April 7th, 2014
The Bryant School Board will be meeting for an executive session at 8 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at Bryant High School. According to the agenda, the board will be meeting to considers resignations and employment.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy is asking a judge to throw out the case.
A trial set for next month would be the third for Josh Hastings, who prosecutors say was reckless when he fatally shot Bobby Moore in 2012. Juries couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in his previous trials.
Attorney Bill James argues for Hastings that a third trial should be blocked on constitutional grounds of due process and fundamental fairness. Prosecutors haven't yet filed a response.
Pauline Clemmons, age 67, of Benton, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014.Â She was born May 30, 1946. in Benton to the late John James Wills and Leon Smith Wills.
Mrs. Clemmons was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.Â Â
She is survived by her son, Kelly Clemmons and wife Holly of Bauxite; two grandchildren, Bradly and Casey Clemmons of Bauxite; two great-grandchildren; the father of her son, Ralph Clemmons; two brothers, J.T. and Paul Lee Wills, both of Benton; and a life-long friend, Don Pirl of Benton.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Cletis Fortner, age 79, of Benton, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014.Â He was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Jonesboro, La.Â
Mr. Fortner was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from AT&T after 30 years.Â
He attended Gravel Hill Baptist Church and was a volunteer firefighter for the Crows Station Fire Department.
Mr. Fortner was preceded in death by his parents, Arley and Vivian Fortner; ta win brother, Cline Fortner; and two other brothers, Johnny and James Fortner.
Joseph Louis "Joe" Benson, 66, of Fort Smith entered into rest on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort Smith. He was born July 24, 1947 in Heavener, Okla.
He is survived by four sisters, Jean Rankins of Houston, Texas, Betty Bird of Little Rock, Bessie Halpaine of Benton and Gloria Cochran of Little Rock; and two brothers, Kenneth Benson of Bearden and Gary Benson of Bearden.
A memorial service for Joe will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Lighthouse Church of Benton in Benton.
Lewis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ann B. Johnson, 73, of Salem, Ore., formerly of Benton, went to be with her heavenly Father on April 3, 2014.
Ann was born Sept. 28, 1940, and was a retired purchasing agent for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
She was a member of Capital Baptist Church in Salem. She loved playing cards and domino games with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. She loved to read, especially espionage and mystery novels.
Noel Clinton Akins of Benton passed away March 17, 2014.Â
Born in Seattle, Wash., on May 3, 1958, Noel worked for the past 10 years at Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock as an Internet banking specialist.
He demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a caring spirit with his customers and co-workers, always willing to patiently help them with his knowledge and expertise.
Noel went above and beyond, lending his passion for programming to community organizations such as Arkansas Commitment.
Noel enjoyed the guitar and photography and cared deeply about animals.
Margaret Biggs Athy passed from the world into heaven on April 3, 2014. She was born to loving parents Horace E. and Lynda Mae McNeely Biggs on April 13,1929, in Scott.
Margaret had a very vibrant personality and enjoyed working with her hands, from knitting beautiful argyle socks for her husband and tiny Barbie clothing, to tirelessly stitching the many colorful quilts she made.
William Donald Hilborn, 78, of Troy, Mo., died March 5. 2014, after a three-week hospitalization related to complications from diabetes and heart disease.
He was born June 2, 1935, in Smackover, to William Stephen Hilborn and Ade Roselee Cliff Hilborn.
Celly Angelique (Avrard) Scarbrough, 37, of Bauxite passed away April 3, 2014. She was born March 25, 1977 in Ste. Saint Marie, Mich..
Celly is remembered as a free spirit, who enjoyed living life to its fullest. She was certified as a behavioral specialist; however, her true passion was serving customers as a waitress.
Celly was preceded in death by her father, Carlos Thane Avrard; her stepfather, Louis Scarbrough; a stepbrother, George W. Craig, Jr.; and her grandparents, William Presley Lamb, Carl Avrard and Rita Avrard.