June 4th, 2013
Saline County Moose Lodge 2567 will host its annual Buddy Carter Rib Cook-Off Saturday, June 8, at the lodge, located just off Interstate 30, 12 miles southwest of Benton.
Entry for up to a five-person team is $50. The contest is open to anyone. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams.
The public is invited to attend, with trophies awarded at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.
Pit passes cost $8 and will allow patrons to sample all the ribs from the various entries.
A bake sale and dessert contest also are part of the event.
Entry fee for the dessert contest is $15.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Gov. Mike Beebe is ordering Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a sheriff who died while attempting a water rescue during flash flooding last week.
Beebe said Tuesday that flags will be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter of Waldron.
Carpenter died alongside Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Joel Campora on Friday while trying to save two women from flash floods.
Carpenter was 41. He is survived by a wife and four children.
The governor says Arkansans owe Carpenter a debt of gratitude for his bravery and heroism.
Local law enforcement officers will wait tables for tips Thursday night at the sixth annual Tip-A-Cop event at Colton's Steakhouse and Grill in Benton.
Between the hours of 5 and 10 p.m., police officers from throughout Saline County will wait tables, and all tips will go to benefit Special Olympics.
Clayton Chase Magby, 82, of Benton passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013.Â He was born March 22, 1931, in Hot Springs.
Mr. Magby was a U.S. Army veteran, retired from Alcoa and a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Buell Magby; a brother, Donald Magby; and two sisters, Geneva Miller and Ellavonne Burks.
Marguerite Rosa Besancon, 99, of Benton passed peacefully through the gates of heaven on May 31, 2013. Born Feb 23, 1914 in Little Rock, she was a 1932 graduate of Little Rock Senior High and of the Lutheran faith.
She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., and the state of Texas, then established a career as an excellent colorist at Kings Photo Studio in Killeen, Texas, before moving back to Little Rock.
Jenny Bridges Skorupa, age 53, of Bryant went to be with her Lord on Thursday, May 30, 2013m at St. Vincentâ€™s Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock.
She was born Sept. 3, 1959, at Millington Naval Air Station in Millington, Tenn., to the late Joseph Kindell Bridges and Franca Redini Bridges. She was a special education teacher with the Bryant School District for 20 years and a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Bryant. She loved scrapbooking and making cards.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her spouse, Mark Skorupa.
Paula Sue Smith passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, at the age of 60.Â
She lived most of her life in Saline County where she was loved by family and friends.
Paula was a member of North Bryant Baptist Church.Â She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Erin Leah Keim; her parents, John L. and Mary Lou Smith; and a brother, (John) Leroy Smith Jr. All are of Saline County.
Rex Carles Rasberry, age 73, of Benton passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, at home surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born Sept. 24, 1939m in Senath, Mo., to the late Willie T. Rasberry and Violet M. Whitlock Rasberry.Â
Mr. Rasberry was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Johnson Street Church of Christ.Â He retired from Falcon Jet after 26 years, where he started the screen printing department and worked in the planning department. He was a former officer with the Newport Police Department, and was a radio announcer.Â
The boil order issued for residents in areas of Shannon Hills has been lifted.
A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for residents of the city of Shannon Hills living in the area located west of Otter Creek to Vimy Ridge Road.
A water main break at the corner of Clayton and Donnie drives is the reason for the boil order, according to David Passmore, public works manager.
A Prattsville man died Thursday night while driving on Arkansas 190, south of Tull.
Authorities said a tree uprooted by high winds during a thunderstorm fell onto his vehicle.
Authorities have not released a positive identification of the victim.