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THV Update: Ethics Commission says Bryant mayor violated state law

In a THV update, the Arkansas Ethics Commission rules Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs violated state law by securing a pay increase without city council approval. But she won't face any fines, just a letter of reprimand.

The 5-0 vote came after almost five hours of testimony Friday. Dabbs admits she did tell another employee to raise her starting salary a little more than $5,000.

She based her decision on what the city's 2011 budget allocated for the mayor, and says no one told her of personnel policies requiring council approval for it. Once she discovered the mistake, Dabbs returned the increase.

"I don't care if my salary is the $61,000 amount or the $75,000 amount, that doesn't matter me," Dabbs said.  "I've never asked for it to be more than what it should be. I just wanted it to be right," Dabbs said.

Craig O'Neill to lawmakers: 'Get it done'

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's Craig O'Neill is challenging Washington lawmakers to "get it done."

He's kicking off the Get It Done Tour Friday at 5 pm to give people a chance to send Senators a clear message. You can visit him live at the Saline County Courthouse in Benton and sign a "get well" card for Washington.

Craig is also urging you -- yes, you -- to call our Senators and tell them to make a decision on a plan to get our nation out of debt. Here are the phone numbers:

Sen. John Boozman (R) 501-372-7153

Sen. Mark Pryor (D) 501-324-6336

Alexander citizens fight for police chief

ALEXANDER, Ark. (KTHV) -- Some Alexander residents are speaking out against the mayor's decision to dismiss the chief of police.

"Right now, I think the city of Alexander is in a lot of trouble."

"I'm fed up with it."

"What I see happening is the city of Alexander is going to go into chaos."

A city in turmoil.Citizens of Alexander are rallying around their former Police Chief Horace Walters -- suspended with pay by Mayor Paul Mitchell on Saturday.

Town Hall meeting set for Thursday

Town Hall meeting set for Thursday

NOTICE:  The Ward 2 Town Hall Meeting will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 7 pm at the Benton Senior Adult Center.

City council meeting Monday

City council meeting Monday

There is a Joint PUC/Benton City Council Meeting Monday, June 27, 2011 at 6 pm in the Mayor’s Conference Room at the Benton Municipal Complex  followed by the Benton City Council Agenda Meeting at 6:45 P.M. and the Benton City Council Meeting at 7:00 P.M.

Bauxite mayor appoints new police chief

Bauxite mayor appoints new police chief

From Bauxite Mayor Johnny McMahan:

Effective today, I have named Saline County Det. Ron Parsons as Bauxite Police Chief.  Mr. Parsons will continue as a detective with the Sheriff's office as he performs the duties of the police chief.  Mr. Parsons will bring professionalism to the Bauxite Police Department as the department revamps.  My wish is to have a kinder police force that will protect and serve the citizens of Bauxite and the surrounding area.  I appreciate interim Chief Jamie Barlow serving for the past two months in that capacity and he will remain as a lieutenant for the Bauxite Police Department.

Johnny McMahan, Bauxite Mayor
PO Box 303
Bauxite, AR., 72011

Sound Off (Ep. 001): Patrick Kennedy

Sound Off (Ep. 001): Patrick Kennedy

Our first interview for "Sound Off"! Had a good time talking Arkansas politics with Patrick Kennedy. Who do you want to hear from on the next episode? Go to Rogue Star Media Group and let us know.