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May 16th, 2012

Inmate walks away from courthouse; manhunt continues

May 16, 2012

Law enforcement in Saline County are search for an inmate that walked away from the Saline County Courthouse today.
Timothy Berthelson, 46, whose home address is listed as 22660 Interstate 30 in Bryant reportedly walked away around 2:45 p.m. while performing work duty at the courthouse. Berthelson was served a warrant on Sunday for three counts of failure to appear on four counts of hot check, traffic and other violations. According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, Berthelson had been incarcerated for 33 days, but was expected to be released — pending a court appearance — tomorrow.

Benton Council approves suspension of increased utility deposits

May 16, 2012

Benton City Council took measures Monday night to address a growing concern about increased utilities deposits imposed by Ordinance 14 of 2010.
The council approved a resolution, submitted at the request of the Benton Utilities Commission, to review the section of the ordinance that "provides a method for determining whether or not an increase in deposit should be demanded as a condition of continued service."

Katherine Elizabeth 'Beth' Farnam

May 16, 2012

Katherine Elizabeth “Beth” Farnam, 40, of Benton, lost her battle with ovarian cancer on May 13.  She passed away at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

Martha Ann Wilson Wallace

May 16, 2012

Martha Ann Wilson Wallace, 68, of Benton went to be with the Lord on May 14. She was born May 26, 1943 in Malvern.
Martha was a graduate of the Bauxite Class of 1963. She was retired from State of Arkansas Department of Human Services after 31 years, and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Mable and Lee Wilson; and a brother, Don Wilson.

Margaret Jean Tillman

May 16, 2012

Margaret Jean Tillman, 76, of Alexander died Sunday, May 13. She was born Feb. 19, 1936, in Bauxite. Margaret was a retired factory worker and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Taylor Tillman and Sarah Rebekah Tillman; three brothers, Robert Russell “Puddin” Tillman, John Henry “Cotton” Tillman, and Edward Lewis “Tea” Tillman; and a sister, Carrie Rodgers.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Hillman of Alexander; a granddaughter, Amy Lanette Lites of Louisiana; seven nieces and 10 nephews.

May 15th

Mary Irene Perry

May 15, 2012

Mary Irene Perry, 94, of Benton, passed away Monday, May 14.  She was born April 13, 1918, in Benton. 
Mrs. Perry was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church and a retired LPN. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Eddie Mason; a son-in-law, Irvin Hill; two great-grandchildren, Jacquelyn and Perry Hill; and 10 siblings.
She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Hill; four grandchildren, Daniel Hill and wife Tami, Dana Ellison and husband Doug, Michael Hill and wife Cindy and Susan Briggler and husband Kevin; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Norma Jean McPherson

May 15, 2012

Mrs. Norma Jean McPherson, 86, of Benton died Saturday, May 12. She was born Feb. 22, 1926, in Saline County.
Norma Jean was a longtime member of Kentucky Missionary Baptist Church and a talented seamstress, with every little girl in the family having beautiful dresses that she made.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl E. and Dona Bradbury Smith; her husband of 64 years,  Raymond McPherson; a brother, Jackie F. Smith; and a sister, Josephine Richmond.

Ruth A. Rudder Landers

May 15, 2012

Ruth A. Rudder Landers, 77, of Benton died Saturday May 12, in Benton. She was born November 10, 1934 in Hensley, to the late Samuel Andrew Rudder and Annie Elizabeth McAllister Rudder. Ruth attended Benton High School and was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton where she had a 20 year perfect attendance record in Sunday School. She first worked at the Owosso Furniture Co. She met and married Carl W. “Ruff” Landers and had one son, after he was a year old, she went to work in Benton City Hall, helping her father-in-law, Virgil F.

May 14th

Old Folks Singing set for Sunday in Tull Community

May 14, 2012

Current and former residents and friends of the Tull community will come together this coming weekend to celebrate the 127th anniversary of Old Folks Singing.
The event is scheduled Sunday, May 20, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church and will begin at 10 a.m.
The first Old Folks Singing took place on the third Sunday in May in 1885.
In keeping with an established pattern, singing during the morning segment will come from the original Christian Harmony hymn book.

Janice "Teddie" Nalls

May 14, 2012

Janice Elwanda (Teddie) Gibbins Houser Nalls, 76, of Little Rock, passed away May 11, 2012. She was born in Altheimer, Arkansas to George Lee Gibbins and Carrie Bell Davis Grice Gibbins and was a member of the Church of Christ.

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