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March 19th, 2014

Danny Floyd Wear

March 19, 2014

Our family sadly announces the passing of Danny Floyd Wear on March 12, 2014. Danny was born March 18, 1948, at home in Benton.
Danny spent most of his life in Coos Bay, Ore., where he graduated from North Bend High school. Right out of high school he joined the Navy and served on the USS Kitty Hawk one year in Vietnam at the peak of the fighting and the rest of his tour traveling around the world from Japan to Australia, always sending cards and gifts back home to his mother, who was his favorite person in the world.,

Mary Lee Porchia

March 19, 2014

Mrs. Mary Lee Porchia, 81, of Benton passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014.
She was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Biscoe to Samuel and Etha Mae Collie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albra.
She is survived by her children, Freddie Rhinehart of Benton, Burl Rhinehart and wife Vivian of Benton, Clarence Porchia of Miami, Fla., Mary Ann McGill of Benton, Loretta Porchia of Little Rock, Patricia Britton and husband Frederick of Las Vegas, Nev., and Linda Abrams and husband Orville of Little Rock; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Cards take tourney title with shutout

March 19, 2014

POYEN — No matter how the rest of the season goes for the Harmony Grove Cardinals, the 2014 season will go down as a championship year. After beating Cutter Morning Star and Magnet Cove in the first two games of the Poyen Tournament last week, the Cardinals flew past 5-3A conference rival Glen Rose 5-0 to capture the hardware.
“It was a great win,” Head Coach Brandon Mynhier said. “You want to win against Glen Rose anytime you can and they are going to always put a great team on the field. We just went out and tried to win a championship. It was a fun time for all of us.”

Muilenburg’s 1-hitter more than enough for Benton

March 19, 2014

BENTON -- A year after playing every game with an extremely heavy heart, the Benton Lady Panthers revisited that emotion in full with the first game of the second annual Drew Melton: Forever Young Tournament on Friday.
With Wynne as the first opponent up, Benton took care of business, winning 6-0 after a second straight dominating performance from pitcher Stevi Muilenburg. The senior allowed just one hit over five innings, striking out five and walking one.

Panthers win in extras

March 19, 2014

BENTON – It took extra innings to do it, but the Benton Panthers came away with a 3-2 victory over the defending 5A state champion Arkadelphia Badgers on Friday at Panthers Field. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 2-2 game, Benton junior Cameron Spivey’s hard-hit grounder to second base scored courtesy runner Sam Baker when the throw to the catcher was low and the umpire called a trap against the ground for the winning run.

March 17th

Track runner-up to Oregon

March 17, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE - Only at Arkansas it seems, is a team finishing with a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships deemed coming up short.

Hogs salvage series

March 17, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After losing 2-1 and 1-0 heartbreakers Friday and Saturday to the Florida Gators, Arkansas flogged Florida 9-3 Sunday in the final game of the SEC season-opening series at Florida's McKethan Stadium.
The Razorbacks take 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the SEC records back to Baum Stadium for 6:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. nonconference games Tuesday and Wednesday against Grambling State before hosting Alabama in next weekend's three-game SEC series.
Florida finished the series 13-7 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.

Car hits side wall of the Rib Crib in Benton; Driver injured

March 17, 2014

Rescue personnel work to stabilize the driver of a Ford Focus after a collision at the Rib Crib in Benton. The accident occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m. this morning. Witnesses say the driver had passed through the intersection of Military Road and Landers Road and was slumped over the steering wheel. The car proceeded across the parking lot at Bank of the Ozarks, hitting the side of the Rib Crib building. The driver was placed in a neck brace and taken to Saline Memorial Hospital. The identity of the driver has not been released.

Lucille Rundel

March 17, 2014

Lucille Rundel, 78, of Benton passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Bryant. She was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Perry to the late Homer C. and Alma (Davis) Thomas.
Ms. Rundel was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack E. Rundel; one daughter, Debra Rundel; one son, Edward Rundel; one great-grandson, Jackson Stapleton; and one brother, Clarence Thomas.

Gayle 'MaMa Gayle' Bailey

March 17, 2014

Gayle “MaMa Gayle” Bailey, 76, of Benton passed away March 15, 2014.
She was born April 16, 1937, in Bauxite.
Gayle was a retired administrator at Serenity Park in Little Rock and a member of Discover the Joy Baptist Church.
Gayle enjoyed fishing, camping, reading and playing with her two dogs, Max and Ally.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Vassie Green Shepherd.

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