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September 26th, 2012

JoAnn Payne

September 26, 2012

JoAnn Payne, 70, formerly of Benton, died Saturday, Sept. 22. JoAnn was a native of Mobile County, Ala., and a longtime resident of Satsuma, Ala.
JoAnn lived in Benton for 10 years and worked in the purchasing department of Alcoa. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by son, David; her father, Jasper Gleason; her mother, Evelyn Jackson; and stepfather, Jesse Jackson.

Elizabeth Ann Hill

September 26, 2012

Elizabeth Ann Hill died at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant on Sept. 20.
She was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Coldwater, Miss.
She was an active member of the Elaine community for decades.
She was also an active member of the Elaine United Methodist Church.  She was known for her kindness and her beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William K. Hill of Cleveland, Miss., and her only brother, John R. Turley of Coldwater, Miss. 

Georgiana O. Medal

September 26, 2012

Georgiana O. Medal, 92, of Benton passed away Saturday, Sept. 22.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George H. Medal; three sisters and one brother.
Mrs. Medal is survived by her loving daughters, Andrea Price and husband Gary and Sharon Kemp and husband Gus; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Simunek; and many family members and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

Keith Alan Goeman Sr.,

September 26, 2012

Keith Alan Goeman Sr., 48, of Little Rock, died Thursday, September 20, due to a car wreck in New Iberia, Louisiana.  He was a self-employed truck driver, an avid mud racer and of the Baptist faith.  Keith was preceded in death by his father, Lynn Goeman; grandmother, Minnie Spears and a mother-in-law, Sharon Covert.

Paul Henry Kimpel, Jr.

September 26, 2012

Paul Henry Kimpel, Jr., 96, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed to be with the Lord on September 21, 2012. Paul was born on November 21, 1915 to Paul Henry and Anna Brand Kimpel in St. Louis, Missouri. Having lost both of his parents by age 21, Paul supported his two younger sisters and his aunt while working at the Anheuser-Busch brewery. During this time, he enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis, and while continuing to work full time, succeeded in completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1943.

James William Watts

September 26, 2012

James William Watts, 75, of Benton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 20.  He was born Aug. 27, 1937 in Benton.
Mr. Watts was retired from Alcoa, served in the National Guard and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Lennis Watts; his first wife, Joetta Henderson Watts; a daughter, Carol Lynn; a grandson, Nicholas Hyde; and a sister, Doris Keesee.

Nanette Webb

September 26, 2012

Nanette Webb, 59, of Benton, was granted her wings on Wednesday, Sept. 19.  Her final days were surrounded by family and friends.
She was born Jan. 24, 1953, in Little Rock.
Nanette had touched many people throughout her life.  She was the leader of the Magic Clover 4 Leaf Club and was the 4-H program assistant of Saline County.
Nanette loved working with children through 4-H.  She had seen children grow up from little people to adults and loved every one of them as her own. Nanette especially loved her grandchildren.
She attended Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. 

September 24th

Creative Arts Festival draws many community residents to downtown

September 24, 2012

Downtown Benton Association's third semiannual Creative Arts Festival drew a steady stream of visitors Saturday morning.
Organizers said optimum weather conditions apparently contributed to the success of the event.
"Everyone seems to be having a good time," said coordinator Wanda Posey.
Dianne Roberts, who operates an art studio in the old Gingles store building where Books 7 Baubles now is housed, said she was pleased with the response the event was driving.
Original artwork was displayed at the event, including some created by Roberts' students.

September 20th

Citizen's Police Academy aims to empower women

September 20, 2012

Women of Saline County have eight days to apply for the Benton Police Department's Citizens Police Academy that not only plans to empower women, but give them a chance to have fun.
"My daughter went through the Junior Police Academy in high school a few years ago, and she has been wanting to do it again," former participant Jeff Morse said. "She had a really good time, and when I saw an opportunity to go through it myself, I took it. I feel very fortunate to get this opportunity."

Tony Witt returning to Royal for show with Branson artist

September 20, 2012

Some tickets remain for Friday night's concert featuring Tony Witt, an international award-winning Elvis tribute artist, and Branson entertainer "Sting" Ray Anthony.
The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and may be purchased in advance by calling KingSized Entertainment at 501-952-6005 or by visiting: www.tonywitt.com.

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