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June 21st, 2012
Representatives of Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the city of Benton, Benton School District and Saline Memorial Hospital came together Wednesday for the first Benton Summit.
The event was held in the media room at Benton High School.
The theme for the summit was "Opening Doors." It was structured as an event to educate the community on the measures being taken by the four featured entities toward mutual cooperation.
Approximately 140 community residents attended.
Benton City Council decided Tuesday night to abolish the city's Parks Commission.
The council voted 8-2 â€” including one "no" vote caused by the absence of a member â€” for an ordinance that does away with the commission and transfers responsibility for the parks and recreation department to the council.
At the start of the special meeting, Mayor David Mattingly announced that he had convened the session at the request of three aldermen: Jerry Ponder, Steve Lee and Bill Donnor.
For the second consecutive week, the Tyndall Park amphitheater will be offering classical theater, this time in a version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23, and again the following week at 7 p.m. June 28-30.
Last week, the Young Players, the youth theater division of the Royal Players, presented a modern version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with performances of "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet."
"It is our goal to eradicate child abuse in all its forms within the next three generations." This is the mission of the Southern Regional Training Center at the NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville.
Wyley Elliot, vice president for public relations and development at NWACC, told the Benton-Bauxite Rotary Club on Tuesday that more than 1 million people in the United States are impacted by child abuse and neglect each year.
The meeting was held at Brown's Country Store and Restaurant.
Murder suspect Danny Wayne Stalnaker voluntarily surrendered to Hot Spring County authorities at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Stalnaker was to be transported to the Saline County Detention Center.
Stalnaker was being sought in conjunction with the murder of 35-year-old Christopher Patterson of Traskwood.
Patterson reportedly died from a head injury suffered shortly after midnight Saturday, according to Lt. Scotty Courtney of the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
See Wednesday's Saline Courier for further details.
Saline County authorities are investigating the murder of a 35-year-old Traskwood man.
Christopher Patterson reportedly died from a head injury suffered shortly after midnight Saturday and authorities are seeking 64-year-old Danny Wayne Stalnacker for questioning in the case.
A warrant has been issued charging Stalnacker with first-degree murder.
Benton School Board has paved the way for UALR-Benton Center to expand its facilities by the board's vote Monday night to purchase First Security Bank's downtown facility for a new central administration office.
The board voted 4-2 for an agreement to purchase the bank facility for housing the district's central administration facilities.
Saline County Sheriff's department is seeking information related to the whereabouts of Danny Wayne Stalnaker.
On 6/17/2012 at approximately 12:45 A.M., Traskwood Officer responded to the Saline River for an unconscious person. The Officer found the victim, Christopher Patterson, W/M 35 YOA, lying on the ground with blood on his head. He was transported to the hospital, where it was determined he was suffering from blunt force trauma to the head. He was rushed into surgery. and later died from his injuries.
Arkansas school officials are up in arms. For years the school districts have been trading students back and forth through the Arkansas School Choice Act and that plan already was in the works for another school term.
A few days ago, a federal judge determined, however, that the act is illegal and has issued a ruling saying school districts must cease and desist in regard to this practice.
Benton Parks and Recreation Department and the Benton Parks Commission have been in the news a great deal in recent weeks and it appears the attention on these entities isn't waning.
Benton City Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to consider an ordinance repealing the Benton Parks and Recreation Commission, which recently conducted an investigation resulting in the dismissal of one employee and leading later to the announced retirement of the department's director.