Archive - 2012
Donna Jane Wood, 69, of Benton passed away Sunday, Feb. 26.
She was born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, to Gordon H. and Katherine M. Scott Sprague. She was a surgical nurse, having retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital. She was a member of the Saline County Master Gardeners Association and North Little Rock Friends of Animals.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Scott Sprague
Richard J. Howard, 80, of Owensville passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28.
He was born Jan. 10, 1932, to the late Sally Houpt Howard and Wilbert D. Howard in Hot Springs.
Mr. Howard was an electrician and a dairy farmer. He was of the Baptist faith and a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Regina Howard; a son, Regie Howard and wife Judy; two daughters, Becka Howard and Robin McAtee and husband Brent; three brothers, Don Howard, Daniel Howard and Bill Howard; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Joe Louis Stewart, 78, of Benton died Tuesday, Feb. 28. He was born February 9, 1934, in Madisonville, Texas.
Joe was a retired construction worker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Virgie Hall Stewart; and a daughter, Teresa Stewart.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Stewart; two sons, Randy Stewart and Scott Stewart; a daughter, Linda King; a sister, Jeannette Stewart; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
No service is scheduled at this time.
Online guest book: ashbyfuneralhome.com
Benton Mayor David Mattingly spoke to Benton City
Council members and residents during his annual "state of the city" address Monday night.
Mattingly cited several achievements and notable events from 2011 that will impact the future of the city.
In his speech, the mayor noted:
Former state Rep. Barbara Nix has announced her candidacy for the position she held from 2009 to 2011. Nix is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the District 28 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Nix is seeking the position currently held by state Rep. Kim Hammer, a Republican.
While serving in the Arkansas Legislature, Nix served on the House Transportation, City, County, Local Government, and Audit committees. She co-chaired the Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building and Design Practices and was reappointed to the task force where she currently serves.
The defense for an admitted Saline County murderer has requested a gag order for media, law enforcement and attorneys and also has filed for a continuance in her case.
Saline County Circuit Judge Gary Arnold decided to review articles from The Saline Courier before making a decision concerning a gag order on the media. Arnold, who has never invoked a gag order for media in the past, said he would announce his decision at a later time.
Amy M. Johnson
Amy M. Johnson, 40, of Bryant, passed away Monday, Feb. 27.Â She was born Oct. 26, 1971, in Little Rock to Sandra Anthony.
Amy was preceded in death by her grandfather, Elmer D. Rollon.
She is survived by her son, Christopher Gipson and his fiancee, Michele Byerly of Benton; her mother, Sandra Anthony of Benton; a sister, Deanna Kinchen and husband Daryl of Benton; her grandmother, Reba Rollon of Benton; two nephews, Cody Gourley and wife Meagan and Chad Gourley; a niece, Caitlyn Gourley; several aunts and uncles; and a special friend, Kelly Shoemaker and son Robbie.
The Rotary Club of Bryant is an organization of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time, talents and resources to serve Bryant and the world.
According to Stephen Kincaid, club administrator, the main benefit of joining the Rotary is being able to hep serve the needs of the community. It also provides a networking opportunity.
The Bryant chapter is instrumental in facilitating events such as the Starlight Gala for the Boys and Girls Club and partners with the Bryant School District to coordinate the annual Dash for a Difference 5k fundraiser.
Mae Collins, Bryant resident, celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 21, with a party attended by more than 100 family members and friends, firemen from the Bryant Fire Department and a news crew from Channel 7 at the Southern Trace Rehabilitation and Care Center.
Collins, born Mae Milam, in Mineral Springs on Jan. 23, 1912, has had a rich life.
She said, "You know what, I asked God, why did he let me live to be 100, and he told me it was none of my business."
Family members traveled from all over the state, Ohio and Kentucky to ring-in Collins' century of life.
Fire departments from Bauxite, Sardis, Shaw and Tull responded to a brush fire near Mars Hill Road south of Bauxite Sunday afternoon. The fire was fanned by high winds that brought the flames within 30 yards of homes in the area. Residents of the area stood and watched while two tanker trucks, two pumper trucks and bulldozers arrived to fight the fire.