August 13th, 2014
A Planned Unit Development for the dormant Longhills Golf Course was approved by the Benton Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday night.
During the commission's regular monthly meeting, a public comment period was held and a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall heard details of the proposal to bring the golf course back to life and to include new multi-family housing units, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and a commercial property site within the development.
Rosco Eugene â€śGeneâ€ť Jones, 83, of Benton, passed away August 10, 2014.Â He was born July 2, 1931 in West Plains, Missouri to the late Sterling Rosco and Amy Edna Elliott Jones.Â Gene was the owner and operator of Gene Jones Wrecker Service and Body Shop in Benton for well over 30 years.Â He retired in 1993 and enjoyed working on lawn care equipment and spending time with family and friends.Â Gene always had a joke to tell.
He was preceded in death by his daughters, Troyce Ann Thornelle and Frances Louise Robinson, brother, Bobby Jones.
Joe Bob Niccum, 57 of Haskell passed away August 9, 2014. Mr. Niccum was born June 25, 1957 to Bobby and Glenda (Ease) Niccum.
He loved playing drums, guitar and singing in church and listening to gospel music. He collected model cars and also enjoyed watching Duck Dynasty. He had a big heart in helping many, which included taking in numerous young people and homeless. Joe never met a stranger. Joe Bob was a U.S Veteren.
He was preceded in death by his father and a brother; Curtis Niccum.