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September 27th

Maybell Vittatoe

September 27, 2013

Maybell Vittatoe, formerly of Benton, Ark., went home to glory on Sept. 17, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born Feb., 14, 1933 to parents Tellis and Nannie May Robinson. She is survived by her three daughters and two sons.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Benton, Ark.
Arrangements are by Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501-372-1305).

Ernest M. 'Tex' Phillips

September 27, 2013

Ernest M. “Tex” Phillips passed away Sept. 21, 2013. He was born May 24, 1919, in Tull. He was a sea-going Marine Corps veteran of Solomon Islands campaign.
He was a member and past commander of the VFW,. He was active in Masonic Orders and a past president of Lakewood Kiwanis Club. He wa active in local Republican politics.

Walter C. 'Pinky' Caldwell

September 27, 2013

Walter C. “Pinky” Caldwell, 86, of Bryant died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.  He was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Lonsdale to the late Walter S. and Dora Moore Caldwell.
He retired as a dispatcher for Arkansas Power and Light Co. and served as a deacon at Temple Baptist Church.  Mr. Caldwell served in the U.S. Navy and was a 32nd-degree Master Mason. 
In addition to his parents, his loving wife of 57 years, Reba C. Caldwell, and 11 siblings also preceded him in death.

Military Road officially opened

September 27, 2013

A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the northern section of Military Road in Benton. The section of road between Burger King and Interstate 30 has been widened and traffic patterns altered to decrease vehicle congestion and to open the area to commercial development.
The plan to widen the road began during the administration of former mayor Rick Holland.

September 25th

Remembering Salt Bowls past

September 25, 2013

No other football game has this type of atmosphere that the Salt Bowl has. This game is about friends who become foes for one day out of the year and then after the games are over, past bitter rivals enjoy a lifetime of friendships. I have had the opportunity to talk to many participants of past Salt Bowls and this article is a result of their input concerning the Salt Bowl rivalry.

Pauline McConnell

September 25, 2013

Pauline McConnell, 92, of Alexander passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013. She was a member of the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Bryant and retired from the Arkansas School for the Deaf. After retirement she was an in-home caregiver for the elderly. She loved sewing, cooking and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everrett McConnell; son, Paul Johnson and parents, Earnest and Ola Outlaw.

Helen Marie Long Drennan Newman

September 25, 2013

Helen Marie Long Drennan Newman, 83, died after a long and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer on September 22, 2013, in Washington, DC with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Helen was born July 31, 1930, in Little Rock to Elton and Raymelle Long. She married Jewell J. Drennan in 1947. She graduated from Daugh’s School of Business in Little Rock. After graduation, she worked at Southwestern Bell in Little Rock for many years. She then moved to Benton and worked at Reynolds Metals Co. as the administrative assistant to the research division.

Walter C. “Pinky” Caldwell

September 25, 2013

Walter C. “Pinky” Caldwell, 86, of Bryant died Tuesday, September 24, 2013.  He was born November 3, 1926 in Lonsdale to the late Walter S. and Dora Moore Caldwell.  He retired as a dispatcher for A, P&L and served as a deacon at Temple Baptist Church.  Mr. Caldwell served in the U.S. Navy and was a 32nd Degree Master Mason. 
In addition to his parents, his loving wife of 57 years, Reba C. Caldwell and eleven siblings also preceded him in death.

September 24th

BREAKING: Apparent suicide on Springhill Road. Gun used believed to be one stolen from police officer

September 24, 2013

From Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department:

Last night 9/23/13, just after 10:00 the Bryant Police Department received a call from one of our Officers reporting that someone had broken into his police vehicle and took several Police items, including his weapon, raid vest, taser. Investigators began to immediately work on the case in attempt to locate the stolen items and find the person who was responsible for the theft.

Suit for mistreatment against Saline County Jail settled

September 24, 2013

A federal suit for alleged mistreatment at the Saline County jail was settle out of court as of Sept. 20, according to local attorney George D. Ellis, who represented the jail in this case. James Grundon filed a suit on Dec. 16, 2010, alleging that he was denied medical care after getting into a fist fight during his time at the jail. Grundon was awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections at the time. Details will be published in Wednesday's Saline Courier.

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