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Upgrades in technology and equipment improve Communications Department efficiency

During a recent news conference with Saline County Judge Jeff Arey, Mayor David Mattingly (left) discussed recent improvements at the 911 Communications Center in Benton. Emergency calls come in to the center, where they are answered and the appropriate personnel are dispatched. The upgrades to equipment, technology and furnishings have created a state-of-the-art facility to handle the 911 emergency needs of the city and county.

Fire Department awarded FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant

A joint announcement from Mayor David Mattingly and Fire Chief Bill Ford:

The City of Benton and Benton Fire Department are proud to announce we are the recipients of a FEMA AFG (Assistance to Firefighter Grant) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant.  The amount of the grant over a 2 year period is $956,106.00, which will fund the hiring of 9 new firefighters to be staffed at the new Station #5.  The new station will be located at 1709 Highway 5 North, tentatively scheduled to open in June 2017.

Benton Business Talk: Matt Bennett of ACDI

Utility Construction could delay traffic along Hwy. 5 beginning July 11

The Electric Company is scheduled to begin the construction of the Highway 5 electric powerline project on Monday, July 11, 2016. Traffic will be diverted to accommodate the construction between E. Longhills Road and Salem Road during the day, Monday through Friday. 

Law Enforcement Agencies band together

During the month of July, the Benton Police Department working jointly with the Bryant Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Highway Patrol and the Arkansas State Police to enhance public safety and reduce traffic accidents. During Operation Traffic Safety 101, the law enforcement agencies will be educating the public via media outlets and social media about basic traffic laws and safe driving tips.

Officers Mourn in Loss of K-9 ‘Honor’

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved K-9 Honor yesterday afternoon at the age of eight. Honor was found deceased in his kennel at approximately 3 p.m. by members of the Benton Police Department’s K-9 team, who were providing care for Honor while his handler is out-of-state.

Local TV station features story on city's quality of life initiatives

During the June 16 broadcast on KATV Channel 7 in Little Rock, a story by reporter Stacy Spivey focused on the quality-of-life initiatives currently underway in our city.

Click on the link for the full story on the KATV website.

Construction projects continue progress in city


Several construction projects are making good progress in our city, even with the heavy rainfall we have experienced lately. Benton Proud blogger Jerry Coston gives us an update using photographs and drone footage. Click on the photo or the link to his page.

Benton Proud blog.

"Tennis for Tots" program begins in July

Tennis for Tots will be offered in July! See flyer for more details. To register OR for more information please contact Recreation Supervisor, Stephanie Batchelder, at 501-776-5970.

Hooked on Fishing sponsored by Benton Police Department


Patrol vehicles will be loaded with cane poles, fishing rods, lures and lots of prizes to hand out to children this week. The annual “Hooked On Fishing” fishing derby will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, June 16 at Sunset Lake in Benton. The tournament is open to children ages 12 and younger, and there is no cost for registration which begins at 8:30 a.m.