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[22 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 3,048 views]
Benton says ‘so long’ to Mayor Holland

Benton residents gathered Tuesday at the Gene Moss Building at Tyndall Park for a reception honoring departing Mayor Rick Holland.
Holland lost his mayoral race in a runoff against challenger David Mattingly last month. Holland was Benton’s mayor for two back-to-back terms — a rarity in a city that has a tendency to change its mayors frequently. Holland, in an interview with First Arkansas News, said he hasn’t quite figured out what he’s going to do come January when he leaves the Mayor’s office. However he told the about 300 people …

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[23 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,874 views]
Benton gets a new mayor

The runoff results are in and Benton Mayor Rick Holland is out.
According to unofficial results from Saline County, challenger David Mattingly defeated Holland got 2,526 votes and Holland received 1,215 in Tuesday’s runoff election. It’s been a rough year for incumbents, indeed.
Holland and Mattingly were forced into the runoff after the Nov. 2 elections. There were three candidates in Benton’s mayoral race — Holland, Mattingly and Don White. Holland led the pack with 41.32 percent of the votes and Mattingly finished second with 28.49 percent.
In Shannon Hills, Mike Kemp is …