Archive - 2013
Benton city officials have released information about street changes related to ongoing improvements being made to Lower Military Road.
On Friday, Jan. 11, Military Road traffic between Smithers Drive and Northshore Drive will be shifted over onto new lanes, Mayor David Mattingly announced.
The old road will be closed to through traffic at this time.
Access to the old roadway for businesses and their customers may be obtained at the Smithers or Northshore intersections, based on the business location, he said.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) says he is optimistic about the nation's economy, but pointed out that "housing needs to come back."
Pryor's comments came Wednesday morning during a break in a tour of Bryant High School. His visit also included stops at the Saline County Airport in Bryant, the Saint-Gobain facility currently under construction on Cyanamid Road and a meeting with the Saline County Economic Development Corp.
The driver of a semi-truck died early Friday morning in an accident near mile marker 112 on the eastbound side of Interstate 30. The vehicle traveled off the highway, crossed the service road and hit a pine tree approximately 40 feet into a wooded area. The semi was towing a small pickup truck at the time. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the driver had not been released at press time. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the State Police.
Several convenience stores throughout Benton were raided Wednesday for having alleged illegal gambling machines on the premises and some for illegally exchanging prizes for lottery tickets, authorities said.
Music will be an integral part of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, organizers have announced. Community residents are invited to participate in combined choirs to sing at various events.
According to co-event organizer Robin Freeman, rehearsals for combined community choir rehearsals for the celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 12, and 17 at Elect Temple Church of God in Christ located at 305 S. Johnson St. in Benton.
Anyone may participate in the choir, Freeman said.
Thomas Rueben Dempsey, 70, of Haskell passed away Jan. 8.Â He was born Feb. 7, 1942 in Marked Tree to the late S.L. and Berdie Harbison Dempsey.Â Â
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Emma Jean Moody.
Jeremy Lynn Stamper, 35, passed away on Jan. 5. Jeremy was born on June 20, 1977, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Jeremy was a district sales manager for Sysco Foods in Little Rock.Â He loved spending time with his children and was a huge sports fan.
Jeremy loved the Razorbacks and sky diving. He played coed softball and coached baseball for the East End Express. He loved the Lord and his family.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Scott Rowland; and a niece, Miryah Rowland.
Joyce Sluder, 59, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8. She was born Dec., 22, 1953 in Little Rock.
Joyce was a 1972 graduate of Benton High School. She was employed as a cashier at Razorback Car Wash for three years and a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church, where she was the pianist.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Juanita Chambers.
Robert Edward Lattin Sr., 62, of Alexander passed away Monday, Jan. 7.Â He was born Jan., 14, 1950 in Bauxite.
Mr. Lattin was a U.S. Army veteran and later retired from the Reserve.Â He also retired from Granite Mt. Rock Quarry as a heavy equipment operator.Â Mr. Lattin was active with the Masons for several years.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Deaton and Annie Lois (Jones) Lattin; three sisters; and one brother.
Peter Crook Gray, 46, of Little Rock passed away Jan. 7. He was born March 27, 1966 in Sacramento, Calif., to Tomps and Barbara Crook Gray.
Peter conducted sales and marketing for several Arkansas-based companies.Â He served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and Arkansas Army National Guard at several duty stations as a combat medical specialist, infantryman, and instructor.Â He graduated from Calvary Christian Academy in Little Rock and attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His interests included art, golf, Razorback football and basketball, music, reading and animals.