January 14th, 2014
A television crew films students at Benton Middle School in Sept. 2013 as they build a vegetable garden behind their school. Former middle school teacher, Becky Comet, was a contestant on "The Biggest Loser" and returned to the school to help the students learn the importance of exercise and eating right. A segment during the popular TV show will focus on the school, the students and the garden they built will air tonight at 7 p.m.
Dennis Edwards, finance director for the city of Bryant, has resigned. In announcing Edwards' departure, Mayor Jill Dabbs said she had not been pleased with the finance department's operation until hiring Edwards and commended his efforts during his brief employment with the city.
BENTON â€“ It didn't start well for the Benton Panthers against their arch rival Bryant Hornets on Friday night at Benton Arena, but a 20-0 run from the end of the first quarter until the beginning of the third quarter propelled the Panthers to a 41-34 victory over the Hornets. It was both teams' first 7A/6A South conference game of the season.
HASKELL -- The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals (3-11 1-4) entered Friday nightâ€™s 5-3A conference game in dire need of a victory of any kind. After losing nine straight contests, the Lady Cardinals welcomed Little Rock Episcopal into town for Homecoming and walked away with an exciting 53-39 victory. The win snapped the losing streak and beat the Lady Wildcats for the fifth straight time under Head Coach John White.
Betty J. Risner, 77, of Benton passed away Jan. 8, 2014.Â She was born June 28, 1936, in Miller County to the late Van Reid and Villa Stuckey Reid.Â
Betty was a schoolteacher and was loved by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Howard Reid and Vernon Reid.
She is survived by two sons, Adam Risner of Arizona and Stephen Risner of Kirby; a daughter, Eva Johnston of San Angelo, Texas; a sister, Ruby Welborn of Doddridge; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
William Burget, 59, of Benton received his angel wings on Jan. 7, 2014. He was born Sept. 16, 1954, to Carl and Betty in Little Rock.
William loved to go hunting and fishing and was an avid Razorback fan. His most precious times were spent with his family and friends. He loved spoiling all of his nieces and nephews.
William was preceded in death by his father, Carl Burget; his brother, Jimmy Burget; and a nephew, Aiden Brown.
POTTSVILLE â€“ After a rough loss to the Clinton Lady Yellowjackets in the final of the First Service Bank Classic in Clinton almost a week ago, the Bauxite Lady Miners got just what they needed going into the 7-4A Conference season next week. Bauxite defeated the Pottsville Lady Apaches 53-52 on Friday to improve to 8-4 on the season.
â€śIt was a battle,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śIt was a good win for us after not playing well against Clinton.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers and Greenbrier Lady Panthers faced off in the first game of the season in the first round of the Searcy Classic with Benton coming from behind to edge Greenbrier 44-43. Friday night, it looked much of the same with Benton holding on to a three-point lead going into the fourth. But just like their first matchup, the Lady Panthers would dominate the fourth quarter to get a 48-34 win over Greenbrier on Friday night at Benton Arena.
â€śThat was probably our best time together as a unit on the floor,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said of the fourth quarter.
Emergency personnel worked a rollover accident eastbound on Arkansas 5 near Hurricane Creek earlier today. The driver was not injured. The wreck was the second rollover accident in as many days.
After icy roads shutdown overpasses in Saline County this morning, a few have opened back up. The Military Road, Alcoa Road and Congo Road overpasses are now back open and accident free but still slick.