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July 26th, 2012

Emma D. Sheridan

July 26, 2012

Emma D. Sheridan, 80, of Beebe died Sunday, July 22, at her home. She was born April 25, 1932 in Sheridan. Emma was a retired supervisor for a hand bag company and a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church and Shiloh Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Grace Adams Hunter, brother, Elmer Hunter and sisters, Georgia and Wanda Lou. 

July 25th

Bryant battles to runner-up

July 25, 2012

BRYANT – It was a hard-fought weekend for the Bryant Everett Black Sox in the Arkansas American Legion AA State Tournament, but the Black Sox fell just short of a championship on Sunday night when they came out of the loser’s bracket to face Pine Bluff National Bank in the final and lost 13-4 to be the state runner-up.

Man accused of downloading child porn gets new court date

July 25, 2012

An Alexander man accused of downloading hundreds of images of child pornography to a home computer pleaded not guilty in Benton District Court on Tuesday.
Facing 236 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of attempting to influence a public official, 69-year-old John Darrell Green is set to appear before Saline County Circuit Judge Gary Arnold on Aug. 13, at which time atrial date could be. Green was arrested at his home on May 30 and as of press time, remains in the Saline County jail under a $150,000 sheriff’s bond.

Alexander Police Department getting technology boost

July 25, 2012

The Alexander Police Department is updating its procedure for cataloging police reports. Soon, all accident and incident reports will be placed on computer systems, Alexander Police Chief Horace Walter said.
Walter said he was happy to “finally” implement the new system. Well before Walter’s administration began in 2010, officer reports were hand-placed into filing cabinets, but now they can go straight into the database. All the reports put in the database will also be put on a backup system.

Benton council still considering septic tank hauler prohibitions

July 25, 2012

Benton City Council members on Monday night heard the second reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the discharge of residential and industrial waste from commercial haulers into the wastewater treatment plant.
Efforts to present the ordinance on both its second and third readings were not successful Monday night.
The ordinance is scheduled for the final reading at the next council meeting. At that time, the council members will take an actual vote on the document.

July 23rd

Jack Raymond Rhodes, Jr.

July 23, 2012

Jack Raymond Rhodes Jr. of Heber Springs, formerly of Benton, died Thursday, July 19.
He was born Aug. 18, 1945, in Warren to the late Jack R. Rhodes Sr. and Rita McClendon Rhodes. He grew up in Lake Village and graduated from Lakeside High School. Jack graduated from Hendrix College and attended the University Of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He was in the insurance industry for 42 years and was owner of Jack Rhodes Insurance in Heber Springs.

Allen Wilder

July 23, 2012

Allen Wilder, 63, of Bryant went home to be with the Lord on July 19.
He was born in Little Rock to Bob and Louise Wilder on Oct. 4, 1948. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969 during the Vietnam War era. Allen’s passion was spending time with his family. He was retired from Entergy Arkansas, where he was employed for 35 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Wilder

Dr. Robert Moore Jr.

July 23, 2012

Dr. Robert Bowen Moore Jr., 88, of Benton died Thursday, July 19. He was a fifth-generation Methodist minister born in Texarkana, Ark., on Nov. 20, 1923, to the late Rev. Dr. Robert Bowen Moore Sr. and Mary Lillian McAlister Moore. 
After graduating from Pine Bluff High School, Dr. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served during World War II. He saw action in all theaters of the war including Europe and the Pacific. He rose to the rank of Boatswain's Mate 1st Class aboard the U.S.S. Raymond (D.E. 341).

July 22nd

Benton woman survives lightning strike

July 22, 2012

During a thunderstorm on July 6, Benton resident Sharon Witham noticed that a canopy in her backyard was being whipped around. She feared it would blow over toward a neighbor's home, so she dashed out the door, grabbed one of the canopy's metal poles and began to "mash it down."
Witham said it then occurred to her that having metal in her hand probably wasn't a good idea.
"I had that pole in my hand and I thought, 'I better let that go,'" she said. "All of a sudden I saw light out of the corner of my eyes, I was knocked backward and I heard a bang. It sounded like dynamite exploding."

July 20th

Emmit Elbert Kizzia

July 20, 2012

Emmit Elbert Kizzia, 90, of Calico Rock passed away July 16. He was born June 27, 1922, in Murfreesboro to William Fletcher and Jessie Mae McMillen Kizzia.
He married Martha Sue Harrelson and the couple had three children.
In 1940 Mr. Kizzia attended Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia, served in the U.S. Navy and received Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1948. He was a teacher and head football, basketball and track coach at Benton High School from 1948 to 1959.

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