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February 24th, 2012
State of the City
Welcome to the 2012 Bryant, Arkansas State of the City Address
and thanks to the citizens of Bryant for the privilege of serving you this past year. Thank you
- To my family who continues to give me daily support, understanding and
encouragement as I carry out the duties of the Mayorâ€™s office
- To the department directors and their wonderful staff who are devoted
professionals, dedicated to the betterment of Bryant and......
- To the Members of City Council
Serving as your Mayor this year has been an honor and a rewarding journey
A teen reported missing on Tuesday has returned to her home, authorities said today.
Katelyn North, 17, of Benton is also "safe and unharmed" Lt. Kevin Russell of the Benton Police Department said.
To report missing persons, call the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS (8477).
Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.
As a 3-month-old child is recovering from a broken leg and cracked ribs today at Saline Memorial Hospital, a Benton man is jailed for alleged child abuse.
As of press time, 30-year-old Christopher Williams remains in the Saline County jail on a $50,000 sheriff's bond. According to jail staff, Williams could post bond with $5,000.
The Benton Police Department is asking the public to help located 17-year-old Katelyn North.
She is described as a five-foot, eight-inch tall white female, around 135 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. Authorities did not have details of what North could be wearing, but believe she is still in the Central Arkansas area.
Anyone with information on Katelynâ€™s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS (8477). Individuals also may send an anonymous tip about his whereabouts to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.
Salary schedules for certified and classified employees of the Bryant School District are scheduled for a vote by the Bryant School Board in a Tuesday meeting.
That session will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the districtâ€™s Professional Development Center.
The board also plans to vote on the district's technology plan for 2012-14.
Richard Stipe, district business manager, will present the January financial report and a donation report.
Lifetime Benton resident James Herzfeld says he wants to serve on the Benton City Council.
Herzfeld plans to seek the Ward 4, Position 2, seat currently held by Alderman David Sparks.
All council positions, along with other municipal posts, are nonpartisan. Filing for the positions opens in July.
Herzfeld, 71, is no stranger to community service.
Beginning in 1977, he served 10 years on the Benton School Board and then served 13 years on the board of directors of the Saline County Board of Education. He currently serves on the Pulaski Tech board of directors, service he began in 2003.
One pencil, one piece of paper, one open and attentive mind, and at least one person's belief that anyone can change through the power of education, that is all eight inmates inside the Saline County jail said they need. A chance to prove to you, their families, and most importantly themselves, that lives and communities can be transformed.
Many community residents have said they are eager to meet the man who will be guiding the Benton School District in the coming year and an opportunity to do so will be coming up on Monday, Feb. 27.
At 7 p.m. that day, a "meet-and-greet" event is scheduled to introduce the newly hired superintendent, Jeff Collum of Longview, Texas, to the community. That event will be held in the district's new athletic complex.
And while local residents are eager to meet the new superintendent, Collum says he is equally looking forward to getting to know area residents.
Benton Athletic Memorial Museum will be inducting three new members into the BAMM Wall of Fame on Saturday night at the organization's annual banquet.
This year's inductees are Becky Fulcher, Emily Arnold Hinton and Jeff Freeman.
Donnie Burks, executive director of the BAMM Museum, said the banquet honoring the three inductees will take place at 6 p.m. at the Benton High School cafeteria.
In addition to recognizing the inductees, the BAMM Board of Directors plans to present an Exemplary Service Award to Gary James, executive director of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.