January 16th, 2012
John T. â€śJ.T.â€ť Peterson, 91, of Bauxite passed away Friday, Jan. 13. He was born Sept. 18, 1920, in Leola.
Mr. Peterson was retired from Alcoa as a mine superintendent.Â He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Peterson was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Webster and Della Ray Peterson; a brother, Kenneth Peterson; and a sister, Odelia Lenger.
Martha Elizabeth Wills, 82, of Benton, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12.Â She was born Jan. 31, 1929 in Windfield, La.
It's weekend time and the weather may be cool but there are some hot things to do the next couple of days.
The Young Players, the youth division of Royal Players, will present the school version of "Les Miserables" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a matinee show at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Bauxite Lady Minersâ€™ senior forward Alaina Crouse isnâ€™t shy when it comes to shooting 3-pointers and thatâ€™s ok with Coach Josh Harrison.
â€śShe shoots the ball extremely well and a lot of times in clutch,â€ť Harrison said. â€śShe doesn't think a whole lot about it. She just sees that she's open and she shoots it. That's big to have. It's good to have a couple girls that don't have a lot of conscience when it comes to shooting.â€ť
A large assembly of local leaders gathered Wednesday morning in the atrium of Saline Memorial Hospital's Health Education Building to hear an announcement that has the potential to change the future of the hospital.
Arkansas Heart Hospital has joined with SMH in an alliance that interim CEO Carla Robertson called "the partnership we've dreamed of."
Dr. Bruce Murphy, CEO and president of Arkansas Heart Hospital, announced the agreement at Wednesday's news conference.
Sports rivalries in Saline County have been apart of the counties history for many years. From Benton and Bryant to Bauxite and Glen Rose, Rivalries run deep in the blood of Central Arkansas sports.
The Bryant Lady Hornets improved to 2-0 in 7A Central conference play when they defeated the Van Buren Lady Pointers 49-46 on Tuesday in Van Buren.
Up 47-46 with 10 seconds left, Bryantâ€™s Kiara Moore hit two free throws to seal the game.
â€śMy kids played really well,â€ť Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. â€śThe Democrat [Gazette] ranked Van Buren second in class 6A. Any time you win on the road, itâ€™s a good win.â€ť
Bryant Police Department is investigating an incident of alleged sexual misconduct involving a student and a teacher at Bryant High School.
Sgt. Todd Crowson said at press time that no arrests have been made. He noted that for now, the claims are simply allegations and said the name of the teacher accused in the incident is not being released.
"Due to the ongoing investigation in this case, we cannot at this time release any details regarding the alleged incident," Crowson said. "However, we will release further information that we can regarding this case as the investigation continues."
Wallace Henry Wyeth, 68, of Maumelle died Wednesday, Jan. 11. He was born in Dermott on Oct. 3, 1943, and grew up in McGehee. He was the son of Robert and Linnie Hesselrode Wyeth.
He received a master's degree in education from the University of Arkansas, was employed at Blaylock Threet Engineers as a production manager, and was owner of the former Goodtime Video Store of Little Rock.
He was a member of the Maumelle Planning Commission for more than 25 years and a member of the Orient Express Mystery Book Society. He was of the Baptist faith.
Mary E. Rochelle, 85, of Benton passed away Jan. 12. She was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Granville, Okla., to the late Nonnie and Marshall Emerson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Boyd L. Rochelle.
She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Grant and husband Bud of Benton; her son Bob Rochelle and wife Teresa of Plainview; her grandson, B. J. Grant, of Benton; and her granddaughter,Mandy Tropf and husband Shane of Little Rock.
In keeping with the wishes of Mrs. Rochelle, no service is planned. Cremation arrangements are through Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.Â