There is always that one goal at the beginning of every sports season. From golf to volleyball, teams and individuals strive for that coveted trophy. That piece of hardware that will sit in a school trophy case for ever.
In the case of high school football, teams battle through blood, sweat and tears to get what they want. While some roads are easier than others, some teams find themselves in dog fights every week. For the 2012 Glen Rose Beavers and Harding Academy Wildcats, this season has been one to remember.
Johnie Allen James, 85, of Lonsdale, born May 14, 1927 in Davis, Okla. to parents George and Elsie James, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6. He was a member of Owensville Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda James Fitzhugh, and his brothers, Thomas, Bert, Roy and Milton James.
Paul E. Jones, 76, of Benton went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 5.Â
He was born Aug. 18, 1936, in Ridge Top, Tenn., to the late John L. and Estelle Jones. Growing up in middle Tennessee, the family, including the children, grew and processed tobacco for the market.
Teresa Ann Garrett, 64, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock after a long battle with cancer.
She was born May 26, 1948, in Benton. Teresa had been employed as an LPN for many years at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Dean Garrett of Benton; her mother and stepfather, Ann and Wayne Talbert; and her father, James White.
Gary Bemberg, 58, of Benton passed away Monday, Dec. 3. He was co-owner and vice-president in charge of plant operations at Bemberg Iron Works in Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Bemberg; and his son, Brad.,
Reba Darnell Kelley, 81, of Alexander passed away on Dec. 4, at her home. She was born Feb. 12, 1931, in Parker County, Texas.
Reba was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee Elders and Eva DeBusk Elders.
A Benton man was arrested for allegedly breaking into a home in the city, authorities said.
Roderick Spears, 19, is facing charges of residential burglary and felony theft of property. As of press time, Spears is being held without bond in the Saline County jail, pending a bond hearing Monday in Benton District Court.
Officers of the Benton Police Department reportedly responded to a report of a home burglary in the 100 block of Windstone Drive on Nov. 30 and found that an estimated $1,300 worth of items had been stolen.
FAYETTEVILLE -Â Unbeaten 17th-ranked Kansas is unbeaten no more and apt to fallÂ in nextÂ week's women's basketball rankings.
Unranked Arkansas upset the Jayhawks, 64-56Â in Thursday night's nonconference game before 1,356Â at Walton Arena.
Arkansas overcame Kansas leads in both halves, surpassing the JayhawksÂ 33-24 at intermission but twice trailing KU by one in the second half before Jhasmin Bowen's layup put Arkansas up, 46-45 with 7:15 left and never trailing again.
CONWAY â€“ After a tough loss in the first round of the John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational, the Bryant Lady Hornets responded with a 49-39 win over the Alma Airedalettes in a consolation game on Thursday at Buzz Bolding Arena. Bryant lost to Camden Fairview 53-42 in the first round where the Lady Hornets lacked execution, both offensively and in the rebounding department (Bryant was out rebounded 18-7 in the second half).
CONWAY - After starting the season 5-0, the Benton Lady Panthers have dropped their last two contests, losing their last 43-27 to the West Memphis Lady Blue Devils on Thursday in a consolation game of the John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational. Benton lost 57-36 to North Little Rock in the first round on Monday.
â€śWe got outworked on the boards,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe worked on that and made an emphasis the last two days, but for whatever reason we didnâ€™t stick them. We did at times, but a team like that you have to do it every time or theyâ€™re going to eat you up.â€ť