Archive - 2013
Randy Lee Dorsey, 54, of Little Rock died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
Randy was born Aug. 28, 1959, in Little Rock to the late Boyd and Norma (Riffle) Dorsey.
Randy was a deacon and the facilities director at Central Church of Christ. He was retired from AT&T and enjoyed woodworking in his spare time, but most of all he spent time serving others.
Jeffery â€śJeffâ€ť Troy Pruett, 43, of Bauxite passed away on Oct. 11, 2013.
He was born Nov. 9, 1969, to Troy Pruitt Jr. and Mary Ann Pruett in Little Rock.Â Jeff loved spending time with his family and friends.Â He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing the drums.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tori Pruett.
Francis "Frank" McCarthy, 70, of Bauxite passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. He was born June 10, 1943, in Newport, Vt.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mary McCarthy.
He was a member of the Benton Senior Adult Activity and Wellness Center, where he loved playing dominos with his center friends. Frank also loved to fish and hunt.
Survivors include two sons, Greg McCarthy and Ion McCarthy; a daughter, Erin McCarthy; and a sister, Jeannie Cunningham-Berry.
Memorials may be made to the Benton Adult Activity and Wellness Center.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Jr. High Lady Panthers defeated the No. 2 team in the conference, North Little Rock, in three games on Monday night in Benton. Benton won 25-21, 18-25 and 15-11.
"What a great match," Benton Coach Michelle Shoppach said. "We won because we played as a team and did things we have been working on all year; plus the cheer squad and the fan, mostly guys who acted like the Texas A&M yell leaders, were great. They provided lots of energy to take us over the edge for the victory."
Maggie Carson had 14 digs, Brooklyn Jensen had five kills and Lenzie Newman added four kills.
BENTON â€“ Talk about domination. The Benton Lady Panther volleyball team clinched the 7A/6A South conference with a 3-0 sweep of second place Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves on Tuesday night at Benton Arena. Benton won 25-20, 25-22 and cruised in the third set with a 25-14 win, and has swept every conference match this season with one to go against El Dorado at home on Senior Night Thursday.
â€śThis is the first year weâ€™ve gone undefeated and sweeping everyone,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śItâ€™s never been done. This team is a really good team and thatâ€™s a testament to them.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Freshman Panthers had lost itâ€™s three previous games before undefeated Conway Blue came to Panther Stadium on Thursday night. Benton responded to the 5-0 Blue team in a big way, not allowing Conway a first down all game in a 24-7 victory to improve the Fr. Panthers to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference.
In a memo to Benton School District staff members on Oct. 16, Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that an executive session held during the school board's regular meeting on Oct. 14 illegally discussed a proposed salary scale for teachers. Executive sessions are designated specifically for personnel actions for specific employees, not for issues of general nature.
A full story about the issue and a Personnel Policy Committee meeting on Oct. 16 where the matter was discussed can be found in the Oct. 17 issue of The Saline Courier.
FROM BENTON UTILITIES:
Crews have just arrived on scene of a busted water main on W. Sevier at Maryland. We have called in an emergency locate where other underground utilities can mark their lines, so we won't hit them. The crew is gathering the necessary supplies and equipment to make the repair at this time. As soon as the other utilities in the area are marked, they will reduce the pressure in the area to make the repair, so some customers will notice little to no pressure until the repair is made.
WASHINGTON â€” Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a 200-point gain in morning trading.
"This is a time for reconciliation," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of the agreement he had forged with the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he'll call lawmakers back to the Capitol this week to approve a plan to increase funding to the state's teacher insurance program to lower premium hikes that are set to take effect next year.
Beebe told reporters that he planned to call for the session to begin Thursday afternoon, with lawmakers expected to work through Saturday on the plan to address the rate hikes. Beebe's office said the governor planned to issue a formal proclamation calling the session later Wednesday.