March 21st, 2014
Francis Eric Hanig, 50, of Hot Springs, passed away March 18, 2014
He was born Jan. 1, 1964, in Benton, to Daryl and Lynn Eubanks Hanig.Â
Eric was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur and Margaret Hanig and Grady and Josephine Eubanks.
In a press release issued this morning, State Rep. Andy Mayberry wants to abolish the office he seeks. Mayberry today released details of his plan to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor in Arkansas. He is a Republican candidate for the office and will compete in the May 20 primary election. Mayberry first announced in August 2013 that he would run for lieutenant governor.
Rocky Brooks Denison, 61, of Benton passed away on March 16, 2014.
He was born Jan. 7, 1953 in Lamesa, Texas. He graduated from UALR in 1986 with an associate degree in nursing.
He retired in February 2013 from the VA Hospital, where he was an RN and a member of the Emergency Medical Response Team.
He also served as a constable in Saline County and a volunteer firefighter in Salem.
Rocky was an avid guitar and harmonica player. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the CAC Harley Owners Group.
Arthur M. â€śMontyâ€ť Anderson Jr., 56, of Benton passed away Monday, March 17, 2014. Â He was born July 2, 1957 in Little Rock.Â
Arthur was a dental lab technician and of the Catholic faith.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Anderson Sr. and Patricia Cole Anderson; and a daughter, Stephanie Renee Anderson.
He is survived by his wife, Carla Anderson; a daughter, Nichole Edwards (Jason); two sisters, Jane Ivy (Michael) and Lea Thennes (Mike); and one grandson, Vincent Anderson Edwards.
Saul Anderson Billingsley, infant son of Jacob and Britni Anderson Billingsley of Benton,Â passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.Â
His great-grandmothers, June Hardy and Jimmie Kilpatrick, preceded him in death.
Juanita May Babbitt, 87, of Mt. Ida passed away Monday, March 17, 2014. She was born March 6, 1927 in Benton. Juanita was a homemaker and a member of Lake Ouachita Baptist Church.
Mrs. Babbitt was an avid gardener and a longtime volunteer at the Mt. Ida Senior Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas N. Rowland and Grace Thelma Gober Rowland; her husband, L.V. Babbitt; one brother; and one sister,
Our family sadly announces the passing of Danny Floyd Wear on March 12, 2014. Danny was born March 18, 1948, at home in Benton.
Danny spent most of his life in Coos Bay, Ore., where he graduated from North Bend High school. Right out of high school he joined the Navy and served on the USS Kitty Hawk one year in Vietnam at the peak of the fighting and the rest of his tour traveling around the world from Japan to Australia, always sending cards and gifts back home to his mother, who was his favorite person in the world.,
Mrs. Mary Lee Porchia, 81, of Benton passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014.
She was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Biscoe to Samuel and Etha Mae Collie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albra.
She is survived by her children, Freddie Rhinehart of Benton, Burl Rhinehart and wife Vivian of Benton, Clarence Porchia of Miami, Fla., Mary Ann McGill of Benton, Loretta Porchia of Little Rock, Patricia Britton and husband Frederick of Las Vegas, Nev., and Linda Abrams and husband Orville of Little Rock; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
POYEN â€” No matter how the rest of the season goes for the Harmony Grove Cardinals, the 2014 season will go down as a championship year. After beating Cutter Morning Star and Magnet Cove in the first two games of the Poyen Tournament last week, the Cardinals flew past 5-3A conference rival Glen Rose 5-0 to capture the hardware.
â€śIt was a great win,â€ť Head Coach Brandon Mynhier said. â€śYou want to win against Glen Rose anytime you can and they are going to always put a great team on the field. We just went out and tried to win a championship. It was a fun time for all of us.â€ť
BENTON -- A year after playing every game with an extremely heavy heart, the Benton Lady Panthers revisited that emotion in full with the first game of the second annual Drew Melton: Forever Young Tournament on Friday.
With Wynne as the first opponent up, Benton took care of business, winning 6-0 after a second straight dominating performance from pitcher Stevi Muilenburg. The senior allowed just one hit over five innings, striking out five and walking one.