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Archive - Nov 2012

November 29th

New trial date set for man accused of defrauding city of Bryant

November 29, 2012

A jury trial for an Arkansan accused of defrauding more than $40,000 from the city of Bryant was scheduled to take place on Dec. 5.
However, on Monday, Saline County Circuit Judge Robert Herzfeld approved a motion from attorney Parker Jones to continue the trial to 9 a.m. on March 26 and 27.
Jones is serving as legal counsel for 38-year-old Christopher Dwayne Barnes, who is facing a charge of theft of property in Saline County.

November 28th

Slow start turns into blowout

November 28, 2012

The Benton Freshman Panthers, behind 13 points from Jackson Oulch and 12 points from Clay Anderson, defeated Cabot North 39-21 Monday night. The win improves Benton’s season record to 7-1.
“It’s always nice to win the home opener,” Panther Head Coach David Torres said. “We got off to a bit of a slow start, but we’re able to speed up the game halfway through the first quarter. Cabot North is a big, long team and we were able to get them into an up-tempo game.”

Benton police arrest sex offender residing near two day-care centers

November 28, 2012

A registered sex offender living near two day-care centers was arrested on Nov. 20, authorities said.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said 48-year-old William Marsh is a convicted Level 3 sex offender and was charged with failure to comply with registration and reporting requirements.
Russell said that detectives had received information that Marsh wasn’t in compliance of his release terms by living at an unregistered address in Benton.

Plans announced for upcoming holiday concert at Royal Theatre

November 28, 2012

A special holiday event is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton.
The event will feature Oksana Pavilionis of Ovation Music Academy and others from her studio.
In addition to Pavilionis on 7-strings electric violin, performers will include Slavek Bolubah on drums and Brian Hamby on organ and piano.
Guest vocal artists also will be included in the program that will include Christmas selections as well as other holiday music.
Pavilionis said this will be "an exciting concert that will bring a lot of holiday energy and joy to our listeners."

November 27th

Robert Lee Jones Jr.

November 27, 2012

Robert Lee Jones Jr., 83, of Alexander passed away Sunday, Nov. 25.  He was born Dec. 15, 1928 in Little Rock.
Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Navy and was a Master Plumber, having owned and operated Jones Plumbing in Mabelvale for 30 years. He was a 33rd-degree Mason, past president and vice president of the Arkansas Plumbers Association, co-founder of C.A.J. Apprentice Committee and a member of the Lions Club. 

James Harland White

November 27, 2012

James Harland White, 71, of Benton died Monday, Nov. 26.
He was born May 4, 1941 in Clinton. James was a U.S. Army veteran, worked for BFI for 21 years and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys White; and his brother, Ray White.
He is survived by four sons, Timmy White, Tommy White, Terry White and wife Melissa, and Todd White, all of Benton; five grandchildren, Madison, Nathan, Jonathan, Katie and Megan White.
Arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com 

Sunny Fraleigh Red

November 27, 2012

An amazing woman, Sunny Fraleigh Red, 91, of Benton joined her Savior early Sunday, Nov. 25.
She was born Aug. 7, 1921, in North Little Rock.  Sunny had the opportunity to celebrate this Thanksgiving with all five of her grandchildren and most of her 10 great-grandchildren. She had a full life well-lived.
She was an LPN who worked many years in the offices of Drs. Ashby, Hogue, and Thorn. She showed her love for people by her dedicated service to her church and community.

Madelyn Elsie Westbrook

November 27, 2012

Madelyn Elsie Westbrook, 90, of Benton passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24. She was born Feb. 13, 1922. Madelyn was a retired LPTN at the Arkansas Health Center and a member of Parkview United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Jewell Davis; her husband, Louis Lee Westbrook; and her brothers, Samuel Davis and Harold Davis.

Marie Wolf Simons

November 27, 2012

Marie Wolf Simons, 91, of Benton passed away on Nov. 24 after a short illness.
Marie was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Malvern.
She spent all of her adult life in Saline County and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church for more than 60 years. Marie was an accomplished seamstress and worked several years performing alterations at The Fashion in Benton and also sewed for family and friends.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Lindsey Schwanner; and her husbands, Woodrow Wolf and Gerald Simons.

November 26th

Community, family and friends celebrate the life of Drew Melton

November 26, 2012

Her family described her as "determined." Her friends described her as "someone who lights up any room she enters." Those that met her once, left knowing that they had just met a truly kind young woman. Following her tragic death in an automobile accident in the early morning hours of Nov. 21, a community came to consider her family.

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