March 1st, 2012
BRYANT - Benton and Bryant matched up for the softball version of the Salt Bowl as both softball teams battled for bragging rights on Tuesday night at Bishop Park.
With rain threatening game play, both teams came out hot on defense.
Bryant starting pitcher Peyton Jenkins shut down the Lady Panthers bats in the top of the first with a three-and-out performance including two strikeouts looking.
EL DORADO â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers escaped with a 54-49 overtime victory over the Jonesboro Lady Hurricane on Tuesday in the first round of the 6A State Playoffs in El Dorado. The South No. 1 seed Lady Panthers(22-7) were down two points with 4.5 seconds left in regulation against the No. 8 seed Lady Hurricane.
â€śTheyâ€™re not your normal No. 8 seed,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śTheyâ€™re pretty dad gum athletic and pretty good. We had a 10-point lead in the second half and instead of building on it, we let them get back into it.â€ť
Mary Catherine Willis, 74, of Benton died Tuesday, Feb. 28. She was born July 8, 1937 in Saline County.
Catherine was a homemaker, a charter member of the Lonsdale Volunteer Fire Department Board, a member of the Sharon Home Extension Club and a member of Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Cledies Williams Elliott; and her husband, Harley Gene Willis.
She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Smith and husband Joe Bob of Hot Springs and Anita Willis of Benton; a special friend, Ella Pennington, and her granddog, Khati.