July 9th, 2012
Nina Mae Riggs, 86, of Perryville, went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 5.Â
She was born Oct. 14, 1925, in Perry.Â Mrs. Riggs was retired from Walmart and was a member of United Missionary Baptist Church in Benton.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jethro and Ruth Young; two husbands, Odis Goodnight and Silas Riggs; a brother, Buddy Young; and four grandchildren, Bryan, Faith and Tyler Goodnight and Kayleigh Goza.
Morgan Shohn Mize, of Houston, Texas, passed away on July 3 at the age of 32.
Morgan was born on May 15, 1980 in Austin, Texas. She was a sweet and tender-hearted daughter, granddaughter, and sister; and a loving and devoted mom. A beautiful person inside and out, she was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Dan Smith, a technician with the City of Benton, is urging Benton residents to be aware that the city is under a level three energy alert. He said the alert means there is a risk of the power grid overloading because people run a lot of electricity during this time due to the heat. Smith said people should conserve electricity, such as turning off lights and other electrical equipment when not in use.
If there is a bigger name in the UFC than Anderson â€śThe Spiderâ€ť Silva, I, nor has the rest of the world ever heard of him. Quite frankly, Silva may be the biggest star to ever step into the octagon. He is the champion of champions; the fighter of all fighters. He is the UFC. By many standards, he has already surpassed any other fighter in the sportâ€™s history with his title defenses and his pure skill. Tabbed as the best â€śpound-for-pound fighterâ€ť in the world, Silva has yet to disappoint.
A former administrative assistant for the Benton Parks Department was arrested Thursday on charges of fraud and theft of city funds, authorities said.
Just after 1 p.m. Thursday, Kitty Smith, 57, with hands cuffed behind her back, repeatedly said, "I have nothing to say" and that she had "no response" to questions by a reporter of The Saline Courier outside the Benton Police Department.
BRYANT â€“ Former Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ starting shortstop Cassidy Wilson is going from one championship team to another. Wilson, who was a starter on the Lady Hornetsâ€™ three consecutive 7A State Championships including this past yearâ€™s 34-0 season, signed to play softball with the University of Arkansas of Monticello Cotton Blossoms. Monticello is part of the Division II Great American Conference and the Cotton Blossoms won the GAC championship this past season.
Robert F. Thatcher, 65, of Benton passed away July 4.Â He was born June 30, 1947, in Montrose, Col., to Floyd Eldon and Dorothy Buus Thatcher.Â
He was preceded in death by his father.
Mary Evielene â€śFreemanâ€ť Baker of Alexander was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Sparkman to Bennett and Martha Freeman. She went to hug the Lord on July 4, 2012.
Mary was a member of Park Place Baptist Church. For 67 years she was a prayer warrior for the Freeman and Baker families and will be dearly missed. To her lifetime friends, she always had love and a prayer for them.
She was preceded in death by all of her siblings; her parents; two great-grandchildren; and her husband of 47 years, Loyd H. Baker.
BRYANT â€“ Former Bryant Hornet Josh Pultro signed to play baseball for NCAA Division II member University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Signed as a first baseman/outfielder, Bryant Coach Kirk Bock was confident the Lions will be happy with their choice.
â€śTheyâ€™re going to get a good one,â€ť Bock said. â€śHeâ€™s going to be able to hit at that level. Heâ€™s a very good outfielder. This year, he had to move to first base, picked it up real easy and did a tremendous job for us. Theyâ€™re going to have a utility player there.â€ť
William â€śBillâ€ť Welsh, 74, of Traskwood died July 1. He was born July 17, 1937, in Washington, Pa., to the late Marvin Welsh and Nellie Mays Welsh. He had served in the U.S. Air Force and was owner of Billâ€™s Pool Service.
Bill enjoyed motorcycling, fishing and hunting. He was active in VFW Post 2256 Benton and was president of Maverick Mixers square dancers. Bill enjoyed working with the youth of the community including coaching baseball and serving as a Cub Scout leader.
Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, Danie and Mark Welsh.