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September 11th, 2012

Record crowds turn out for county fair's final night

September 11, 2012

Saline County Fair 2012 is now history and fair officials are pleased with the community response.
Tom Wallace, a member of the Saline County Fair Association Board, said total attendance for the week was estimated at 30,000.
For the last night, attendance was at an all-time high, he said. "The parking lots stayed full and there were lines everywhere, but everyone seemed to be having a great time.
"Attendance at the two nights of the rodeo was 3,500," Wallace said.
The rodeo competition drew 247 cowboys and cowgirls who received a total payout of $27,266 in prize money," he said.

September 10th

Ruin in the Rock

September 10, 2012

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks came to the Arkansas Razorbacks’ second home of War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock and upset the No. 8-ranked team in the nation 34-31 in overtime. The Razorbacks led 21-7 at the half and 28-7 early in the third quarter before allowing the Warhawks and quarterback Kolton Browning to come back for the win in front of 53,089 fans.

September 9th

BREAKING NEWS: Bank robber is caught, authorities said

September 9, 2012

Two Benton residents have been arrested for connection to Thursday's armed robbery of First Security Bank in Benton, authorities said.
Bruce Echols, 52, was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with aggravated robbery, theft of property, and unauthorized use of another person's property to facilitate a crime. He also had a warrant for terroristic threatening.
His brother Terry Echols, 50, was also arrested on Saturday and charged with theft by receiving.

September 8th

BREAKING NEWS: Officer involved shooting in Alexander

September 8, 2012

The Arkansas State Police is investigating a shooting involving an Alexander police officer and an unknown man that occurred on Saturday.
Alexander Police Chief Horace Walters said the identity of the person shot on Brookwood, near Lindsey Drive, and his condition is unknown at this time. The officer involved in the shooting reportedly told Walters that as she was driving along Brookwood, she stopped to speak with the man that was walking along the roadway. The officer also said the man had a weapon and he was fired upon by the officer, Walters said.

September 7th

Herrell Edward McDaniel

September 7, 2012

Herrell Edward McDaniel, 91, of Richmond, Va., died Sept. 5.
He was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Benton.
Mr. McDaniel was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and spent almost his entire career working at Reynolds Metals, retiring as the director of administrative control. After retirement, he loved to camp, fish and spend time with his family.
He preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elsie Strayhorn McDaniel. 
He is survived by his son, Ronald McDaniel; his daughter, Janice McDaniel; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Edward 'Ted' Billing

September 7, 2012

Edward “Ted” Billing, 94, of Alexander, passed away Sept. 4.
He was born Oct. 13, 1917, in Collegeville to the late Fred and Lena Lockert Billing.

Lawana Sue Grace

September 7, 2012

Lawana Sue Grace, 62, of Lonsdale passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, at Stoneybrook Health & Rebhab.
She was born Aug. 12, 1950, in Searcy to the late James E. and Florence J. Kilman Dunham.
Mrs. Grace had previously worked in nursing homes. 

Donald Barnes

September 7, 2012

Donald Barnes, 76, of Benton passed away on Sept. 3, with his loving family by his side.  He was born March 19, 1936, to the late Reece and Mabel Barnes in Keo.  Donald retired from Alcoa after 30 years.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on airplanes and cars. Donald was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Shane Mathis; a sister, Ann Cline; and his brother, Gerald Barnes.

Judy D. Caudle

September 7, 2012

Judy D. Caudle, 71, of Benton passed away on Sept. 3.  She loved spending time with her family and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Verna Freeman; a daughter, Deborah Curry; and one brother, Charles Freeman Jr.
Judy is survived by her son, George Curry, and wife Teresa; a daughter, Sheila Curry; six grandchildren; five brothers; five sisters and many family members and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.

September 6th

Marion Jr. Craft

September 6, 2012

Marion Jr. Craft, 84, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4. 
He was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Lonsdale to Sophia Josephine (Cash) Craft and Francis Marion Craft. 
He entered the Army in February of 1946, serving his basic training at Camp Crower near Neosho, Mo. (south of Joplin).
After basic training, he went home for 20 days until June 1, 1946, when he traveled by train to Seattle, Wash., where he was stationed.  Early one morning with full field pack, they hiked (apparently near San Francisco) through a gate that read, “World’s Best Damn Soldiers Walked Through This Gate."

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