February 24th, 2012
When the word â€śteamâ€ť makes its way into the brain, what is the first definition that comes to mind?
Is it a group of athletes? What about a band of brothers or sisters?
What if someone told you there was a group of seniors on the Harmony Grove senior girls basketball team that had more than most teams could ever hope for?
Of course, everyone wants to win it all in their last year. That is a given. But not winning it all and knowing that a team has given it its all in every game of the final season speaks louder than a title or any hardware could ever scream.
Gilberta Audrey Rickel, 79, of Benton passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.Â She was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Forest Hills, Pa., to the late Gilbert and Edith Rickel.Â She was a member of Avilla Zion Lutheran Church and was retired from the food service industry.
She loved crafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William Rickel.
The Rev. E. D. Singleton, 91, of Malvern, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, Feb. 21. He was born in Oden on Dec. 20, 1920, to Elbert and Emmer Singleton (Pruitt).
Singleton, a World War II veteran, served in the U.S. Army from June 1942 to January 1946 was highly decorated and honorably discharged as a platoon sergeant, a 745 combat infantry man.
He received the Victory Ribbon, Good Combat Medal, American Theater Ribbon, AP Theater Ribbon, two Bronze Service Stars, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, and a Bronze Star GO 23 Hq USAFFE45.
Alvis L. â€śPeteâ€ť Wise, 83, of Bryant passed away Thursday, Feb. 23.Â He was born Aug. 13, 1928, in Bauxite to the late Albert and Mae Reid Wise.
Pete was a member of Northside Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and a grandson, Todd Wise. Upon retiring from Reynolds Metals, he enjoyed 32 years of retirement, trout fishing and camping at Lake DeGray.
Bryant Hornets senior and cross country runner Stacy Emmerling signed a letter of intent to run for the Henderson State Lady Reddies (Arkadelphia) on Thursday in Bryant Gym. Emmerling joins teammate Ashlyn Lessenberry, who signed with the Lady Reddies earlier this month.
â€śI visited there and they just seemed like a big happy family,â€ť Emmerling said of Henderson State. â€ś[The Lady Reddies] all connected with me and talked to me. They introduced me to all of their friends and made it comfortable for me.â€ť
Lester Riley Ruffin, 75, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21.Â He was born Oct. 6, 1936, in DeWitt to the late Lester and Effie Ruffin.
Mr. Ruffin was a "Class A Machinist" and owner of Ruffin Mold and Machine in Benton, a U.S. Air Force veteran, where he served as an aircraft machinist.
He was a Christian.Â
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Tamara Ruff; and a brother, Donald Lee Ruffin, Sr.
Ashley Nichole James, 25, of Benton went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Feb. 20.Â
She was born Feb. 16, 1987, to Greg and Paula James in Hot Springs.Â She was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Paula DePriest James; her grandfather, Steve O. DePriest; and her great-grandparents, Gordon and Gladys Wright.
DUMAS â€“ The Bauxite Miners knew Wednesdayâ€™s task of facing the No. 1 seed Pine Bluff Dollarway wasnâ€™t going to be easy. What they didnâ€™t know was how unlikely the first quarter of their 61-35 season-ending loss would be.
â€śI would like to take back the first quarter,â€ť said head coach Mark Smith. â€śOur deal is we donâ€™t have the ability to offensive rebound.â€ť
Smith said his teamâ€™s lack of size also prevents the Miners (14-15) from keeping their opponents from offensive rebounding and itâ€™s been a problem all season.
DUMAS â€“ On paper, it was supposed to be no contest. But the Bauxite Lady Miners certainly contested though they fell short in a 44-33 season-ending loss to the Star City Lady Bulldogs in the opening round of the Class 4A South Region on Wednesday.
â€śI told the girls before the game that I felt like we were the only 20 people in the state that had a chance to beat this team,â€ť said Bauxite head coach Joshua Harrison.
A teen reported missing on Tuesday has returned to her home, authorities said today.
Katelyn North, 17, of Benton is also "safe and unharmed" Lt. Kevin Russell of the Benton Police Department said.
To report missing persons, call the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS (8477).
Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.