven school districts with students in Saline County, including the Sheridan School District. The facility would be located at a site near exit 114 of I-30 in Benton. The tax would be scheduled to end once construction bonds issued under Amendment 62 of the Arkansas Constitution were paid off. Supporters estimate that conservatively, that would be in approximately 12 years. The estimated cost for the project is $43.53 million.

                Read more about this in the September issue of The East Ender, currently in newsstands.


2 stores robbed in August

Two robberies of stores have occurred recently in East End and the nearby area. Shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, a subject entered Mom’s Grocery at 15201Chicot Road (intersection of Chicot and Kling), Mabelvale, and committed a robbery.

                The suspect was described as a black male in his mid 20s, 6’2”, 210-lbs, short black hair, wearing a black shirt and black pants. After the robbery, the suspect fled in a red or maroon Toyota Camary north on Chicot Road. An arrest has been made and that subject was taken into custody at the Pulaski County Detention Center.

                Similar to that incident, on Mon., Aug. 20 shortly after 7 p.m., a subject entered the Super Stop in the 20000 block of Arch Street in East End, reached into the cash register, and stole a substantial amount of money. The incident was captured on tape.

                Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to the call the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) at 501-303-5609 and ask to speak to a detective from the Criminal Investigation Division. Also, information can either be provided anonymously to scsosheriff.org or on the SCSO Crime Tip Hotline at 501-303-5744.