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August 9th

Black Sox open Regional

August 9, 2012

The Bryant Black Sox played at 9:30 this morning as they were the opening game of the Mid-South Regional Tournament in New Orleans. The Black Sox played the Hub City Bombers out of Hattiesburg, Miss., and results will be in tomorrow's paper.
The Black Sox won the Arkansas American Legion State Tournament sweeping the field to advance to the regional in New Orleans. The winner of the regional will advance to the American Legion World Series held in Shelby, N.C.

Panthers' golf off to an excellent start

August 9, 2012

NORTH LITTLE ROCK -- The Benton Panther golf team began the season with a dominant performance in the Yellowjacket Invitational Tournament on Monday at Stonelinks Golf Course in North Little Rock. The Panthers boys and girls team each won their side of the tournament against teams they will be playing throughout the year.
Led by senior Grace Liles’ top score of 79 (+7), the Benton girls team shot a 271 to blow out the competition, which consisted of 7A/6A South conference members, by 13 shots. El Dorado took second with a score of 284, Sheridan 287 and Lake Hamilton shot a 295 for fourth.

Gone but not forgotten: Man relives memories of lost friend

August 9, 2012

The book of Job says, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” That scripture could not be any more heartfelt than it was Wednesday at 4 p.m. The words “He has passed” still ring though my head.

E. L. 'June' Cody

August 9, 2012

E. L. "June" Cody, 78, of Benton died Wednesday, Aug. 8. He was born Dec. 24, 1933. in Casa, Ark.
E. L. retired from Benton Utilities after 33 years of service. He was a 32nd-degree Mason of Lodge No. 34, a member of the Order of the Mystic Shrine, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Collins and Oma Smith Cody; a son and daughter; two brothers; and seven sisters.

Bobby L. Kitchens

August 9, 2012

Bobby L. Kitchens, 63, of Malvern passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs. He was born July 7, 1949, in Benton, the son of Raymond and Mary Spears Kitchens.
Bobby worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 27 years and was a member of North Main Church of Christ.
He enjoyed playing golf and loved Razorback football. Bobby graduated from Bauxite High School in 1967, earned a bachelor's degree from Henderson State University and served in the U.S. Army.  
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Helen Joyce Henthorne

August 9, 2012

Helen Joyce Henthorne, 80, of Red Bay, Ala., formerly of Benton, passed away Aug. 8.  She was born Jan. 12, 1932, in Pittsburg, Texas, to the late Bernon and Flora Chapman Braswell. 
Helen was retired from Ford Motor Co. after 31 years as a purchasing agent.  She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jerry Lee Braswell.

Hoyt Von Hill

August 9, 2012

Hoyt Von Hill, 72, of Paron died Monday, Aug. 6, at his home. He was born June 4, 1940 in Saline County.
Hoyt was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 309 and the Paron Volunteer Fire Department and was retired from the U S Army.
Hoyt joined the Army in 1957 at the age of 17. While enlisted, he was stationed in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam and various parts of Texas. He retired in 1979 after 22 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Betty Hill; his wife, Gloria Hill; and his sister, Wilma Faye Hill.

Lt. Col. Glee Greenhaw Smyth

August 9, 2012

Lt. Col. Glee Greenhaw Smyth, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force,passed away on Aug. 5, surrounded by his family at his home in the Shaw community near Benton.
Smyth was born Feb. 22, 1919, at Marshall. Smyth joined the Army Air Corps and served in the China/India/Burma theater and retrained as a meteorologist in the Air Force. While he was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, he served as President John F. Kennedy’s accompanying meteorologist on Air Force 2.

August 8th

Bauxite man faces 3 rape charges

August 8, 2012

A Bauxite man is scheduled to appear in Benton District Court today for a bond hearing after being arrested on Monday for allegedly raping a 16-year-old boy multiple times, authorities said.
Jonathan Solomon, 20, who is affiliated with the Army National Guard, is facing three counts of rape, three counts of sodomy and terroristic threatening. The victim reportedly told Bauxite police that the rape began when he was 15.

Elusive cat found at Bryant motel; owner returning today from Massachusetts to claim her

August 8, 2012

Annie Demirel of Massachusetts spent several weeks in Bryant searching for cat that escaped from her carrier on June 24 when Demirel was getting ready to leave Cracker Barrel.
Though she hadn't given up hope, Demirel's finances were depleted and she left the local area Friday.
Three days later the lost cat was rescued by personnel of the Hampton Inn.
Mike Burton, general manager, said motel staff have been feeding the cat for several days, but didn't connect the animal with Demirel's lost pet.

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