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January 19th, 2013

Father says son innocent of hostage crimes

January 19, 2013

It was 12 days ago that three Saline County residents were arrested by Saline County Sheriff deputies for allegedly holding three women hostage inside a trailer in Alexander and beating them.
The father of one of the suspects told The Saline Courier that his son was wrongfully arrested and fears this incident could send 23-year-old Eli Wilson to prison.

January 18th

Terry Fay Russell

January 18, 2013

Terry Fay Russell, 60 of Alexander, passed away on Jan. 16, 2013.
He loved fishing and old classic cars. He was a loving man who loved his wife and had a love for all children. He was a father to many, loved to play pranks, was always joking and always shared love with everyone he met. He was a God-fearing Christian man.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Erple and Willie Russell; and his brother, Perry Russell.

Guy D. 'Butch' Hendrix

January 18, 2013

Guy D. “Butch” Hendrix, 69, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17. He was born Nov. 11, 1943, at the Bauxite hospital.
Butch retired from Alcoa as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of New Life Church of God, member of Moose Lodge No. 2567, a die-hard Elvis Presley fan and loved hunting, fishing, and camping. He coached softball at Sardis and was very proud to be a Watch Dog Dad at Pine Haven Elementary School.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Willis Hendrix and Helen Ruth Lemons Hendrix; a daughter, Tina Renee Hendrix Quantz; and an infant grandson.

Donald Wesley Jordan Sr.

January 18, 2013

Donald Wesley Jordan Sr., 72, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, at his home. He was born Aug. 4, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo.
Donald served his country in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was a certified locksmith, a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a Shriner. He was a member of Grape Chapel Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Pearl Adams Jordan; a son, Mark Jordan; and a grandson, Matthew.

Panthers rout Razorbacks

January 18, 2013

BENTON – The Benton Panthers had very little problem to improving to 4-0 in the 7A/6A South conference when they trounced the Arkansas High (Texarkana) Razorbacks 51-23 in a make-up game on Thursday night. Originally scheduled for Tuesday night, the game was postponed to Thursday due to inclement weather.

Ian Shuttleworth gets Paul Eells Award

January 18, 2013

Ian Shuttleworth, a senior football star for the Bryant High School Hornets, was awarded the coveted Paul Eells Award during the 2012 Landers Award Ceremony on Wednesday.
The show was broadcast from the studios of KATV Channel 7 and included 13 of the top high school athletes in Arkansas. The award, part of the annual Landers Award presentation, recognizes a football player who overcomes obstacles and displays the spirit of the game.

Benton, Bryant make plans for debris pickup

January 18, 2013

Cleanup of debris from the Christmas Day winter storm is continuing throughout Saline County.
The city of Benton has been collecting curbside yard debris sporadically along roads and by request, according to the Benton Street Department. A comprehensive pickup effort, however, will begin in the middle of next week.
Benton residents may call the street department at 776-5990 to have their names put on a list to ensure the city is aware they have debris that is ready to be picked up, according to the department.

January 17th

Yellowjackets get final sting

January 17, 2013

BRYANT - If the 7A/6A conference season wasn’t already a nightmare for the 0-3 Bryant Hornets, Wednesday was. After having to postpone its Tuesday game with Sheridan due to inclement weather, Bryant rescheduled and took the floor Wednesday in hopes of ending its already disappointing conference showing.
The Sheridan Yellowjackets brought their size, speed and athleticism to the Hornets Nest and flew away victorious. Despite losing a large first half lead, the Jackets regained momentum to begin the second half and put the game away for good, winning 61-56.

William Fredrick Sides

January 17, 2013

William Fredrick Sides, 75, of Benton died Tuesday, Jan. 15. He was born Aug. 25, 1937 in Perryville. William was retired from J.J. Alternator. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents, William George Sides and Edna Porter Sides.
He is survived by his brothers, Mack Sides and Bobby Sides, both of Benton; and sisters Edna McNeal of Benton and Geneva Huchingson of Hot Springs.
Graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at New Rosemont Cemetery, beside Ashby Funeral Home.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com

James Ronald Medlin

January 17, 2013

James Ronald Medlin, 55, of Benton passed away Jan.15. He was born April 17, 1957 in Benton to the late James and Marie Woodall Medlin. 
James was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Deborah Hawley.
He is survived by his son, James Christopher Medlin; daughters Rachelle and Amanda Medlin; sisters Lois Richardson and Angela Strand; and four grandchildren.
Graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Fairplay Cemetery, with Rev. Richard Barnett officiating. Arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home.

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