Archive - 2013
Since 2009, the Bryant school system has added 75 students to its English as a Second Language program, and it ia projected that this student population will continue to grow, said Sarah Merayo, ESL coordinator.
Bryant High School has the largest ESL program, with 65 students participating. Springhill Elementary has 55 ESL students.
Among her duties as ELC coordinator, Merayo works as liaison between the families of ESL students and the schools. She often serves as interpreter, but hires bilingual Bryant residents for large projects where an interpreter is needed.
When Bryant residents completed surveys using their phones at a recent town hall meeting, one question they were asked was how public works funds should best be invested in the city. Of those who answered, 54 percent said streets, 23 percent opted for sidewalks, 15 percent picked storm drainage, and 8 percent said public buildings.
Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs and a panel of public safety officials, including representatives from the police, fire, code enforcement and animal control departments, gave updates and fielded questions from Bryant residents during the first in a series of town hall meetings Thursday.
Those in attendance â€” about 30 Bryant residents and a handful of aldermen â€” were given an opportunity to answer survey questions via cell phone during the event. When asked where public safety funding best would be spent, 42 percent said the city should put more money into the school resource officer program.
Harry R. Butzlaff, 88, Â of Bryant went to be with his Lord on Feb. 23. Harry was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Harry and Clara Butzlaff. He was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church â€“ Missouri Synod.Â He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a chemical engineering degree. He retired in 1989 as manager of quality/process control from A. O.
Louis A. â€śLouâ€ť Cyr, of Benton born Oct. 2, 1928, in Pittsfield, Mass., passed away on Feb. 23, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.Â As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army, and after leaving the service, he worked for Western Electric Company as an engineer. He was involved in the early years of the ICBM Program at Bell Laboratories.Â He was a Boy Scouts leader and commissioner in the organization.Â He enjoyed camping with his children and the beautiful sites in the U.S.
Dwight Still, 62, of Bryant, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013. He was born July 9, 1950. Dwight worked for Pfizer and was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryant. He was preceded in death by his father, Elton Still and two grandchildren, Lillian and Waylon Still.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Still of Bryant; two sons, Chris Still and wife Brandy of Bryant and Jeremy Still of Little Rock; mother, Minnie Still of Manila; brother, Randy Still of Paragould; two grandchildren, Samantha and Hannah Still; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Angela Allison Scarbrough, 26 of Benton, died Friday, Feb. 22. Angela was born April 15, 1986 in Norman, OK to Randy Scarbrough and Judy Callaghan Scarbrough. Angela was a graduate of Norman High North and of UALR. She served as a liaison to the Navy for Hewlett Packard before deciding to pursue work with the love of her life, race horses, in Kentucky. She was currently working as a waitress at West End in Little Rock and as a veterinary assistant at Springhill Animal Clinic in Bryant.
She is preceded in death by grandmother Vera Callaghan and grandfather Bobby Scarbrough.
A Benton police officer has been terminated after a recent DWI arrest.
Heath Curtis Ward, 32, of Benton was hired by the Benton Police Department more than two years ago as a patrol officer.
On Feb. 9, at 1:50 a.m., Ward was reportedly stopped by Bryant Officer Jon Haydon on Interstate 30 near the Springhill overpass for speeding, failing to use turn signals for lane changes and swerving between lanes.
Bryant High School student Hannah Patterson spent several weeks prior to the start of her junior year wielding a pickaxe and shovel, going on safari, sampling goat's blood, and avoiding poisonous trees.
While not a typical summer vacation for a 17 year old, Hannah said she loved every minute of her community service trip to Tanzania, Africa, and plans to move there after college.
Hannah had been searching online for a scholarship-funded trip to take. She expected the experiences that did not cost anything would not be elaborate. At best, she hoped for a train ride or something, she said.
Hear the words "piano bar" and the image that comes to mind is an establishment featuring a talented musician, entertaining from a piano setting.
Oftentimes the artist both sings and plays tunes requested by the customers.
There's another connotation for piano bar locally, however. This is the result of an unusual creation of Brandon Hughes, an employee of the Habitat ReStore in Benton.