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August 24th, 2012

Lady Panthers swept to start season

August 24, 2012

It was a rough start to the season for last year’s 6A South Conference champions. The 6A South Benton Lady Panthers’ volleyball team went up against last year’s 7A Central Conference champion Conway Lady Wampus Cats and came out on the wrong end of a sweep. The Lady Panthers fell 0-3 (16-25, 16-25, 7-25) as they made too many errors against a powerhouse.

Salt bowl tailgate party plans are announced

August 24, 2012

Benton and Bryant area chamber of commerce members are invited to set up booths for a tailgate party to be held in conjunction with the 2012 Salt Bowl game between the two competing schools.
The Salt Bowl game between Benton and Bryant will be taking place Friday, Sept. 21, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.  Attendance at this game is traditionally the highest at any high school game in the state, according to a Benton Area Chamber of Commerce spokesperson.

Vendors are asked to register with the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Fireworks display scheduled Labor Day at old airport site

August 24, 2012

Area residents who were disappointed that no fireworks displays were presented locally during the Fourth of July holiday can look forward to a special Labor Day event in Benton.
A fireworks extravaganza is planned Sunday, Sept. 2, at the old Saline County Airport site, city officials have announced.
The Independence Day fireworks shows in Saline County were canceled because of drought conditions and fire danger. The county was under a burn ban, as were most counties in the state during the holiday period.

Permenter seeks position on Bryant City Council

August 24, 2012

Wade Permenter is one of two candidates vying for Position 2 in Ward 1 of the Bryant City Council in the general election Nov. 6. The other is Alan Keys.
"I recently got involved in council meetings and find it interesting to serve the public by hearing people's needs and communicating them to the council," Permenter said.
Permenter cited his values as assets he would bring to the position
"Love of God, love of family, love of community. Each of these is very important to me," Permenter wrote in a press release.

Vigils held at Capitol, courthouse 25 years after Ives, Henry deaths

August 24, 2012

"He was standing next to his car in the commuter parking lot in Bryant. He had put the T-tops on his car. It's where he was supposed to meet Don. I remember seeing him brushing his hair as I drove past the parking lot."
This was the last time Linda Ives saw her son, Kevin, alive. Don Henry, 16, the son of Curtis Henry, and Kevin, 17, had made plans to spend the night doing some rabbit hunting in the woods of Alexander.

Stephen Ashley Colvert

August 24, 2012

Stephen Ashley Colvert, 61, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22.  He was born Sept. 13, 1950, in Little Rock to the late Floyd and Betty Colvert.  Steve was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Benton, and was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.  He loved woodworking and spending time with his family, especially his two grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, his sister, Tracey Noll, preceded him in death.

August 23rd

Bryant brings home World Series title

August 23, 2012

KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. – The Bryant 13-year old All Stars are World Series champions. Bryant defeated Greenville, N.C., 4-3 on Wednesday night to win the Babe Ruth World Series in Kitsap County, Wash., and finish the season undefeated. Bryant went 19-0 in this year's playoffs.

Entergy line raises concerns

August 23, 2012

A new energy transmission line for Entergy Arkansas will soon be located in Benton; however, a number of area residents have expressed some serious concerns about this type of project.
Benton Utilities' Electric Department has issued a formal news release about a new energy transmission line for Entergy Arkansas being located in the city.
The announcement, issued by Jeff Barnett, manager of the department, is being made primarily for informational purposes to alert Benton Utilities customers to anticipated construction related to the installation of the high-voltage line.

Carol J. Johnson

August 23, 2012

Carol J. Johnson, 68, of Bauxite went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 20. She was born Dec. 18, 1943, in Little Rock to the late Woodrow and Ola Jones. She was s homemaker and former medical assistant. She was a member of Hurricane Lake Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Johnson Sr.; her parents; and her sisters, Linda Raines and Bernice Smith.

Lorane Flowers McBryde

August 23, 2012

Lorane Flowers McBryde, 91, of North Little Rock passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Aug. 20. She was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Spring Hill (Hempstead County), the daughter of Will D. and Annie Maude Collins Flowers. Mrs. McBryde was reared and received her early education in Spring Hill. She was the salutatorian of the Spring Hill High School class of 1939.
Lorane Flowers married Cecil Lee McBryde Sr. on June 1, 1939. Mr. McBryde preceded her in death in 1989.

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