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June 6th, 2012

Pearl Christine (Ausburn) Westbrook

June 6, 2012

Pearl Christine (Ausburn) Westbrook, 77, of Benton, passed away June 4.  She was born on March 14, 1935 in Kensett. Pearl was a homemaker, an avide stamp and Depression glass collector. Her prayers and faith in God have been passed on to her children and grand children.
Pearl was proceeded in death by her mother, Ruby and her father, Dick Ausburn, brother, Jim Ausburn, an infant brother, Roger and a great-grandson, Rowan Phillip Boozer.

Oma E. Nix

June 6, 2012

Oma E. Nix, 86, of Benton passed away on Tuesday, June 5, at Saline Memorial Hospital.  She was born on December 1, 1925 in Emmet, to the late F. L. and Ora Mae Hathcoat McAdams. Mrs. Nix loved to work in her yard and raise vegetables and roses and loved helping people.She was also preceded in death by her husband, Cleburne A. Nix; one son, David Nix; four brothers, Gilbert, Marshman, J.W., and Ervin McAdams, and one sister, Betty Lockard.
She is survived by one daughter, Deborah K. Nix of Ashdown, special nephew, Jimmy McAdams of Ashdown, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Jack Ervin McGhee

June 6, 2012

Jack Ervin McGhee passed away June 4 in Benton.  He was born March 5, 1934 in Adona to James and Arizona McGhee.
He was employed by Alcoa in Benton, retiring in 1996.  He loved fishing on Lake Nimrod and working in his garden. 
Mr. McGhee was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lonnie and Johnny McGhee; sisters, Ruby Herndon, Maxine Phillips, Earline Massey; and son-in-law, Trey Geyer. 

Sharon Gail Dickerson

June 6, 2012

Sharon Gail Dickerson, 61, of Benton passed away on May 31. She was born July 31, 1950, to the late Jack and Barbara Sprinkle in North Carolina.
Sharon loved being a homemaker to her three loving children. She enjoyed having family gatherings and playing with her grandbabies. Sharon was a very dedicated mother and Mimi.
Sharon is preceded in death by her husband, E. W. Dickerson; her parents; and one sister, Debbie Sprinkle.

Helen Marie Shelnut

June 6, 2012

Helen Marie Shelnut, 83, of Maumelle died Sunday, June 3. She was born April 29, 1929, in Lonsdale.
Helen was a retired cosmetologist and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Gladys Warford; and a grandson, Cody Dobbins.

Bonnie Louise Cramer

June 6, 2012

Bonnie Louise Cramer, 91, of Benton passed away Monday, June 4.  She was born May 16, 1921 in Benton.
Mrs. Cramer was a member of the Antioch Christian Church and the Garden Club. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Mitti Duvall; her husband, Ernest Cramer; a son-in-law, Benjamin Barber; a brother, Chester DuVall; and a sister, Edna Lance.

Benton 'Officer of the Year' Eric Porter is a life saver

June 6, 2012

There are three incidents that easily made Eric Porter the clear choice of the Benton Police Department's 2011 Officer of the Year recipient.
In 2011, 30-year-old Porter literally walked into fire and smoke filled apartments; despite a man with a weapon holding his family hostage, Porter snuck the two children out and convinced the man to put down his weapons and walk out; and third, he talked a suicidal man off the Alcoa Road overpass, which is directly above Interstate 30. But probably his greatest attribute, is that he gives the recognition of a "well-done-job" to those around him.

Hornet and Lady Hornet State pictures available

June 6, 2012

Photos are now available from the Bryant Hornets and Lady Hornets run to the 7A State Championship. Go to 'order photos' on the Saline Courier website and choose the folder to take you to pics.

Sox pick up 2nd straight shutout

June 6, 2012

LITTLE ROCK – The Bryant Black Sox Senior (19-under) American Legion baseball team went to Buddy Coleman Field at Central High School in Little Rock and shutout out the Little Rock Blues 7-0 on Tuesday night. The Black Sox improved their season record to 3-0 after beating Cabot 11-5 in the first game of the year and topping Benton 9-0 last Wednesday.

June 4th

Easton Begoon update: blood donations and Gibson guitars

June 4, 2012

Last summer The Saline Courier introduced readers to a 2-year-old boy named Easton Begoon who had been diagnosed on July 25, 2011, with T-cell leukemia.
The community responded in droves to help the family with everything from financial aid — and the medical bills still continue to mount today — to prayers and emotional support. In fact, Alan Gibson of the Red Cross told the Courier how overwhelmed his staff was to see Saline County residents donate 150 pints of blood at three different events in three days.

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