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2015 Toy Troopers Toy Drive

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The 15th Annual Toy Troopers Toy Drive season kicks off with the Inaugural Toy Trooper’s Banquet on November 12 at Bishop Park, located at 6401 Boone Road in Bryant.

The event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a fine dining experience at 7 p.m., provided by Bistro’s Catering and Gourmet Take Away. The evening events will also include musical entertainment, with Chris Wyatt, DJ Raquel, and The Arkansas All Star Band, featuring “Sally Howell” and special guest, Arkansas’ own Michael “Roosterboy “ Shipp.

The event will also have a silent auction.

The season will continue with the 15th Annual Toy Troopers Toy Drive December 11, 12, and 13, at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Bryant.  

Bryant citizens can voice opinions on park improvements

BRYANT, Ark., —The Bryant Parks Department is now offering citizens the opportunity to prioritize their city park improvements via an online survey. The information will be gathered through the end of the year in order to establish a priority list for future parks improvements.  Utilizing the suggestions of multiple community organizations and Bryant citizens, the survey is comprised of over 50 multiple choice questions that rank each assessed need using a Likert (ranked average) scale of the comprehensive results. The data resulting from this survey will be compiled from now until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Each survey must be completed in its entirety to be accepted as a qualifying survey.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Bryant officials pushing for neighborhood traffic circles

Bryant officials pushing for neighborhood traffic circles

BRYANT, Ark. - According to the Bryant officials, the City of Bryant receives phone calls from concerned residents regarding excess vehicular speeds in their neighborhoods almost weekly. 

Dana Poindexter, assistant of the mayor, stated that in some instances traffic control devices have been utilized to encourage speeders to slow down. In other cases the police department have been asked to set up within neighborhoods to run radar and write citations. 

As an alternative, the City of Bryant Public Works Department is proposing to place temporary traffic circles at selected neighborhood intersections, one in each of the four City wards. While such devices are fairly new to this area, they have long been used with great success in other cities around the country.

Benton PD searching for driver behind hit-and-run near Junior High School

Benton PD searching for driver behind hit-and-run near Junior High School

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is searching for the driver that hit a 13-year-old on a skateboard Tuesday morning. 

At around 7:26 a.m., officers responded to a hit-and-run accident near the Benton Junior High School. When they arrived on the scene, police made contact with the 13-year-old victim who claimed he was skateboarding near the intersection of Border and North Street when he collided with a truck.  The victim told police that he was unable to stop as he and a truck approached the intersection. The teen reportedly hit the front driver's side of the vehicle, causing him to roll over the hood and land on the pavement. 

The vehicle is described as being a small dark colored truck with red wheel rims and a rusted, roughed up truck bed. 

The victim was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries to his knees, elbows, and head.   

BNPD launches 'Be Wary, Don't Be Scary' fall initiative

BENTON, Ark. - The Benton Police Department (BNPD) is officially launching the ‘Be Wary, Don’t Be Scary’ fall initiative during the month of October. 

The ‘Be Wary, Don’t Be Scary’ initiative will be a program that has two primary goals:

One goal will be focusing on traffic related issues throughout the city, including speeding, distracted driving and other related offenses. 

Magic Screams at Magic Springs weekends beginning Oct. 11 through Nov. 1

Magic Screams at Magic Springs weekends beginning Oct. 11 through Nov. 1

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Magic Springs is bringing back its annual “Magic Screams” Halloween event. 

Beginning on October 10 and continuing through November 1, the park will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays for the public to experience a good scream for Halloween.  

Several of the park’s rides will be open, including X-Coaster, The Gauntlet, Wild Thang, Big Bad John, Ozark Mountain Taxi Co., Razorback Roundup (enclosed with black light paint), the Carousel and the kiddie rides.

“We have the largest Halloween event in the state, possibly in the region and want our visitors to enjoy every bit of it,” said General Manager Steve Honeycutt.