The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Saline County until 5:15 p.m. today.
UPDATE: The weather warning has now been cancelled.
Members of Benton city government, local leaders and representatives from a group that will build a new hotel in Benton, turn shovels of dirt at a ceremonial groundbreaking event on Thursday. A Fairfield Inn & Suites will be constructed adjacent to the new Benton Event Center in Hickory Square Shopping Center. Actual construction of the hotel is expected to begin within 7 to 10 days and be completed in 2014.
Kali Hardig's miraculous recovery is being celebrated locally with a parade involving two schools in the Benton district.
The procession is scheduled to begin at 10:35 a.m. on Smithers Drive at Howard Perrin Elementary School, where Kali previously was a student. The parade then will proceed to Benton Middle School, where Kali was scheduled to begin the fall term in August.
Kali defied medical odds and was discharged Wednesday from Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.