January 30th, 2014
EL DORADO â€“ After an uninspiring first half of play, the Benton Panthers took it to the El Dorado Wildcats 65-39 in 7A/6A South Conference play on Tuesday night in El Dorado. The Panthers improve to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the South.
â€śI thought the first half, rebounding-wise, we were very lackadaisical,â€ť Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said. â€śWe let their athleticism get to us. They hit the boards hard against us. I was disappointed by our defensive rebounding.
â€śWe werenâ€™t hungry or played with a purpose in the first half.â€ť
HASKELL -- The Harmony Grove Cardinals (15-4 6-3) gave up 21 points on turnovers in their 53-47 loss to Mayflower (11-3 8-1) on Friday night at the Daniel Henley Fieldhouse. After falling to the Eagles earlier in the season, 54-52, the Cardinals hoped for revenge, but the athleticism and guard play of Mayflower was too much in the loss.
BRYANT â€“ Junior guard Jakeria Otey started and finished the game by missing two free throws for the Bryant Lady Hornets, but in between she put on solid offensive display scoring 18 points to help lift the Hornets to a 43-38 win against the Texarkana Razorbacks in a conference game at home in Bryant Friday night.
The win improved the Lady Hornets to 2-3 in conference play and 6-9 overall. Texarkana started the game off quickly by taking a 9-3 lead early in the game that forced Bryant Head Coach Brad Matthews to take a timeout.
The Benton Police Department has released the following statement:
On 1/29/14, at approximately 12:24 PM, Benton officers responded to an address on Fifth Street on report of a residential burglary. Upon making contact with the victim, it was determined that a burglary had occurred and numerous items had been stolen.
Detectives assumed the investigation and a suspect, Thomas Shirley (19 YOA) of Benton, was identified. Based on evidence and information gathered by detectives, Shirley was subsequently taken into custody for this crime without incident.
Martha Virginia "Toby" Carter, 91, of Benton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.Â
She was born Feb. 18, 1922, to the late Martin and Grace Huchingson Wills in Benton.
Toby retired from Alcoa after serving as manager in the traffic department. After retirement, she traveled extensively to other countries.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Benton, where she was involved in many committees and was active in the United Methodist Women.
Viene Johnson, 76 of Benton went to be with the Lord on Jan. 26, 2014. She was born March 24, 1937 in Benton, to the late Lawrence Edward Tatum and Pearl May Bryan Tatum.
She was a lifetime member of New Friendship Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Deborah Ballard; two brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by a son, Ricky Johnson (Melissa) of Benton; a daughter, Janet Mashburn (Albert) of Benton; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a sister, Susie Rankin of Oklahoma.
David O. Duran, 74, of Bryant passed away on Jan. 24, 2014, at Baptist Health Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 25, 1939, to the late Adelia Didlo and Edward Manning in St. Josep, Mo.
Dave served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962 and completed tours on the USS Brough and USS Peterson.Â He was a retired computer consultant and enjoyed working on cars, traveling and reading.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Kaye Ann Steinmetz.
Lela B. Graddy, age 85, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. She was born May 2, 1928 in Moreland, Ark.
Mrs. Graddy was a homemaker, a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church and an avid Razorback fan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Vera Bell; and two brothers, Wayne and Robert Bell.
Linda Kaye Overbey, 50, of Benton passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
She was born March 5, 1963, to Leonard and Delila Overbey.
Linda was a 1980 graduate of Benton High School and loved being an LPN taking care of people.
She was preceded in death by her mother; and an uncle, Lloyd Ralph Overbey.
Linda is survived by her father, Leonard Overbey; an aunt, Lorie Kegley (Paul); and other family members and friends.
A graveside service will be held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Arrangements are by Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
Melba F. Bishop, age 82, of Benton passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.Â She was born Nov. 15, 1931 in Benton.Â
Mrs. Bishop was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church.Â
She graduated from Benton High School in 1949.Â After high school, she attended and graduated from Draughon School of Business in Little Rock.
Mrs. Bishop worked at Gunnâ€™s Distributors and was employed for 28 years for the Saline County government.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Fern Lovell.