Archive - Aug 2013
FORT HOOD, Texas â€” Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted Friday in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a shocking assault against American troops at home by one of their own who said he opened fire on fellow soldiers to protect Muslim insurgents abroad.
The Army psychiatrist acknowledged carrying out the attack in a crowded waiting room where unarmed troops were making final preparations to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded.
Benton police officers are warning residents of a phone scam after witnessing it taking place.
Officers were informed that a businesses owner had received numerous phone calls from someone pretending to be with Entergy Arkansas. The caller said that the owner had not paid their bill, and it needed to pay it immediately, or it would be shut off.
While the officers were at the property, the person called again and officers spoke with him.
Officers caution residents about giving personal information if they receive a call similar to this.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team began the 2013 season with a 3-0 sweep of the Arkansas Baptist Lady Eagles on Tuesday night at Bryant Gym. The Lady Hornets were down 2-0 in the first set before taking the second-year program Lady Eagles 25-8. Bryant would win 25-4 in the second set and 25-8 in the third.
â€śThe biggest thing from tonight was definitely our serving,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. â€śSavannah Shelton led the team with 20-plus aces tonight.â€ťÂ
Lillian Anita "Nannie" Jones, 91, of Benton, spread her wings and went to meet the Lord on Aug. 20, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born to George and Annie Lee Thompson Halpain on Nov. 1, 1921, in Bauxite.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; two brothers, G.W. Halpain and Luke Halpain; two sisters, Gladys Cox and Martha Robertson; and her husband, Raymond E. Jones.
John R. Prewitt II, 65, of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his residence. He was born Jan. 7, 1948, in Little Rock to John Ralph Prewitt and Mildred Louise (Fleming) Prewitt. Mr. Prewitt was a lifelong educator and a great leader. He loved hunting and fishing both in lakes and rivers.
John was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother; his wife of 40 years, Gerrie Prewitt of Mountain Home; a son, Jon Michael Prewitt of Springdale; a daughter, Jessica Prewitt of Fayetteville; and one sister, Beverly Moore of Horn Lake, Miss.Â Â Â Â Â
Hazel (Kriegbaum) Russ, 82, of Benton passed away on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. She was born on March 23, 1931, in Saline County, to the late William George and Gladys Hazel (Lee) Kriegbaum. Mrs. Russ was a 1948 graduate of Bryant High School, a 1951 graduate of St. Vincent Infirmary. She retired in 1989, after 38 years of devoted service to the profession she loved. She was a longtime member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Francis A. "Pete" Russ and brother Bill Kriegbaum.
NEW YORK â€” Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is getting rid of the $5 entry fee for customers wanting to open its interest-free, pay-over-time program for holiday gifts.
The move comes as the world's largest retailer is seeing that its low-income shoppers remain pinched in an uncertain economy.
The holiday layaway program is slated to kick off Sept. 13 and will last until Dec. 13. About 35,500 items will be available, 1,000 more than a year ago. At the same time, Wal-Mart is bringing back its $10 cancellation fee that was eliminated last year.
LITTLE ROCK â€” A state board is taking up the rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law that will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.
The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday is scheduled to consider the rules for the voter ID law that legislators approved earlier this year. The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
Annie, a golden retriever owned by Jim and Betty Gwatney, took top honors in the 2014 Saline Courier NIE Pet Calendar Contest.
Annie garnered 5,128 votes, finishing 329 votes ahead of runner-up Raine, owned by Rick Ricketts. They are two of the 12 pets to be featured in the 2014 Newspapers In Education Pet Calendar, which will be available for purchase by Thanksgiving. More than 36,000 votes were cast during the contest period, which ended Aug. 2.
Police officials are investigating a rape that took place at about 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon at a Benton apartment complex. More information will be available at a later time.