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Martin Luther King Day Celebration a Huge Success (Video)

The Benton Event Center was selected by the Martin Luther King Commission as the site of this year's state celebration of Martin Luther King Day. It was a huge success drawing a crowd from across the state as people celebrated the remembrance of Dr. King with a day of service. Below is a video of the event as well as the parade that took place that afternoon. Have a look.



Benton is Volunteer Community of the Year

Volunteer Community of the Year Award Ceremony

Pictured above is Mayor David Mattingly and his Executive Assistant, Tina Coston, receiving the Volunteer Community of the Year Award for Benton. The awards are given by the Department of Volunteerism at the Municipal League Winter Conference. Governor Hutchinson personally presented the awards to the winning communities.

Sign is Up for New Fire Station

If you've been out on Hwy 5 lately, between Alcoa Road and the Harp's Store, you may have seen the sign below.

Benton Animal Control Adopts Out 14 Puppies

Benton Animal Control announced that they adopted out fourteen puppies on Monday January, 12th. The Adopt-A-Stray Rescue Group, based here in Benton, adopted the puppies and will spread them out among several of their puppy foster families where they will stay until they are permanently adopted. Congratulations go out to Animal Control and Thanks are due to Adopt-A-Stray for the good work they do.

City Inaugurates Newly Elected Officials (Video)

The Inauguration Ceremony for newly elected city officials was held at City Hall last Saturday. Please watch the video below for a recap of the events of the day.


Benton Earns "City of Distinction" Award

Benton's approval of, and progress on, the Riverside Park Complex has earned it a "City of Distinction" award for 2014 from Crews and Associates. The award was given in the "quality of life" category. The article detailed the features of Riverside Park, including the 87,000 square foot River Center, the 50,000 SF Boys and Girls Club, the 18,500 SF Senior Wellness Center, the aquatic center, four basketball courts, three soccer fields, and five softball fields.

City Employee of the Month for November (Video)

Jennings Sewell, Water Distribution Foreman, was named employee of the month for November. Mr. Sewell has been with the city for nearly 34 years. View the video below to learn more about Mr. Sewell and water distribution.



Benton Senior Activity Center Celebrates December Birthdays (Video)

The Benton Senior Activity Center provides a valuable service to senior adults in our community. Mayor and Mrs. Mattingly made a trip over there recently to celebrate December birthdays and we filmed the event along with a few other activities that were going on. Watch the short video below to get a better idea.



Benton Wins Volunteer Community of the Year

For the fifth time in the last six years Benton has been named a "Volunteer Community of the Year" in the state of Arkansas. Twelve communities receive this honor each year and we are very proud to be included once again. In 2013, 9,501 local volunteers donated 315,198 hours of their time in our community.