Archive - Jan 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 â€“ 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.
"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."
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 Patriotâ€™s Pen essay contest.
This yearâ€™s theme, "What Would I Tell Our Founding Fathers?," drew more than 220 contestants from local middle and junior high school students.
A former Alexander police officer facing a charge of manslaughter was given a new court date and a $10,000 signature bond after appearing in Benton District Court on Friday.
It was revealed that 47-year-old Nancy Cummings believes an attorney from the Arkansas Municipal League may represent her in court. However, she said no arrangement has been made at this point.
It was also revealed that Cummings was taken into custody during a training session at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Academy in Pocahontas.
An Alexander police officer has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady said.
Nancy Cummings is expected to make her first appearance in Benton District Court at 10 a.m. Friday. The arrest stems from the Sept. 8, 2012 shooting death of then 30-year-old Carleton Wallace of Bryant. Cummings claimed that she noticed Wallace walking along Brookwood St. with a pistol tucked into the waistband of his pants.
An ordinance setting limitations on multifamily housing in Bryant has been drafted and is likely to be presented at the Jan. 31 City Council meeting.
Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs has requested a special meeting with the Planning Commission to discuss the ordinance prior to the scheduled City Council meeting. Procedure calls for the commission to recommend the ordinance to council.
Dabbs is requesting the council hear it on first reading and then "let it sit" until the February meeting, leaving time for developers, residents and City Council members to examine the ordinance.
Curtis Lee Earp Sr. was born July 1, 1936, in Ralls, Texas, and passed away on Jan. 22 in Little Rock.
Curtis Sr. retired from the Benton Fire Department with 20 years of service as a senior captain. He spent years in Sunday School Bus Ministry at First Assembly of God in Little Rock.
Curtis Sr. had church affiliations with Full Gospel Cato Community and Abundant Life Center of Bryant.
He was preceded in death by his parents, B.S. and Liddie Harriet Earp of Petersburg, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Hunter Jade Allen Adcox.
Elizabeth Mae Spurgeon, 93, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
She was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Little Rock to the late Terry Albert Sutton and Lena L. Niehaus Sutton. She was an accountant for J.C. Penney Co. and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 62 years, Claburn Spurgeon; eight brothers and sisters; and one great-grandchild.
Maxine Mae (Rice) Wilkins, 87, of southwest Little Rock passed away Friday, Jan. 18. She was born March 13, 1925, in Red Fork, to the late Thomas Jefferson and Lela Mae Rice.
She was a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Little Rock. Preceding her in death was a brother, James Doyle Rice of Dumas.
Maxine was a nurse before she married Robert Wilkins, who also preceded her in death. She was a lifelong Arkansas resident and spent the remainder of her life as a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Her church was integral to her daily life in Little Rock.
Thomas Joseph Massanelli, 73, of Benton passed away Jan. 18. He was born May 31, 1939, in Pine Bluff. Thomas retired from Alcoa and Heavy Equipment Co., and was an avid golfer.
He Â was preceded in death by his parents, Caesar and Elena Magnini Massanelli; his wife, Susan Massanelli; two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his son, Michael Masssanelli of Benton; a daughter, Carol Ann Massanelli of Little Rock; two brothers, Caesar Massanelli of Hot Springs Village and James Massanelli of Hot Springs; two sisters, Rose Glove of Hot Springs and Lena Owen of Star City.