January 28th, 2015
Members of the Bauxite City Council will meet in a special session next week to fill a position vacated abruptly by an alderman just before Mondayâ€™s regular council meeting.
Mona Struble-Baber, Position 5 council member, was not present at roll call for the regular meeting of the council. Council members were notified of her resignation during the announcements segment of the meeting by Bauxite Mayor Bill Russell, who said he received a phone call from Struble-Baber around 3:30 p.m. Monday regarding her intention to resign.
Last week, an 8th grader at Benton Junior High was sent home by school officials for sporting an unusual hair style.
Halle Stringer dyed the bottom few inches of her hair blue.
According to her grandmother Nancy Nichols, Halle said other girls were dying their hair red, and â€śHalle wanted to be just a little different.â€ť
â€śPersonally, I thought her hair looked nice. Different, but nice,â€ť Nichols said.
Stringer came to school on Tuesday with the new hair-do, but was pulled to the principals office around 5th period.
In 2014, Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane set 10 goals for the department and the department has accomplished all of them. These goals involved communications improvements, statistics, training, records, the special investigative unit and grants.
â€śWe start setting goals for the next year around the end of the previous year. We look at various information and statistics to see where we need improvement and then set goals based on those priorities,â€ť said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.