February 9th, 2012
The leadership Benton Mayor David Mattingly displayed in his first year in office earned him a coveted honor Tuesday night: 2011 Citizen of the Year.
The award was presented at the annual Benton Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Other top honors announced at the event included:
â€˘Volunteer of the Year, Ray Baggett.
â€˘Ambassador of the Year, J.J. Bruton.
â€˘Top Recruiter of the Year, Kim Minnix.
â€˘Business Student of the Year, Myra Cloud.
Gary James, executive director of the chamber, announced all of the winners.
PEARCY â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers are probably forgetting what losing feels like. The Lady Panthers won their 12th consecutive game and improved to 10-0 in the 6A South conference with a 52-25 victory of the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves on Tuesday night. And again, defense has been the force behind Bentonâ€™s success.
â€śWe were playing just stellar defense,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śThey had four field and three free throws [in the first half]. We couldnâ€™t ask for any more defensively. The second half, it just kind of continued.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets fell to the Van Buren Lady Pointers 58-54 on Tuesday night in 7A/6A Central conference action in Bryant.
â€śVan Buren is a good team,â€ť Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. â€śThey were well-prepared. They did stuff to us defensively that we havenâ€™t seen all year.â€ť
â€śWe never really got into a flow offensively, but our kids continued to compete. We didnâ€™t play very well, but such is life in the 7A Central and we got beat. They have four or five kids that they can put on the floor that can score.â€ť