Archive - 2011
Betty Sue Dennis, 77, of Benton passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.
She was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Dyess to Emmet Ward and Ida Bell (McKenzie) Ward.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her spouse, Edgar Dennis; seven brothers; and one half sister.
Survivors include her son, Eddie Dennis and wife Bonnie, of Russellville; one daughter, Carolyn Hutcheson and husband Davy of Traskwood; one brother, Billy Ward and wife Laverne of Clinton; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Ronnie L. Nalley, 61, of Benton passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
He was born April 16, 1949, in Benton.
Ronnie had previously worked at Ashby Funeral Home as an emergency medical technician and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, D.R. and Mabel Kennimer and Charles and Daisy Nalley.
Piedad Kuttler, 74, of Benton passed away Monday, April 11, 2011.
She was born Dec. 18, 1936, in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Mrs. Kuttler was a nurse for the health department in Nicaragua, and retired after 22 years from Northrop Grumman, and was of the Catholic faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The Arkansas Junior High School Rodeo Association will host an event Saturday at the Saline County Fairgrounds.
The junior rodeo, which will be broken into two performances (9 a.m. and 1 p.m.), serves as the regional finals that count toward points for the year-end finals.
AJHSRA Board of Director Jim Lee of Benton said the top four from each event will be invited to the national finals, which will be held Monday, June 27, through Saturday, July 2, at Gallup, New Mexico.
For Fridayâ€™s game against Pine Bluff, the goal is simple: Donâ€™t underestimate the Zebras.
Coach Mark Balisterri said that Wednesday, even though the Panthers beat them 10-0 earlier this season.
â€śIf we go out there and play our game and donâ€™t let them hang around, then we should be good,â€ť Balisterri said. â€śMy main concerned is being focused for the game.
â€śPine Bluff is Pine Bluff, and they have been beating people for years. Even when they are down, they always beat people they arenâ€™t supposed to beat.â€ť
Point and case is Pine Bluffâ€™s 6-3 win over El Dorado Tuesday night.
Carol Reasons, 71, of Benton died April 10, 2011.
Ms. Reasons was born Aug. 22, 1939, in Wichita, Kan., to Clifton and Ethal Schul.
She had a wonderful voice and enjoyed singing and playing piano in church. She also loved spending time with her family and animals.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Carl Schul; and her sister, Dorothy Tool.
HASKELL â€” All season, Harmony Grove head coach Sammi Massey has been preaching the importance of not waiting until the third or fourth inning of games to start playing. But for whatever reason, it just hasnâ€™t quite sunk in.
However, up until Tuesday it hasnâ€™t been a problem as the Lady Cardinals are notorious for scoring an average of seven or more runs in those middle innings. Against Arkansas Baptist, it would not matter though as the Lady Cardinals had no answer for Lady Eagles pitcher Erin Woods, who threw a no-hitter and led Baptist to a 7-0 win at Haskell.
The Arkansas chapter of The Bass Federation held its 2011 youth championship fishing tournament Saturday on Lake DeGray.
Brandon Slaughter, 18, of Bauxite placed fourth in the senior division for 15-18 year olds. He is the son of Denita and Tony Slaughter.
Ron Knight, Arkansas TBF vice president and youth director, described Slaughter as an â€śexcellent fisherman.â€ť
Slaughterâ€™s father said, â€śHe loves to fish.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s been fishing with me ever since he was about five years old, and heâ€™s been entering tournaments since he was about 12 or 13.â€ť
The Lady Hornets decisively won both games of a doubleheader Monday, remaining undefeated in the 7A Central Conference.
Bryant beat Mount Saint Mary 13-3 in the first game and 19-1 in the second â€” both ending after five innings, a required length for a game in 7A play.
Head coach Debbie Clark said, â€śIn the first game especially, we did not strike out and scored every inning â€” two goals I have for every game, no matter who we play.â€ť
The Benton Panthers tallied 18 runs on 16 hits to defeat Vilonia 18-10 Monday night at home.
Benton scored nine runs in the second, seven in the fourth and two in the sixth. Vilonia scored a run in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth.
The Benton Panthers scored nine runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 9-1 lead.
Greg Pryor and Garrison Roy hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the inning and after a strikeout, Brooks Balisterri tripled. A home run by Ashton Roberts scored two more runs before Joseph Henry flew out.