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Everett named 2013 Top Dealership for third straight year

January 28, 2013

Being recognized as a national leader is becoming a habit at Everett Buick GMC.
For the third consecutive year, the family-owned business has been named the top GM dealership in the United States for 2012. More than 3,100 vehicles were purchased at Everett's in 2012, up from 2,665 in 2011.
"If someone would have told me six years ago this would happen three years straight, I wouldn't have believed them," said owner Dwight Everett.
"We could not have accomplished what we have here without the support of the community and the partnership we have with GM," co-owner Susie Everett added.

Earl Monroe Osburn

January 28, 2013

Earl Monroe Osburn, 89, of Benton; passed away Saturday, January 26.  He was born February 18, 1923 in Schaberg.  Mr. Osburn was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Bryant where he was a Deacon and retired from truck driving after 47 years. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Mary Belle Osburn; four brothers, Johnny and Robert Osburn and Gene and Leroy Thurber and a sister, Mandy McNeal.

George N. Phillips

January 28, 2013

George N. Phillips, 79, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23.
He was born Feb. 2, 1933, in Centerville, Iowa.
George was a retired carpenter and a Lutheran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Velma Porter Phillips; and his wife, Marion Phillips.
Survivors include a son, Scott Philips of Benton; a daughter, Sherry Moore of Bella Vista; a brother, Robert Phillips of New Point, Calif.; two sisters, Marietta Permann of Wisconsin and Imogene "Ruth" Welch of Washington state; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Charles Edward 'Chuck' Matthews

January 28, 2013

Charles Edward "Chuck" Matthews, 49, of Benton passed away Thursday, Jan. 24.  He was born May 17, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. 
Chuck was a D.J. and an I.T. specialist.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carroll Matthews; and grandparents, Phyllis and Charlie Grimes and Charles Murphy Stockton.
He is survived by his mother, Sasha Stockton; his grandmother, Eunice Stockton; two daughters, Jennifer and Christa Matthews; a grandson, Brayden Brown; three sisters, Theresa Matthews Bolen, Malena Smith and Nena Crist; other family members and friends.

William C. Vaughan Sr.

January 28, 2013

William C. Vaughan Sr., age 84, of Alexander passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.  He was born March 14, 1928, in Texas. 
Mr. Vaughan was a self-employed mechanic and served in the U.S. Navy. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Vaughan and his wife, Beulah Vaughan.
He is survived by two sons, Billy Vaughan and John Vaughan and wife Shirley, all of Alexander; a brother, Ray Vaughan of Little Rock; a sister, Jewell Gottsponer of Maumelle; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Vaughan and wife Heather and Melanie Johnson and husband Jason.

Frank Mills Crabb

January 28, 2013

Frank Mills Crabb, 79, of Benton, died Friday, Jan. 25. He was born in Wynne on March 26, 1933. Frank was the seventh of eight children, born to the late Aaron Floyd Wills and Winifred Floy Chadwick Wills.

Homicide victim in Saline County identified

January 28, 2013

The Saline County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identity of a dead body found off River Road on Sunday as 19-year-old Gregory Tyrone Pikes of Benton.
As of press time, no person(s) of interest have been named by authorities. The manner in which Pikes was killed was also not released as of press time.

Local boy collects food donations in lieu of presents

January 28, 2013

There are many things a boy could ask for on his eighth birthday.
Store shelves these days are packed with the newest bigger, better toys and gaming systems. Kids are tempted by commercials that feature toys and games that do amazing things – not to mention the appeal to ask their parents for the latest electronic equipment. The age that children request their own computer and cell phone is getting younger every year.

Cameron Terrell forgoes birthday gifts for others

January 28, 2013

"Everyone kept asking me what to get Cameron for his birthday. I told them I didn't know, but I would find out," said Lori Terrell about her son.
Cameron, a sixth-grader at Benton Middle School, had not been helpful with clues of any kind. "I really couldn't think of anything I wanted," said Cameron. "I thought I had too much stuff already."
Then, on the way to school one morning, Cameron made a decision. "I know what I want," he said to his mother. "I want a pair of shoes so I can give them to someone who needs them."

Local VFW promotes patriotism, honors students

January 28, 2013

Each fall the Veterans of Foreign Wars Raymond McGill Post 2256 and the Ladies Auxiliary of Benton provide an opportunity for Saline County students to express their views on patriotism and democracy and earn monetary awards through the Patriot’s Pen essay contest.
This year’s theme, "What Would I Tell Our Founding Fathers?," drew more than 220 contestants from local middle and junior high school students.

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