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August 3rd, 2012

Two Hornets nationally honored

August 3, 2012

BRYANT – After winning its second State Championship in the past three years with a 4-2 win over Rogers Heritage, the Bryant Hornets have received national recognition as two of its players were honored with awards. Second baseman Ozzie Hurt was honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings Gold Glove and pitcher Nate Rutherford received the Louisville Slugger Honorable Mention All-American after his stellar season and being named MVP of the State Tournament.

Rutherford put it bluntly when he told the reason for his success this year.

Harold Lee Woodard, Sr.

August 3, 2012

Harold Lee Woodard Sr., 84, of Benton, died Thursday, Aug. 2, at his home.
Harold was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Bradley County, a son of the late Silas Lee Woodard and Mary May Howsen Woodard.
He was a graduate of the Banks Public School System. He was a member of Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from Alcoa.

Doris 'Perk' Gibbs Elam

August 3, 2012

Doris “Perk” Gibbs Elam, 88, of Hot Springs passed away July 31, surrounded by her family.

Eugene Holcombe

August 3, 2012

Eugene Holcombe, 82, of Avilla passed away Aug. 2.  He was born Nov. 21, 1929, in Tallapoosa, Ga., to the late Charlie and Ruby Carter Holcombe. 
Eugene was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Marie Holcombe; two sons, Larry and Gary Holcombe; a daughter, Peggy Thompson; and grandchildren, Jimmy Holcombe and Jamie Lynn Thompson.

Reva P. Bramlett Decker

August 3, 2012

Reva P. Bramlett Decker, 87, of Benton died Wednesday, Aug, 1.
She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Pocahontas. Reva retired after 15 years from Lucent Tech in Little Rock and was a member of Highway Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nellie Wilkerson; her husband, C.C. Decker; an infant daughter, Paula Ann Decker; two brothers and four sisters.

Joseph R. 'Papa Joe' Mosley

August 3, 2012

Joseph R. “Papa Joe” Mosley, 80, formerly of Little Rock and recently of Benton, died surrounded by family on Thursday, Aug. 2.
He was a member of Geyer Springs United Methodist Church. He was a family man with a wonderful sense of humor. He served in the U.S./ Air Force during the Korean War and was called to duty with the Air National Guard during the 1957 crisis at Central High School. He was retired from Spector Red Ball Freight and National Medical Rentals.   

Arizona Susie Nolen

August 3, 2012

Arizona Susie Nolen, 98, of Benton passed away Monday, July 30.
She was born May 29, 1914, in Sugar Grove to the late Andy and Alma Hampton Inman.  Arizona was a member of First Assembly of God in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Canal A. Nolen; and five brothers, L.D., Lemuel, David, Bob and Paul Inman.
She is survived by her sons, Loy Dale Nolen of Benton and Tommy R. Nolen and wife Debbie of Benton; a brother, Glen Inman of Coweta, Okla.; a sister, Ruth Richards of Westminister, Calif.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Stella A. Berry

August 3, 2012

Stella A. Berry, 75, of Benton died Sunday, July 29, at her home.
She was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Bauxite. Stella was a housewife and a member of Wrights Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Stella Vinyard. 

Charles Harold Ball

August 3, 2012

Charles Harold Ball, 69, of Benton entered Heaven’s gates on Saturday, July 28.
He was born in El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 7, 1943.  He graduated from Central High School and attended Little Rock University (now UALR). He proudly served his country in the U.S. Airborne Army. Charles retired from Lucent Technologies after 34 years of service.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arkansas Razorbacks.  He was a coach and the BBAA District Commissioner out of Little Oaks Ball Park in Mabelvale.

August 2nd

Body in Saline County has been identified; investigation continuing for cause of death

August 2, 2012

A body found in a section of the Ouachita National Forest on Sunday has been identified as that of a missing Jacksonville woman, but the cause of death for Jackie Hibbs has yet to be determined, authorities said.
Hibbs, 29, had been reported missing on July 19 by the Perry County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said she was last seen alive in the Lake Sylvia area. Her body was discovered Sunday on the Saline County side of the national forest by a person who was preparing for the hunting season.

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