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January 7th, 2013

Carol Jean Allen

January 7, 2013

Carol Jean Allen, 75, of Bauxite passed away Saturday, Jan. 5. She was born Aug.15, 1937, in Bauxite.
Carol was a homemaker and a member of Alexander First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son, Floyd Royer; two daughters, Irene Simpson, and Evelina Royer; two stepdaughters, Betty Elliott and Dale Carter; a special friend, Henry Hicks; two sisters, Aline Murphy and Nancy Ford; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at New Life Baptist Church on Samples Road.

Teresa Loyce Burks

January 7, 2013

Teresa Loyce Burks, 53, of Benton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, at her home. She was born Sept. 28, 1959, in Benton.
Teresa was a homemakers and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Sarah Evelyn Cody Gossage.
She is survived by her husband, Tony Burks of Benton; two sons, Jason Burks and wife Kathy of East End and Brandon Burks of North Little Rock; a sister, Coresa Morton of Benton; three grandchildren; an her mother and father-in-law, Carolyn and Carl Burks.

Calvin D. Brown

January 7, 2013

Calvin D. Brown, 51, of Benton, passed away January 4.  He was born January 26, 1961 in Benton to Carroll and Peggy Brown of Benton.
He is survived by his parents, wife, Lydia Brown of Benton, son, Sam Calvin Brown of Benton, daughters, Anna Rae Piker of Bryant, Olivia Jean Brewster of Bryant, brothers, Arlon Brown of Benton and Russell Brown of Oklahoma, sisters, Catherine Faulkner of Bryant, Melissa Ray of Virginia and grandchildren, Julia and Chandler Piker. 

Mark Anthony Shelton

January 7, 2013

Mark Anthony Shelton, 52, of Little Rock went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 3. Mark was born on November 28, 1960 in Walnut Ridge.
Mark graduated from Weiner High School and The University of Central Arkansas. After 25 years of service, Mark retired from Wal-Mart and became the owner of Sears Hometown Store in Benton. He was on the board of Arkansas Literacy Councils, The Arkansas Rice Depot, and was a supporter of P.A.R.K. organization for youth. Mark was a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock.

Benton avoids stinger, sweeps Bryant

January 7, 2013

BRYANT - After being swept by their rival Bryant Hornets and Lady Hornets last season, the Benton Panthers and Lady Panthers went to Bryant gym on Friday night and took got back at their rivals routing the Hornets 62-44 and the Lady Hornets 49-33. Not only did Benton top their biggest rivals, the Panthers and Lady Panthers won their first 7A/6A South conference game of the year. Bryant was in the 7A Central conference last year.
The big story for the Panthers (12-2, 1-0 7A/6A South) was the fact they held a 33-11 rebounding edge over the Hornets (11-4, 0-1).

Generator stolen from home of infant dialysis patient

January 7, 2013

While some people purchase generators to increase their comfort level during power outages, this isn't the case with the family of Jerred and Alexis McDade in Tull.
The generator the McDades have had at their home is needed to keep their seven-month-old son alive.

When it's time to be born, a baby has the last word

January 7, 2013

When a baby is ready to enter the world, it takes a lot more than bad weather and a power outage to change its mind.
That's exactly the scenario that took place during the early morning hours of Dec. 26 at the Benton home of Josh and Katie Broadus.
Katie, who was nine months' pregnant, was scheduled for an induced delivery on Dec. 28, but daughter London Kate didn't want to wait. This, in spite of the fact that a snowstorm had occurred, taking out the electricity and heat in their home.

Local man, 89, walks a mile, bakes pies every day

January 7, 2013

Whether facing rain, sleet, snow or the fact that he turns 90 years of age on Thursday, nothing will stop Ernie Gibson of Benton from walking a mile or cooking unique pecan pies for the community every day.
"I just started making pies and people got to eating them. The more they ate, the more I made them and I just stayed with it," he said with a laugh. "I don't know why I make the pies, it's just something I found out I could do and people seem to like it."

Apartment construction still frozen in Bryant

January 7, 2013

The Bryant City Council voted during a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday to extend a hold on the issuance of permits to build multi-family housing in the city limits.
The council had been slated to vote on whether to lift the moratorium, which was put in place in 2011. Alderman Steve Curtis instead moved to vote to extend it.
Although the action might make the city vulnerable to a lawsuit with a current land owner, the council voted unanimously to extend the hold after nearly 20 residents spoke out against the construction of apartments in the area.

January 4th

Area burn site approved for debris caused by recent storm

January 4, 2013

State officials have approved a local burn site for debris resulting from the recent winter storm that affected many areas of Saline County.
The site is located behind the county airport off Reynolds Road.
Benton Mayor David Mattingly and County Judge Lanny Fite met to formulate plans for operation of the site.
Mattingly noted that signs will be posted to indicate the location.
The site will be open to the public Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saline County employees will man the facility.

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