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Construction at the new Benton Athletic Complex is on schedule, according to information given to the Benton School Board on Monday night.
David Dominguez of Nabholz Construction said the bleachers are completed "and are all up except for the chairs."
"The building under the bleachers is done," he added.
He further noted that additional work at the site has included installing an elevator, completing masonry columns and decorative fencing.
"We're continuing concrete work," he said.
He also noted that the band structure has been relocated from C.W. Lewis Stadium to the new complex.
An argument at a home in Bryant late Sunday allegedly led to a man fatally stabbing another, authorities said.
Itzamanna Jiminez-Jasso, 34, of Bryant is being held in the Saline County jail facing a charge of second-degree murder and is scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday in Benton District Court.
According to Bryant police, about 9:40 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a home in the 100 block of SE 3rd St. after receiving a call concerning a physical altercation involving a knife.
A lawsuit accusing a Bryant police officer of unlawfully arresting a county resident following a motor vehicle accident involving the plaintiff's wife has been filed in U.S. District Court, Western Division of the Eastern District of Arkansas.
The plaintiff, Robert Burdett of Bryant, cites nine specific counts related to the alleged incident. Named as defendants are the city of Bryant and Police Officer Michael Turner.
According to the complaint filed Dec. 5, Burdett requests a jury trial.
The complaint stems from an incident that allegedly occurred on Aug. 18, 2011.
Sunny Red left her mark in many areas of the community, but perhaps no place more significantly than on the area's older population.
Red, who died recently at the age of 91, served as director of the Benton Senior Activity Center for 12 years. During her tenure, from 1976 to 1986 she led the program through many changes and expansions.
A Benton man was arrested for allegedly breaking into a home in the city, authorities said.
Roderick Spears, 19, is facing charges of residential burglary and felony theft of property. As of press time, Spears is being held without bond in the Saline County jail, pending a bond hearing Monday in Benton District Court.
Officers of the Benton Police Department reportedly responded to a report of a home burglary in the 100 block of Windstone Drive on Nov. 30 and found that an estimated $1,300 worth of items had been stolen.
Santa Claus will be visiting the Saline County Courthouse gazebo Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6 p.m., until Christmas.
Santa Claus can also be seen at the Shannon Hills Christmas parade Saturday.
In addition, Salem United Methodist Church will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday.
Another Breakfast with Santa is scheduled at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Saline County Moose Lodge.
Photo sessions with Santa and the Chick-fil-A cows will be available Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The 13th annual Toy Trooper, a toy donation drive for children in Saline County, will kick off this weekend with visits from Little Rock radio broadcasters.
The 103.7 The Buzz Show With No Name hosts Tommy Smith, David Bazzel, RJ Hawk and guests will broadcast live from the Bryant Walmart parking lot from 6 to 10 a.m. Friday to kick off the event. Ugly Ed Johnson of KHITS 96.5 also will broadcast live from the Bryant Walmart parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department met with Bryant residents Tuesday evening at First Pentecostal Church regarding plans for widening Arkansas 5 from Benton to Little Rock.
Highway Department officials say the changes are necessary to accommodate continuing growth in the communities and increasing traffic congestion. The department estimates 15,000 vehicles travel this stretch of highway per day and projects this number will double by 2035.
In keeping with years past, the Saline County Christmas Parade drew thousands of spectators Tuesday night.
More than a hundred entries took part in the parade that was based on the theme "Angels."
Though the lights at the courthouse have been turned on each evening for about two weeks, the parade signals the official start of the county's Celebration of Lights.
Dr. Cheryl Schmidt was recently inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in a ceremony conducted in Washington, D.C.
Schmidt's sponsors described her as "a contemporary pioneer in preparation for disasters."
In her role as the national lead and subject matter expert for nursing education for the American Red Cross, Dr. Schmidt led a team of Red Cross colleagues in developing and pilot-testing a web-enhanced course that can be taught in any nursing program to prepare nursing students to serve as volunteers in Red Cross disaster shelters.