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March 19th, 2013

Bryant Easter egg hunts set for next Saturday

March 19, 2013

The fifth annual Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt in Bryant will be taking place Saturday, March 30, starting at 11 a.m. at Alcoa 40 Park, 1110 Shobe Road.
Sponsored by Bryant Parks and Recreation Department, the event will feature an Easter egg hunt, face painting, bouncy houses, games, prizes and an appearance from the Easter Bunny.
All activities are free to the public.

Downtown Benton Easter celebration set Saturday

March 19, 2013

Preparations are continuing for the annual Easter celebration to be held this coming weekend in Downtown Benton.
The Downtown Benton Association is again hosting the 2013 Saline County Easter Egg Hunt, but residents are reminded that it is being held a week earlier than usual.
All of the are set for Saturday, March 23, coordinator Lisa Baldwin said. Most activities will take place on the lawn of the Saline County Courthouse, she said.

March 15th

Local priest reacts to papal appointment

March 15, 2013

Pope Francis displayed enormous humility when he stood on the balcony of the Vatican this week and broke tradition by asking the more than 150,000 spectators to pray for him and bless him before offering a blessing for them, said the Rev. Father Joseph Ejimofor of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton.
Pope Francis also declined to be elevated above the other cardinals in the ceremony and chose the name Francis, which has never been used by a pope before, in honor of St. Francis of Assissi, a lover of the poor.

30 mg transformer slated for delivery to Benton Utilities

March 15, 2013

Benton Utilities has purchased what will be the first city-owned transmission and distribution transformer in its history.
The transformer, which has a capacity of 30 megawatts, is scheduled to be delivered Monday morning to what is to become Benton West Substation on Dale Avenue, according to Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities.
The total estimated cost of the new Benton West Substation reportedly is $3.8 million.

30 mg transformer slated for delivery to Benton Utilities

March 15, 2013

Benton Utilities has purchased what will be the first city-owned transmission and distribution transformer in its history.
The transformer, which has a capacity of 30 megawatts, is scheduled to be delivered Monday morning to what is to become Benton West Substation on Dale Avenue, according to Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities.
The total estimated cost of the new Benton West Substation reportedly is $3.8 million.

Developer to finish apartment construction after court ruling

March 15, 2013

Saline County Circuit Court Judge Gary Arnold ruled last week that Phase III of Arbor Creek Apartments, owned by Jeremiah Oltmans, is not subject to a 2011 ban placed on apartment construction in Bryant and that Oltmans' request to extend his building permit is not prohibited by the ban.
Oltmans is owner of Oltmans Development Inc.
The developer filed a lawsuit against the city Feb. 22, asking the court to order the city to grant a building permit extension, after a dispute on whether his project was subject to the ban caused significant delay in the project's completion.

'Elvis' returns to Benton

March 15, 2013

Three local nonprofit groups will benefit from an upcoming musical event featuring Elvis tribute artist Tony Witt.
The concert, a musical tribute celebrating legendary entertainer Elvis Presley, is coming to the stage of Benton High School’s Butler Auditorium in Benton, Arkansas on Saturday evening, April 6. Show time is 7 p.m.
International Award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist Tony Witt, who resides in the Central Arkansas area, has previously performed many times at the Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton.

March 14th

BREAKING NEWS: Malvern man charged with possession of child porn released on bail

March 14, 2013

Bryant police on Tuesday arrested 25-year-old Justin Brown of Malvern and charged him with two counts of child pornography possession.
Brown was being questioned by investigators at the police station on an unrelated incident, when it was discovered that he had explicit photos of young girls on his cell phone, said Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department.
Brown was given a $10,000 bond and is out on bail. The police department is continuing to investigate the suspect. It is unknown if more charges will be made, Crowson said.

March 12th

Arkansas Christian Academy to build new facility

March 12, 2013

Arkansas Christian Academy will begin construction on a new facility at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
The 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will more than accommodate the 100 students now enrolled in the academy and there will be room for growth, said school secretary Amy Millea. The academy, a ministry of Family Church, reportedly has maintained a steady growth rate since its opening in 2001.

BREAKING NEWS: Bryant teen suspect in RadioShack robbery

March 12, 2013

Bryant police have arrested a 16-year-old Bryant High School student in connection with the robbery of RadioShack in Bryant last week.
The suspect's name has not been released, but this will change if he is tried as an adult, which is possibility, said Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department. The teen faces charges of aggravated robbery and theft of property.
It was reported that the store had been robbed at gunpoint. However, the weapon was a pellet gun, not a fire arm, Crowson said.
The suspect reportedly made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

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