The Benton Police Department is encouraging residents to participate in the annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
During the event, starting at 6 p.m., residents are encouraged to "lock their doors, turn on an outside light and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.
"Many neighborhoods throughout Benton will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from the police department, flashlight walks and youth activities," he said.
Arkansas residents can buy certain items without paying any sales tax from 12:01 a.m. today, Aug. 2, through Sunday Aug. 3 at 11:59 p.m.
Items that will be tax-free include clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item, clothing accessories and equipment if the items are less than $100 per item; school supplies; school art supplies and school instructional materials, according to an official statement from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.
ARKADELPHIA â€“ Construction of new student housing is under way on the Henderson State University campus and the renovation of Hendersonâ€™s Garrison Student Center is nearing completion.
â€śOur plans to construct new housing are a direct result of conversation with students and prospective students about their needs and desires,â€ť said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs. â€śStudents have been included in the process of determining what type of facility to build, as well as contributing to the decisions about where new residential options should be located.â€ť