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Sponsorships available for parks programming and special events

The Parks & Recreation Department has wonderful programs that focus on kids and family. A unique opportunity to sponsor one or more of these events is now available. See the flier below for a listing of the programs and contact Parks Director John Eckart for more information.

Mayor, Council meet goal of lowering taxes

Something happened last night in city government that is rare. A tax rate was lowered.

During the regular meeting of the city council on August 22, the city council unanimously voted in favor of lowering the millage on Real property and Personal property from 3.2 mills on the dollar to 2.8 mills, a reduction of 12.5 percent.

Plans for Farmer's Market move forward

On Saturday, August 13, 2016 three members of Mayor Mattingly’s staff (economic development director Brad Jordan, parks director John Eckart, purchasing manager Brent Davis) and city alderman/parks committee chairman Steve Lee visited the Hernando Farmer’s Market in Hernando, Mississippi to pick the brains of the city mayor and community development director as well as the vendors. The group spent more than two hours walking the perimeter of the market to find out first-hand why the Hernando market is designated as one of the best in the nation.

Police Department to host Citizen's Police Academy

Want to know the intricacies in the duties of a police officers without becoming a certified police officer? That opportunity becomes available starting on Sept. 27 as the Benton Police Department kicks off the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Upgrades in technology and equipment improve Communications Department efficiency

During a recent news conference with Saline County Judge Jeff Arey, Mayor David Mattingly (left) discussed recent improvements at the 911 Communications Center in Benton. Emergency calls come in to the center, where they are answered and the appropriate personnel are dispatched. The upgrades to equipment, technology and furnishings have created a state-of-the-art facility to handle the 911 emergency needs of the city and county.

Fire Department awarded FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant

A joint announcement from Mayor David Mattingly and Fire Chief Bill Ford:

The City of Benton and Benton Fire Department are proud to announce we are the recipients of a FEMA AFG (Assistance to Firefighter Grant) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant.  The amount of the grant over a 2 year period is $956,106.00, which will fund the hiring of 9 new firefighters to be staffed at the new Station #5.  The new station will be located at 1709 Highway 5 North, tentatively scheduled to open in June 2017.

Benton Business Talk: Matt Bennett of ACDI

Utility Construction could delay traffic along Hwy. 5 beginning July 11

The Electric Company is scheduled to begin the construction of the Highway 5 electric powerline project on Monday, July 11, 2016. Traffic will be diverted to accommodate the construction between E. Longhills Road and Salem Road during the day, Monday through Friday. 

Law Enforcement Agencies band together

During the month of July, the Benton Police Department working jointly with the Bryant Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Highway Patrol and the Arkansas State Police to enhance public safety and reduce traffic accidents. During Operation Traffic Safety 101, the law enforcement agencies will be educating the public via media outlets and social media about basic traffic laws and safe driving tips.

Officers Mourn in Loss of K-9 ‘Honor’

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved K-9 Honor yesterday afternoon at the age of eight. Honor was found deceased in his kennel at approximately 3 p.m. by members of the Benton Police Department’s K-9 team, who were providing care for Honor while his handler is out-of-state.