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Benton SRO program draws praise from district, state

July 26, 2014

Benton Police Department's leadership and expertise have drawn the attention of the Arkansas Safe Schools Conference in North Little Rock and drew praise Thursday night from officials of the Benton School District.

During the recent conference, Chief Kirk Lane was selected as the winner of the 2014 top award for the department's contribution to the School Resource Officer program.

Benton council faces packed agenda Monday night

July 26, 2014

The Benton City Council will vote on five ordinances Monday night during its regular monthly meeting. Each of the ordinances is presented by the Finance Committee.

Ordinance 44 is set to appropriate a total of $1.250 million for street improvement projects in the areas of Christy Acres, Pamela Street, Princeton/Montclair Streets, Longview Street and Overview Street.

Mayor David Mattingly in March asked for a listing of recommended street improvement projects by ward.

16 people file during first day of filing period

July 26, 2014

The filing period for candidates seeking municipal and county offices kicked off Friday.
As of press time, 16 candidates had filed for open positions.

The following filed for positions in Benton:
•Charles F. Cunningham for Ward 2, Position 1 of the Benton City Council.
•Alderman Bill Donnor for Ward 3, Position 1 of the Benton City Council.
•Alderman Brad Moore for Ward 4, Position 1 of the Benton City Council.
•Brent Houston for city attorney.
•Cindy M. Stracener for city clerk.
The following candidates filed for positions in Bryant:
•Randy Cox for mayor.

Man wanted for murder of grandmother arrested in Saline County

July 26, 2014

A man wanted in Bentonville for the murder of his grandmother was arrested in Saline County.
Michael Eugene Conklin, 26, of Bentonville was arrested Friday night and returned to Bentonville, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office received a tip about Conklin's location from an individual who saw his picture on a newscast, Courtney said.
Conklin has been charged with first-degree murder and theft of property, according to the Benton County Detention Center inmate roster.

McClellan High School planning 1970s multi-year reunion; seeks grads

July 25, 2014

The McClellan High School Class of 1974 is searching for former students who graduated in any year during the 1970s for a multi-year reunion. According to Jane Stout, "The grand reunion will have a festival atmosphere, dinner, live music and many surprises." The reunion is scheduled for September 13 at the Castle on Stagecoach Road in Little Rock. The reunion organizing group is asking that any graduate from a 1970s class contact Pam Zeigler Harris at 501-247-9189, Laura Stolzer Bettis at 870-219-3749, Jane Beitz Stout at 501-860-4667 or Donna McGinty Snelling at 501-860-8871.

Report: Adding vision, dental would cost $43M

July 25, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits.

A report commissioned by the state Insurance Department projected that adding the coverage to the state's "private option," would cost about $20 a month per person in the program. More than 170,000 people are enrolled in the private option, which is using federal funds to purchase insurance for the poor.

Top-notch choice; Benton names Stoll Teacher of the Year

July 25, 2014

Darci Stoll has been named Teacher of the Year for the Benton School District.

The announcement of the honor was made Thursday night in a meeting of the Benton School Board.

Stoll is a social studies teacher at Benton High School, where she has taught for the past nine years.

Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that the "selection of the Teacher of the Year is quite a process."

It involves a vote among all the teachers of the district, he pointed out.

As the district's Teacher of the Year, Stoll is now eligible for the state Teacher of the Year competition, he noted.

Concert series at courthouse to begin Sunday evening

July 25, 2014

Concert Violinist Oksana, director and founder of Ovation Music Academy in Benton, has scheduled a monthly live music series to be held at the Saline County Courthouse from July through October of this year.

The concerts will be held at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month, Oksana said.

“Because of the increasing popularity of the events that we have held on the courthouse lawn, we have decided to provide a commitment to the people of Saline County to experience free live music during the most comfortable months of the year in an outside venue,”she noted.

Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

July 25, 2014

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office Thursday afternoon with patient Richard Plotts, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

Fashion show in Benton to benefit MS

July 25, 2014

Twenty-six models will hit the runway in some of the latest fashions at the Benton Event Center to help raise money for the fight against multiple sclerosis. The annual fundraiser is called "Orange You Lovely" and proceeds will go to the Central Arkansas Walk MS event.

Lisa Finkbeiner, director of special events and development for the National MS Society in Little Rock, says "There will be yummy desserts, more than $3,000 worth of merchandise in our silent auction and amazing volunteers and scholarship winners whom the National MS Society will honor."

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