May 7th, 2012
Saline County residents showed their support for the Avilla Community Center by turning out for a recent fundraiser for the historic structure that once served as a schoolhouse for many residents of Saline County.
The building now serves as a polling site with its upkeep overseen by the Avilla Extension Homemakers Club, which sponsored the event.
According to Saline County Justice of the Peace Barbara Howell, the fundraiser was a "tremendous success," exceeding expectations by bringing in more than $3,000 that will help keep the facility in use for many years to come
Family members and others are remembering the late Ed Hollenbeck as a kind, compassionate man who cared about others and who led by example, rather than admonition.
Dr. Hollenbeck died Friday at Saline Memorial Hospice House, following a brief stay at Arkansas Heart Hospital. He had recently celebrated his 82nd birthday.
The retired minister had served numerous Cumberland Presbyterian and United Methodist congregations in Arkansas. His final pastorate was at the Cumberland Presbyterian Fellowship in Bryant, where he continued to be active as much as his health permitted.
PEARCY â€“ Senior Zach Riley broke a state record and the Benton Panthers placed sixth in the 6A State Track and Field Championships held at Lake Hamilton High School on Friday. The Panthers scored 47 points for the meet, while Russellville took the championship with 118.50 points. The Lady Panthers placed 11th out of 16 teams with 57 points. Texarkana placed first with 202.50 points.
â€śWe had a good day,â€ť Benton track Coach Lewis Pryor said.
SEARCY â€“ The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals made easy work of Bald Knob on Friday, winning 7-0 to guarantee them a spot in the 2012 3A State Tournament that starts Thursday in Harrison.
The Lady Cardinals were held scoreless in the first inning, but broke out the bats in the second, scoring three on one hit, two errors and a hit by pitch, to take an early 3-0 lead.
After putting up zeros once again in the third and fourth, the Lady Cardinals scored four more runs in the fifth to seal the deal, beating Bald Knob 7-0 to move into the second round of the 3A Regional Tournament.
John Douglas Willis, 67, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, formally of Benton, passed away Wednesday, May 2, at the Durham VA Medical Center.Â He was born on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945 toÂ Winfred and Margie Lovell Willis.Â John was a veteran of the United States Army and Vietnam War; 18 year employee of Aloca, Benton; Wrenn Handling, Fayetteville, North Carolina and his most loved job, a Baptist Minister for years.
John was preceded in death by his father, WR â€śBoogleâ€ť Willis, brother in laws, Kenneth Murders and Larry Parker, and two granddaughters, Virginia and Elizabeth.
Dr. Carl F. Matlock, 76, of Benton passed away May 4, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.Â He was born July 23, 1935 in Bismarck to the late Howard F.
Dr. Ed Hollenbeck of Benton, a retired Cumberland Presbyterian minister and a former executive director for the Benton Public Housing Authority, died Friday, May 4, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant. He was 82.
Dr. Hollenbeck served pastorates at numerous Cumberland Presbyterian and United Methodist churches in Arkansas. His most recent pastorate was at the Cumberland Presbyterian Fellowship, located in Bryant, where he continued to be active as long as his health permitted.
Ronald Wayne Havniear, 51, of Traskwood found eternal peace on Friday, May 4. He was born on May 2, 1961 in Little Rock, Arkansas to James and Lois Havniear.
Ron was a Master Carpenter in Residential Construction whom took great pride in his craftsmanship. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Nascar, was an avid collector, but mostly, spending time with his wife, children, family and friends.
Rodger DeWayne McCallister, age 70, of Benton, passed away Fri., May 4, 2012.Â He was born Aug. 15, 1941 in England, Arkansas to the late Sylvester McCallister and Eula Marie Dardenne McCallister.Â He retired from Alcoa after 30 years and was a member of Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church in Benton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Luther McCallister and Edward McCallister, one sister, Lenora Allen, and three nephews, Marvin Darrell McCallister, Eddie Garner and Jonathan Garner.
Mary Jewell Brown, 94, of Benton, died Thursday, May 3.Â She was born May 15, 1917 in Bauxite to Osroe and Fleeta Akins.Â Mrs. Brown was retired from Benton Public Schools where she taught third grade at Angie Grant Elementary School before becoming a counselor at West Side Junior High.Â She was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.Â In leisure time she enjoyed gospel music, antiques and oil painting.Â She practiced disciplines of industry, determination, hard work and frugality.Â