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January 28th, 2013

William C. Vaughan Sr.

January 28, 2013

William C. Vaughan Sr., age 84, of Alexander passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.  He was born March 14, 1928, in Texas. 
Mr. Vaughan was a self-employed mechanic and served in the U.S. Navy. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Vaughan and his wife, Beulah Vaughan.
He is survived by two sons, Billy Vaughan and John Vaughan and wife Shirley, all of Alexander; a brother, Ray Vaughan of Little Rock; a sister, Jewell Gottsponer of Maumelle; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Vaughan and wife Heather and Melanie Johnson and husband Jason.

Frank Mills Crabb

January 28, 2013

Frank Mills Crabb, 79, of Benton, died Friday, Jan. 25. He was born in Wynne on March 26, 1933. Frank was the seventh of eight children, born to the late Aaron Floyd Wills and Winifred Floy Chadwick Wills.

Homicide victim in Saline County identified

January 28, 2013

The Saline County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identity of a dead body found off River Road on Sunday as 19-year-old Gregory Tyrone Pikes of Benton.
As of press time, no person(s) of interest have been named by authorities. The manner in which Pikes was killed was also not released as of press time.

Local boy collects food donations in lieu of presents

January 28, 2013

There are many things a boy could ask for on his eighth birthday.
Store shelves these days are packed with the newest bigger, better toys and gaming systems. Kids are tempted by commercials that feature toys and games that do amazing things – not to mention the appeal to ask their parents for the latest electronic equipment. The age that children request their own computer and cell phone is getting younger every year.

Cameron Terrell forgoes birthday gifts for others

January 28, 2013

"Everyone kept asking me what to get Cameron for his birthday. I told them I didn't know, but I would find out," said Lori Terrell about her son.
Cameron, a sixth-grader at Benton Middle School, had not been helpful with clues of any kind. "I really couldn't think of anything I wanted," said Cameron. "I thought I had too much stuff already."
Then, on the way to school one morning, Cameron made a decision. "I know what I want," he said to his mother. "I want a pair of shoes so I can give them to someone who needs them."

Local VFW promotes patriotism, honors students

January 28, 2013

Each fall the Veterans of Foreign Wars Raymond McGill Post 2256 and the Ladies Auxiliary of Benton provide an opportunity for Saline County students to express their views on patriotism and democracy and earn monetary awards through the Patriot’s Pen essay contest.
This year’s theme, "What Would I Tell Our Founding Fathers?," drew more than 220 contestants from local middle and junior high school students.

Bond and court date set for officer charged with manslaughter

January 28, 2013

A former Alexander police officer facing a charge of manslaughter was given a new court date and a $10,000 signature bond after appearing in Benton District Court on Friday.
It was revealed that 47-year-old Nancy Cummings believes an attorney from the Arkansas Municipal League may represent her in court. However, she said no arrangement has been made at this point.
It was also revealed that Cummings was taken into custody during a training session at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Academy in Pocahontas.

January 24th

BREAKING NEWS: Alexander officer being charged with manslaughter

January 24, 2013

An Alexander police officer has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady said.
Nancy Cummings is expected to make her first appearance in Benton District Court at 10 a.m. Friday. The arrest stems from the Sept. 8, 2012 shooting death of then 30-year-old Carleton Wallace of Bryant. Cummings claimed that she noticed Wallace walking along Brookwood St. with a pistol tucked into the waistband of his pants.

Bryant continues to address issues with apartments

January 24, 2013

An ordinance setting limitations on multifamily housing in Bryant has been drafted and is likely to be presented at the Jan. 31 City Council meeting.
Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs has requested a special meeting with the Planning Commission to discuss the ordinance prior to the scheduled City Council meeting. Procedure calls for the commission to recommend the ordinance to council.
Dabbs is requesting the council hear it on first reading and then "let it sit" until the February meeting, leaving time for developers, residents and City Council members to examine the ordinance.

Curtis Lee Earp Sr.

January 24, 2013

Curtis Lee Earp Sr. was born July 1, 1936, in Ralls, Texas, and passed away on Jan. 22 in Little Rock.
Curtis Sr. retired from the Benton Fire Department with 20 years of service as a senior captain. He spent years in Sunday School Bus Ministry at First Assembly of God in Little Rock.
Curtis Sr. had church affiliations with Full Gospel Cato Community and Abundant Life Center of Bryant.
He was preceded in death by his parents, B.S. and Liddie Harriet Earp of Petersburg, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Hunter Jade Allen Adcox.

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