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January 27th, 2015

Benton police release annual report, 2015 goals

January 27, 2015

In 2014, Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane set 10 goals for the department and the department has accomplished all of them. These goals involved communications improvements, statistics, training, records, the special investigative unit and grants.

“We start setting goals for the next year around the end of the previous year. We look at various information and statistics to see where we need improvement and then set goals based on those priorities,” said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Benton Council approves KFC rezoning, Lake Norrell demolition

January 27, 2015

During a meeting of the Benton City Council Monday night, the council approved the rezoning of property where a new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant will be located and the demolition a vacant building at Lake Norrell. The council also approved the purchase of equipment to be used by the Benton Police Department.

Arkansas Funeral Care debacle has local effect

January 27, 2015

An ongoing controversy involving a Jacksonville funeral home that lost its license last week is having an indirect effect on other funeral homes in the state, including those in Saline County.

Arkansas Funeral Care was closed after an inspection revealed that cremations had not been performed in accordance with families' wishes. Investigators reported that bodies had been stacked in a cooler packed beyond capacity and others that had not been embalmed were lying out in the open.

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