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June 27th, 2012

Fireworks display this Friday in Haskell at Arkansas Health Center

June 27, 2012

The Independence Day celebration will come a few days early in Haskell and will include a large fireworks display to end the evening festivities.
The free event — including parking and admission — is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday at the Arkansas Health Center, located at 6701 U.S. Highway 67. From Interstate 30, take the Exit 114, drive past the Big Red Valero gas station and head straight past the first traffic light until reaching the sign for the Arkansas Health Center on the left.

June 26th

Council, Ford shoot down firework sales

June 26, 2012

Saline County residents already are under a burn ban issued Friday by Saline County Judge Lanny Fite, but additional restrictions have been imposed on Benton residents by Fire Chief Bill Ford.
On Monday, Ford issued a ban on the sale and use of fireworks in the city until the countywide burn ban has been lifted.
Fite's ban, which includes Benton and all of Saline County, will be enforced until lifted by Fite.

Utility ordinance still up in the air

June 26, 2012

Benton City Council members once again discussed an ordinance that in its present form revises the customer service rules, regulations and fees for Benton Utilities, but the ordinance still has not been adopted.
In a meeting Tuesday night, attempts were made to revise the ordinance, but these suggestions were not approved.
Efforts also were made to approve the ordinance as it now reads on all of its three readings, but this didn't happen either.
Also thwarted was a motion to send the ordinance back to committee for further study.

Alleged child pornographer gets high bond

June 26, 2012

A Benton judge set a $200,000 sheriff's bond for a former Benton firefighter arrested on Friday for allegedly having child pornography on his home computer, according to staff at the Saline County jail.
Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 38, appeared via satellite in Benton District Court on Monday facing 1,000 counts of felony possession of child pornography. He reportedly is scheduled to appear back in Benton District Court on Aug. 7, at which time where he could enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

June 25th

Benton man, former firefighter arrested for child pornography

June 25, 2012

A Benton man — a former firefighter for the Benton Fire Department — was arrested on Friday for allegedly having child pornography on his home computer, according to the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 38, faces 1,000 counts of felony possession of child pornography and is being held without bond pending an appearance via satellite in Benton District Court later today.

Utility deposits, drainage issues on Benton City Council agenda

June 25, 2012

Benton City Council is expected tonight to consider the second reading of an ordinance that amends customer service rules, regulations and fees for Benton Utilities customers.
The ordinance previously been presented for its first reading.Three are required before a vote can be taken.
If the ordinance is approved, it will amend the amount charged to commercial customers that are delinquent on their accounts.
Benton Public Utilities Commission recently addressed the matter, which also came under the review of the council's Community Services Committee.

Saline County library to offer teen lock-in in summer fare

June 25, 2012

The Saline County Library will host a lock-in for teens as part of the Summer Reading program.
The event is scheduled from 9 p.m. Friday, July 13, to 7 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Herzfeld Library in Benton.
Contracts to confirm attendance may be picked up at either library location and are due back by Friday, July 6.

June 22nd

BREAKING NEWS: Saline County placed under burn ban

June 22, 2012

Saline County is under a burn ban.
County Judge Lanny Fite announced today that he has declared the ban following the state Forestry Commission's recommendation.
Burn bans are issued for 30 days unless a lift is authorized by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The ban reportedly applies to controlled or other burning.
The current dry conditions and high temperatures reportedly have necessitated this decision.
The county is among several of the state's 75 counties that currently have bans in effect, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Benton, Bryant radio hams plan public demonstration of emergency communications

June 22, 2012

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.
In these cases, the one consistent communications service that reportedly never has failed has been amateur radio. These radio operators, often called “hams,” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station.

Group names SMH doctor as year's top physician

June 22, 2012

A Saline Memorial Hospital physician has brought honor to the hospital as well as the community.
Dr. Scott Archer was recently recognized by the AR SAVES Program as Physician of the Year. The award was presented at the AR SAVES annual meeting at the Clinton Library in Little Rock.
Archer is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at SMH, where he serves as the chief of emergency medicine and medical director of the Saline Memorial Ambulance Service.
He also serves as the physician lead between SMH and the AR SAVES Program. 

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