June 26th, 2014
The Benton parks and recreation department will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. today to get public input regarding improvements at Ralph Bunche Park.
Parks director John Eckart has stated that he wants to apply for grants to make improvements at the park but wants public opinion on what improvements should be made.
The hearing will take place at the Ralph Bunche Community Center.
An additional public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the council chambers at Benton Municipal Complex.
During an employee appreciation luncheon on June 24, Benton Mayor David Mattingly announced a proposed 4.1 percent, across-the-board pay increase for city employees.
The proposal first must pass through a joint meeting tonight of the Finance Committee and the Personnel Committee in order to be presented at the next City Council meeting for approval.
The last employee raise approved by the council was done with Ordinance 71 of 2011, passed on Dec. 19, 2011. It approved a 2 percent raise effective Jan. 1, 2012.
A Bauxite man was involved in an accident that caused the death of another man Tuesday night on U.S. 70 East in Garland County.
Chuck Elmore, 47, of Bauxite was eastbound in a 2012 Chevrolet on Highway 70 and reportedly did not see two people standing on the side of the road beside their vehicles.
Unable to change lanes, Elmore's vehicle fishtailed and collided with one of the vehicles, striking one of the drivers.
The victim was identified as Scott Andrew Burnham, 58, of Fort Worth, Texas, according to the Arkansas State Police.