Archive - Oct 2013
A jury of five men and seven women deliberated approximately seven and one-half hours before deciding that a former Alexander police officer was not guilty of wrongdoing in the Sept. 8, 2012, shooting death of Carleton Wallace.
See Saturday's edition for full details.
Ruben â€śEddieâ€ť Williams, 62, passed away Oct. 2, 2013. Eddie was born Dec. 14, 1950, in Little Rock to the late Ruben Williams and Helen Ford. Eddie worked for Murryâ€™s Dinner Playhouse, where he retired.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Virgil Williams.
W. Keith Jackson, 62, passed on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. He was born Dec. 2, 1950, in Artesia, N.M.
He grew up in Jal, N.M., and graduated from Jal High School. He graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University, and received a master's degree at Pensacola Christian.
He was an associate pastor at The Church at Rock Creek. He served as the high school principal at Arkansas Baptist High School from 2000 to 2003, and served as a Christian school administrator for 24 years.
Keith was preceded in death by his father, J.D. Jackson.
Joyce Garmer, 89, a nurse, passed away Oct. 1, 2013. She was born June 28, 1924, in Benton. Joyce was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She dedicated her life to taking care of others and her family. Â
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Russell Garmer; a son, Joe Garmer; a daughter, Vicki Christian and husband Ron; grandchildren, Paul, Sean and Stephanie Garmer;Â a brother, Tommy Gatlin and wife Myrt; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Â
A jury has begun deliberations in the manslaughter trial of a former Alexander police officer. The trial for Nancy Cummings, 47, began Thursday in Saline County Circuit Court. The state rested its case earlier today and the defense then rested without calling witnesses.
Cummings is charged in conjunction with the shooting death of Carelton Wallace, 30, of Bryant.
The Saline Courier will follow the story and post updates as they become available.
Shirley Ann Nolan, 71, of Bryant passed away Oct. 1, 2013.Â She was born Dec. 9, 1941, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to the late Carl and Lonnie Bell McCray Wessell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis Nolan; and a sister, Hazel Allen.
She is survived by a son, Mitch Nolan of Gurdon; four daughters, Christie Martin and husband Joe of Bryant, Michelle Brown of Bryant, Lisa Richardson of Conway, and Rosemary Howard and husband Rickey of Benton; a brother, Jimmy Wayne Randolph of Little Rock; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Charlotte Ann Simpson, 73, of Bryant departed this world on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, for her journey home to be with Jesus our Lord.Â She was born July 25, 1940, to Bennie Ray and Juanita Griffe in Little Rock.Â
Mrs. Simpson was preceded in death by her mother and her brother, Douglas Ray Griffe.
Before Sheriff Cleve Barfield began his official duties on Tuesday, he was already making personnel changes.
Effective Oct. 1, on Barfield's first day in office, the personnel roster no longer included Chief Deputy Bill Field and administrative secretary Mistie Oswalt.
"They were not retained," Barfield said Wednesday in response to inquires.
He has not named a new chief deputy.
"I haven't put anybody in there yet," he said, "but maybe I will in the next few days.
BRYANT â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers picked up where they left off the last time they faced their county and 7A/6A South conference rival Bryant Hornets on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers swept the Lady Hornets for the second straight match, taking the match 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-8) in Bryant.
RUSSELLVILLE â€“ At the Russellville Cyclone cross country invitational Saturday, the Bryant Lady Hornets put six runners in the top 15 places, including Melinda Murdockâ€™s individual victory, to win the team championship. Â Bryant scored 35 points to dominate the field of 13 teams.Â Mt. St. Mary took runner-up with 63 points followed by LR Christian (87), Heber Springs (120), Conway (144), and Russellville (166). Â There were 143 indivdual finishers in the race. Â This makes two team championships on the year for Bryant who took the OBU title earlier in the season.