Archive - Jul 26, 2012
Marlin Ray Wright, 67, of Cabot passed away Tuesday, July 24.Â He was born April 7, 1945 in Bauxite.
Ray was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired Arkansas State Police trooper.Â He was a member of the Arkansas Retired State Police Association and quietly donated to several charities.Â
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Marlin and Bertha Wright; two brothers, Joe Wayne and Ralph Wright; and three sisters, Shirley Bradley, Billie June Horvath and Juanita Jacobs.
Frankie Mae Calvin, 75, of Benton went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 19. Frankie was born to Joel White Sr and Christine Sanders White in Grady. She retired from ALCOA after working there for more than 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Calvin Sr.; an infant son, Lawrence Calvin; her stepmother, Alma White; and her sister, Haydena Smith.
Norma McAdory Girner, 90, of Benton passed away Tuesday, July 24. She was born March, 7, 1922, in Birmingham, Ala., to the late Dave and Lilly B. Harris.
She was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church for 44 years, where at one time she served as church secretary.
In earlier years she was an active member and supporter of the Saline County Humane Society.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 43 years, Robert McAdory Sr.; her second husband, John Girner; a son, Richard "Rick" McAdory; and two siblings.
Bauxite Mayor Johnny McMahan soon will hit the campaign trail as his name will appear on the November ballot two and a half years earlier than expected.
Resident and former Alderman Debbie Purifoy successfully led a petition drive to recall the mayor after collecting more than 100 signatures in Bauxite.
On Wednesday, Saline County Election Coordinator Linda Montalvo told The Saline Courier, "the signatures have been verified. It is a good petition."
The Bryant City Council is scheduled tonight to resume discussion of a city sign ordinance.
In late 2011 and early 2012, unsuccessful attempts were made to draft an ordinance that would draw all parties' agreement and the issue was tabled.
Chris Madison, city attorney for Bryant, plans to ask the council to resume the discussion in tonight's meeting. The ordinance is scheduled for the first of its three required readings.
Beware, thiefs in Benton. After the recent arrests of four people for property crimes, the Benton Police Department has decided to lay down a plan of action to significantly lower all crimes.
"Since June 1 there have been 134 cases of theft, burglary and breaking-and-entering crimes in the city of Benton. These incidents have not gone unnoticed and the Benton Police Department is pushing back against this trend using various resources," Lt. Kevin Russell said.
Residents might have noticed more officers in more places, and that is all part of the design.
BAUXITE â€“ In the world of sports, achieving personal and professional goals is everything to an individual athlete. Whether it be a basketball, football or baseball player or even a professional ping pong champion, goals are what keep an athlete motivated to be better and to become what he or she has set out to accomplish.
But when one loses a foot right above the ankle and is forever changed, how can that athlete stay motivated to battle past reality and still achieve those goals?
Charles Andrew â€śAndyâ€ť Curtis, 95 of Bryant, passed away July 22 at the home of his son, the late Charles Jeffrey â€śJeffâ€ť Curtis and daughter-in-law, Sondra Haile Curtis.
Born Sept. 3, 1916, to John Anderson and Jeffie Howard Curtis in Paron, Andy was one of nine children, all of whom are deceased. The siblings included Eunice Jackson; Allen, Don, Ed and Kelso Curtis; Rosa Lee Rickard; and Ellene Lancaster. He married Jimmye Raye Ramsey Curtis in 1944 and they had one son, Charles Jeffrey.
James Arlin Craig Jr., 65, of Little Rock, passed away on July 23, 2012, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Feb. 10, 1947, to Arlin and Evelyn Craig, who preceded him in death. Jim managed his family business, Red Gate Liquor, which was established in 1951, then succeeded his father as owner. Through his tireless work and dedication, it expanded to a new facility in 1991 and grew into the flourishing business it is today. The success of the business was due to Jimâ€™s dedication to his loyal customers.
Jerry Lynn Thomason, 65, of Traskwood passed away on July 22, with his family by his side.Â
Jerry was born on May 18, 1947 to Cleo and Mary Thomason in Benton.Â He was very outgoing and loved putting his cars in antique car shows, fishing, playing music and shooting guns.Â Jerry retired from Benton Service Center after 17 years as a fireman.Â His favorite times were spent with his family and friends. He was of Baptist faith.
Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Cleo Thomason; grandson, Patrick Hilborn and grandmother, Willie B. Smith.