August 18th, 2011
The outdoor temperatures have been hovering around the mid-90s for months now.
Grass has been burned to a crisp, trees have changed colors, and rivers and streams have dried to a mere dirt box.
But none of that seems to be slowing down the very talented golf teams from Bryant High School.
Bryant is under the leadership of newly hired head coach Keith Dale.
This is not Daleâ€™s first rodeo either.
He has coached at El Dorado, Arkadelphia, Jessieville, and Southern Arkansas University before moving his talents and knowledge to Bryant.
Jerry Alan West Sr., 63, of Benton, went home to be with our Lord on Tuesday, August 16.Â He was born October 31, 1947 in Camden.Â Jerry was a Zone Supervisor at Wal-Mart and he was of the Methodist faith.Â
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth N. West.
Mary Ann â€śMrs. Maryâ€ť Wake, 62, of Alexander, passed away Sunday, August 14.Â She was born October 30, 1948 in Pine Bluff.Â Mary was a Para Professional and a member of Abundant Life Assembly of God.Â She was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Annie Wake and her brother, Everett Wake.
Only one day removed from summer vacation, both Bryant golf teams are making a big name for themselves early. On Tuesday, both the boys and girls teams took on Sheridan at Sheridan County Club for a quick nine-hole match. The Hornets were led by junior Tyler Green who finished with a final of 37. â€śHe didnâ€™t have an outstanding day but he did finish at one over par,â€ť head coach Keith Dale said.
Green shot a 6-under 9-hole practice round at Hurricane Country Club on Monday. The boys finished Tuesday with a combined top four score total of 157 giving them an average of 39.2 strokes.
The Benton boys and girls golf team earned a sweep over Lake Hamilton Tuesday at Longhills Golf Course.
Junior Grace Lile earned medalist after shooting a 42 over nine holes to lead the Lady Panthers to a 138 to 141 win.
â€śThey played really well,â€ť new coach Chad Pitts said. â€śI was proud of the way they played, especially this early in the season and with as young as we are.â€ť
Sophomore Karli Lipinski shot a 47 and Kaylen Presnall shot a 49.
Two things will be key in order for the Benton Lady Panthers to be successful is their hitting and their aggressiveness at the net, especially on defense.
â€śI think hitting is one of our strengths,â€ť coach Brandy Chumley said.
â€śBut we are also going to have to improve on our defense.â€ť
Chumley said she is currently trying to implement a new defense by taking away different angles and covering different arears.
â€śAgain with so many changes, we are just trying to work and improve,â€ť Chumley said.
â€śI think we will have a successful year and we should be competitive.â€ť
Joniece Moss Nichols, 81, of Benton, affectionately known to all as â€śMomma Joâ€ť, was born June 18, 1930 in Oxford to William and Willie Elizabeth Moss.Â She was a devoted mother and wife, retiree from the VA Hospital in North Little Rock, a faithful member of the Oxford United Methodist Church of Oxford and was a dedicated volunteer in the Mercy House Ministry of Sharon Baptist Church in Benton, where she chose to worship since moving to Benton.Â Her passion was researching and sharing family history.Â Momma Jo gently passed away at home on August 13, 2011 surrounded by family.
Loretta Rae Mangum Parks, 70, of Bryant, passed away Friday, August 12, 2011.
She was born October 18, 1940 in Benton.
Mrs. Parks was a retired secretary and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace Lee; and Violet Thelma Mangum and her husband, Rodney Parks.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Daniel and her husband Ron; and two grandchildren, Amanda Swift and her daughter Kinsey, and Aaron Vice and his daughter Cameron, all of Bryant.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Heartland Rehab and Care Center at 19701 Interstate 30 in Benton.
Judy S. Nodzo, 66, formally of Benton, died Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at St. Josephâ€™s Hospital in Mattydale, NY.
Raynham, Mass., manager Eric Wensley conceded his team may have had some first-game jitters against a good South Lexington team when they kicked off play in the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series on Friday.
On Saturday, it was obvious Raynhamâ€™s jitters were gone.
Despite getting a slight scare from Benton, Ark., in the form of a 3-run sixth inning, Raynham did enough to hold on for its first tournament win, leaving the Riverway Sports Park with a 9-6 victory Saturday.