August 13th, 2012
Pat Grace, 82, of Benton, passed away Friday, August 10, 2012.Â
She was born April 11, 1930 in Marianna, Ark. to the late Ollie McKinney and Florene Standridge McKinney.Â Mrs. Grace lived in Olathe, Kan. for more than thirty years, where she raised her family and worked in the clerical office of a grocery business.Â She became a member of First Baptist Church in Benton upon moving here in 1988, and loved spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Lonnie and Arnold McKinney.Â
P.J. Cowling, 75, of Bryant, passed away Wednesday, August 8, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.Â She was born November 6, 1936 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Â
She is proceeded in death by her mother, Connie Orlopp-Merigoni and brother, Sonny Merigoni.
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Team Arkansas competed at International Girl Nationals in Branson, Mo. July 31-Aug. 4, and a little girl from Benton won six awards.
Madison Cunningham, 4, daughter of Becky Cunningham of Benton and granddaughter of Liz Cunningham of Bryant, competed against other girls, ages 0 to 6, from around the country.
Today's THV partnered with United Way to hold a Back-to-School Blitz school supply drive at Bryant Walmart Thursday evening. United Way has hosted school supply drives around Central Arkansas for seven years, but this was the first year United Way has brought the drive to Saline County.
Walmart donated $7,000 worth of school supplies for the cause, and $2,000 worth of supplies were donated by the community, said Denver Landers, public relations director for United Way.
One additional candidate filed for a municipal position Friday, according to Deputy Clerk Darlene Westbrook in Saline County Clerk Freddy Burton's office.
Rob Roedel filed his candidacy for re-election to the Ward 3, Position 2 seat on the Bryant City Council.
The filing period for municipal races opened at 8 a.m. Friday, July 27, and will close at noon Aug. 17.
All municipal positions are nonpartisan and will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election.
At the close of the day Thursday, the following candidates had filed for the listed municipal races:
Lee Crow has announced he is seeking a position on the Bryant City Council this November. He will vie for the Ward 3, Position 1 seat currently held by Adrian Henley.
Crow said he disagrees with Henleyâ€™s choice to maintain a website in opposition to the mayor while spearheading a stalled recall effort.
The Bryant Black Sox made five errors en route to five unearned runs in a 5-4 loss to the Hub City Bombers (Hattiesburg, Miss.) in the first game of the Mid-South Regional Tournament on Thursday morning in New Orleans. The Black Sox played this morning in a loser's bracket game against Piedmont, Okla., and Bryant has to win at any chance to advance to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C. Results will be in tomorrow's Courier.
Two errors in the top of the first inning led to two unearned runs for the Bombers for an early 2-0 deficit for the Black Sox.
Jeremy Flynn Lewallen, 24, of Haskell, passed away Aug. 8.Â He was born Nov. 26, 1987, in Magnolia to Clifton Lewallen and Linda Geier Edens.Â
Jeremy served in the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Winona Lewallen and Maxine Geier.
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A $50,000 sheriff's bond was set Wednesday for a Bauxite man accused of raping a 16-year-old boy multiple times.
Jonathan Solomon, 20, who is affiliated with the Army National Guard, is facing three counts of rape, three counts of sodomy and terroristic threatening. The victim reportedly told Bauxite police that the sexual abuse began when he was 15.