August 23rd, 2012
Larry Curtis Whitley, 71, of Benton, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.Â He was born Nov. 19, 1940, in Little Rock to Kathryn Northern Whitley and John Curtis Whitley, who preceded him in death.
A married couple from Benton face numerous charges for allegedly breaking into multiple storage buildings throughout Saline County, according to Benton police.
Lt. Kevin Russell said that any individuals renting or owning a storage building in the local area should inspect it to ensure that they also are not a victim of theft. If a unit is found to be burglarized, the individual should call the local police department.
"I would also encourage people to periodically check them just to ensure their property is safe," Russell said.
A homecoming celebration is scheduled this Sunday, Aug. 26, at Bentonâ€™s First United Methodist Church.
Three former pastors be preaching for services that day.
The Rev. Don Nolley will preach at the 8 a.m. traditional worship service in the sanctuary; the Rev. John Dill will preach at the 9 a.m. contemporary service in the Christian Life Center; and Dr. Victor Green will preach at the 11 a.m. traditional worship service in the sanctuary.
Special music will be provided by the Sanctuary Choir at the traditional services and by the Praise Team at the contemporary service.
The Office of Saline County Judge Lanny Fite confirmed to The Saline Courier today that the county is no longer under a burn ban.
Sheila Doughty, firewire information officer for the Arkansas Forestry Commission, also said that across the state the wildfire danger has been reduced from the extreme level to high level.
"Due to scattered rain and elevated relative humidity values, the wildfire danger has been lowered to the high wildfire danger level," she said. "Open burning is still discouraged as during high wildfire danger fires can escape and containment can be difficult," she said.
Haskell Alderman Halbert E. "Hal" Baker is seeking re-election to the Ward 4, Position 2 seat he holds on the City Council.
An earlier announcement regarding political filings incorrectly indicated Baker was a candidate for another position on the council, but that is not correct.
Also, Juanita Wilson, is seeking the Ward 2, Position 2 seat on the Alexander City Council.
Wilson's name was not included in the most recent listing of candidates.
The Haskell and Alexander city council positions will be determined in the Nov. 6 general election.
Renee Chastain, a former recorder/treasurer for the city of Bauxite, has announced her candidacy for Position 2 on the Bauxite City Council.
Chastain told The Saline Courier that she is seeking the post because she has a vested interest in Bauxite.
Chastain is challenging incumbent Paula Matthews for the council seat.
"I'd like to see Bauxite grow," she said. "People are on the move and I'd like for Bauxite to be on the coattails on that ride.
Winners of the Saline County Fair Pageant Queen competition gather for a group photograph. From left are Jessica Penn, Miss Fair Queen; Tori Gardner, Petite Miss; November Bearden, Little Miss; Hattie Mahoney, Preteen Miss; Trevor Phillips, Young Mister; and Jessica Miller, Junior Miss. Winners will ride in the Saline County Fair Parade Tuesday to be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 in Downtown Benton.
Ricky Loyd Richmond, 56, of Haskell passed away Saturday, Aug. 18.
He was born Feb. 19, 1956, in Benton. He was a Master Plumber for Northside Plumbing.
Ricky was preceded in death by his father, John Floyd Richmond.
Jeffrey Thomas Reaves Jr., 64, of Benton passed away Saturday, Aug. 18. He was born Feb. 21, 1948, in Memphis, Tenn.
Jent Allan Monk, Comedian/Hypnotist J Medicine Hat, 51 of Benton, passed away on August 13, with his loving wife and family by his side.Â Jent was born on September 21, 1960 to Earl and Bonnie Monk in Sioux City, Iowa.Â Jent spent the last 28 years traveling the country on the Comedy trail, making us laugh until we cried.Â He touched many people in many ways over his travels, he never met a stranger and he didnâ€™t have a pretentious bone in his body.Â Once you met him you couldnâ€™t help but to like him.Â To all his fans â€śHat Headsâ€ť, which he loved, thanks for all your support and Love of our favo