May 23rd, 2013
Claude Lee â€śButchâ€ť Bennett Jr., who friends and family called "Butch," passed away early in the morning on Monday, May 20, 2013.
He was born in Little Rock on Feb. 23, 1945, to the late Claude L. Onie Mae (Golden) Bennett. He loved life and loved the freedoms of America.
He loved to ride motorcycles and put a lot of time into fixing up his motorcycle. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also knew the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved life and was glad he got to know his children better in the end of his life.
Douglas Dean Royce, 56, of Bauxite passed away May 20, 2013.Â He was born Oct. 21, 1956, in Fontana, Calif., to John and Dottie Rolan Royce.
Dean was of the Baptist faith and worked at Landers Auto Dealership as a service tech since 1996.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Royce; grandparents, J.C. and Phyllis Rolan; and a grandson, Payton Conn.
Ishmel C. Norman Sr., age 91, of Bryant passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013. He was born Nov. 25, 1921. in McRae. He was a member of the North Bryant Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Monell Norman; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Norman; three brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by one daughter, Regina Ewald and husband Don; one son, Clint Norman and wife Libby; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Dale Norman and wife Cecilia.
The Saline Courier is now accepting entries for the 2014 Pet Calendar contest, a benefit for its Newspapers in Education program.
Sign up for the contest at the Courier office, 321 N. Market St. in Benton, or look for entry forms in select issues of the paper.
Entrants must provide a photo of the pet by itself. The pet must currently reside in Saline County. Each entry is $5.
The top-12 vote-getters will be featured in a 2014 calendar, which will go on sale in November for $2 each.
Each pet will be professionally photographed for the calendar.
The entry period concludes Monday, June 10.
BRYANT â€“ After going a combined 85-8 for a .914 winning percentage its previous three state championship-winning seasons, the Bryant Lady Hornet softball team had a bit of a setback this past year not making it to the playoffs for the first time in Coach Debbie Clarkâ€™s career. Bryant lost five more games in 2013, going 13-13 and 8-6 in the 7A/6A South conference, than it had the previous three seasons combined.
FAYETTEVILLE - There has always been a winning tradition when it comes to the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals softball program. Winner of three state titles since the millennium, the Lady Cardinals have been geared back up and loaded to win a few more coming into the 2013 season.
FAYETTEVILLE - The 2013 season has been like none other for the Benton Lady Panthers. After losing a 2-1 heartbreaker in the state semifinals in 2012 to Russellville, Benton was forced to regroup and start working on another run this season. After tragedy struck in November when Lady Panther Drew Melton died in a car accident, the Lady Panthers had a long road ahead once again.
Police officers and deputies from the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Bryant Police Department will participate today in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
The run for the Benton Police Department and Saline County Sheriff's Office will start at Holland Chapel Baptist Church at 1 p.m. and will conclude at Back Yard Burgers on Military Road.
The Bryant Police Department will be conduct a leg of the torch run starting at 2:15 p.m. at the Bryant High School and concluding at Bishop Park on Boone Road.
Ray Webb, 75 of Bryant went home to be with the Lord on May 19, 2013.Â He was born on January 10, 1938 to the late, John Harley and Ola Recreda Webb in Ozark, Arkansas.Â Ray was a man that loved good jokes and loved God with all his heart; he was a member of Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Bryant for seventeen years.Â
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Martha Sue Sullivan and two brothers, Coy and Floyd Webb.
Heavenâ€™s gain was our loss when Sophia Danielle Grace Brown was called home by our Lord on May 15, 2013, at 5:15 P.M.
She is being greeted in Heaven by her twin brothers, Trent Thomas and Collin James; maternal great-grandfather, Raymond Thompson; and paternal great-grandparents, Bill and Doris Brown and Bill and Billie Ruth Baldwin.