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Archive - Feb 2013

February 22nd

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect from home invasion in Benton is caught in Dallas

February 22, 2013

Authorities told The Saline Courier today that a man accused of breaking into a home in Benton, attacking the occupants and fleeing in their vehicle early Thursday has been taken into custody.

Daphne M. 'Jean' Nissen

February 22, 2013

Daphne M. "Jean" Nissen, 88, of Bryant passed away Thursday, Feb. 14.  She was born Feb. 10, 1925 in Sydney, Australia. 
Mrs. Nissen was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ellen Rice; her husband, Orval Eric “Bud” Nissen; and a daughter, Daphne Pearl Tudor.
She is survived by her son, Gary Nissen of Marshfield, Mo.; a daughter, Sue Lawson of Bryant; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.

Panther Swim has exciting 1st year

February 22, 2013

BENTON - The Benton High School Panther swim team was in the water Tuesday evening for one of the last practices they will have before the Arkansas State Swim and Dive meet on Saturday after the boys finished third (246 points) in the South District Meet championship on Friday, Feb. 8, and the girls (142.5) finished fifth. This is the first official year for the team as a part of the Benton High School athletics department, even though there has been a swim team representing the Benton Panthers for the last six years.

Hornets look forward to State Championships

February 22, 2013

The Bryant Hornet swim team finished their 2012-2013 swim season at the South District Championship held earlier this month at Bishop Park. At the conclusion of the meet, the Hornets and Lady Hornets finished in first place and were named the South District champions for the fourth year in a row. The Hornets scored 418 points at the meet, with second-place Magnolia coming in with 260 points and third-place Benton with 246. The Lady Hornets finished with 474 points to second-place Magnolia's 259 points.

February 21st

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.

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