April 18th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.
He stumbled over a pothole, opening a cut where his running blade attached below his right knee. Glasbrenner cursed his luck as he stopped every mile to clean the wound.
That bump in the road just may have kept the 41-year-old from being in the midst of the chaos. He was three blocks from the finish when the marathon was halted by the two bomb explosions.
"A pothole," Glasbrenner said, "just may have saved me."
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) â€” An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.
The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts.
Helping Hands & Caring Center of Benton is sponsoring an Easter Service at the Benton Event Center on April 20. The service will begin at 11 a.m. and is nondenominational. Pastor Terry Kelley will speak. Lunch will be provided for all who attend, but an RSVP is needed. Contact Helping Hands & Caring Hearts at 501-315-9999 for details.
Regina Ann (Sanders) Foliart, of Benton, passed away April 16 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital.Â Regina was born September 5, 1945, in Tampa, Florida to the late Joseph and Mayrene Sanders.Â Regina was a member of Gateway Church.Â She loved the Lord and her family, especially her children and grandchildren.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Jeff Grifford and her brother Randy Sanders.
Everett Taylor â€śBuddyâ€ť Grace of Sheridan, was born May 8, 1937 in Pasttorie Community near Pine Bluff, to the late Edwin and Elsie Taylor Grace. He was of the Baptist faith, had retired from International Paper Co. as a foreman, and had served in the National Guard at Grider Field in Pine Bluff for many years. Since 1966, he had been a member of Local 382, Operating Engineer Union and had numerous construction companies throughout his life. He enjoyed crappie fishing at Shouse Ford on Lake DeGray, and spending time with his family.
Judy Wilhite Speights, 70, of Romance, formerly of Benton, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born July 29, 1943 to O.J. and Evelyn Wilhite.
Judy loved spending time with her family. Her three grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, O.J. â€śMuttâ€ť Wilhite and Evelyn Cole Smith.
Wanda Jean Morgan, 45, of Haskell, passed away April 15, 2014. She was born on August 30, 1968 in Benton, to Allen and Glenda Blair.
Wandaâ€™s favorite pastime was her love of fishing.
Billie Lee Malloy Davenport, 80, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2014.Â She was born April 15, 1934.Â
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, William McKinley Malloy and Marilee Malloy; one sister; and one niece.
Lanetta "Netta" Johnson Whitaker, 50, of Fort Smith passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born Sept. 4, 1963, and was of the Baptist faith. She loved God, family get-togethers and the outdoors.
She was preceded in death by her father, Burks Johnson.
She is survived by her mother, Pat Drye Johnson; three sons, Jake Johnson, Monny Baber, and Trey Whitaker; one grandson, Darren Johnson; three granddaugh
HASKELL â€” After a year under Dwaine Fishburn as interim head coach, the Benton High School senior boys basketball team now has a full-time leader.
Following a 6-0 vote at Monday's Benton School Board meeting, 2006 Benton graduate and current Harmony Grove senior boys head coach Dexter Hendrix was named to the helm of one of the most coveted coaching positions in the stateâ€”Benton Panther basketball.
"I am very excited to go back to Benton and coach a great basketball program and help it continue to grow and take it to the next level," Hendrix said.