Archive - Oct 2012
Benton School Board elects new officers,
approves 2 percent pay hike for employees
Brad Bohannan is the new president of the Benton School Board.
Bohannan was elected to that position in a board meeting Tuesday night at the district's Professional Development Center.
Other new officers of the board are Heath Nix, vice president; and Paul Viner, secretary.
The reorganization of the board was the final action item taken in the meeting.
The past president, Jeff Morrow, who conducted the meeting, expressed appreciation for the support received during his term.
Bentonâ€™s Royal players celebrated the end of its 2011-12 season with its fourth annual awards program â€” the Ben-Tonys â€” on Saturday night.
"Nobody's Business," an original play by Benton physician Sam Taggart, was the big winner for the year.
The play â€” written, produced and directed by Taggart â€” won Ben-Tonys for best show and best director and tied for best set with the Neil Simon comedy "Barefoot in the Park."
Beulah Sherrill, 82, of Benton passed away Oct. 5.Â She was born July 8, 1930, in Pine Bluff to the late Jack and Mamie Ferguson Allen.Â She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Beulah was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William (Bill) Sherrill; son, Carrol Davis, and grandson, Chris Patterson; brothers, J.B. Mann and Buddy Allen; and sister, Margie Baltzell.
She is survived by son, Tim Sherrill, and wife, Amy, of Vilonia; daughters, Cathy Blaylock and husband, Ken, of Benton; Brenda Pelton and husband, Rex, of Traskwood; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Charles (Chuck) S. Willis, 79, of Benton died Thursday, Oct. 4.Â He was born in Des Arc on July 5, 1933, to the late Marion and Ruby Willis.
Chuck was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Benton.Â He was an avid Bauxite Miners fanÂ and a member of the Bauxite Old-Timers Booster Club.Â He enjoyed going to all of the football games.
Chuck was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Willis, and a daughter, Kathy Ratliff.
Helen Joy (Underwood) Ingram, 79, of Leeâ€™s Summit, Mo., formerly of Crystal Lake, Ill, and Hot Springs Village, died peacefully in her sleep with her husband at her side early on Sept. 29 at Village House in Leeâ€™s Summit, Mo.Â
Born July 29,1933, in Paducah, Texas. On her birthday, July 29, 1955, Helen was married toÂ Merriwell â€śMelâ€ť Ingram in Amarillo, Texas, where both had graduated from Amarillo High School.Â
Ronnie V. (Hutch) Hutcheson, 70, of Benton died Sunday, Sept. 30. He was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Benton. Ronnie was a retired licensed psychiatric technician nurse and worked in the forensic unit at the Arkansas State Hospital, a Brick Mason and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He loved fishing and deer hunting and was a local community football fan.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Doris Harris Hutcheson.
Ronnie Darryl Buffington, 50, of Benton passed away Saturday, Oct. 6.Â
He was born May 12, 1962 in Benton.Â Ronnie worked for Ambient Minerals, served in the U.S. Army and was of the Pentecostal faith.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewell Ellis Buffington Jr. and Maybelle Langley Buffington; his father-in-law, Raymond Riddling' and two sisters.
The Benton Panther boys golf team followed in the footsteps of the girls team to end the season. The Panthers won the 6A South conference on Monday and then took third in the State Tournament on Tuesday. Playing at El Dorado Country Club, the Panthers edged the home team by three strokes winning with a score of 313. El Dorado followed with at 316, Sheridan (319), Texarkana (337), Lake Hamilton (342) and Siloam Springs (344).
"We had a great week," Benton Coach Chad Pitts said. "We won the conference and finished third overall. I couldn't be anymore proud of the boys."
The Bryant Hornet golf team finished up its season at Centennial Valley Golf Club in Conway in the 7A State Tournament earlier this week. But it was no ordinary tournament. The Hornets battled through illness and broken bones as they fought their way to a third-place finish, ending the year just three strokes behind runner-up Fayetteville. Conway ran away with the tournament on its way to the championship, posting a two-day total of 590. Fayetteville finished with a 621 with Bryant standing close at 624.
Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington said Thursday that his office has not contacted the Arkansas State Police to investigate an allegedly fraudulent letter sent to a voter in Hot Springs Village during the race for the Republican nomination for Saline County Circuit Clerk in May of this year.
The two candidates in the race were incumbent Dennis Milligan, who was successful in his re-election bid, and his challenger, Myka Bono Sample.
The letter in question ignited a controversy one week following the start of early voting and one week before the May 22 preferential primary election.