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City of Benton officials held a ceremony Thursday at the Benton Event Center to celebrate paying off the bond for the Benton Event Center six years early. The total savings for the residents of Benton resulting from paying off the bond early is $974,544.30. 

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From wreath making with Saline County Library to Christmas craft making with Mayor Tom Farmer, the city of Benton has the schedule filled with holiday festivities for December. 

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday, there were 814 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 520,725. Active cases rose by 330 to 5,115. Deaths increased by 13 to 8,592.

Luke Talbert, 31 of Benton, recently pled guilty to two counts of first-degree murder before Circuit Judge Josh Farmer and was sentenced to serve 50 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

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Carol Martens smells a candle at the Broken Flame Candles booth during Glitz & Garland at the Benton Event Center on Friday. The event benefits the Saline Health Foundation and the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Officers with the Benton Police Department are currently investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred Thursday near Tyndall Park.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday, there were 517 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 511,984. Active cases went up by nine to 4,851. Deaths rose by 19 to 8,344.

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Everett Buick GMC revealed through Facebook the company will be giving away a 2021 GMC Arcadia SLT as part of the Glitz and Garland holiday celebrations, which benefit Saline Health Foundation and the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Two men who are facing murder charges appeared before District Judge Clay Ford Monday and both will remain in the Saline County Detention Center with no bond. 

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The Bryant School District announced on its Facebook page masks will be optional, but recommended for the week of Oct. 4 through 8 for all students, staff and visitors in all district buildings and on school buses.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday, there were 1,004 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 469,077. Active cases fell by 235 to 10,385. Deaths rose by 21 to 7,691.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Wednesday, there were 1,153 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 495,073. Active cases continued their downward trend with a fall of 238 to 10,620. Deaths rose by 19 to 7,670.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Wednesday, there were 1,463 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 488,316. Active cases fell by 511 to 13,714. Deaths rose by 29 to 7,528.

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Due to a press issue, delivery of newspapers may be delayed today and tomorrow. The Saline Courier apologizes for any inconvenience.

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Saline County EMS Board awarded an exclusive contact for emergency medical services for the county to Pafford Medical Services.

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After hearing from the public and administration, Bryant School Board voted for a new masking policy using case data from the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday, there were 1,824 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 480,934. Active cases fell by 294 to 16,401. Deaths rose by 33 to 7,395.

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The agenda for the Bryant School Board meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Fine Arts Center on the Bryant High School campus, includes a mask resolution.

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During a special meeting Thursday, the Bryant City Council will consider a memorandum of understanding to commit to the Saline Regional Public Water Authority.

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Participants make their way up and down a set of stairs in the Bryant High School Arena during the Bryant 911 Stair Climb on Saturday in honor of th 20th anniversary of 911. 

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Bryant School District released a statement on Friday addressing rumors that were circulating about Bryant High School.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there were 2,481 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 469,977. Active cases rose by 214 to 19,714. Deaths increased by 27 to 7,169.

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Habitat for Humanity of Saline County will hold another Chicken-n-Fish Fry fundraiser from 11 to 1 p.m. Thursday behind the ReStore, 112 S. Market Street in Benton.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Friday, there were 2,129 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 460,363. Active cases fell by 84 to 22,993. Deaths rose by 19 to 7,022.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday, there are 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 458,234. Active cases increased by 263 to 23,077. Deaths rose by 34 to 7,003.

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The Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce is bringing back Bryant Fall Fest to Bishop Park Sept. 25.

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The Saline County Library is calling for art submission from middle school, junior high and senior high students across Saline County for its Book Art Contest.

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On Tuesday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 2,626 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 452,891. Active cases went down by five to 24,422. Deaths rose by 22 to 6,934.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Friday, there were 2,866 new cases of COVID-19 brining the cumulative total to 446,430. Active cases rose by 653 to 24,228. Deaths increased by 30 to 6,836.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday, there were 2,318 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the cumulative total to 443,564. Active cases went down by 12 to 23,757. Deaths rose by 32 to 6,806.

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According to a post from Bryant Public School, downed power lines on Shobe Road are affecting bus transportation, especially around Meadowlake, Lexington Park and Johnswood. Students from other areas may be home late today.