September 6th, 2012
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.
A fireworks display is scheduled late Sunday at Bernard Holland Park.
Robert Edwards, interim director for the Benton Parks and Recreation Department, said this is the fireworks show that originally had been planned for the Benton Freedom Fest held during the Fourth of July weekend. That show was canceled because of safety concerns during the "severe drought conditions," Benton Fire Chief Bill Ford said.
Dale Farrell McClennahan, 78, of Benton, passed away Aug. 30.Â He was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Highland to the late Harrison and Joy L. McClennahan.
Dale was a member of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church and retired from U.S. Steel of Gary, Ind., after 33 years and 10 months of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Loretta White.
He is survived by wife, Judith Bussey McClennahan of Benton; a brother, Terry McClennahan and wife Elaine of Benton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
Virgie Mae Lowrey, 90, of Little Rock, died August 26. She was born May 5, 1922 to Floyd and Winnie Evans. She experienced a full and healthy life, adored her husband of 40 years and served with him at Archview Baptist Church since 1963. She was active in Godâs Older Kids, Puppet and Bus ministry; always witnessing to others her Christian faith. She spent her working years in the Trust Department of Regions Bank retiring in 1984. After retirement, she devoted her time to preparing lessons for Sunday school class for over 20 years.
Jeremiah Oltmans purchases meat at JAC's Meat Block Wednesday. He and other members of the Bryant Chamber of Commerce and city officials surprised local business owner, Jody Murdoch, of JAC's Meat Block with a "Cash Mob." Similar to a flash mob, the "Cash Mob" involved the a large group arranging to meet up at exactly the same time to spend money at a local establishment. Murdoch said they earned about $750 during the event, the amount he usually takes in on his busiest day.
As questions and concerns continue to be raised about a high-voltage transmission line being installed in Benton, city officials say they have attempted to convince Entergy Arkansas officials to relocate a particular transmission line pole that is located within close proximity to the ball fields at Bernard Holland Park.
City Attorney Brent Houston reviewed the steps leading to that proposal in a detailed email submitted to members of the City Council. In essence, Entergy has refused to modify the project and the city has been told there is nothing that can be done.