April 30th, 2012
The Benton Police Department is requesting the help of the public to locate a 15-year-old boy that allegedly ran away from home 10 days ago.
Payton Stone is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 110 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 leaving his home on foot.
Payton was last noticed wearing a white Holister â€śSo Calâ€ť shirt, kakhi shorts, purple and black color shoes, and a Black Sox baseball cap. Officers believe that Payton is traveling on foot.
White balloons drifted into the mid-day sky at Alexander City Park Saturday. On each balloon was a message written by a friend, a family member, a resident of the city or simply by someone who had been touched by the tragic deaths of Kevin Ives and Don Henry on August 23, 1987.
â€śGone but not forgottenâ€ť was a common theme among the hundreds of balloons that drifted into the sun like pearls to heaven.
The balloon release was part of a ceremony for a bench dedicated to the two young men whose deaths on a nearby railroad track 25 years ago remains unsolved.
Benton Mayor David Mattingly has announced that the four-year 'e-Commerce' degree for UALR Benton has received final approval. Mattingly received a message from Shane Broadway, Interim Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education that read, ""The UALR-Benton letter of notification has been reviewed and the report of the academic committee has been approved by the full board at 10:50 a.m. There were no questions or comments. Congratulations."
MALVERN â€“ Leading by seven runs after five innings, the No. 7 seed Bauxite Miners allowed the No. 6 seed Maumelle Hornets to tie the game in the last inning, but came away with a 10-7 win in 11 innings in the first round of the 7-4A District Tournament on Wednesday at Morrison Park in Malvern.
â€śIâ€™m disappointed we couldnâ€™t finish it in the seventh inning,â€ť Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said, â€śbut for [the Miners] to hang around for four more innings and compete showed me a lot about this team, something I knew was in them, but havenâ€™t seen all year long.â€ť
SHERIDAN â€“ Vying for first place in the 6A South, the Benton Panthers committed five errors and allowed four unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Sheridan Yellowjackets on Wednesday in conference action in Sheridan.
â€śWe struggled. Thatâ€™s uncharacteristic of us,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said of the errors. â€śWe donâ€™t usually make errors like that. As a matter of fact, going through the first round of conference only losing one game; it was because we played great defense.
This column won third place in the 2011 Associated Press Managing Editor Association of Arkansas contest for a sports column. It ran in the Courier on Sept. 26, 2011.
The Arkansas Travelers were swept in the Texas League Championship series by the San Antonio Missions, but the Travs definitely had their chances. The Missions won games one and two by 5-4 scores in San Antonio and came from behind to defeat the Travs 10-6 in North Little Rock on Sept. 16. Walks were a factor in every Travsâ€™ loss.
Amy Nicole McGinty Grenier, 29, of Benton, passed away April 24.Â She was born December 9, 1982 in Little Rock to Chuck and Linda Watson McGinty.Â Amy was a member of Crystal Valley Baptist Church and graduate of Henderson State University.
George Venson Babbitt, 67, of Benton, went to live with his Heavenly Father April 25.Â He was born March 17, 1945 in Little Rock, the only son and first of two children of the late Delbert Venson and Alma Lillian Babbitt.Â George was a member of the class of 1963 at Little Rock Central High School.Â He was proud to be in the Navy and serve his country on active and reserve duty from 1963 to 1969.Â George was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church.
Benton Parks Department Director Curtis McCormack and assistant Kitty Smith have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the completion of an investigation into accounting practices associated with operation of the concession stand in Tyndall Park during 2011. The Parks Commission met for a special meeting Tuesday night specifically called to determine what course of action to take in light of an independent accountant's report indicating a deficit of $6,445 in unaccounted funds.
After 33-years of service, Bryant Fire Chief Randy Cox cites health concerns as the main reason he plans to retire on May 25.
"With injuries that I received while on the job in 2009, several surgeries, as well as the everyday struggles and constant pain, I can no longer meet the requirements of my job," he said in a memo to Bryant city officials.