Archive - 2013
Adrein Gregory â€śGregâ€ť Land, 49, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 at Springdale.
He was born Aug. 10, 1964, in Westminster, Calif., to Otto Adrein Land and Gara King Land.
Greg was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Benton. He was a 1983 graduate of Benton High School, where he lettered in football and track. Greg was voted outstanding athlete his senior year.
Rita Webb Mathews, 67, of Mabelvale, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.Â She was born Aug. 10, 1946, in Clay, Ark.
Mrs. Mathews was a licensed practical nurse (LPN).Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.B. and Elta Webb.
She is survived by her husband, Rodney Mathews; two sons, William Freeman (Jennifer) and Mick Mathews; two daughters, Tonya Malcolm and Melissa Cox; a brother, Charles Smith; and six grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
On-line guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Jerrell Wayne "Pops" East Sr., 75, of Alexander passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.Â He was born in Rosston, December 5, 1937.Â
He was a retired Teamster member, spent 4 1/2 years in the Navy and was a member of the Adoniram No. 288 Masonic Lodge.Â Pops enjoyed gardening, cooking, spending time at the ballpark, loving on his two dogs, Sandy and Lizzy, and being surrounded by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mae Trudy Foster East; three brothers, Lloyd, Gradon and Jim; two sisters, Selma Cox and Carrie Byers.
Clovis Juanita Harrell, 96, of Canton, Texas, formerly of Bryant, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.Â She was born Oct. 26, 1916 in Clovis, N M..Â Mrs. Harrell was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Canton.Â
She was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Duncan; her mother and stepfather, Alma and Luther McDaniel; her husband, W.O. Harrell; a son, Duncan Harrell; a brother, Seymour McDaniel; a sister, Anna Shoemaker; a grandson, Kenny Harrell and a great-great-granddaughter, Charlotte Faith Rodriguez.
Entergy currently reports outages in the Bryant area north and east of Reynolds Road. No indication of when power will be restored.
The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Saline County until 5:15 p.m. today.
UPDATE: The weather warning has now been cancelled.
Members of Benton city government, local leaders and representatives from a group that will build a new hotel in Benton, turn shovels of dirt at a ceremonial groundbreaking event on Thursday. A Fairfield Inn & Suites will be constructed adjacent to the new Benton Event Center in Hickory Square Shopping Center. Actual construction of the hotel is expected to begin within 7 to 10 days and be completed in 2014.
SHERWOOD â€“ Bryant sophomore Drew Castleberry shot a 1-over 37 for the overall boysâ€™ medalist, but the Hornets barely fell to North Little Rock at The Greens at North Hills in Sherwood on Monday. North Little Rock shot a 173 to Bryantâ€™s 170.
â€śThe pin placement had to be the hardest ones they had available,â€ť Bryant Coach Keith Dale said of North Hills. â€śThe greens were cut short, rolled and sanded that morning making a put stick next to impossible. The kids had a very hard time.â€ť
Kali Hardig's miraculous recovery is being celebrated locally with a parade involving two schools in the Benton district.
The procession is scheduled to begin at 10:35 a.m. on Smithers Drive at Howard Perrin Elementary School, where Kali previously was a student. The parade then will proceed to Benton Middle School, where Kali was scheduled to begin the fall term in August.
Kali defied medical odds and was discharged Wednesday from Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers competed in the Spikefest Tournament in Little Rock on Saturday and finished the day 3-1 between pool play and tournament matches. Benton defeated West Memphis 25-15 and 25-17 before splitting with Fort Smith Northside (20-25, 25-11). Because the Lady Panthers beat Northside by more point-wise, Benton was first in their pool.
In tournament play, Benton swept the Texas High Lady Tigers 25-16 and 25-17, but would end their day falling to Mount Saint Mary on its home court 14-25 and 23-25.