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The Arkansas Department of Health released numbers showing 981 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative confirmed total to 95,399 with 7,272 active and 86,520 recovered.

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Due to the high voter turnout the first two days of early voting, the Saline County Vote Commission has decided to expand voting hours to give more people the chance to cast their ballot.

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The Arkansas Department of Health released numbers showing 434 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state for a cumulative total of 93,790 with 7,450 active and 84,770 recovered.

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Early voting begins in Saline County today. At the Benton Vote Center the line stretches around the side of the building due to the limited number of people being permitted inside at a time. One voter said their wait was only around 20 minutes.

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After one of its firefighters tested positive for COVID-19, the Benton Fire Department has sent five additional firefighters to be tested for the virus. 

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During the National Night Out: Fellowship in the Park at Ralph Bunche Park people from the community and members of the Benton Police Department came together for fellowship and to learn to be unified. 

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported the state has had 814 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the cumulative total to 92,117 with 7,420 active and 83,174 recovered.

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The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting four new confirmed deaths of local residents as a result of COVID-19, increasing the total for Saline County to 28 total. Two of the 28 are currently listed as probable cases.

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According to numbers released by the Arkansas Department of Health today, there are 1,068 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state for a cumulative total of 91,303 with 7,272 active and 82,529 recovered.

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The Benton School District announced earlier today that free meals for all students in the district have been extended for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 481 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, for a cumulative total of 89,351 confirmed cases with 6,744 active and 81,136 recovered.

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Family, friends and many former Benton High School students and staff are mourning the loss of John Butler, namesake of the Benton School District's auditorium and former longtime BHS principal.

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The Saline Courier editorial staff has once again performed well at the annual Arkansas Press Association Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 568 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, for a cumulative total of 88,870 confirmed cases with 6,929 active and 80,496 recovered.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,066 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, for a cumulative total of 85,980 with 6,207 confirmed active and 78, 405 recovered.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 684 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 84,914 with 5,908 active and 77,660 recovered.

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The Arkansas Sate Police has enacted a plan to curb distracted drivers with a new campaign focusing on ticketing offenders.

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After more than three decades of service to the local communities, Lisa's Bait Shop will be closing its doors.

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Legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, has died after a long battle with throat cancer, TMZ reports.

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Stocks turned sharply lower on Wall Street Tuesday afternoon after President Donald Trump ordered a stop to negotiations with Democrats on a coronavirus economic stimulus bill until after the election.

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Raines Family Dental, located at 216 E. Carpenter St. in Benton, is run by a husband and wife team who have brought technology into the practice while seeking to provide comfort to even the most nervous patients.

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According to a statement from the Benton School District, Ringgold Elementary will move to all virtual learning for Tuesday and Wednesday classes due to COVID-19 exposure.

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Event though there will not be an in-person shopping event for Glitz and Garland this year, Everett Buick GMC will still give away a truck to raise funds for the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Saline Health Foundation.

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The Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association is holding National Night Out: Fellowship in the park from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Ralph Bunche Park, 1300 East St. in Benton.

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Earlier this year, a longtime Saline County resident was named to the top job at the Arkansas Department of Transportation. 

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After a week of no increase in local COVID-19 deaths, the Arkansas Department of Health is reporting a 24th death in Saline County. Two of the 24 are currently listed as probable cases.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 488 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with the number of deaths increasing by 18.

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Saline Memorial Hospital lined its parking lot with luminaries on Wednesday in honor of those who have lost their life to suicide. A special section was set up in honor of the 22 people who have committed suicide so far in 2020.