Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
A Benton man was arrested for allegedly breaking into a home in the city, authorities said.
Roderick Spears, 19, is facing charges of residential burglary and felony theft of property. As of press time, Spears is being held without bond in the Saline County jail, pending a bond hearing Monday in Benton District Court.
Officers of the Benton Police Department reportedly responded to a report of a home burglary in the 100 block of Windstone Drive on Nov. 30 and found that an estimated $1,300 worth of items had been stolen.
Santa Claus will be visiting the Saline County Courthouse gazebo Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6 p.m., until Christmas.
Santa Claus can also be seen at the Shannon Hills Christmas parade Saturday.
In addition, Salem United Methodist Church will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday.
Another Breakfast with Santa is scheduled at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Saline County Moose Lodge.
Photo sessions with Santa and the Chick-fil-A cows will be available Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The 13th annual Toy Trooper, a toy donation drive for children in Saline County, will kick off this weekend with visits from Little Rock radio broadcasters.
The 103.7 The Buzz Show With No Name hosts Tommy Smith, David Bazzel, RJ Hawk and guests will broadcast live from the Bryant Walmart parking lot from 6 to 10 a.m. Friday to kick off the event. Ugly Ed Johnson of KHITS 96.5 also will broadcast live from the Bryant Walmart parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department met with Bryant residents Tuesday evening at First Pentecostal Church regarding plans for widening Arkansas 5 from Benton to Little Rock.
Highway Department officials say the changes are necessary to accommodate continuing growth in the communities and increasing traffic congestion. The department estimates 15,000 vehicles travel this stretch of highway per day and projects this number will double by 2035.
In keeping with years past, the Saline County Christmas Parade drew thousands of spectators Tuesday night.
More than a hundred entries took part in the parade that was based on the theme "Angels."
Though the lights at the courthouse have been turned on each evening for about two weeks, the parade signals the official start of the county's Celebration of Lights.
Dr. Cheryl Schmidt was recently inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in a ceremony conducted in Washington, D.C.
Schmidt's sponsors described her as "a contemporary pioneer in preparation for disasters."
In her role as the national lead and subject matter expert for nursing education for the American Red Cross, Dr. Schmidt led a team of Red Cross colleagues in developing and pilot-testing a web-enhanced course that can be taught in any nursing program to prepare nursing students to serve as volunteers in Red Cross disaster shelters.
There weren't many dry eyes when Benton Police Captain Roger Gaither said his goodbyes on Friday at Benton Municipal Complex.
At least in the public eye, the 33-year law enforcement veteran isn't known for showing emotion. But as he approached the podium to say a few words, the 55-year-old Gaither could no longer hold back the tears.