March 28th, 2012
HASKELL â€“ The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinalsâ€™ softball team continued their winning ways following spring break on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, the Lady Cardinals opened up their conference season with a rout over Glen Rose, 10-3. Tuesday was a litter tougher when Harmony Grove met up against Perryville for a 1-0 win at home.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Bauxite Lady Miners were up 7-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but errors and missed opportunities led to an 8-7 extra-inning loss to the Robinson Lady Senators on Monday at Burns Park in North Little Rock to start 7-4A conference play.
â€śYou probably canâ€™t print what I have to say,â€ť Bauxite Coach Wes Mode said wryly. â€śIt was Glen Rose all over again. We just canâ€™t finish. We canâ€™t deal with success, and yet we canâ€™t handle adversity either. Itâ€™s kind of strange.â€ť
GLEN ROSE - The Harmony Grove Cardinalsâ€™ season has been everything but good so far this year. Coming off of a spring break road trip where they went 1-3 did not help the matter much either. With the conference season starting back up, the Cardinals had a lot on their plate as they headed in to Glen Rose to face one of the top teams in 3A this season.
With the odds stacked against them, the Cardinals played arguably the best game of the year as they used a strong offensive attack with an almost flawless defense to down the Beavers 5-2, picking up their first conference win of the season.
Edith â€śMarieâ€ť Birmingham, Â 79 of Traskwood, formerly of Cord died Sunday, March 25, at the Saline Memorial Hospital .Â She was born May 15, 1932 in Harrisburg to Floyd and Edith Gray Sloas.Â She assisted in the opening of Fredâ€™s Fish House in Cord and Batesville where she waitressed for 30 plus years.Â She was a longtime member of Cord Baptist Church where she enjoyed working in the Church nursery; she loved the children and enjoyed telling them about Jesus.Â In later life she moved to Traskwood with her daughter and she became a member of Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church.
Edward â€śRedâ€ť Oâ€™Dell Beaty, 78, of Jacksonville passed away Sunday, March 25. He was born February 11, 1934 in Saline County. Mr. Beaty was a Career United States Air Force Veteran who served during Vietnam.
He is preceded in death by his grandson Stephen Daugherty, and great-grandson Daemon Joniak.
He is survived by his wife Josephine Marie Beaty , his children; Douglas Beaty, Linda Daugherty, Barbara July and her husband Jeff, three grandsons; Timothy
Joniak, Paul Daugherty, James July, seven great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins.
Nearly 14 years ago when B.J. and Johnathan Thorn exchanged nuptials, they had no idea the profound impact they would have one day on the lives of so many people. B.J., then 19, and Johnathan, 22, learned they were pregnant one month after returning from their honeymoon ... with twins.
"We didn't even have time to get to like each other," Thorn says.
The Thorns began making plans like any soon-to-be parents, but no amount of planning could have adequately prepared them for the early arrival of their daughters.
Benton Middle School has been awarded $10,517 from the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission as part of the 2012 Child Wellness Intervention Project Grant Program.
Dian Cowser, the school's assistant principal, accepted the award in a recent ceremony at the state Capitol in Little Rock.
Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas surgeon general, and Dr. Susan Hanahan, chair of the Tobacco Settlement Commission, made the presentations to Benton Middle School and other state schools selected for the grants.
SANFORD, Fla. â€“ After starting the Florida High School Invitational with a loss to American Heritage High School in Sanford, Fla., the Bryant Hornets won their next three games, including a 7-6 extra-inning win against the New Smyrna Barracudas on Saturday. The last win gave the Hornets third place in the invitational.
The Benton Panthers used stellar defense and hot bats to reach the semifinals of the Central Arkansas Invitational on Friday night against Sylvan Hills. The Panthers battled past CAC on Thursday, 2-0, before beating Vilonia 10-4 early on Friday.
With the momentum in their favor and playing on their home field, the Panthers could not keep up the good work as they fell 6-3 to Sylvan Hills.
Prominent Benton businessman I.E. â€śEddieâ€ť McCray Jr. of Benton passed away Saturday, March 24. He was 84.
He was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Little Rock to the late I.E. McCray Sr. and Rose (Wray) McCray.
Mr. McCray was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the 1949 graduating class of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.Â
He was an entrepreneur in Saline County for many years.
He was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, LaNelle (McNeil) McCray; and one brother, Jack McCray.