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Municipal Complex decorated in recognition of "Paint the Town Purple Week"

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.

Street Department completes Longview project

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.

The Prescription Drug Epidemic and How It Affects Us All

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.


MYAC application deadline extended

Mayor Mattingly and the 2014/15 MYAC

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.


Kite Fest 2015

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.


BNPD Assists with Passage of Revised Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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

“Dang, I Got a Warrant” Initiative a Success

The Benton Police Department recently concluded the month-long “Dang, I Got a Warrant” initiative.  It was a resounding success with 204 misdemeanor and 25 felony warrants served during the month of March.  

BNPD Team Up with "NextDoor" to Launch Neighborhood Websites

The Benton Police Department is teaming up with Nextdoor, a social network consisting of more than 50,000 neighborhoods across the United States, to help introduce neighbors to each other and help fight crime.  


Two BNPD K-9 Officers Receive National Awards

On 5/9/15, two officers with the Benton Police Department and their K-9’s were nationally recognized at the 4th Annual National Criminal Enforcement Association (NCEA) conference in Virginia.  The two officers that received awards were Sgt. Brian Bigelow and K-9 Lucky, and Officer Begoon and K-9 Ares.  

Mayor's Minute (Video)

The Mayor's Minute for March, 2015.