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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:

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.

Recycle Saline issues warning to local lawn care businesses

Recycle Saline issues warning to local lawn care businesses

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Recycle Saline is threatening to end their free yard debris drop off program due to local lawn care businesses allegedly taking advantage of the free yard debris service. 

Recycle Saline issued a notice on Friday, stating "if lawn care businesses continue to take advantage of the program that is intended for private residents, Recycle Saline will no longer be able to offer this free disposal to Saline County Residents."

The facility has been providing this service to Saline County residents for two years. It was created to help residents dispose of their leaves, limbs and grass clipping free of charge. Recycle Saline currently pays for the disposal of the yard debris that cost upwards of $15,000 a month. 

For any questions regarding the yard debris program, you can contact or office at (501) 776-2533.

SCSO offers amnesty for non-violent misdemeanor warrant

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. - It's not exactly a "Get out of Jail Free" card, but if your name is on one of 3,000 outstanding Saline County arrest warrants, an amnesty plan set up by the Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) could save you a lot more than Monopoly money.

The plan would set aside 3-weeks for violators to clear up any non-violent misdemeanor charges, which if not taken care of could result in a trip directly to jail the next time that person gets pulled over. Those who turn themselves in would have to pay a $50 warrant fee, but would then be permitted to leave the lobby of the SCSO and go home.

For those who chose to participate in the amnesty program, the process would be as follows:

1) You must proceed to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, located at 735 S. Neeley Street, Benton, Arkansas.

Downtown Benton hosts Christmas open house

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - For those who don't get to take a lunch break every day, you may feel like you're missing out on some of those popular spots as well as other businesses that aren't open after dark.

On Tuesday night, the residents of Benton with 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs got a unique chance to visit local shops that they might normally miss.

"We are thrilled to death to do it. I love the concept. It's great for downtown," said Robin Bray of Gingles Department Store. Benton business owners told THV11 that they couldn't believe the crowds in their shops Tuesday for the Historic Downtown Benton Christmas Open House. "We were hoping for a great turn out, so far it has exceeded our expectations," added Bray.

It was the first time 22 downtown Benton businesses stayed open after hours to give more people an opportunity to see what downtown Benton has to offer.