January 16th, 2012
Polar Plunge Hurricane Creek Estates was the sight for this year's "Freezin' for a Reason" fundraiser. The event, sponsored by the Benton Police Department, was known as the Polar Plunge. Participants obtained sponsors who would pay for entrants to enter the winter cold water of Lake Hurricane. The event was considered a big success as over $18,000 was raised this year. Proceeds from the event were to the benefit of Special Olympics.
Tony Coffman may no longer be the police chief in Bryant, but he still knows what is happening in his former hometown.
During a Jan. 9 press conference, Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs made the allegation that Bryant City Alderman Adrian Henley had "illegally accessed" the personnel files of several city employees, both current and past. Coffman's file was one of those files in question.
The owners of Longhills Golf Course and Country Club are now facing a new obstacle in their attempt to sell the property to Lindsey Development Co.
The latest development in the protracted efforts of Bud and Mary Jean Busken and Jeff and Sam Hamm to sell the site has come from the discovery of a document that City of Benton Attorney Brent Houston said "appears to be a covenant signed by William Martin in 1986 and filed of record in 1988 with the Saline County Circuit Clerk."
William "Bill" Martin is the original owner of the golf course site and built the course and its related amenities.
David McKinnley Morrow, 33, of Little Rock, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14.Â He was born July 7, 1978 in Benton.Â David was a true Christian, a wonderful son and a loving man.Â His passion was rebuilding mustangs.Â David was preceded in death by his grandfather, Carl Morrow and a brother, Thomas Michael Morrow.Â
He is survived by his parents, Tommy and Marsha Morrow of Little Rock; brother, Mark Edward Morrow of Benton; grandparents, Betty Morrow of Benton and George and Glenna Johnson of Benton and three cousins he considered brothers, Jeff, Darin and Billy Joe Clay.
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.