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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday, there were 117 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative confirmed total to 260,696. Active confirmed cases are down 14 to 1,107. 

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Benton Area Chamber of Commerce Chair Rick Bellinger, left, and President and CEO Gary James, right, stand with special guests for the Benton Chamber of Commerce Banquet, Benton native Luke Brasuell, second left, and featured speaker Steuart Walton, after the event. A full story on the event…

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As part of the ongoing Arkansas Department of Transportation project to widen Interstate 30 in Saline County, a number of overnight road closures will be necessary thought the rest of the month and into May.

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On Monday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 57 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 260,579. Active cases dropped by 51 to 1,121. 

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported on Thursday 151 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the confirmed total to 260,206 with 1,151 active. 

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On Wednesday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 126 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 brining the cumulative confirmed total to 260,055 with 1,098 active.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 71 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases to 259,929. Confirmed active cases fell by 45 to 1,097. 

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Construction to widen Interstate 30 to six lanes in Saline County requires overnight lane closures on the Interstate, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Wednesday, there were 134 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 259,357 cases. Active confirmed cases went down by 26 to 1,157 with 253,685 recoveries.

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Congressman French Hills talks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Bryant Director Jason Whittington and CEO Suzanne Passmore during his the congressman's visit to the Clubs on Monday.  

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 106 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 258,881. Active confirmed cases went down by 48 to 1,370 with 253,029 recoveries. 

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 258 new confirmed cases of COVID1- for a confirmed cumulative total of 258,775. Active confirmed cases went down by 15 with 252,879 recovered.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Wednesday, there were 134 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative confirmed total to 258,517. Active confirmed cases fell by 94 to 1,433 with 252,612 recovered. 

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During his weekly COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state has passed the 1 million vaccine mark. 

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday, the state had 170 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 257,799. Active confirmed cases are down by 68 to 1,874 with 251,506 recoveries.

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Lamont Cornwell, executive director of the Saline County Economic Corporation, speaks about how the idea for the Benton Event Center got started and the effort it took to get it off the ground during the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon to celebrate the event center on Thursday.

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New confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 180 to 257,629, according to the Arkansas Department of Health on Wednesday. Active cases dropped by 106 to 1,942 with 251,276 recovered. 

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The Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday reported 211 confirmed new cases for a confirmed total of 257,449 with 2,084 confirmed active and 251,003 recoveries. 

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Starting today, those who fall in phase 1-C will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced. More details will be in the Wednesday edition of The Saline Courier. 

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Detectives with the Saline County Sheriff's Office are currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:30 Monday night at a Big Red Valero located at 109 E. Woodson Lateral Road.

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According to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, two men have been arrested after allegedly attacking a The Saline Courier independent contractor in her vehicle while she was delivering papers Saturday.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported on Friday 345 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative confirmed total to 256,864 with 2,351 confirmed active cases and 250,150 recoveries. 

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On Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 250 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the confirmed total to 256,519 since the pandemic began. Active confirmed cases went down by 39 to 2,293 with 249,873 recoveries.

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A Benton woman has been arrested after reportedly being found passed out in her vehicle in the vicinity of the Toodle Tots Daycare.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported on Wednesday 192 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the confirmed cumulative total to 256,269. Active confirmed cases fell by 184 to 2,332 with 249,549 recoveries.

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On Tuesday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 241 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 256,077. Active cases fell by 141 to 2,516 with 249,229 recoveries. 

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In a year of great change in this country, the Benton Police Department is making history on a local level with Officer Kaitlyn Fleetwood being named as the first female member of the SWAT team.

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Benton Police Department Officer Kaitlyn Fleetwood was recently named to the SWAT Team, the first woman at BPD to be named to the SWAT Team. Read full story in Sunday's The Saline Courier or online with the e-Edition. 

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Hot Springs resident Sharon Keathley has two novels published and a third on the way. Read full story in Sunday's The Saline Courier or online with the e-Edition. 

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On Friday, the Arkansas Department of Health released its COVID-19 reported showing 422 new confirmed cases for a confirmed total of 255,365 with 3,013 active and 248,050 recoveries. 

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Due to an 18-wheeler catching fire near exit 116, traffic headed eastbound along Interstate 30 is heavily delayed. The Saline Courier will stay with the story and updated when new information is available.

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On Wednesday the Arkansas Department of Health reported 284 new confirmed cases COVID-19 for a cumulative confirmed total of 254,637 with 2,862 active and 247,492 recoveries. 

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported during his weekly briefing the state has had 225 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the confirmed total to 254,353. Active confirmed cases went down by 55 to 2,827 with 247,250 recoveries.

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 412 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday bringing the cumulative confirmed cases to 251,711. Active confirmed cases went down by 100 to 2,994 with 244,346 recovered.

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The precautionary boil order that was instituted this week has been lifted, according to Benton Utilities.