Archive - 2013
Barbara Oâ€™Niece Horn, 70, passed away February 12.Â She was born January 24, 1943 in Benton. Barbara loved to read and enjoyed working crossword puzzles.Â She retired as a LPTN from Benton Service Center.Â She was dearly loved by all who knew her and will be missed greatly.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Horn, and her parents, Roland and Bonnie Wilson.
Mary G. Burdick, 81, of Benton passed away February 11.
She was born Sept. 4, 1931, in Houston, Texas, to George and Isabell Fields.
She was a member of the Legion of Mary at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Kenner, La.Â Mary also attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Matthew's Catholic Churches.Â In her adult life she was active in the Girl Scouts and enjoyed going camping with the girls.Â She loved all children.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Angeles and Nick Fields. Â
Ellen Deon Turner Anderson, 68, of Adona passed away Saturday, Feb. 9.Â She was born in North Little Rock, a daughter of Ceril Quinton and Jewell Vivinell Harrell Turner.Â She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
She is survived by her husband, James Edward Anderson; two daughters, Wanda Vick of Benton and Sylvia Paxton of Benton; three sisters, Alice Weeks of Beebe, Catherine Hobby of Benton and Charlotte Burgess of Vimy Ridge; and four stepchildren, Christine Offield of Harris Brake, James Henry Anderson of Adona and Karry Anderson of Greenbrier.Â
Loella Francis Major Brown
Loella Francis Major Brown, 81, of Benton passed away Monday, Feb. 11.Â
She was born June 20, 1931, in Paron.
Mrs. Brown and husband John owned Brownâ€™s Corner in Paron. She was a member of New Life Baptist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles E. and Luda Major; her husband, John Edward Brown; a son, John R. "Johnny" Brown; two brothers, Don D. Major and Edison Major; and three sisters, Nancy L. Rowe, Glenda L. Haywood and Willie Threet.
BAUXITE â€“ Lady Miners head coach Joshua Harrison and his Bauxite Miners are no strangers to the Nashville Scrappers, playing each other nine times in the last three years, including a narrow 35-34 win at Nashville in January.
Wednesdayâ€™s 7-4A district matchup proved to be just as entertaining as the Miners escaped with a 61-57 win over Nashville, clinching a spot in the regional tournament.
â€śI know the type of team Nashville is,â€ť Harrison said. â€śThey fell from fourth to sixth [in conference] but theyâ€™re a team full of athletes.â€ť
The unemployment rate in Saline County was 5.8 percent at the end of 2012, down from 6.1 percent the previous year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The county is faring better than the state overall, with Arkansas' unemployment rate sitting at 7.1 percent in December 2012.
â€śI think it's attributed to the quality workforce in Saline County,â€ť said Gary James, director of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce. â€śWe have a heritage of strong, dedicated workers.â€ť
BRYANT- The Bryant Hornets used a late fourth-quarter run in a 52-35 victory over the Texarkana Razorbacks on Tuesday night. The Bryant Hornets improve to 17-9 (6-6) on the year. The Hornets have won 6 of their past 8 games after starting the 7A/6A South 0-4.
â€śWe hit a few shots early,â€ť Bryant coach Mike Abrahamson said. â€śWe made some plays.â€ť
The Benton Panthers cruised to their third 7A/6A South conference championship in six years on Tuesday night at Benton Arena with a 66-42 rout of the Lake Hamilton Wolves. It was Bentonâ€™s 14th consecutive win as the Panthers have been cruising all season long sporting a 23-2 overall record and 12-0 in the South.
â€śItâ€™s a special night,â€ť Benton Coach Chris Nail said. â€śTheyâ€™re winners. Thatâ€™s just how they are. They win. The thing about this group is nobody ever cares about stats. Itâ€™s just a special group.â€ť
James Wendell Smith, 65, rode off to heaven Saturday, Feb. 9. Wendell died at home, surrounded by his loving family and friends and his dog, Four. The son of the late Homer E. Smith and Jewel Gates Smith, he was born Sept. 13, 1947, at the Saline County community of Kentucky. Wendell was a 1967 graduate of Fuller High School in Little Rock where he played football. He was a Seabee in the United States Navy and served in Vietnam. Wendell was a longtime employee of United Parcel Service in Little Rock.
Tammy D. (Brown) Horner, 45, of Centerton was promoted to her heavenly home on Saturday, Feb. 9.Â