Archive - Feb 2013
The city of Bryant is putting into place new technology that will allow the government to "Go Green."
During the past two years, each department has been charged with finding ways to make its operations more efficient and cost-effective. One item in particular that crossed all departments was printing costs and the subsequent expense of storage of paper documents.
City Clerk Heather Kizer saw firsthand the commitment to space that storage of city ordinances, meeting minutes, city contracts, agreements and resolutions required.
To call the past three months a wild ride for Bryant High School senior Ian Shuttleworth would be an understatement.
"Everything about it was incredible, and I can't even pick just one moment," Shuttleworth said about his favorite part of his four-day trip to New Orleans, the host city for the National Football League's Super Bowl 47.
"They say it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go to a Super Bowl, but once you go, you definitely want to go back again. Hopefully I'll get to go back to another Super Bowl someday."
Hot Springs Village resident Jerry Davis has been selected for the American Association of Community Theatre Spotlight Award in recognition for outstanding dedication, service and contribution to community theater.
"I'm amazed and pleased to receive the honor," Davis said.
"I've just been having fun," he said. "I've not been working for an award, but it's nice to get one."
Davis, director of Carousel Theater, Workshops for Seniors, in Hot Springs and in Hot Springs Village, is the first Arkansas resident to receive this distinction.
Helen Lorene Tarry Pettit Comer, born June 6, 1927, died Feb. 5, at Chambers Nursing Home in Carlisle.
She was of the Pentecostal faith, attended Solid Rock Pentecostal Church (Pastor Elton Lambert of Alexander).Â
Ms. Comer was owner and administrator of Comer Nursing Home in Carlisle from 1961 to February 1992.Â She was loved by the many residents and family members throughout those many years.
Helen loved the work she was doing and the people she helped.Â
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Bill Comer and Dalton Pettit; her parents, F.W. and Mae Tarry; a grandson, Richey Brown.
William Raymond Bunch, 73, of Benton, passed away on Monday, Feb. 4. He was born in Little Rock on March 3, 1939, to Jacob Bunch and Leona Bunch. William was the oldest of four children.
He married Shirl Bunch in Little Rock on May 19, 1962. They had four children.
He was employed by Allied Arkansas and Bearings and Drives as a purchasing agent for 35 years. William was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed NASCAR, classic cars and showing his prize cars. His greatest joy in life was the time he spent with his daughters and granddaughters.
Loeta Irene Terry, 91, of Conroe went to be with her Lord Friday, Feb. 1. She was born June 22, 1921 in Bonnerdale to Ellis and Ida Mae Norman.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Harvey Hawthorne, and Harold Terry.
Guy Walter Bass went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 5.Â He was born March 5, 1938 in West Monroe, La., and spent his early years in Bauxite and Benton.Â
He could fix anything, especially computers, and worked 20 years for IBM, 18 years for Amdahl Corp., and five years for Storage Tek. Guy was proud to hold a degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister in 1979.Â He was a faithful servant of God who served as a pastor, bivocational pastor and Sunday School teacher, and was a member of The Gideons International organization.
Harold Wayne Beaty, 74, a lifetime resident of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5.Â
He was an elder at First Christian Church of Benton, a Navy veteran and a retired pipefitter from Alcoa.
Harold was a charter member of the Benton chapter of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) Club.
He graduated from Benton High School in 1956 and won numerous awards for playing football and running track. He earned the nickname â€śBullâ€ť from his high school teammates because of his size and speed.
Environmentalist Chad Pregracke became the personification of the adage "preaching to the choir" when he challenged the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce banquet audience to "pick a cause, get involved, champion it and make a difference."
Pregracke, who has made cleaning up the Mississippi River the chief focus of his life, stressed the importance of involvement, while noting that by doing so people "can make the world a better place."
"One person at a time can make a difference," he said.
Bryant police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred around 9:20 p.m. Monday at the Subway restaurant at 611 Office Park Drive.
Sgt. Todd Crowson reported that two black men came into the store and robbed the workers at gunpoint.
The two men reportedly ordered the two employees to open the cash drawers and safe. Once the money was taken, the robbers moved the victims to the back of the store, at which time they took whatever money the employees had in their purses and wallets, Crowson said.
The suspects then fled out the front door of the restaurant, police said.