Archive - Jul 12, 2012
Septic tank disposal operators are finding themselves at odds with Benton city officials.
Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities, and the Public Utilities Commission have recommended that the city disallow the discharge of residential and industrial waste from residential and commercial waste haulers into the Benton Wastewater System.
The first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit this practice was presented at a City Council meeting Monday night.
Several haulers attended the meeting to protest the action which, they say, will effectively put them out of business.
It was revealed Wednesday in Benton District Court that a former Benton firefighter allegedly confessed to authorities that he specifically searched for and downloaded child pornography to a computer in his home.
Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 38, who appeared via satellite from the Saline County jail, is facing 1,000 counts of felony possession of child pornography. He is being held on a $200,000 sheriff's bond.
Saline County's two representatives at the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant in Hot Springs won preliminary awards Wednesday night in the pageant's first public competition.
Bethany Whitfield of Bryant, competing as Miss Greater Little Rock, won the talent award with her vocal presentation of Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere" from "West Side Story." Technically, the award now is known as "Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award."
Jo Ann Arras, 44 of Little Rock, passed away Tuesday, July 10.Â She was born April 14, 1968, to James and Lois Arras of Bryant.
Jo Ann was loving and devoted to her mother and grandmother.Â She was born on Easter Sunday and collected bunnies.Â She graduated from Baptist Health and was previously employed as an LPN at Baptist Health.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Arras; and her grandparents.
Jimmy Dale Moore, 80, of Benton passed away on Tuesday, July 10.Â
He was born June 4, 1932, in Benton. Jimmy Dale was a deacon, song director, Bible teacher, part-time pianist and a member for 55 years at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.Â
He was the manager of the ESSO Bulk Plant for 20 years and retired as the owner of the Bryant EXXON after 12 years.Â Jimmy Dale served as president of the Master Gardeners for two years.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Addie Moore; a sister, Rutheda Wright; and two brothers, John Lewallen Moore and Charles Comer Moore.
The Bryant Black Sox hosted Texarkana for a doubleheader on Wednesday night and split the two games. In the first game, the Black Sox were shut out for the first time this season losing 8-0, but won the second game 14-7.
Bryantâ€™s Hunter Mayall had two of the Black Soxâ€™ five hits in game one as Texarkana pitcher Tim Buchanan was lights out all game. Buchanan gave up the five hits in the complete-game win, allowing no runs and no walks while striking out four.