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March 25th

John Mark Duer

March 25, 2011

John Mark Duer, 63, of Benton passed away March 23, 2011.
He was born Oct. 10, 1947, in Longview, Texas, to Bud and Loma Birch Duer and was employed by J.B. Hunt Trucking.

March 24th

Hornets top Arlington Country Day on day two

March 24, 2011

Bryant and Arlington Country Day (Fla.) passed the lead back and forth three times on Wednesday at Sanford, Fla. but in the end Bryant pulled out an 8-4 win in seven innings over Arlington Country Day.

The Hornets broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh with four runs thanks to two RBI singles by Dylan Cross and Tyler Brown.

Lucas Castleberry reached on an error to begin the inning and after Tyler Green ran for him, Landon Pickett singled to put runners on first and second with no one out.

Miners head to Jonesboro for baseball tourney

March 24, 2011

Today the Bauxite Miners head to Jonesboro to play in the Extra Innings Spring Classic, which runs through Saturday.

While there, head coach Michael Mattox said the Miners need to cut back defensive errors and improve batting at the end of the lineup.

“I’m looking forward to getting a lot better,” he said. “We’ll be playing some good teams this weekend, and it’llm ake us better for when we start conference play next week.”

March 23rd

Cecil Doyle Harrell

March 23, 2011

Cecil Doyle Harrell, 67, of Benton passed away March 21, 2011, in Benton. He was born Nov. 3, 1943, in Bauxite.
Mr. Harrell was a member of Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church and a retired chemical engineer from ADEQ.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Will and Etta Ridling and Oscar and Myrtle Harrell.
Survivors include his parents, J. R. and Ruby Ridling Harrell; two nephews, John Harrell and wife Dawn and Michael Harrell and wife Darby; two nieces, Luca and Ruby Harrell; two great-nephews, Blayne and Chance Johnson; and many cousins, friends and co-workers.

Thomas W. Davies

March 23, 2011

Thomas W. Davies, 39 of Bauxite died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Baptist Medical Center after suffering from a massive cranial hemorrhage, and he was surrounded by immediate family.
Tom was born April 21, 1971, in Little Rock to Pamela G. Garner Davies of Tull and the late Billy H. Davies.
Tom was well known for his great love for the game of baseball; he coached and umpired for most of his life. He was currently the Baseball Commissioner at the Sardis Ballpark.
He was preceded in death by his father; and an uncle, James David Garner.

Bill Bennett

March 23, 2011

Bill Bennett, 68, of Benton died Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Benton.
Bill was born March 10, 1943, in Wheatley.
He was a self employed heating and air contractor and a reserve deputy sheriff in Saline County. He loved his family, fishing, hunting and liked to work on junk.

Billy Ervin Kee

March 23, 2011

Billy Ervin Kee, 77, of Haskell passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Conway Regional Medical Center.
Billy was a veteran of the Army having served in the Korean War, was of the Assembly of God Faith and was an avid outdoors man.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jimmie Sue Kee; his parents, Freeman Kee and Mabel Gross Kee; and his sister, Geneva Mathews-McClure.

James L. ‘Jim’ Harrell Jr.

March 23, 2011

The Rev. James L. “Jim” Harrell Jr., 65, of Benton took his heavenly flight to his eternal home March 21, 2011.
He was born in Alameda, Calif., July 7, 1945.
The Rev. Jim Harrell graduated from Watson Chapel High School and went on to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He then attended the Little Rock Missionary Baptist Seminary and the Minden, Louisiana Baptist Seminary. He pastored for 46 years including Baptist churches in South, North and Central Arkansas.

SOFTBALL: Bryant takes winning ways to Tennessee

March 23, 2011

After winning the Tournament of Champions in North Little Rock last weekend, the Bryant Lady Hornets are taking the show on the road for spring break

Starting Thursday, Bryant (7-1, 1-0 7A Central) will be in Clarksville, Tenn., for a tournament lasting through Saturday. If they play like they did against Mountain Home on Saturday, the Lady Hornets are sure to impress the competition.

March 22nd

GOCIO: Bonds of the ballpark can last a lifetime

March 22, 2011

Most of my time spent working as of late has been at the ballpark.

Let’s face it, everyone would rather be doing something else, sometimes anything else, than work. But, when your desk is the bleachers and there’s a concession stand a few feet away, it makes working a little more tolerable.

Spending time watching all these baseball and softball games has reminded me of a million little things I loved so much growing up. There hasn’t been a game where I haven’t seen or heard something that takes me back, and I chuckle a little inside.

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