February 15th, 2012
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals came into Tuesday nightâ€™s opening round of the 5-3A South District Tournament in control of their own fate. There was only one problem standing in their way and that was the Lady Eagles from Cutter Morning Star, a team Harmony Grove narrowly escaped with a win on the road just a few days ago.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Glen Rose Beavers came into the first round of the 5-3A District Tournament at Episcopal (Little Rock) with nothing to lose and everything to gain as they tried to play spoiler and keep their season alive. But, there would be no fireworks on the Glen Rose side as Fountain Lake narrowly got past the Beavers 44-42.
It was first place wins for both Bryant Hornets swim teams on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the 2012 South Regional Swim and Dive Championship. The 24-event meet was held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.Â
At the end of the nine-school South Regional meet, the Bryant Hornets girls team won with a total of 520 points and the boys won with a total of 430 points, with both teams dominating and receiving regional trophies. El Dorado was second in the girls with a score of 284 and Magnolia was second in the boys division with 291 points.
Jeff Morrow, president of the Benton School Board, announced last night that Jeff Collum of Longview, TX will be the next superintendent of the Benton School District.
Lynda Hollenbeck has the full story in today's Saline Courier.
JoAnn Story, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 9. She was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Biggers to the late Silas and Lela Turner.
Mrs. Story was a homemaker, loved crocheting and baking, but most importantly she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years, Jesse â€śJackâ€ť Story, a daughter Pamela Lambert; and a brother, James Turner.
Hugh Edwin Phelan, 93, of Donaldson, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern. He was born March 30, 1918, to Thomas and Maude Phelan in Malvern. He was a Christian and worshiped at Donaldson Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member. He taught Sunday School and was active in the construction of the current church building. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 bombardier during World War II.
Susan Gregory Baldwin passed over into glory Feb. 7 after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 23, 1961.
She was a longtime resident of Benton, before relocating to Sophia, N.C.
Fred Morgan (Tony) Hogue, 93, of Benton passed away Monday, Feb. 13.Â He was born Dec. 4, 1918, in Bauxite to the late Jim and Lillie Hogue.
Tony was a member of First United Methodist Church in Benton, was an avid golfer and was especially fond of Silver Springs Golf Club and Menâ€™s Golf Association. He was a proud World War II veteran, serving as a Seabee in the South Pacific for four years.
Patricia Ann Garrett, 63, of Benton, passed away Friday, Feb. 10.Â She was born April 21, 1948, in Nebraska City, Neb.
Mrs. Garrett taught school in the Bryant School District and then went on to be a teacher/counselor in the Harmony Grove District.
She was a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Benton, the National Education Association and the Arkansas Education Association.
Mrs. Garrett was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin Edgar VanWinkle, Sr. and Rena Louise Willis VanWinkle; and her brother, Melvin Edgar VanWinkle II.
Dr. John D. Wright, was born Aug.15, 1925, in Saline County, and passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones in Benton on Feb. 10.
He served as a LtÂ J.G. in the U.S. Navy during World War II, during which time he eloped with Jeana Merle White on March 22, 1945.Â He went to college and medical school through the V-12 program and practiced medicine for more than 50 years.
He was active in the community and served many years on the Benton School Board. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for 56 years.