November 6th, 2012
Saline County voters have set a new record for early voting in a presidential election.
On Monday, when the early voting process ended, a total of 23,317 had cast ballots, according to tallies from the office of Saline County Clerk Linda Montalvo.
During the general election in 2008, slightly more than 17,000 people voted early, Montalvo said.
The overall total included 1,456 voters on Monday when the Benton site was the only early voting location open in the county.
First Baptist Church in Downtown Benton will be serving as a relay center for Operation Christmas Child in Saline County.
Lisa Baldwin, a volunteer for the project, noted that this is "a worldwide children's relief project that uses gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten."
She said this is a division of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham.
Margaret Herzfeld, a member of First Baptist Church, is organizing the local relay center.
Today is the final day in Saline County to vote early for the Nov. 6 general election. Only the Benton site will be open today, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the county voting facility in Benton ("Vote Here" building adjacent to the Saline County Annex). The Bryant and Lonsdale area early voting locations will not be open today.
Thus far, 21,861 ballots have been cast from early voters in Saline County, according to tallies from the Saline County Clerk's Office.
On November 2, 2012 one of Godâ€™s true Cowboys, Theodore Ernest McElroy, went to be with his Lord.Â He grew up in Checotah, OK. with his brother Larry and sisters Mozelle, Betty, Allita, Dewaynea, and Hazel and his loving parents Ernest and Josie.
He had a beautiful life with his wife Pauline and his kids Paula, Sonny, Ricky and Steven. He had six grandchildren, Jeff, Shane, Jacob, Sidney, Checotah, and Alec who loved him with the all of their hearts and whom he loved with the whole of his heart.Â
Glenda Sue Mitchell, 72, of Benton, passed away Friday, Nov. 2.Â
She was born March 3, 1940, in Benton to the late Murray and Margarita Hamn.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Mitchell of Benton; a son, Gary Rhodes of South Carolina; two daughters, Tracie Collie of Cabot and Kimberly Baker of Arizona; three stepchildren, Debbie Eldridge of Hattieville, Tammy Chastain of Siloam Springs and Tony Mitchell of Louisiana; a sister, Wanda Witham of Benton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donald Lee Denley, 66, of Benton passed away Friday, Nov. 2.Â He was born Sept. 9, 1946, in White Lake, Miss. Mr. Denley was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from the Benton Services Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Maxwell and Ruby Smith Denley; and a brother, James Denley.
He is survived by his son, Randy Denley of Florida; a brother, Tommy Brotherton of Benton; two sisters, Helen Wyble of Missouri and Mary Russell of Benton; and two grandchildren, Janelle and Caden Denley.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Elizabeth P. (Bettye) Blake after 100+ years on this earth has gone to her eternal home to be with her Lord. Born on March 27, 1912 in North Little Rock, she was the second daughter of Max J. and Helen J. Pruniski.Â Â She lost her mother when she was three years old and was reared by her father and grandmother.Â She graduated from Mt. St. Mary Academy in Little Rock in 1927, and married Christopher Patrick (Pete) Blake in 1940 at St.
Linda â€śDarleneâ€ť Craig, 61, of Alexander passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 31. She was born Feb. 28, 1951 in Benton to Dale Grant and Eleanor Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Linda is survived by her loving companion, Booker Simpson; four daughters; three sons; two sisters; six brothers; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Arkansas Funeral Care, 2620 W. Main St. in Jacksonville. Burial will be at Bayou Meto Cemetery. Arrangements are by Arkansas Funeral Care.
Carl Evon Berry Sr., 46 of Alexander went to be with his Lord on Oct. 29.Â He was born Jan. 19, 1966, to Tank and Pearlen Berry in Tucker.Â Carl was very proud to serve his country, retiring from the Army after 22 years of service. He also was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
He was a member of Longley Baptist Church in Little Rock.
Carl loved to go fishing, camping and spending time with his family.Â He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tank Berry Jr., and his sister, Linda Worsham.
Ron Mayfield, 59, passed away on Oct. 29, at his home in Benton.Â Ron was born Dec. 16, 1952, in East St. Louis, Ill. Ron was of the Lutheran faith.
He worked at Alltel in networking.