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March 26th, 2012

I.E. 'Eddie' McCray Jr.

March 26, 2012

Prominent Benton businessman I.E. “Eddie” McCray Jr. of Benton passed away Saturday, March 24. He was 84.
He was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Little Rock to the late I.E. McCray Sr. and Rose (Wray) McCray.
Mr. McCray was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the 1949 graduating class of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. 
He was an entrepreneur in Saline County for many years.
He was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, LaNelle (McNeil) McCray; and one brother, Jack McCray.

Lemual W. Newcomb

March 26, 2012

Lemual W. Newcomb ("Dub," as he was finally known), 79, of Heber Springs, fell asleep in death on March 15, with two of his sons at his bedside. He was born Jan. 2, 1933, in North Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Lee Newcomb and Maude Bell (Rood) Newcomb.
Mr. Newcomb was a retired masonry contractor and had done a lot of work in the Heber Springs area. He served this country in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

March 23rd

Panthers win in first round

March 23, 2012

BENTON - The Benton Panthers came into the Central Arkansas Invitational on Thursday looking for a win after falling in their last contest against Lake Hamilton 4-2. With their bats struggling, Benton looked to turned things around at home against Central Arkansas Christian.

Though their bats were no hot, or even warm, the Panthers got past the Mustangs 2-0 behind stellar defense once again.

Haven Malia (Helmcamp) Bray

March 23, 2012

Haven Malia (Helmcamp) Bray, 33 passed away on March 20. She was born July 4, 1978, in Little Rock.
She is survived by her sons, Austin Smith and Haden Helmcamp, both of Mabelvale; her father; James Bray of Mabelvale; her mother, Charlotte Ann Bonds and stepfather, Leland Bonds of Malvern; one brother, Ray Ennis Jr. of Hot Springs, as well as many other friends and family members who loved her and will cherish her memory.

Fred Lee Wells

March 23, 2012

Fred Lee Wells, 94, of Pittsfield, Mass., formerly of Hot Springs, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at his home, after a short illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1917, in Benton, the son of Fred Lee Wells Sr. and Myrtle Crowford Wells. He was a graduate of Benton schools.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Wells enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 7, 1942, served as a technician third grade and an automotive mechanic, and was honorably discharged on Oct. 20, 1945.
Mr. Wells had been proprietor of Bud’s Radiator Service in La Jolla, Calif., which he owned and operated for more than 30 years.

Imogene Holland

March 23, 2012

Imogene Holland, 80, of Roland, passed away Monday, March 19.
She was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Gravely. 
Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by her parents, Dewitt and Claira Redden; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Buddy Holland of Roland; seven sons, David Staggs of Roland, Delbert Staggs of Little Rock, Darryl Staggs of Mt. Vernon, Jerald Holland of Bigelow, Keith Holland of Bigelow, Mark Holland of East End and Matt Holland of North Little Rock; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

March 22nd

JP Tom Lish announces campaign for re-election

March 22, 2012

Tom Lish has announced his bid for a third term as justice of the peace for Saline County District 13.
Lish is seeking the nomination of the Saline County Republican Party in the May preferential primary election.
Lish stated, "While serving as JP, we have continued the tradition of being one of two counties in Arkansas not having a County General Sales Tax. I will continue to vote against any General Sales Tax.

David Pierce released

March 22, 2012

David Pierce, the convicted sex offender who served for nearly three decades as minister of music at Benton's First Baptist Church, has left prison. However, he will be under the supervision of the Kentucky Department of Corrections for the next seven years.
Pierce, 59, was granted parole from the Arkansas Department of Correction slightly less than two months ago, but was not allowed to leave immediately because of stipulations that required him to seek residency out of state.

Hornets end two–game skid

March 22, 2012

SANFORD, Fla. – After two games in the Florida League High School Invitational in Sanford, Fla., the Bryant Hornets are sitting at 1-1. The Hornets dropped their first game on Monday 4-2 against the Stallions of American Heritage High School from Del Ray Beach, Fla. Bryant had an off day on Tuesday before rebounding with a 7-4 win on Wednesday morning against the Sanford Seminoles.

The Stallions struck first against Bryant senior starter Tyler Nelson when Amfernee Seymour singled to start the game and Jonathan India doubled to scored Seymour for a 1-0 Heritage lead.

March 21st

UPDATE FROM CITY OF BENTON REGARDING MILITARY ROAD WORK

March 21, 2012

The striping crew will be working on Military between Smithers and Lincoln on Thursday, March 22nd removing the existing striping.

The switch to the temporary signal at the Military/Lincoln intersection is
scheduled for Friday, March 23rd. The lane shift on Military from Smithers to Lincoln will be done at the same time. Eastbound traffic will be shifted into the center turn lane and the right lane will be closed from just west of Smithers to Watts. The westbound traffic will not change.

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