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September 8th, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Officer involved shooting in Alexander

September 8, 2012

The Arkansas State Police is investigating a shooting involving an Alexander police officer and an unknown man that occurred on Saturday.
Alexander Police Chief Horace Walters said the identity of the person shot on Brookwood, near Lindsey Drive, and his condition is unknown at this time. The officer involved in the shooting reportedly told Walters that as she was driving along Brookwood, she stopped to speak with the man that was walking along the roadway. The officer also said the man had a weapon and he was fired upon by the officer, Walters said.

September 7th

Herrell Edward McDaniel

September 7, 2012

Herrell Edward McDaniel, 91, of Richmond, Va., died Sept. 5.
He was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Benton.
Mr. McDaniel was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and spent almost his entire career working at Reynolds Metals, retiring as the director of administrative control. After retirement, he loved to camp, fish and spend time with his family.
He preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elsie Strayhorn McDaniel. 
He is survived by his son, Ronald McDaniel; his daughter, Janice McDaniel; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Edward 'Ted' Billing

September 7, 2012

Edward “Ted” Billing, 94, of Alexander, passed away Sept. 4.
He was born Oct. 13, 1917, in Collegeville to the late Fred and Lena Lockert Billing.

Lawana Sue Grace

September 7, 2012

Lawana Sue Grace, 62, of Lonsdale passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, at Stoneybrook Health & Rebhab.
She was born Aug. 12, 1950, in Searcy to the late James E. and Florence J. Kilman Dunham.
Mrs. Grace had previously worked in nursing homes. 

Donald Barnes

September 7, 2012

Donald Barnes, 76, of Benton passed away on Sept. 3, with his loving family by his side.  He was born March 19, 1936, to the late Reece and Mabel Barnes in Keo.  Donald retired from Alcoa after 30 years.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on airplanes and cars. Donald was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Shane Mathis; a sister, Ann Cline; and his brother, Gerald Barnes.

Judy D. Caudle

September 7, 2012

Judy D. Caudle, 71, of Benton passed away on Sept. 3.  She loved spending time with her family and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Verna Freeman; a daughter, Deborah Curry; and one brother, Charles Freeman Jr.
Judy is survived by her son, George Curry, and wife Teresa; a daughter, Sheila Curry; six grandchildren; five brothers; five sisters and many family members and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.

September 6th

Marion Jr. Craft

September 6, 2012

Marion Jr. Craft, 84, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4. 
He was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Lonsdale to Sophia Josephine (Cash) Craft and Francis Marion Craft. 
He entered the Army in February of 1946, serving his basic training at Camp Crower near Neosho, Mo. (south of Joplin).
After basic training, he went home for 20 days until June 1, 1946, when he traveled by train to Seattle, Wash., where he was stationed.  Early one morning with full field pack, they hiked (apparently near San Francisco) through a gate that read, “World’s Best Damn Soldiers Walked Through This Gate."

Kays seeks position on Bryant City Council

September 6, 2012

Alan Kays will vie for Position 2, Ward 1 of Bryant City Council in the Nov. 6 general election.
The position currently is held by Danny Steele, who is not seeking another term.
Kays' opponent is Wade Permenter. Aldermanic races are nonpartisan.
Kays said the main reason he is running for the council position is to "restore focus on City Council to our citizens." Particularly, he wants to hone in on supporting children and senior citizens.

Woman arrested Tuesday at state senator's home

September 6, 2012

A Little Rock woman was arrested late Tuesday after allegedly striking the head of state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock.
A Little Rock police report said officers responded to 38-year-old Hutchinson's home, where 39-year-old Julie McGee had locked herself in a bathroom.
McGee, reportedly a former girlfriend of Hutchinson, claimed that the senator had thrown her onto a couch, causing "a swollen lip, scratches to her wrists and redness to her left arm."

Jack L. Hill

September 6, 2012

Jack L. Hill, 73, of Benton passed away on Sept. 1, with his loving family by his side.
He was born Dec. 21, 1938, to the late Lilburn and Sybil Hill in Paron.
Jack retired from Cranford Construction after 44 years.  He loved to hunt and watch western movies.  Jack was a people person who enjoyed talking and visiting with friends and family.  One of his greatest joys in life was to tell stories from his past.
He was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronnie Baugh; and a brother, Sharon Cleghorn.

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