October 8th, 2012
Ronnie Darryl Buffington, 50, of Benton passed away Saturday, Oct. 6.Â
He was born May 12, 1962 in Benton.Â Ronnie worked for Ambient Minerals, served in the U.S. Army and was of the Pentecostal faith.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewell Ellis Buffington Jr. and Maybelle Langley Buffington; his father-in-law, Raymond Riddling' and two sisters.
The Benton Panther boys golf team followed in the footsteps of the girls team to end the season. The Panthers won the 6A South conference on Monday and then took third in the State Tournament on Tuesday. Playing at El Dorado Country Club, the Panthers edged the home team by three strokes winning with a score of 313. El Dorado followed with at 316, Sheridan (319), Texarkana (337), Lake Hamilton (342) and Siloam Springs (344).
"We had a great week," Benton Coach Chad Pitts said. "We won the conference and finished third overall. I couldn't be anymore proud of the boys."
The Bryant Hornet golf team finished up its season at Centennial Valley Golf Club in Conway in the 7A State Tournament earlier this week. But it was no ordinary tournament. The Hornets battled through illness and broken bones as they fought their way to a third-place finish, ending the year just three strokes behind runner-up Fayetteville. Conway ran away with the tournament on its way to the championship, posting a two-day total of 590. Fayetteville finished with a 621 with Bryant standing close at 624.
Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington said Thursday that his office has not contacted the Arkansas State Police to investigate an allegedly fraudulent letter sent to a voter in Hot Springs Village during the race for the Republican nomination for Saline County Circuit Clerk in May of this year.
The two candidates in the race were incumbent Dennis Milligan, who was successful in his re-election bid, and his challenger, Myka Bono Sample.
The letter in question ignited a controversy one week following the start of early voting and one week before the May 22 preferential primary election.
A 2013 trial date has been set for former Benton firefighter Timothy Ryan Bodkin for allegedly downloading hundreds of images of child pornography to a computer in his home.
Bodkin, 38, was released from the Saline County jail on Aug. 31, after a family member paid a $200,000 sheriff's bond. He is facing a thousand counts of felony possession of child pornography.
Attorneys for Bodkin appeared before Saline County Judge Bobby McCallister on Monday, and a two-day jury trial for Bodkin was set for Feb. 26 and 27.
The Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office has completed an investigation into alleged perjury committed by Benton resident Ricky David Tripp during testimony Tripp gave in a Saline County Circuit Court proceeding in which Circuit Judge Gary Arnold presided.
Tripp was called to testify on July 12, 2012, in a proceeding stemming from a lawsuit filed by Bryant Aldermen Adrian Henley, Brenda Miller and Danny Steele. The three claim they have been slandered and defamed by anonymous bloggers on the social website MySaline.com.
A former Bryant teacher posted bail shortly after she surrendered voluntarily at the Saline County Detention Center on Wednesday morning, authorities say.
Courtney Speer, 31, has been charged with six counts of sexual assault of a minor: four counts in Bryant and two counts in Benton.
Lt. Don Birdsong of the Saline County Detention Center said Speer was released after posting bond. Bail was set at $20,000 and the court date is slated for Nov. 13.
Isnâ€™t all of this getting a little ridiculous Hog fans? Have we not suffered enough? Of course not, because we are Razorbacksâ€™ fans. Weâ€™re used to this stuff, right? I know Iâ€™m not surprised. Well, maybe I expected a better start to the season after finishing as the No. 5 team in the nation last year losing to the two best teams in the country, and started this season ranked No. 10, and with John L. Smith aside, Arkansas was no doubt overrated.
Pamela Keesee, 57, of Bryant, passed away on Sept. 30, with her family by her side.
Pamela was born Nov. 2, 1954, in Kensett to the late Elvis and Lucille Elledge. She loved her husband and children very much, was a great cook, loved her cats, and enjoyed making others happy.
Pamela is preceded in death by her brothers, Wayne and Lonnie Elledge; her daughter, Donna Stackhouse; and her parents.
Ronnie V. (Hutch) Hutcheson, 70, of Benton died Sunday, Sept. 30. He was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Benton. Ronnie was a retired licensed psychiatric technician nurse and worked in the forensic unit at the Arkansas State Hospital, a Brick Mason and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He loved fishing and deer hunting and was a local community football fan.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Doris Harris Hutcheson.