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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Bryant attorney to run Boston Marathon
By Sarah Derouen
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Headin’ to the hogs
Bryant staff attorney Chris Madison had a huge smile on his face as he looked down at an oversized postcard he had just received in the mail. He had been accepted as one of 50 mobility-impaired participants for the 2014 Boston Marathon. At one time Madison ridiculed runners, but now after only a few months of doing the exact thing he once laughed at, he has made it to the “Super Bowl of marathons,” he said. The story starts in May 2013, when Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs issued a challenge to participate in a triathlon the city of Bryant was hosting. After taking up the challenge, Madison was connected with Jeff Glasbrenner and Andre Slay. Glasbrenner was the one who brought up the Boston Marathon. He had wanted to run in the marathon in 2014, but could not do so because of the bombing, so he, Madison and Slay — all amputees — decided they
Chris Madison smiles with Scott Burton, who works with Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics at the Lake Degray Triathlon. Madison received a prosthetic leg that is designed for running through a partnership with Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics and Saline Memorial Hospital.
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Madison runs during the Mo’ Cowbell Marathon in St. Charles, Mo. Because he finished this race in five hours and 45 minutes, Madison was able to qualify to compete in the Boston Marathon.
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Funding fireman, plan set
to fire, allied lines, farm owner and home owner multiple peril, vehicle physical damage and vehicle collision, or any combination thereof. The funds are to be used to defray training expenses for firefighters at the Arkansas Fire Training Academy as well as the purchase and improvement of firefighting equipment and departments. On Sept. 24 the Saline County Firefighters Association met to discuss the distribution of the Act 833 funds within the county. The association at that time approved a motion to request the Intergovernmental Council to distribute the funds according to a point system that was used in 2009. According to the letter from the association, “The number
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Mayors of the various municipalities of Saline County and County Judge Lanny Fite met Thursday in a Saline County Intergovernmental meeting in which they approved a recommendation of the Saline County Firefighters Association to distribute Act 833 funding according to a point system. Act 833 of 1991 determined that additional funds were needed by Arkansas fire departments and devised a system for providing additional funding. All insurers agreed to pay into the Fire Protection Revolving Fund at the rate of one-half of 1 percent on net direct written premiums for coverage including, but not limited,
of points a department received would be based on what percentage of residential buildings that are protected by the department are within the boundaries of Saline County. This system would assign four points to each department whose entire district is within Saline County; three points to a department if between 75 percent and 99 percent of the residences protected by the department are within Saline County; two points to a department if between 50 percent and 74 cent of the residences protected by the department are within Saline County; and one point to any department where less than 50 percent of the residences protected are within Saline County. These points are to be used as a multiFUNDING, page 8A
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A local group of volunteers were busy scaring up some help for those in need. The Tull Community Food Pantry was formed in Nov. of 2012, when Mark and Jane Gillis realized many of their neighbors in the Tull community were struggling to feed their families. Food banks across the region were seeing an increase in demands to feed the hungry, while local families began to struggle a little harder to make ends meet. The Gillis’s decided to start a food pantry for the families in the Tull area. They joined forces with some very dedicated volunteers from the three local churches; Ebenezer Methodist Church, Saline Missionary Baptist Church and Antioch Christian Church. They gathered as many nonperishable foods as they could and decided to take a step of Faith and open the doors. They have served over 168 during its first year. Most
of the people the Pantry serve are from working families that just need a little extra help, some are unemployment or on fixed incomes, but all are struggling to make ends meet.  The community decided to have a haunted house to raise money for the food pantry. “With a very small budget, minimal building supply and a handful of volunteers, we threw up some black plastic over cane poles and recycled wooden pallets and made it work,” said Tina Coppock. “Volunteers are the heart of our success. We all had so much fun and everyone has agreed that we should do this every year now. We used several school aged volunteers and our goal with them was to teach them the importance of community service. We were so busy building the haunted house, that we overlooked the most important task of advertising for it. However, we still considered it was a great success, in 5 days we raised $879.41, of which $504.41 was given to the Food Pantry. We collected 289 cans
Volunteers and community members show the results of a drive to replenish the Tull Foodbank. Back Row: Paul Wittington, Beverly Wittington, Janis Rafferty, Wilson Duvall, Dot Bowers. Front Row: Ryan Parson, Tina Coppock, Nina Westbrook, Virginia Duvall, Becky Parsons. of food that we also donated, and next year will be even better.”  Volunteers from the Food Pantry met with two volunteers from Tull’s Halls of Horror to receive the donation.  The Tull Food Pantry is located in the basement of Ebenezer Methodist Church, located on Main Street (Hwy. 190) it is open the 2nd Monday each month from 6pm-8pm. Families are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire and must have some form of picture ID when picking up
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food donation. The Pantry does limit its service to residents of the Tull Community. Tull’s Halls of Horror would like to thank everyone that volunteered their time and screams to make this such a great experience. They would also like to thank everyone who came out, donated cash and can goods that made this donation possible. Thank you all so much for helping us, help those in need.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Nov. 7- Nov. 13
Divorces granted •Chad E. Rogers v. Krystle Richmond Rogers •Derick Lee Watts v. Jeanica Marie Nieto •Natasha Vault Booth v. Corey Lamont Booth •Jennifer Cotham v. Cory Cotham •Melissa Weaver v. Jason Weaver •A. M Green v. D.O. Green •Erin Y. Weber v. Peter M. Weber •Olivia Carlile v. Charles Carlile •Charles Ray King Jr. v. Cindy Marie King •George Shelnut v. Angela Shulnut •Joseph Flowers v. Deserae Deon Deer •Randall Staggs v. Tammy Staggs •Crystal Young v. Joshua Young •Sadie H. Bullard v. Brian R. Bullard Marriage licesens issued •Kent Charles Mcclain of Benton and Katie Camille Coulon of Benton •Michael Lewis Staggs of Mabelvale and Glynis Lynn Ghormley of Mabelvale •Jose Antonio Aquilar of Bryant and Maria Louisa Ramirez of Bryant Felonies Filed No felony cases were filed this week.
Auditors examine expenditures
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The Harmony Grove kindergarten class visited the Benton Post Office on Thursday afternoon for a tour and to mail letters to Santa. With the children is their teacher, Linda Sharp, and Paul D. Lyman, a postal employee.
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Army scrapping 4 US chemical weapons incinerators
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OKLAHOMA CITY — A new state audit indicates that an Arkansas developer billed the city of Choctaw more than $5.3 million to develop a retail site to attract a Walmart Supercenter, but only provided detailed documentation to support about a third of its expenditures. State auditors say the $5.3 million doesn't include more than $1.9 million in disputed closing costs. The Oklahoman reports that former Choctaw City Manager Robert Floyd is suing the city and project developer Choctaw Town Square LLC of Bentonville, Ark.
Income up, traffic dips at Is LRSD gambling with funding? Arkansas’ largest airport
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ANNISTON, Ala. — The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states — some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill. Now, with all those chemicals up in smoke and communities freed of a threat, the Army is in the middle of another, $1.3 billion project: Demolishing the incinerators that destroyed the toxic materials. In Alabama, Oregon, Utah and Arkansas, crews are either tearing apart multibillion-dollar incinerators or working to draw the curtain on a drama that began in the Cold War, when the United States and the former Soviet Union stockpiled millions of pounds of chemical weapons.
Construction work continues at two other sites where technology other than incineration will be used to neutralize agents chemically, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the incinerator complex at the Anniston Army Depot — where sarin, VX nerve gas and mustard gas were stored about 55 miles east of Birmingham — the military this week said it's about one-third of the way into a $310 million program to level a gigantic furnace that cost $2.4 billion to build and operate. Tim Garrett, the government site project manager, said officials considered doing something else with the incinerator, but the facility was too specialized to convert for another use. Also, the law originally allowing chemical incineration
required demolition once the work was done. So teams are using large machines to knock holes in thick concrete walls and rip steel beams off the building's skeleton, which was previously decontaminated to guard against any lingering nerve agents or mustard gas. Metal pieces are being recycled, and the rest will be hauled to an ordinary landfill. "It's the end of an era," said Garrett, a civilian. The military said the incineration program cost $11.5 billion in all, with the cost of tearing down the four facilities built in from the start. A $2.8 billion incinerator is being demolished in Umatilla, Ore., the Pentagon said, and work will begin soon to tear down a $3.7 billion incinerator at Tooele, Utah. Workers already
have finished demolishing the $2.2 billion Pine Bluff Chemical Demilitarization Facility in Arkansas, the military said. The site is being cleaned up and will close officially While opponents of the incinerators predicted dire consequences and the possibility of floating clouds of nerve gas in the event of an accident, the CDC said no nearby residents were exposed to or harmed by chemical agents. In east Alabama, before incineration work began in 2003, the military and emergency management workers spent millions of dollars distributing emergency kits to households, erecting warning sirens and reinforcing schools with ventilation systems to keep chemical weapons at bay during any accidents. But Garrett said nothing
worse than normal workplace injuries occurred by the time the last chemical weapons were burned in 2011. "This place has the safety record of a library or a public school," he said. More than 660,000 artillery shells, small rockets and land mines were stored in dirt-covered bunkers at the Anniston depot beginning in 1963 during the height of the Cold War. The prospect of a major accident was frightening because more than 360,000 people lived in the surrounding four counties by the time the incineration ended. Crates of munitions were loaded into special containers and trucked from the bunkers to the incinerator, where machines dismantled the weapons and burned the chemicals. With the incineration
complete, employment at the incinerator has dropped from around 1,000 workers at the apex of the project to around 220 today, Garrett said. It will drop to a skeleton crew once all the work is done by spring; the site is supposed to be closed completely by then. Chemical weapons are outlawed by international treaty, and their destruction is a global concern. International efforts are underway to destroy Syria's stockpile by next year. This week, Albania rejected a U.S. request to host the destruction of Syria's arsenal. Multiple domestic sites have destroyed chemical weapons, and the Army says it has destroyed 90 percent of the U.S. stockpile.
LITTLE ROCK — Passenger traffic at Arkansas' largest airport is down from last year, but the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field is still on track to earn a record amount of net operating income. The Arkansas DemocratGazette reports that through Oct. 31, the airport had total net income of more than $8.9 million, or about 4 percent ahead of the $8.6 million the airport made in the same period last year. Unaudited net income totaled $10.1 in 2012. The increased income from operations comes despite a 5.32 percent decline in passenger traffic through October, the newspaper reported. In the first 10 months of the year, airport statistics show that about 1.8 million passengers went through the airport, fewer than the 1.9 million passengers who
went through the airport in the same period in 2012. "We are on track for another record year," Bryan Malinowski, the airport's deputy executive director, said at a meeting of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission's Finance Committee on Friday. A considerable factor in net income growth in 2013 is the increase in fees the six airlines operating at Clinton National must pay to use the airport. The airport has collected about $8 million from its aviation operations, which include landing fees, airlinespace rentals and other charges, through October. For the same period a year ago, it collected about $6.6 million. On Jan. 1, the airlines began paying $30.34 per square foot annually to lease space in the passenger terminal. Before that, they paid $24.74. The airlines also lease more space as a result of
a $67 million upgrade of the terminal. The airport staff projected a $2 million increase in revenue. Airport officials said the new rates were necessary because of the higher costs incurred to operate the renovated and expanded terminal. The upgrade includes an automated baggage-handling system, which alone requires a $618,000 annual contract to maintain.
The rental rates for airlines had remained unchanged for the previous four years under a new financial model in which the commission sets the rates annually. Under the old model, which ended in 2008, the airport shared its surplus revenue, or net operating revenue, with the airlines. The airport's share of profits from 2006 to 2008 ranged from about $1 million to $1.5 million. The airlines' share, meanwhile, ranged from $4.1 million to $6.3 million. The airlines no longer receive any of that money.
