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Benton church offering way to avoid financial distress

August 20, 2014

First United Methodist Church of Benton is participating in Financial Peace University, a nine-week course designed to provide families and individuals with with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.

Classes meet once a week for a different lesson taught by program founder Dave Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

Advocate group monitoring Alexander juvenile center

August 20, 2014

After an increased number of reported assaults at the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center in Alexander, an advocacy group, Disability Rights Center of Arkansas, is now monitoring the center.

The center has released a report about its findings but will still monitor the center, said Justin Nickels, communications specialist with the facility.

"We hope this report and the recommendations made within will help to move the discussion in the direction of creative and positive next steps toward a truly effective and humane juvenile justice system," according to the report.

Bauxite sells land to state highway department

August 20, 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.

C.W. Lewis, taxes focus of press conference

August 20, 2014

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.

Accused killer given additional court dates

August 20, 2014

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.

Daily Dispatch, Aug. 19, 2014

August 20, 2014

Benton Police Department
•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.
•Employees at Walmart reported a man stole a cell phone case.
•Alexander Hoover, 25, of Benton was arrested on River Street and charged with assault and false imprisonment.
•A man on Grayson Drive reported a gun was stolen from his residence.

Saline County Sheriff's Office
•A man on Highway 5 reported his brother's trailer was stolen.

Area residents encouraged to enter annual fair parade

August 19, 2014

Members of the Saline County Fair Association Board of Directors remind area residents of the upcoming 2014 Saline County Fair and Rodeo Parade and encourage participation in the event.

The parade will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Downtown Benton.

This year’s theme is “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams."

"If you are interested in participating as a school group, marching band, horse and rider, church group, civic group, classic car, old tractor or politician, you are encouraged to do so and help make this the best parade ever," said Mollie Wright, a member of the board.

Bauxite Superintendent served with order of protection

August 19, 2014

Bauxite Superintendent Matt Donaghy has been served with a temporary order of protection by his wife for alleged domestic abuse.

The order was served Monday and will remain in effect until the matter is addressed in court. A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

Judge Christopher Palmer of Pulaski County signed the order.

Matt Donaghy was married to Misty Donaghy on July 17, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev., and the two separated on July 15, 2014.

Matt Donaghy filed for divorce on July 30, 2014. At the time the divorce was filed, he also put a restraining order on Misty Donaghy.

County's armyworm population unusually large

August 19, 2014

This year Saline County residents have had to fight an unusually large population of armyworms (caterpillars).

Armyworms eat grass and can especially affect hay farmers.

Billy Grace, who works on a farm near the Saline and Grant countyline, said he has spent about $1,000 lately just on poison to kill armyworms.

His 30-acre farm with 88 rows only had 33 rows after the armyworms started eating, he said.
He has had to spray the farm twice.

"It's just part of (being a farmer)," he said.

Daily Dispatch, Aug. 18, 2014

August 19, 2014

Benton Police Department
•An employee at Simmons Bank reported an individual wrote a forged check using a customer's closed account.
•A man on Watts Street reported a break-in at his residence.
•A man on Burton Street reported an individual wrote a forged check on his account.

Saline County Sheriff's Office
•A woman on Lucinda Lane reported the theft of her vehicle.
•A woman on Whitney Lane reported a theft.
•A man on Shaw Washout Road reported a theft.

Benton Fire Department
Benton firefighters responded to two rescue calls and a service call.

Bryant Fire Department

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