September 26th, 2012
James William Watts, 75, of Benton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 20.Â He was born Aug. 27, 1937 in Benton.
Mr. Watts was retired from Alcoa, served in the National Guard and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Lennis Watts; his first wife, Joetta Henderson Watts; a daughter, Carol Lynn; a grandson, Nicholas Hyde; and a sister, Doris Keesee.
Nanette Webb, 59, of Benton, was granted her wings on Wednesday, Sept. 19.Â Her final days were surrounded by family and friends.
She was born Jan. 24, 1953, in Little Rock.
Nanette had touched many people throughout her life.Â She was the leader of the Magic Clover 4 Leaf Club and was the 4-H program assistant of Saline County.
Nanette loved working with children through 4-H.Â She had seen children grow up from little people to adults and loved every one of them as her own. Nanette especially loved her grandchildren.
She attended Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.Â
Downtown Benton Association's third semiannual Creative Arts Festival drew a steady stream of visitors Saturday morning.
Organizers said optimum weather conditions apparently contributed to the success of the event.
"Everyone seems to be having a good time," said coordinator Wanda Posey.
Dianne Roberts, who operates an art studio in the old Gingles store building where Books 7 Baubles now is housed, said she was pleased with the response the event was driving.
Original artwork was displayed at the event, including some created by Roberts' students.
Women of Saline County have eight days to apply for the Benton Police Department's Citizens Police Academy that not only plans to empower women, but give them a chance to have fun.
"My daughter went through the Junior Police Academy in high school a few years ago, and she has been wanting to do it again," former participant Jeff Morse said. "She had a really good time, and when I saw an opportunity to go through it myself, I took it. I feel very fortunate to get this opportunity."
Some tickets remain for Friday night's concert featuring Tony Witt, an international award-winning Elvis tribute artist, and Branson entertainer "Sting" Ray Anthony.
The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and may be purchased in advance by calling KingSized Entertainment at 501-952-6005 or by visiting: www.tonywitt.com.
Anita Joan Moseley, 76, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18.Â She was born Jan. 29, 1936, in Benton to the late Houston Parker and Letha (Collins) Parker.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.Â She was a member of the 1953 graduating class of Benton High School.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles â€śTinkâ€ť Moseley; one sister, Ailene Riddling; and one brother, David Owen Parker.Â Â
Dewell Harold Clay, 85, of Traskwood, passed away Sept. 18.Â He was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Benton to the late Dave and Maude Sims Clay.
Dewell was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Violet Clay; a daughter, Joan May Clay; two brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by his son, Earl Doug Clay Sr. of Omaha, Texas; a daughter, Bonnie Rouse of Traskwood; his twin brother, Ewell Clay of Benton; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Ashby Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bauxite.
Joan Barnes Krueger, 86, died of kidney failure Monday, Sept. 17, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.Â She was born Aug. 30, 1926, in Camden, the daughter of Junie Frost Barnes and Myrtle Josephine (Lee) Barnes.
The Bryant Lady Hornets had no problem in dispensing of the El Dorado Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night at the Bryant Gym. The Lady Hornets (9-3, 5-0 7A/6A South) swept the Wildcats 3-0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-4).
"I'm so proud of the girls [Tuesday] night because they did not play down," Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. "Our serves were back last night. We had been struggling. Aubree Allen has come in and helped up with Kenzie's (McKenzie Rice) shoulder injury. We're slowing getting [Rice] back into the game."
When it comes to good hometown rivalries in high school football, one needs not look any further than Saline County. With Benton and Bryant standing alone at the top of the list, there are other rivalries right here in the county that catch the eye of residents and football fans in general. Aside from the Benton/Bryant battle that has been around since 1974, there is also a very heated and exciting war between the Glen Rose Beavers and Bauxite Miners.