Archive - Jan 2012
James Ballew, a Bryant resident and director of Family Fest, the annual Independence Day tradition that has attracted thousands of families and generated thousands of dollars for the city of Bryant in the 13 years since its inception, wants to set the record straight.
Ballew is referring to comments made by Bryant Alderman Danny Steele in a guest column that appeared in the Jan. 12 edition of The Saline Courier.
Dog shot in Bauxite by police; neighbors, police chief said it was warranted
A call of a vicious dog in Bauxite ended with the animal being shot, but a neighbor and the police chief say the death was warranted.
"It's very peaceful now," Melissa Parker said. "It's finally peaceful enough for my son to ride his bicycle outside without the fear of being bit. It's good for all of us."
Tonya Verser, 48, of Magnet Cove died Jan.17.Â She was born June 24, 1963, in Malvern to Dean and Anita (Holiman) Nix.
She was a Malvern High School graduate and the medical staff coordinator at Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern.
She is survived by her husband, Tommy Verser; two sons, Josh and Zach Verser; her parents, Dean and Anita Nix; her sisters, Tammy Brown and husband Les, Kim Burton and husband Michael, and Kristi Jones and husband, Jeff.Â
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Regency Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Magnet Cove Cemetery.Â
Dorothy Elizabeth Newcomb Counts, 93, a resident of the Collegeville community, died Monday, Jan.16.Â She was born June 29, 1918 in Saline County to the late William and Cora Lee Wright Newcomb.Â Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, William Con and Cora Lee Wright Newcomb; her husband, Frank Counts; her brothers, Lawrence Newcomb and wife Mildred of Collegeville, Frank Newcomb and wife Juanita of Scott; her sisters, Bea Gordon and husband Louie of California and Mary Leetha Newcomb of Scott.Â
Benton Athletic Memorial Museum Board of Directors is announcing the inductees for the 2012 Wall of Fame.
Donnie Burks, executive director of the museum, said the new inductees are Becky Fulcher, Emily Arnold Hinton and Jeff Freeman.
The three will be honored Feb. 25 at the annual Wall of Fame banquet to be held in the cafeteria of Benton High School.
Displays depicting accomplishments of the inductees will be set up in the museum, which will be open from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The banquet will start at 6 p.m.
A discussion of the proposed Raymar Road South access plan dominated the Bryant Planning Commission's meeting late Tuesday.
Alderman Scott Curtis addressed the commission seeking answers about access to the road that eventually will tie into the Saline County Airport.
"I want to have questions answered in hopes that we can shell the corn," Curtis said. "Once the city commits to a route, are the citizens going to have access to the road that connects to the airport? It is Airport Commission property and receives federal funding. Are they going to let us use it?"
Nineteen individuals are vying for the position of superintendent of the Benton School District,
Benton School Board members began reviewing the candidates' applications Tuesday night in a closed session that followed the monthly board meeting.
In Thursday's meeting, the board hopes to narrow the field of 19 to four or five finalists who will be interviewed, according to Jeff Morrow, board president.
"We hope to have someone named (for superintendent) by late February," Morrow said.
The Bauxite Lady Miners faced a tall task traveling to Little Rock on Tuesday to face the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins, which are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A. The Lady Miners were down by 17 points at one point, but got within three points in the fourth quarter, losing 53-45 in 7-4A conference action.
â€śGreat effort, great heart, and [we] played hard â€“ not quite big enough,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said of the Lady Minersâ€™ size compared to PA.
The Bryant Lady Hornets withstood the Conway Lady Wampus Catsâ€™ pressure and picked up a 68-60 conference win on the road on Tuesday night at Buzz Bolding Arena in Conway.
â€śAny time you go on the road in this conference and get a win, [itâ€™s a good thing],â€ť Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. â€śIt was a tremendous win by our team. It was a tremendous victory tonight for our kids.â€ť
Bryant received two double-double performances from its post players as sophomore Taneasha Rhode scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and junior Courtney Davidson scored 15 points and recorded 10 rebounds.
Bryant School Board approved a rezoning plan for Hill Farm Elementary School in its regular meeting late Monday.
According to Richard Stipe, project manager, construction on the new elementary school, located at Reynolds Road and Hill Farm Road, is on schedule. "We have a footprint, plumbing, electrical and concrete slabs. There is steel up in some areas and one wing is framed," Stipe reported.