October 22nd, 2012
Trapper Joe Lafont and Trigger Tommy Chauvin traveled from the deep swamps in Louisiana to Benton on Saturday for the 34th annual Boys & Girls Club of Saline County fundraiser.
The stars of the popular History Channel television reality show "Swamp People" were the honored guests of the "Get Swamped"-themed party.
When Caldwell Elementary School's team for the Race for the Cure participates in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, this is not simply a group of people supporting a worthy cause.
The team includes three members who have had up-close-and-personal encounters with breast cancer, the disease for which the Komen cause originated. These are cancer survivors Janelle Haley, who taught third grade at the school; Peggy Chennault, a fifth-grade teacher whose specialty was science; and Dot Jones, who was the school librarian. All are now retired and say they are leading healthy lives.
Tommy Lee Crow, 73, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Little Rock, passed away on Friday, Oct. 12, at Cox South Medical Center.
He was born April 6, 1939, in Little Rock to the late Albert and Lena Mae Crow.
Tommy worked as an electrician for 27 years at Alcoa in Bauxite. He shared the gift of life through organ/tissue donation (http://www.lifelineofohio.org/wp-content/uploads/symbol.gif).
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Sylvia Matthews and Cora Jean Stinnett.
Shirley Jean Ashley, age 67, of Hensley passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.Â She was born Nov. 16, 1944 in Little Rock.
Mrs. Ashley worked for Glazerâ€™s and attended Trinity Baptist Church in Mabelvale.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Earl and Lottie Coleman Bostain and her husband, Willard Roy Ashley.
She is survived by her four children, Donyail Smith and husband Gaylon of Traskwood; Willard G. Ashley and wife Terri; Bart Ashley and Rodney Ashley and wife Tonya all of East End.
Jo Anne Walker Jacobs, of Benton, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.Â She was born in Spadra to the late Millard C. Walker and Emma Harmon Walker.
She owned and operated Jo Anneâ€™s Hairstyles in Benton for many years.Â She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Benton, a 50-year member of Calvary Baptist Churchâ€™s choir, a Sunday School teacher and director, and a pillar of the church.
She was a member of Fortnightly Club.Â
Mrs. Jacobs loved the Lord, was a fantastic cook, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and was loved by all.
Royce William Wray, 92, of Benton, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20.Â He was born Feb. 8, 1920, in Bauxite.
Mr. Wray served in the U. S. Marine Corps.Â On Jan. 3, 1942, his unit was the first to be sent to the South Pacific and stayed for 33 months.
He retired from Southwestern Bell and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Benton.Â
Mr. Wray was preceded in death by his parents, Tobe and Della Wray; and two sisters, Lula B. Besancon and Floyce Holland.
Thursday night proved to be a great one for the Bryant Junior High Hornets. Needing a big win over Little Rock Central to stay in contention for the conference title, the Hornets took care of business, and in dominating fashion. After a slow start, the Hornets finished with 24 unanswered points to win 24-6.
For the second week in a row, the Benton Freshmen Panther football lost a heartbreaker by just one point. Thursday night at John McConnell Stadium, Conway Blue upended the Panthers 14-13.
The loss leaves Benton 6-2 on the season and 5-2 in Central Arkansas Junior High Conference play.
Benton received the gameâ€™s opening kickoff and after being held by the Wampus Cat defense, Drew Dyer got off a 37-yard punt to pin Conway back at its own 20-yard line.
In 2004, Dana Mattingly was playing racquet ball with her daughter, when the ball hit her on the side of her breast. The injury bothered her for a while. She started to suspect there was something else going on. Mattingly went to get it checked out, and her physician removed a mass from her breast in January 2005.
Lab results revealed the mass to be a malignant tumor.
Mattingly discovered she had breast cancer a month before she celebrated her 33rd birthday.
Martha Courtney once said that she would rather have a gun pointed at her than have to face cancer. Three months later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I always feared chemotherapy, the pain, and I always feared getting sick. Every horrible thing that I could imagine, I thought that about cancer," she said. "I said that the biggest fear in anything that could come my way, my biggest fear was getting cancer. And here I was; I got cancer."