Archive - 2013
Floyd Byrd, Jr., 79, of Gulfport, Miss., succumbed to cancer at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Floyd was a retired Air Force SMSGT and a recipient of the Air Force Commendation Award. He served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Floyd was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
Ryan Kierulf Palludan, 18, of Bryant passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.
Ryan was well known for his contagious smile, big heart and ability to make people around him happy.Â He was a gentle giant.
Ryan loved the Florida Gators Football team.Â One of the happiest times in his life was when he was able to see his team play in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.Â He also loved his girlfriend, Natalie; fishing, traveling, music, and little children.
BENTON â€“ Losing six seniors from a state playoff team may seem like a lot to lose going into the next season, but the Benton Lady Panthers volleyball team is not shy on experience.
â€śWe have five seniors this year and they all pretty much played last year, or played some,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śThey know what it takes, and I have a feeling theyâ€™re going to do what it takes to have a good year. Itâ€™s been fun so far.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ What a difference a year makes. After winning the 7A/6A South conference with an undefeated record, the Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team returns one player with extended varsity experience as Bryant graduated eight seniors last season. This year, the Lady Hornets have no seniors.
â€śWe definitely look different,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. â€śLast year, our entire varsity, other than Abby Staton, were all seniors. This year, we look a little bit different, but weâ€™re still as aggressive. Weâ€™re going to play just as intense.
Relay For Life of Saline County will host its fourth annual Celebrity Waiter fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Larryâ€™s Pizza, located off Arkansas 5 in Bryant.
Donations and tips given to waiters throughout the evening will benefit the 2013 Relay For Life event, the American Cancer Societyâ€™s largest annual fundraiser.
HOT SPRINGS â€” Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a central Arkansas jail last month has been recaptured in the Florida Panhandle.
The Garland County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Derrick Estell was in custody in Florida.
Sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Estell had escaped the agency's custody on July 28 with help from Tamara Upshaw and others after returning from the Arkansas Department of Correction for a court appearance.
Investigators in Arkansas say they learned of Estell and Upshaw's whereabouts and worked with authorities in Florida to have them recaptured.
FORT HOOD, Texas â€” Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted Friday in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a shocking assault against American troops at home by one of their own who said he opened fire on fellow soldiers to protect Muslim insurgents abroad.
The Army psychiatrist acknowledged carrying out the attack in a crowded waiting room where unarmed troops were making final preparations to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded.
Benton police officers are warning residents of a phone scam after witnessing it taking place.
Officers were informed that a businesses owner had received numerous phone calls from someone pretending to be with Entergy Arkansas. The caller said that the owner had not paid their bill, and it needed to pay it immediately, or it would be shut off.
While the officers were at the property, the person called again and officers spoke with him.
Officers caution residents about giving personal information if they receive a call similar to this.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team began the 2013 season with a 3-0 sweep of the Arkansas Baptist Lady Eagles on Tuesday night at Bryant Gym. The Lady Hornets were down 2-0 in the first set before taking the second-year program Lady Eagles 25-8. Bryant would win 25-4 in the second set and 25-8 in the third.
â€śThe biggest thing from tonight was definitely our serving,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. â€śSavannah Shelton led the team with 20-plus aces tonight.â€ťÂ
Lillian Anita "Nannie" Jones, 91, of Benton, spread her wings and went to meet the Lord on Aug. 20, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born to George and Annie Lee Thompson Halpain on Nov. 1, 1921, in Bauxite.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; two brothers, G.W. Halpain and Luke Halpain; two sisters, Gladys Cox and Martha Robertson; and her husband, Raymond E. Jones.