Archive - Sep 2013
Beverly Valine Boswell Mayer of Bryant passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
She was born Sept. 17, 1929, in Little Rock to the late Mabel Lawson and Dean Boswell Sr.
Valine moved to Bryant with her family in November 1929.
She loved Bryant from the bottom of her heart.Â She graduated a year early from Bryant High School in 1946, briefly attended Arkansas State Teachers College and then graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in commercial art.
Garlton Adon Carter, 73, of Benton left this world to dwell in the House of the Lord on Sept. 7, 2013.
He was born April 6, 1940, to Ralph and Birgie (Pharis) Carter in Dardanelle. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a man of great faith and will forever be missed.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Suzy (Edwards); his children, Dewayne, Kori, and Brett; grandchildren, Erica, Shawn, Nick, Jake, Dylan, Matthew, Jax, Kennedy, and Emma, as well as five great-grandchildren.Â
Phyllis Ann Bearden, age 63, of Benton died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Little Rock.Â She was born in Malvern on April 5, 1950, to Ralph Parrish and the late Emma Chancellor Parrish.Â She was reared and received her early education in the Malvern School District and graduated Malvern High School in 1968. She later obtained the level of Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse II from the Benton Services Center, now Arkansas Health Center.Â She was employed there for 33.5 years.Â Phyllis enjoyed making floral arrangements for weddings and holidays and was a wonderful cook.
The Saline County Court will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Saline County Courthouse to discuss a resolution that would declare a vacancy in the office of sheriff.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Saturday.
The Benton Junior High Panthers got their first taste of life in new stadium and the outcome was as sparkling as their new home. The freshmen Panthers defeated Sheridan 21-12 and the Benton eight graders won 40-20.
The freshmen Panthers got off to an inauspicious start. Sheridan recovered an onside kick to open the game. The Benton defense stiffened, forcing Sheridan to line up to punt on fourth down. But a fake by McKinley Williams resulted in a 52 yard touchdown for the Yellowjackets. The two-point conversion try failed, but Sheridan led early 6-0.
The Saline County Quorum Court has called a special meeting for Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.
Initial reports indicate that Sheriff Bruce Pennington has submitted a request to retire Oct. 1, as he had originally planned.
The court will be considering a resolution to declare the sheriff's position vacant.
More details will be reported as they are received.
Saline County is under a burn ban, effective today.
Saline County Judge Lanny Fite issued the ban this morning, after a lack of rain brought the county's drought index to 678 on Thursday afternoon, according to data from Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The Forestry Commission recommends enacting a burn ban when the drought index reaches more than 600.
This is the second burn ban issued in the county this year. The first was issued July 8 and lasted until July 17.
Mary Gail Wise, 71, of Benton, passed away September 5, 2013.Â She was born August 1, 1942Â in Benton, to the late Floyd and Lucille Moon Mason.Â Gail was a Registered Nurse for over 46 years and a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church.
Gail was survived by her husband of 46 years, Jerry Wise ofÂ Benton, daughters, Michelle Garcia and husband, Isidro of Bauxite, Stephanie Perciful and husband, Tim of Seattle, Washington, sister, Jean Taylor of Sheridan, grandchildren, Emily Sikes, Sara Sikes and Adrian Garcia.
The recent discovery of two rabid skunks in Haskell is something officials are taking seriously, said Mayor Jeff Arey.
"Because of this, we're encouraging people to get their pets vaccinated against rabies," he said. "Previously we've partnered with the Humane Society to hold rabies clinics, but we're putting more emphasis on this year's clinic."
The drive-through, low-cost clinic is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, on the parking lot of Harmony Grove High School, 2621 Arkansas 229 in Haskell.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Benton golf team competed at par-36 First Tee golf course in Little Rock on Wednesday, with the girls taking four of the top five spots in winning the nine-hole match over Harding Academy and Evangel Collegiate, and the boys taking second (130) behind Harding Academy (120).
The match wasnâ€™t on the original schedule, but Benton Coach David Torres said the Panthers are trying to sneak matches in to get ready for the postseason.