Archive - Jun 2013
HOUSTON â€” The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution Wednesday expressing its opposition to and disappointment in the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts.
The resolution was voted on by members at the denomination's annual meeting in Houston. It also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executive and board leaders who tried to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops.
The Benton Parks and Recreation Department will be showing Looney Tunes and "The Lorax," starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 in the amphitheater at Tyndall Park.
Benton Parks and Recreation will present free family movies throughout the summer.
Concessions will be available.
The Bryant Historical Society will present "Ms. Gola Boone: Memories of Bryant" Thursday at 6:30 at the Boswell Library.
Boone is a lifetime resident of Bryant, and the Boone family has played a contributing part in the history and heritage of Bryant, said Patsy Kuhn, head of the historical society.
"She will be sharing her memories of over the past 90 years with her usual wit and charm," Kuhn said.
HOT SPRINGS â€” The Hot Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to vote this week on a 58,000-square-foot expansion of Oaklawn Park's gaming area.
Oaklawn General Manager Eric Jackson says the plan is separate from the racetrack's previous expansion, which was completed in May 2009. Jackson tells the Sentinel-Record that Oaklawn has seen "organic growth" since the state legalized electronic gambling machines at racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.
If the planning commission approves the site plan, work could begin next May.
Proposed revisions to the general City of Bryant budget and also the street and water budgets are on the agenda for the Bryant Finance and Personnel Committee meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall, 210 SW 3rd St.
The committee also will discuss the classification and compensation plan for the open systems administrator position.
The systems administrator job is the new in-house information technology position, which City Council voted to create last month.
Leon Davis Boykin, Sr., 82, of Benton, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013.Â He was born October 27, 1930 in Glen Allen, Miss, in the cotton fields south of Greenville.Â The world has lost a good man. Mr. Boykin was a United States Korean War Veteran.Â He retired as a heavy equipment mechanic.Â
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Leon Davis Boykin, Jr. of Haskell.Â
He is survived by his sons, Francis Lewis Boykin of Alexander and Charles Andrew Boykin of Long Beach, Mississippi; eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.Â
Beatrice George, 72, of Benton, passed away to the arms of Jesus, Saturday, June 8, 2013 after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Â She was born November 25, 1940 in Memphis, Texas. Â
Mrs. George was preceded in death by her parents, LueAva and Tom Scarberry, and her husband, Leonard â€śBuckâ€ť George.
Tianna Neal, 28, of Paron went to be with her Lord on June 5, 2013.
Tianna enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband and her children. She loved the outdoors and all animals; she devoted her life to taking care of others.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hoyt and Gloria Hill; her grandparents, Don and Yukie Volz; her brother, Johnathan Johnson; her father-in-law, Robert Neal; and her great-grandparent, Grady Ritchson.
Sammie Lois Patton, 87, of Benton passed away June 6, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 22, 1926, to the late Charlie and Estelle Noles in Seagraves, Texas.
Sammie was an avid reader and loved working in her flower garden, sewing and quilting. She retired from Teletype after 20 years of employment.
Sammie was a member of North Bryant Baptist Church for 14 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 59 years, William Earl Patton.
Pearly Maxine Gerrald, 83, of Benton passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2013. She was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Fouke, to the late Melvin and Belle Jones Nall.Â Maxine was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Leland Gerrald.
Maxine is survived by her sons, Warren Gerrald of Benton, Dennis Gerrald of Mineral Wells, Texas, and Everett Gerrald of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Belinda Baxter of Benton; a brother, Hollis Nall of Texarkana, Ark.; a sister, Geneva Dugger of Stillwater, Okla.; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.