June 6th, 2012
There are three incidents that easily made Eric Porter the clear choice of the Benton Police Department's 2011 Officer of the Year recipient.
In 2011, 30-year-old Porter literally walked into fire and smoke filled apartments; despite a man with a weapon holding his family hostage, Porter snuck the two children out and convinced the man to put down his weapons and walk out; and third, he talked a suicidal man off the Alcoa Road overpass, which is directly above Interstate 30. But probably his greatest attribute, is that he gives the recognition of a "well-done-job" to those around him.
Photos are now available from the Bryant Hornets and Lady Hornets run to the 7A State Championship. Go to 'order photos' on the Saline Courier website and choose the folder to take you to pics.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Bryant Black Sox Senior (19-under) American Legion baseball team went to Buddy Coleman Field at Central High School in Little Rock and shutout out the Little Rock Blues 7-0 on Tuesday night. The Black Sox improved their season record to 3-0 after beating Cabot 11-5 in the first game of the year and topping Benton 9-0 last Wednesday.
Last summer The Saline Courier introduced readers to a 2-year-old boy named Easton Begoon who had been diagnosed on July 25, 2011, with T-cell leukemia.
The community responded in droves to help the family with everything from financial aid â€” and the medical bills still continue to mount today â€” to prayers and emotional support. In fact, Alan Gibson of the Red Cross told the Courier how overwhelmed his staff was to see Saline County residents donate 150 pints of blood at three different events in three days.
Cheryl Annette Callahan, 56, of Bryant, passed away May 30.Â She was born August 8, 1955 in Pasadena, Texas to the late Granville (Buddy) and Bobbie Benedict Callahan.Â CherylÂ was of the Baptist faith, worked as a Dental Assistant and enjoyed coordinating the Tuesday night dances at the Benton Senior Adult Center.
She is survived by her son, Jason Domerese of Bryant, brother, Wayne Callahan and wife, Diane of Rogers, sister Linda Verwiebe and husband, Andy of Clarksville, grandson, Dane Domerese of Bryant.
Rogie Dale "Ducky" Garrett, 51, of Paron, passed away May 30.Â He was born July 11, 1960 in Benton to Rogie and Pat Garrett.Â Rogie loved to hunt and fish and will be missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Garrett.
He is survived by his sons, Clint Garrett and wife, Kelli of Benton, Chad Garrett of Paron, parents, Rogie Garrett of Paron and Pat Garrett of Benton, sister, Leassie Isom of Paron, grandchildren, Cami, Cantrell and Cole Garrett.
Dick Calvert, 66, of Benton, passed away on Friday, June 1.Â He was born August 21, 1945 in Pine Bluff.Â Dick served as a State Farm agent in Saline County for 38 years.Â He wanted to express his gratitude to all of his policy holders and customers for their loyalty and friendship over the years.Â Dick was a member of the Presidentâ€™s Club, Chairman Circle and Bronze Tablet.Â He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.Â Dick was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bryant.Â
William Robert Reaves, 66 of Bryant went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 28, with his family by his side. He was born on March 9, 1946 to the late, William and Roxie Reaves in Ferda. Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, singing and camping. He was a song writer and played the upright bass. Robert was a member of Lighthouse Church of Benton. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Roger Dale Sims; two nephews, Darrell Cullipher and Jon Jon Higgins and a very special friend, Pearl Fields.
An Alexander man arrested early Wednesday for allegedly having hundreds of images of child pornography told authorities that his son-in-law is the city's mayor.
John Darrell Green, 69, faces 236 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of attempting to influence a public official. During his arrest, Green told officers that his son-in-law is Mayor Paul Mitchell.
Linda Annmarie White, 63, of Benton passed away Sunday, May 27.
Linda was born Feb. 10, 1949, in Little Rock, to the late Sylvester and Jewel Haire. .
Mrs. White never met a stranger; she was a very loving and giving person. She attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church when she was able. Linda and her husband enjoyed helping feed those persons in need.
She was preceded in death by several siblings.
Linda is survived by her husband of 20 years, Jimmy D. White of Benton; stepchildren Jimmy, Jr., Kenneth, Angela, Daman, and Traciel; and many grandchildren.