Archive - 2011 - News Article
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.
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.
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.
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.