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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.

Bryant council approves purchase to repair pool

January 21, 2015

During a special meeting of the Bryant City Council, the council approved spending up to $5,000 to repair or replace the Bishop Park pool pak pump.

The meeting lasted about four minutes, said staff attorney Chris Madison.

“While doing regular maintenance personnel discovered a weird noise,” Madison said.

This equipment regulates the pool temperature and the temperature in the building, said Parks and Recreation Director Derek Phillips.

2 arrested after high speed chase

January 20, 2015

A man was arrested Tuesday morning following a domestic disturbance at Bullock’s Superstop.

After responding to the scene, an officer attempted to stop Keith Stafford, 22, of Benton, who was driving a 1995 Ford Ranger truck on Interstate 30. Stafford allegedly did not stop and continued to travel at a high rate of speed.

“Speeds were averaging from 100 mph to 50 mph without incident,” according to the Benton police report.

Stafford eventually took Exit 118, where he and passenger Madison Davis, 19, of Benton, were arrested.

Benton recognized for volunteer efforts

January 20, 2015

The city of Benton was named the Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year by the Arkansas Municipal League.
Benton has received this award for five of the last six years, said Mayor David Mattingly.

For August of 2013 to August of 2014, 9,501 residents volunteers for a total of 315,198 hours, said Tina Coston, executive assistant.

Throughout the year, Coston logs the number of volunteer hours resident complete.

Benton couple charged with child endangerment after test reveals meth exposure

January 20, 2015

A Benton couple is facing charges after an investigation into allegations of child abuse revealed two children in the home had been exposed to drugs.

James McCauley, 38, and Christie Smith-McCauley, 34, were arrested without incident Monday, and were charged with two counts of introduction of a chemical substance into the body of another and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Detectives with the Benton Police Department were notified of the case in December by investigators with the Arkansas State Police.

Slideshow: Ralph Bunche Park Cleanup

January 20, 2015

Click here to view a slideshow of images from Monday's MLK volunteer cleanup event at Ralph Bunche Park: http://bit.ly/1CewXMr

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