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August 27th, 2014

Police investigating BHS vandalism; authorities say glass was shot out

August 27, 2014

Benton police are looking for the person responsible for vandalizing Benton High School.

On Monday, school staff reported some of the glass in the rotunda area at the school had been broken.
"The glass was broken by what appeared to be two bullet holes through it," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

A surveillance video showed "the suspect in the case driving a small motorcycle and firing two rounds toward the rotunda area before speeding off at approximately 12:23 a.m. on Saturday," Russell said.

Quorum Court meets second time to vote on ordinances

August 27, 2014

It took a second meeting, but the Saline County Quorum Court finally addressed its August meeting agenda.

A previous meeting failed to draw a quorum and the eight justices of the peace in attendance at that session could not legally vote on ordinances. Nine members of the 13-member body are required for such votes.

The JPs had initially believed they could vote on the ordinances by suspending the rules, then taking three separate votes on readings of the ordinances while eliminating an emergency clause. They later found out this does not meet the requirements.

Benton board votes to change drug policy

August 27, 2014

Benton School Board voted unanimously on Monday to amend the district's drug testing policy.

The policy changes were presented by Randy McFarlin, athletic director.

According to McFarlin, the revised policy would allow for random drug testing of all students involved in athletic/spirit groups/band and place a strong emphasis on confidentiality.

 

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