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Archive - Feb 2013

February 26th

Bryant residents surveyed on public safety in first town hall meeting; school resource program is priority

February 26, 2013

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs and a panel of public safety officials, including representatives from the police, fire, code enforcement and animal control departments, gave updates and fielded questions from Bryant residents during the first in a series of town hall meetings Thursday.
Those in attendance — about 30 Bryant residents and a handful of aldermen — were given an opportunity to answer survey questions via cell phone during the event. When asked where public safety funding best would be spent, 42 percent said the city should put more money into the school resource officer program.

Harry R. Butzlaff

February 26, 2013

Harry R. Butzlaff, 88,  of Bryant went to be with his Lord on Feb. 23. Harry was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Harry and Clara Butzlaff. He was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a chemical engineering degree. He retired in 1989 as manager of quality/process control from A. O.

Louis A. “Lou” Cyr,

February 26, 2013

Louis A. “Lou” Cyr, of Benton born Oct. 2, 1928, in Pittsfield, Mass., passed away on Feb. 23, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army, and after leaving the service, he worked for Western Electric Company as an engineer. He was involved in the early years of the ICBM Program at Bell Laboratories. He was a Boy Scouts leader and commissioner in the organization. He enjoyed camping with his children and the beautiful sites in the U.S.

Dwight Still

February 26, 2013

Dwight Still, 62, of Bryant, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013. He was born July 9, 1950. Dwight worked for Pfizer and was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryant. He was preceded in death by his father, Elton Still and two grandchildren, Lillian and Waylon Still.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Still of Bryant; two sons, Chris Still and wife Brandy of Bryant and Jeremy Still of Little Rock; mother, Minnie Still of Manila; brother, Randy Still of Paragould; two grandchildren, Samantha and Hannah Still; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

Angela Allison Scarbrough

February 26, 2013

Angela Allison Scarbrough, 26 of Benton, died Friday, Feb. 22. Angela was born April 15, 1986 in Norman, OK to Randy Scarbrough and Judy Callaghan Scarbrough. Angela was a graduate of Norman High North and of UALR. She served as a liaison to the Navy for Hewlett Packard before deciding to pursue work with the love of her life, race horses, in Kentucky. She was currently working as a waitress at West End in Little Rock and as a veterinary assistant at Springhill Animal Clinic in Bryant.
She is preceded in death by grandmother Vera Callaghan and grandfather Bobby Scarbrough.

February 25th

Officer fired after DWI

February 25, 2013

A Benton police officer has been terminated after a recent DWI arrest.
Heath Curtis Ward, 32, of Benton was hired by the Benton Police Department more than two years ago as a patrol officer.
On Feb. 9, at 1:50 a.m., Ward was reportedly stopped by Bryant Officer Jon Haydon on Interstate 30 near the Springhill overpass for speeding, failing to use turn signals for lane changes and swerving between lanes.

Local teen embarks on expedition to Africa

February 25, 2013

Bryant High School student Hannah Patterson spent several weeks prior to the start of her junior year wielding a pickaxe and shovel, going on safari, sampling goat's blood, and avoiding poisonous trees.
While not a typical summer vacation for a 17 year old, Hannah said she loved every minute of her community service trip to Tanzania, Africa, and plans to move there after college.
Hannah had been searching online for a scholarship-funded trip to take. She expected the experiences that did not cost anything would not be elaborate. At best, she hoped for a train ride or something, she said.

Turning trash into treasures

February 25, 2013

Hear the words "piano bar" and the image that comes to mind is an establishment featuring a talented musician, entertaining from a piano setting.
Oftentimes the artist both sings and plays tunes requested by the customers.
There's another connotation for piano bar locally, however. This is the result of an unusual creation of Brandon Hughes, an employee of the Habitat ReStore in Benton.

February 24th

Benton Police Department searching for missing teen

February 24, 2013

Benton police are requesting the help of the public to locate a 16-year-old boy.
Tristian “Dusty” Higgins reportedly recently ran away from Rivendell Behavioral Health Services in Benton and has not been located. He is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with hazel eyes and blonde hair. Higgins was last seen wearing a gray hoodie-style jacket, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. He is believed to be traveling on foot in the Central Arkansas area.

February 22nd

Statebound: Lady Miners reach 4A State Tourney

February 22, 2013

ARKADELPHIA - After winning the 7-4A district tournament, the Bauxite Lady Miners rolled into the South Region Regional tournament as the No. 2 seed with a chance to make history.
After a tough first half, the Lady Miners took control and blew past Dumas 51-41 in the opening round, advancing to the 4A state tournament for the first time since joining the conference in 2011. Bauxite made state in 2010 when it was a member of the 5-3A.

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