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June 17th, 2014

Benton police investigate possible drowning

June 17, 2014

Benton police officers have restricted access to the Saline River near Sunset Lake as they are investigating a possible drowning.

The name of the missing person, an adult man, is currently not being released.

The Benton Fire Department, dive teams from Grant County and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are all on scene, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

The area around Sunset Lake is still open to the public.

Bauxite tables ordinance to lower salaries

June 17, 2014

Two ordinances that would lower the salaries for Bauxite City Council members and for the mayor were tabled in a regular council meeting Monday night.

In an email to Bauxite aldermen, Mayor Johnny McMahan explained that he believes the current salaries for the alderman and for the mayor are too high based on the number of residents in Bauxite. The mayor provided a list of comparable aldermen's and mayors' salaries from similar sized towns in Arkansas.

2 killed Sunday in unrelated accidents

June 17, 2014

Gary Weems, 59, of Benton was killed in a single-vehicle accident around 3:40 p.m. Sunday in Garland County when he lost control of his 1999 Ford F-250.

According the the Arkansas State Police, Weems was traveling eastbound on U.S. 270 near Crystal Springs when his vehicle left the roadway, overturned and crashed into a tree. The truck's cab was crushed.

Weems was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:35 p.m. by Jayson Neighbors, Garland County coroner.

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