Archive - Jan 3, 2013
Benton Police Officer Chris Goss is credited with saving an 88-year-old woman from a burning structure on Derby Circle.
Bruce Armstrong, fire marshal for the Benton Fire Department, said Goss crawled down a smoke-filled hallway to reach Jessie Mae Flowers, who was in bed in a rear bedroom of the structure at 2908 Derby Circle.
The fire was reported around 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, during a period when many local residences were without electrical power.
Upon entering the structure, Goss "encountered thick, black heavy smoke, which had filled the house," Armstrong said.
When Mark William Orr entered the world on Jan. 2, he became a celebrity.
The infant is Saline Memorial Hospital's first baby of 2013.
Mark William is the son of Chad and Krista Orr of Malvern.
According to Rebecca Jones, director of marketing and community relations, he weighed 10 pounds and 2 ounces and was 22 inches long when his birth occurred at 12:46 p.m.
"This is Krista's fourth baby and all have been born at Saline Memorial Hospital," Jones said.
Dr. Kim Smith delivered the child, she added.
Mackey Louis Spivey, 75, of Benton passed away Monday, Dec. 31. He was born Dec. 19, 1937. in Havana.
Mackey was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired from Alcoa after 30 years and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Audice Spivey and Mae Frazier Spivey; and two sisters, Laquita Scott Baxley and Bettye Brown Knopp.
Harmon D. Matthews, 88, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1.Â He was born June 6, 1924, in Donaldson to the late Frank and Eva Mae Matthews.
He was a War World II Army veteran and won the Bronze Star and Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism under fire. Mr. Matthews worked as a driver for Arkansas Best Freight for 30 years. Also, he was a Mason for 60 years.