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'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' focus of Benton Police during July 4 holiday

The Fourth of July is one of America's favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks.

And yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking.

BENTON NEWS: Mayor Mattingly calls press conference

Mayor David Mattingly has called a press conference for 9 a.m. on July 2 in the council chambers of the Benton Municipal Complex. According to the mayor, the subject to be announced is "positive changes which will affect City of Benton employees and our citizens."

The Benton Municipal Complex is located at 114 S. East Street in Benton.

Independence Day Bash Schedule Set!

Mayor Mattingly released a statement to the press this morning about the exciting events and attractions of the Independence Day Bash on July 4th. The full text of the press release is below.


This July the 4th promises to be one of the biggest in Benton’s History. The Independence Day Bash, sponsored by the City of Benton, Mayor David and Nancy Mattingly, and the Jeff Mattingly Foundation, promises to be an explosive affair before the fireworks even begin.

City of Benton has an exhibitor’s booth at the Arkansas Municipal League Summer Conference

The Arkansas Municipal League is holding its 81st annual convention this week at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock and for the very first time, the City of Benton has an exhibitor’s booth.


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BENTON NEWS: Groundbreaking ceremony set for Riverside Park

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Don't forget to make plans for the Independence Day Celebration on July 4th! It all starts with the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Riverside Park followed by the Celebration Bash. There will be fun for the whole family! ‪#‎BentonProud‬

Three Saline County Officers Graduate From Advanced Criminal Justice Program

Recently, two officers with the Benton Police Department and one from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office graduated from the ARKANSAS LEADER program through the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock.  


Police Department Participating in 15th Annual Summer Cereal Drive

The Benton Police Department is participating in the THV11 and Arkansas Food Bank Summer Cereal Drive. Please take note of the flyer below.


Benton News: City Sets Contracts for New Fire/Police Substation, Addresses Palace Theater Issue

The Benton City Council faced a light agenda in terms of items, but decisions made were of significant importance.

Bond ceremony held for Riverside Park

Mayor David Mattingly and his wife Nancy, along with his Executive Assistant Tina Coston, Parks Director John Eckart, Parks Committee Chairman & Alderman Steve Lee and City Clerk Cindy Stracener attended a bond signing ceremony at Stephens, Inc. earlier this week. The signing marked a final stage of funding for Riverside Park, set to begin construction soon. 


Council passes alcohol ordinance, recognizes employees for dedication to city

By a unanimous vote, the city council passed Ord. 28 of 2015 which allows alcohol sold by the drink for on-premises consumption within the city limits. Locations licensed for such sales by the Arkansas Beverage Control Division of the State of Arkansas and as permitted by the city of Benton are now eligible for on-premises sales.

In November 2014, voters in Saline County voted to change the county from “dry” to “wet” and since that time the county has more than 100 active Alcohol Beverage Control Division permits.