September 6th, 2012
Marion Jr. Craft, 84, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4.Â
He was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Lonsdale to Sophia Josephine (Cash) Craft and Francis Marion Craft.Â
He entered the Army in February of 1946, serving his basic training at Camp Crower near Neosho, Mo. (south of Joplin).
After basic training, he went home for 20 days until June 1, 1946, when he traveled by train to Seattle, Wash., where he was stationed.Â Early one morning with full field pack, they hiked (apparently near San Francisco) through a gate that read, âWorldâs Best Damn Soldiers Walked Through This Gate."
Alan Kays will vie for Position 2, Ward 1 of Bryant City Council in the Nov. 6 general election.
The position currently is held by Danny Steele, who is not seeking another term.
Kays' opponent is Wade Permenter. Aldermanic races are nonpartisan.
Kays said the main reason he is running for the council position is to "restore focus on City Council to our citizens." Particularly, he wants to hone in on supporting children and senior citizens.
A Little Rock woman was arrested late Tuesday after allegedly striking the head of state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock.
A Little Rock police report said officers responded to 38-year-old Hutchinson's home, where 39-year-old Julie McGee had locked herself in a bathroom.
McGee, reportedly a former girlfriend of Hutchinson, claimed that the senator had thrown her onto a couch, causing "a swollen lip, scratches to her wrists and redness to her left arm."
Jack L. Hill, 73, of Benton passed away on Sept. 1, with his loving family by his side.
He was born Dec. 21, 1938, to the late Lilburn and Sybil Hill in Paron.
Jack retired from Cranford Construction after 44 years.Â He loved to hunt and watch western movies.Â Jack was a people person who enjoyed talking and visiting with friends and family.Â One of his greatest joys in life was to tell stories from his past.
He was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronnie Baugh; and a brother, Sharon Cleghorn.
Norris Collon Whitfield, age 66, of Bauxite, passed away Sunday September 2, 2012. He was born July 23, 1946 in Bauxite. Norris worked for the State Highway Dept. and was a member of Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mattie Brooks Whitfield, brothers, Ray Whitfield, and Doyle Whitfield.
Survivors, wife, Deborah Whitfield, Bauxite; son, Michael Daymond Whitfield, Plano, Texas; Brothers, Carroll Whitfield, Fred Whitfield, both of Benton; sisters, Nellorine Hickman, Benton; Betty Ann Adams, Benton; Nelsene Ritchey, Bryant.
Roy D. Stewart of Benton died September 2, 2012. He was born September 4, 1926 to Cecil Stewart and Sylvia Wampfler. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Larry Morrison.
He is survived by his wife Wanda Stuart Stewart; son Mike Stewart and wife Cheryl, daughter, Michele Burrow. Six grandchildren, Shannon and husband Thad Pickard, St. Augustine, Florida; Megan and husband Colorado Barnard, Aaron Stewart, Jacob Burrow, Lauren Stewart, and Bent Burrow, all of Benton; three great-grandchildren, Hudson and Henley Barnard and Kale Pickard, several nieces and nephews.
Benton police are searching for another bank robber dressed in camouflage that escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash from First Security Bank in Benton.
Lt. Kevin Russell said officers responded to the bank located at 1403 Military Road, just past noon on Thursday. The suspected bank robber is described as a 6 foot tall man dressed in a camouflage T-shirt, blue jeans, brown work boots, camouflage hat, black ski mask, dark colored sunglasses, black gloves, and a tan âcourier styleâ satchel.
The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ varsity and junior varsity teams traveled to JA Fair High School in Little Rock for 6A South Conference action on Tuesday night and had little trouble coming out with victory sweeps. The varsity won 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-8) and the JV won 2-0 (25-9, 25-5).
âThe girls played well, but we didn't play anywhere near our caliber of play,â Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said of the varsity. âThe girls won the first game 25-10 then started to "play down" in Game 2.
The Benton Lady Panthers' varsity volleyball team had an exhausting match against Mena at Benton Arena on Tuesday, while the Lady Panthers' junior varsity squad eased to victory defeating Mena's JV 2-0 (25-16, 25-12). Benton's varsity actually lost the first two sets 19-25 and 20-25 before fighting back to win the last three games in close fashion taking the match 3-2, winning 26-24, 25-21 and 16-14.
Many Saline County residents lined the streets in Downtown Benton on Tuesday evening to watch the annual county fair parade.
"Dancing Till the Cows Come Home" was the theme of the event that was emphasized in floats and other units. That is also the theme of the overall fair that opened Tuesday and will continue through Saturday night.
Eighty entries participated, according to Tom Wallace, a representative of the Saline County Fair Association.
Winners were selected among the float and antique/classic car entries.