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December 23rd

Elf Club raises $25,000 for toy donations

December 23, 2011

More than 70 bicycles for people of all sizes and ages, along with a plethora of various toys — $25,000 worth — filled a portion of the Benton Middle School cafeteria on Wednesday.
All those bikes and toys, thanks to the student-operated Elf Club, will spread Christmas cheer to hundreds of less fortunate families in Saline County.
"This day is all they (students) talked about," said Cindy Haltom, Benton Middle School teacher and Elf Club co-sponsor.

December 22nd

Builder donates $41,734 to Humane Society

December 22, 2011

Christmas came early this week for a local nonprofit agency that for many years has fought an uphill battle to provide a refuge for creatures that have no other place to call home.
The Humane Society of Saline County on Wednesday became the grateful recipient of a $41,734 gift from the Ken Young Co.
This gift represented the profits from a house Young's company recently completed in this county.
"This is the largest single cash donation the Humane Society has ever received," said Ann Sanders, president of the organization.

December 19th

Susie Everett named to OBU board

December 19, 2011

Susie Everett has maintained a love and respect for Ouachita Baptist University since she was a student there in the mid-1970s.
Though she obtained her nursing degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, she earned her basic college credits during her two and a half years at OBU and now she's helping the school in an advisory capacity.
Everett, who spreads her talents and leadership among many area groups and agencies, is one of the four newest members of the OBU Board of Trustees.

Touching story of "The Can Man"

December 19, 2011

An orange safety vest and a friendly wave is all most people know of "The Can Man." He could be seen nearly every day along the roadside on the southwest part of Benton in search of aluminum. His wave became a regular part of his daily routine for commuters merging onto I-30 near the 114 exit. However, the Can Man has been conspicuous in his absence over the last few months.
The Saline Courier caught up with this familiar face recently and here is his story.
His name is Dotsey Neal. He is 75-years-old. His brother, George Neal, is 78 and spoke for Dotsey during the interview.

December 16th

A&P Commission sets 2012 budget

December 16, 2011

The majority of tax collections from the city's 1.5 percent Advertising and Promotion Commission tax in 2012 will be dedicated toward construction of an events center in Benton.
On Thursday night the A&P Commission made that decision as part of the process of finalizing its 2012 operating budget.
The commission voted to dedicate 96.5 percent of revenue from the A&P tax toward construction of the events center with the remaining 3.5 percent to be allocated for administrative costs.

December 15th

Benton Mayor David Mattingly and UALR announce proposed 4-year degree program for UALR Center

December 15, 2011

Benton Mayor David Mattingly and UALR hold joint news conference today to announce a proposed 4-year degree program in Benton. See today's Saline Courier for details.

December 14th

Benton Planning Commission approves Longhills rezone request

December 14, 2011

A request to rezone Longhills Golf Course from single-family residential to Planned Unit Development was unanimously approved by the Benton Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday night, but not before lengthy discussion that involved both supporters and opponents to the proposal.
The request, one of two items on the commission's agenda, had drawn a standing-room-only crowd.

December 13th

School Board accepts Felan's withdrawal from VP slot; Heath Nix takes role

December 13, 2011

Dr. Joe Felan, a member of the Benton School Board, held true to his promise not to continue serving as vice president of the seven-member board and Heath Nix, one of the board's two newest members, has been elected to fill that post.
That action occurred Monday night in the regular December meeting of the board at Ringgold Elementary School.
Felan had been elected vice president of the body in the board's November meeting, but decided later that his philosophy does not coincide with that of the board president, Jeff Morrow, nor with the majority of the board members.

Crash takes life of recent Benton High graduate

December 13, 2011

A recent Benton High School graduate known for community service died and two other Benton men were injured in a vehicle accident early Sunday, according to a report from the Arkansas State Police.
Tanner Nalley, who turned 19 on Nov. 21, reportedly was driving southbound on Arkansas 5 South around 9 a.m. Sunday when an unknown northbound vehicle crossed the center line and into the path of Nalley's vehicle just past Harrison Road. The report said Nalley swerved to avoid the oncoming vehicle and lost control of his 1999 Jeep.

Former Bauxite resident found dead in Mayflower

December 13, 2011

The search for a missing Bauxite native in Cabot came to a tragic end when authorities discovered her body in a hayfield late Friday.
Family members said that Allison Hankins, 22, walked away from her biological mother's home in the 5500 block of Bayou Meto Loop in Cabot around 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and had made no contact with family for days. A family member also told The Saline Courier that Hankins was "supposed to go to the Job Corps" and that Hankins left without a cell phone, wallet or other personal items.

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