May 16th, 2013
Gussie Alexander Pack Jr., 80, passed away May 11, 2013 in Green Cove Springs, Fla., following a brief illness. Gus was born in Orange Grove, Texas, attended school in Petronila and Robstown, and served as a cannoneer in the U.S. Army.
Following his service to his country, he and his wife Charlene resided in Little Rock,Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and most recently in Orange Park, Fla. Gus was a career salesman, and retired from Joe Esco Tire Co., Oklahoma City, in 1993. Following his retirement, Gus and Charlene relocated to Florida to be close to their granddaughter.
The Benton Police Department is asking for the publicâ€™s help in locating a missing person. Police say the missing woman, Sarah Mondragon, was last known to be living at the Interstate 30 travel park in Benton.
Sarah is a 31-year-old white female, with brown eyes and blond hair.
She is about 5â€™10â€ť tall and 160 pounds.
She has a tattoo of a flower on her chest and a blue butterfly on her left ankle.
The city of Benton has announced it will launch a new website today. The site is expected to go-live later this afternoon, sometime after 2 p.m. The site includes extensive information, contact listings and other items such as maps and city ordinances.
The address of the new site has changed from the city's prior site. The new location is www.bentonar.org.
PINE BLUFF - The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals have been on the positive end of history before, winning three straight state softball titles from 2002-04. Despite making state every year since, Harmony Grove as not brought home the title since.
But 2013 is a different scenario. With one of the strongest and most talented teams in school history, the Lady Cardinals have a chance to bring home the hardware once again after thumping the Rivercrest Lady Colts 10-1 on Monday in the semifinals in Pine Bluff.
ROGERS â€“ With a 2-1 Rogers Mounties (West No. 4 seed) lead after five innings, the Bryant Hornets (West No. 2 seed) were right there to make their third trip to the 7A State Championship game in the past four seasons, but it was not to be as Rogers would score a combined 10 runs in the sixth and seventh innings on its way to a 12-2 win over the Hornets on Saturday in the semifinals of the 7A tourney.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ It was a battle, but the West No. 2 seed Bryant Hornet boys soccer team came away with a 1-0 victory over host North Little Rock Charging Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the 7A State Tournament on Friday. With the Hornetsâ€™ win, Bryant (20-2-1) played the Central No. 1 seed Fort Smith Northside Grizzlies at 2 p.m. on Saturday to determine which team will play for the 7A State Tournament Championship.
Against North Little Rock, senior Justin Travis scored four minutes into the game for the contestâ€™s only score.
BENTON â€“ After getting down 2-0 early in the quarterfinals of the 6A State Tournament to Russellville on Friday, the South No. 1 seed Benton Panthers scored 10 unanswered runs to win 10-2 to advance to the semifinals against the East No. 2 seed Jonesboro Golden Hurricane on Saturday. The Hurricane would jump on the Panthers for six runs in the first four innings, and though the Panthers fought back, Benton couldnâ€™t finish the comeback falling 6-5 and wiping away the Panthersâ€™ hopes for a matchup with Greenwood in the 6A State Championship at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville on Saturday.
SEARCY â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers fought hard, but fell 4-0 to the Mountain Home Lady Bombers in the first round of the 6A State Tournament in Searcy on Thursday.
It was a scoreless game until the Lady Bombers struck with about four minutes left in the first half to take a 1-0 lead at halftime.
â€śThe score is not a true indicator of the way the game was played,â€ť Benton Coach Jason Gentry said. â€ś It was a very even, physical game.Â In the second half they pulled away because they could sub three to five girls at a time without much of a drop off in the talent.â€ť
A federal judge said Wednesday that a challenge to Arkansas' new law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy can proceed, rejecting the state's attempt to get the lawsuit dismissed.
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the lawsuit, which was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers, made a strong enough case to warrant allowing it to go forward.
Free games, prizes and food will be available at Lyle Park for spectators at the finish line of the fifth annual Saline River Canoe Race on Saturday.
There's still time to register for the race, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. that day, but race organizer Michael Sacomani recommends those who want to sign up do so in the next couple of days.
Those interested in participating may register at www.salineriver.canoe.com or by calling 501-749-2266.
Proceeds will benefit Second Chance Youth Ranch, a ministry of Family Church of Bryant that gives a home to abused, neglected or at-risk youth.