April 9th, 2012
Nancy Karen Parker of Benton passed away Friday, April 6.Â She was born Jan. 6, 1946, in Danville, to the late Ellis Roberson and Estella Wehunt Roberson.Â
Mrs. Parker was a former employee of Smith Fiberglass.Â She and her husband, Richard E. Parker of Benton,would have celebrated their 50TH wedding anniversary on May 17, 2012.Â Â
BENTON â€“ Leading by four runs going into the top of the sixth only to have the game tied on one swing, the Benton Panthers came away with a 5-4 extra-inning win in the bottom of the eighth over the El Dorado Wildcats in an important 6A South conference game on Thursday at Panther Field.
Benton senior Ryne Besancon, who pinch hit and struck out for starting pitcher Coulton Lee two innings before, hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning.
â€śIt was just a great ballgame; a great way to win the game,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers added to their already impressive season with their second 15-0 win in a row on Thursday. Benton beat JA Fair on Tuesday in three innings. El Dorado got a bitter taste of Benton on Thursday as Benton extended their winning streak to 13.
Starting pitcher Lauren White started the game in the circle and sat down El Dorado in order in the top of the first.
Ula Jean (Turner) Griffin, 73, of the Shaw Community, passed away Wednesday, April 4, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.Â She was born April 20, 1938 in England to the late T.J. and Verda Ann Turner.Â She was a homemaker and loved to hunt and raise chickens.Â She was of Missionary Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Walter Wayne Griffin; two grandsons, Chris Lewis and Walter Ammons; two sisters, Irma Gregg and Vetola Stergeon, and four brothers.Â
Randy Michael Wootten, 46, of Batesville entered heaven after a courageous battle with lung cancer, quietly with family at his home, on Monday, April 2. He was born August 29, 1966 in Torrance, Calif. to Jerry and Wanda Wooten.
He is proceeded in death by his father, Jerry C. Wootten on Benton.
Morgan L. Hodkin, 91, of Benton went home to be with the Lord on April 4.Â He was born Oct. 13, 1920 to the late Bill and Grace Hodkin of Carthage, Mo.Â Mr. Hodkin was a deacon for more than 60 years a member of Holland Chapel Church.Â Morgan was the mechanical engineer director of the physical plant at UAMS for 26 years.
After he retired from UAMS in 1975, he was the field director with Carter, Chilcoat Icobaum Rouse and Walker.Â
Mary McRee Mitchell, 67, of Alexander, passed away Monday, April 2.Â She was born May 9, 1944 in Little Rock.Â Mrs. Mitchell was a retired L.P.N. and a strong advocate for helping local nursing homes.Â She was a passionate Arkansas Razorback fan.Â
Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Helene Blakley and her husband, Phillip Charles Mitchell.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant senior starting pitcher Peyton Jenkins pitched her fifth no-hitter of the season and went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple to lead the Lady Hornets to a 6-0 victory over the Russellville Lady Cyclones on Tuesday in 7A Central conference action in Bryant. Jenkinsâ€™ fantastic game was complemented by senior center fielder Kayla Soryâ€™s 2 for 4 day with two home runs and four RBIs.
CABOT â€“ Behind a 45-point performance from junior Alexis Royal and 23 points from sophomore Leah Ward, the Bryant Lady Hornets took the team championship at the Walmart Invitational track meet Tuesday night in Cabot.Â Bryant scored 155 points with Cabot taking runner-up with 107 points.Â Conway was third with 105 points.Â There were 11 teams at the meet.
A town hall meeting will be held on Thursday by the Benton Police Department to present a life saving service called Smart911.
"There is a vast amount of opportunity for our 911 service. Smart911 could provide faster, safer public safety response that could save lives," Police Chief Kirk Lane said. "We want to first educate the public about the program. Then we want people to give feedback and input on if we should pursue this or not."