Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
Few, if any, who knew the late Lorene Shaver would have thought her to be a wealthy woman.
That was the impression of Benton resident Marvin Gay, who recently has settled the estate for Mrs. Shaver.
"Most people didn't know she had anything," Gay said.
He recalled receiving a phone call from the woman in which she asked him to "take care of things for me when I die."
According to Gay, she meant that she wanted him to pay any bills she owed and to make certain that her estate would benefit certain institutions, including Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.
Nearly 14 years ago when B.J. and Johnathan Thorn exchanged nuptials, they had no idea the profound impact they would have one day on the lives of so many people. B.J., then 19, and Johnathan, 22, learned they were pregnant one month after returning from their honeymoon ... with twins.
"We didn't even have time to get to like each other," Thorn says.
The Thorns began making plans like any soon-to-be parents, but no amount of planning could have adequately prepared them for the early arrival of their daughters.
Benton Middle School has been awarded $10,517 from the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission as part of the 2012 Child Wellness Intervention Project Grant Program.
Dian Cowser, the school's assistant principal, accepted the award in a recent ceremony at the state Capitol in Little Rock.
Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas surgeon general, and Dr. Susan Hanahan, chair of the Tobacco Settlement Commission, made the presentations to Benton Middle School and other state schools selected for the grants.