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February 28th, 2013

Apartment standards to be considered at council; Proposed ban on sale of animals to be introduced

February 28, 2013

Bryant Planning and Community Development Director Dave Green will present a set of proposed standards for multifamily housing to the City Council during its regular meeting set for 7 p.m. today in the courtroom at City Hall, 210 SW 3rd St.
Because the construction of apartments has been a contentious issue in the city, Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs and staff attorney Chris Madison have asked that the council only discuss on the proposed rules and delay action until the next meeting to allow time for further review and community input.

February 26th

Two suspects arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary

February 26, 2013

Two Benton men were arrested by Benton police Saturday for their alleged involvement with a break-in at the Benton Antique Mall.
Shortly after 9 p.m., officers reportedly responded to the business after an alarm activated. Police reported that a K-9 unit observed a man exiting the rear of the building, which is at 18325 Interstate 30.
Officers said they yelled at the man to stop, but the man, later identified as 53-year-old Terry Johnson, continued to flee on foot. K-9 Officer Lucky reportedly gave pursuit and apprehended Johnson.

Milligan considers race for state treasurer

February 26, 2013

Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan is expected to file paperwork today with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office to form an exploratory committee for the 2014 race for state treasurer, according to Jim Harris, chief of staff for the Circuit Clerk's office.
An exploratory committee allows a potential candidate to raise money that can be used in a race and to determine if there is enough support to officially enter the race.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Arkansas Highway Commission Chairman R. Madison Murphy of El Dorado are the co-chairmen of Milligan’s committee.

1977 'Maroon Machine' members inducted into BAMM Wall of Fame

February 26, 2013

If there could be one word to describe the 18th annual Benton Athletic Memorial Museum Wall of Fame Banquet on Saturday night, it might be "memories."
Athletic Director Steve Quinn, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, pointed out that memories are a key reason for the game itself.
"You play football for the memories," he said, while noting that the 1977 members of the Benton High School championship football team and their family members gathered 35 years later for the the event were reliving that special time in their lives.

English as a Second Language program expanding in Bryant

February 26, 2013

Since 2009, the Bryant school system has added 75 students to its English as a Second Language program, and it ia projected that this student population will continue to grow, said Sarah Merayo, ESL coordinator.
Bryant High School has the largest ESL program, with 65 students participating. Springhill Elementary has 55 ESL students.
Among her duties as ELC coordinator, Merayo works as liaison between the families of ESL students and the schools. She often serves as interpreter, but hires bilingual Bryant residents for large projects where an interpreter is needed.

Bryant residents surveyed at town hall meeting; streets, transportation are high priorities

February 26, 2013

When Bryant residents completed surveys using their phones at a recent town hall meeting, one question they were asked was how public works funds should best be invested in the city. Of those who answered, 54 percent said streets, 23 percent opted for sidewalks, 15 percent picked storm drainage, and 8 percent said public buildings.

Bryant residents surveyed on public safety in first town hall meeting; school resource program is priority

February 26, 2013

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs and a panel of public safety officials, including representatives from the police, fire, code enforcement and animal control departments, gave updates and fielded questions from Bryant residents during the first in a series of town hall meetings Thursday.
Those in attendance — about 30 Bryant residents and a handful of aldermen — were given an opportunity to answer survey questions via cell phone during the event. When asked where public safety funding best would be spent, 42 percent said the city should put more money into the school resource officer program.

February 25th

Officer fired after DWI

February 25, 2013

A Benton police officer has been terminated after a recent DWI arrest.
Heath Curtis Ward, 32, of Benton was hired by the Benton Police Department more than two years ago as a patrol officer.
On Feb. 9, at 1:50 a.m., Ward was reportedly stopped by Bryant Officer Jon Haydon on Interstate 30 near the Springhill overpass for speeding, failing to use turn signals for lane changes and swerving between lanes.

Local teen embarks on expedition to Africa

February 25, 2013

Bryant High School student Hannah Patterson spent several weeks prior to the start of her junior year wielding a pickaxe and shovel, going on safari, sampling goat's blood, and avoiding poisonous trees.
While not a typical summer vacation for a 17 year old, Hannah said she loved every minute of her community service trip to Tanzania, Africa, and plans to move there after college.
Hannah had been searching online for a scholarship-funded trip to take. She expected the experiences that did not cost anything would not be elaborate. At best, she hoped for a train ride or something, she said.

Turning trash into treasures

February 25, 2013

Hear the words "piano bar" and the image that comes to mind is an establishment featuring a talented musician, entertaining from a piano setting.
Oftentimes the artist both sings and plays tunes requested by the customers.
There's another connotation for piano bar locally, however. This is the result of an unusual creation of Brandon Hughes, an employee of the Habitat ReStore in Benton.

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