Candidates for positions on the Benton City Council shared their views on issues facing the city in a political forum jointly sponsored by The Saline Courier and YCAT, the local community access television channel.
Dennis Byrd, chief of the Arkansas News Bureau in Little Rock, was moderator for the event held Monday night at the Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton. Byrd, a Benton resident, is a former editor of The Saline Courier.
An additional forum featuring Bryant City Council candidates and candidates for Saline County offices will be taking place at 6:30 tonight at the Benton theater.
Bauxite Police Chief Ron Parsons announced during a Monday City Council meeting that he will resign on Oct. 31.
Parson said the decision is for personal reasons. He also recommended to the council that Lt. Jamie Barlow be considered for the chief's position.
"I feel that since my time here there has been a lot of improvement in the department," Parsons said. "We don't get complaints, we just don't."
Parsons did not list specific reasons for resigning, but Mayor Johnny McMahan mentioned that the chief is also a full-time detective for the Saline County Sheriff's Office.