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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.

Neal Moore: Senior lineman prevails against all odds

January 26, 2015

Neal Moore, a senior lineman at Harmony Grove, as gone through more trials and tribulations than one could imagine in his young 18-year life.

After shattering his left hip during a freak accident as a third grader in 2006, Moore worked hard to get healthy and back on the football field.

Battling continuous pain throughout the years in his hip, Moore stayed on the gridiron. It wasn't until the first game of 2013 that Moore was struck with more bad luck, blowing out his right knee, putting his football future in limbo once again.

Local boy tags Dallas County's biggest buck

January 26, 2015

Gunnar Westbrook, a fifth grader at Westbrook Elementary, won big at the 25th Annual Big Buck Classic in Little Rock on Sunday.

His 9-point buck he harvested this past deer season scored a gross 123 6/8, earning him biggest buck for Dallas County.

Gunnar is the son of Josh and Monica Westbrook of Haskell.

Following in his father's footsteps: Father and son share common path in politics

January 26, 2015

Saline County Justice of the Peace Steve Gladden and his son, Bryant Alderman Lorne Gladden, have many things in common including a desire to serve and help others.
Steve Gladden served on the Bryant City Council for four terms before choosing to now serve on the Saline County Quorum Court. Lorne Gladden is a new member of the Bryant City Council.
Steve said he is a businessman and decided to serve on the council after city officials passed up the opportunity to have the Hurricane Lake Estates neighborhood within the Bryant city limits.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars

January 23, 2015

Benton police officer is praised for good deed

January 23, 2015

The Benton Police Department is receiving plenty of attention after an officer bought food for a homeless man.
On Jan. 21, Lt. Kevin Russell, spokesperson for the Benton Police Department posted a story on the department’s Facebook page about Officer Anya Hogan buying a meal for a homeless man. The post has since received more than 2,000 likes and 150 comments praising the officer’s good deed.
When asked about the incident, Hogan said she just wanted to do something nice.
“I didn’t expect all of this,” she said.
For the full story, see Saturday’s edition of The Saline Courier.

KFC, CVS reach agreement on property

January 22, 2015

Kentucky Fried Chicken, located at 609 Military Road in Benton, will begin to make the transition to its new location at the end of this month, according to franchisee Mark Fikes.

“We should start site prep by the 29th or 30th,” Fikes said. “Completion should be by June.”

The move is in compliance with a recent buyout of the current KFC property by CVS Pharmacy.

“CVS wanted to locate there, and there were some other people involved,” Fikes said. “We went through the process and we decided it would be best for everybody and for the city of Benton if we moved.”

Drink up: 23 Businesses approved for alcohol sales

January 22, 2015

Nearly two dozen Saline County businesses received permit approvals for alcohol sales on Wednesday.

According to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the state Department of Finance and Administration, 23 businesses were approved for varying types of permits in Saline County. The majority of these include beer off premises and retail small farm wine permits.

Restaurant beer and wine permits also were approved. Businesses receiving these may pick up their permits Thursday morning, but they can’t take alcohol deliveries until the state-issued permit is in hand.

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