August 8th, 2012
Annie Demirel of Massachusetts spent several weeks in Bryant searching for cat that escaped from her carrier on June 24 when Demirel was getting ready to leave Cracker Barrel.
Though she hadn't given up hope, Demirel's finances were depleted and she left the local area Friday.
Three days later the lost cat was rescued by personnel of the Hampton Inn.
Mike Burton, general manager, said motel staff have been feeding the cat for several days, but didn't connect the animal with Demirel's lost pet.
About 15 acres of woodland property in the Sardis/Bauxite area of the county were destroyed by fire Tuesday, but firefighters from multiple agencies kept the flames from spreading to nearby homes.
Sardis Fire Department volunteers first responded to an area at Childress Road and Birmingham Loop just before 2 p.m. Tuesday and quickly called for backup.
Other responding agencies were Bauxite, Bryant and Northeast fire departments. The Arkansas Forestry Commission also brought tractors and backhoes and used them to plow dirt lines between the endangered homes and the wildfire.
The St. Louis Cardinals keep winning, but the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, teams which are in front of the Cardinals in the National League Central Division, keep winning too. The Cardinals are currently six games behind first-place Cincy and 2.5 behind Pittsburgh.
Mother-daughter team, Linda Best and Darla Self, opened Express Your Self: Interiors, Gifts and Apparel, at 611 Office Park Dr. in Bryant, nine years ago. What started three years before in a booth at David Claiborne in west Little Rock had developed into a booming business, and the two needed a bigger space. Now, shoppers from Bryant, Benton and all around, including Little Rock, Conway and Sheridan, come to Express Your Self to purchase fun, trendy clothes and home accessories.
When Mark and Tina Fitzhugh walked past the cages of dogs available for adoption at Benton Animal Control and Adoption Center, they were looking for a companion for themselves as well as their dog, Reggie????
Mark Fitzhugh said the selection process wasn't difficult "because she picked us."
"She started barking and barking, like she was begging us to choose her," Mark Fitzhugh said.
That was the easy part, he said.
Then he found out that adopting the dog required an $81 adoption fee, and that was more than the couple's budget could accommodate.
The owner of Wayne's World in Bryant died Monday of what authorities determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Bryant police said 68-year-old Wayne Price was found inside his business shortly before 1 p.m.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Price was facing four counts of sexual solicitation and two counts of felony delivery of schedule I or II controlled substance for an arrest in April for allegedly soliciting sex with three women and a juvenile female, and giving the juvenile numerous Xanax pills.
Mysaline.com creator and blogger Shelli Russell has announced she is seeking a position on the Bryant City Council this November. She will vie for the Ward 3, Position 1 seat currently held by Adrian Henley.
Russell said her main goal is to bring the people on the council together.
"There's been a lot of controversy lately," she said.
And Russell has not been able to stay completely above the fray.
Earlier this year, Henley and two other aldermen filed a lawsuit against six unnamed bloggers who use Russell's website, mysaline.com. The aldermen say the bloggers have defamed them.
Dean Allen Lillie, 63, entered into eternal rest on Aug. 5 with his loving and devoted family by his side.Â Dean was born on June 11, 1949, to Truman and Dorothy Lillie in Corry, Pa.
Dean was a resident of Benton, but previously lived in New Orleans for more than 30 years.Â Dean was a loving and devoted husband, father and â€śPaw Paw.â€ť
His family was his heart and soul and the joy of his life.Â He had a passion for hunting with his sons and grandsons.
Dean was a systems engineer for over 33 years with Entergy/SAIC.Â
Mary Frances Mills, 80, of Bauxite, formerly of Mayflower, went to be with the Lord Aug. 5, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mary was born in Russellville on Dec. 31, 1931, and lived there until she married and moved to Little Rock.Â Her husband served with the U.S. Army and during her marriage she had the opportunity to see many parts of the United States.
Elvin Hill, 58, of Alexander, passed away Aug. 5.
He was born July 31, 1954, in Benton, to the late Ralph and Mildred Boudra Hill.Â An avid hunter and fisherman, he worked for Power of Arkansas for more than 21 years and was a dedicated employee.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Hill of Alexander; sons, Kevin and Steven Hill, both of Benton; a brother, Ellis Hill of Jessieville; four sisters, Martha Ray and Shirley Thornberry, both of Malvern, Lavern Tittle of Haskell, and Carolyn Hiltenbrand of Missouri; a stepson, Bryan Coney of Mabelvale; seven grandsons and one granddaughter.