The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-30T10:08:24-04:00's Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday2015-03-30T10:08:24-04:002015-03-30T10:08:24-04:00The Saline CourierChildren age 12 and under are encourage to participate. Other activities at the event will include face painting, bounce houses, lots of games and prizes and live music provided by DJ Raquel. The Easter Bunny will also be at the event. Benton, ARCourier StaffMayor's Easter Egg Hunt set for SaturdayNo source OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?2015-03-27T11:34:09-04:002015-03-27T11:34:09-04:00The Saline Courier<div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="28782114" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>Benton, ARNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?No source investigating toddler burn 2015-03-27T11:28:36-04:002015-03-27T10:52:49-04:00The Saline CourierRobert Burns and Andrea Reeves were with their daughter, Avalee Grace Burns, Wednesday at Tyndall Park when the little girl picked up an open plastic bottle containing a red liquid that resembled and smelled like Kool-Aid. The parents acted on their instinct, grabbing the strange bottle away from her, and in the process some of the liquid splashed onto her arm. They wiped her arms clean and thought nothing more of it until four hours later.While Robert was preparing dinner at the oven, Avalee started screaming. “She started squirming, crying and scratching,” said Andrea, noting that the skin on her forearm started to “peel” in areas. They applied hydrocortisone cream to the wound, but 15 minutes later blisters had formed. Panicked, they took Avalee to the Saline Memorial Hospital emergency room.Police were then notified, and they retrieved the bottle from the park. Hospital personnel tested the substance, which turned out to have a pH level of 3.As acidity of a substance decreases on the pH scale, the number assigned to it decreases until it reaches 7, which is neutral, then climbs as bases to 14.According to the American Dental Association, several soft drinks are more acidic than the substance tested at the hospital. Battery acid has a pH of 1, Coca-Cola has a pH of 2.5, Powerade has a pH of 2.7, and Kool-Aid has a pH of 3.The liquid the family found at Tyndall Park “could be almost anything,” said Lt. Terry Fuller of the Benton Police Department. However, the bottle and its contents were tossed rather than collected as evidence for further analysis.Fuller said hospital staff didn’t confirm that the liquid in the bottle caused the burns on the little girl’s arm.Robert Andrea are convinced the liquid is to blame for the burns on 75 percent of Avalee’s forearm, and that domestic terrorism could be at play. BNPD is investigating the cause, and say misconduct is likely not a factor. “Although there is nothing to suggest this was done intentionally, it is still an ongoing investigation at this time,” according to a press release from BNPD.At press time Friday, Fuller had shared with the newspaper a pH testing he had performed at his office, using the contents from a Monster energy drink and a bottle of water as variables. The energy drink’s pH level was 3, and the water tested at 5.Benton, AR Joe PhelpsBNPD investigating toddler burn No source Waste drop off set for Saturday2015-03-27T10:38:43-04:002015-03-27T10:38:43-04:00The Saline CourierThe Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District will be hosting an event to collect household hazardous waste from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Northside Church of Christ. Items accepted included paints, pool chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, used oil, kerosene, paint thinners, batteries, household cleaners and light bulbs. Items that will not be accepted include compressed gas cylinders, radioactive materials, explosive, ammunition, shock-sensitive materials, items known to contain polychlorinated biphenyls and medical sharps, pathological or infection wastes and pharmaceuticals.Since events will take place at Bryant City on June 13 and on October 17 at Highland Heights Baptist Church. Benton, ARSarah PerryHazardous Waste drop off set for SaturdayNo source Park is hoppin'2015-03-25T10:46:05-04:002015-03-25T10:46:05-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARJoe PhelpsTyndall Park is hoppin'No source OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard2015-03-25T08:46:54-04:002015-03-25T08:46:54-04:00The Saline Courier<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Benton, ARNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People OnboardNo source getting ‘aggressive’ in wooing commerce2015-03-24T10:02:39-04:002015-03-24T10:02:39-04:00The Saline CourierCity leaders say those two small words are the beginning of one enormous leap