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June 13th, 2013

FBI seeking robber dubbed 'Loan Ranger Bandit'

June 13, 2013

LITTLE ROCK— The FBI and police in three states are searching for a bank robber they call the "Loan Ranger Bandit."

The man is suspected of robbing at least 10 banks at gunpoint in Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi from January 2009 to October 2012. The FBI says he walks into the bank undisguised and demands 20, 50, and 100-dollar bills.

No one has been injured — but the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Lake Norrell fireworks fundraiser set for Saturday

June 13, 2013

A fundraiser for the Lake Norrell fireworks celebration will be 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Norrell Community Center.
The Lake Norrell Area Association will host the annual event, which includes dinner and a quilt raffle. Barbecue dinner will be $10 for adults. Hot dogs for the kids is $5 (for ages 5-10), kids plates for 4 and under are free. The association is selling raffle tickets for a queen size quilt, tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held during the event. For more information contact Barbara Howell 681-7577.

McClendon's fall in Mountain Home

June 13, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME – The Benton McClendon’s dropped a 14-3 decision to DeSoto, Mo., in the Twin Lakes Classic in Mountain Home on Wednesday to fall to 2-6 on the season. The McClendon’s will play Batesville today at 3:30 and will play host Mountain Home at noon on Friday.

State, feds file complaint over Arkansas oil spill

June 13, 2013

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — State and federal prosecutors in Arkansas are seeking civil penalties from ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. over the company's oil spill in a central Arkansas neighborhood.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer announced Thursday that state and federal prosecutors filed a joint enforcement action against Exxon, alleging violations of environmental laws.

Exxon's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29 in Mayflower, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil and causing the evacuation of more than 20 homes. Some nearby residents have sued the company.

Doug Williams

June 13, 2013

Doug Williams, 67, of Bauxite passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  He was born Nov. 6, 1945, in Helena.
Mr. Williams was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from the Arkansas State Police. He served 27 years and 7 months. Doug was Commander of the Crimes Against Children Division upon retirement. He ends a 35 year career in law enforcement, including more than three years with the Little Rock Police Department and four years with the United States Secret Service-Executive Protective Service. Doug was currently employed at the Department of Human Services' Division of Child Care.

James D. Berry

June 13, 2013

James D. Berry, 63, of Benton went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 11, 2013. Jim was born Nov. 4, 1949, to J.D. Berry and Lucille Bednark Berry in Bauxite.
A graduate of Bauxite High School, Jim served in the U.S. Army and retired from the Benton Police Department.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Phillip Berry.

Patricia Faye Rickford

June 13, 2013

Patricia Faye Rickford, 66, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  She was born April 27, 1947, in Benton. Mrs. Rickford was a member of Old Union Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Dulsie Howard; her husband of 45 years, Clifford Rickford; two brothers, J.W. and Ronnie Howard and a sister, Mary Young.

Jearldine 'Jerri' Janice Burge

June 13, 2013

Jearldine "Jerri" Janice Burge, 81, "our Mimmie," went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 9, 2013.
She was born in Bonnerdale on March 17, 1932. She resided in Bryant and formerly Hot Springs. She was a devout Christian and was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Benton. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jim; and her parents, Marlow and Gertrude Evans.

Linda Sue Jeffcoat

June 13, 2013

Linda Sue Jeffcoat, 67, of Benton went to be with her Lord on June 9, 2013, with her family by her side. She loved spending time with her children, family and especially her grandbabies.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Pearl Balding; and two brothers, David and Wayne Balding.

Imogene DuVall White

June 13, 2013

Imogene DuVall White, 86, passed away on June 10, 2013, at Heartland Rehabilitation and Care Facility in Benton.
She was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Grant County to the late E.H. and Ida DuVall. Mrs. White was strong in her faith and worked many years both as a volunteer and an employee at First United Methodist Church in Benton.

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