July 29th, 2014
The dog days of summer are being ushered in with a whimper.
A cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week, weather forecasters said Monday.
It's normally the hottest time of the year, with highs averaging around 95 degrees and nighttime lows in the 70s. But National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Day said the coolÂ snap will push highs closer to 80 degrees with lows in the 60s through early next week.
It only took an hour for Benton City Council to approve five ordinances and two resolutions and hear committee reports in a meeting Monday night.
Two of the ordinances dealt with the purchase of land and one authorized the start of street projects.
Ordinance 48 of 2014 was passed on all three readings by a vote of 9 to 1. The lone negative vote resulted from the absence of Alderman Evelyn Reed.
The ordinance authorizes the purchase of five acres of land adjacent to the Saline County Fairgrounds. The acreage will be paved for use as a parking lot for the Riverside Center complex.
Alderman Brenda Miller is seeking re-election to the Bryant City Council.
Miller currently holds the council's Ward 4, Position 1 seat.
"I believe solid background and experience leads to good decisions with local government issues and citizen trust to continue building a progressive Bryant now and for future generations to enjoy," Miller said.
During Miller's 25 years of residency in Bryant, she has seen the city's population grow from "about 4,000 to over 18,000 today."