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April 16th, 2014

Coming Home: Hendrix takes helm of Panther basketball

April 16, 2014

HASKELL — After a year under Dwaine Fishburn as interim head coach, the Benton High School senior boys basketball team now has a full-time leader.
Following a 6-0 vote at Monday's Benton School Board meeting, 2006 Benton graduate and current Harmony Grove senior boys head coach Dexter Hendrix was named to the helm of one of the most coveted coaching positions in the state—Benton Panther basketball.
"I am very excited to go back to Benton and coach a great basketball program and help it continue to grow and take it to the next level," Hendrix said.

Benton's Fishburn named 6A South Coach of the Year

April 16, 2014

BENTON – After losing half its team and majority of its contributors to graduation a season after making it to the 6A state semifinals, the Benton Panthers mirrored last season with another semifinals trip, only to lose to the 2014 6A State Champion Jonesboro Hurricane (Jonesboro lost 34-33 to Bobby Portis' Hall team in finals last season) for the second consecutive season. But after being picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the 7A/6A South Conference this past season, the Panthers exceeded all expectations to win the conference with a 12-2 record.

Roy Lee Wright

April 16, 2014

Roy Lee Wright, 78, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  He was born March 14, 1936 in Benton.  Roy served in the National Guard and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.  He was self-employed with diverse business interest. 
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Sadie Wright.

Dean Estes Massey

April 16, 2014

Dean Estes Massey, 49 of Benton, passed away April 13, 2014.  He was born March 7, 1965 in Little Rock to Bill Massey and Betty Chalk Massey. 
In life, Dean faced many hardships and trials, yet he always faced them with courage and perseverance.  He will always be remembered for his unrelenting positive spirit, generosity and caring friendship.  Dean had an amazing capacity for love.  He was an inspiration to anyone who ever met him.  Dean was an exceptional man and will be greatly missed.

Bette Lou Fawcett

April 16, 2014

Bette Lou Fawcett, 79 of Benton passed away on April 14, 2014. She was born on December 25, 1934 in Hot Springs. Bette enjoyed reading, collecting carousels and spending time with her precious grandchildren. Bette worked at Meyers Bakery for 15 years and attended New Life Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Blanche Ellis of Benton.
She is survived by two sons; Phil and Tonya Rogers of Benton and Steve and Leng Rogers of Austin, Texas; precious grandchildren, Kendal and Cali Rogers of Benton one brother, Donald and Christine Ellis of Hot Springs.

April 15th

Irene Bertha Helmich Schrader

April 15, 2014

Irene Bertha Helmich Schrader of Bryant went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 87 on April 12, 2014.
She was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Benton. She was a resident of Saline County for 87 years and a 1944 graduate of Bryant High School.
A lifelong Lutheran, she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Irene loved her garden and was known in her community as the “flower lady.” Anyone who stopped at her house to inquire about the garden would leave with a bouquet and bulbs.

Billy 'Bill' Dean Tipton

April 15, 2014

Billy 'Bill' Dean Tipton “Boss Man,” 71, of Benton passed in him home April 12, 2014.
He was born Dec. 11, 1942, in Plunketville, Okla., to the late C.L. Tipton of Cove and the late Josephine Moore Johnson.
He served in the Navy and was well known for the years he owned Tipton Roofing in Benton due to his hard work and honesty. Bill enjoyed watching college sports on TV, horse races, car races and being outdoors in his garden or sitting on his swing.
All pf his life he was a hard worker and a mentor. He had a big heart and would help anyone in need.

Bryant Middle School evacuated

April 15, 2014

Bryant Middle School has been evacuated for a possible bomb threat. Police are on scene investigating, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.

April 14th

Aaliyah Grace Wilson

April 14, 2014

Aaliyah Grace Wilson, 7 months, went home to be with Jesus April 8, 2014.  She was born August 14, 2013 in Benton.
Preceding her in death was her great-grandmother, Marilyn Bono Pritchard.
Besides her mother, Ariella Wilson, she is survived by grandparents, Kimberly and Vernon Wilson; Aunt Teara Wilson, Aunt Katrina Burns, Aunt Haylie Rider, Uncle Roger Pritchard,  Aunt Terri Pritchard,  and other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Hicks Cemetery in Benton. 

Faye Hicks Westerman Wehrman

April 14, 2014

Faye Hicks Westerman Wehrman, 94, of Benton passed away Saturday April 12, 2014. She was born February 12, 1920 in Hot Springs. Faye was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Audie Kinsey Hicks, husbands, John Westerman and Byron Wehrman, brothers, Winfred Hicks, Delmar Hicks, and Wilbur Hicks, sisters, Sadie Ellison, Juanita Johnson, Norma Jean Jones, and Helen Detherage, great-grandson, Blake Jackson.

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