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September 6th, 2012

Kays seeks position on Bryant City Council

September 6, 2012

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.

Woman arrested Tuesday at state senator's home

September 6, 2012

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

September 6, 2012

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.  He loved to hunt and watch western movies.  Jack was a people person who enjoyed talking and visiting with friends and family.  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

September 6, 2012

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

September 6, 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.
 

First Security Bank robbed; image and description of suspect released

September 6, 2012

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 ‘courier style’ satchel.

September 5th

Bryant varsity, JV sweep Little Rock Fair

September 5, 2012

The Bryant Lady Hornets’ 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).
“The girls played well, but we didn't play anywhere near our caliber of play,” Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said of the varsity. “The girls won the first game 25-10 then started to "play down" in Game 2.

Lady Panthers fight back for win

September 5, 2012

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.

Annual parade kicks off fair week in Saline County

September 5, 2012

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.

August 31st

Fireworks show in Benton on Sunday

August 31, 2012

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.

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