Submitted by bentoncity on Tue, 4/28/2015 - 11:00 AM
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.
Submitted by bentoncity on Thu, 4/30/2015 - 2:58 PM
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.
Submitted by bentoncity on Thu, 4/30/2015 - 11:51 AM
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.”
Submitted by bentoncity on Tue, 4/28/2015 - 8:33 AM
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.
Submitted by bentoncity on Mon, 4/27/2015 - 9:12 AM
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.
Submitted by bentoncity on Thu, 4/23/2015 - 8:43 AM
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.
Submitted by bentoncity on Wed, 4/22/2015 - 9:21 AM
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.
Submitted by bentoncity on Tue, 4/21/2015 - 11:23 AM
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.
Submitted by bentoncity on Thu, 4/16/2015 - 8:14 AM
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.
Submitted by bentoncity on Tue, 4/14/2015 - 3:55 PM
The issue of prescription drug abuse and misuse has been a problem of great concern for the Benton Police Department (BNPD) for a number of years. Due to the injuries and deaths that have occurred as a result, the BNPD decided six years ago to launch the first prescription drug take back event. The take back events have been a great success, taking in over 3.5 tons of old medicine just in Saline County alone, which helped segue into the passage of the first Prescription Drug Monitoring Prog