May 7th, 2012
Saline County residents showed their support for the Avilla Community Center by turning out for a recent fundraiser for the historic structure that once served as a schoolhouse for many residents of Saline County.
The building now serves as a polling site with its upkeep overseen by the Avilla Extension Homemakers Club, which sponsored the event.
According to Saline County Justice of the Peace Barbara Howell, the fundraiser was a "tremendous success," exceeding expectations by bringing in more than $3,000 that will help keep the facility in use for many years to come
Family members and others are remembering the late Ed Hollenbeck as a kind, compassionate man who cared about others and who led by example, rather than admonition.
Dr. Hollenbeck died Friday at Saline Memorial Hospice House, following a brief stay at Arkansas Heart Hospital. He had recently celebrated his 82nd birthday.
The retired minister had served numerous Cumberland Presbyterian and United Methodist congregations in Arkansas. His final pastorate was at the Cumberland Presbyterian Fellowship in Bryant, where he continued to be active as much as his health permitted.
PEARCY â€“ Senior Zach Riley broke a state record and the Benton Panthers placed sixth in the 6A State Track and Field Championships held at Lake Hamilton High School on Friday. The Panthers scored 47 points for the meet, while Russellville took the championship with 118.50 points. The Lady Panthers placed 11th out of 16 teams with 57 points. Texarkana placed first with 202.50 points.
â€śWe had a good day,â€ť Benton track Coach Lewis Pryor said.