May 6th, 2011
BRYANT â€” With a win Thursday the Hornets clinched their third 7A Central title in three years, as well as a No. 1 seed in the 7A State Tournament next week in Fort Smith.
Bryant split a doubleheader with Little Rock Catholic Thursday, winning the first game 3-2 with a comeback rally and walk-off hit in the bottom of the last inning.
Tied 2-2 with two outs, senior Lucas Castleberry brought in senior Evan Jobe from second base to win the game.
BENTON â€” The Benton Lady Panthers defeated Lake Hamilton 3-2 Thursday night thanks in part to a complete game by junior Lauren White.
After cruising in the first two innings, only allowing one walk with two strikeouts, White gave up two runs in the third inning that tied the game at 2-2. With two outs, Lake Hamilton reached on a walk and a single and scored on a two-run double.
BENTON â€” The Benton Lady Panthers picked up another conference win Wednesday, defeating El Dorado 8-1 at home.
However, coach Eric Ryan said as far as their standing in the conference is concerned, everything is still up in the air.
â€śWe are just trying to get through and get ready for state,â€ť Ryan said. â€śWe want to try to play the best ball we can and whatever happens, happens.
â€śBut we just have to keep going, improving and working hard.â€ť
Christina Wilson Hudgins, 37, of Benton passed away May 1, 2011, at her home in Benton.
She was born June 18, 1973, in Little Rock to James and Debbie Wilson.
Christina was employed by Otter Creek Assembly of God and was a member of the Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chris Hudgins; and a son, Blake Hudgins.
Nancy Faye Edwards, 64, went home to be with her Lord and Savior May 2, 2011.Â
She was born in Little Rock March 26, 1947.Â
She and her husband owned Shannon Hills Christian Pre School and CW Edwards Construction Company.Â Nancy loved spending time with her family and working with children.Â She was a member of Christ Church.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Alene Pinkerton; and her sister, Carylon Holland.Â
The Benton Lady Panthers are looking to secure at least a No. 2 spot in the 6A State Tournament as they host El Dorado today and Lake Hamilton tomorrow.
After losing to Sheridan last week in 10 innings, the Lady Panthers currently sit in second place in the 6A South with two losses in conference, while Sheridan is 12-1.
Benton will face the El Dorado Lady Wildcats today at 4:30 p.m. at the Lady Panther Softball Complex. El Dorado currently has six seniors on the team and is fresh off a 2-1 loss to Lake Hamilton.
This morning rumors were abound that the Bryant Public Schools System was ready to name a new athletic director.
When asked if a candidate had been chosen, Bryant director of communications Jessica Bollen said, â€śNo.â€ť
But, Bollen said the Bryant School Board will hold a personnel hearing at 5 p.m. today in the Professional Development Center.
Bollen said the board will discuss â€śsome recommended hirings.â€ť However, Bollen said she could not confirm whether the meeting, which will go into executive session, will include any discussion of the athletic director position.
Stephannie Lynn Jones, 43, of Benton passed away May 2, 2011.
She was born April 23, 1968, in Jacksonville to George and Margaret Oliver. Stephannie was a member of two local Bunco groups and worked as a customer service representative.
She was preceded in death by her son, James Dwight Jones.
John Edward Wheeler, 64 of Benton passed away Friday, April 29, 2011, in Benton.
John was born Nov. 20, 1946, in Benton to Johnnie and Gertie Wheeler.
John is retired from the logging business and he was of the Pentecostal faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Janice Kaye Wheeler and Patsy Ruth Walker.
John is survived by two brothers, Ronnie Wheeler of Benton and Steven Wheeler of Benton; two sisters, Beulah Putman of Bauxite and Joanna Cockman of Haskell; several nieces and nephews, numerous friends, cousins, and other relatives.
Anne R. Tully, 79, of Little Rock passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011.Â
She was born Nov. 20, 1931, in Saline County.Â
Mrs. Tully was retired from the Arkansas State Revenue Office, a former member of the Little Rock Chapter of the Eastern Star and of the Baptist faith.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry D. and Minnie C. Wade; ex-husband, John Tully Sr.; two daughters, Vivian Kay Tully and Karen Ann Giles; and two brothers, Joseph Wade and Henry D. Wade II.