September 19th, 2012
When it comes to good hometown rivalries in high school football, one needs not look any further than Saline County. With Benton and Bryant standing alone at the top of the list, there are other rivalries right here in the county that catch the eye of residents and football fans in general. Aside from the Benton/Bryant battle that has been around since 1974, there is also a very heated and exciting war between the Glen Rose Beavers and Bauxite Miners.
Representatives from Republic Services Inc. and Terracon Consulting Engineers and Scientists spoke Monday with the Bauxite City Council concerning issues at the city's sewer facilities.
Mayor Johnny McMahan explained that there have been multiple violations from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality concerning the sewer facilities.
"The sewer facilities have violations dating back to 2003 and at some point ADEQ is going to stop forgiving us," he said.
Saline County Clerk Freddy Burton's office has reported the unofficial results of Tuesday's annual school election.
The Bryant School District was the only district in the county with contested races.
Scott Hart drew 69 percent of the vote to win Bryant's At-Large Position A. He defeated Rose Seawright.
Michael Daly won At-Large Position B by drawing 570, or 61 percent, of the vote in a three-way race against Scott Smith, who received 313, or 34 percent, of the votes, and Daniel Bone, who received 51, or 5 percent.
The remainder of the candidates ran unopposed.
Florrie Wakenight Lyle, a retired Benton High School teacher, is scheduled Thursday night for a special presentation in Benton.
Lyle, who recently turned 99, will share memories of her role as a teacher at the Japanese-American Detention Camp at Jerome, Ark., during World War II.
Her presentation will take place at 7 p.m. at the Saline County History and Heritage Society Center, 123 N. Market St. in Benton. It is open to the public.
The Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team competed in the Lady Cyclone Tournament in Russellville over the weekend and though they fell just short of a first-place finish, the Lady Hornets still had a successful tournament.
â€śWe came home with a second-place finish,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. â€śI'm proud of that. I told the girls that we got out of this tournament what we needed. Â I'm sad that we didn't win that last game, but the girls fought hard that game. Â We needed this. Â We needed to see this higher-level play that is more like what our postseason play will look like.â€ť
It took three more weeks than Saline County has been used to the past several years, but Salt Bowl week is officially here. The Benton Panthers and Bryant Hornets kicked off the week with a Salt Bowl press conference at War Memorial Stadium late Monday afternoon in preparation for Fridayâ€™s Salt Bowl at WMS in Little Rock.
â€śThis one is a little bit different in that itâ€™s not the first game of the year,â€ť Salt Bowl organizer Shane Broadway said. â€śItâ€™s Week 4, but this one counts. This is a conference clash and there is a lot more riding on the line than just county pride.â€ť
The Downtown Benton Association is sponsoring its third semi-annual Creative Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22.
"Response to the annual spring festival was so great and such a success the last couple of years that we decided to add one in the fall," said Janet Ausburn, chairperson of the association.
"Saturday's festival will be even bigger and better offering more seasonal items along with other great handmade original crafts," Ausburn said.
She noted that the last festival drew more than 40 vendors.
Shirley May McGinley Evans, 82, of Nashville, formerly of Benton and Bryant, died on Saturday, Sept. 15, at a Nashville nursing home.
She was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Little Rock, to Connell and Lillie Tull McGinley.
She was a graduate of Bryant High School and a longtime bookkeeper at White Furniture in Benton. She was a faithful member of both Benton and Bryant First United Methodist churches.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond E. Evans; a son-in-law, Rick Castleberry' and a brother, Harold McGinley.
James Dale Wooten Jr. â€śWiegeâ€ť, 59, of Mabelvale, passed away at his home on September 13.Â He was born on October 22, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Wiege served in the US Army and was a member of the 82nd Air Borne. Wiege worked at many trades throughout his life.Â His most cherished moments were time spent fishing, hunting, and listening to sports on the radio.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Ann McDaniel; his brother Terry Mike Wooten and his sister Patricia Lynn Perry.
Jack Dalton Wilder, Jr., 76, went to be with his Lord and Savior September 14. He passed away peacefully in his home with family by his side. He was born August 28, 1936. He was a member of The Church at Rock Creek. He was retired from Lucent Technologies and Arkansas State Highway Department. He enjoyed playing golf, watching football, bowling, and joking around with family and friends. The family would like to thank the VA Home-Based Medical Team and Arkansas Hospice.
He was preceded in death by his first wife JoAnn Carter Wilder and his parents Jack and Alice Wilder.