to make Benton a thriving center of commerce.The phrase is a motto for the Benton Business Development Initiative, a concept Mayor David Mattingly is calling an “aggressive” way of marketing the city to prospective industries and retailers.While more details are still in the works, some steps have already been taken to push the idea ahead.In the March 9 City Council meeting, aldermen unanimously voted to separate the departments of Economic Development and Community Service, tasking the former with marketing the city and the latter with manning the technical aspects of planning, including code enforcement and issuing permits.The Department of Economic Development will be in charge of trademarking and attracting potential business to Benton.“All I can tell you is we’ve got a group of marketing people that’ll be filling the Department of Economic Development,” Mattingly told The Courier in a recent interview. He insists the initiative is “not a shot at any other organization” responsible for promoting businesses, but rather a strategic vision for future growth. Mattingly said it will set a new tone for how Benton conducts talks with prospects.“If you’re going to be aggressive about economics, you can’t wait until (someone) knocks on your door and says, ‘I want to possibly do business,’” Mattingly said. “I’ve got to come to your door and say I want you to come do business with me.”The new initiative will be the avenue through which administration and developers can market Benton. It will be funded through the city’s Department of Economic Development, and Mattingly noted there will be a volunteer board serving the initiative.“They’re excited,” he said of the volunteers. “Benton is going to aggressively market itself.” As part of the initiative, the city is partnering with the Little Rock-based YourAdTeam marketing firm to develop logos and assist in the approach.Though the concept is still in its infancy, the mayor said he has already been in talks with a warehousing facility to locate in the Benton area, and has also contacted more hotel chains.Benton, ARJoe PhelpsCity getting ‘aggressive’ in wooing commerceNo source Film Festival announces several star guests 2015-03-23T09:54:39-04:002015-03-23T09:54:39-04:00The Saline CourierThe Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) reports organizers say the event, which runs from May 5 to May 9, could attract as many as 25,000 visitors to the northwest Arkansas city of Bentonville.De Niro is expected to attend a screening of a documentary about his father. O'Donnell will participate in a panel discussion about women who manage their own film production companies.Nick Cannon, host of America's Got Talent, and news anchor and producer Soledad O'Brien are set to be co-hosts of the festival's closing-night awards show.ARC Entertainment and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media announced the festival in January.Benton, ARAssociated PressBentonville Film Festival announces several star guests No source in the park returns this weekend2015-03-23T09:46:12-04:002015-03-23T09:46:12-04:00The Saline CourierBeginning at sunset Friday, March 27, the Benton Parks and Recreation Department will host a free screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a PG-13 film based on a comic book team of the same name. The movie will be shown free of charge at the Juli Busken Amphitheater.Concessions will be sold at that location.The four movies to be shown in 2015 will be spaced throughout the year, with one showing at Dog Park on the west side of town, said Dani Polk, administrative assistant for the parks and recreation department. The next movie, “Big Hero 6,” will be shown May 16 at Dog Park, followed by a Tyndall Park showing of “The Box Trolls” on July 24. Finishing up the year, on Oct. 30, will be Disney’s “Maleficent” at Tyndall Park.Polk said attendance at Movies in the Park was high enough last year to continue showing the movies free to the public.“It’s actually been great,” she said. “Our biggest showing last year was ‘Frozen,’ with close to 600 people there. Other than that, we’ve had really good turnouts.”Polk said the department plans to continue showing Movies in the Park for as long as the community turns out.“We really do love being able to do this for our community,” she said, “and to have this event as part of the parks and recreation department. We hope to be able to continue to do this for Benton.”Benton, ARCourier StaffMovies in the park returns this weekendNo source walk draws crowd2015-03-23T09:43:58-04:002015-03-23T09:42:52-04:00The Saline CourierThe tour consisted of the Saline County Courthouse and the Gann Museum. Silva listed historical information on a variety of downtown buildings through the two-hour walking tour. Benton, ARCourier StaffHistoric walk draws crowdNo source