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January 11th, 2013
Benton city officials have released information about street changes related to ongoing improvements being made to Lower Military Road.
On Friday, Jan. 11, Military Road traffic between Smithers Drive and Northshore Drive will be shifted over onto new lanes, Mayor David Mattingly announced.
The old road will be closed to through traffic at this time.
Access to the old roadway for businesses and their customers may be obtained at the Smithers or Northshore intersections, based on the business location, he said.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) says he is optimistic about the nation's economy, but pointed out that "housing needs to come back."
Pryor's comments came Wednesday morning during a break in a tour of Bryant High School. His visit also included stops at the Saline County Airport in Bryant, the Saint-Gobain facility currently under construction on Cyanamid Road and a meeting with the Saline County Economic Development Corp.
The driver of a semi-truck died early Friday morning in an accident near mile marker 112 on the eastbound side of Interstate 30. The vehicle traveled off the highway, crossed the service road and hit a pine tree approximately 40 feet into a wooded area. The semi was towing a small pickup truck at the time. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the driver had not been released at press time. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the State Police.
Several convenience stores throughout Benton were raided Wednesday for having alleged illegal gambling machines on the premises and some for illegally exchanging prizes for lottery tickets, authorities said.