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Benton Officers to Carry Torch for Special Olympics

Officers from the Benton Police Department will lace up tennis shoes, put on shorts and T-shirts, and run through the city hoisting the Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics of Arkansas on Wednesday. As a way to promote the Special Olympic Summer Games, the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run will begin at 1 p.m. at Saline Memorial Hospital with the route heading down the Interstate 30 south service road to Everett Buick GMC.

Sgt. Lisa Stuart is participating in the event for the 11th year and said the torch run is about much more than running several miles.

Firefighters receive $7,003.69 in donations for MDA

2016 MDA Fill The Boot update: The final total raised by the Benton Firefighters was $7,003.69! Way to go Benton! Thank you to all of the volunteers and everyone who helped make this a success for a great cause!
We appreciate your genrosity. We are ‪#‎BentonProud‬ of our Fire Department and the community spirit in Saline County.

Narcotics Investigation leads to arrest of six

In response to numerous citizen reports, via social media and through the Benton Police Department and Saline County Sheriff’s Office TIP line, an investigation was conducted at 600 Pearl Street in Benton for suspected narcotic activity. The six-month investigation revealed evidence that Methamphetamine had been distributed from the home.

Parks & Recreation Department sponsors Mixed Doubles League

The Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring a three-month Mixed Doubles League at Tyndall Park. Timed match play will be played on Tuesday nights beginning June 7 and continue through August 30. Entry fee is $60 per couple, or $40 per individual. 

Enroll online at

For more information, contact Stephanie Batchelder at or call 501-776-5970.

Safe Exchange Location Created at BNPD


In a continual effort to improve safety for citizens, a Safe Exchange Zone has been established at the Benton Police Department. The quality-of-life based service will allow residents and commuters a safe area to purchase or exchange legal items through website based transactions. The Safe Exchange is located on South St. E. on the Police Department property and is under 24-hour video surveillance.

BNPD Captain Graduates from FBI National Academy, Earns Award


Captain Kevin Russell of the Benton Police Department recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. Capt. Russell was among the 233 law enforcement officers who graduated on March 18th from the 263rd Session.

April proclaimed Autism Awareness Month

During the March 28 meeting of the City Council, Mayor David Mattingly proclaimed April 2016 as Autism Awareness Month and April 2, 2016 as World Autism Awareness Day.

Benton Police Department hosts CJI's Child Maltreatment/Drug Endangered Children Program

Sgt. Jim Gerhardt and Cmdr. Jerry Peters of the Thornton Police Department in Colorado are presenting a pilot program by the Criminal Justice Institute (Division of the University of Arkansas System) titled Child Maltreatment/Drug Endangered Children class at the Benton Police Department through Friday, Feb. 26.

Benton Proud blog launches Benton Business Talk video interview series

The Benton Proud blog launched a new segment titled Benton Business Talk today, February 24. The video interview segment will air periodically and focus on discussions with city leaders and business people. 

The first segment features an interview with Mayor David Mattingly and City Attorney Brent Houston in a discusson about a recent lawsuit against the city that was dismissed.

Mayor Mattingly delivers State of the City address


During the February 22 meeting of the city council, Mayor David Mattingly delivered his annual State of the City address. 

For the full text of the speech, click here.