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Archive - Apr 2012

April 30th

'Always give 110 percent and never leave a brother behind.' - Chief Randy Cox

April 30, 2012

When 52-year-old Bryant Fire Chief Randy Cox, who plans to retire on May 25 due mainly to health concerns, was 12-years old he climbed up a tree with the ambition of saving a cat when the local fire department wouldn't respond.

"I thought I was smart enough to get it out, but I went up too far, got scared and couldn't get down," he said with a laugh. "The fire department ended up coming out to get me down. And as they got me down, they also got the cat."

Search for missing teen from Benton

April 30, 2012

The Benton Police Department is requesting the help of the public to locate a 15-year-old boy that allegedly ran away from home 10 days ago.
Payton Stone is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 110 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 leaving his home on foot.
Payton was last noticed wearing a white Holister “So Cal” shirt, kakhi shorts, purple and black color shoes, and a Black Sox baseball cap. Officers believe that Payton is traveling on foot.

Alexander remembers Don Henry & Kevin Ives

April 30, 2012

White balloons drifted into the mid-day sky at Alexander City Park Saturday. On each balloon was a message written by a friend, a family member, a resident of the city or simply by someone who had been touched by the tragic deaths of Kevin Ives and Don Henry on August 23, 1987.
“Gone but not forgotten” was a common theme among the hundreds of balloons that drifted into the sun like pearls to heaven.
The balloon release was part of a ceremony for a bench dedicated to the two young men whose deaths on a nearby railroad track 25 years ago remains unsolved.

April 27th

DEVELOPING NEWS: 'e-Commerce' four-year degree receives final approval for UALR Benton

April 27, 2012

Benton Mayor David Mattingly has announced that the four-year 'e-Commerce' degree for UALR Benton has received final approval. Mattingly received a message from Shane Broadway, Interim Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education that read, ""The UALR-Benton letter of notification has been reviewed and the report of the academic committee has been approved by the full board at 10:50 a.m. There were no questions or comments. Congratulations."

April 26th

Miners up big, hold on

April 26, 2012

MALVERN – Leading by seven runs after five innings, the No. 7 seed Bauxite Miners allowed the No. 6 seed Maumelle Hornets to tie the game in the last inning, but came away with a 10-7 win in 11 innings in the first round of the 7-4A District Tournament on Wednesday at Morrison Park in Malvern.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t finish it in the seventh inning,” Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said, “but for [the Miners] to hang around for four more innings and compete showed me a lot about this team, something I knew was in them, but haven’t seen all year long.”

First place likely out for Panthers

April 26, 2012

SHERIDAN – Vying for first place in the 6A South, the Benton Panthers committed five errors and allowed four unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Sheridan Yellowjackets on Wednesday in conference action in Sheridan.

“We struggled. That’s uncharacteristic of us,” Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said of the errors. “We don’t usually make errors like that. As a matter of fact, going through the first round of conference only losing one game; it was because we played great defense.

Walks kill Travelers

April 26, 2012

This column won third place in the 2011 Associated Press Managing Editor Association of Arkansas contest for a sports column. It ran in the Courier on Sept. 26, 2011.

The Arkansas Travelers were swept in the Texas League Championship series by the San Antonio Missions, but the Travs definitely had their chances. The Missions won games one and two by 5-4 scores in San Antonio and came from behind to defeat the Travs 10-6 in North Little Rock on Sept. 16. Walks were a factor in every Travs’ loss.

Amy Nicole McGinty Grenier

April 26, 2012

Amy Nicole McGinty Grenier, 29, of Benton, passed away April 24.  She was born December 9, 1982 in Little Rock to Chuck and Linda Watson McGinty.  Amy was a member of Crystal Valley Baptist Church and graduate of Henderson State University.

George Venson Babbitt

April 26, 2012

George Venson Babbitt, 67, of Benton, went to live with his Heavenly Father April 25.  He was born March 17, 1945 in Little Rock, the only son and first of two children of the late Delbert Venson and Alma Lillian Babbitt.  George was a member of the class of 1963 at Little Rock Central High School.  He was proud to be in the Navy and serve his country on active and reserve duty from 1963 to 1969.  George was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church.

Benton Parks Commission suspends McCormack, Smith with pay

April 26, 2012

Benton Parks Department Director Curtis McCormack and assistant Kitty Smith have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the completion of an investigation into accounting practices associated with operation of the concession stand in Tyndall Park during 2011. The Parks Commission met for a special meeting Tuesday night specifically called to determine what course of action to take in light of an independent accountant's report indicating a deficit of $6,445 in unaccounted funds.

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