February 16th, 2012
Myka Bono Sample has announced her candidacy for the office of Saline County Circuit Clerk. She is seeking the Republican Party's nomination in the May preferential primary election.
Sample is new to the political arena, but is no stranger to the operation of the circuit clerk's office. While working in the Saline County Circuit Clerk's office for three years, she was involved in all aspects of the office.
A new program has been established in Saline County Circuit Court to assist teenagers in straightening out their lives.
Specifically, the program provides mentors for young people on probation.
These mentors are known as VPOs, or volunteer probation officers.
Seven individuals have begun their VPO duties to assist youngsters along the road to becoming productive adults, according to Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister.
McCallister described a recent incident in which a 15-year-old boy was told that the new program had begun and that a VPO would be serving as his mentor.
Jefferson David â€śJ.D.â€ť McVay, 69, of Little Rock, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14.
He was born Feb. 18, 1942 in Little Rock to the late Ewell Gilford McVay Sr. and Helen Moody McVay.Â He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Albert McVay; and two sisters, Ona Spinnenweber and Elizabeth Lindsey.
Kenneth D. Wilson, 58, of Benton died Tuesday, Feb.14, at John L. McClellan Veterans Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born May 15, 1953, in Clinton.Â Â
Mr. Wilson was a retired U. S. Air Force veteran serving for 20 years as an aviation mechanic.Â He then sought to help other veterans by working at the Veterans Hospital.Â His life revolved around his love for God, family, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.P. Pope
Bonnie E. Shelnut, 85, a resident of the Fenter community, passed away Tuesday,Â Feb. 14, at Saline Memorial Hospice House.Â She was born July 11, 1926, to Roy and Gracie Hiatt.
Bonnie was a retired LPTN for Benton Services Center and a member of the Poyen Missionary Baptist Church.Â She loved to garden, cook, and travel the countryside.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Andrew Shelnut; a sister, Connie Otts; and two brothers, A.J. Hiatt and Calvin Hiatt.
Duffy Dewey Benning, 80 of Prattsville, died Feb. 13 at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant. He was born July 14, 1931 in Prattsville, the son of the late Delmar Benning Sr. and Leona Ritchey Benning.
Duffy was of the Baptist faith and retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service. He served in Japan, Thailand and Korea and did two tours in Vietnam. After retiring, he graduated from Ouachita Vo-Tech in Malvern and later become the maintenance supervisor and taught at the school for more than 20 years. Duffy loved to fish and do yard work.
Barbara B. Galbraith, 68, of Bryant died Monday Feb. 13. She was born Dec. 4, 1943 in Arkadelphia. She was a retired teacher/librarian for the Bryant Schools, a graduate of Arkansas College (Lyon College) in Batesville, member of the Arkansas Education Association and the National Education Association. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Benton where she served as an elder and a deacon.
Lois Elizabeth Elmore Clayton, 100, died Monday, Feb. 13. Mrs. Clayton was born Oct. 19, 1911, in Magnolia. She was the youngest of eight children born to Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Elmore.
Mary Sue Cousin went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 12, in Hugo, Okla., at the age of 76. She was born April 30, 1935 in Melville of St. Landry Parrish, La., the daughter of the late Dave Hensley and Viola (Ragan) Crawford.
The first year in office is a busy time for any elected official. For Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs, 'busy' might be an understatement.
Dabbs will present her second address to the people of Bryant concerning her vision for the city will be held Thursday Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. The location for the speech and the city council meeting that follows immediately after at 7 p.m. will be Love Auditorium on the campus of Bryant High School.