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Archive - Jul 2012

July 6th

Former Benton parks secretary arrested for fraud and theft

July 6, 2012

A former administrative assistant for the Benton Parks Department was arrested Thursday on charges of fraud and theft of city funds, authorities said.
Just after 1 p.m. Thursday, Kitty Smith, 57, with hands cuffed behind her back, repeatedly said, "I have nothing to say" and that she had "no response" to questions by a reporter of The Saline Courier outside the Benton Police Department.

Shortstop to be Cotton Blossom

July 6, 2012

BRYANT – Former Bryant Lady Hornets’ starting shortstop Cassidy Wilson is going from one championship team to another. Wilson, who was a starter on the Lady Hornets’ three consecutive 7A State Championships including this past year’s 34-0 season, signed to play softball with the University of Arkansas of Monticello Cotton Blossoms. Monticello is part of the Division II Great American Conference and the Cotton Blossoms won the GAC championship this past season.

Robert F. Thatcher

July 6, 2012

Robert F. Thatcher, 65, of Benton passed away July 4.  He was born June 30, 1947, in Montrose, Col., to Floyd Eldon and Dorothy Buus Thatcher. 
He was preceded in death by his father.

Mary Evielene “Freeman” Baker

July 6, 2012

Mary Evielene “Freeman” Baker of Alexander was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Sparkman to Bennett and Martha Freeman. She went to hug the Lord on July 4, 2012.
Mary was a member of Park Place Baptist Church. For 67 years she was a prayer warrior for the Freeman and Baker families and will be dearly missed. To her lifetime friends, she always had love and a prayer for them.
She was preceded in death by all of her siblings; her parents; two great-grandchildren; and her husband of 47 years, Loyd H. Baker.

July 5th

Former Hornet signs to be Lion

July 5, 2012

BRYANT – Former Bryant Hornet Josh Pultro signed to play baseball for NCAA Division II member University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Signed as a first baseman/outfielder, Bryant Coach Kirk Bock was confident the Lions will be happy with their choice.

“They’re going to get a good one,” Bock said. “He’s going to be able to hit at that level. He’s a very good outfielder. This year, he had to move to first base, picked it up real easy and did a tremendous job for us. They’re going to have a utility player there.”

William 'Bill' Welsh

July 5, 2012

William “Bill” Welsh, 74, of Traskwood died July 1. He was born July 17, 1937, in Washington, Pa., to the late Marvin Welsh and Nellie Mays Welsh. He had served in the U.S. Air Force and was owner of Bill’s Pool Service.
Bill enjoyed motorcycling, fishing and hunting. He was active in VFW Post 2256 Benton and was president of Maverick Mixers square dancers. Bill enjoyed working with the youth of the community including coaching baseball and serving as a Cub Scout leader.
Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, Danie and Mark Welsh.

Tinlee Elise Dreher

July 5, 2012

Tinlee Elise Dreher, born on July 3, was with us so briefly, but her assignment was completed. What God has for us to learn through her brief stay will continue to unfold for the rest of our lives.  She left us with a heavenly escort and arrived in the presence of Jesus, where she now waits for our future arrival.

Merle Duane Zitterich

July 5, 2012

Merle Duane Zitterich, 83, of Haskell died Sunday, July 1. He was born December 25, 1928 in Humboldt, Iowa. Merle was retired from the U.S. Air Force, serving 21 years during the Korea and Vietnam Wars. He also retired from the Harper Construction Co. and was of the Lutheran Faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Charlotte Zitterich; and wife, Lois Jean Zitterich.

Bill W. Ewing

July 5, 2012

Bill W. Ewing, 72, of Benton, passed away Saturday, June 30, at his home in the presence of his loving family. 
He was born Nov. 12, 1939, in Perryville to the late William Mason Ewing and Ina Louise Windle Ewing.
He was a parts manager for Ford Motor Co. for 51 years. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter.

Fay Eugene Doolin

July 5, 2012

Fay Eugene Doolin, 78, of Benton, passed away Sunday, July 1.
He was born in Selma on Dec. 9, 1933, to the late Cecil and Fern Doolin.
He was a member of Congo Road Baptist Church and was a retired construction and remodeling contractor.  He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard and loved to fish.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Lee Doolin; two daughters, Susan Doolin and Barbara Bunton; one great-grandson, Jaden Richardson; and one brother, Cecil Finis Doolin. 

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