Archive - 2012 - News Article
Benton resident Sarah Young-Price, 20, was crowned â€śMiss Awesome Personalityâ€ť in the 2012 Arkansas Angels Pageant on March 17 at Beebe High School.
The pageant was marked with the traditional grandeur - participants attired in rich gowns and suits, jewel-laden tiaras and satin sashes. Unlike other pageants, however, Arkansas Angels contestants are male and female, ages zero to 21, who have special needs.
Cliff McAdoo, 67, of Avilla, knows cars. His 50-plus years of car-building experience culminated this month when he was awarded the 2011 Arkansas Street Rodder of the Year by his peers.
"I was nominated back in November by James Hallman, a fellow street rodder," McAdoo explains.
In March, an awards dinner, with approximately 200 in attendance, was held in Conway for the 10 Arkansas nominees.
Benton resident Brad Moore has announced candidacy for a 5th term as Ward 4/Position 1 Alderman on the Benton City Council.
Moore lists his accomplishments as alderman as actions of which he is proud and which include:
Â· As chairman, Personnel Committee presented Comprehensive Employee Handbook
(passed unanimously) that is currently used
Â· As chairman, Personnel Committee presented proposal to settle lawsuit with
AFSCME union (passed unanimously)
Â· As chairman, Billboard Ad-Hoc Committee presented the "Billboard
Richard "Chris" Madison, licensed in all courts of Arkansas, the U.S. District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, is now Bryant's staff attorney.
Born and raised in south Pulaski County, Madison graduated from Mills High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science.
A widespread electrical power outage on Sunday night in Benton was quickly corrected, according to Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities.
McKinney said the area affected involved "approximately one-third of the city."
The incident occurred about 9 p.m. when Benton Utilities "lost the Benton North Substation and the outage extended pretty much to everything north of the interstate, which included Walmart and a few other stores on the south side."
McKinney noted that Saline Memorial Hospital was not affected by the outage.
Veterinarian Eric Jayne gets "the look" from Mikey before he gives a vaccination shot during the Humane Society of Saline County low-cost drive-through shot clinic in the parking lot of the Saline County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Burt and Sami Goldman of Benton said Mikey is a three-legged shelter dog that "the kids fell in love with."
(Courier photo by Matt Burks)
Churches Joint Council on Human Needs volunteers focus year-round on helping alleviate hunger in the local area.
As part of the agency's mission, area groups and individuals conduct food drives and fundraising projects throughout the year to help meet this ever-growing need, volunteers say.
There are times, however, when the charitable agencies themselves have needs and this was the case recently with CJCOHN.
The agency's food storage facility was in serious need of renovation and several groups and individuals provided the funding needed to solve this problem, volunteers said.
From Lt. Russell at the Benton Police Department:
A juvenile, Paxton Griffith, who was reported as a runaway recently out of our department has been located and is safe. Thank you for your help in trying locate him.
Lexie Magby Spickard will be celebrating a milestone event this Sunday: The lifetime Saline County resident will be observing her 90th birthday.
Spickard said she's grateful for every day and enjoys her life. "I don't feel 90," she said.
"It just doesn't feel like 90 years," she added. "I'm very healthy and happy, and I'm grateful to have such good health.
"I still drive," she added. " I think I'll know when to quit. I don't go very far â€” just to church and Benton and things."
The Benton Police Department is asking the public to help find a runaway juvenile.
Destoni Wiggins, 17, was last seen in the area of Chicken Express on Landers Drive late Thursday, "and has not been seen since," Lt. Kevin Russell said.
Destoni is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 110 pounds with brown eyes and long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, black slacks, and black shoes. She was traveling on foot and is believed to still be in the Saline County area, Russell noted.