April 18th, 2012
FARMINGTON, Ark. - The Bryant Lady Hornets won their 26th and 27th consecutive games dating to last year when they traveled to Farmington to play two against Mansfield and Farmington on Saturday. Bryant defeated the Mansfield Lady Tigers 14-2 and beat the Farmington Lady Cardinals 7-2 to improve their undefeated season to 24-0 overall and 7-0 in the 7A Central conference.
BEEBE - The Benton Lady Panthers strolled into Saturdayâ€™s Beebe Tournament riding an 18 game winning streak and looking to tack on even more to their already successful season.
WIth a pitching dual brewing through the first three innings, both Benton and Westside Jonesboro combined for three hits and two walks before the low scoring affair finally got itâ€™s first run in the fourth.
An Arkansan accused of defrauding more than $40,000 from the City of Bryant was arrested on Friday, April 13, according to the Bryant police.
Christopher Dwayne Barnes, 38, has not been formally charged by the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, however, in January, an arrest warrant was issued for theft of property on Barnes. He is also wanted in multiple areas throughout the state â€” Sebastian and Faulkner Counties for theft and in Pope County for nonsupport â€” for similar fraud crimes, authorities said.
The search for a convicted sex offender that failed to comply with registration requirements comes to an end, Benton police said.
Anthony Wayne Page, 25, was apprehended on Monday and is expected to be transferred from the Hot Spring County Jail to the Saline County Jail within the next few days. Authorities said that Page violated terms of his release from jail and that not complying with registration requirements â€” providing a current address where that person resides â€” by sex offenders is a felony charge.
Alyce Marion Hewett Mork of Little Rock, passed away April 14. She was born on June 29, 1926 in Lewisville, to the late Francis and Alyce Hewett. Marion was a member of St. Andrewâ€™s Methodist Church and after becoming disabled, looked forward to watching Joel Osteen and other television evangelists. Marion, along with her parents, owned and operated Alyce-Francis Cleaners for over 60 years. She was a faithful member of the Billy Graham Association. She had a great love for animals and her dog, Mindy, was by her side until the end.
John W. Wray, 87, of Benton went to be the Lord on Sunday, April 15. He was born in Benton on November 9, 1924. He was a retired construction superintendent and a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.Â He enjoyed going to church, fishing, scuba diving, trained cutting horses, winning World in 1964, and making people laugh with his quick witted sense of humor.Â He was a member of the Gideonâ€™s International.
He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Blanche (Praytor) Wray.
Robert Ray Davis, Sr., 80, resident of Benton, passed away Saturday, April 14. He was born May 22, 1931 in Bauxite to the late Claude Davis and the late Bertha Viola Gould Davis Rapier. Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict.Â He later retired as mining supervisor at Alcoa.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marilyn Gail Shelton and Claudia Gould Walker, and a niece, Dana Shelton.Â
Raymond J. Smith, 80, of Benton passed away Saturday, April 14, in Bryant.Â He was born March 30, 1932 in New York City, New York to the late Raymond Smith and Mary Costigan Smith.Â He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Korean War.Â Â Later he retired as a mechanical engineer for AT&T.Â
Mrs. Annie Chilton, 91, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Sunday April 15. She was born March 30, 1921 in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. Annie worked for 10 years at Daleâ€™s Donuts and was owner of DeAnns Sandwich Shop and Papaloâ€™s Pizza from 1961 â€“ 1972. Annie was a Methodist. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years Dean Chilton, mother Estelle Jones and step-father, Joseph W. Jones, father, Luther Solomon Welch, two sisters, Alice Lipsulept and Mary Elizabeth Welch and daughter, Elizabeth Francile Melton.
Thomas E. Smith Jr., 82, of Benton passed away Wednesday, April 11.Â He was born Sept. 4, 1929, in North Little Rock to the late Thomas E. Smith Sr. and Ruby Valentine Smith.Â
Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.Â The Saline Courier published several stories honoring Smith's service to his country. He was a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Smith; a sister, Betty Brewer; and a stepson, Hollis Van Hopkins.