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Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - From February 1 to February 17, officers with the Benton Police Department have made 11 DWI arrests. 

As part of the "Be Someone's Sweetheart and Rethink Your Drink" initiative, Benton police are trying their best to keep intoxicated drivers off city streets. 

According to the Benton Police Department, every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. In Arkansas in 2013, of the 499 fatality accidents, 41 percent – 203 fatality accidents - involved alcohol and/or drugs.

The most current arrests include:

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PTC Anthropology Club to host documentary screening

PTC Anthropology Club to host documentary screening

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Pulaski Technical College's Anthropology Club invites the community to watch a screening of the documentary "The Anthropologist" at noon on Friday, Feb. 19. 

The documentary is a follow-up to Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, and Jeremy Newberger's Sundance Film Festival hit "The Linguist." The Anthropologist chronicles the lives of pioneer Margaret Mead and environmental anthropologist Susie Crate as told through the view of their respective daughters.

The 81-minute documentary premiered at the DOC NYC Film Festival in November and is currently screening at film festivals around the world.

The Little Rock screening will be in the Celebrity Chef Theater at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute located at 13000 Interstate 30.

The screening is free and open to the public.

Raymar on/off ramp Project moves ahead in Bryant

Raymar on/off ramp Project moves ahead in Bryant

BRYANT, Ark. - Bryant residents will soon have a new gateway into the city located at the Echo Lake Blvd. overpass, formerly known as Raymar Overpass. 

Optimistically the completion date could be as early as late in 2017.

According to Mayor Jill Dabbs, the City Council voted last year to enter into a partnership with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to “fast track the project that will improve traffic flow and spur economic development for the city.”

Bryant’s growth over the past four years, according to Metroplan, has almost reached 20 percent.  

“The vision of the city council and Mayor to invest in this project in an expedited manner will greatly benefit Bryant by creating additional traffic flow options and lead to additional job growth in Bryant,” said Planning Commissioner Jonathan Long.  

Bryant to soon have new gateway into city


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) -- The City of Bryant will soon have a new gateway into the city at  Echo Lake Blvd overpass, formerly known as Raymar overpass.  Optimistically the completion date could be as early as late in 2017.

According to Mayor, Jill Dabbs, the City Council voted last year to enter into a partnership with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to “fast track” the project that will improve traffic flow and spur economic development for the city.”

Bryant’s growth over the past four years, according to Metroplan, has almost reached 20%.  

“The vision of the city council and Mayor to invest in this project in an expedited manner will greatly benefit Bryant by creating additional traffic flow options and lead to additional job growth in Bryant.” said Planning Commissioner Jonathan Long.  

Engineering  work for the project should be underway by March.

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New ordinances coming for Benton food trucks


***UPDATE: The city council passed this ordinance during a meeting Monday night. All previous information can be found below.

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BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- As the popularity of food trucks grows, one central Arkansas town is worried they aren't seeing all the benefits they should.

A new ordinance will put all food trucks and restaurants in Benton on an equal playing field.

Local businesses who are properly permitted are going up against vendors with the same product who are not. It’s a fight the city has been dealing with for some time.

Daisy Vasquez, owner of El Buen Gusto, said owning a food truck is her passion.  It’s a business she’s had since 2014. “I enjoy to cook and give the people to know other options.”

Vasquez thinks the city is going in the right direction with the food truck ordinance.

Multi-agency drug investigation leads to two arrests


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Saline County deputies and Benton Police Department SWAT team members served a high-risk search and arrest warrant to a home off Rushing Road as part of an ongoing drug investigation Friday morning. 

Around 7 a.m. on Friday, February 5, law enforcement officers closed a six-month long narcotic investigation by entering a home of individuals that were suspected of distributing illegal drugs.

Opening reception of "I Walked on Water to my Homeland"

Opening reception of "I Walked on Water to my Homeland"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Join those at the Mosaic Templar on February 12 at 6 p.m., for the opening reception for "I Walked on Water to My Homeland" featuring works by Delita Martin.

"I Walked on Water to My Homeland" is a series of mixed media works that explore the power of the narrative impulse. These works capture oral traditions that are firmly based in factual events and bring them to life using layers of various printmaking, drawing, sewing, collage and printing techniques.