City leaders are hoping sweethearts this Valentineâ€™s Day will dump the longstanding tradition of buying chocolates or flowers and instead adopt a pooch from Benton Animal Control.
To boot, Benton Mayor David Mattingly and wife Nancy have pledged to sponsor a substantial amount of the fees associated with adopting the first five dogs; theyâ€™ll pay for all but the $10 city tag during the Adopt a 4-Legged Sweetheart sponsorship, which lasts through Friday. Their generous sponsorship amounts to $50 in spaying or neutering costs otherwise paid by the adopting family.
The Bryant Police Department is investigating a fatal collision that took place at 6:30 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Springhill Road and Hilltop Road.
At the time of the accident, an 18-wheeler was traveling southbound on Springhill Road and the pickup truck driven by the victim was traveling northbound, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.
The two vehicles collided partially head-on, he said.
The murder trial of Kevin Duck in Garland County Circuit Court has been postponed.
Duckâ€™s trial had been scheduled to begin Monday, but a continuance was granted, according to the Garland County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office.
No new date for the trial has been set, a spokesperson noted.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Terri Harris is prosecuting the case.
Duck, who has pleaded not guilty, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 death of Dawna Natzke, his live-in girlfriend.
He is already serving six years for probation violations out of Hot Spring County.