August 3rd, 2012
Arizona Susie Nolen, 98, of Benton passed away Monday, July 30.
She was born May 29, 1914, in Sugar Grove to the late Andy and Alma Hampton Inman.Â Arizona was a member of First Assembly of God in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Canal A. Nolen; and five brothers, L.D., Lemuel, David, Bob and Paul Inman.
She is survived by her sons, Loy Dale Nolen of Benton and Tommy R. Nolen and wife Debbie of Benton; a brother, Glen Inman of Coweta, Okla.; a sister, Ruth Richards of Westminister, Calif.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Stella A. Berry, 75, of Benton died Sunday, July 29, at her home.
She was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Bauxite. Stella was a housewife and a member of Wrights Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Stella Vinyard.Â
Charles Harold Ball, 69, of Benton entered Heavenâ€™s gates on Saturday, July 28.
He was born in El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 7, 1943.Â He graduated from Central High School and attended Little Rock University (now UALR). He proudly served his country in the U.S. Airborne Army. Charles retired from Lucent Technologies after 34 years of service.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.Â He loved baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arkansas Razorbacks.Â He was a coach and the BBAA District Commissioner out of Little Oaks Ball Park in Mabelvale.
A body found in a section of the Ouachita National Forest on Sunday has been identified as that of a missing Jacksonville woman, but the cause of death for Jackie Hibbs has yet to be determined, authorities said.
Hibbs, 29, had been reported missing on July 19 by the Perry County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said she was last seen alive in the Lake Sylvia area. Her body was discovered Sunday on the Saline County side of the national forest by a person who was preparing for the hunting season.
At any time of the day on Wednesday, hundreds of people could be found gathered in and around Chick-fil-A in Bryant.
Lines to enter the restaurant stretched past the corner of the building. Drive-through lanes looped around and behind the parking lot, joining up with the street beside the restaurant. Parking spilled over into the Loweâ€™s lot, often filling the majority of the spaces. Police officers directed traffic all day.
One of the largest methamphetamine laboratories in the state has been discovered on an abandoned property in Sardis, according to the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
"It is one of the largest in Arkansas due to the amount of substance used to manufacture methamphetamine that has been discovered," Lt. Mike Frost said. "There are at least three gallons of iodine, boxes of matches, four of five generators used to turn meth oil into meth crystals and multiple other things. There are all different components here for making meth."
A Bryant woman was sentenced Wednesday to a total of 35 years with the Arkansas Department of Correction for a sex crime involving a juvenile.
Before the start of the second day of the trial, 26-year-old Michelle Logan Jones agreed to accept a negotiated "no contest" plea to a charge of first-degree sexual assault.
Saline County Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips then sentenced Jones to 20 years in prison followed by a 15-year suspended sentence. Jones will be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of five years.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ New Orleans here they come. The Bryant Black Sox came back to defeat the Texarkana Razorbacks 6-5 in the Senior American Legion State Tournament championship game on Tuesday at Vince DeSalvo Stadium to advance to the Mid-South Regional Tournament in New Orleans starting next Thursday. The Black Sox went 5-0 in State.
Residents of Alexander will have the opportunity to vote on whether to retain Paul Mitchell as mayor of the city.
A successful petition drive has resulted in the recall question being included on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
"I actually support this completely," Mitchell told The Saline Courier. "I believe in a recall election and holding politicians accountable. This gives the people a chance to make a decision concerning those that represent them."
Tracey â€śTrayâ€ť Matthew Moody, 40, of Benton, died Saturday, July 28, of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.
He was born June 26, 1972, in Little Rock.Â Tray was the owner and operator of TME and also a Master Electrician.Â He was a loving and dedicated father, taking his four sons duck hunting so that the love of the sport could be passed on to future generations.Â This past season, Tray was so focused on his sons, their safety and enjoyment of the sport that he didnâ€™t get a duck himself.Â