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Benton and Bryant preparing for the annual Salt Bowl


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The sound of football--the band, the cheers and of course the rivalry. Kenneth Bates says, "It's like a rivalry that's been going on since 1976."

Saline County is a county divided. "It's been pretty intense for a lot of years," Bates continues. Benton versus Bryant. They will come head to head on Friday in the annual Salt Bowl in one of the largest games in the state. Just three days before the big game both cities come together for the Saline County Fair Parade and Bryant Pep Rally. But of course, everyone made it clear as to which team they are rooting for.

Colson Billingsley says, "When they come out, they're gonna beat Benton." Ten-year-old Colson Billingsley says he bleeds blue. But that wasn't always the case for his dad. Carlton Billingsley explains, "I was born and raised in Benton. Played for the Benton panthers in high school and since have moved over to Bryant."

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Benton police investigating Labor Day shooting


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Benton is investigating the shooting of a local man Labor Day.

Lt. Kevin Russell said just before 2 p.m. Monday officers responded to a home on the 500 block of Latimer Drive about a shooting.

When officers arrived they found the victim laying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound to the back. The victim was airlifted by helicopter to Little Rock for treatment.

James Toland, 62, was located at the scene and arrested for first degree battery and is currently in the Saline County Detention Facility.


Saline County receives Civil War Historical Marker


SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Community leaders and history buffs came out Sunday as the county unveiled their official 150th anniversary marker from the war-between-the-states.

The Saline County Civil War Sesequicententennial Historical Marker depicts a famous artifact--the county's seal--which was lost for 133 years. Each county gets a marker through the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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Construction work requires overnight lane closures and detours

Construction work requires overnight lane closures and detours

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Construction work will require nightly lane closures and detours at the Interstate 430/630 “Big Rock” Interchange in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be removing safety platforms and painting steel beams on the new bridge over Shackleford Road. The following routes will be affected.

-- All lanes of Financial Centre Parkway/I-630 will be open.

-- Shackleford Road northbound traffic will be detoured to I-630 east and through the cloverleaf ramps back to I-630 west and Shackleford Road north.

· Northbound traffic wanting to go east on I-630 can proceed as normal.

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THV 11 in My Town visit: Russellville

THV 11 in My Town visit: Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – My most recent THV11 in My Town visit brought me to the lovely city of Russellville.

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My first stop on this visit was at the Chamber of Commerce with executive vice president Stephanie Beerman and Amanda Johnson, A&P marketing assistant for the Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peak Regions.

While a COC is always centered on business and providing its members with multiple networking opportunities, Stephanie also had an extended list of new events coming up in the Russellville area that the city’s residents can enjoy.

Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away

Review underway on how inmate escaped handcuffs to get away


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement continue to search for an inmate who slipped out of his handcuffs on Monday and took off running. Anael Castro was being held on rape charges. Since his escape, many people still have questions about how it happened.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reviewing what happened. They are looking to see if a mistake led to Castro's escape or if they need to change they way they transport inmates. At this time, no changes have been made, but deputies say diligence has skyrocketed.

"There is always going to be that one guy that is constantly thinking about doing it," said Lieutenant Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Minden says deputies cuffed Anael Castro hands in the front. They linked his handcuffs to a long chain with other inmates and did not shackle his legs.