February 20th, 2012
Many community residents have said they are eager to meet the man who will be guiding the Benton School District in the coming year and an opportunity to do so will be coming up on Monday, Feb. 27.
At 7 p.m. that day, a "meet-and-greet" event is scheduled to introduce the newly hired superintendent, Jeff Collum of Longview, Texas, to the community. That event will be held in the district's new athletic complex.
And while local residents are eager to meet the new superintendent, Collum says he is equally looking forward to getting to know area residents.
Charlotte Goss Whatley, 68, of Benton went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Feb. 16.
She was born Oct. 8, 1943, in Little Rock to the late John Calvin Goss and Callie Mae Cochran Goss. She was an accountant for Walmart for 30 years and was a member of The Church at Rock Creek.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Elizabeth Goss; a son, David Calvin Whatley; her brothers, Gary, Phillip, David and Wallace Goss and Charles William Barker.
Benton Athletic Memorial Museum will be inducting three new members into the BAMM Wall of Fame on Saturday night at the organization's annual banquet.
This year's inductees are Becky Fulcher, Emily Arnold Hinton and Jeff Freeman.
Donnie Burks, executive director of the BAMM Museum, said the banquet honoring the three inductees will take place at 6 p.m. at the Benton High School cafeteria.
In addition to recognizing the inductees, the BAMM Board of Directors plans to present an Exemplary Service Award to Gary James, executive director of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.
One pencil, one piece of paper, one open and attentive mind, and at least one person's belief that anyone can change through the power of education, that is all eight inmates inside the Saline County jail said they need. A chance to prove to you, their families, and most importantly themselves, that lives and communities can be transformed.
John Duke's many years of service to Saline Memorial Hospital and to the Saline County community will be recognized at the second annual Heart of Saline Recognition Dinner and fundraiser.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, at The Center at Bishop Park.
The Saline Memorial Health Foundation is hosting the event.
The Haskell Police Department is one officer lighter after the recent firing of Brandon Carter.
According to Chief Mike Holt, Carter was terminated on Jan. 24 for violating a departmental policy.
Haskell Mayor Jeff Arey added that Carter was dismissed specifically for violating the department's Taser policy.
Arey said "there was a complaint made and there was an internal investigation" that ultimately ended Carter's tenure as a Haskell officer.
Arey noted that no person was injured due to Carter's actions.
Claire Christine Walls Ohlsen, 43, of North Little Rock passed away on Wednesday, Feb.15.
She was born in Arkadelphia on Feb. 15, 1969. She graduated from Sheridan High School and attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.Â Â
Layla, a sweet red rose with an imperfect petal
Layla Rose Tolar is a 7-year-old blonde-haired girl from Owensville, about 15 miles from Benton, near Hot Springs Village.
Myka Bono Sample has announced her candidacy for the office of Saline County Circuit Clerk. She is seeking the Republican Party's nomination in the May preferential primary election.
Sample is new to the political arena, but is no stranger to the operation of the circuit clerk's office. While working in the Saline County Circuit Clerk's office for three years, she was involved in all aspects of the office.
A new program has been established in Saline County Circuit Court to assist teenagers in straightening out their lives.
Specifically, the program provides mentors for young people on probation.
These mentors are known as VPOs, or volunteer probation officers.
Seven individuals have begun their VPO duties to assist youngsters along the road to becoming productive adults, according to Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister.
McCallister described a recent incident in which a 15-year-old boy was told that the new program had begun and that a VPO would be serving as his mentor.