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March 29th

Benton PD arrests theft suspect

March 29, 2013

A Benton man was arrested Thursday in connection with a string of thefts at local motels.
A motel clerk reportedly told police that the suspect, 26-year-old Brian Byrum, was still at the scene when the Benton Police Department arrived.
Details of the incident will be in Saturday's issue of The Saline Courier.

Easter egg hunts affected by poor weather projections

March 29, 2013

The fifth annual Bryant Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt is still set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Alcoa 40 Park, 1110 Shobe Road, but the parks department will be watching the weather and will determine that morning whether to reschedule the event.
If the hunt is rained out, the celebration will be held next Saturday, April 6, and will be relocated to Mills Park.
Sponsored by Bryant Parks and Recreation Department, the event will feature an Easter egg hunt, face painting, bouncy houses, games, prizes and an appearance from the Easter Bunny.
All activities are free to the public.

March 26th

Walls going up at event center

March 26, 2013

The first wall of the Benton event center was lifted into place Tuesday morning. Weighing 80,000 lbs., the wall was hoisted by crane and secured by workers from project construction team CDI of Little Rock.

March 21st

Oaklawn postpones infield activities due to weather

March 21, 2013

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, March 21, 2013) – Oaklawn has postponed all Infield activities until Saturday, March 30, including the picnic blanket giveaway, due to the heavy rain and unseasonably cold temperatures in the forecast for this weekend. Rain was scheduled to begin in the Hot Springs area late Thursday afternoon and continue through Saturday with temperatures in the high 40s.

March 19th

Bryant Easter egg hunts set for next Saturday

March 19, 2013

The fifth annual Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt in Bryant will be taking place Saturday, March 30, starting at 11 a.m. at Alcoa 40 Park, 1110 Shobe Road.
Sponsored by Bryant Parks and Recreation Department, the event will feature an Easter egg hunt, face painting, bouncy houses, games, prizes and an appearance from the Easter Bunny.
All activities are free to the public.

Downtown Benton Easter celebration set Saturday

March 19, 2013

Preparations are continuing for the annual Easter celebration to be held this coming weekend in Downtown Benton.
The Downtown Benton Association is again hosting the 2013 Saline County Easter Egg Hunt, but residents are reminded that it is being held a week earlier than usual.
All of the are set for Saturday, March 23, coordinator Lisa Baldwin said. Most activities will take place on the lawn of the Saline County Courthouse, she said.

March 15th

Local priest reacts to papal appointment

March 15, 2013

Pope Francis displayed enormous humility when he stood on the balcony of the Vatican this week and broke tradition by asking the more than 150,000 spectators to pray for him and bless him before offering a blessing for them, said the Rev. Father Joseph Ejimofor of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton.
Pope Francis also declined to be elevated above the other cardinals in the ceremony and chose the name Francis, which has never been used by a pope before, in honor of St. Francis of Assissi, a lover of the poor.

30 mg transformer slated for delivery to Benton Utilities

March 15, 2013

Benton Utilities has purchased what will be the first city-owned transmission and distribution transformer in its history.
The transformer, which has a capacity of 30 megawatts, is scheduled to be delivered Monday morning to what is to become Benton West Substation on Dale Avenue, according to Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities.
The total estimated cost of the new Benton West Substation reportedly is $3.8 million.

30 mg transformer slated for delivery to Benton Utilities

March 15, 2013

Benton Utilities has purchased what will be the first city-owned transmission and distribution transformer in its history.
The transformer, which has a capacity of 30 megawatts, is scheduled to be delivered Monday morning to what is to become Benton West Substation on Dale Avenue, according to Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities.
The total estimated cost of the new Benton West Substation reportedly is $3.8 million.

Developer to finish apartment construction after court ruling

March 15, 2013

Saline County Circuit Court Judge Gary Arnold ruled last week that Phase III of Arbor Creek Apartments, owned by Jeremiah Oltmans, is not subject to a 2011 ban placed on apartment construction in Bryant and that Oltmans' request to extend his building permit is not prohibited by the ban.
Oltmans is owner of Oltmans Development Inc.
The developer filed a lawsuit against the city Feb. 22, asking the court to order the city to grant a building permit extension, after a dispute on whether his project was subject to the ban caused significant delay in the project's completion.

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