January 13th, 2012
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
Frances (Pinegar) Callahan
Frances (Pinegar) Callahan, 73, of Benton died Wednesday, Jan. 11. She was born Dec. 21, 1938, in Hope to the late Gene and Lucille Shope Pinegar.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lynn; and her grandparents, Jeff and Willie Shope and Gene and Nannie Bell Pinegar.
She is survived by her sons, Jeff Esry of Benton and Sam Callahan of Paron; a brother; Jerry Pinegar of Missouri; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Robert "Bob" Reynolds, 88, of Benton, went to meet his Heavenly Father on Jan. 9, 2012.Â He was born April 25, 1923, to the late Monroe and Ida Mae Reynolds and raised in Prattsville.
Mr. Reynolds was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Mabelvale, where he served many years as a deacon and Sunday School superintendent.
Rose Marie Heinzl, 70, of Belleville, Ill., died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at her residence. She was born Oct. 10, 1941, in East St. Louis, Ill.
Rose Marie was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Belleville, Il. She graduated from St. Elizabeth's Grade School, St. Teresa Academy in 1959 and St. Joseph's School of Nursing , Alton, Ill., in 1962. She worked as a registered nurse for three years at Alton State Hospital in Alton, Ill.
Robert â€śBobâ€ť Gattin, 65, of Benton passed away Jan. 10, 2012.Â He was born June 23, 1946, in Des Arc.Â He was an employee of Alcoa and served in the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Melvin Wesley Gattin and Alva Akins Gattin; one brother and one sister.