Archive - 2012
Bryant Early Education â€” BEE â€” coalition members gathered Thursday, Feb. 9, at The Center at Bishop Park to celebrate one year of successfully enriching the lives of preschoolers in Bryant.
According to BEE Coalition Founder and Coordinator Pam Toler, the goal of the coalition is to work together to provide the highest quality preschool education, so Bryant's "little bees" will be ready to become Bryant Hornets.
A permanent superintendent for the Benton School District still has not been named.
Benton School Board members interviewed the four finalists for the positions on Monday, but "a couple of the members aren't quite ready to vote yet," said Jeff Morrow, board president.
Morrow said he expects to call a meeting within the next two days to take an official vote on the board's choice.
"A couple of the members wanted a night to sleep on it before voting," Morrow added.
A service awards recognition ceremony will be included at the Benton City Council meeting tonight.
Slated to receive awards during the meeting are city employees Mollie Wright, Larry Lewis, Lester Griffin and Chuck Jackson.
Another award to be presented during the meeting will be the Youth of the Month honor that recognizes Bekah Davis of Benton High School for December.
The youth honor is determined by a vote of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council.
In other matters, Mayor David Mattingly plans to introduce a proclamation related to the Benton Athletic Memorial Museum Wall of Fame Week.
Funeral is scheduled Tuesday for a longtime Benton physician who died Friday.
The service for Dr. John D. Wright will take place at 2 p.m. at Benton's First Baptist Church, where Dr. Wright was an active member.
He was a deacon of the congregation and taught Sunday School there for 56 years.
Dr. Wright practiced medicine for 50 years and was on the active medical staff of Saline Memorial Hospital during that period.
Tonya Shelnutt, fourth-floor nurse manager at SMH, who worked closely with Dr. Wright, remembered him fondly today.
Lifetime Benton resident and community leader
Gwendolynne Louise â€śPudâ€ť Troutt Webb died Wednesday. She was 81.
Mrs. Webb, the daughter of the late George L. and Lucille Cox Troutt, came from a prominent Benton family. Her father served as mayor of Benton during the 1950s.
Among the family's residences was the two-story maroon brick structure at the corner of North Main and Cross streets, which for many years served as offices for the Benton Courier.
Ann Elizabeth Arp, 74, of Benton died Wednesday, Feb. 8.
She was born Aug. 4, 1937, in Shreveport, La.
Ann was a housewife and a member of Old Union Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene C. and Anna McCool Hall; and two brothers, Tommy Hall and Eugene Hall.Â
She is survived by her husband, Dexter Arp of Benton; two sons, Gregory Arp of Texas and Johnny Ray Arp of Las Vegas, Nev; three brothers, Eddie Hall of Shreveport, La., Gayle Hall of Pine Bluff and David Hall of Missouri; a sister, Eunice Marzano of Pine Bluff; and two grandchildren.Â
J.S. Frazier, 70, passed away on Feb. 7. He was born in Little Rock on Jan. 2, 1942, to Sandy Coke and Vera Alice (Smith) Frazier.
Doris LaVerne Willis, 88, a resident of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7.Â She was born March 26, 1923, to the late Conway Roark and Birdie Elizabeth Runyan Roark.Â
LaVerne was raised in the Baptist Orphanage now located in Texarkana.Â During those years she was chosen to sing on the radio with trios and quartets and in various churches in the Hot Springs area.
Gwendolynne Louise â€śPudâ€ť Troutt Webb, 81, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8.Â
She was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Benton.Â
Mrs. Webb attended Sullins College in Bristol, Va., and continued her education at USC, where she became a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
She later went on to receive her degree in education in Arkansas and taught 32 Â˝ years at Caldwell Elementary School in Benton.
Mrs. Webb was co-chairman of the Gann Museum with her very close friend, Dorcas Holicer, and a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton.Â
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets swim team finished in second place at the Central Arkansas Invitational swim and dive meet this past Saturday. The Lady Hornets scored 267 points behind Conway High Schoolâ€™s 535 points. The Bryant boys finished in sixth place with a total of 158, the Benton Panthers finished in 13th place (29.5) and the Lady Panthers came in 12th with 41 points.