Archive - 2013
Billie Sue Hunt, 76, of Benton passed away April 8, 2013.Â She was born Oct. 3, 1936, in Woodville, Calif.. to the late Virgil and Edna Chastain Taylor.Â Billie was of the Baptist faith.Â She was a singer and songwriter and the family will cherish her many songs that she recorded for them.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John Michael Hunt; a granddaughter, Bobbie L. Hunt; two brothers, Rogie Taylor and John â€śGubâ€ť Taylor; and a sister, Kathy Blake.
Vanessa Ruth Pirl, 58, passed away April 2, 2013.Â Vanessa was born Dec. 20, 1954, in Little Rock. Vanessa loved spending time with her grandchildren.Â A few of their favorite times were spent rock hunting and going out for ice cream.Â She loved to party and go to the arcades.
Vanessa was preceded in death by her parents, John Whitlock Pirl and Vera Wilbanks; and her sister-in-law, Jeanie Holiman.
Betty Joye Woodard, 83, of Benton, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at home.Â Betty was born April 21, 1929, in Banks, a daughter of the late Robert C. and Addie E. McLeod of Banks.Â
She was a graduate of the Banks School System.Â Betty was a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from Smith-Caldwell Drug Store.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Harold Lee Woodard Sr.; and her older sister, Frances Lorine McLeod Rigsby.
Kelly Thomas Black, 48, of Benton, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013.Â
She was born Dec. 26, 1964, in Lynnville, Ky.Â She was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church and worked for Arkansas Womenâ€™s Group.
Bethel Dougan Dawson, 81, of Benton passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013.Â She was born Nov. 24, 1931, in Prattsville.Â
Mrs. Dawson was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Tyndall Park Missionary Baptist Church, where she was the pianist for many years.Â During her lifetime, she worked for Westinghouse, Macâ€™s Garden Center and Westâ€™s Department Store.Â
Mrs. Dawson was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Dougan; her husband, Dale Eugene Dawson; a son, Alan Wayne Dawson; two brothers, Lewis Dougan and R.C. Dougan; and a great-grandson, Wyatt.
Debra Joyce Whitfield, 56, passed away April 5, 2013.Â Debra was born March 17, 1957 in Benton. Debra was a member of the Mars Hill Baptist Church.Â Christmas was her favorite time of the year.Â Her children said she was the best mom in the world, she loved to cook and she made the worldâ€™s best pot roast and chicken and dumplings. She delighted in having a spotless house and enjoyed cleaning it.
Maintenance work on an Interstate 30 median wall will require a lane closure, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.
The work will require the westbound inside lane of Interstate 30 to be closed between mile markers 139 and 142. Thatâ€™s located from just south of the I-30/I-630 interchange in Little Rock to just south of the I-30/I-40 interchange in North Little Rock. The closures will be Tuesday, April 9th through Wednesday, April 10th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting.
The regular meeting of the Shannon Hills city council will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight (April 9) at city hall.
On the agenda are department head reports from various city departments. David Passmore will present information from Public Works. Chief Hale will report on the Police Department. Mel Aldridge will present information from the Fire Department.
Under old business, aldermen will hear an update on a grant for the city park as well as an update regarding drainage improvement projects.
A man being sought by authorities in conjunction with the theft of an airplane surrendered voluntarily on Friday morning to Saline County officials.
Dennis Hunter of California is being charged with aggravated assault incurred during a stopover in Saline County.
No outstanding warrants or charges from the federal government were found by Saline County authorities at the time of arrest, so after Hunter was charged in Saline County, he was able to be bonded out of jail and released, said Lt. Scotty Courtney of the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
Recent rainfall has left Saline River water levels higher â€” and faster â€” than the annual average, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The level usually sits at about 5 feet at the end of March and beginning of April, and today the water level is at 7.61 feet. Last weekend, it topped out at almost 11 feet. Although Saline County is seeing a reprieve from the rain today and through the weekend, more storms are predicted for next week.