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April 26th, 2012

Miners up big, hold on

April 26, 2012

MALVERN – Leading by seven runs after five innings, the No. 7 seed Bauxite Miners allowed the No. 6 seed Maumelle Hornets to tie the game in the last inning, but came away with a 10-7 win in 11 innings in the first round of the 7-4A District Tournament on Wednesday at Morrison Park in Malvern.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t finish it in the seventh inning,” Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said, “but for [the Miners] to hang around for four more innings and compete showed me a lot about this team, something I knew was in them, but haven’t seen all year long.”

First place likely out for Panthers

April 26, 2012

SHERIDAN – Vying for first place in the 6A South, the Benton Panthers committed five errors and allowed four unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Sheridan Yellowjackets on Wednesday in conference action in Sheridan.

“We struggled. That’s uncharacteristic of us,” Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said of the errors. “We don’t usually make errors like that. As a matter of fact, going through the first round of conference only losing one game; it was because we played great defense.

Walks kill Travelers

April 26, 2012

This column won third place in the 2011 Associated Press Managing Editor Association of Arkansas contest for a sports column. It ran in the Courier on Sept. 26, 2011.

The Arkansas Travelers were swept in the Texas League Championship series by the San Antonio Missions, but the Travs definitely had their chances. The Missions won games one and two by 5-4 scores in San Antonio and came from behind to defeat the Travs 10-6 in North Little Rock on Sept. 16. Walks were a factor in every Travs’ loss.

Amy Nicole McGinty Grenier

April 26, 2012

Amy Nicole McGinty Grenier, 29, of Benton, passed away April 24.  She was born December 9, 1982 in Little Rock to Chuck and Linda Watson McGinty.  Amy was a member of Crystal Valley Baptist Church and graduate of Henderson State University.

George Venson Babbitt

April 26, 2012

George Venson Babbitt, 67, of Benton, went to live with his Heavenly Father April 25.  He was born March 17, 1945 in Little Rock, the only son and first of two children of the late Delbert Venson and Alma Lillian Babbitt.  George was a member of the class of 1963 at Little Rock Central High School.  He was proud to be in the Navy and serve his country on active and reserve duty from 1963 to 1969.  George was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church.

Benton Parks Commission suspends McCormack, Smith with pay

April 26, 2012

Benton Parks Department Director Curtis McCormack and assistant Kitty Smith have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the completion of an investigation into accounting practices associated with operation of the concession stand in Tyndall Park during 2011. The Parks Commission met for a special meeting Tuesday night specifically called to determine what course of action to take in light of an independent accountant's report indicating a deficit of $6,445 in unaccounted funds.

April 25th

Bryant fire chief to retire in May

April 25, 2012

After 33-years of service, Bryant Fire Chief Randy Cox cites health concerns as the main reason he plans to retire on May 25.
"With injuries that I received while on the job in 2009, several surgeries, as well as the everyday struggles and constant pain, I can no longer meet the requirements of my job," he said in a memo to Bryant city officials.

Panther signs with Bears

April 25, 2012

BENTON – Benton Panthers senior track & field athlete and school record-holder Zach Riley signed a letter of intent to run at the University of Central Arkansas (Conway) on Tuesday afternoon in front of students, friends and family at Benton Arena.

“It’s a big day for me,” Riley said. “I’m glad that I made it this far. It’s a big step in life.”

Jr. Hornets win conference

April 25, 2012

BENTON – The Bryant Jr. Hornets capped off a stellar track season with a conference championship Saturday at the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference Track Championships in Benton.  The Jr. Hornets led the way with a total of 148 points, followed by Lake Hamilton (108), North Little Rock (98), Cabot South (90), Conway White (68), Conway Blue (63), Cabot North (41), and Benton (8).  

Bertha Estella “Doodle” Gartrell

April 25, 2012

Bertha Estella “Doodle” Gartrell, 91, of Mabelvale, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 23. She was born August 6, 1920 in Pulaski County. She had worked as a butcher at the Southside Meat Market. She was a member of the Vimy Ridge Immanuel Baptist Church and was a Sunday School teacher. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie J. Gartrell; three sisters and two brothers.

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