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June 18th, 2012

Norman Eugene Brown

June 18, 2012

Norman Eugene Brown, 75, of Alexander went to be with Lord Saturday, June 16. He was born May 8, 1937, in Dubach, La.
He was the son of the late Norman and Annie May Havens Brown. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He was an avid Razorback fan, loved western shows and movies and loved fishing, hunting, and camping.
Norman was a member of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lavon Brown.

June 16th

No school choice: What will school districts do? Superintendents ponder the current dilemma

June 16, 2012

Arkansas school officials are up in arms. For years the school districts have been trading students back and forth through the Arkansas School Choice Act and that plan already was in the works for another school term.
A few days ago, a federal judge determined, however, that the act is illegal and has issued a ruling saying school districts must cease and desist in regard to this practice.

Council to consider dissolving Parks/Recreation Commission

June 16, 2012

Benton Parks and Recreation Department and the Benton Parks Commission have been in the news a great deal in recent weeks and it appears the attention on these entities isn't waning.
Benton City Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to consider an ordinance repealing the Benton Parks and Recreation Commission, which recently conducted an investigation resulting in the dismissal of one employee and leading later to the announced retirement of the department's director.

Historians, city leaders dedicate cemetery discovered by builders

June 16, 2012

As a piper played "Amazing Grace," a respectful crowd gathered Thursday afternoon at Kirkpatrick Cemetery off Arkansas 5 North in Bryant for a ceremony to dedicate the hallowed spot that had fallen victim to neglect and was nearly lost from history.
The Bryant Historical Society hosted the ceremony that resulted from the efforts of Bryant Alderman Steve Gladden, a past president of the society, and other society members.
The current generation of the Kirkpatrick family was unaware of the cemetery's existence, according to Patsy Kirkpatrick Kuhn, who participated in the event.

June 15th

Sox survive in extras

June 15, 2012

CONWAY – The Bryant Black Sox Senior American Legion baseball team tied the first game of a doubleheader against the Fort Smith Kerwins 4-4 in the seventh and last inning, but it took the Sox five more innings to come away with a 5-4 12-inning victory on relief pitcher Tryce Schacilin’s single to score Tyler Nelson from third on Thursday night at Bear Stadium on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. The Black Sox handled the Kerwins in the second game 11-4.

Arkansas State Fair to stay in Little Rock

June 15, 2012

The board that oversees the Arkansas State Fair accepted a $3 million offer from Little Rock on Thursday to keep the event in the capital city, though board members said they would have preferred to move but just didn't have the money.

Birch Lane complex offers independence, support

June 15, 2012

Birch Tree Communities, a certified, nonprofit program that offers support and assistance to adults with mental health disease, recently opened the Birch Lane Apartments for members of its New Beginnings program.
The supervised living complex, which consists of 10 units, was completed mid-April and residents began moving in May 1. Each apartment is one unit of a duplex; each 560-square-foot home includes a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath, according to Sandy White, Birch Tree associate director of program.

June 14th

James R. Fortner

June 14, 2012

James R. Fortner, 71, of Benton passed away Tuesday, June 12, at his home.  He was born on October 9, 1940 in Cale to the late Arley Franklin and Vivian Lucille Jones Fortner.  Mr. Fortner attended the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Vilonia and the United Missionary Baptist Church in Salem.  He loved to play the guitar, served in the U. S. Army,  and was a mobile equipment operator for Alcoa for 32 years.
In addition to his parents his wife, Betty Garren Fortner and son, Jody Fortner also preceded him in death, both in 2009.

Charlie L. Whitt

June 14, 2012

Charlie L. Whitt, 74, of Benton passed away on June 12.  Charlie was born on July 9, 1937 to David and Betsy Whitt in Roland.  He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He will be missed by all his family and friends.
Charlie is preceded in death by his loving wife, Margie Whitt and his parents.

Wanda Sue Mansfield

June 14, 2012

Wanda Sue Mansfield, 77, of Benton, died June 12.  She was born September 23, 1935 in Bauxite to Bernard Arkel and Mary Jewel Brown.  She graduated from Bauxite High School in 1953.  In the fall, she entered Henderson State University where she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.  On July 31, 1955, she married James Ross Mansfield and together they moved to Norfolk, Virginia.  While he served in the Navy, Wanda worked as a secretary at the naval base.  In 1958, they returned to Arkansas and she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA).  Her tea

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