February 24th, 2012
Alvis L. â€śPeteâ€ť Wise, 83, of Bryant passed away Thursday, Feb. 23.Â He was born Aug. 13, 1928, in Bauxite to the late Albert and Mae Reid Wise.
Pete was a member of Northside Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and a grandson, Todd Wise. Upon retiring from Reynolds Metals, he enjoyed 32 years of retirement, trout fishing and camping at Lake DeGray.
Bryant Hornets senior and cross country runner Stacy Emmerling signed a letter of intent to run for the Henderson State Lady Reddies (Arkadelphia) on Thursday in Bryant Gym. Emmerling joins teammate Ashlyn Lessenberry, who signed with the Lady Reddies earlier this month.
â€śI visited there and they just seemed like a big happy family,â€ť Emmerling said of Henderson State. â€ś[The Lady Reddies] all connected with me and talked to me. They introduced me to all of their friends and made it comfortable for me.â€ť
Lester Riley Ruffin, 75, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21.Â He was born Oct. 6, 1936, in DeWitt to the late Lester and Effie Ruffin.
Mr. Ruffin was a "Class A Machinist" and owner of Ruffin Mold and Machine in Benton, a U.S. Air Force veteran, where he served as an aircraft machinist.
He was a Christian.Â
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Tamara Ruff; and a brother, Donald Lee Ruffin, Sr.
Ashley Nichole James, 25, of Benton went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Feb. 20.Â
She was born Feb. 16, 1987, to Greg and Paula James in Hot Springs.Â She was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Paula DePriest James; her grandfather, Steve O. DePriest; and her great-grandparents, Gordon and Gladys Wright.
DUMAS â€“ The Bauxite Miners knew Wednesdayâ€™s task of facing the No. 1 seed Pine Bluff Dollarway wasnâ€™t going to be easy. What they didnâ€™t know was how unlikely the first quarter of their 61-35 season-ending loss would be.
â€śI would like to take back the first quarter,â€ť said head coach Mark Smith. â€śOur deal is we donâ€™t have the ability to offensive rebound.â€ť
Smith said his teamâ€™s lack of size also prevents the Miners (14-15) from keeping their opponents from offensive rebounding and itâ€™s been a problem all season.
DUMAS â€“ On paper, it was supposed to be no contest. But the Bauxite Lady Miners certainly contested though they fell short in a 44-33 season-ending loss to the Star City Lady Bulldogs in the opening round of the Class 4A South Region on Wednesday.
â€śI told the girls before the game that I felt like we were the only 20 people in the state that had a chance to beat this team,â€ť said Bauxite head coach Joshua Harrison.
A teen reported missing on Tuesday has returned to her home, authorities said today.
Katelyn North, 17, of Benton is also "safe and unharmed" Lt. Kevin Russell of the Benton Police Department said.
To report missing persons, call the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS (8477).
Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.
As a 3-month-old child is recovering from a broken leg and cracked ribs today at Saline Memorial Hospital, a Benton man is jailed for alleged child abuse.
As of press time, 30-year-old Christopher Williams remains in the Saline County jail on a $50,000 sheriff's bond. According to jail staff, Williams could post bond with $5,000.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Hornets picked up a huge 45-38 victory on over the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats on Tuesday night in 7A/6A Central conference action in Bryant. Both teams are 8-5 in the Central and since Bryant beat North Little Rock by seven points and the Charging Wildcats won by five points, 53-48, earlier in the year, the Hornets have the tie-breaker.