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Benton football playing their best in a decade


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We are entering week eight of prep football and the Benton football team is playing the best ball they've played in nearly a decade.

The Panthers have put away six straight wins since its 14-to-14 tie with Bryant in their season opener.

Junior quarterback Cason Maertens has completed 73 percent of his passes for just under 1800 yards, and 20 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, senior playmaker Drew Harris has caught 42 passes for 757 yards and six touchdowns. Head coach Scott Neathery shared more on Harris, the Panthers offensive pistol. Watch the video for more.

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Police investigate Bryant infant death


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Bryant Police Department is investigating the death of a 5-month old baby, but haven't released many details yet surrounding the circumstances of the death.

"Well anytime there is unexplained death, I mean we have to look at anything, you know, any kind of foul play or any kind of accident," said Bryant Police Captain Phillip Newcomb. "Right now, our detectives are looking into it."

Around 6 p.m Monday, Bryant Police responded to a 911 call on Chelsea Drive.

"We just we saw the lights and my son commented that we heard them," said neighbor Katrina Long. "And said 'oh somebody may be hurt or sick.'"

THV 11 spoke with neighbors who said four first responders went into the house on Monday evening. The first one to come out had something cradled in his arms.

Police: Parolee arrested with drugs, stolen gun


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Benton police say they have a parolee in custody after he was found to be in possession of both drugs and a stolen gun.

Police say Oct. 19 just before midnight, officers with the Benton Interstate Criminal Enforcement Program pulled over a car on I-30 westbound.When officers smelled possible marijuana, both the driver and passenger were taken out of the car.

Police say the passenger, identified as 28-year-old Glenn Burns of Little Rock, had 6.5 ounces of suspected marijuana and a pistol with a 30 round magazine that had previously been reported stolen out of Little Rock.

Benton police investigating infant death


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Benton Police are currently conducting an investigation regarding the death of an infant.

On Monday at approximately 7:58 a.m., officers with the Benton Police Department responded to a call at the 2000 block of Fox Trail regarding an "unresponsive" 11-week-old child.

According to the police, "upon their arrival, it was determined that the infant had been transported to Saline Memorial Hospital and subsequently pronounced dead by the hospital staff and coroner."

Police reported that detectives were assigned to the still on-going investigation. Additional information cannot be released at this time due to the seriousness of the case.

According to the Benton Police Department, considerable departmental resources are being devoted to the investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

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IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – The central Arkansas community still needs the help of lending hands following April’s deadly tornado. One organization is working in coordination with the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance and the Faulkner County Long-Term Recovery Board to get volunteers out to these devastated areas of the state in an effort to help finish rebuilding what the storm left behind.

Inter-Faith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance (IPDRA) is made up of several faith-based and voluntary organizations that are working together to secure volunteers, material resources, and funding to meet the needs of others living in Faulkner County and beyond.

Craft Beer: What Willis Was Talking Bout

Craft Beer: What Willis Was Talking Bout

Join us for the 3rd Annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival presented by Edwards Food Giant, benefiting the Argenta Arts District, October 24, 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy All-You-Care-To-Taste sampling of over 250 American Craft Beers from 50 Brewers. Arkansas Ale House (Diamond Bear), Crush, Cregeen’s, Butcher & Public, The Fold, Whole Hog NLR, Bossa Nova, Old Chicago NLR, and Edward’s Food Giant will be providing delicious food samples to compliment the beer sampling at no additional charge.

My Town Hero: Planting seeds to grow a better community

My Town Hero: Planting seeds to grow a better community

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Along the 12th Street corridor in Little Rock, seeds of change are being planted as neighbors work to revitalize their community.

"It creates a kind of community bond when people are able to work together, work the land together," said Tauheed Salaam with the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood.

Salaam started this community garden almost a year ago, teaming up with non-profit groups to open this Young Adult Opportunity Center. Both have been breathing new life into the community ever since.