June 27th, 2012
Local law enforcement officers will put down their badges, guns and Tasers late Thursday to don aprons and street clothes while holding drink trays, all in the name of a good cause during the annual Tip-A-Cop.
The event will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. at Colton's Steakhouse in Benton and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Arkansas. Colton's is at 1929 Landers Drive, just off Interstate 30 and past the Walmart Supercenter.
The Independence Day celebration will come a few days early in Haskell and will include a large fireworks display to end the evening festivities.
The free event â€” including parking and admission â€” is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday at the Arkansas Health Center, located at 6701 U.S. Highway 67. From Interstate 30, take the Exit 114, drive past the Big Red Valero gas station and head straight past the first traffic light until reaching the sign for the Arkansas Health Center on the left.
HASKELL â€“ For Saline County, a student athlete signing to play their respective sport at the college level is nothing new. With Benton and Bryant growing at steady paces, both are right at the top of the rankings in many different sports each year.
BENTON â€“ Graduating from Benton High School in 2001, Jeau Kung now works on the other side of the world. Kung is a Muay Thai fighter and trainer at the historic Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness Camps and he is currently training at the camp in Pattaya, Thailand. Kung was in Benton recently and spoke with the Courier about his life in another country.
â€śItâ€™s really fun going over there fighting and training,â€ť Kung said. â€śJust being at the Fairtex camp, and on top of that, youâ€™re going to the mecca of standup.â€ť
Tony S. Pyle, formerly of Bauxite, passed away on Saturday, June 23, in Ore City, Texas, as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Tony was born Dec. 10, 1957, in El Dorado to Charles and Louise Pyle.
Tony had had a love of motorcycles since he was 9. He loved being with his family, the outdoors and he was an animal lover. Tony was a master electrician for many years, and was a wonderful husband and father.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Rita Rutledge.
Dorothy Irene Launius Bermingham of Bauxite went home to our heavenly father on June 25, at the age of 91.Â She was born to the late J.R. and Ora Launius on April 14, 1921.
Dorothy was married to James R. Bermingham, who preceded her in death. Dorothy was a 50-year member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Odd Fellows and Faith Rebekah Lodge No. 59 for 57 years.Â
Saline County residents already are under a burn ban issued Friday by Saline County Judge Lanny Fite, but additional restrictions have been imposed on Benton residents by Fire Chief Bill Ford.
On Monday, Ford issued a ban on the sale and use of fireworks in the city until the countywide burn ban has been lifted.
Fite's ban, which includes Benton and all of Saline County, will be enforced until lifted by Fite.
Benton City Council members once again discussed an ordinance that in its present form revises the customer service rules, regulations and fees for Benton Utilities, but the ordinance still has not been adopted.
In a meeting Tuesday night, attempts were made to revise the ordinance, but these suggestions were not approved.
Efforts also were made to approve the ordinance as it now reads on all of its three readings, but this didn't happen either.
Also thwarted was a motion to send the ordinance back to committee for further study.
A Benton judge set a $200,000 sheriff's bond for a former Benton firefighter arrested on Friday for allegedly having child pornography on his home computer, according to staff at the Saline County jail.
Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 38, appeared via satellite in Benton District Court on Monday facing 1,000 counts of felony possession of child pornography. He reportedly is scheduled to appear back in Benton District Court on Aug. 7, at which time where he could enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
Anna Woods Towell, 87, passed away June 21 at Saline Memorial Hospice house in Bryant. She was born in Heber Springs on July 13, 1924, the daughter of the late Albert and Mary Woods. Anna was a retired hostess at the Red Apple Inn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Linda Chastain Matthews; a sister, Lucille Delong; and the father of their children, Leonard Towell.