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Benton and Saline County are now under a burn ban. Saline County Judge Jeff Arey filedd the order at 3:12 p.m. today, August 3, 2015. Outside burning of any material is prohibited until the ban is lifted by Judge Arey. The burn ban was put into place due to continued dry conditions in the county.

Dry conditions create fire hazard

Rainfall in Benton has been sparce in recent weeks. Conditions are dry and Fire Chief Bill Ford has released a statement regarding the potential risk of outdoor burning.

City of Benton and Benton Utilities join for Job Fair

The City of Benton and Benton Utilities will hold a Job Fair on Thursday, August 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Benton Event Center. Everyone is invited to attend the event to see what jobs are currently available and to meet with various department heads about potential future opportunities.

"The unemployment rate is down to 5.3%, lower than it’s been in years." according to Kathy Kirk, Human Resources Manager for the city, and the Job Fair is a way to put Benton and Benton Utilities out front for residents.

BENTON NEWS: Matt Burks joins city as Senior Technical Staff

Good things are happening in Benton every day and many people are not aware of the stories. As part of an effort to highlight the positive things many organizations and people are actively involved in and who are making a positive difference in our city, we are proud to announce the hiring of Matt Burks to join our public relations team as a Senior Technical Staff member.

Matt is a former reporter for the Saline Courier and most recently of The Daily Citizen in Searcy.

BENTON NEWS: Finance Committee sends recommendations to council

The Finance Committee met on July 16, 2015, and agreed tosend the following recommendations to the city council for action.


City Seeks Proposals for Restoration of Palace Theater

The City of Benton is seeking proposals for the restoration of the old Palace Theater located at 224 W. South Street. Interested parties may download the Request for Proposals (RFP) here.

BENTON PROUD: Riverside Park is officially underway

The groundbreaking ceremony for Riverside Park was held on July 4 to mark the construction phase of the multi-facility park in Benton. More than 100 people turned out to hear about the park and the impact it will have on the quality of life in our city.

A story and video chronicle the event. Visit for more details.

BENTON PROUD: Independence Day Bash a huge success

On July 4, the city and the nation celebrated our country's independence. An Independence Day Celebration Bash was held at the Saline County Fairgrounds and fun was had by all. Approximately 10,000 people had visited the midway, listened to live music by five bands, played games at the various midway booths, bought food and watched a 25-minute fireworks display by the end of the evening.

A story and video at the Benton Proud blog details the evening and contains a message of thanks from Mayor David Mattingly. Click on the link to visit the site.

BENTON NEWS: Pay raises, tax reduction initiative, Riverside Park and Ben subjects of press conference

During a press conference on July 2, Mayor David Mattingly told a filled council chambers about several items related to city employees and economic development.

Mayor Mattingly opened the conference by announcing "all City of Benton employees, including part-time, will be receiving a 3.5 percent across the board cost-of-living (COLA) increase." Mattingly noted that members of the city staff have worked very hard to keep expenses under control. The raise is effective July 1, 2015. Since January 1, 2012, city employees have received pay increases totaling 9.6 percent.

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.