Benton native Wes Gardner played eight seasons in the major leagues â€” from 1984 to 1991 with the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals. Drafted in the 22nd round out of the University of Central Arkansas, Gardner was in the same 1982 Mets' draft class with the likes of Dwight Gooden, Roger McDowell and Rafael Palmeiro.
Roughly a week after Albert Pujols signed a monster contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the dust is starting to settle a little bit. Pujols decided to take the $3 million more a year with the Angels rather than re-up with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team Pujols spent 11 Hall-of-Fame seasons with and where he won two World Series. Thanks Albert. It was fun.
Bryant Hornets football Coach Paul Calley was named the 7A/6A 2011 Farm Bureau Coach of the Year at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce on Monday night.
â€śItâ€™s a tremendous honor,â€ť Calley said. â€śIt is an award for everybody associated with Bryant football.
â€śItâ€™s an honor just to be nominated. I accepted the award, but I accepted it on behalf of my assistant coaches and players.â€ť
Harmony Grove High School basketball has hit a snag over the past few weeks. Both senior high teams have not won a ball game since beating Woodlawn in the opening round of the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament on Nov. 29, which Harmony Grove hosted.
Since that win, the Lady Cardinals have fallen to Poyen, for the second time, Mt. Vernon-Enola, Arkansas Baptist and Mayflower. The boys have lost to all of those teams other than Poyen. The Cardinals lost to Perryville in that spot instead.
A close game throughout turned into a 61-55 victory for the Bauxite Lady Miners over the Magnet Cove Lady Panthers in non-conference action Monday night at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
â€śWe knew it was going to be a tough game,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śMagnet Cove is a very skilled and hard-working team. Theyâ€™ve got a lot of talent, they shoot the ball well and theyâ€™re very aggressive.â€ť
Lady Miners junior Mary Crow scored 14 points in the first half on her way to a 24-point, six-rebound, six-assist night. She added two steals.
Benton Mayor David Mattingly and UALR hold joint news conference today to announce a proposed 4-year degree program in Benton. See today's Saline Courier for details.
A request to rezone Longhills Golf Course from single-family residential to Planned Unit Development was unanimously approved by the Benton Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday night, but not before lengthy discussion that involved both supporters and opponents to the proposal.
The request, one of two items on the commission's agenda, had drawn a standing-room-only crowd.
Wanda Jean Parks, 85, of Haskell-Benton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13.Â She was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Little Rock.Â Mrs. Parks was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nick and Louella Mandrel; her husband, William Henry Parks Sr.; and a daughter, Carolyn Parks.Â
Reba Scharbor, 92, of Little Rock, formerly of Booneville, passed away, Thursday, Dec. 8, in Little Rock. She was born Aug. 19, 1919, near Branch to Raymond and Grace Aldridge Barnes.
She was retired from the Wolverine Toy Co. and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Scharbor, and a granddaughter, Karen McConnell.
Dr. Joe Felan, a member of the Benton School Board, held true to his promise not to continue serving as vice president of the seven-member board and Heath Nix, one of the board's two newest members, has been elected to fill that post.
That action occurred Monday night in the regular December meeting of the board at Ringgold Elementary School.
Felan had been elected vice president of the body in the board's November meeting, but decided later that his philosophy does not coincide with that of the board president, Jeff Morrow, nor with the majority of the board members.