August 25th, 2011
The Benton Panthers finished off their preseason on a little bit of a shaky note heading into the final week of preparation before the 2011 season. Head coach Scott Neathery played his starters for only one half against Malvern on Tuesday. After playing two 15 minute quarters, the Panthers and Leopards were knotted up at 10-10. Benton could have scored more with a little more focus on the field.
â€śWe are still a little sloppy,â€ť Neathery said. â€śWe still need to polish up.â€ť
The Benton girls and boys golf team finish second out of four teams at a nine hole tournament at Sheridan.
For the girls, Grace Lile shot a 48, Kaylen Presnall shot a 50, Braxton Chumley shot a 52, Kayla Payne shot a 54 and Karli Lipinski shot a 57.
They girls finished second to Lake Hamilton, who shot a 148 as a team. Benton shot a 150 and Sheridan shot a 157.
For Sheridan, Brooke McMellan shot a 46, Camden Nutt shot a 53 and Judy Brown shot a 58.
â€śWe just got to get a couple girls down there in the 40s,â€ť coach Chad Pitts said.
Cliffâ€™Don Braydon Raper, infant son of Casey Don and Reâ€™Becca Jean Skeen Raper, of Texarkana, Arkansas died August 19, in a local hospital.
Cliffâ€™Don was born August 19, 2011, in Texarkana, Texas.
BRYANT â€” At the 2011 Salt Bowl Press conference, Bryant head coach Paul Calley said the Hornets would be utilizing more of a passing game than what some fans might be accustomed to.
And in Mondayâ€™s scrimmage against Pine Bluff, the Hornets stayed true to his word as they marched down the field in their opening drive for a touchdown.
â€śWe utilized that short passing game,â€ť Calley said over the phone Tuesday morning.
George Carroll Dicus, 74, of Benton passed away Monday, August 22, after a long illness and surrounded by his adoring family who lovingly cared for him in his final months. George was born May 19, 1937 in Little Rock, the son of the late Lonnie and Audrey Dicus.
Stephen Richard Lentz, 67, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 20, at his home in Rowlett, Texas, after a lengthy illness.Â He was born July 20, 1944, in Sandusky, OH, to the late Ralph Frederick and Constance Joan Camp Lentz.Â He was a graduate of Ohio University and was employed by AT&T/Lucent for 34 years.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Gary Lentz and step-daughter, Kelley Page.
Walter C. Brannon, Jr., 59, of Hot Springs passed away November 13, 2010.Â He was born June 14, 1951 in Paragould to W.C., Sr. and Louise Brannon.Â Walter was predeceased by his parents and son, Trey Brannon.
He is survived by two daughters, Ceci McFee of Hot Springs and Angela Niblett; sister, Anna Smith of Benton, six grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.
Ulysses Glen â€śButchâ€ť Hardwick, 74, of milemarker 123 in Bryant, went to be with our God in Heaven on Friday, Aug.Â 19.Â
He was born March 9, 1937, in Sasakwa, Okla., to Guy and Lucille Hardwick and was the second oldest of four children. In his early adult years he served in the U.S. Navy where he played baseball.
From the Navy, he was scouted to play Triple A Ball for the then Kansas City Athletics (now the Oakland Athletics).
Harold â€śLacyâ€ť Landers, 84, of Benton passed away Friday, Aug. 20, in Bryant.
He was born June 28, 1927, in Benton to the late Virgil and Josie Landers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and sisters, Ralph Landers, Vera Landers Lorenzo, Watt Landers, Carl Landers, Lucy Landers Crawford and Bob Landers; and a granddaughter, Lorie Black.
The Benton Panthers kicked their season off Friday with their annual Maroon and Gray game at C.W. Lewis Stadium. With packed house on one side of the field and a partially packed side on the other, one would think it was a regular season football game. Too bad it was not. It was just a scrimmage.