July 12th, 2012
The Bryant Black Sox hosted Texarkana for a doubleheader on Wednesday night and split the two games. In the first game, the Black Sox were shut out for the first time this season losing 8-0, but won the second game 14-7.
Bryantâ€™s Hunter Mayall had two of the Black Soxâ€™ five hits in game one as Texarkana pitcher Tim Buchanan was lights out all game. Buchanan gave up the five hits in the complete-game win, allowing no runs and no walks while striking out four.
Nearly 40 restaurants are expected to be featuring menu items at the upcoming 13th annual Taste of Bryant, according to Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rae Ann Fields.
"With all these restaurants looking to come here, we must be doing something right," she said. "It also says to me that (Saline County residents) must love our food."
A 44-year-old Bryant woman reportedly died in a two-vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Arkansas State Police.
Jo Carey was reported to be driving eastbound on U.S. 70 near Browning Road when the vehicle crossed the center line just after 12:30 p.m. and struck a vehicle in the westbound shoulder of the roadway. James Buck, driver of the second vehicle, and passenger Judy Buck, both of Bonnerdale, reported that they tried to avoid the vehicle driven by Carey.
The Benton School District drew an eleventh-hour candidate for a school board position shortly before the filing deadline arrived at noon Tuesday.
Jonathan Woolbright was the only candidate to file for Position 3, which he currently holds.
Two other school districts have singular candidates for their open positions. They are:
â€˘Cara Burris, the only candidate for Position 3 on the Bauxite School Board. Burris is seeking the position now held by Russell Baxley.
â€˘Brent R. Carr, a current member of the Harmony Grove School Board, who is the only candidate for Position 3.
Betty J. Cozart, 82, of Benton passed away Monday, July 9. She was born June 2, 1930, in Hot Springs.
Betty loved crocheting, cross-stitching, collecting angels and traveling to Branson.
She was a loving mother who was always there for her family.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Burl B. Cozart.
Ida Carolyn Raney, 76, of Conway, died Sunday, July 8.
She was born to Alvin Walters and Ida Maude Raney on July 7, 1936, in Saline County.Â She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church and Round Mountain Community Church, both in Conway. She was a retired librarian (36 years) of Hendrix College, Conway, and a member of Gamma Conclave, Delta Kappa Gamma sorority.
She is survived by one sister, Ms. Linda Sheridan of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.Â
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 29, at Congo United Methodist Church near Benton.Â
Fred E. Fox, formerly of Bauxite, passed away on July 5, at his home in Shepherd, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Martha Fox, brother Odell Fox, and sister Ruth Fox Brazee.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lula M. Fox, precious son, Michael Fox, and sister Ginger Fox English and husband, Jack.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Thursday, July 12 at Brookside Funeral Home Grand Chapel in Houston, Texas. Interment will follow in Brookside Memorial Park.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 11 at the funeral home.
Marjorie Ann Middleton, 79, of Benton passed away Sunday, July 8.
She was born in Hot Springs on Oct. 6, 1932, to the late Duffie Nixon Searcy and Ethyl Hortense Sanders Searcy.Â She was a homemaker, was a member of First United Methodist in Benton, and was known as â€śNanaâ€ť to her grandchildren.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Bob Middleton; and one brother, Larry Searcy.
Willie Roe Simpson, 87, of Tull passed away on July 6, with his family by his side.
Roe was born April 3, 1925, to the late Robert and Bessie Simpson in McRae.Â He enjoyed fox and deer hunting, fishing and dancing. Â Roe retired after many years from Kruse Meat Market.
Roe was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 46 years, Jaunita Simpson; one grandson, Robert Wayne Simpson Jr.; one granddaughter, Erin Michelle Merritt; two sisters and two brothers.
Now that the All Star break is here, the Road to October has officially begun. While there are no teams in Major League Baseball running away with their respective divisions, it is quite difficult to say who will and will not make the postseason come early October. Of course, just like every year, there are two or three teams near the top of the division that are surprising the nation. Take the Pittsburgh Pirates for instance. Last season at the break, the Pirates were leading the National League Central but finished 24 games out of first when it was all said and done.