August 27th, 2014
Benton police are looking for the person responsible for vandalizing Benton High School.
On Monday, school staff reported some of the glass in the rotunda area at the school had been broken.
"The glass was broken by what appeared to be two bullet holes through it," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.
A surveillance video showed "the suspect in the case driving a small motorcycle and firing two rounds toward the rotunda area before speeding off at approximately 12:23 a.m. on Saturday," Russell said.
It took a second meeting, but the Saline County Quorum Court finally addressed its August meeting agenda.
A previous meeting failed to draw a quorum and the eight justices of the peace in attendance at that session could not legally vote on ordinances. Nine members of the 13-member body are required for such votes.
The JPs had initially believed they could vote on the ordinances by suspending the rules, then taking three separate votes on readings of the ordinances while eliminating an emergency clause. They later found out this does not meet the requirements.
Benton School Board voted unanimously on Monday to amend the district's drug testing policy.
The policy changes were presented by Randy McFarlin, athletic director.
According to McFarlin, the revised policy would allow for random drug testing of all students involved in athletic/spirit groups/band and place a strong emphasis on confidentiality.
Mayor's Youth Advisory Councils of three cities in Saline County will be taking part in a benefit bike-a-thon on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The event, sponsored by the youth councils of Benton, Bryant and Haskell, will be raising funds for the Imagination Library of Saline County.
Riders from throughout the area invited to participate in the bike project, which is billed as "a family-friendly event."
The ride will begin and end at Benton's Tyndall Park.
The 2015 event will include a half century 50 mile-bike ride, an intermediate 10-mile ride, and a children's ride around Tyndall Park.