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July 13th, 2012

Whitfield wins second preliminary award at Miss Arkansas Pageant

July 13, 2012

One of Saline County's two representatives at the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant won her second preliminary award Wednesday night.
Miss Greater Little Rock, Bethany Whitfield of Bryant, tied to win the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary award on Wednesday, the second night of preliminaries at the 75th Anniversary Miss Arkansas Pageant at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.
On Wednesday night, Whitfield won the pageant's Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award.
Whitfield, 23, tied for the swimsuit honor with Sarah Elise Gafvert, Miss Northwest Arkansas.

July 12th

Utilities Department, septic haulers at odds over disposal in Benton system

July 12, 2012

Septic tank disposal operators are finding themselves at odds with Benton city officials.
Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities, and the Public Utilities Commission have recommended that the city disallow the discharge of residential and industrial waste from residential and commercial waste haulers into the Benton Wastewater System.
The first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit this practice was presented at a City Council meeting Monday night.
Several haulers attended the meeting to protest the action which, they say, will effectively put them out of business.

Attorney seeks bond reduction for Bodkin

July 12, 2012

It was revealed Wednesday in Benton District Court that a former Benton firefighter allegedly confessed to authorities that he specifically searched for and downloaded child pornography to a computer in his home.
Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 38, who appeared via satellite from the Saline County jail, is facing 1,000 counts of felony possession of child pornography. He is being held on a $200,000 sheriff's bond.

Saline County contestants win preliminary Miss Ark. honors

July 12, 2012

Saline County's two representatives at the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant in Hot Springs won preliminary awards Wednesday night in the pageant's first public competition.
Bethany Whitfield of Bryant, competing as Miss Greater Little Rock, won the talent award with her vocal presentation of Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere" from "West Side Story." Technically, the award now is known as "Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award."

Jo Ann Arras

July 12, 2012

Jo Ann Arras, 44 of Little Rock, passed away Tuesday, July 10.  She was born April 14, 1968, to James and Lois Arras of Bryant.
Jo Ann was loving and devoted to her mother and grandmother.  She was born on Easter Sunday and collected bunnies.  She graduated from Baptist Health and was previously employed as an LPN at Baptist Health.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Arras; and her grandparents.

Jimmy Dale Moore

July 12, 2012

Jimmy Dale Moore, 80, of Benton passed away on Tuesday, July 10. 
He was born June 4, 1932, in Benton. Jimmy Dale was a deacon, song director, Bible teacher, part-time pianist and a member for 55 years at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. 
He was the manager of the ESSO Bulk Plant for 20 years and retired as the owner of the Bryant EXXON after 12 years.  Jimmy Dale served as president of the Master Gardeners for two years. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Addie Moore; a sister, Rutheda Wright; and two brothers, John Lewallen Moore and Charles Comer Moore.

Black Sox split doubleheader

July 12, 2012

The Bryant Black Sox hosted Texarkana for a doubleheader on Wednesday night and split the two games. In the first game, the Black Sox were shut out for the first time this season losing 8-0, but won the second game 14-7.

Bryant’s Hunter Mayall had two of the Black Sox’ five hits in game one as Texarkana pitcher Tim Buchanan was lights out all game. Buchanan gave up the five hits in the complete-game win, allowing no runs and no walks while striking out four.

July 11th

Nearly 40 restaurants to feature food at Taste of Bryant

July 11, 2012

Nearly 40 restaurants are expected to be featuring menu items at the upcoming 13th annual Taste of Bryant, according to Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rae Ann Fields.
"With all these restaurants looking to come here, we must be doing something right," she said. "It also says to me that (Saline County residents) must love our food."

Woman, 44, killed after SUV leaves roadway

July 11, 2012

A 44-year-old Bryant woman reportedly died in a two-vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Arkansas State Police.
Jo Carey was reported to be driving eastbound on U.S. 70 near Browning Road when the vehicle crossed the center line just after 12:30 p.m. and struck a vehicle in the westbound shoulder of the roadway. James Buck, driver of the second vehicle, and passenger Judy Buck, both of Bonnerdale, reported that they tried to avoid the vehicle driven by Carey.

School filings end with 3 district school board races uncontested

July 11, 2012

The Benton School District drew an eleventh-hour candidate for a school board position shortly before the filing deadline arrived at noon Tuesday.
Jonathan Woolbright was the only candidate to file for Position 3, which he currently holds.
Two other school districts have singular candidates for their open positions. They are:
•Cara Burris, the only candidate for Position 3 on the Bauxite School Board. Burris is seeking the position now held by Russell Baxley.
•Brent R. Carr, a current member of the Harmony Grove School Board, who is the only candidate for Position 3.

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