March 23rd, 2012
Fred Lee Wells, 94, of Pittsfield, Mass., formerly of Hot Springs, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at his home, after a short illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1917, in Benton, the son of Fred Lee Wells Sr. and Myrtle Crowford Wells. He was a graduate of Benton schools.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Wells enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 7, 1942, served as a technician third grade and an automotive mechanic, and was honorably discharged on Oct. 20, 1945.
Mr. Wells had been proprietor of Budâ€™s Radiator Service in La Jolla, Calif., which he owned and operated for more than 30 years.
Imogene Holland, 80, of Roland, passed away Monday, March 19.
She was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Gravely.Â
Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by her parents, Dewitt and Claira Redden; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Buddy Holland of Roland; seven sons, David Staggs of Roland, Delbert Staggs of Little Rock, Darryl Staggs of Mt. Vernon, Jerald Holland of Bigelow, Keith Holland of Bigelow, Mark Holland of East End and Matt Holland of North Little Rock; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Tom Lish has announced his bid for a third term as justice of the peace for Saline County District 13.
Lish is seeking the nomination of the Saline County Republican Party in the May preferential primary election.
Lish stated, "While serving as JP, we have continued the tradition of being one of two counties in Arkansas not having a County General Sales Tax. I will continue to vote against any General Sales Tax.
David Pierce, the convicted sex offender who served for nearly three decades as minister of music at Benton's First Baptist Church, has left prison. However, he will be under the supervision of the Kentucky Department of Corrections for the next seven years.
Pierce, 59, was granted parole from the Arkansas Department of Correction slightly less than two months ago, but was not allowed to leave immediately because of stipulations that required him to seek residency out of state.
SANFORD, Fla. â€“ After two games in the Florida League High School Invitational in Sanford, Fla., the Bryant Hornets are sitting at 1-1. The Hornets dropped their first game on Monday 4-2 against the Stallions of American Heritage High School from Del Ray Beach, Fla. Bryant had an off day on Tuesday before rebounding with a 7-4 win on Wednesday morning against the Sanford Seminoles.
The Stallions struck first against Bryant senior starter Tyler Nelson when Amfernee Seymour singled to start the game and Jonathan India doubled to scored Seymour for a 1-0 Heritage lead.
The striping crew will be working on Military between Smithers and Lincoln on Thursday, March 22nd removing the existing striping.
The switch to the temporary signal at the Military/Lincoln intersection is
scheduled for Friday, March 23rd. The lane shift on Military from Smithers to Lincoln will be done at the same time. Eastbound traffic will be shifted into the center turn lane and the right lane will be closed from just west of Smithers to Watts. The westbound traffic will not change.
Benton resident Sarah Young-Price, 20, was crowned â€śMiss Awesome Personalityâ€ť in the 2012 Arkansas Angels Pageant on March 17 at Beebe High School.
The pageant was marked with the traditional grandeur - participants attired in rich gowns and suits, jewel-laden tiaras and satin sashes. Unlike other pageants, however, Arkansas Angels contestants are male and female, ages zero to 21, who have special needs.
Cliff McAdoo, 67, of Avilla, knows cars. His 50-plus years of car-building experience culminated this month when he was awarded the 2011 Arkansas Street Rodder of the Year by his peers.
"I was nominated back in November by James Hallman, a fellow street rodder," McAdoo explains.
In March, an awards dinner, with approximately 200 in attendance, was held in Conway for the 10 Arkansas nominees.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthersâ€™ basketball team had one of the best years in school history during the 2011-12 season. Coming out of the 6A South conference, the Lady Panthers had a .500 record, sitting at 6-6 on Dec. 17 and then went on a little run.
Benton went on a 15-game winning streak, including winning the conference on Senior Night against second-place Texarkana 42-26 to improve to 13-0 in conference. It was the Lady Panthersâ€™ first conference championship in 19 years.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets had no trouble in the Tournament of Champions held at Burns Park in North Little Rock, outscoring their opponents 38-1 and defeating Searcy 16-1 in the championship game on Saturday night. After getting warmed up in an 8-0 win against Hope in the first round, the Lady Hornets beat Foreman 14-0 before the Searcy win.