LITTLE ROCK,— Like any lawyer engaged in settlement talks, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel tries to get the best possible deal by casting the other side's position in the worst possible light. If he's right, the Little Rock School District could be taking a big gamble by withholding its approval of a deal that would end years of extra state payments to boost desegregation. If he is wrong, the district's gamble could be worth it. As it has been for more than 30 years, the state of Arkansas is engaged in a court fight with three Little Rock-area school systems that have struggled to achieve and maintain a racial balance, and since 1989, legislators have appropriated $1 billion to help fight segregation. Now lawmakers want the payments to stop and two districts are willing to see them end after checks are cut over the next 4½ years. The Little Rock School District, which receives the biggest share of the pie, is holding out, saying it would like a group of school patrons to agree, too. Those patrons, known as the Joshua Intervenors and represented in court by a lawyer who is also a state representative, say more must still be done to aid black students. "These children still don't have the same opportunity and outcomes as children of the majority race," Rep. John Walker, D-Little Rock, told
members of the Legislative Council. The 1989 settlement that called on Arkansas to give the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts extra money to aid desegregation efforts doesn't have a sunset clause, so payments have grown to almost $70 million a year. On the table 24 years later is a deal hammered out among lawyers for the three districts and McDaniel — four more years of payments at the current level, with the Year Four cash dedicated to academic facilities rather than integration. Absent an agreement, the parties will be in federal court on Dec. 9 on the state's request to end the payments altogether. And that's where McDaniel believes he has a trump card. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller, echoing sentiments rooted in previous court opinions, ordered an end to the payments in 2011. In many more words, he said the districts had figured out that, by failing to meet targets, they could still receive money — a situation he called "absurd." The 8th Circuit overruled Miller, saying the parties hadn't had a full hearing on whether the payments should stop, but McDaniel often falls back on language from Miller's would-be order: "It seems that the State of Arkansas is using a carrot and stick approach with these districts but that the districts are wise mules that have learned how to eat
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the carrot and sit down on the job. ... "The time has finally come for all carrots to be put away. These mules must now either pull their proverbial carts on their own or face a very heavy and punitive stick," Miller wrote. A different judge is now on the case and has refused to delay the hearing. McDaniel told legislators this week that since one federal judge was already OK with ending the payments immediately, it shouldn't be hard to convince another. Under the deal's terms, Pulaski County would likely still engage in desegregation efforts because it hasn't yet been declared fully integrated as the other districts have. Still pending in Pulaski County are questions about its facilities, discipline and student achievement. Also, the state would be able to allow the creation of a Jacksonville School District, carved from the Pulaski County district, and money would be dedicated, for a limited time, to the continued use of magnet schools and student transfers to schools where they would be in the minority. And, a key point for McDaniel, the districts would give up their right to sue again. The Legislative Council set a Tuesday night deadline for the Little Rock School District to get on board, and the Little Rock board has scheduled a Monday meeting to consider whether they will sign on or stay out. The possible outcomes over the next five weeks: An agreement is approved for the districts to receive $280 million over the next four years, a court order grants continued funding into perpetuity or the payments' immediately end. So, is the Little Rock School District taking a gamble worthy of a lottery promotion? You bet, but like all games of chance, only time will tell if theirs is a risk worth taking.
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Joyce Evelyn Clark
Joyce Evelyn Clark, 89, hes passed away. She was born to Saline Cairo and Ruth Griffin on May 14, 1924 in Kingsland. Evelyn was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her family always came first; she loved doting on her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a great cook and enjoyed family get togethers. Evelyn was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton and enjoyed fellowship with her Sunday School class.  Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 42 years, Leonard Stanley Clark, Sr., and three siblings: Florence Imogene Clark (Griffin) Skillern, Hanna Ailline (Griffin) McMurtrey, and William Randolph Griffin.  She is survived by three children, Leonard Stanley Clark, Jr. (Pattye), Jimmy Wayne Clark (Jo Ann), and Joyce Elaine (Clark) Johnson (Amy); six grandchildren, Leonard Stanley Clark III, David Wayne Clark, Jennifer Ashley (Clark) Denison, Courtney Elaine (Knowles) Major, Joseph Michael Tadlock, and Izzie Elaine Tadlock; eight great grandchildren, Lauren, Clark, Wesley, Haley, Madelyn, Rachael, Emily, and Jonathan; and three siblings, Shelby Charles Griffin (Berta), Norma Lavone (Griffin) Shollenberger, and Shirley Ruth (Griffin) Manis. Evelyn also leaves a host of family and friends. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Forest Hills, 10200 Hwy 5 N., in Alexander with burial following at Pinecrest Memorial Park.  A visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Evelyn’s name to St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Online guestbook:
Legal wrangling ahead in Mich. porch shooting case
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Mary J. Montalvo
Mary J. Montalvo, age 61, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was born Oct. 13, 1952 in Little Rock, AR to Joe and Uldine Herring. Mary was a graduate of Benton High School Class of 1971 and was employed at Smith Caldwell Drug for over 15 years. She was an active member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church where she taught AWANA. She was preceded in death by her father and her late husband, Daryl L. Wells. She is survived by her mother, Uldine Ward; husband, Manuel I. Montalvo; brother, Joe Herring of Benton; two sisters, Marilyn Hill of Benton;  and Martha Wallace of Hot Springs. Mary had three daughters, Julie Howe of Benton, Allison Davis of Rogers, and Lindsey Montalvo Kindy of Benton. She had two step-sons, Phillip Montalvo and Robert Montalvo, both of Benton. Mary was affectionately known as “Nana” to her 7 grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Nov. 18  at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday Nov. 19  at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Forest Hills Cemetery. Ministers will be Bro. Richard Hamlin and Bro. Kim Hammer. Memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice House, 23157 I-30, Bryant, Arkansas 72022. Online guest book at
DETROIT — The way Renisha Marie McBride's young life ended Nov. 2 is not in dispute: A homeowner in suburban Detroit fatally shot the 19-year-old in the face as she stood on his porch before the sun came up. Almost every other aspect of the case is not as clearcut. Did race play a role in the shooting? What exactly happened on that doorstep? Did the homeowner reasonably believe he was acting in selfdefense? Police and prosecutors say Theodore Paul Wafer fired once with a 12-gauge shotgun through his screen door at McBride. The 54-year-old airport maintenance employee, who faces murder and manslaughter charges, is free on bail awaiting a Dec. 18 hearing that will determine if the case should go to trial. Ron Bretz, a Cooley Law School professor and former criminal defense attorney, says the case may boil down to a single word. "It's got to be reasonable," he said. "The question is: What would a reasonable person do in these circumstances?" That may be the key question in determining Wafer's guilt or innocence, but much else is left unknown about a case that features legal and societal implications.
SELF-DEFENSE Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must show that his or her life was in danger. Defense lawyers are expected to argue that Wafer feared for his life when a drunken McBride — toxicology reports put her bloodalcohol content at well above the legal limit for driving — came to his door in the middle of the night hours after crashing her car blocks away in Detroit. Those factors contribute to Wafer's "very strong defense," said his lawyer, Mack Carpenter. Prosecutors and McBride's family, meanwhile, see no justification for the slaying of the recent high school graduate. She was unarmed, they note. Plus, the screen door Wafer fired through was locked. "Where's his reasonable belief that his life was in jeopardy or that he was in jeopardy of great bodily harm?" said lawyer Gerald Thurswell, who represents McBride's family. It all comes down to what a jury thinks, Bretz said. "You've got a gun. There's an unarmed young woman on your front porch," he said. "Is it reasonable to think that she's a threat to you? That's going to be a toughie. "Is it fair to feel scared when a stranger is pounding on your door at 4 or 5 in the morning? Hell, yeah. ... Don't
answer the door," Bretz said. RACE The shooting has drawn attention from civil rights groups who called for an investigation and believe race was a factor — McBride was black; Wafer is white. Some drew comparisons with the case of Trayvon Martin, the black teen fatally shot last year in Florida. In that case, Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder. Bretz said both sides would be wise to stick to a "race-neutral" strategy. "Don't go there. Keep it on the facts," he said. "Who wants to bring race into it? Everybody else. ... The defense doesn't want that. And the prosecution doesn't want to bring it in. I don't think they need to." Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy didn't appear to completely rule it out Friday. "In this case, the charging decision has nothing whatever to do with the race of the parties," she said. "Whether it becomes relevant later on in the case, I don't know. I'm not clairvoyant." THE MISSING HOURS McBride crashed her 2004 Ford Taurus into a parked car in Detroit, blocks away from Wafer's home, around 1:30 a.m., according to the Dearborn Heights police report. What isn't known is how McBride spent the time
between the crash and the shooting. Wafer called 911 at 4:42 a.m., but it's not clear when he fired the fatal shot. "We assume she was looking for help," said Thurswell, who also put forward a theory from one of McBride's two sisters, who said a drunken and disoriented McBride may have believed she was knocking on the door of her family's home since both that residence and Wafer's are corner lots. Bretz said a potential defense argument is that McBride's extreme drunkenness posed a threat. "Was she acting crazy? If so ... this gave (Wafer) a greater right to be afraid," Bretz said. The toxicology report also indicated McBride's blood tested positive for the active ingredients in marijuana. McBride's family said it doesn't matter, but Bretz said he could see the defense focusing attention on McBride's behavior. "It makes her out not to be an angel. She got drunk and stoned and drove and crashed her car. But that's not a death-penalty offense," he said.
WAFER AND MCBRIDE McBride's father, Walter Ray Simmons, referred to the defendant as "Mr. Wafer" when he talked to reporters Friday. He then stopped: "I don't even know why I'm saying 'Mr. Wafer.' This monster who killed my daughter."
Search for missing a hellish routine after typhoon
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Shirley M. Butzlaff
Shirley M. Butzlaff, 86, of Bryant went to be with her Lord on Nov.15, 2013. She was born on Nov. 4, 1927 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Shirley was a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. She was a mother and homemaker who enjoyed flower gardening, shopping, eating out, and cooking for her grandchildren.  Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Harry R. Butzlaff; grandparents, John and Amelia (Talsky) Swomia and Joseph and Julianna (Blaszczyk) Bohlman; parents, Michael and Mae (Swomia) Bohlman; brothers, Robert and Herbert Bohlman; sister, Rosemary Kalan and her son, Rick L. Butzlaff. Butzlaff She is survived by her six children, eleven grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren whom she loved very much. Graveside service will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Arrangements provided by Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant. To sign Shirley’s online guest book visit
Texas man gets death for killing baby sitter
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DALLAS — A Dallas-area man was sentenced to death Saturday for killing his children's baby sitter to prevent her from testifying that he raped her. Franklin Davis admitted in court to killing 16-year-old Shania Gray, describing how he lured her into his car outside her school, shot her and dumped her body in a river. But he said he killed her out of revenge and hatred, not to obstruct the sexual assault case that was nearing trial. A Dallas jury convicted Davis of capital murder Tuesday before sentencing him to death. Gray was remembered as a vivacious, friendly girl who often played basketball in the family driveway. Most people did not know that she was at the center of the sexual assault case against Davis. Her mother told police in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite that Davis sexually assaulted Gray while she was baby-sitting his chil-
dren. Davis, known by the nickname "Wish," exposed himself and had sex with the girl four separate times in 2011, according to a police affidavit. Davis continued to deny the allegations at his trial. "She lied," Davis said on the stand, according to Dallas television station KTVT. "She ruined my life. She took everything from me, everything I work so hard to get. She took it." In the days before he killed Gray, Davis called and sent her text messages pretending to be a boy and asking her questions about the sexual assault case. The day of the killing, Gray got a text message saying her new friend was outside her school to surprise her. Davis' defense attorneys argued he was trying to do his own investigation after police did not. But prosecutors scoffed at that notion. "You know it, I know it and he knows it," prosecutor Russell Wilson told jurors, according to The Dallas Morning News.
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — John Lajara peers under a slab of crumbled concrete, lifts a sodden white teddy bear then drops it back into the filth. He reaches again into the rubble and pulls out a boot, a treasured find in this typhoon-flattened village. But he's searching for something far more precious — the body of his brother, Winston. For those still looking for loved ones missing since last week's storm, their already torn-apart lives are shot through with a difficult question — How do you move on when there is no body to bury? The search for the missing — 1,179 by official count — has become a hellish daily activity for some. In Lajara's seaside village, residents estimate that about 50 of the 400 people who lived there were killed. About half of the dead are still missing: mothers, fathers, children and friends. "Somehow, part of me is gone," Lajara said as another fruitless expedition in the rubble ended Saturday. Lajara has carried out the routine since both he and his brother were swept from their house by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8. And every day has ended so far with no answers on Winston's fate. According to the latest figures by the Philippines' main disaster agency, 3,633 people died and 12,487 were injured. Many of the bodies remain tangled in piles of debris, or are lining the road in body bags that seep fetid
liquid. Some are believed to have been swept out to sea. After the initial days of chaos, when no aid reached the more than 600,000 people rendered homeless, an international aid effort was gathering steam. "We're starting to see the turning of the corner," said John Ging, a top U.N. humanitarian official in New York. He said 107,500 people have received food assistance so far and 11 foreign and 22 domestic medical teams are in operation. U.S. Navy helicopters flew sorties from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington off the coast, dropping water and food to isolated communities. The U.S. military said it will send about 1,000 more troops along with additional ships and aircraft to join the aid effort. So far, the U.S. military has moved 174,000 kilograms (190 tons) of supplies and flown nearly 200 sorties. The focus of the aid effort is on providing life-saving aid for those who survived, while the search for missing people is lower in the government's priorities. The head of the country's disaster management agency, Eduardo del Rosario, said the coast guard, the navy and civilian volunteers are searching the sea for the dead and the missing. Still, he said, the most urgent need is "ensuring that nobody starves and that food and water are delivered to them." Lajara's neighbor, Neil Engracial, cannot find his mother or nephew, but he has found many other bodies. He points at a bloated
corpse lying face down in the muddy debris. "Dante Cababa — he's my best friend," Engracial says. He points to another corpse rotting in the sun. "My cousin, Charana." She was a student, just 22. Lajara remembers the moment his brother vanished. They were standing alongside each other side by side with relatives and friends before the surge hit. They stared at the rising sea, then turned to survey the neighborhood behind them, trying to figure out where or if they could run. Then the wave rushed in. Lajara, Winston and the others dived into the water, and were swept away from each other. After Lajara's face hit the water, he never saw Winston again. Lajara has trudged through the corpse-strewn piles of rubble and mud, searching for two things: wood to rebuild his home, and Winston. So far he has found only wood. On Saturday, he set out again. The rat-a-tat-tat of a snare drum echoed across the landscape, as a young boy played the instrument from the roof of a gutted building. It was a grim accompaniment to what has become Lajara's daily march into the corpse-strewn wasteland that was his home, where the sickly sweet stench of death mixes with the salty sea air. Reminders of the people who once lived here are wedged everywhere among the warped piles of wood, glass and mud: a smiling, bowtie-clad stuffed bumblebee. A woman's white plat-
form shoe. A wood-framed photograph of a young boy. Suddenly, a neighbor, Pokong Magdue, approached. "Have you seen Winston?" Magdue replies: "We saw him in the library." Lajara shakes his head. It can't be Winston. He's already searched the library. Sometimes people come to him and inform him that Winston's body has been found. Lajara must walk to the corpse, steel himself, and roll it over to examine the face. He then must deal with conflicting emotions: relief that the body is not his brother's. Hope that Winston might still be alive. And grief that he still has no body to bury. Because at least then, he says, he could stop searching. Winston was his only brother. He had a wife and two teenage children. He was a joker who made everyone laugh. He drove a van for a living and was generous to everyone. He was a loving father. "It's hard to lose somebody like him," Lajara says. Now, the only trace of his brother that remains is his driver's license: Winston Dave Argate, born Dec. 13, 1971. 177 centimeters tall, 56 kilograms. The upper lefthand corner of the license is gone, and the picture is faded. Lajara leaves it with a friend for safekeeping when he is out hunting for wood and Winston. He gazes at the card in his hand. "When I want to see him, I just stare at his picture."
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Obamacare vitriol is deserved, so far
ant to know what the 2014 election season will be about? Yep, you guessed it: Obamacare. The inability of the federal government to implement the core policies of the Affordable Care Act will dwarf all other issues over the next 11-plus months. It will be the one single talking point of every politician in the country between now and Election Day. Those who supported it will distance themselves from as best they can. (Good luck with that!) Those who didn’t burn it in effigy from the start will be labeled as being tacit supporters. It’s not too far from reality to envision mobs chasing people through the streets shouting, “It’s an Obamacare supporter!” Okay, maybe that’s a bit much. The president and his minions have botched the enrollment exercise so badly, the Affordable Care Act is now the single most unpopular piece of legislation of the modern era. Republicans haven’t even had to attack it lately. The administration just keeps bungling one thing after another, so the GOP can just sit back STEVE and let the good news (for them) flow. I saw a sign in the crowd last week- BOGGs end during the College Gameday broadcast before the LSU-Alabama game that read, “Les Miles designed healthcare. gov.” When the ineptitude of government permeates college football on a Saturday, it’s a good bet it has reached full saturation of the American public. There aren’t a lot of things governments do well, ours in particular. We collect taxes fairly efficiently, and we can pretty much blow up anything on the planet we want. Our environment is better off now than it was when Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency. We can listen to any conversation anywhere. Oh, and we do an outstanding job of sending out Social Security checks. But that’s pretty much it. Ronald Reagan once said government isn’t the solution to the problem, it is the problem. Nowhere is that more evident than Obamacare. It should serve as proof that high-minded ideals rarely translate into effective public policy. I’m beginning to think for the first time that Affordable Care Act may actually be repealed in 2017. The political weight of Obamacare in the midterm elections could easily swing the Senate to a Republican majority, and that would set up the mother of all presidential elections in 2016. Right now, Obamacare is a noose for Democrats at the federal level. Of course, we’re a crazy bunch, we American voters. George H.W. Bush’s approval ratings were in the 70s about 18 months before Bill Clinton got elected in 1992, so you never know. Still, Obamacare has been unpopular for almost three years now. The longer this law is on the books, the more people despise it. Most of us haven’t quite figured out what it is yet. As such, it’s a good bet Obamacare won’t get much of a bump in popularity over the next 11 months. Obamacare is the single defining issue of the 2014 election cycle, and we will blame it for everything: bad economy, Iran’s nuclear program, gas prices, the Razorbacks’ recruiting class … you name it. From what I’ve seen so far, it deserves it. Brent Davis is editor of The Saline Courier. He can be reached at
The White House mess
et’s recap: If you like your insurance policy, you can keep it. No, wait. If you liked your policy, it was probably worthless anyway. Scratch that. If your junk policy was canceled and you still want it, you can keep it. Er, get it back. Whatever. So now President Obama has apologized for real. On Thursday, he told Americans, “I hear you loud and clear” (Do I hear an echo?) and announced that insurance companies can ignore the law for a year. The several million Americans whose policies were canceled, or were scheduled to be canceled, can keep them -- or get them back -- assuming state regulators and KaTHLEEN insurance compaPaRKER nies comply. It isn’t clear whether insurers can, or will, based on the assurances of someone whose credibility isn’t exactly soaring. Meanwhile, the newest promise dovetails with another earlier delay granted to businesses with at least 50 employees (just 3.6 percent of employers), which were given another year to comply with the ACA. With the computer-crash rollout preventing people from signing up, businesses temporarily exempted from compliance, and policyholders either reinstated or facing yet another broken promise (for which the insurance companies will be blamed), is there anyone left to love Obamacare? In the wake of Obama’s latest tweak, two salient questions have emerged: Can the ACA survive? Can the president even do what he just did, legally? Though brilliant minds may differ, the president is probably within bounds, according to a compelling argument by Simon Lazarus, senior counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center. The relevant constitutional text, he writes on The Atlantic’s website, requires that the president “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” a broad-enough concept to allow for judgment in the execution. The only prohibition is that the president not fail to execute the law owing to his opposition to a policy. Obviously, this is not the case here. As a political matter, it is also obvious that Obama is merely trying to right his own sinking ship, especially after Bill Clinton’s undoubtedly heartfelt advice (you just know), as well as to pre-empt a new House bill to aid canceled policy holders that passed Friday with bipartisan support, including 39 Democrats.
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Cynics on the left insist that Republicans have no real interest in helping Obamacare. And, of course, they are correct. Do Republicans just want to make sure Obama fails? Yes, but not for reasons sometimes suggested. Oprah recently intoned that many Americans disrespect Obama because he is African-American. Even if that were remotely true, it is not the reason half the country opposes Obamacare and many more now doubt its efficacy. Similarly, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky notoriously said that his job was to make sure Obama was a one-term president, it wasn’t because of race nor was it immediate to the president’s election. McConnell made his remark in October 2010 on the eve of the midterm elections and after Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote. In other words, Republicans oppose Obama’s policies, not the man, because they believe the president will so inexorably change the structure of our social and economic system by mandating and punishing human behavior that nothing less than individual freedom is at stake. Under present circumstances, this hardly seems delusional. Does anyone really believe that subsidized policyholders with pre-existing conditions won’t eventually face other mandates and penalties related to their lifestyle choices? Finally, Democrats incessantly seize upon their prize trophy: The U.S. Supreme Court validated Obamacare. True-ish. The high court didn’t endorse Obamacare as a good idea. It didn’t even find the individual mandate constitutional. It ruled that the mandate/penalty is constitutional only if the penalty were viewed as a “tax.” If one were to examine this gift horse’s mouth, one would have to note that, funny, but throughout the health care debate and oral arguments, and even now, Democrats have insisted that the penalty is not a tax. Paging George Orwell. Whether the ACA survives the new timetable remains an open question. The plan sinks or swims on the basis of young, healthy people signing up, which, for now, they cannot do except in dribs and drabs. Further, the ACA clearly needed the canceled policyholders to buy new, more expensive policies to underwrite subsidies and pre-existing conditions. Given the season, the timing of these un-glad tidings could not be worse. Soon enough, Americans will figure out whether Obamacare is the gift Democrats promised -- or if Obama is the Grinch who stole, you know, the holiday season. Kathleen Parker’s email address is
arlier this year the legislature approved Act 509 to restructure the process for opening a new charter school by transferring authority from the state Board of Education to a team of officials within the Education Department. Last week, for the first time the newlyformed group voted on a series of charter school applications. It approved an application for a new charter in southwest Little Rock and denied applications for new schools in Springdale and North Little Rock. On its second day of hearings it approved another new charter school in Pulaski County. Charter schools are public schools and receive state funding. However, SEN. ALLEN they are exempt from CLaRK many state regulations and are allowed to experiment with innovative teaching strategies, in many cases in order to better prepare youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many legislators and educators support more charter schools in Arkansas as a part of an overall effort to expand school choice options for parents. Others advocate a “go slow” approach, saying that charters must be accountable for how they spend tax dollars. Parents and school officials in every state in the country are continuously debating the merits and the potential scope of charter schools. When the Arkansas legislature convenes in regular session in 2015, it is very likely that lawmakers will file bills to open up the charter school process. Act 509 is meant to streamline the application process for groups that seek to open new charter schools. It was amended several times in the legislative session to address concerns from teachers, administrators and parents. The new authorizing panel also decides on expansions, relocations and revocations of charter school licenses. There are two basic types of charters.  An open enrollment charter is run by a tax exempt organization and a district conversion charter is one that had been a traditional public school and was converted into a charter by the local school district. Arkansas has 18 conversion charter schools and 19 open enrollment charters. Arkansas has a cap that limits the total number of open enrollment charter schools to 24, but there is a provision in state law that allows for more charters to be approved once the cap is reached.  When the number of open enrollment charters reaches within two of the cap, the cap is increased by five. Eighteen charter schools in Arkansas have closed since 2001, for reasons such as low enrollment, financial problems or a lack of academic progress. Teaching Economics At a ceremony at the Clinton Presidential Library, 10 Arkansas teachers received Bessie B. Moore Awards, valued at $1,000 each, for incorporating lessons about economics in their classrooms. Moore was a teacher in rural Arkansas who was appointed to the state Library Commission and in the 1950s became one of the state’s leading advocates for libraries.  She went to work for the Education Department, where she pushed for stronger classes in economics, organizing the Arkansas Council on Economic Education. Arkansas high school students are required to take a semester of economics, which can count as half a unit toward fulfilling the graduation requirement of three units of social studies. Alan Clark represents District 13 which inlcudes portions of Saline County.
State Capitol week in review
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Today is the 321st day of 2013 and the 57th day of autumn. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1800, the United States Congress met for the first time in Washington, D.C., in the unfinished Capitol building. In 1869, the Suez Canal was officially opened. In 1871, the National Rifle Association was granted a charter by the state of New York. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy dedicated Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California. TODAY’S FACT: Congress passed the Heights of Building Act in 1899, stating that no building in Washington, D.C., could be built taller than the Capitol. It was amended in 1910, allowing buildings to be as tall as the width of the adjacent street plus 20 feet. TODAY’S NUMBER: 1,900 -- average number of flight departures and landings at Washington Dulles International Airport on a given day.
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Terrell taking talents to Hogs
By Tony Lenahan
LITTLE ROCK – Benton native Branch Terrell signed a letter of intent to play tenBenton 36, Russellville 35 nis for the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas Charleston def. BHG 42-0 on Friday afternoon at the Arkansas Tennis Association in Little Rock. Bryant at (Bye) Terrell, who has lived in Benton the past two years, Glen Rose at (Bye) never played for the Benton Panthers, but was home schooled, which allowed him FRIDAY the opportunity to travel to tournaments in which he Football incurred the highest rank in Arkansas several times and is currently ranked the PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 No. 2 player in the state by Tennis Recruiting Network. Benton at El Dorado, 7 p.m. Terrell is the first player from Arkansas signed by the North Little Rock at Bryant, 7 p.m. Razorbacks in four years. “It didn’t start out for sports,” Terrell said of being Lavaca at Glen Rose, 7 p.m.
home schooled. “It’s very convenient obviously for traveling and being able to do school on the road, but it started out with my parents really just wanting to have a good handle on growing up and wanted to influence our lives in an important way.” Terrell comes from a family of tennis players as his two brothers, Cameron and Trey, each played collegiate tennis at Ouachita Baptist University and Oklahoma Wesleyan University, respectively. Branch Terrell was also heavily considering OBU as well, but explained his decision to become a Razorback, which Terrell proclaims himself a big Hogs fan. “Great coach,” Terrell said. “Great organization, TONY LENAHAN/The Saline Courier program. I’ve worked really Benton native Branch Terrell signs his letter of intent to play tennis at Arkansas on Friday. His father hard for a long time and Bob and mother Barbara sit beside him. Standing from left is brother Cameron, Coach Raul Bermudez TERRELL, page 6A and brother Trey.
Benton senior quarterback Tarek Beaugard throws a pass in the Panthers’ 36-35 come-from-behind win over the Russellville Cyclones in the first round of the 6A State Playoffs on Friday night in Russellville. Beaugard became Benton’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns after breaking Nubbin Wray’s record of 25 set in 1952. Beaugard threw four TDs on Friday to extend the new record to 28 TD passes. For the season, Beaugard has thrown for 2,626 yards on 187 for 308 (61 percent), 28 TDs and 15 interceptions. The Panthers will take on El Dorado, the only team to shut Benton out this year, on Friday in El Dorado for Round 2.
Arkansas picks up three more
By Nate Allen
Razorback Report
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FAYETTEVILLE - With point guard Anton Beard’s signature intact Thursday from North Little Rock, Arkansas Razorbacks Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Anderson was free Thursday evening to be quoted in a press release on his November early signing period recruit in class that began Wednesday with the signatures of forward Trey Thompson of Forrest City and shooting guard Nick Babb of Arlington, Texas. Thompson, 6-9, and Beard, 6-1, are considered by recruiting services to be the top two recruits inside Arkansas and  Babb, 6-5, was recently named firstteam Preseason All-State in Texas. “All three of these young men come from terrific families and we’re happy to welcome them into ours,” Anderson said. “We
answered some areas of need with this class and that was to bring in some perimeter players and a guy of size. Each of these guys are instinctive players that possess versatility that is critical to our style of play on the court, but they also fit the makeup of our program off the court.” Thompson averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots per game as a junior at Forrest City and played AAU ball for the Arkansas Hawks. “Trey is someone who we’ve been following for a long time,” Anderson said. “He’s very versatile in how he plays because he has the strength to bang inside, but also has great footwork and the ability to step outside. He has a great set of hands, which is a premium for a big man, the ability to pass the ball and his upside is tremendous. Even better,
HOGS, page 6A
Hornets play best football in 2nd half of season
By Everette Hatcher
Special to The Saline Courier
went to the Bryant at Conway season opening football game back in September and I was curious how our Bryant Hornets would do in 2013. I sat with my good friend Jim Garland, who had recently been transferred in his job to Conway from Bryant. His son Logan was one of the Hornet stars of the October 24, 2009, mercy-rule 35-7 victory over No. 1 ranked Cabot. On the first play of the game Logan returned the kickoff 85 yards down the Hornet sideline for the opening touchdown. Jim and I have known each other since the 1980’s when we both were members of the young married department at First Baptist Church in Little Rock. Jim’s youngest son, Clark, is a junior on the Conway Wampus Cat team and he is a friend of my son Wilson, who is a junior tennis play-
er for the Bryant Hornets. Conway defeated the Hornets soundly that night, but the Hornets were able to move the ball. Conway cashed in every time they got in the red zone but we came up empty. The second game I attended at Central was much more encouraging and the Hornets were able to get a victory. The third game of the season was against Catholic and it went well the first half, but it seemed the Hornets did not show up the second half and the Rockets won in convincing fashion. Next we had the Salt Bowl in front of over 20,000 fans. Bryant came away with a hard-earned victory over the Benton Panthers. The fifth game of the year was against Pine Bluff and it was a battle of defenses. The Hornets came up short 9 to 3 to the Zebras. I have been following
the Hornets since 1999 and during that time I cannot remember any year starting off with three losses in the first five games. Nevertheless, I have noticed what a remarkable job the Bryant Hornet coaches have always done of bringing the team together as the season goes by to play their best ball the second half of the season. Let me elaborate on that. In 2002 after dropping games to Central and McClellan the No. 1 ranked 8-0 Conway Wampus Cats came to town to take on the 6-2 Hornets. Future New York Giants’ player Peyton Hillis was the star running back for the Wampus Cats, but he was stopped short of the goal line  in overtime and the Hornets won 36-33. In 2004 after being upset by 0-3 Catholic, the Hornets returned home to face No. RICK NATION/Special to The Saline Courier 1 ranked Central, which Bryant Hornet Coach Paul Calley observes practice earlier in the season. The Hornets began the year was boasting a 19-game 1-2 before going 6-1 the rest of the way, it’s lone loss a 9-3 defensive battle versus Pine Bluff. The win streak. Anthony Mask Hornets, which had a bye in the first round of the playoffs, take on North Little Rock (9-2), which HATCHER, page 6A defeated Rogers-Heritage 49-16 on Friday.
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From page 5A
I really want my game to grow. It’s a good level of competition and the program is going in a good direction. Jeff Long has a good handle on athletics and Coach (Andy) Jackson seems like a very good guy. He’s obviously been successful coming from Florida winning SEC Championships. And you can’t beat the Hogs.” Terrell’s tennis coach of 10 years, Raul Bermudez of the the Bermudez Tennis Academy, said they’ve seen
a lot of each other since Branch was 8. “We’ve spent a lot of time together,” Bermudez said. “I’m proud of him moving up to the next stage. It’s a great accomplishment. “He’s a very all-court player. He’s a very smart kid. His technique is very fluent allowing him to really adapt to games and players. Hopefully that will allow him to perform well on the college level. Division I is challenging. We’re looking forward for him to adapt to it and it’s a good opportunity for him there.” But tennis is just a stepping stone for Terrell as he
From page 5A
Trey is another in-state kid who wants to be a Razorback.” Now at North Little Rock, Beard as a junior last season at Little Rock Parkview  averaged 23.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals and has participated in camps named for NBA greats LeBron James and Deron Williams. “I describe Anton’s game by calling him a warrior,” Anderson said.  “He’s got a big heart and plays hard on
both ends of the court each and every game,” Anderson said. “He’s a gritty player. His toughness and heart is something you can’t teach and his basketball IQ has resulted in wins everywhere he’s been. Offensively, he can get to the rim, create for others and he’s just got a great feel for the game. Anton is a great addition and we’re happy to keep one of the top ranked guards in the country in his home state as a Razorback.” Babb averaged just under a double-double as a junior at Arlington with 15.3 and 9.2 rebounds.
“Nick’s game breathes versatility,” Anderson said. “He’s a very athletic 6-foot-5 guard that has the ability to score the basketball, but also run the show. Nick is a high-character kid from a great family, whose best basketball is ahead of him. Our up-tempo style will allow him to showcase his athleticism, not only on offense, but on defense where he can guard a guard and the forward position.” After completing their high school senior season and graduating in May, Thompson, Beard and Babb likely will report to the UA for summer classes.
Benton native Branch Terrell calls the Hogs with friends and family after signing his letter of intent to play tennis for the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday afternoon at the Arkansas Tennis Association in Little Rock.
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has bigger sights in mind. He plans on becoming a pastor. “Tennis is very important to me obviously, I love tennis, but my relationship with Jesus Christ is the biggest thing in my life,” Terrell said. “I grew up in a very familyoriented home. Family, school and tennis are very important.” Terrell also excelled in the classroom, which his academics are also helping toward paying for school. “They kind of provide the way to get scholarship money, its part with tennis,” Terrell said. “I’d like to get out of college debt-free. I don’t know what that’s looking like right now, but its a big deal mainly because I’m going in the ministry and when I come out I might be in the mission field and its hard to make money when you’re doing a public service. Paying off student loans might not be the easiest thing in the world.” Terrell received the Dr. Ted Bailey Sportsmanship Award, an award given to one boy and one girl tennis player in the state which displays extraordinary character and sportsmanship, two years in a row. He also traveled to the Dominican Republic for 10 days to serve the underprivileged. Though he still hasn’t decided on a major at Arkansas, Terrell said he may go into business, communications or computer science. “I’d really like to go into a field that will prepare me to provide for a family or contribute to a community outside of the U.S. there will be a lot of cultures that accept me for a skill that I might offer more so than the Gospel, even though the Gospel was the reason I was there.”
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had an unbelievable performance for the Hornets that night (30 of 54) but the Hornets were down 19 to 15 with 1:46 to play and Central kicking off. About a dozen plays later the Hornets found themselves in the end zone after two fourth-down convrsions for a 22-19 win. It was the only loss that the Central Tigers had in a two-year span. Fast forward to this season and you will see that the Hornets have played their best ball the last few games. Three weeks ago
the Hornets hammered Texarkana 28-0 even though the Razorbacks had earlier upset El Dorado. Then last week I got to see the Hornets complete 15 quarters in a row without allowing a score by their opponents. That streak was broken in the second quarter when Lake Hamilton ran back a kickoff. The Hornets mercy-ruled conference leader Lake Hamilton 42-7 in the first half and then I left to go see the second half of the Conway Christian at Magnet Cove game where my friend Michael Carter is the coach of the Conway Christian Eagles. This week again the
Hornets faced a team tied for the conference lead. The Hornets earned a 21-17 victory over a tradition-rich El Dorado team. The El Dorado Wildcats had won the 6A State Title in 2009, 2010, and 2011 under the leadership of Coach Scott Reed. His father Bill Reed is credited with leading Jacksonville High to state championships back in the 1970’s. A few weeks ago at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Bill Reed was sitting at my table and Dan Hampton came over and visited with him. Dan was a band geek at Jacksonville in his 10th grade year when Bill convinced him to play football. That led to All-Pro
career and a Super Bowl win with the Chicago Bears. The Hornets had several chances to put the El Dorado game away, but the Wildcats kept fighting back. That reminded me several years ago of another close Hornet victory where we were ahead 14-0 at the first of the game, but the other team made a run at us late in the game. The next day I saw Bryant’s Coach Calley and he joked, “We like to keep it exciting for the fans!!!” This year’s Bryant Hornet football season has been very exciting indeed and all the Hornet fans better show up on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Hornet Field
when the winner of the North Little Rock/Rogers Heritage game is our opponent in the second round of the playoffs. After gaining sole possession of the 7A/6A South Conference Title this year, the Hornets are hungry for more.
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Northside Power and Electric has been awarded the prestigious distinction of being a “Premier Dealer” for Generac, a manufacturer of generators. This award is based on a dealer’s commitment to provide a superior level of sales and service. These dealers maintain a qualified staff of factorytrained service technicians along with an ample parts inventory. Northside Power and Electric is the only
Generac Premier dealer in Arkansas and one of only 22 dealers in the nation. “I would like to thank our community of Benton for helping us to become the first and only Generac Premier dealer,” said Greg Nalley, owner of Northside Power and Electric. Nalley says he is proud of his staff. The work ethic and dedication the entire staff brings to the company has helped make this award possible for the company. Northside Power and Electric has been in Benton since 1978, but services the entire state of Arkansas.
Geithner to join private equity firm
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Wal-Mart 3Q profit up, but cuts outlook
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NEW YORK — Wal-Mart shoppers — much like many Americans — still feel like they're in a recession. In the uneven economic recovery, their bills are going up, but their wages are not. While the wellheeled crowd benefits from gains in the stock market, Wal-Mart shoppers are still struggling with a higher payroll tax. And shopping for bargains isn't a hobby, but a necessity. For these reasons, the world's largest retailer on Thursday cut its annual outlook for the second time in three months and gave fourth-quarter guidance that's below Wall Street's expectations. The forecast, which comes as rivals Nordstrom, Kohl's and Macy's reported mixed results, shows how vulnerable Wal-Mart — and
its customers — are to economic ups and downs. Wal-Mart shoppers, who on average make $45,000 a year, were squeezed by the recession that began at the end of 2007 and have struggled to recover since it ended in 2009. They've been dealing with a 2 percentage point increase in the Social Security payroll tax since Jan. 1. A partial 16-day government shutdown this year also hurt business in areas with large military bases. And the Nov. 1 expiration of a temporary boost in government food stamps could also hurt customers' ability to spend, though the discounter says it's too early to know. On top of that, Wal-Mart is facing increased competition from online rivals like, which is opening warehouse hubs closer to cities to speed up delivery. Another threat: Dollar stores, which have
convenient locations and name-brand products at discounted prices. Wal-Mart earned $3.74 billion, or $1.14 per share, in the three months that ended Oct. 31. That compares with $3.64 billion, or $1.08 per share, a year earlier. Net sales rose 1.6 percent to $114.88 billion. On a constant currency basis, net sales would have been $116.2 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.13 per share on net sales of $116.9 billion. Overall, total sales increased 2.4 percent for Wal-Mart's U.S. business, 1.1 percent at Sam's Clubs and 0.2 percent at Wal-Mart's international business. But Wal-Mart reported a decline in a figure that the industry uses to gauge a company's performance. Revenue at stores open at least a year fell 0.1 percent for all U.S. stores, but included a 1.1 percent increase at
Sam's Clubs. Wal-Mart's U.S. stores, which account for 58 percent of the company's total sales, had a third straight quarter of declines, with revenue at stores open at least a year falling 0.3 percent. Wal-Mart blamed slower-than-expected spending in the beginning of the quarter, but said business picked up in September and October. Wal-Mart said it expects adjusted earnings per share to be $1.60 to $1.70 for the fourth quarter. For the year, it expects $5.11 to $5.21, compared with its forecast of $5.10 and $5.30 per share in August. That was downgraded from May's forecast. Analysts expected adjusted earnings of $1.69 per share for the fourth quarter and $5.19 per share for the full year, according to research firm FactSet. Wal-Mart shares closed up 18 cents to $79.08.
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who played a central role in the government's response to the financial crisis of 20082009, is joining private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC. The firm announced Saturday that Geithner will serve as its president and managing director starting March 1. Geithner led the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for more than five years before becoming Treasury secretary in 2009, when the economy had sunk into a deep recession. Few Treasury secretaries received as much scrutiny. Supporters credited Geithner with helping prevent the recession from spiraling into a second Great Depression by stabilizing the banking system and restoring investor confidence. Critics said he was too cozy with Wall Street. Warburg Pincus said that Geithner would advise the firm on strategy, investing, investor relations and other topics. The New York-based firm has been involved in buyouts of such well-known companies as luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus and contact lens maker Bausch + Lomb. The firm declined to comment on Geithner's compensation. Through an aide, Geithner declined an interview request. Geithner, 52, stepped down from Treasury in late January, days after President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term. He was the last of Obama's original economic advisers to leave the administration, and was
succeeded as Treasury secretary by Jack Lew. In an interview with The Associated Press on his last day in office, Geithner said that the economy was "stronger than people appreciate" and predicted a pickup in growth. He defended his role in bailouts for large banks — steps designed to stabilize the financial system — but acknowledged that he would never win over his critics because it was hard to convince people about the dangers posed by the financial crisis. The official who oversaw taxpayer bailouts of the banks, for example, criticized Geithner for allowing insurance giant American International Group to pay huge bonuses to executives. AIG got the biggest bailout of the financial crisis. Geithner's appointment calendar from 2009 detailed his extensive contacts with CEOs of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. Since leaving office, Geithner signed a deal with Random House's Crown Publishers to write a behindthe-scenes book about the response to the economic crisis and has given speeches. Geithner has spent most of his career in government, although he had an early stint at Kissinger Associates, the consulting firm formed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Geithner joined the Treasury Department in 1988 and served as undersecretary for international affairs during the Clinton administration. He worked at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 until 2003 before being named president of the New York Fed.
Yellen stands by Fed’s low rate policies
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WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen made clear Thursday that she's prepared to stand by the Federal Reserve's extraordinary efforts to pump up the economy when she's chairman, if that's what it needs. During a two-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen embraced her socalled "dovish" reputation and expressed strong support for the Fed's low interest-rate policies. And she warned critics that any potential harm those policies pose are outweighed by the risk of leaving a still-weak economy to survive without them. "I believe that supporting the recovery today is the surest path to returning to a more normal approach to monetary policy," she said. Yellen faced tough questions, particularly from Republicans. But she also drew praise from senators in both parties and is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate, becoming the first woman to lead the powerful central bank. A committee aide said that Banking Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., plans a vote as soon as possible, potentially next week. "We have the utmost respect for you," Sen. Joe Machin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia, told Yellen. Her testimony represented a strong defense of the Fed's policies pursued under Chairman Ben Bernanke, which were launched to combat the Great Recession and the financial crisis. The latest efforts include spending $85 billion a month on bond purchases, which are intended to lower longterm interest rates and promote faster economic growth. The Fed has also said it plans to keep its key shortterm rate near zero at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 percent. The rate is now
7.3 percent. Some Republicans expressed concerns at the hearing about the bond purchases, which have swelled the Fed's balance sheet to $3.8 trillion. They are worried that the money flooding into the financial system is inflating stock and real estate prices. And that could be creating asset bubbles, which would have a disastrous impact on the economy if they burst. "I think the economy has gotten used to the sugar you have put out there and I just worry that we are on a sugar high. That is a very dangerous thing," said Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. Yellen repeatedly assured senators that the Fed is mindful of those risks. But she cautioned that there were other dangers if the Fed pulled back prematurely. The economy could weaken further and unemployment could rise. Pressed by Republicans to specify when the central bank might begin scaling back the bond purchases, Yellen didn't bite. She said Fed policymakers assess the risks and benefits of the bond purchase program each time they meet. "The committee is looking for ... signs of growth that are strong enough to promote continued progress" in the labor market. She said "there is no set time that we will decide to reduce the pace of our purchases." The Fed has said that it wants to see stronger data before it reduces the stimulus. Recent reports have been encouraging. The government said last week that the economy added 204,000 jobs in October, and many more in the previous two months than initially reported. And the economy grew at a 2.8 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace in a year. Yellen told senators that the economy has regained
ground lost to the Great Recession. But it still needs the Fed's support because unemployment remains too high. She also praised Bernanke for his "wise and skillful leadership." The Fed has a dual mandate to keep inflation low and fight high unemployment. Yellen and Bernanke are considered to be among the more "dovish" members of the Fed. Those are officials who believe the Fed should be more focused now on job creation because unemployment is high and inflation is mild. But so-called "hawks" have expressed worries that the Fed's policies are raising the risk of higher inflation down the road. Private economists viewed Yellen's comments as a strong signal that Bernanke's policies will continue at the Fed. "Janet Yellen's responses in the Senate Q&A session were as dovish as expected," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. The central bank's last meeting of the year is Dec. 17-18 and it will meet again in January, which will be Bernanke's last meeting as chairman. He steps down on Jan. 31 after eight years at the helm. Many economists believe that the earliest the Fed would begin reducing the bond purchases is at the March meeting. That would be Yellen's first as chairman, presuming she is confirmed by then. The timing of a full Senate vote remains uncertain. Some senators have said that they plan to hold up the nomination as leverage to gain Senate action on other matters. David Vitter, R-La., announced after the hearing that he will vote against her nomination. Yellen is likely be opposed by several other Republicans who have criticized the Fed's policies.
But Yellen will probably win support from most Democrats and a handful of GOP senators. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said after the hearing that he would support Yellen, calling her "the most qualified person for this job."
Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, often a critic of the Obama administration's bank regulation efforts, seemed upbeat about her performance on Thursday. He applauded her for "candor and transparency," thanking her for giving the same answers during the
hearing that she gave him during a private meeting in his office. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., told Yellen she would make a great Fed leader. "Your Brooklyn wisdom shines through," he said in a nod to where she grew up.
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would do it together. To qualify for the Boston Marathon, all would have to run in a certified marathon and finish in a certain amount of time. Madison’s first try at qualifying was not successful. He ran a marathon in Tupelo, Miss., but at mile 21 he hit a wall and quit because he knew he could not finish in the allotted time. Fortunately, he had enough time to try again. In October, he ran the MO’ Cowbell Marathon in St. Charles, Mo., where he finished the race in five hours and 45 minutes after training for only five weeks. The time was good enough to secure a spot. Last weekend Madison traveled to compete in a halfIron Man Marathon, which was one of his goals for the year. The race included running, swimming and biking for a total of 70.3 miles, Madison said. He completed it in seven hours and 10 minutes. Madison has always been a pretty athletic person, he said, but never could really run because he did not have the right equipment. With the help of Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics and Saline Memorial Hospital, Madison was able to receive a prosthetic leg designed for running. Being an amputee makes
marathons not just a test of strength and stamina, but also presents a mental challenge, which Madison enjoys. Every three to four miles, Madison has to stop to tend to his leg before he can continue again. If he does not to so, he could risk serious injury. To make sure these stops are efficient, he has to plan every step of the way. After losing his leg at age 9 from a boating accident, he was actually able to run for the first time while attending a conference this year in Denver. Noting that others had told him about the pleasure of running with the wind in their hair, Madison noted that he was unable to experience this until he was in his 30s. “That’s pretty cool,” he said. By running the Boston Marathon, Madison hopes to be an inspiration for others including local residents and runners who were injured during the marathon last year. “I’ve never considered my amputation a disability or limitation,” he said. Instead, he calls it a change in direction. He hopes by people seeing him run, they will be motivated to do overcome rough times and continue to exercise. Unlike his first marathon, Madison said at Boston he will finish the race even if everyone else has gone home. For motivation, he plans to write the phrase “I will finish” on his arm. The association voted unanimously to present this recommendation to the Intergovernmental Council. When a vote on this plan was taken in the recent Intergovernmental Council meeting, one of the mayors in attendance stated his opposition. Benton Mayor Dave Mattingly said he does not believe this arrangement provides a proportionate distribution of the funds and asked for a fairer method of distributing the money. Mattingly cast the only dissenting vote. All of the other mayors voted in support of the plan. Alexander Mayor Michelle Hobbs was not present.
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Much wisdom comes out of the mouths of babes
Recently, as I was fishing around in a dresser drawer, I came across an old watch that had belonged to my daughter a lot of years ago. This was a Cinderella souvenir timepiece and featured the beautiful Disney character under the crystal. Judging from the number of Cinderella wannabes I saw recently at Downtown Benton’s Spook City, it appears that Cinderella still is a popular literary/movie heroine for little girls. I find that somewhat refreshing. With all the ugly LYNDA stuff out there, it’s comforting to know that youngsters HOllENBECK still believe in Cinderellas SENsE & and pretty dresses and second chances. NONsENsE Finding the childlike trinket triggered nice memories of those earlier years when my late spouse and I were raising the children. Long before his passing, I said several times that I would love to have been able to have gone back and done it all again, even the times when life wasn’t easy. When your children are young and you’re intertwined in so many things, it really is the best of times though occasionally it might seem like the worst of times. I recall another innocent memory that focused on a watch. This one involved my then-5-year-old son. Allen had an intense fascination with watches and clocks. I wouldn’t have been surprised if he hadn’t gotten into watch/clock repair, but he chose another route. (I did have a cousin who could take clocks apart, then put them back together and they would work. My kids didn’t get the trait.) I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day Allen called me at work to tell me that his babysitter had loaned him a watch to wear while he was at her home. He couldn’t have been more thrilled. He then asked me what time my watch had and I, of course, told him. His time was slightly different. But he then remarked, with complete sincerity, “My watch probably runs faster than yours. Yours is a Timex and mine is a Wrist.” I stifled a laugh. It was at that point I realized I never had used the term “wrist watch” in his presence. I habitually refer to my timepiece as simply my watch. So when the sitter called the instrument a wrist watch, he naturally assumed that must be its brand name. I thought about trying to explain a few things to him until I shared the incident with a friend. I changed my mind upon hearing his remark: “When you talk to him, be sure to tell him I have a Pocket watch. Pocket, of course, would be spelled with a capital P, just like Wrist must call for a capital W. And desk clock must get a big D ... “ Nothing like stirring the confusion pot a little more ... but kids are great for bringing lightness to the sometimes heavy moments of life. You really never know what a youngster might say at any given moment. Before they start talking, you work with them and coax them to say certain words and then later on they’ll blurt out something that makes you want to take cover. My daughter, now a seasoned elementary teacher, showed signs early on that she would be finding the teaching chair in the classroom. I just wasn’t smart enough to pick up on the signals. She was a tiny thing with a huge voice. No one ever had to tell her to speak up. Whispering wasn’t an option and it wasn’t possible to say “oh, she’s trying to say (something else)” because she always enunciated perfectly. Frequently, this wasn’t a blessing. During a visit to a worship service at a relative’s church, she began rattling papers while scribbling all over the service bulletin. She wasn’t saying anything, but she was getting louder by the minute, so I admonished her to be quiet. She looked at me with disgust and responded, in a tone that could be heard at the back of the classroom (or the large sanctuary as it happened to be), “I’M JUST WRITING IN THE SAND.” The minister had been preaching on a scriptural passage in which he had said several times “and Jesus was writing in the sand ... “ Karen probably could have given a better account of the sermon than most adults in the congregation. A couple of years later on as a student at the Riggs studio in Benton, she participated in a gymnastics meet. I was in the audience along with other parents and friends and suddenly was shocked to see Karen rearranging the performing order as the girls were standing on the floor, ready to compete. Taking them by the arm, she physically placed them in different spots in the formation. It seems that someone had gotten out of the assigned order and this teacher-in-waiting had to have a proper line before she was willing to perform. She didn’t publicly announce when it was time to start, but that could have been because she had forgotten to check her Wrist Watch. Kids. You gotta love ‘em. Lynda Hollenbeck is senior editor of The Saline Courier.
Young Players, church youth join for holiday Madrigal Feast
By Lynda Hollenbeck
Bishop Butler performs a piano solo at the feast.
Old English carols, period costumes and formal fanfares set the tone for a Madrigal Feast on Nov. 9 in the Christian Life Center of Benton’s First United Methodist Church. The event was a partnership effort involving the Young Players (the youth theater division of Benton’s Royal Players) and the United Methodist Children’s and Youth Choirs. Directed and produced by Daphne Shoppach and Melissa Glover, the feast was billed as “A Knight to
Remember.” A brass fanfare that began the celebration featured Jacan Earnest, trombonist; Matthew Glover, trumpeter; and Matthew Burns, town crier. Dinner music was presented by violinist Oksana Pavilionis, keyboardist Brian Hamby and pianist Sandy Knoernschild. A second fanfare included a processional featuring soloist Stephan Schoonmaker; and courtiers Sarah Carr, Annslee Clay, Kinsey Garafolo, Chloe Morgan, Dominque Cuningkin and Ryan Lynch.
Stephanie Schoonmaker sings an Old English carol.
A young girl is served by an attendee in full Madrigal attire.
Melissa and Mark Glover are shown with their sons Matthew and Zachary. Melissa is co-director of the Young Players.
Matthew Burns, who portrayed the town crier, serves one of the courses at the feast.
Melissa Glover directs the children in presenting a traditional carol for the feast.
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Small business key to economic success
recently noticed a television advertising campaign hawking Nov. 30 as “Shop Small Business Day.” The piece got me to thinking about the whole concept of how important small business is to areas like Benton and Saline County. Granted, when I was growing up in our fair city DAVId in the 1950s and early HUGhES 1960s, pretty GET THE much all the shopping POINT our family did was with what could be considered today as small, family-owned businesses. The only time we ever shopped at “big” companies was when we went on our yearly pilgrimage to Little Rock during the Christmas season to take in the exciting (!) windows of the downtown department stores. We would usually buy some clothes – maybe a new Sunday suit for a growing boy - and always eat lunch at Franke’s Cafeteria. Then, we would wait around until the annual big Christmas Tree lighting at the state Capitol building. Other than that, the only corporate store we frequented a lot was Kroger’s in Benton because my grandfather liked the coffee he could get there and he said he knew “where everything is.” However, when I lived with my mom and stepdad on East Street, we spent our grocery dollars at Cranks and other small
family-owned stores, not only because of the “ticket credit” they offered, but also the personal service and friendliness they always had for their customers. Had I known about places such as Jay’s and The Toggery when I was a child, I might have asked my grandfather to take me there to see what they had. Whenever we wanted to have a special dinner and needed good meat, we would go to Breitweiser’s. I can still remember standing on tiptoe and sticking my nose on the display window to look at all the neat displays of meat, some I had never heard of. What is “head cheese”? It was especially fun when we would buy hot dogs still held together in links and rolled up in a coil. I can still hear the sound of the butcher grabbing hold of the wrapping paper and the great “rrriiiipppppinnngggg” sound it made as he pulled it off and cut it with one hand. Another memory is of my grandfather taking me to the farm supply store and allowing me to pick out that “special” chick for a pet. I never could get him to spring for a rabbit, though. (Grin.) Even going to the bank with him was a treat. We would walk into Benton State Bank and I was always amazed that these important looking guys would walk right up to my grandfather and know him by name. They treated him like he was Mr. Gingles himself. I also remember when he bought me my first car. He called the bank on the phone and told someone there he needed “X” dollars to get his grandson a car. It took about three minutes for them to tell him to just write a check for whatever he needed “and we’ll take care of it later.” Try doing that today with the multi-national banks that populate our city. Many of my friends’ parents worked at the plants, and those who did not probably worked in the small businesses around town and the county. I was surprised to learn as a kid that the local Sears store was owned by a local family. Almost all the stores and shops downtown and all up and down Military, South and other main thoroughfares were small businesses kept going by customer service and repeat business. It’s a darn shame big box stores and chains have changed the demographics of the business community. I asked some of my friends on Facebook how they felt about shopping with, and the demise of, small businesses. These are their responses.
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•Angelia Roberts: “These are the ones who funnel money back. They support school functions, local charities and care about their community. It is worth a few extra bucks to shop at home.” •Mike ‘Mikey Don’ Woodall: “One very big reason I like to trade with locally owned businesses is they have more control of how the customers gets treated ... I hate going in a place and having to say thank you to the person that just took my money. They get a funny look on their faced.” •Pam Puckett Harcrow: “My parents (practically my whole family) owned businesses their entire lives. I remember when West Gibson’s came into Benton and my daddy saying there was no way he could compete with their prices since they were selling sporting equipment (rods, reels, tackle, boating equipment, etc.) retail for less than he could buy the same item wholesale. That mass buying and selling power soon became the norm and shut down most mom-and-pop businesses as they cannot possibly compete. Sad!”   •John Smith I don’t think it’s the city. I think it’s customers..... Most people are NOT willing to pay that few cents more! They want the very lowest price at all costs!! (Hence the success of Black Friday!) ... Small business can’t begin to buy and sell at the same level as these multi-national corporations that have absolutely NO loyalty to THEIR customers! Heck, they don’t even KNOW their customers, or care to! How much is that close relationship worth to people? Obviously, not enough ... •Kathryne Sego Patterson: “I know what you mean. But places like Sears are becoming the small places. Everyone I know buys at those places now and places like Sears are going down the tube. I worked there for years in Little Rock. I have never enjoyed a job so much as I did then. But that was in the old days. Things were managed for the customer and the employees. It worked right. You took care of the customer and catered to them. And they made sure the salesperson had fun doing it. “Those were the days when we had business and things were done like they should have been. I miss those days. After it was bought out and things changed to Target or Kohls, did things turn around for the worst? I had to quit because sales and morale had gotten so bad. All because of trying to be like the smaller places. Mass
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The downtown area of Benton is a blend of old and new architecture. people cannot get a job at the small places; no room. To support a family, you have to be on commission with a ton of opportunities to earn it. I could go on and on. I love the small places to buy; they are individual and have the neat things. But please do not forget the people trying to support their families. I was one of them.” •Michael R. Shipp: “It would come back better if the city was small-business friendly. It isn’t, in my opinion.” •Kevin N. Megan Cooper: “We need to remember that locals built this county. I remember the clothing store Sparks and several others. My family bought cars from Spivey’s. I even remember buying a vehicle or two from old Mike Woodall. I’m a huge supporter of shopping with the locally owned businesses even if they are a few cents higher. “It would require ‘going out of our way,’ which is not a problem to me. Stop by a locally owned business to purchase selected items that they have to offer. Yes, Walmart has it all, but the local business owners appreciate our business a lot more. We have gotten away from LOYALTY!” •Karen Crowe Stevenson: “Seems several years ago when you bought something local and it didn’t fit, it was very hard to return. But then the children’s store here was so good to let you take outfits home on approval to try on your kids at home! Both pros and cons.” One thing I have found through the years is that even if a small business might not have what you want in stock, all you have to do is ask, and they will get what you want – even if they have to research the whole nation. It may cost a little more, but their profit usually goes directly back into the community. Many times a small business owner will be talking
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to someone and they will say ‘I didn’t know that kind of store was available here. Where is it located? That should make a light bulb go off in their brain and think why they didn’t know about it. A friend of mine told me today that he didn’t know of any business that was at least 10 years old that did not advertise. I’m not saying invest in full-page ads or 30-second commercials on TV in a saturation campaign. Today’s small businesses should advertise in the best medium that reaches their target audience, but also in other venues to bring in more folks. Of course, I am prejudiced that the Courier is the best way to at least have the most eyeballs on your advertising for the bucks. But, like any other business, it depends on what you advertise. If you own a small business why not tout Nov. 30 as shop your particular store “day”? Offer a loss leader or just something to get potential customers in the door. It doesn’t have to be huge. It’s just an experiment. I’m not trying to sell advertising: I am trying to increase awareness that small business isn’t dead – just harder to find sometimes.
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Old-time river baptisms hold sacred niche in time
hall we gather at the river, Where bright angel’s feet have trod, With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the throne of God?” A newspaper article buried deep inside the news section of the state paper caught my eye not long ago. The article ALMa JOYCE noted that, because of a HahN large number of objections THIS, THAT & from local THE OTHER residents, the National Park Service was withdrawing its objections to conducting baptisms in waterways under NPS’s jurisdiction. I am glad I read about this after the restrictions had been withdrawn because I have a deep and abiding respect for such ceremonies, and attempts to regulate them would have gotten my dander up. I have made no secret of the fact that I consider the few years I spent in the tiny rural Arkansas town of Oden in Montgomery County to have been among the best years of my life. Most of the people there at that time were poor; they worked hard to make a living. They were unschooled, but honest people who followed a strong moral code. Religion played a big role in the life of the people in Montgomery County. There was a sign at the “city” limits
proclaiming the population of Oden at 99 residents; the business district consisted of two grocery stores, a combination service station and post office, a vacant bank building (It had been closed since 1931 because of a bank robbery, and only in the last few months, I believe, reopened for the first time since as a feed store), and a combination beauty shop and restaurant. Four churches and the town cemetery served this community. The Baptist church was the only one that met every Sunday. The Methodist church was served by a circuit rider and only met every four or five weeks. Both the Methodist and the Baptist churches had a piano. The Holiness Church and the “Hard-Shelled Baptists” thought musical instruments were tools of the devil. The rest didn’t have the money for one or anybody who knew how to play one. “Yes, we’ll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; Gather with the saints at the river That flows by the throne of God.” Religion was strong among the population, however, and there were nondenominational churches every few miles. These little houses of worship were usually referred to by either family names (the Goodner Church) or names of nearby landmarks (the Hog Jaw Church). There was usually a small cemetery nearby. The graves were often marked with large boulders, and visitors had to know
where a grave was located to find it. The churches were usually small, one-room affairs furnished with a simple lectern big enough only to support a Bible and crude benches to sit on. Sometimes tattered songbooks were available, but most people knew the hymns by heart. (Many adults couldn’t read anyway.) “Ere we reach the shining river, Washing up its silver spray, We will walk and worship ever, All the happy golden day.” Montgomery County people loved their revivals. A revival was often held in connection with a homecoming. Every church had a homecoming. Relatives who had moved away came back, often camping out several days before in the church yard or some other place nearby. The family slept on pallets in the wagon beds, or, if they were affluent enough to own one, the bed of their pickup truck. Lots of visiting took place, but also a lot of work got done. The church building got any needed repairs; old, dead flowers and plants were removed from the graves and replaced with flowers brought especially for the graves, or, more often, cut from the gardens of the families in the community. While all this work and camping out was taking place, meals were not forgotten. Meals were cooked for the family, and in many cases, others who lived in the area, but were working too. On the last day of the
revival, everybody shared “dinner on the grounds.” “On the margin of the river, Washing up its silver spray, We will walk and worship ever, All the happy golden day.” My friend Louise and I kept up with the revivals that were held nearby and crashed these meals every chance we got. We would hang around while the women were setting out all the food. Before long somebody handed us a paper plate and shoved us in line. Our plates were quickly filled with fried chicken, purple hull peas, tomatoes, corn on the cob and all kinds of home-canned and fresh foods. My mother would have died had she known. I probably would still be standing up to eat my meals. After dinner, cleanup began. Soon the wagons were all packed and ready to depart. One final chore remained. Baptizing the converted. Sometimes this was done at a later date, but it was always done on a
warm Sunday afternoon. In Oden the baptizing hole was not far from the steel bridge spanning the Ouachita River behind “Town.” This was also the swimming hole and boat launch site as well as a place where horses and wagons could cross if horses got “spooked” going over the bridge. Prospective converts also had to be sure there were no trotlines set in the vicinity. “Ere we reach the shining river, Lay we every burden down; Grace our spirits will deliver, And provide a robe and crown.” When the baptizing was scheduled, all the converts were led out to the chosen spot in the stream as the rest of the congregation sang “Shall We Gather at the River.” The spot had to be chosen carefully. Women presented special concerns. Many did not know how to swim so, it couldn’t be too deep. The preacher had to keep a firm grip on his converts so that if they stepped
in a hole, they wouldn’t get immersed before he was ready. The women also had to be careful in selecting their clothing so that their wet, clinging dresses didn’t balloon too far out or cling too closely to their bodies. There were also concerns that some of the local residents like snakes, small fish, turtles and frogs would attend the events. After the baptism was completed, another hymn was sung. The converts went behind some convenient bushes and changed into dry clothes. Everyone else was busy packing up. Goodbyes were said, hugs were exchanged, and the wagons and pickups began to move. “Soon we’ll reach the shining river, Soon our pilgrimage will cease; Soon our happy hearts will quiver With the melody of peace.” Can you imagine having to get a license for this! The thought is sacrilege.
An alternate style of marriage: God is key
eorge and Juanita were high school sweethearts who married in 1963. They had two children, Sam and Dolly, in their first five years of marriage. Raising their family and retiring was a lifelong dream. Ultimately, they had five FREDDY grandchilBURTON dren and both retired in 2007 at the age of 65. Life couldn’t have been sweeter. Both were in good health, and with George’s pension and both of their Social Security checks combined, they were going to enjoy their golden years traveling and doing what retired couples do without the pressures of working and raising a family. Everything was working according to their plans and their dreams. A few years ago Juanita was diagnosed with cancer. Both struggled through her illness, but finally Juanita lost the battle and died last year. George was devastated. His sweetheart and life’s partner was gone. Never could he have been prepared for this chapter of his life. Having a strong faith, he knew that his wife was in a better place and free of the pain and suffering she had endured. Only those who have experienced the loss of a mate could understand his emptiness and loneliness. His children tried to console and comfort him. Their love and concern helped, but it was as if something had been ripped out of his heart. Through the past 49 years George and Juanita had become one, and his other half was now taken from him. Never would he be the same. Life would not be as before. His grief and loneliness were almost unbearable. Other couples with whom they had been friends tried to help by asking him to join them for meals or to go places with them, but it wasn’t the same. The others had each other and he felt like a fifth wheel tagging along with his friends. He tried this a few times but
finally quit accepting the invitations. He appreciated the efforts and concern, but the pain was too great. One day George while grocery shopping at Walmart he ran into Debbie, an old friend to both him and Juanita. “How is Juanita?” she asked. To Debbie’s surprise, George told her of his wife’s passing. Debbie was shocked and expressed her sympathy and apology for not being aware of Juanita’s death. During their conversation Debbie told George about the loss of her husband, Frank, in the preceding year. They had been married for almost 45 years. The two friends shared condolences and both returned to their shopping. A few weeks later George got up the nerve to call Debbie and ask her if she would like to meet him at I-Hop for breakfast the next morning. She agreed, they met and they had an enjoyable visit. Just to sit and talk with someone of the opposite gender and about the same age was refreshing for both. They began seeing each other on a regular basis, though neither was seeking romance. The goal was companionship. This went on for about a year. Then both began to realize their feelings were changing. Each struggled with new feelings for the other and communicated them with one another. They realized that their friendship was more than either one had expected and voiced their fears. George’s sweetheart would always be Juanita, his first love. Debbie felt the same about Frank. They both agreed to this fact, that their first loves would always have special places in their hearts and could never be forgotten nor replaced. What were they to do? What did the future hold for them? Both prayed alone as well as with each other about their future relationship. They talked to their pastors. After much prayer, talking and counseling, they knew it was God’s will for them to share their lives together as husband and wife. At first their children
were shocked and hurt that their dad and mom would think of such a thing. Their memories and love for their mother and father kept them from accepting the notion of a new mate for their parents. After several months the children began to see that their parents needed companions. Though difficult to accept, they realized this was best for both of them. George had a good pension and other financial assets. Debbie had similar financial stability. What had seemed so clear now was clouded with financial jeopardy. The system created by the government seemed unfair and would penalize them financially if they were to marry, not to mention the effect it would have on their children’s inheritance. If they didn’t marry and decided to spend their time together traveling, they would risk reproach on their character and their Christian witness, not only in the community but with their children and grandchildren. So what could or should they do? Were there other options? I tell this story about two fictional characters, George and Debbie, because this story is being played out every day in every community in our country. The legal system has them in a catch-22 situation. As the Saline County clerk for 20 years, our office sold thousands of marriage licenses. On one occasion a couple called me with this type of problem. They asked me if they could have a marriage performed that was not a civil marriage. Having never considered anything
other than a civil union, and never having been asked this question, I told them I would get back with them. To my surprise I discovered something in my research. There could be two types of marriage: 1. One is a legal marriage sanctioned by the state. Legal marriage affords the married couple as many as 515 benefits that are not afforded to non-married persons, and it is officially incentivized by our government. 2. The other is a sacramental marriage, which is defined by communities of faith. The marriage accrues neither governmental benefits nor tax incentives. The couple does not ask for official state sanction of the marriage through the purchase of a license. This type of marriage is solemnized by a minister and performed before the couple’s family and friends, their community of faith and — most of all — before God. My original understanding was that our government and our legal system were forcing couples to live in an unbiblical relationship, but through my research I realized a new understanding of TWO KINDS OF MARRIAGE. What seemed to be an impossible dilemma for George and Debbie is now doable. With this type of ceremony, they don’t need to purchase a license, change her last name, change her driver’s license, change her voter registration or notify Social Security. In God’s eyes, they are married. Period. End of story.
Marriage in later years can present unique problems, but there is an alternate solution that many people are not aware exists.
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Dear Doctor: My 13-year-old son has been complaining of neck and back pain ever since school started. Could the problem be his backpack? Concerned Mom
Dear Concerned: Kids love their backpacks. They can tote around all kinds of stuff. But unfortunately, our kids are paying a huge price when they tote around too much stuff, or use backpacks incorrectly. In fact, during the last 10 years backpack-related injuries among children have increased 330%. By age 18, over half of all children will have received treatment for back and neck injuries related to backpacks. These injuries are partly due to how children wear backpacks, but equally due to the amount of weight they’re carrying: the average student carries about 11 tons in their backpack every year! For safe backpack use, ensure your children follow these important tips: Choose the right pack. Pick one made of nylon, with two wide, padded shoulder straps, padded hip belt, chest strap, sturdy padded back
and lots of pockets. It should be no wider or longer than the child’s torso. The pack should be designed to keep the weight close to the body. Your chiropractor can help you choose a pack that is right for your child. Pack it wisely. Include only what’s absolutely essential for the day. Distribute weight evenly using compartments/ pockets. Place heaviest objects lowest and closest to the body. Weigh the pack: it should not exceed 10-15% of the child’s body weight (20 lbs. max. for older kids). Lift it properly. Bend the knees, lift with the arms and legs. Place the pack on a waist-high, level surface before putting it on. Wear it correctly. Use both shoulder straps, and never sling the pack over only one shoulder. Adjust the straps so they are snug, but not too tight. Always use the hip belt to carry most of the weight on the hips, not the shoulders. Keep the hip belt snug around the pelvis. Use school lockers to store stuff. Don’t let the backpack become a mobile locker!
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sweet potatoes, ugly vegetable but packed full of nutrition
weet Potatoes are not the prettiest vegetable on the produce aisle; in fact it’s a rather ugly vegetable with its knobby exterior that tapers on each end. The skin is a dusty color, similar to that found on the banks of the Red KRIS River, and ELLIOT it usually bears scars of being dug up from living underground. However, sweet potatoes are a popular fall time vegetable and are economical, delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare. One cup of cooked sweet potato provides 30mg of beta carotene (Vitamin A). They also are a great source of vitamin E and they are virtually fat free. Just two-thirds of a cup of sweet potatoes provides 100 percent of the USRDA for Vitamin E without the unwanted fat so many times associated with this vitamin. They also supply small amounts of the B vitamins and other minerals, including potassium and iron. And is a good source of dietary fiber which helps promote a healthy digestive tract. When selecting sweet potatoes, choose those that are firm, smooth, reasonably clean and free from blemishes. Healed scars do not injure the flesh of the sweet potato, but moisture or decay spots indicate flesh damage and off-flavors. Some sweet potatoes have copper-colored skins, others have light tan skins and some have rosy-red skins. All have yellow to deep orange flesh. After cooking, copper and red skinned varieties usually are softer than the lighter
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colored sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry place and used within a few days. Refrigerator storage of any type is not recommended. It slows sprouting but causes the starch to turn to sugar. Sweet potatoes have a rich full flavor of their own which makes them ideal to bake without added ingredients. If you like sweet potatoes baked, it isn’t necessary to wrap them in foil. Cooking them in foil will produce a steamed potato. For best texture and flavor, scrub the potatoes well, poke a fork into them a time or two to allow steam to escape and, if desired, lightly oil the surface. Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes or until fork tender. When boiling sweet potatoes, be sure to cook them in their jackets. This will prevent some of the sweetness from being dissolved in the water. The skin will be easy to remove and will take less of the potato with it when peeled. Since Vitamin C is easily destroyed by air, cook sweet potatoes quickly and serve hot to prevent nutrient loss. To receive your free publication on sweet potatoes, contact the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture in Saline County at 1605 Edison Avenue Suite 15 in Benton, call 501-303-5672, or e-mail me at You may also follow me on Facebook at UAEX Saline County Family & Consumer Sciences. These are my all-time favorite sweet potato recipes. Both these recipes are from two friends of my mother Ola Mae Shelnut shared the Sweet Potato Pie and Katie Sweeten shared the bread recipe. Give them a try before Thanksgiving to see if one becomes your
favorite too. Ola Mae’s Sweet Potato Pie Filling 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes 7/8 cup sugar 1/3 cup melted butter 2 eggs 1/3 cup buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour ingredients into pie shell. Bake in oven for five minutes then reduce heat to 350 and bake an additional 25 minutes or until pie is set. Sweet Potato Bread 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon soda 1/2 cup oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup mash sweet potatoes 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 cup nuts 1-3/4 cups flour Mix above ingredients together and pour into two loaf pans sprayed with vegetable spray and bake 350 degrees F for one hour. Tried and True Tip: Yams in the United States are actually Sweet Potatoes with relatively moist texture and orange flesh. Although the terms are generally used interchangeably, the USDA requires that the label “yam” always be accompanied by “Sweet Potato.”
