February 20th, 2014
Herschel Dean Yates of Benton passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
He was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Carterville, Mo., to the late Cecil and Edith Yates.
He was named for Dizzy Dean, the Cardinal baseball player.Â He played semi-pro baseball for a short time.Â He retired from the Arkansas State Police as a sergeant after 25 years of service.Â While working in Hot Springs, he gave future Governor and President Bill Clinton his driver's test when he was 16.Â He was laterÂ head of security at theÂ Governor's Mansion and the state Capitol complexÂ while Mr. Clinton was governor.Â
Stephen Felton Berry, 43, of Bryant went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 16, 2014.Â
He was born July 2, 1970, in Little Rock to Jackie and Toni Green Berry.
Stephen graduated from Bryant High School, was a red shirt freshman for University of Arkansas, then completed his football career at Southern Arkansas University.
Stephen was a member of Bryant First Baptist Church. He loved fishing, football and NASCAR racing.
Stephen was a CNC operator for Coors Manufacturing.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, a move that supporters hope will end a stalemate in the House over the future of a program that is providing health coverage to more than 87,000 people.
The Senate voted 27-8 to reauthorize funding for the "private option" program that uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Arkansas was the first state to win approval for such a plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Arkansas lawmakers are to try again with legislation to keep the state's compromise Medicaid expansion alive, despite previous defeats in the state House.
The Senate and House are expected to vote Thursday on identical measures funding the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion under the federal health law. Through the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for low-income residents.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant senior track and field and cross country star Melinda Murdock's list of accomplishments as a Lady Hornet is pretty lengthy. On Thursday at Bryant High School, Murdock signed a letter of intent to take those accomplishments to the University of Memphis Lady Tigers to run track.
â€śMelinda Murdock is one of the greatest competitors and hardest workers I have coached," Bryant Cross Country Coach Danny Westrbook said. "She is a very unique athlete in that she excels in both distance running as well as sprint and hurdle events."
FAYETTEVILLE - After routing Appalachian State ace starter Jamie Nunn in Friday's 12-2 season opener, some might have presumed the Saturday and Sunday games would be a piece of cake for the Arkansas Razorbacks,Â No. 25 ranked by Baseball AmericaÂ and hosting at Baum Stadium.
They would have presumed wrong. The Razorbacks, now 3-0, did sweep the now 0-3 Mountaineers but it wasn't easy.
With the approach of spring practice for college football teams, the Saline County Razorback Club has announced that Bret Bielema, Arkansas Razorback head football coach, will be the guest speaker for theÂ annual Saline County Razorback ClubÂ Fish Fry next month.
"We are certainly excited to welcome Coach Bielema backÂ to Saline County for this year's fish fry," said Phillip Montalvo, president of the Saline County Razorback Club.
Cloyd Stephen â€śSteveâ€ť Wiseman, 64, of Atkins passed away Feb. 15, 2014, at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.
He was born Jan. 26, 1950, in Missouri. Steve worked for the poultry industry in Northwest Arkansas for many years and later became an elder in full connection of the Arkansas United Methodist Church, serving churches at Jasper, Lepanto, Joiner, Hughes, El Dorado and Berryville.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Velva Lee Wiseman, and a cousin, Gaylon Cope.
Petra Ann "Pat" Trejo, 45, of Bauxite, formerly of Sweetwater, Texas, died Feb. 11, 2014. She was born June 29, 1968, in Jacksboro, Texas.
She was a homemaker and a member of New Beginnings Church in Bauxite.
She had moved to Bauxite from Sweetwater in 1991,
She married Antonio Trejo on May 7, 1993, in Benton.
Funeral took place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater.
Burial was at Sweetwater Cemetery.
The Rev. Chris Stephens officiated.
Carlos Galindo and Patrick Qualls served as pallbearers.
February 14, 2014, is recognized nationally as the day of love. It is also the day that Reba L. Griffis, 81, of Benton, was promoted and transported to her everlasting heavenly home with Jesus Christ. With her entire family and best friend, Joe Fureigh, at her side, she made her final journey.Â Reba was born at home at the Bauxite Pumps on March 10, 1932, to a warm and loving family who lived there to operate the water pumps for the Alcoa plant located on the other side of Bauxite. Â
She was a lifelong, active member of Social Hill Missionary Baptist Church.