The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-01-23T15:24:01-05:00 OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars2015-01-23T15:24:01-05:002015-01-23T15:23:36-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football starsNo source police officer is praised for good deed2015-01-23T12:10:37-05:002015-01-23T12:10:37-05:00The Saline CourierOn 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. Benton, ARSarah PerryBenton police officer is praised for good deedNo source, CVS reach agreement on property2015-01-22T16:38:18-05:002015-01-22T16:38:18-05:00The Saline Courier“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.”According to Bill Staggs, community development director for the city of Benton, the demolition and work for CVS will not begin until KFC has moved from its current location.“We had some information from the CVS side that everything would be delivered to the city and meet all the utility requirements sometime with the next two weeks,” Staggs said.The new location for KFC will be the Webb’s House of Flowers site on East Street — about 500 feet from where KFC is located now.“We didn’t intend on moving,” Fikes said. “But it is a larger lot, better facilities, and it is better for the city of Benton.”Fikes said his dad, the late Stuart Fikes, bought the franchise in 1966 and opened the business in 1967. “We had no intention of moving,” Fikes said. “But it looks like it works out for everybody.”Michael DeAngelis of CVS said the company also plans to open a location in Bryant. Construction is scheduled to begin this month for a new CVS/pharmacy at Arkansas 5 and North Reynolds Road in Bryant with plans to open this summer. The store will be a 13,225- square-foot structure.“We are also in the early planning stages for a new store in Benton that would open in 2016,” DeAngelis said.Fikes hopes there will not be any interruption as far as business is concerned.“I think when it is all said and done, it will be good,” Fikes said. “We don’t plan on having any interruption.Benton, ARSam PierceKFC, CVS reach agreement on propertyNo source up: 23 Businesses approved for alcohol sales2015-01-22T11:12:41-05:002015-01-22T11:12:41-05:00The Saline CourierAccording 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.A wet county — the designation voters chose for Saline County in the November general election — allows liquor stores and retail establishments to sell beer, wine and liquor in the county.This does not address liquor permits in the county, a process that will likely begin around March with the first permits approved in the summer, according to ABC officials.There is no limit on how many businesses can sell beer and wine in the county and there are no distance requirements (from churches or schools) for those businesses that are selling only beer and wine.ABC began taking applications for permits for beer and wine on Nov. 17.Some businesses like Mo’ Betta Gumbo in Benton were approved for alcohol sales but only if they met certain conditions.In Mo’ Betta Gumbo’s case, it must permanently seal off living quarters from proposed business with re-inspection by ABC enforcement.Other businesses that have to meet certain conditions include the Tobacco Mart in Benton, which has posted a sign on its drive-through window stating: “No Alcohol To Be Sold Through Window” on interior and exterior of window with re-inspection.The Mabelvale Corner Store on Chicot Road has been approved upon the condition it completes its remodel, receipt of state Health Department approval, installation of kitchen facilities and restrooms, lighted fire exit signs and a telephone with re-inspection by ABC Enforcement.Businesses Approved:Riverside GroceryHaskell HilltopEdwards Food GiantBryant ExxonIcehouse GrillMetro OneJimmy’s SuperstopHaskell Food MartMapco in BryantLance's Convenience StoreMabelvale Corner StoreRaymond McGill Post, VFWExtra Stop 5 in BentonMo’ Betta GumboTobacco Mart 2 in BentonMac’s Minnows and MoreBenton, ARSam PierceDrink up: 23 Businesses approved for alcohol salesNo source council approves purchase to repair pool2015-01-21T11:14:20-05:002015-01-21T09:59:11-05:00The Saline CourierThe meeting lasted about four minutes, said staff attorney Chris Madison. “While doing regular maintenance personnel discovered a weird noise,” Madison said. Benton, ARSarah PerryBryant council approves purchase to repair poolNo source arrested after high speed chase2015-01-20T14:47:42-05:002015-01-20T14:46:41-05:00The Saline CourierAfter 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. The vehicle was allegedly reported stolen in Garland County. While speaking with officers, Davis allegedly said Stafford assaulted her after a verbal argument escalated, according to a report. Benton, ARSarah Perry2 arrested after high speed chaseNo source recognized for volunteer efforts2015-01-20T14:37:58-05:002015-01-20T14:37:58-05:00The Saline CourierBenton 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. “The city of Benton has long been known as the ‘Heart of Arkansas.’ Many believe it is because of it is the geographical center of the state, but those of us who are fortunate enough to call Benton our home know it is really because of the outstanding volunteer organizations and the many volunteers in our community,” according to recommendation letter. The Benton Senior Activity and Wellness Center has a total of 21 volunteers and completed 6,691 hours, Coston said. The Ralph Bunche Community Development Corporation is made up of 20 volunteers and served for 450 hours. Civitan Services is made up of 166 volunteers who served for 1,719 hours. The Saline Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteer Services Department is made up of 155 volunteers who served for 19,169 hours. Habitat for Humanity is made up of 543 volunteers who served 13,723 hours of service. The Saline County Master Gardeners have 59 members and served for 3,214 volunteer hours. Benton, ARSarah PerryBenton recognized for volunteer effortsNo source couple charged with child endangerment after test reveals meth exposure2015-01-20T14:27:24-05:002015-01-20T14:13:47-05:00The Saline CourierJames 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.Following an investigation into the allegations, detectives obtained information that suggested possible illegal narcotics had been used around children in the couple’s home. According to a press release by BPD, a positive hair follicle test revealed that one child had been exposed to methamphetamine recently and another child in the home had been in close proximity at the time that illegal narcotics had been ingested. Both McCauleys were transported to the Saline County Detention Center for processing. An investigation into the incident is ongoing and additional charges could be forthcoming, police said. Benton, ARMegan ReynoldsBenton couple charged with child endangerment after test reveals meth exposureNo source Ralph Bunche Park Cleanup2015-01-20T09:59:00-05:002015-01-20T09:56:27-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARSarah PerrySlideshow: Ralph Bunche Park CleanupNo source OF THE DAY: The Best Diet Tips & Tricks for a Healthy New Year2015-01-16T17:22:03-05:002015-01-16T17:22:03-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableNo source