Archive - 2013
Mary Tucker Phillips, 92, departed this life on Thursday, Aug. 1. She was born Oct. 23, 1920, in Gurdon, to Robert and Irene Tucker. She grew up in Gurdon and in 1943 married Harold Phillips. They raised their children in North Little Rock.
After moving to Benton, she belonged to First United Methodist Church, the Dorcas Sisters Sunday School Class and the senior group, Don't Mention Age. She was member of Provincia de La Sal Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Euell Franklin â€śJaboâ€ť Edmonson, 83, of Bauxite passed away at his home Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.
He was born June 21, 1930, in Bauxite to the late David Frank and Alice Henthorne Edmonson.
Mr. Edmonson was a sign painter and wildlife artist and was one of the first five individuals inducted into the Bauxite Sports Hall of Fame.
He was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church and the Bauxite Old Timers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, D F. Edmonson and Bill Edmonson.
Clifford Oâ€™Neal Jones, 29, of Benton passed away July 30, 2013.Â He was born May 22, 1984 in Little Rock to Neal Jones and Elizabeth Hawkins Jones Stephens.
Cliff was a free spirit, enjoying outdoor sports, fishing and hunting, and the thrill of selling cars.
Clifford was preceded in death by his grandfather, David Hawkins; his grandmother, Lavern Jones; and his beloved dog, Debo.
Carra Jo Toler, 85, of Bryant passed away July 31. She was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Marianna, to the late Horace Bonner and Vivian Wild.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bryant. Carra Jo retired from the Internal Revenue Service, after serving as a homemaker for a number of years. She enjoyed spending time with her family on Lake Ouachita and rocking babies in the church nursery.
She delighted in all activities which involved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their friends. In fact, she affectionately became known to all who knew her as GG, for Great-Grandma.
A house fire on the corner of Timbermist and Mallard Streets in Benton has spread into the roof structure. Benton firefighters have responded. Details will be provided as we learn more.
The Herzfeld Library in Benton will present The History of the Crater of Diamonds State Park on Monday, Aug. 12.
The program will begin at 6:30 p.m., and Park Ranger Waymon Cox will be speaking. The presentation is open to the public.
Call the library at 501-778-4766 for more information.
The library is located at 1800 Smithers Dr.
Baseball's Hall of Fame Induction was last weekend and it was the first time since 1997 that the Baseball Writer's Association of America didn't vote a player in. The HOF Veteran's Committee voted umpire Hank O'Day, baseball pioneer Jacob Ruppert and pre-1900's catcher Deacon White. Congratulations to those guys which got in I've never heard of, but this column isn't about them. I'm looking toward next year when there will be three first-ballot HOFers in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.
Post 263 American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary will meet Thursday,Â Aug. 8, at Traskwood City Hall.Â
The Auxiliary will meet at 5 p.m., followed by the Sons of the American Legion at 6.Â The American Legion meets at 7.
Leaders are requesting all members and anyone interested in joiningÂ to make an effort to attend.Â For more information call Linda Hankins at 939-9823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the auxiliary meeting or Sonny Hankins at 501-326-2882 or email email@example.com or David Brewer at 501-860-2854 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LITTLE ROCK â€” U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor on Friday accused expected Republican rival Tom Cotton of alienating farmers, students and many others since joining Congress in January, and said he hopes Arkansas voters don't waste one of the state's two Senate seats by backing the freshman lawmaker.
BENTON â€“ It will be an interim reunion of sorts when Benton Panther Assistant Coach Dwaine Fishburn and Freshman Panther Head Coach David Torres begin the basketball season. After six seasons as Bentonâ€™s head basketball coach, Chris Nail took the assistant principal position. Fishburn was named interim head basketball coach and Torres was named the interim assistant coach at the Benton School Board Meeting on Tuesday night. The duo also were interim coaches for the Panthers for the 2006-2007 seasons before Nailâ€™s arrival.