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May 7th, 2012

Dr. Carl F. Matlock

May 7, 2012

Dr. Carl F. Matlock, 76, of Benton passed away May 4, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born July 23, 1935 in Bismarck to the late Howard F.

Dr. Ed Hollenbeck

May 7, 2012

Dr. Ed Hollenbeck of Benton, a retired Cumberland Presbyterian minister and a former executive director for the Benton Public Housing Authority, died Friday, May 4, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant. He was 82.
Dr. Hollenbeck served pastorates at numerous Cumberland Presbyterian and United Methodist churches in Arkansas. His most recent pastorate was at the Cumberland Presbyterian Fellowship, located in Bryant, where he continued to be active as long as his health permitted.

Ronald Wayne Havniear

May 7, 2012

Ronald Wayne Havniear, 51, of Traskwood found eternal peace on Friday, May 4. He was born on May 2, 1961 in Little Rock, Arkansas to James and Lois Havniear.
Ron was a Master Carpenter in Residential Construction whom took great pride in his craftsmanship. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Nascar, was an avid collector, but mostly, spending time with his wife, children, family and friends.

Rodger DeWayne McCallister

May 7, 2012

Rodger DeWayne McCallister, age 70, of Benton, passed away Fri., May 4, 2012.  He was born Aug. 15, 1941 in England, Arkansas to the late Sylvester McCallister and Eula Marie Dardenne McCallister.  He retired from Alcoa after 30 years and was a member of Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church in Benton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Luther McCallister and Edward McCallister, one sister, Lenora Allen, and three nephews, Marvin Darrell McCallister, Eddie Garner and Jonathan Garner.

Mary Jewell Brown

May 7, 2012

Mary Jewell Brown, 94, of Benton, died Thursday, May 3.  She was born May 15, 1917 in Bauxite to Osroe and Fleeta Akins.  Mrs. Brown was retired from Benton Public Schools where she taught third grade at Angie Grant Elementary School before becoming a counselor at West Side Junior High.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.  In leisure time she enjoyed gospel music, antiques and oil painting.  She practiced disciplines of industry, determination, hard work and frugality. 

Gerald “Jerry” Landreth

May 7, 2012

Gerald “Jerry” Landreth,,  80, of Traskwood, passed away May 3.  He was born April 18, 1932 in Traskwood, to the late Arlin and Ruth Summerville Landreth.  He was a member of Forest Towers Baptist Church, Justice of the Peace for 12 years and Board Member on the Southwest Water Board for many years.  Jerry retired from Reynolds Metals Corp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Albert, Dewayne and George “Buddy” Landreth, sister, Shirley Shelton, nephew, Chris Hulsey and daughter in law, Becky Landreth.

Rachel C. Motz

May 7, 2012

Rachel C. Motz, 85, went to be with her Lord on April 18, in Lakeland, Fla. She was born on Sept 14, 1926 to Dominic and Mary Carriato, in Pittsburgh Penn.
She is preceeded in death by her parents and a son Joseph Michael Motz, brothers, Carman Girlordo, William Girlordo, Joseph Girlordo and Louie Carriato; sisters, Caroline Pesa, Rose Secen and Marge Omasits. 

May 5th

Cancer Forces Bauxite Principal To Retire; Doctors Say Harrell Is Dying

May 5, 2012

Tall, skinny, and with a little more fragile appearance than normal, Coach Al Harrell set down in the office chair and opened up his heart.
With co-worker and friend Coach Jon Watson by his side, Harrell struggled at times to hold back the tears. After 52 years of living, the man that has dedicated his life to mentoring youth — both as a sports coach and administrator for the Bauxite School District — was told that his body, which began aching severely recently, is dying.

May 3rd

Authorities confirm "no rape" at Bauxite Middle School

May 3, 2012

After two women told a Little Rock television news station that their children are in danger at the Bauxite Middle School, with one saying that her 13-year-old daughter was raped on campus, authorities are saying otherwise.
"We have been able to confirm through our investigation that there was not a rape (of the student) at the Bauxite Middle School," Lt. Mike Frost of the Saline County Sheriff's Office told The Saline Courier today.

Panthers drop non-conference game, fourth straight

May 3, 2012

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Benton Panthers stepped out of the 6A South conference and dropped a 9-6 decision to the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats on Wednesday at Vince DeSalvo Stadium at Burns Park. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Panthers after winning 10 in a row.
“We got what we needed to get,” Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said. “I wanted the win, but right now, the most important thing is playing games is a lot better than practicing.”

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