February 15th, 2012
There's a new superintendent-elect in the Benton School District.
In a 9 p.m. meeting Tuesday, the seven-member board unanimously voted officially to offer the job to Jeff Collum of Tyler, Texas.
Collum previously had agreed to accept the job for an annual salary of $132,500.
Collum currently is serving as executive director of secondary education of the Tyler ISD, which includes oversight for two 5A high schools, six middle schools, an athletic department, career and technology education and university initiatives.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers had no problem in dispensing the J.A. Fair Lady War Eagles 58-17 Tuesday night in 6A South conference action at Benton Arena. The Lady Panthers ho-hummed their way to the teamâ€™s 14th consecutive victory and improved to 12-0 in the 6A South.
â€śFair is way down,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe got through and didnâ€™t have any injuries so mission accomplished.â€ť
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals came into Tuesday nightâ€™s opening round of the 5-3A South District Tournament in control of their own fate. There was only one problem standing in their way and that was the Lady Eagles from Cutter Morning Star, a team Harmony Grove narrowly escaped with a win on the road just a few days ago.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Glen Rose Beavers came into the first round of the 5-3A District Tournament at Episcopal (Little Rock) with nothing to lose and everything to gain as they tried to play spoiler and keep their season alive. But, there would be no fireworks on the Glen Rose side as Fountain Lake narrowly got past the Beavers 44-42.
It was first place wins for both Bryant Hornets swim teams on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the 2012 South Regional Swim and Dive Championship. The 24-event meet was held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.Â
At the end of the nine-school South Regional meet, the Bryant Hornets girls team won with a total of 520 points and the boys won with a total of 430 points, with both teams dominating and receiving regional trophies. El Dorado was second in the girls with a score of 284 and Magnolia was second in the boys division with 291 points.
Jeff Morrow, president of the Benton School Board, announced last night that Jeff Collum of Longview, TX will be the next superintendent of the Benton School District.
Lynda Hollenbeck has the full story in today's Saline Courier.
JoAnn Story, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 9. She was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Biggers to the late Silas and Lela Turner.
Mrs. Story was a homemaker, loved crocheting and baking, but most importantly she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years, Jesse â€śJackâ€ť Story, a daughter Pamela Lambert; and a brother, James Turner.
Hugh Edwin Phelan, 93, of Donaldson, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern. He was born March 30, 1918, to Thomas and Maude Phelan in Malvern. He was a Christian and worshiped at Donaldson Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member. He taught Sunday School and was active in the construction of the current church building. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 bombardier during World War II.
Susan Gregory Baldwin passed over into glory Feb. 7 after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 23, 1961.
She was a longtime resident of Benton, before relocating to Sophia, N.C.
Fred Morgan (Tony) Hogue, 93, of Benton passed away Monday, Feb. 13.Â He was born Dec. 4, 1918, in Bauxite to the late Jim and Lillie Hogue.
Tony was a member of First United Methodist Church in Benton, was an avid golfer and was especially fond of Silver Springs Golf Club and Menâ€™s Golf Association. He was a proud World War II veteran, serving as a Seabee in the South Pacific for four years.