August 20th, 2014
The Bauxite City Council has approved a resolution to allow the sale of small amount of property to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.
In a regularly scheduled meeting of the council Monday night, the council members agreed to sell approximately 10 square feet of land to the Highway Department for $100.
Mayor Johnny McMahan said the state agency is interested in enlarging the Rock Island Railroad bridge by straightening out Arkansas 183. The property to be purchased from Bauxite is located past Arkansas Labeling on the left side of the highway, near Bryant.
Benton Parks Department and UALR-Benton Center have joined forces to breathe life back into C.W. Lewis Stadium.
The partnership was announced by Benton Mayor David Mattingly at a press conference this morning.
Additionally, Mattingly announced plans for a phased-in reduction of personal property taxes during the next three years, the location of a police/fire substation on Arkansas 5 near Alcoa Road and an agreement with Saline County to use the CodeRED system currently in place.
Abel Enriquez, 65, who was arrested in connection with the death of his 22-year-old neighbor, Anthony Ballentine, appeared in Saline County Circuit Court on Monday morning.
During the proceeding, Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips set two new court dates for the defendant.
On Sept. 4, Enriquez is scheduled for another bond hearing, and on Oct. 20 he is scheduled for plea and arraignment.
Days after his arrest, his bond was set at $500,000, but recently his attorney, Bobby Digby of Little Rock, filed a motion to reduce the bond.
Benton Police Department
â€¢Employees at Benton Middle School and Ringgold Elementary reported a child's parent, who is a registered sex offender, entered the schools without an escort from a police officer.
â€¢Employees at Walmart reported a man stole a cell phone case.
â€¢Alexander Hoover, 25, of Benton was arrested on River Street and charged with assault and false imprisonment.
â€¢A man on Grayson Drive reported a gun was stolen from his residence.
Saline County Sheriff's Office
â€¢A man on Highway 5 reported his brother's trailer was stolen.