Archive - Mar 29, 2013
A Benton man was arrested Thursday in connection with a string of thefts at local motels.
A motel clerk reportedly told police that the suspect, 26-year-old Brian Byrum, was still at the scene when the Benton Police Department arrived.
Details of the incident will be in Saturday's issue of The Saline Courier.
The fifth annual Bryant Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt is still set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Alcoa 40 Park, 1110 Shobe Road, but the parks department will be watching the weather and will determine that morning whether to reschedule the event.
If the hunt is rained out, the celebration will be held next Saturday, April 6, and will be relocated to Mills Park.
Sponsored by Bryant Parks and Recreation Department, the event will feature an Easter egg hunt, face painting, bouncy houses, games, prizes and an appearance from the Easter Bunny.
All activities are free to the public.
SHERIDAN â€“ Senior Benton Panther left-hander Coulton Lee gave up one hit and struck out 13 Sheridan Yellowjackets in a complete-game 5-0 win in 7A/6A South conference play on Tuesday night in Sheridan. In 28.2 innings this season, Lee (5-0) has yet to give up a run this season. He has given up just 10 hits over that span and struck out 46 for an 11.2 strikeout per 7-inning ratio.
Alma Lindsey Gaines of Little Rock passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the age of 87. She was born Nov. 30, 1925, to William Albert and Laura May Cox Lindsey of Bauxite, who preceded her in death.
Alma, the youngest of five children, grew up in the rural Alcoa mining community of Bauxite and graduated from Bauxite High School in 1943.
Don Harold Richey, 89, of Benton passed away March 27, 2013.Â He was born May 30, 1923, in Benton to the late Charlie and Nettie Richey.
Don worked for Reynolds Metal Corp. and was an avid fox hunter.
Don was past president of the South Arkansas Fox Hunters Association. He owned and bred a dog that has won every major championship in the United States. His dogs have won the International Championship, the All-American Open and the Texas Open.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Wilma Richey.
He is survived by his daughters, Janis Boersma and Donna Corballis and husband Tim.
Roy R. "Mutt" Strange, 93, of Bauxite passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospital. He was born to Robert â€śBobâ€ť Strange and Carrie Johnson Strange on Feb. 7, 1920.
Roy retired from Alcoa after 23 years of employment . He was a member of West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. Â
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Steva Lee Bullard Strange; a grandson, Greg A. Caple; a granddaughter, Cheryl R. Hawkins; a brother and two sisters.
Cathy D. Watts, 60, of Benton passed away March 27, 2013. She was born July 13, 1952, in Dumas.
She was a longtime member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Cathy was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an inspiration to many and will be deeply missed by all.
Cathy graduated from Benton High School in 1970 and was an LPN working for Dr. John Wright in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim B.Â Mabry.
Rev. A.M. Block, 81, of the Sardis Community, passed away on March 27, 2013.Â Brother Block was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Clovis, N.M.Â
He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Couch on Dec. 19, 1951, after a courtship that began with a fishing trip.Â Along with his wife, he raised two sons, Kenny and Michael and one princess, LaNita, by modeling hard work and sharing great wisdom. He then became the proud and generous grandfather of three grandsons who now possess his gracious and giving spirit.
Noland Eli Abbott,, 81, of Benton, passed away on March 25, 2013 in Benton. He was born in Hunt County, Texas on August 25, 1931 to Clem B. and Celia E. Abbott.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, Roland Abbott; sisters, Ruth Woodard and Doris June Abbott.
Noland is survived by his sons, David Abbott and Steve Abbott; brothers Charles Abbott and wife Esther and Dale Abbott and wife Karen; sister, Gale Baker and husband Kara; and four grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Shady Grove Cemetery, Greenville, Texas.
Donald Hope Garner, 95, of Benton, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.Â He was born September 14, 1917 in Fordyce, to the late William Ed and Lulu Tolson Garner.Â Mr.