May 3rd, 2012
Wanda Sue Gentry, 74 passed away on May 1, at her home in Benton surrounded by her family. Wanda was born on September 23, 1937 in Thornburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Walter and Ruth Edna (Bailey) Taylor.
Jerry A. McCormick, 67, of Lonsdale, passed away April 30. He was born November 14, 1944 in Hot Springs to Arvell and Mary Eudora Nooner McCormick.
He is survived by his wife, Opal Lou McCormick of Lonsdale, son, Brian McCormick of Fayetteville, daughter, Bethany Carpenter and husband, Jon of Florida, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held 2 p.m, Wednesday, May 2, at 2017 Narrows Road in Lonsdale.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Frances E. Collie, age 95, of Malvern, passed away Monday April 30, at Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born April 10, 1917 in Hot Spring County to the late William and Alice Davis Hodges. Frances was reared in the Assembly of God faith and worked in housekeeping in a local nursing home. Her loves were her family and her best friend Vernice Taylor. Frances enjoyed gardening and the family said as long as she was â€śdigging in the dirtâ€ť she was happy. Family was the most important thing to her and she will be greatly missed.
With summer temperatures already here, there could be an abundance of residents in need of a fan to cool their home, particularly for the elderly.
Because of that, the Benton Utilities Share Program have stocked more than 270 fans that they are ready to distribute "free of charge." Applicants must be a customer of Benton Utilities and participating members of the Share Program, with an annual income not exceeding $25,000.
The 10th annual Picnic and Stumpinâ€™ for Votes events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thurs., May 3 on the lawn of the Saline County Courthouse.
A picnic-style lunch will be served, including hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, pasta salad, drinks and dessert.
Additionally, door prizes will be awarded and a silent auction with a number of items from which to bid will be included in the event.
It is also an opportunity to meet local candidates.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling Quinn Lausten at 315-1121 or the Saline County Judge's office at 303-5640.
The Bryant School District will host the third annual Dash for a Difference 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kid's 1 mile at 9 a.m. Sat., May 5 at Bryant Middle School.
Sponsored by Arkansas Bone and Joint, proceeds from this year's race will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant.
Boys and Girls Clubs nationwide have experienced a drastic reduction in federal funding.
"When they lost the $100,000 of federal TANF funds due to government cut backs earlier this year, we knew they needed the support of their community more than ever before," Jessica Bollen, race director, said.
It may have come a downpour but that did not deter hundreds of athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators from showing up to support the Area 10 Special Olympic Day held at the Bryant High School football stadium April 20.
According to Ann Hudson, Area 10 director, this isn't the first time it has rained, but they are accustomed to being flexible.
"It likes to rain on our parade, but we are holding out. The athletes have stepped it up," Hudson said.
The Benton Police Department is requesting the help of the public to locate a 15-year-old boy that allegedly ran away from home 10 days ago.
Payton Stone is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 110 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 leaving his home on foot.
Payton was last noticed wearing a white Holister â€śSo Calâ€ť shirt, kakhi shorts, purple and black color shoes, and a Black Sox baseball cap. Officers believe that Payton is traveling on foot.
The condition of a 34-year-old Conway man that was involved in a vehicle accident that split a utility pole in Benton early Sunday was not available for the media today, according to a representative of Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.
The representative did confirm that Donald Obannon is a patient at the hospital, but due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws, no other information was available as of press time.
BRYANT â€“ They may have just been biding their time, but the Bryant Lady Hornets clinched the 7A Central conference in convincing fashion with a 10-0 win over the Conway Lady Wampus Cats on Tuesday night at Lady Hornets Field. Conwayâ€™s only previous conference loss came at the hands of the Lady Hornets, which picked up their 15th shutout of the year.