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January 3rd, 2012

Hollis and Maufouz resign from Bryant government at Dabbs request

January 3, 2012

Gary Hollis, finance director for the city of Bryant, and Nga Maufouz, city attorney, have resigned their positions at the request of Mayor Jill Dabbs.
The two submitted their resignations to Dabbs on Friday Dec. 30, and by the end of the business day, both had cleaned out their offices at City Hall. Neither Hollis nor Maufouz could be reached for comment at press time.

January 2nd

William Edward “Bill” Pope

January 2, 2012

William Edward “Bill” Pope, 87, of Alexander, passed away Dec. 30. Born in North Little Rock to William E. and Erva Metz Pope, he was a United States Army veteran of World War II. Bill retired from Southwestern Bell after 31 years of service and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Bess Pope; son Phillip Edward Pope of Little Rock; step-sons, Kenneth L. Jones of Benton and Charles W. Jones, Jr. of Little Rock; sister, Gladys Newcomb of Benton; four grandchildren; and nephew, George Newcomb, Jr. and wife, Mary of Benton.

Sharon LaNan Ottens

January 2, 2012

Sharon LaNan Ottens, 58, of Benton, passed away Friday, Dec.30.  She was born August 25, 1953 in Benton, to the late John Horace Hayes, Jr. and Mildred L. Reed Hayes.  Mrs. Ottens was a secretary at the Alexander Youth Service Center and a member of the Salem United Methodist Church.  
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Ottens; son, Scott Ottens and wife Sarah; brother, John Hayes; twin grandchildren, Aubrey and Jackson Ottens all of Benton and numerous aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.  

William J. (Bill) Jay

January 2, 2012

William J. (Bill) Jay, 67, of Benton, joined hands with Jesus on Friday, December 30.  Bill was born in Newton, Mississippi on June 23, 1944 to Daniel and Lillie Adams Jay. Bill worked for the United States Department of Agriculture for 31 years.  He worked his way from egg grader, poultry grades, egg products grader to be Regional Director for Egg Products, covering 10 states and Puerto Rico.
He was a member of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church.  Because of his generosity of purchasing shoes for needy children, he became lovingly known as “the shoe angel” at Harmony Grove Schools.

Charles Jeffrey "Jeff" Curtis

January 2, 2012

Charles Jeffrey "Jeff" Curtis, 66, of Bryant,passed away Thursday, Dec. 29 after a long battle with cancer.  Jeff was born on May 27, 1945 in Little Rock to Charles Andrew and Jimmye Raye Ramsey Curtis.  He was married to Sondra Sue Haile Curtis in 1974. Jeff graduated from Benton High School in 1963. In 1967 he received a B.A. Degree from Henderson State University, where he was President of the Theta Xi Fraternity. In 1986 Jeff earned a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from UALR.

John Ray “Johnny” Brown

January 2, 2012

John Ray “Johnny” Brown, 53, of Benton, passed away Friday, Dec. 30.  He was born December 27, 1958 in Pontiac, Michigan.  Johnny was owner and operator of Johnny Brown’s Barber Shop and a member of New Life Missionary Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his father, John Edward Brown and grandparents, Milton and Ethel Brown and Luda Majors.
He is survived by his son, Colby and Meagan Brown; two daughters, Raelynn Brown and Tai and Clayton Morehead; mother, Loella Brown; brother, Jerry and Donna Brown; his best friend, Tonya Brown and three grandchildren.

James Albert "Jim" Jolly

January 2, 2012

James Albert "Jim" Jolly, 82, of Purdon, Texas, formally of Tull, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, peacefully, at his residence.
James was born in Bessemer, Alabama on March 27, 1929, a son of the late Essie Greer Jolly and C.M. Jolly.
He worked as a supervisor for RDV Construction Company. He was married to Betty Boyette on September 7, 1978 in Dallas, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, James Ray Jolly, one sister Esther Ruth Rainey and son-in-law Frank Otero.

December 29th, 2011

James R. Walker

December 29, 2011

Bro. James R. Walker, 91, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27. 
He was born on July 12, 1920 in Ouachita, to the late George and Kate (Key) Walker.
Bro. Walker served as pastor at First Assembly of God in Benton for 16 years and later served as pastor at Otter Creek Assembly of God for 30 years.  He was a WWII Army Veteran and loved to fish and hunt. 

Eugene Southworth

December 29, 2011

Eugene Southworth, 87, of Malvern, passed away Dec. 28.
He was born May 30, 1924 in Paron to the late Dick and Norme Burnett Southworth. 
Eugene was of the Assembly of God faith. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Eleanor Southworth. 
He is survived by his son, Richard Southworth of Malvern; daughters, Diann Galloway of Malvern, Kathy Norwood and Tina Benton both of Benton; step sons, Otis, Howard and Ray Nerghbors; and eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

Rep. Griffin Op/Ed: Solutions to our economy are not along the edges

December 29, 2011

My top priority is fighting for policies that encourage private sector job creation in Arkansas, and the over 900 votes I’ve cast this year reflect that focus. I have hosted over 25 town halls as well as a “Jobs Conference” that brought together Arkansas job creators to discuss the challenges they face. Their message is crystal clear: Uncertainty kills job creation by discouraging risk taking and investment. What’s causing this confidence-crushing uncertainty? (1) Our overly-complicated tax code; (2) Government overregulation of job creators; and (3) A ballooning national debt. The U.S.

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