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 GAME ON!: Tweens and teens are invited to play video and/or board games from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at both Saline County Library locations. The program is for ages 8-18 at Boswell Library and ages 13-18 at Herzfeld Library. Call 778-4766 or 847-2166 for more information. MONDAY WITH THE MASTER GARDENERS: The Saline County Master Gardeners and presenter Jay Justice will discuss the topic of mushrooms at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at Herzfeld Library. The program is open to all ages. Call 778-4766 for more information. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 SALINE CROSSING REGIONAL PARK & RECREATION AREA, INC will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19th in the Gene Moss building at Tyndall Park. The public is welcome to join in planning for the 200th anniversary celebration of Saline Crossing -- the first pioneer settlement of Saline County, circa 1815. PUPPET SHOW: All ages are invited to a family-friendly puppet show at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Herzfeld Library. Call 778-4766 for more information. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 BLOCK PARTY: LIBRARY LEGO CLUB: Ages 4-14 are invited to create a Lego masterpiece from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Boswell Library during the monthly Block Party. A new theme is explored each month. Call 847-2166 for more information. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be held Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Bryant. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 THEOS, A SUPPORT GROUP FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS: will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Wendy’s in Benton. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 TIM ERNST, Arkansas nature photographer, will be at Herzfeld Library, 1800 Smithers Drive, Benton, Monday, Nov. 25. Tim will sign copies of his books and prints from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and at 6:30 will show his new presentation “Buffalo River Beauty.”  Seating is limited. First come, first seated. MOVIE MONDAY: All ages are invited to enjoy a movie specifically selected for ages 12 and under at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at Herzfeld Library. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Call 7784766 for more information. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 THANKSGIVING STORY TIME PARTY: All ages are invited to a Thanksgiving-themed story time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Boswell Library in Bryant and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Herzfeld Library in Benton. Stories, crafts and games are all part of the fun. No registration required. Call 847-2166 or 778-4766 for more information.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will be serving Thanksgiving dinner to any person who wants to attend. The event will be Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Anyone planning to attend, call 778-3601. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 BRYANT HOLIDAY GALA is set for Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Center at Bishop Park in Bryant as a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club. The event is set to start at 6:30 p.m. beginning with an auction with dinner to follow. For more information call Allison Ramsey at 501-9931206. JUNIOR AUXILIARY of Saline County will be hosting a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Bryant Fire Department. Only non-perishable food donations, please. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 THEOS, A SUPPORT GROUP FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS: 5 p.m. December 10 for its annual Christmas Potluck. Bring $5 gift to Exchange suitable for male or female. ONGOING EVENTS HUNTER’S EDUCATION CLASSES will be given Sept. 23, 24 and 26 and Oct. 7, 8, 10 and Nov. 4, 5 and 7 at the Gene Moss Building at Tyndall Park in Benton. All classes start at 6:30 - 10 p.m. No pre-registration required but students must attend all three nights. BRYANT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: meets 6:30 p.m. every third Tuesday in the Heritage Room at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant on Prickett Road. We encourage students and others to join us in preserving the history and heritage of Bryant. Annual dues are $25 for adults and $15 for students. TOPS: 5 p.m. Every Monday at the Benton Main Fire Department. Come join TOPS Chapter 57. the group meets every Monday. For more information email BENTON ALZHEIMER’s CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at First Baptist Church, 211 South Market in Benton. The meeting is open to everyone who has a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia.  The group offers a safe environment where discussions are kept confidential. For more information, please contact Sam Sellers at (501) 663-3900 or samuel.sellers@  BRYANT HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1973: is beginning planning for a 40th Class Reunion in the Fall of 2013. If you attended Bryant High School Class of 1973, we want to get your contact information to inform you of the upcoming planning meetings and the Reunion. Please call 501-920-8188 or e-mail peglew55@gmail. com. STARTING POINT SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 1 p.m. every Sunday at Christ Is The Answer Fellowship Church, Traskwood. This is a Christian based recovery program. Call Vince for details 722-3110 POOL TOURNAMENT: First
and third Fridays of every month at 7:30 p.m., Saline County Moose Lodge, Highway. 67, Benton. Must be 21 to enter lodge, but membership in lodge not required to participate. SALINE COUNTY HISTORY AND HERITAGE SOCIETY MEETING: 7 p.m., the third Thursday of each month at 123 N. Market St. in Benton. BRYANT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING: 6:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month in the Heritage Room of the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library on Prickett Road in Bryant. HOPE ADDICTIONS RECOVERY PROGRAM: 7 p.m. every Friday at Victory Baptist Church, 5386 Highway 67 South, Benton.  Call 315-5005 for more information or for transportation to the meeting. SADDLES AND SPIRITS HORSE CLUB MEETING: 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at East End Elementary School. For more information, contact Melinda Steele at 501-5808356. SALINE COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEETING: 6:30 p.m., the first Thursday of each month at Republican Headquarters, 125 North Market Street, in downtown Benton. Visitors welcome BINGO: 6:30 p.m. every Thursday evening and every Saturday at 1 p.m. at VFW Post  2256.  5323 Sleepy Village Road ( off Alcoa ).  Members and guests welcome, must be 21 years of age.  No admission charge, kitchen will be open serving burgers, fries, taco salads and other items. NONPARTISAN LAYMEN’S STUDY OF THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION MEETING: 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at First Lutheran Church, 18181 I-30 in Benton. There is a $5 fee for materials. SALINE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMAN MEETING: 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, followed by the Central Committee meeting at 7 p.m., at Democratic Headquarters, 101 S. Market St. in downtown Benton. STARTING POINT SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 1 p.m. every Sunday at Christ Is The Answer Fellowship Church, Traskwood. This is a Christian based recovery program. Call Vince for details 722-3110 BROKEN CHAIN MINISTRIES 12 STEP RECOVERY PROGRAM: 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday Community Care Center 212 W. South St. in Benton. For more information call 501-672-6511. BINGO: The VFW Post 2256 in Benton is inviting the public to come play Bingo every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Players must be 21 or older. Cash prizes are paid to the winners. A special coverall jackpot will be paid on Saturday, Sept. 21 with a minimum of $600 guaranteed. A.S.P.E.N( Autism Spectrum Parent Education Network): We will meet the 1st Sunday of each month from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Pregnancy Resource Center on 120 S. Conrad Street ( off of South Street) in Benton. For more information call the center at 317-5557.
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November 18-22 Bauxite School District
Breakfast: Monday: French Toast Sticks, Fruit, Juice, Milk Tuesday: Sausage and Egg Biscuit, Fruit, Juice, Milk Wednesday: Breakfast Burrito, Salsa, Fruit, Juice, Milk Thursday: Cheesy Ham Biscuit, Fruit, Juice, Milk Friday: Breakfast Pizza, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch: Monday: Pepperoni Pizza, California Blend Veggies, Salad, Ranch Dressing Apple Wedges, Orange Smiles, Cookie, Milk Tuesday: Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Fruit, Mixed Fruit, Roll, Milk Wednesday: Sloppy Joe on Bun, Baked Beans, Veggie Strips, Pears, Fresh Fruit, Milk Thursday: Turkey and Dressing, Sweet Potato Crunch, Broccoli, Roll, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit, Milk Friday: Fish Sticks, Potato Wedges, Lettuce, Carrot Sticks, Ranch Dressing, Pickle Slices, Mixed Fruit, Ketchup, Juice, Milk Tuesday: Chicken Quesadilla, Salsa, Pinto Beans, Cucumber Slices, Diced Peaches, Milk Wednesday: Chicken Nuggets, BBQ Sauce, Great Northern Beans, Seasoned Corn, Orange Wedges, Milk Thursday: Turkey and Dressing, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet potatoes, Green Beans, Roll, Fruit Salad, Milk Friday: Hamburger on Bun, Mayo, Oven French Fries, Ketchup, Lettuce, Tomato, Chilled Pears, Milk Strips, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas and Carrots, Fruit, Roll, Milk Wednesday: Taco Soup, Crackers, Veggie Strips, Dip , Cookie, Fruit, Milk Thursday: Chicken and Noodles, Cranberry Sauce, Seasoned Broccoli, Tossed Salad/Ranch Dressing, Fruit, Milk Friday: Chicken Sandwich, Mayo, Must., Potato Wedges, Ketchup, Lettuce,Tom., Pickles, Fruit, Rice Krispie Treat, Milk High School
Bryant School District
Breakfast: Monday: Sausage and Biscuit, Juice, Milk Tuesday: Breakfast Burrito, Juice, Milk Wednesday: Donut, Banana, Juice, Milk Thursday: Cherry Frudel, Milk Friday: Cereal, Teddy Grahams, Apple, Milk (Davis and Hurricane: Cereal Bar, Teddy Grahams, Apple, Milk) Lunch: Monday: Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Steamed Broccoli, Sliced French Bread, Diced Pears, Milk Tuesday: Ham Sandwich on sliced Bread, Shred Romaine Lettuce, Potato Wedges, Mustard, Salad Dressing, Ketchup, Fruit Cocktail, Milk Wednesday: Cheese Pizza, Salad, Ranch Dressing, Chilled Peaches, Milk Thursday: Thanksgiving Feast: Turkey and Dressing, Seasoned Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Hot Rolls, Tropical Mix, Milk Friday: Burrito w cheese Sauce, Seasoned Corn, Refried Beans, Fruit, Milk
Monday: Beef Nachos, Pinto Beans, Corn, Fruit, Salsa, Fruit Juice and Milk Tuesday: Breaded Beef Strips, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas and Carrots, Fruit, Roll, Fruit Juice and Milk Wednesday: Taco Soup, Crackers, Veggie Strips, Dip , Cookie, Fruit, Fruit Juice and Milk Thursday: Chicken and Noodles, Cranberry Sauce, Seasoned Broccoli, Tossed Salad/Ranch Dressing, Fruit, Fruit Juice and Milk Friday: Chicken Sandwich, Mayo, Must., Potato Wedges, Ketchup, Lettuce,Tom., Pickles, Fruit, Rice Krispie Treat, Fruit Juice and Milk
Benton School District
Breakfast: Elementary, Middle Monday: Cereal with Toast or Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bar with Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk Tuesday: Cereal with Toast or WG Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burrito, Fruit Juice, Milk Wednesday: Cereal with Toast or Sausage Roll, Fruit Juice, Milk Thursday: Cereal with Toast or WG muffin with Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk Friday: Cereal with Toast or Oatmeal with Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk High School Monday: Cereal or Cinnamon Bun, Fruit Juice, Milk Tuesday: Cereal or Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrestable, Fruit Juice, Milk Wednesday: Cereal or Sausage Roll, Fruit Juice, Milk Thursday: Cereal or Yogurt and Graham Crackers, Fruit Juice, Milk Friday: Cereal or Chicken Biscuit, Fruit Juice, Milk Lunch: Monday: Mini Corndogs with w.g. breading, ketchup, Seasoned Broccoli, Baby Carrots with dip, Applesauce, Milk
Harmony Grove School District
Breakfast: Monday: Cereal, Graham Crackers, Fruit, Milk Tuesday: Breakfast Bar, Fruit, Juice, Milk Wednesday: Super Bun, Graham Crackers, Fruit, Juice, Milk Thursday: Breakfast Pizza, Fruit, Juice, Milk Friday: Pancakes, Sausage, Juice, Milk Lunch:
Glen Rose School District
Breakfast: Monday: Biscuit and Sausage or Cereal and Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk Tuesday: Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bar or Cereal and Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk Wednesday: Blueberry Muffin or Cereal and Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk Thursday: Egg and Cheese Biscuit or Cereal and Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk Friday: Biscuit and Gravy or Cereal and Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk
Monday: Hot Dog, Chips, Baked Beans, Fruit, Milk Tuesday: Spaghetti, Garlic Toast, Salad,Ranch Dressing, Fruit, Milk Wednesday: Pizza, Corn, Salad, Ranch Dressing, Watermelon Wedge, Fruit, Milk Thursday: Turkey and Dressing, Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Ice Cream Sandwich, Milk Friday: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Lettuce, Pickles, Strawberries, Bananas, Milk
Lunch: Elementary Middle Monday: Beef Nachos, Pinto Beans, Corn, Fruit, Salsa, Milk Tuesday: Breaded Beef
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Houses For Sale
3BR 3BA plus office & game room. Seperate 20x30 shop on 1.75 acres. Great older home, completely updated interior with 2950sq.ft. $210,000 Benton Schools Please call 776-5160
Houses for Rent
3BR 2.5BA 2 Car garage, New construction Benton, $1,250 mo 501-317-0422. 3BR 2BA 2 car garage Bryant schools $1250mo 317-0422
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 BR/1BA, Salem area, No pets, $385. Rent, $200. Dep. 326-3907.
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CABIN FOR Sale 14x29 Custom Built Granite Countertops all Appl. Incl. Must be Moved 2yrs old Call TJ 479-387-6466 Classifieds - a shopping center delivered to your home
3BR 2BA Fireplace CH/A Acreage $925mo + $925dep. Call 501-317-6383 2BR 1BA STOVE REFRIG NO PETS 519 PEARSON 2Br 317-6426 778-1993 1BA $600mo + 400 Dep. No P e t s 3 BR 2 BA Housing 326-3907 Accepted, references, no pets, Haskell. BRYANT Nice $600 mo., $300 dep., Townhome. 3 BR, 2 501-840-1206 BA, 1300 sq. ft., $750 mo., 501-847-5377
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Chains though invisible keep minds in nebulous “Come quick, Pappy. shadows            Faith is silence There’s a beautiful humlike light To hear His voice mingbird sitting on a bush shining on frosted glass. From darkness out front.” Hope Into Light “He doesn’t try to fly away locked in a world  In eternal splendor when we get close.” outside the window, Comes Father and the Son said eight-year-old Rebecca and those condemned to To welcome you home. excitedly. darkness     --MARIAn, WIthAM, “He’s been there quite a see the light MenA while, so you’d better hurry.” in another’s world. So she and six-year-old Truth THE ROSE Jennifer ran out in a flurry. burning like a torch The beautiful male redfor all to see The light of the rose throated hummingbird inviting the enslaved. will shine on sat motionless on the barAnd Malala’s spirit my true love-berry bush. Sitting quietly screams, family we cherish as though not in a rush. His “Let me be free!” while we have this bright green head appeared    --DOn CROwSOn, moment. to stare steadfastly across the Zero BentOn         TEMPLATE 1 (STANDARD: Down Calculator-Phil) We treasure our street. children As we approached, he Send poems of 16 or fewer with the love didn’t turn his head to greet. lines to Don Crowson, 131 Special to The Saline Courier of a rose. I realized that a thorn had Greg Blacklaw demonstrates his juggling skill at the Madrigal Feast. S. First St., Benton, AR --AShLey E. HeAd, pierced his heart 72015.  Please enclose a selfmer’s Hot Deal) TRASKwOOd Knowing that he was dead addressed, stamped envelope gave us a start. if a clipping or response is I plucked him gently from SHE WAS THE ANGEL desired. TEMPLATE 1 (STANDARD: Zero Down Calculator-Phil)
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From page 1B A blessing from the bishop (the Rev. David Jones of First United Methodist Church) also was included. During the salad course, musical performances were given by Bishop Butler, pianist; and violinists Elizabeth Pavilionis, Oksana Pavilionis and Brian Hamby. A jousting tournament included Chloe Morgan, Noah Lee and Alex Pavilionis. Participating in the
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