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Texas minister to lead Willliams Preaching Series

September 13, 2014

Dr. Janice Gilbert, senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas, will be the guest preacher for this year's Williams Preaching Series at First United Methodist Church in Benton.

The series will take place Sunday and Monday, Sept. 14 and 15.

The preaching series was established by the late Ruth Williams, widow of the the late Curtis Williams, to honor her husband. Among his pastoral appointments was serving as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Benton.

Salem Church to sell bulbs from registered iris grower

September 13, 2014

Salem United Methodist Church is sponsoring an unusual event: The church is selling registered iris bulbs from the garden of a prominent local Master Gardener, Phyllis Kirtley.

Kirtley is known in the area for her expertise in raising the flowers.

The sale is set from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, under the Salem Campgrounds arbor on the Salem Church grounds.

According to church spokesman Dick Bondurant, varieties that will be available to purchase will include registered day lilies, angel trumpets, grounds cover and assorted perennials.

AHTD to host public meeting in Bryant

September 13, 2014

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public involvement meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, to present and discuss proposed design plans to widen Arkansas 5 from Alcoa Road to Arkansas 183 in Bryant.

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs said this will be an "open house" event with no formal presentations scheduled. The public is invited to attend the meeting any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to view exhibits, ask questions and offer comments.

The meeting will be held at Grace Church in Bryant, 4200 Highway 5 North.

Civitan Services to host 'killer' event

September 13, 2014

In hopes of raising the last bit of money for a new building in Bryant, Civitan Services will be hosting a murder mystery dinner.

"Murder at the Masquerade," which will serve as Civitan Services' largest fundraiser of the year, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Benton Event Center.

During the event, the audience will be able to try to figure out with their table mates a mystery portrayed by a group of professional actors from Murder Mystery Company in Nashville.

ADC announces date for annual horse auction

September 12, 2014

The Arkansas Department of Correction Agriculture Division will host its annual horse auction on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton.

The public will have the opportunity to bid on 25-30 retired horses, colts and mules from ADC's working herd.

Those interested in bidding on the animals may view and ride them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the fairgrounds. 

On the day of the sale, the horses may be viewed from 8 a.m. until noon and the sale will then begin at 1 p.m.

Authorities arrest suspected vandal linked to shooting

September 12, 2014

An 18-year-old Benton resident who allegedly shot at Benton High School on two separate occasions was arrested Thursday afternoon by Benton police.

During two incidents, Justin Carroll, 18, of Benton allegedly drove by Benton High School late at night and shot at the school multiple times, said Lt. Kevin Russell,police department spokesperson.

During the first incident, the glass of the rotunda was shot and during the second incident the digital billboard and a glass door of the cafeteria were damaged, he said.

Benton PD kicks off city's academy; application deadline is Sept. 19

September 12, 2014

The Benton Police Department is accepting applications for the upcoming 12th annual Citizens Police Academy.

The academy will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and will include nine classes during an eight-week period.
The course is "designed to give participants a better understanding of police functions and responsibilities," said Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer.

Topics will include criminal investigations, patrol functions, narcotics investigations, school resource officers, crime prevention, traffic stops, K-9 programs and shooting instruction.

Council to discuss hike in water, sewage rates

September 12, 2014

The Bauxite City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, to discuss potentially raising the water and sewer rates as well as amending late charge rates for services.

The potential increase recommendation was prepared by Alderman Paula Matthews.

Currently, residential customers are charged $17 for the first 2,000 gallons of water and $8.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Customers the sewer charges are $12 for the first 2,000 gallons and $5.15 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.

Bryant audit comes back clean

September 12, 2014

Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady has determined that the city of Bryant did not violate any state statutes in regard to undocumented travel expenses.

Casady has been asked to look into this issue in conjunction with the findings from the city's 2012 legislative audit.

"The city and various vendors have provided documentation for purchases referenced in your report," Casady said in a letter to Roger Norman of the Division of Legislative Audit. "Unless further action is requested by the Division of Legislative Audit, my office considers this matter closed."

Daily Dispatch, Sept. 11, 2014

September 12, 2014

Benton Police Department
•Gregory Holmes, 44, of Benton was arrested on Summerwood Drive and charged with public intoxication.
•A man on Worth Avenue reported items were stolen from his garage.
•An employee at Jimmy's Super Stop on Edison Avenue reported an individual left without paying the full amount for fuel.
•A man on Country Oaks drive reported several items were stolen from his residence.

Saline County Sheriff's Office
•A caller in Alexander advised that a man had pulled a gun on someone.
•A man in Mabelvale reported someone broke into his home.

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