February 22nd, 2012
William W. â€śBillâ€ť Mayer, of Bryant, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16.
He was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Little Rock, to the late Fannie Williams and Henry Dawson Mayer. Bill was a member of the Bryant United Methodist Church. He graduated from Little Rock Senior High School in 1950 and was a proud member of â€śWilsonâ€™s Tigers.â€ť This group played football for Wilson Matthews and has stayed in close contact over the years. Bill served his country in the U.S. Air Force in Korea during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Erin Keim, 34, of Benton, was taken home to be with the Lord on Feb. 19.Â She was born Oct. 10, 1977, in Little Rock.Â
Erin lived a life acquainted with illness from an early age of 6.Â Many saw the results of that in her physical limitations.Â Those who knew and loved her saw her strength and courage.Â Her great loves in her life were always first, her daughter Taryn; her family; North Bryant Baptist Church; and the one who gave her strength, hope and courage, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Â
Mary Virginia Heaslet, 95, passed from this life on Feb. 17 at her home in Benton. She was born to Robert Vest and Harriet Still "Hattie" Thomas on Feb. 9, 1917.
Mary Virginia loved to visit new places and had traveled the world extensively. She was retired from Hughes Aircraft and delighted in sharing the story of the role she played in the building of the Surveyor 1, which was launched in 1966 and was the first American space probe sucessfully launched.
The Benton Police Department is asking the public to help located 17-year-old Katelyn North.
She is described as a five-foot, eight-inch tall white female, around 135 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. Authorities did not have details of what North could be wearing, but believe she is still in the Central Arkansas area.
Anyone with information on Katelynâ€™s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS (8477). Individuals also may send an anonymous tip about his whereabouts to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.
Salary schedules for certified and classified employees of the Bryant School District are scheduled for a vote by the Bryant School Board in a Tuesday meeting.
That session will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the districtâ€™s Professional Development Center.
The board also plans to vote on the district's technology plan for 2012-14.
Richard Stipe, district business manager, will present the January financial report and a donation report.
Lifetime Benton resident James Herzfeld says he wants to serve on the Benton City Council.
Herzfeld plans to seek the Ward 4, Position 2, seat currently held by Alderman David Sparks.
All council positions, along with other municipal posts, are nonpartisan. Filing for the positions opens in July.
Herzfeld, 71, is no stranger to community service.
Beginning in 1977, he served 10 years on the Benton School Board and then served 13 years on the board of directors of the Saline County Board of Education. He currently serves on the Pulaski Tech board of directors, service he began in 2003.
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.
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.