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August 19th

Sgt. Roger Dale Bullard Sr.

August 19, 2013

Sgt. Roger Dale Bullard Sr., 64 , of Benton, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
He was born Jan. 21, 1949, in Benton.
Roger was a Vietnam War Army veteran and retired from the Saline County Sheriffs Office as a sergeant.  He was a member of the F.O.P. and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Roger was the co-founder of the Saline County Deputy Sheriffs Association and helped build the Saline County Sheriffs Training Facility. 
He was preceded in death by his father, J.T. Bullard; his mother, Thelma Lee Ables; and a brother, Lonnie E. Ables Jr.

Frances (Frankie) Eloise Wilkins

August 19, 2013

Frances "Frankie" Eloise Wilkins, 86, of Traskwood passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
She was born Jan. 21, 1927, in Willow to the late William and Lennie Fitzhugh Fleming.
Frances was a retired cosmetologist, wife and homemaker. She loved to garden, hunt and fish.
Frances was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sparkman, where she taught Sunday School for many years.  She loved serving her Lord.

Lula Mae Dunbar

August 19, 2013

Lula Mae Dunbar, 80, passed away on Aug. 7, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born April 30, 1933, to the late Lucien Bluford and Anner Lambert. She received the Administrative Degree of the Eastern Star in Detroit, Mich., in 1996. She also was ordained by Bishop Carry of St. Peter’s Rock Church in Detroit, Mich., in 1977.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman Bluford and Fred C. Lambert Sr.; and two sisters, Glady Carter and Dorethea McAfee.

Elizabeth Maxine Hines Ragan

August 19, 2013

Elizabeth Maxine Hines Ragan, 88, of Benton passed away Aug. 14, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton. She was born Oct. 22, 1924, at the Mountain View Community in Saline County.
Maxine worked for Dr. John D. Wright and was a retired RN and an X-ray tech at the Alexander Human Development Center and a member of Crossroad Missionary Baptist Church. Maxine loved to camp, fish and was an avid quilter. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff of Pine Court at the Arkansas Health Center.

Delmer L. Lott

August 19, 2013

Delmer L. Lott, 81, of Benton passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at McClellan V.A. Hospital in Little Rock. He was born June 20, 1932, in Ink to the late Henry M. and Nancy Brown Lott.
Mr. Lott retired as chief of navigational aides with the FAA in Little Rock and was a member of the Northside Church of Christ. He was a past commander of VFW Post 2256 in Benton and a U. S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War. 
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.

Sue Carol Baber

August 19, 2013

Sue Carol Baber, 79, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Aug.13, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and her dog Zee.
She was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Fort Smith.
Mrs. Baber was a member of Benton's First United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was a member and past president of the Saline Memorial Hospital Medical Auxiliary, a member of the the P.T.A, a den mother and a leader in Bible Study Fellowship. 
Mrs. Baber was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elsie King; and her husband, Dr. Quin Baber.

Francis Earline McCallister

August 19, 2013

Francis Earline McCallister, 83, of Benton came into this world Feb. 2, 1930, and left this world unexpectedly Aug. 12, 2013. 
She was married to Edward McCallister until 2003 when he passed away. She was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church, where all her grandchildren went with her many times as young children.
Earline worked at Benton Civitan Center for 25 years. She enjoyed working with kids and adults and being involved with Special Olympics.  Her hobbies were sewing, cooking and working in her yard.

Arkansas unemployment rate up to 7.4 percent

August 19, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' unemployment rate for July was up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Monday that the rate was the same in July 2012, though there are 1,700 fewer unemployed state residents than a year ago.

The national unemployment rate fell by two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4 percent for July.

The agency says government employment fell by 13,900 jobs and was one of six major industry sectors that showed declines in the number of people working. Four sectors showed gains.

Library to host music therapy program

August 19, 2013

The Saline County Library will present a music therapy and relaxation program and performance featuring local musician Linda Brockinton and Dr. Terry Harville of UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Herzfeld Library in Benton and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Boswell Library in Bryant. The programs are open to all ages on a first-come, first-served basis and will include a mountain dulcimer concert along with information on the benefits of music for relaxation, healing and therapy. Call 501-778-4766 for more information.

Haskell Historical Society to meet Tuesday

August 19, 2013

The Haskell Historical Society will meet on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Haskell City Hall. 
The program is by Emaline Stroud who will be speaking on the topic of “Murder In Haskell." 
The society is seeking pictures, articles and items from Haskell’s past to be loaned, donated, or copied for display at the museum. Please plan to attend to learn about our community heritage.
For information call Emaline Stroud at 303-0384 or Darlene Emmons at 315-2913.

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