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Home invasion in Saline County; authorities search for suspect

February 21, 2013

A Saline County couple were victims of a home invasion early Thursday and authorities are searching for a Texas man who has been identified as a suspect.
Derek Dione Wilkerson, 41, of Mesquite, Texas, was last seen driving away from the scene in the victims' vehicle, a 2004 white Ford Mustang convertible with a tan top and license plate number 416RAM.

Benton, Bryant to kick off Women Can Run/Walk clinics

February 21, 2013

The Benton Women Can Run/Walk Clinic starts Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. with a meeting at Saline County Courthouse for those interested in participating.
The clinic will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning the Monday after the meeting, at 5:30 p.m. on the track at the Benton High School Athletic Complex.
The first Bryant clinic training session will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 5 on the Bryant High School track. Clinic sessions are set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Panthers Perfect

February 21, 2013

BENTON – The Benton Panthers finished off their historic season with a 78-69 beating of the Pine Bluff Zebras in 7A/6A South conference action on Tuesday night in Benton Arena on Senior Night. The Panthers finished off the regular season with a school-record 25 wins against just two losses. The Panthers, which clinched conference last Tuesday, were undefeated in the South with a 14-0 record and will play East No. 8 Searcy as the South No. 1 seed. Tipoff is 8:30 p.m. at Greenwood High School.

Russell Hoover

February 21, 2013

Russell Hoover, 65, of Bryant lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on Feb. 16. He fought a valiant battle that he just could not win. He was born May 21, 1947, in Falmouth, Ky., to the late Leonard and Nancy Hoover. Russell was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War.

Ronnie Gay Wright

February 21, 2013

Ronnie Gay Wright, 40, of Benton, passed away Feb. 19. She was born May 10, 1972 in Little Rock, to K. Allen and Carla Marine Wright.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Carla Wright and sister Keatha Wright.
She is survived by her daughters, Haley Addie Easter and husband Chris, Holly Hernandez and husband Elias and Heidi Addie; sister Torie S. Holt; brother Russell Wright; grandson Christopher Ryan Easter Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A chapel service by Ashby Funeral Home will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, with burial to follow at Hicks Cemetery.

Betty Wills

February 21, 2013

Betty Wills, 80, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19. She was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Mineral Springs. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Mary Porter; husband Howard Cramer Wills; brothers James, Don and Charles; and sisters Ruth and Evelyn.

Jennifer Dillard Laurent

February 21, 2013

Jennifer Dillard Laurent, 42, a loving wife, mom and daughter, a faithful friend and dedicated teacher of 13 years, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17. Jennifer was born on May 11, 1970, in Memphis, Tenn., to John and Judy Dillard. She graduated from Mountain Home High School, in the class of 1988. She received her bachelor's of science degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, her teacher’s certificate from Texas Women’s University, and her master's degree from Arkansas State University.

Michelle O’Neal Patrick

February 21, 2013

Michelle O’Neal Patrick, 55, of Ludowici, Ga., departed this life to spend eternity with God on Friday, Feb. 15.
Michelle was born to Odell and Faye O’Neal on May 29, 1957. in Wenatchee, Wash. Michelle was a very strong-willed woman who handled every obstacle in her life with grace and honesty.  She loved her family more than words can express.  More importantly, she made sure that family members personally knew how much they were loved.  No matter what any of her family did in life, she was always there to support them or set them straight.  She had the kindest spirit and biggest heart. 

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