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Saline Memorial gives blankets to patients


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Christmas cheer was flowing into Saline Memorial Hospital Friday.

The Saline Memorial Health Foundation passed out blankets to those spending Christmas in the hospital. This was the second year for the program, and patients said it meant a lot to see people taking the time to think of them.

"I know everybody out there is busy with their own Christmas plans, their families you know. My family is busy. So, it makes me feel really good that someone has taken time out of their day, out of their schedule, being away a few minutes from their families to come here and make sure that me and the other patients and my family, you know that we're having a good day," said Ann Basco.

The foundation bought the blankets with the funds raised through Giving Tuesday.


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BNPD doesn't want a Grinch to ruin your holidays

BNPD doesn't want a Grinch to ruin your holidays

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -   There is at least one Grinch, if not more, in every community looking for opportunities to steal the joy from families this holiday season.

To help families avoid being sought out by a Grinch, the Benton Police Department wanted to pass along a few safety precaution tips to help keep you and your property safe.

Some of the ideas and tips we are trying to convey when you’re out shopping are:

Bryant Parks and Rec director arrested for DWI in city vehicle


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) -- The director of the Bryant Parks and Recreation Department was arrested for driving while intoxicated in a city vehicle early Sunday morning.

Police reports show that a Benton officer followed Brandon Griffin for a short time before pulling him over.

After a field sobriety test, Griffin was arrested for a blood alcohol level of .16, twice the legal limit of .08.

Griffin is due in court next month.


Saline Co. announces new alert notification system

Saline Co. announces new alert notification system

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Saline County officials have created a new mass notification alert system that will help officials more sufficiently contact the public during a major crisis or emergency. 

If a tragic event were to happen, officials will be able to send out emergency alerts, notifications and updates to the following devices:

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BNPD to unveil life-saving Naloxone kits for officers


BENTON, Ark. (December 14, 2015) -- The Benton Police Department has announced that they will unveil a plan that will provide officers with Naloxone kits in an effort to reverse overdose deaths.

The BNPD is the first agency in the state to produce a Naloxone Training video for officers, and the video has been certified through the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

The unveiling will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 14 in the training room of the Benton Police Department at 114 S. East St. in Benton. Smith Drug Company has provided the Benton Police Department with 100 Naloxone kits for officers to use in the field with individuals who have overdosed on opiates, including heroin and prescription pain relievers. Naloxone kits were prepared by Smith Drug Company under the authority of a prescribing physician, using one-time funding provided by Smith Drug Company.

Holiday Helper program aims at warrant relief

Holiday Helper program aims at warrant relief

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is joining forces with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office in the Holiday Helper Program, which is an effort to reduce the backlog of current unserved warrants. 

From Dec. 14-23 non-violent warrant holders can let some stress go knowing that this is their opportunity to pay their warrant fee and just receive a new court date. 

If the non-violent warrant is for failure to appear then that person’s driver’s license is also suspended. But if you make contact with us to take care of the warrant, the process of reinstating their driver’s license will begin. Also, the Holiday Helper Program will not be allowed if they are caught by an officer instead of turning themselves in prior to being apprehended.

For those who chose to participate in the program, here are the steps to take:

Henderson professor to talk heroes, superheroes at ASMSA lecture

Henderson professor to talk heroes, superheroes at ASMSA lecture

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Henderson State University psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley believes comic book superheroes have the ability to teach us about heroes in real life.

Langley will share some of his knowledge about the subject at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Science and Café Lecture on Thursday. He is the featured speaker at the event, which will be held at 7 p.m. at Kollective Coffee and Tea, 110 Central Ave. He will speak on “Psychology and Superheroes,” including how superheroes are good stand-ins for the study of what makes real-life heroes.

His lecture will focus on several particular superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America and Batman. He called them some of the most down-to-earth superheroes, because they don’t have superpowers. They have very human qualities that make them more relatable to real-life individual, according to Langley.