Archive - 2013
Two Benton men were arrested by Benton police Saturday for their alleged involvement with a break-in at the Benton Antique Mall.
Shortly after 9 p.m., officers reportedly responded to the business after an alarm activated. Police reported that a K-9 unit observed a man exiting the rear of the building, which is at 18325 Interstate 30.
Officers said they yelled at the man to stop, but the man, later identified as 53-year-old Terry Johnson, continued to flee on foot. K-9 Officer Lucky reportedly gave pursuit and apprehended Johnson.
Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan is expected to file paperwork today with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office to form an exploratory committee for the 2014 race for state treasurer, according to Jim Harris, chief of staff for the Circuit Clerk's office.
An exploratory committee allows a potential candidate to raise money that can be used in a race and to determine if there is enough support to officially enter the race.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Arkansas Highway Commission Chairman R. Madison Murphy of El Dorado are the co-chairmen of Milliganâ€™s committee.
If there could be one word to describe the 18th annual Benton Athletic Memorial Museum Wall of Fame Banquet on Saturday night, it might be "memories."
Athletic Director Steve Quinn, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, pointed out that memories are a key reason for the game itself.
"You play football for the memories," he said, while noting that the 1977 members of the Benton High School championship football team and their family members gathered 35 years later for the the event were reliving that special time in their lives.
Since 2009, the Bryant school system has added 75 students to its English as a Second Language program, and it ia projected that this student population will continue to grow, said Sarah Merayo, ESL coordinator.
Bryant High School has the largest ESL program, with 65 students participating. Springhill Elementary has 55 ESL students.
Among her duties as ELC coordinator, Merayo works as liaison between the families of ESL students and the schools. She often serves as interpreter, but hires bilingual Bryant residents for large projects where an interpreter is needed.
When Bryant residents completed surveys using their phones at a recent town hall meeting, one question they were asked was how public works funds should best be invested in the city. Of those who answered, 54 percent said streets, 23 percent opted for sidewalks, 15 percent picked storm drainage, and 8 percent said public buildings.
Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs and a panel of public safety officials, including representatives from the police, fire, code enforcement and animal control departments, gave updates and fielded questions from Bryant residents during the first in a series of town hall meetings Thursday.
Those in attendance â€” about 30 Bryant residents and a handful of aldermen â€” were given an opportunity to answer survey questions via cell phone during the event. When asked where public safety funding best would be spent, 42 percent said the city should put more money into the school resource officer program.
Harry R. Butzlaff, 88, Â of Bryant went to be with his Lord on Feb. 23. Harry was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Harry and Clara Butzlaff. He was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church â€“ Missouri Synod.Â He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a chemical engineering degree. He retired in 1989 as manager of quality/process control from A. O.
Louis A. â€śLouâ€ť Cyr, of Benton born Oct. 2, 1928, in Pittsfield, Mass., passed away on Feb. 23, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.Â As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army, and after leaving the service, he worked for Western Electric Company as an engineer. He was involved in the early years of the ICBM Program at Bell Laboratories.Â He was a Boy Scouts leader and commissioner in the organization.Â He enjoyed camping with his children and the beautiful sites in the U.S.
Dwight Still, 62, of Bryant, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013. He was born July 9, 1950. Dwight worked for Pfizer and was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryant. He was preceded in death by his father, Elton Still and two grandchildren, Lillian and Waylon Still.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Still of Bryant; two sons, Chris Still and wife Brandy of Bryant and Jeremy Still of Little Rock; mother, Minnie Still of Manila; brother, Randy Still of Paragould; two grandchildren, Samantha and Hannah Still; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Angela Allison Scarbrough, 26 of Benton, died Friday, Feb. 22. Angela was born April 15, 1986 in Norman, OK to Randy Scarbrough and Judy Callaghan Scarbrough. Angela was a graduate of Norman High North and of UALR. She served as a liaison to the Navy for Hewlett Packard before deciding to pursue work with the love of her life, race horses, in Kentucky. She was currently working as a waitress at West End in Little Rock and as a veterinary assistant at Springhill Animal Clinic in Bryant.
She is preceded in death by grandmother Vera Callaghan and grandfather Bobby Scarbrough.