Archive - Oct 17, 2013
Lorene Boyd Newcomb, 93, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. She was born Oct. 27, 1919 in Benton. Lorene was a housewife and had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Benton since 1946.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John P. Boyd and Ruth Ann Moore Boyd; her husband, J. C. Newcomb; her brothers, John David and James Boyd; and her sisters, Emma Ruth Bryant and Evelyn Blakley.
Lorene was an avid china painter.
Mary Lois (Hollinger) Pearson, 89, of Bauxite died Oct. 14, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.
She was born July 18, 1924, in Prattsville, to the late John Wesley and Nancy (Roberts) Hollinger.
She was a secretary for Kraft Foods of Little Rock and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Sardis. She taught Sunday School at various churches for more than 60 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow W. "Woody" Pearson; a sister, Joann Walters; and four brothers, Dennis, Bernice, Charles and Ralph Hollinger.
John H. Manasco, 84, of Benton passed away Oct. 13, 2013, at Fort Roots. Born May 15, 1929, in Beebe, he was the son of Louis Frank Manasco and Bertha Manasco.
Mr. Manasco was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his sons, John H. Manasco Jr. and David Louis Manasco.
He is survived by his children, Sheila Standley, Tammy Harrison and Jeff Manasco; and many other relatives and friends.
Randy Lee Dorsey, 54, of Little Rock died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
Randy was born Aug. 28, 1959, in Little Rock to the late Boyd and Norma (Riffle) Dorsey.
Randy was a deacon and the facilities director at Central Church of Christ. He was retired from AT&T and enjoyed woodworking in his spare time, but most of all he spent time serving others.
Jeffery â€śJeffâ€ť Troy Pruett, 43, of Bauxite passed away on Oct. 11, 2013.
He was born Nov. 9, 1969, to Troy Pruitt Jr. and Mary Ann Pruett in Little Rock.Â Jeff loved spending time with his family and friends.Â He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing the drums.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tori Pruett.
Francis "Frank" McCarthy, 70, of Bauxite passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. He was born June 10, 1943, in Newport, Vt.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mary McCarthy.
He was a member of the Benton Senior Adult Activity and Wellness Center, where he loved playing dominos with his center friends. Frank also loved to fish and hunt.
Survivors include two sons, Greg McCarthy and Ion McCarthy; a daughter, Erin McCarthy; and a sister, Jeannie Cunningham-Berry.
Memorials may be made to the Benton Adult Activity and Wellness Center.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Jr. High Lady Panthers defeated the No. 2 team in the conference, North Little Rock, in three games on Monday night in Benton. Benton won 25-21, 18-25 and 15-11.
"What a great match," Benton Coach Michelle Shoppach said. "We won because we played as a team and did things we have been working on all year; plus the cheer squad and the fan, mostly guys who acted like the Texas A&M yell leaders, were great. They provided lots of energy to take us over the edge for the victory."
Maggie Carson had 14 digs, Brooklyn Jensen had five kills and Lenzie Newman added four kills.
BENTON â€“ Talk about domination. The Benton Lady Panther volleyball team clinched the 7A/6A South conference with a 3-0 sweep of second place Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves on Tuesday night at Benton Arena. Benton won 25-20, 25-22 and cruised in the third set with a 25-14 win, and has swept every conference match this season with one to go against El Dorado at home on Senior Night Thursday.
â€śThis is the first year weâ€™ve gone undefeated and sweeping everyone,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śItâ€™s never been done. This team is a really good team and thatâ€™s a testament to them.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Freshman Panthers had lost itâ€™s three previous games before undefeated Conway Blue came to Panther Stadium on Thursday night. Benton responded to the 5-0 Blue team in a big way, not allowing Conway a first down all game in a 24-7 victory to improve the Fr. Panthers to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference.
In a memo to Benton School District staff members on Oct. 16, Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that an executive session held during the school board's regular meeting on Oct. 14 illegally discussed a proposed salary scale for teachers. Executive sessions are designated specifically for personnel actions for specific employees, not for issues of general nature.
A full story about the issue and a Personnel Policy Committee meeting on Oct. 16 where the matter was discussed can be found in the Oct. 17 issue of The Saline Courier.