August 16th, 2012
EL DORADO â€“ The Bryant Hornets and Benton Panthers golf teams both participated in the 17th Annual Simmons First Wildcat Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday. The Bryant girls finished best out of the Saline County schools with a second-place finish behind Conway. The Bryant boys finished fourth and the Benton boys and girls each finished fifth.
Peyton Weaver led the Bryant girls, which totaled a 270 (Conway had 255) with an 83 (+11) followed by Savannah Cathey's 91, Abigail Magee's 96 and Kaylee newell's 127.
After a successful 2011-2012 campaign, the Benton Lady Panthers volleyball team is gearing up for another run through the 6A South Conference where they took first place last season. With a 17-9 record overall last season and a 10-2 conference mark, the Lady Panthers were one game away from the State Championship, losing in the semifinals to Mountain Home.
With Benton and Bryant already at the top of the list for cities in Saline County, the Salem community is attempting to make a bigger name for itself with a new event.
During the past few years, the baseball and softball commissioners, along with Salem Ballpark board members and coaches, have been trying to put together a child- and adult-friendly event.
With Bryant Fest and Benton Freedom Fest already going strong every year, Salem is introducing the first Salem Fest this Sunday beginning at noon.
Robert M. Scott, 86, of Benton passed away Monday, Aug. 13. He was born March 14, 1926, in Saline County (Salem Community).
Robert was a farmer and real estate broker and a member of the Saline County Realtors Association. His family was twice named Saline County Farm Family of the Year.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton, where he was longtime choir member and a longtime teacher and leader for the Menâ€™s Bible Class.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton W. and Ida Belle Bard Scott; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Chastain.
Mike Hardin, 51, of Benton passed away on Aug. 14, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
He spent his final weeks lovingly surrounded by his family and close friends. Mike was born in Little Roc, on July 14, 1961. He graduated from Benton High School in 1979 and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1983, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.
BRYANT â€“ After problems with inconsistency last season, the Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team might have things figured out this year. The Lady Hornets finished last season second to volleyball powerhouse Conway in the 7A Central Conferencelast year, and was up 2-0 against Fort Smith Southside in the first two sets in the second round of the State Tournament before inconsistency set in again and the Lady Hornets lost the next three sets and the match to end their season.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe visited Everett Buick GMC in Bryant Tuesday to personally congratulate Kayla Henderson of Bryant for winning a Buick Achievers Scholarship.
Henderson will receive $25,000 a year.
Dan Jordan, director of student support services for the Benton School District, will receive special recognition tonight in a meeting of the Benton School Board.
Jordan has been named Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas School Personnel Administration. He will be recognized during the Panther Pride presentations at the start of the board meeting.
Herlinda May Odle, 76, of Benton died Saturday, Aug. 11. She was born May 24, 1936, in Hemet, Calif. Herlinda was a member of Agape Fellowship Ministries in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Grace Ortiz; her husband of 40 years, Hobert Odle; her brother, Ronnie Ortiz; a sister, Toni Chavez; and a grandson, Michael Yangas.
Carmon Marvetta Alexander Moon, 69, passed away Aug. 9.
She was a member of Southeast Christian Church and Bethlehem Evangelical United Church of Christ. She was a registered nurse and worked for University of Louisville Hospital. She performed with her husband, Stan. in the musical group, The New Moons.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Colleen Sheffield Alexander; her stepmother, Zelma Alexander Foley; and her brother-in-law, Bobby Kitchen.