January 28th, 2013
George N. Phillips, 79, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23.
He was born Feb. 2, 1933, in Centerville, Iowa.
George was a retired carpenter and a Lutheran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Velma Porter Phillips; and his wife, Marion Phillips.
Survivors include a son, Scott Philips of Benton; a daughter, Sherry Moore of Bella Vista; a brother, Robert Phillips of New Point, Calif.; two sisters, Marietta Permann of Wisconsin and Imogene "Ruth" Welch of Washington state; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Charles Edward "Chuck" Matthews, 49, of Benton passed away Thursday, Jan. 24.Â He was born May 17, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.Â
Chuck was a D.J. and an I.T. specialist.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carroll Matthews; and grandparents, Phyllis and Charlie Grimes and Charles Murphy Stockton.
He is survived by his mother, Sasha Stockton; his grandmother, Eunice Stockton; two daughters, Jennifer and Christa Matthews; a grandson, Brayden Brown; three sisters, Theresa Matthews Bolen, Malena Smith and Nena Crist; other family members and friends.
William C. Vaughan Sr., age 84, of Alexander passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.Â He was born March 14, 1928, in Texas.Â
Mr. Vaughan was a self-employed mechanic and served in the U.S. Navy.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Vaughan and his wife, Beulah Vaughan.
He is survived by two sons, Billy Vaughan and John Vaughan and wife Shirley, all of Alexander; a brother, Ray Vaughan of Little Rock; a sister, Jewell Gottsponer of Maumelle; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Vaughan and wife Heather and Melanie Johnson and husband Jason.
Frank Mills Crabb, 79, of Benton, died Friday, Jan. 25. He was born in Wynne on March 26, 1933. Frank was the seventh of eight children, born to the late Aaron Floyd Wills and Winifred Floy Chadwick Wills.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identity of a dead body found off River Road on Sunday as 19-year-old Gregory Tyrone Pikes of Benton.
As of press time, no person(s) of interest have been named by authorities. The manner in which Pikes was killed was also not released as of press time.
There are many things a boy could ask for on his eighth birthday.
Store shelves these days are packed with the newest bigger, better toys and gaming systems. Kids are tempted by commercials that feature toys and games that do amazing things â€“ not to mention the appeal to ask their parents for the latest electronic equipment. The age that children request their own computer and cell phone is getting younger every year.
"Everyone kept asking me what to get Cameron for his birthday. I told them I didn't know, but I would find out," said Lori Terrell about her son.
Cameron, a sixth-grader at Benton Middle School, had not been helpful with clues of any kind. "I really couldn't think of anything I wanted," said Cameron. "I thought I had too much stuff already."
Then, on the way to school one morning, Cameron made a decision. "I know what I want," he said to his mother. "I want a pair of shoes so I can give them to someone who needs them."
Each fall the Veterans of Foreign Wars Raymond McGill Post 2256 and the Ladies Auxiliary of Benton provide an opportunity for Saline County students to express their views on patriotism and democracy and earn monetary awards through the Patriotâ€™s Pen essay contest.
This yearâ€™s theme, "What Would I Tell Our Founding Fathers?," drew more than 220 contestants from local middle and junior high school students.
A former Alexander police officer facing a charge of manslaughter was given a new court date and a $10,000 signature bond after appearing in Benton District Court on Friday.
It was revealed that 47-year-old Nancy Cummings believes an attorney from the Arkansas Municipal League may represent her in court. However, she said no arrangement has been made at this point.
It was also revealed that Cummings was taken into custody during a training session at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Academy in Pocahontas.
An Alexander police officer has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady said.
Nancy Cummings is expected to make her first appearance in Benton District Court at 10 a.m. Friday. The arrest stems from the Sept. 8, 2012 shooting death of then 30-year-old Carleton Wallace of Bryant. Cummings claimed that she noticed Wallace walking along Brookwood St. with a pistol tucked into the waistband of his pants.