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November 12th, 2012

James Samuel Scott

November 12, 2012

James Samuel Scott, 59, of Benton passed away on Wednesday November 7, after his battle with Lung Cancer. He was born July 7, 1953 in Little Rock. Sam was employed as a Mail Carrier by Little Rock Community Mental Health Center. He served in the US Army for two years and was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church. Sam was a farmer, cattleman and an integral partner in the Scott Family Farm. He was also an avid and successful gardener and fisherman. Sam was very generous with the fruits of both.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert M. Scott.

Theda Marguerite (McLaughlin) Duren

November 12, 2012

Theda Marguerite (McLaughlin) Duren, 86, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7. She was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Clarksburg, W.Va., to the late Homer McLaughlin and Marguerite (Day) McLaughlin.  She was a member of Parkview Methodist Church in Benton and retired from the Benton School District after working many years as a cafeteria cook.  
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Lee Duren, and her brother, John McLaughlin. 

November 10th

Lady Miners win benefit

November 10, 2012

BAUXITE – The Bauxite Lady Miners hosted the England Lady Lions in a benefit game at Fred Dawson Gym on Thursday night and turned a close game into a 56-41 blowout. The Lady Miners led 24-22 at the half before increasing their lead the next two quarters.
The scoring for Bauxite was evenly distributed as three players each scored 12 points in senior Mary Crow, junior Allison Tackett, and senior Morgan Case. Tackett hit 2 of 4 from the 3-point line, Case had eight rebounds and two assists, and Crow had nine assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Hornets fall in 1st round

November 10, 2012

Behind a steady running attack and stingy play on defense, the Cabot Panthers upset the Bryant Hornets in the opening round of the Arkansas 7A state tournament by a score of 28-21 Friday night.
“We just didn’t capitalize,” Bryant Coach Paul Calley said. “We had too many chances we didn’t capitalize on. Our defense made stops in the second half and we didn’t take advantage of it.

Reunion helps vet cope with return home

November 10, 2012

When the famous quote "War is Hell" is heard, many associate it with soldiers on the battlefield. But for many Vietnam War veterans, there is an association with "hell" being on American soil.
Forty-six years ago U.S. Marine Cpl. Bill Scrimager, today 68, was severely wounded in the Vietnam War. He watched his best friend die before his own eyes. He lost an eye, was severely burned, and he lost his hearing. After a year in a Navy hospital in San Diego, Calif., Scrimager returned home and enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1969.

Man in accident flees, threatens police

November 10, 2012

A Saline County resident is in critical condition and a Benton man has been arrested after a motorcycle crash early Friday, authorities said.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said about 12:30 a.m. officers responded to the north service loop of Alcoa Road for a report of a motorcycle accident. The driver, 40-year-old John Bunton of Benton, reportedly fled the scene on the motorcycle, leaving the passenger behind.

November 9th

Traskwood killer to serve two life sentences in prison

November 9, 2012

Even after tears and expressions of anger from family members of murder victims Randall Craig Anderson of Mabelvale and Joe Lee "Joey" Richards Jr. of Benton, Marissa Lynn Wright of Traskwood continued to smile.
Wright appeared before Saline County Circuit Judge Gary Arnold early Wednesday and, through a plea arrangement, entered two guilty pleas to murder in the first degree.
Arnold sentenced Wright to two life sentences with the Arkansas Department of Correction. The sentences will run concurrently.

November 8th

New-look Hornets facing obstacles

November 8, 2012

The Bryant Hornets had a very successful season a year ago when theymade it to the semifinals of the 7A state tournament and lost to a loaded Little Rock Hall team which won the state title. With a semifinal appearance, one would expect high expectation the next year, but the Hornets have a totally different team this year.

Briggs: Beavers romp while Panthers’ season ends

November 8, 2012

While many may feel that the high school football season just started, for us journalists, it has been a long, but exciting year. With Bryant, Benton and Sheridan automatically in the playoffs before the season even starts, the special rule leave many with a "huh?" look on their faces. I’m one of those people.
How in the world does an 0-10 Little Rock Fair team get in the postseason while a 4-6 Harmony Grove team sits at home or in the stands and watches Round 1? But, I didn’t make the rules and instead, it gives the Saline County area more chances to bring home a trophy.

Plans in place for Bryant Christmas parade

November 8, 2012

The fifth annual Bryant lighted Christmas parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.
"It's creating excitement for the kids about Christmas," said Rae Ann Fields, executive director of the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce. Fields said the parade is special because it is a chamber event that is "strictly dedicated to serving the community."
The grand marshal of the parade will be the Bryant 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series champions.
Deadline to register for the parade is 5 p.m. Nov. 23. After that, a $10 late fee will be added to the $10 entry fee.

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