March 12th, 2012
BENTON â€“ The Lady Panthers did something Saturday that no other Benton High School softball team had completed in a very long time. After getting past Springdale Harber in the first round of the Bootsie Gordon Tournament in Benton, the Lady Panthers beat Dardanelle 6-0 and Nashville 7-0 to advance to the finals against Greenbrier. After a crazy homerun call early in the game, the Lady Panthers prevailed to beat Greenbrier 12-2 to become tournament champions.
From Lt. Russell at the Benton Police Department:
A juvenile, Paxton Griffith, who was reported as a runaway recently out of our department has been located and is safe. Thank you for your help in trying locate him.
BENTON - It was a scoreless game through four innings, but the Benton Panthers came away with a 5-0 victory over the Monticello Billies Friday night in Benton. Junior left-handed started Justin Vincent gave up one hit, a double in the second inning, and retired the last 13 batters he faced. The Panthers retired the last 16 batters of the game.
â€śHe did a great job,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said of Vincent.
Lexie Magby Spickard will be celebrating a milestone event this Sunday: The lifetime Saline County resident will be observing her 90th birthday.
Spickard said she's grateful for every day and enjoys her life. "I don't feel 90," she said.
"It just doesn't feel like 90 years," she added. "I'm very healthy and happy, and I'm grateful to have such good health.
"I still drive," she added. " I think I'll know when to quit. I don't go very far â€” just to church and Benton and things."
The Benton Police Department is asking the public to help find a runaway juvenile.
Destoni Wiggins, 17, was last seen in the area of Chicken Express on Landers Drive late Thursday, "and has not been seen since," Lt. Kevin Russell said.
Destoni is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 110 pounds with brown eyes and long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, black slacks, and black shoes. She was traveling on foot and is believed to still be in the Saline County area, Russell noted.
BAUXITE - The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals softball team continued their season in the opening round of the Bauxite FCA Invitational on Wednesday when they took on Robinson. After jumping out to a decent lead, Robinson tied the game late before allowing Harmony Grove to take the lead and win 5-3 on a walk-off.
Starting Lady Cardinals pitcher Kristen Dempsey sat down the first two Robinson hitters via the grounder and a strikeout before allowing the third to reach on a walk. That was all the damage that Robinson could do as Dempsey sat down the final hitter on another ground out.
Charles Edward Oetken, 60, passed peacefully of heart failure on Wednesday, March 7. He was retired from Kroger Warehouse.
He wax preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Betty Oetken of Benton.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Bishop Oetken; a daughter, Susan Stewart and husband Alan; a son, Charles Brian Oetken; a grandson, Jordan Stewart; a brother, Norman Oetken of Salem; and a sister, Donna Williams of Louisville, Ky.
Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Family Funeral Care, 4925 Summer Ave. in Memphis, Tenn.
After a short battle with leukemia, Gary M Brimer, 64, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 6. He was born July 29, 1947, in Little Rock, son of the late Emmagene Brimer and Marshall Brimer
Gary was employed by Arkansas Refrigeration Company, Arkansas Central Mortuary, and had worked at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth in previous years.Â Â He never met a stranger he didn't like, and was an active member of Social Hill Missionary Baptist Church.Â Gary was active in Scout Troop No. 7.
BAUXITE â€“ After splitting a doubleheader with Poyen over the weekend, the Bauxite Miners picked up a 7-5 opening-round win in the FCA Tournament over the St. Josephâ€™s Bulldogs of Conway on Wednesday in Bauxite.
â€śWe had a good start,â€ť Bauxite Coach Mike Mattox began, â€śwe didnâ€™t finish. Thatâ€™s kind of how weâ€™ve played the last few games. Weâ€™ve got to learn to finish games off. Thatâ€™s kind of how we played last year.â€ť
Bryant firefighters are now better equipped to meet the needs of residents thanks to three Bullard Eclipse thermal imaging cameras that were recently donated to the fire department by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
The devices, worth nearly $19,000, detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, allowing firefighters to reach victims in half the time and extinguish potentially deadly fires.
â€śWhen you canâ€™t even see your hand in front of your face, these cameras guide us to the heat source and people who may be inside the structure,â€ť Capt. Rusty Long said.