March 6th, 2012
Vernelle B. Ramsey, 89, of Benton, died Sunday, March 4.Â She was born Feb. 15, 1923, to Warren Ralph and Eunice McGraw Bishop in Caledonia, Ark.Â Mrs. Ramsey earned a masterâ€™s degree in education and was also a teacher at Bryant and Bauxite schools for 34 years. Before retiring, she became the first counselor at Bauxite.Â She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, the Arkansas Society of Mayflower Descendants, A.E.A, N.E.A., Saline County Retired Teachers Association and a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church.Â
Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by her parents and husband, G. Tom Ramsey.
The United States Army Field Band will present a free concert March 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bishop Park on Boone Road in Bryant. A ticket is required for admission but may be picked up at two locations:
- Saline Courier office at 321 N. Market in Benton
- Bishop Park on Boone Road in Bryant
Online tickets may be obtained by visiting the following Internet sites:
The concert is sponsored by The Saline Courier and The Center at Bishop Park in Bryant.
Some major changes are on the forefront for the Benton School District and Downtown Benton.
In a special meeting Monday night, the Benton School Board voted to approve completion of the district sports complex for $5,254,235, with the project to be financed by second-lien bonds and the balance in the district's existing Qualified School Construction Bonds.
Within a recent eight-hour span, nine people were cited and one person was arrested for failure to comply with the state truck tarpaulin law, according to Bauxite police.
"The goal is to cut down the trash that is getting on the roadways," Police Chief Ron Parsons said. "Anytime we see anyone with uncovered loads of trash, they will be subject to being stopped and cited."
Thomas Road from Military Road to the Interstate 30 service road is expected to closed to traffic for ongoing work on the Lower Military Road expansion project.
Crews today were scheduled to begin undercutting and rebuilding of the intersection, Mayor David Mattingly said.
That location will be barricaded and marked with a "no through traffic" sign, he said.
In a recent town hall meeting, Mattingly said he expects the entire improvement project to be completed in June 2013.
The overall goal is to protect and serve the residents and visitors of the community, officials at the Benton Police Department said.
But officers are limited on keeping repeat criminal offenders from re-entering society by the court system, probation and parole boards, and even by state legislators â€” who write laws and vote on the enforcement of such laws. Law enforcement officers have the ability to arrest, or at least detain, people when laws are broken, but once they write a citation and/or take that person to the Saline County jail, that ends the scope of their abilities.
BAUXITE â€“ The Bauxite Lady Miners softball team came close to having a perfect opening week of the season, but the Glen Rose Lady Beavers made sure that didnâ€™t happen. With the Lady Miners up 7-1 after the fourth inning, Glen Rose came back to defeat Bauxite 9-7 in extra innings last Monday in Bauxite. Bauxite took the next two games of the week with ease, defeating Mayflower 15-2 on Tuesday and shutting out Poyen 10-0 on Friday.
BENTON - The Benton Lady Panthers softball team collected their first win of the season on Friday, beating up on Watson Chapel 10-0 in five innings. The Lady Panthers fell in their first contest of the year against Bryant 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Starting pitcher Lauren White started the game with a little bit of control problems, walking the Lady Wildcats first batter on five pitches. White quickly settled into her groove, striking out the next two batters.
Lady Panthers catcher Amanda Jones threw the runner out at second trying to steal for the innings first out.
The Bauxite Miners baseball team opened the 2012 season this past week and started the year off right with a 3-2 victory over the Glen Rose Beavers on Monday at Bauxite.
Led by the pitching of senior Ryan Weng, the Miners played stellar defense behind him to get the victory.
â€śMonday, our defense and pitching showed out,â€ť Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said. â€śItâ€™s the best defensive game Iâ€™ve coached at Bauxite. We made every play. We had a 74-pitch complete game from our pitcher. We couldnâ€™t ask for a better game.â€ť
Todd Lasage, 46, of Alexander went to be with the Lord on Friday March 2. He was born November 7, 1965 in Benton. Todd was a former employee of Royal Overhead Door Co. Todd was a graduate of Bryant High School and attended University of Arkansas both in Little Rock and Fayetteville, and a member of Bryant First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Sissy Tinker Lasage, Alexander; son, Brandon Lasage, daughters, Tiffani Lasage and Ericcah Lasage, both of Alexander; parents, William and Pat Lasage, Alexander; sister, Jana Young, Alexander; grandmother, Lorene Lasage.