Archive - 2013
Ronnie Gay Wright, 40, of Benton, passed away Feb. 19.Â She was born May 10, 1972 in Little Rock, to K. Allen and Carla Marine Wright.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Carla Wright and sister Keatha Wright.
She is survived by her daughters, Haley Addie Easter and husband Chris, Holly Hernandez and husband Elias and Heidi Addie; sister Torie S. Holt; brother Russell Wright; grandson Christopher Ryan Easter Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A chapel service by Ashby Funeral HomeÂ will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, with burial to follow at Hicks Cemetery.
Betty Wills, 80, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19. She was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Mineral Springs.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Mary Porter; husband Howard Cramer Wills; brothers James, Don and Charles; and sisters Ruth and Evelyn.
Jennifer Dillard Laurent, 42, a loving wife, mom and daughter, a faithful friend and dedicated teacher of 13 years, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17. Jennifer was born on May 11, 1970, in Memphis, Tenn., to John and Judy Dillard. She graduated from Mountain Home High School, in the class of 1988. She received her bachelor's of science degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, her teacherâ€™s certificate from Texas Womenâ€™s University, and her master's degree from Arkansas State University.
Michelle Oâ€™Neal Patrick, 55, of Ludowici, Ga., departed this life to spend eternity with God on Friday, Feb. 15.
Michelle was born to Odell and Faye Oâ€™Neal on May 29, 1957. in Wenatchee, Wash. Michelle was a very strong-willed woman who handled every obstacle in her life with grace and honesty.Â She loved her family more than words can express.Â More importantly, she made sure that family members personally knew how much they were loved.Â No matter what any of her family did in life, she was always there to support them or set them straight.Â She had the kindest spirit and biggest heart.Â
Benton police are asking the public to help find two suspects who robbed the Taco Bueno on Interstate 30 at gunpoint.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said officers responded to the fast food restaurant at 9:30 p.m. Monday and were told by employees that two black men entered the front of the business and demanded money. One of the men was brandishing a pistol, Russell said.
Last yearâ€™s Benton Lady Panther softball team finished the season with a 30-3 showing overall, 14-0 in 6A South conference action and a state semifinal loss to Russellville.
Heading into the offseason, Benton had one thing on its mind: winning a state title in 2013. The leader, and most outspoken Lady Panther pushing the campaign, was defensive standout and senior Drew Melton.
A former lieutenant of the Benton Fire Department appeared in federal court on Tuesday with charges of receipt and possession of child pornography.
Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 39, pleaded "not guilty" before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray and was not detained, according to Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Joyce â€śAnnâ€ť Bodiford Burrus, 68, of Benton passed away Monday, Feb. 18.Â She was born May 7, 1944 in Monticello.
Mrs. Burrus was a homemaker and attended East Side Southern Baptist Church in Cave City.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vergue and Carrie Bodiford; her husband, Bruce Burrus; a son, John Burrus; and four brothers, David, Everett, Van and Bruce Bodiford.
Some tickets are still available for Saline Memorial Health Foundation's Heart of Saline Recognition Dinner scheduled Thursday night.
This year's event is a memorial tribute to two Saline Memorial Hospital physicians, Dr. Melissa Dockery and Dr. Brian Sudderth.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Bishop Park, 6401 Boone Road in Bryant.
Activities will begin at 6 with a social hour, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tributes to the deceased doctors will follow.
Tickets are $50 each or $400 per table of eight. Dress is business casual attire.
A lawsuit filed against anonymous bloggers by three residents of Bryant has been dismissed upon request of the plaintiffs' attorney.
The suit of Adrian Henley, Brenda Miller and Danny Steele v. Unknown Persons was filed Feb. 22, 2012, alleging that anonymous bloggers were posting statements about the three plaintiffs that were "made with actual malice, that is, with the knowledge that they were false or with reckless disregard of whether they were false or not."