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U.S. Congressmen to join BNPD for Operation Medicine Cabinet XII

Benton - U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.) and U.S. Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) will join the Benton Police Department for Operation Medicine Cabinet XII. As part of the on-going DEA prescription medicine take back initiative, officers will be staffed at drop-off locations in the city in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies in the county and state.

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.

Council address subdivision annexation, land purchase, food trucks and "Wall of Fame"

The Benton City Council met at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 8, facing an agenda filled with employee recognition, youth appreciation, a proclamation, the fourth quarter treasurer's report and several ordinances and resolutions.

Mayor David Mattingly submitted the treasurer's report covering the 4th quarter of 2015. The report was prepared by Jordan Woolbright, treasurer for the city.

"Wall of Fame Week" was proclaimed for February 14 - 20.

Kelsey Ramsey was name MYAC "Youth of the Month" for January 2016.

UALR Benton Teams with Winrock International's Arkansas Women's Business Center for courses

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Benton Center brings a New Year, New “U” initiative to Saline County by teaming with Winrock International’s Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) to offer the following small business development courses:

Overview of Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan to be presented

The City of Benton is currently developing a bicycle and pedestrian plan to provide a focused effort in making walking and bicycling a safe and efficient means of transportation and recreation in the City of Benton. The project team will be presenting an overview of the planning process during next Tuesday's (February 9) 6pm Planning Commission meeting at the Community Development meeting room at the Benton Municipal Complex, 114 S. East Street.