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Movie Night in Dog Park Postponed to May 22

Weather forecasts have caused the showing of Big Hero 6 at the Dog Park on Friday night to be postponed. The movie, still to be shown at the Dog Park off of Fairfield Drive, is now scheduled to be shown at sunset on May 22nd. Please make plans to attend. We're looking forward to a big crowd. Admission is free.

What to Do About ISO 2

Mayor Mattingly recently announced that the City of Benton has improved it’s ISO Rating from a 3 to a 2. For those of you who own a home or business in the city, this has a significant impact on your insurance rates, but only if you act upon it.

Former municipal power plant ends service to the city

When builders of the Benton Municipal Light & Power Plant finished their work in 1904, it may have been inconceivable to them that the building they worked hard to construct would still be standing 110 years into the future. Operations of the power plant were relocated decades ago, but the building remained, serving various functions for the city.

Two additions were added at various times to the west end of the building along Hazel Street. At first, electric power to the city in the early 1900s was extremely limited compared to the modern convenience it provides today.

Click It or Ticket, Enhanced DWI Enforcement Happening in May

Once again, the Benton Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Lt. Kevin Russell. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

Saline County Rx Take-Back Breaks Previous Record as Totals Soar Above 4 1/2 tons

Law enforcement agencies in Saline County took in 1,500 pounds of prescription medicine during Operation Medicine Cabinet XI held on April 25th. This breaks the previous single event total, which was 1,175 lbs. Agencies that participated in the take back were Benton Police Department, Bryant Police Department, Haskell Police Department, and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.

Municipal Complex decorated in recognition of "Paint the Town Purple Week"

During the April 27 city council meeting, Mayor David Mattingly will issue a proclamation declaring the week of April 26 through May 2 as "Paint the Town Purple Week." The designation is in recognition of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life set for May 1 on the field at C.W. Lewis Stadium in Downtown Benton.

Street Department completes Longview project

The Benton Street Department has been very busy lately widening and resurfacing city streets. On April 22, the final touches to a widening, drainage and resurfaces project on Longview Street was completed. Longview has become an alternate route for drivers on the north side of Military Road.

 

Click on the link below to read more about the project and watch a video of the project from Day 1 through completion on April 22.

 

http://bentonproud.com/street-department-update-longview/

The Prescription Drug Epidemic and How It Affects Us All

By: Lt. Kevin Russell

 

Recently I attended the National Prescription Drug Abuse Conference and although I thought I knew a lot about the issue, I was still startled at some of the information presented. The issue of prescription drug abuse and misuse has been a problem of great concern for the past decade in our country. In all honesty, the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs was a problem for much longer and only recently started being notices by the mainstream media and public.

 

MYAC application deadline extended

Mayor Mattingly and the 2014/15 MYAC

There's still time to apply for MYAC 2015/16!

 

Applications are being accepted for the 2015/16 term of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, or MYAC. The council is a great opportunity for the youth of the city to get involved in projects that make a difference in the quality of life of our residents.

 

Kite Fest 2015

The old airport hosted Benton’s Annual Kite Fest last Saturday. It was the fifth, or sixth (nobody was sure) iteration of the event and, as usual, a great time was had by all. The event this year was sponsored by the City of Benton, the Jeff Mattingly Foundation, and YCAT.

 

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