February 20th, 2013
Last yearâ€™s Benton Lady Panther softball team finished the season with a 30-3 showing overall, 14-0 in 6A South conference action and a state semifinal loss to Russellville.
Heading into the offseason, Benton had one thing on its mind: winning a state title in 2013. The leader, and most outspoken Lady Panther pushing the campaign, was defensive standout and senior Drew Melton.
A former lieutenant of the Benton Fire Department appeared in federal court on Tuesday with charges of receipt and possession of child pornography.
Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 39, pleaded "not guilty" before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray and was not detained, according to Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Joyce â€śAnnâ€ť Bodiford Burrus, 68, of Benton passed away Monday, Feb. 18.Â She was born May 7, 1944 in Monticello.
Mrs. Burrus was a homemaker and attended East Side Southern Baptist Church in Cave City.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vergue and Carrie Bodiford; her husband, Bruce Burrus; a son, John Burrus; and four brothers, David, Everett, Van and Bruce Bodiford.
Some tickets are still available for Saline Memorial Health Foundation's Heart of Saline Recognition Dinner scheduled Thursday night.
This year's event is a memorial tribute to two Saline Memorial Hospital physicians, Dr. Melissa Dockery and Dr. Brian Sudderth.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Bishop Park, 6401 Boone Road in Bryant.
Activities will begin at 6 with a social hour, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tributes to the deceased doctors will follow.
Tickets are $50 each or $400 per table of eight. Dress is business casual attire.
A lawsuit filed against anonymous bloggers by three residents of Bryant has been dismissed upon request of the plaintiffs' attorney.
The suit of Adrian Henley, Brenda Miller and Danny Steele v. Unknown Persons was filed Feb. 22, 2012, alleging that anonymous bloggers were posting statements about the three plaintiffs that were "made with actual malice, that is, with the knowledge that they were false or with reckless disregard of whether they were false or not."
The Saline County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide that occurred in Bauxite late Saturday.
Lt. Scotty Courtney said 23-year-old Bauxite resident Johnathan Albertsen is being charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault on a family or household member for allegedly fatally stabbing his step-father, 48-year-old Joseph A. Gonsalves. The stabbing reportedly occurred during a domestic dispute between the two men.
Gonsalves was transported to Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton and was later pronounced deceased.
â€śLet us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,â€ť These few words from the song â€śAll Are Welcome,â€ť by Marty Haugen, describe the atmosphere as the newest homeowner at the Habitat Partnership Village, Mary Hining and her son, Connor Smith received the keys to their new home during the dedication on Sunday, Feb. 10. â€śI am so very excited,â€ť Mary said, â€śA year ago I did not know what Habitat was and today I am standing here in my home.â€ť Maryâ€™s life changing event started at scrapbooking party when she met Selena Ellis and Jill Winchell, who volunteer with Habitat.
It has been 280 days since John and Shane Hunter set out on a pedal-driven odyssey from their home state of Maine. The two have ridden their bicycles through 11 states so far, en route to their target destination, the Grand Canyon.
Most recently, they spent a few days here in Benton.
May 14, 2012, John Hunter quit his dishwashing job at a Thai restaurant and the very same day he and his uncle, Shane Hunter, set out on their bikes to ride 500 miles toward their first stop, Niagara Falls, on what the two expected would be â€śthe trip of a lifetime.â€ť
A Little Rock man is behind bars today for allegedly fatally stabbing an East End man late Friday.
George David Davidson, 36, faces a charge of first-degree murder and, as of press time, was being held without bond at the Saline County jail.
Lt. Scotty Courtney said at 7 p.m. Friday, 911 dispatch received a call of a possible stabbing at a home in the 7400 block of Brimer Road in Mabelvale. Deputies reportedly arrived on the scene at 7:10 p.m. and found 33-year-old Chris Yarberry with stab wounds.
Kay Max "Mickey" Taylor, 77, of Benton, left this world Saturday, Feb. 16, at Saline Memorial Hospice.Â He was born Dec. 23, 1935, in Warren, to Kyle and Eva Taylor.Â
Mr. Taylor graduated from Warren Public Schools and attended Arkansas A&M (now University of Arkansas-Monticello).Â He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1964.
Mr. Taylor worked at Commercial Credit in Hot Springs for 12 years and spent the next 30 years at Union Bank in Benton, where he retired in 2003 as senior vice president and compliance officer.