November 12th, 2012
Arkansas voters passed Issue No. 1 in Tuesday's general election.
As a result, a half-percent sales tax will be implemented throughout the state for improving roads.
Revenue generated from the tax will finance improvements to streets, bridges and roads, but primarily will be used to pay for a four-lane highway system statewide.
The issue received approval from 58 percent of Arkansas voters. That constitutes 592,980 votes. In Arkansas, 42 percent of Arkansas voters, constituting 425,733 votes, were opposed to the issue.
Last summer when Michelle Finney's mother was a patient at Saline Memorial Hospital, she had several opportunities to see the 2012 GMC Acadia parked near the hospital entrance.
The car was at the site to promote an upcoming fundraiser for the SMH Foundation and the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The promotion for the vehicle, being donated by Everett Buick GMC, involved selling $100 chancesâ€” 500 of them â€” to raise money for the effort.
On Nov. 5, one of Godâ€™s true angels, Sara Elizabeth Besancon, was granted her angel wings and flew home to be with the Lord. Her life began Oct. 31, 1990, and was tragically taken from injuries sustained in a one-car accident.
Jessie Mae Long, 80, passed away on November 10, 2012 at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
Jessie was born on July 19, 1932 in Damascus, Ark.
She is survived by daughter Darlene Bunt and spouse Tim of Benton; son Gordon Hall and spouse Rachael of Alexander; step-son Tommy Stratton and spouse Carolyn of Alexander; 6 grandchildren; 4 great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other friends and family members all who loved her and will miss her dearly.
Jessie was preceded in death by her parents Jess and Leunnie Mahar and son Jerry Hall.
Harold G. Ferguson, 82, of Bismarck went to be with his heavenly father and family members all ready there on November 8, 2012.Â
He was born March 10, 1930 in Benton to the late George and Bealuh James Ferguson.Â
Harold was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church in his younger years and then, Leonard Street Baptist Church for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Micheal Ferguson and Terry Ferguson; and wives, Dorothy Ferguson and Mildred Ferguson.
James Samuel Scott, 59, of Benton passed away on Wednesday November 7, after his battle with Lung Cancer. He was born July 7, 1953 in Little Rock. Sam was employed as a Mail Carrier by Little Rock Community Mental Health Center. He served in the US Army for two years and was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church. Sam was a farmer, cattleman and an integral partner in the Scott Family Farm. He was also an avid and successful gardener and fisherman. Sam was very generous with the fruits of both.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert M. Scott.
Theda Marguerite (McLaughlin) Duren, 86, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7. She was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Clarksburg, W.Va., to the late Homer McLaughlin and Marguerite (Day) McLaughlin.Â She was a member of Parkview Methodist Church in Benton and retired from the Benton School District after working many years as a cafeteria cook.Â Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Lee Duren, and her brother, John McLaughlin.Â
BAUXITE â€“ The Bauxite Lady Miners hosted the England Lady Lions in a benefit game at Fred Dawson Gym on Thursday night and turned a close game into a 56-41 blowout. The Lady Miners led 24-22 at the half before increasing their lead the next two quarters.
The scoring for Bauxite was evenly distributed as three players each scored 12 points in senior Mary Crow, junior Allison Tackett, and senior Morgan Case. Tackett hit 2 of 4 from the 3-point line, Case had eight rebounds and two assists, and Crow had nine assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Behind a steady running attack and stingy play on defense, the Cabot Panthers upset the Bryant Hornets in the opening round of the Arkansas 7A state tournament by a score of 28-21 Friday night.
â€śWe just didnâ€™t capitalize,â€ť Bryant Coach Paul Calley said. â€śWe had too many chances we didnâ€™t capitalize on. Our defense made stops in the second half and we didnâ€™t take advantage of it.
When the famous quote "War is Hell" is heard, many associate it with soldiers on the battlefield. But for many Vietnam War veterans, there is an association with "hell" being on American soil.
Forty-six years ago U.S. Marine Cpl. Bill Scrimager, today 68, was severely wounded in the Vietnam War. He watched his best friend die before his own eyes. He lost an eye, was severely burned, and he lost his hearing. After a year in a Navy hospital in San Diego, Calif., Scrimager returned home and enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1969.