September 17th, 2014
Brad Bohannan, president of the Benton School Board, was commended for his service to the school district and the local community during a board meeting Monday night.
Bohannan was attending the board session for his final time as a member of the school district's governing body.
Jackie Sasfai will be taking his place on the seven-member panel beginning with the October board meeting. Bohannan did not seek re-election to another term.
In the meeting this week, Superintendent Jeff Collum presented Bohannan with a Panther Pride award after lauding his leadership.
School board elections took place Tuesday in two districts in Saline County.
One incumbent retained his seat and one board will be welcoming a newcomer.
Andy Kelloms defeated Jordan Abels to retain his position on the Harmony Grove School Board in Haskell.
Kelloms won by a total of 133 votes (55.19 percent) over 108 for Abels (44.81 percent).
In the Bauxite district, Ryan Jacks handily defeated incumbent Frank Torres for a seat on the board. Jacks received 154 votes (74.4 percent) to 53 votes (25.6 percent) for Torres.
Benton Police Department
â€¢A man on West Hazel Street reported the theft of a vehicle.
â€¢Michael Halpain was arrested at Walmart and charged with shoplifting. He is also named in an outstanding warrant.
â€¢Judy Smoke, 43, of Traskwood was cited for terroristic threatening in connection with an incident on Alcoa Road.
â€¢Michelle Henning, 45, of Benton was cited for shoplifting in connection with an incident at Walmart.
â€¢Jonathan Swaite, 29, Kayla Steele, 19, and Chelsea Bauer, 19, all of Benton, were arrested on River Street and charged with various drug-related offenses.