November 7th, 2012
Stanley Nowicki, 89, of Benton passed away Monday, Oct. 29, at Saline Memorial Hospice House.
He was born March 24, 1923, in South Bend, Ind., to the late Lewis and Blanche Nowicki.
Mr. Nowicki served in the U.S.Army 254th Infantry during World War II. He had worked for Inland Steel in East Chicago as a mechanical superintendant.
He was preceded in death by one son, Ken Nowick, in 1977.
Also predeceasing him were four brothers, Keith, Cashmir, Louie, and Alonso Nowicki; and a sister, Helen Gapinski.
The Harmony Grove senior boys basketball program took enormous leaps after the 2007 season, making the state tournament in 2008 and 2009 under the helm of Head Coach Richard Moore. Since then, the Cardinals have been on a bit of a downward spiral, finishing under .500 after losing most of the 2008 and 2009 core to graduation.
But now the Cardinals are back in the history books at the start of the 2012 season. After being the lead man for four seasons, Moore elected to resign his position on the basketball court to concentrate on football and soccer.
With a new basketball season set to get under way, Miners head basketball Coach Mark Smith is stressing two things to his team as they prepare for their first game.
â€śWe talk about it all the time in practice â€“ effort and execution,â€ť Smith said. â€śNo matter what sport you play, those are the two key works that everyone looks to try and find. â€ś
Last season, Bauxite finished one game under .500 with an overall record of 14-15.
Earlier this year Lady Miners head basketball Coach Joshua Harrison gave each girl on his basketball team one piece of a puzzle. As his team looked at him with confusion, Harrison explained how it would all make sense in the end.
â€śWe all are individuals, we all have unique and different skills, but when we come together and we lock those pieces together, we can make up a very strong team,â€ť Harrison said.
With a new basketball season on the horizon, Harrison is hoping this visual motivates his team.
Rarely does a team graduate four starting seniors from a single team in a single season of high school basketball. Even rarer, is when those four seniors have played on the same team together since the fifth grade. This was the headline of the 2011 Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals. New Harmony Grove Head Coach John White was welcomed by a strong and talented team in his first year over the Lady Cardinals in 2011.
Saline County voters have set a new record for early voting in a presidential election.
On Monday, when the early voting process ended, a total of 23,317 had cast ballots, according to tallies from the office of Saline County Clerk Linda Montalvo.
During the general election in 2008, slightly more than 17,000 people voted early, Montalvo said.
The overall total included 1,456 voters on Monday when the Benton site was the only early voting location open in the county.
First Baptist Church in Downtown Benton will be serving as a relay center for Operation Christmas Child in Saline County.
Lisa Baldwin, a volunteer for the project, noted that this is "a worldwide children's relief project that uses gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten."
She said this is a division of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham.
Margaret Herzfeld, a member of First Baptist Church, is organizing the local relay center.
Today is the final day in Saline County to vote early for the Nov. 6 general election. Only the Benton site will be open today, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the county voting facility in Benton ("Vote Here" building adjacent to the Saline County Annex). The Bryant and Lonsdale area early voting locations will not be open today.
Thus far, 21,861 ballots have been cast from early voters in Saline County, according to tallies from the Saline County Clerk's Office.
On November 2, 2012 one of Godâ€™s true Cowboys, Theodore Ernest McElroy, went to be with his Lord.Â He grew up in Checotah, OK. with his brother Larry and sisters Mozelle, Betty, Allita, Dewaynea, and Hazel and his loving parents Ernest and Josie.
He had a beautiful life with his wife Pauline and his kids Paula, Sonny, Ricky and Steven. He had six grandchildren, Jeff, Shane, Jacob, Sidney, Checotah, and Alec who loved him with the all of their hearts and whom he loved with the whole of his heart.Â
Glenda Sue Mitchell, 72, of Benton, passed away Friday, Nov. 2.Â
She was born March 3, 1940, in Benton to the late Murray and Margarita Hamn.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Mitchell of Benton; a son, Gary Rhodes of South Carolina; two daughters, Tracie Collie of Cabot and Kimberly Baker of Arizona; three stepchildren, Debbie Eldridge of Hattieville, Tammy Chastain of Siloam Springs and Tony Mitchell of Louisiana; a sister, Wanda Witham of Benton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.