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The FBI issued a general awareness statement about information they received relating to a possible school shooting. There was a shooting threat for Kentucky on August 28th and for Arkansas on August 29th. The FBI could not confirm the source of the reporting party.

Benton Public Schools is not aware of any specific threat involving our school district. 

Benton administration will work closely with our SRO staff and other law enforcement agencies to monitor and take all threats seriously. As always, the safety and security of Benton students and faculty are priority.  --Dr. Mike Skelton, Superintendent

Lydia Huthmaker has received a four-year Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) scholarship to attend Marion Military Institute, located in Marion, Alabama where she will major in nursing.

Huthmaker was chosen from among 4,400 applicants nationwide. These scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews.

While at Benton High School, Huthmaker was active in JROTC holding several leadership positions and served as Commander for the Panther Battalion during her senior year.

The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, as well as an annual book allowance, and a monthly stipend for each school year.

Upon graduation, Huthmaker will receive a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and serve four to five years in the Army by committing to either active duty, the Army Reserve or the National Guard.

Huthmaker is the daughter of Colleen and John Huthmaker.

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