March 21st, 2012
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.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers softball team has hit a bit of a hot streak as of late. After falling in the season opener to Bryant, the Lady Panthers have won eight straight games, including a 10-0 shutout victory over Lake Hamilton on Friday to open conference play.
HASKELL â€“ Neither team gave up a hit until the sixth inning, but the Bauxite Miners came out on top of the Harmony Grove Cardinals 6-2 on Friday night at Harmony Grove. It was tied 1-1 going into the seventh inning, but the Miners finally got to Cardinalsâ€™ senior starter Bodie Harris.
â€śWe just had a different approach,â€ť Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said. â€śIâ€™m not sure we solved him, we just had a better approach to stop swinging at high pitches and low pitches, waited for a good a good pitch and just drove it.
HASKELL â€“ The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals held the Bauxite Lady Miners to three hits on their way to a 10-0 five-inning victory on Friday at Harmony Grove.
The Lady Cardinals (6-2) scored one run in the second inning and two in the third before breaking the game open in the fourth inning with six runs.
â€ś[The Lady Cardinals] did some things Iâ€™ve been looking for them to do all season,â€ť Harmony Grove Coach Sammie Massey said. â€śI was very pleased. They hit the ball well and played good defense. Overall, I thought we played well.â€ť
Robert M. Wade, 86, of Bryant went to be with our Lord on March 19.
He was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Little Rock.
Mr. Wade joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served in World War II and the Korean War.Â He then worked at Alcoa in Benton for 30 years. After retirement, he became a plumbing and building inspector for the city of Bryant.
He was a member of Fuller Chapel Church, Dixie Car Club of Benton and Metropolitan Auto Club.
Lorece B. Chapman, 81, of Gainesboro, Tenn., formerly of Benton, passed away March 16 in Gainesboro.Â She was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Sheridan to the late Jeff and Myrtle Shoptaw Bennings.
Lorece was a member of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Chapman; a brother, Robert Bennings; and three sisters, Corine Hollinger, Nadine Mitchell and LaVonda Davis.
She is survived by a son, Edward Chapman of Benton; a daughter, Donna Waller and husband Bill of Gainesboro, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Billy Gene Sledge, 81, of Alexander passed away March 18 in Benton.Â He was born July 27, 1930 in Conway to the late Miles S. Sledge and Lena Hattie Sims Sledge.Â Mr. Sledge was a self-employed carpenter, and was a member of the Vimy Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Ellen â€śFritzyâ€ť Sledge on March 4, 2012; two sons, Robert Gene Sledge, and Tony Sledge; one brother, Johnny Sledge; two grandchildren, Shane Sledge and Jennifer Wheeler.Â
Penny Crowson, 80, of Benton passed away Friday, March 16. She was born Jan. 23, 1932 in Bauxite. Penny was a retired employee of Safeway Stores and a member of New Hope Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Alice Â Molock; two brothers, Sonny Molock and Jim Molock and a sister, Mary Molock.