June 9th, 2014
Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington and Jo Nell Mallory, the former chief deputy finance director for the sheriff's office, were arraigned today in Saline County Circuit Court, where both entered not guilty pleas.
Pennington and Mallory were charged with felony offenses following a legislative audit of the sheriff's office.
Circuit Judge Gary Arnold ordered Pennington and Mallory to appear in court again for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. July 21.
Edmond L. "Buck" Layfield, 88, of Benton was received into the open arms of Jesus on Saturday, June 7. Â For the past two years, he had been living at Four Seasons Residential Care Center.
He was born May 22, 1926, in Harmon, La., to Edmond L. Layfield Sr. and Martha Mae Layfield, who preceded him in death. Before his retirement, he had worked for 37 years as a maintenance mechanic for Reynolds Metals in Benton.
James Madison Lee, 84, of Benton passed away Friday June 6, 2014, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born April 30, 1930, to Bud Lee and Rachel Childress Lee in Saline County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from the Saline County Water Department.
Mr. Lee was past adjutant of American Legion Post 19 in Benton and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 63 years, Eileen Foley Lee.