January 9th, 2012
Ernest William Edington Sr., 87, of Benton died Friday, Jan. 6. He was born Oct. 5, 1924, in Dumas.
He retired from Alcoa after 30-plus years as a Department Manager Instrumentation/Electrician.
He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Salem United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Sallie Crain Edington; a son, Ernest William Edington Jr.; a brother, James Edington; and a sister, Shirley Moyer.
Helen Ophelia McKinzie-Riley, 86, of Conway, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 5. She was born Wednesday, June 10, 1925 in Cornith, to the late James W. and Ester Ophelia (Turner) Ethridge.
Mrs. Riley loved taking care of her family, music, flowers, dancing and going to yard sales. One of her great passions was NASCAR which she watch often. Mrs. Riley was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Conway.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donally David Riley; two daughters, Francis Loudermild and Lorine Smith; and 16 brothers and sisters.
Oops. That's what I have to say to those NBA players who signed contracts with the Chinese Basketball Association when the NBA Lockout was in full effect. The lockout ended on Christmas Day and the NBA is going on with a shortened season, but the Chinese season doesn't end until March, so what are the former NBA players doing that signed contracts with the Chinese teams doing? Staying in China, despite some players' efforts to renege on their contracts.
The Bauxite Miners led by 11 in the first quarter against the Malvern Leopards, but lost 67-51 on Thursday night in 7-4A conference action in Malvern.
The Miners (9-6, 2-2 7-4A) led 17-6 early in the first quarter with the help of two Hunter Holder 3-pointers and took a 21-13 advantage going into the second quarter with help from senior Cody McPhersonâ€™s nine first-quarter points. Bauxite was up 21-10, but Malvern hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Hadley Jade Hess is only four days old, yet she's already a celebrity.
Hadley became the first baby to be born at Saline Memorial Hospital in 2012.
The little girl arrived at 4:58 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and measuring 20 inches in length.
She is the daughter of Lisa Burnett and Jerry Hess of the East End community. The family also includes Hadley's older brother, Dalton Burnett, 3.
Dr. Estelle Rutledge was the attending physician.
A Benton man appeared before the Arkansas Parole Board on Wednesday in a victim-input hearing that precedes the board's upcoming decision on whether to release David Pierce.
The 59-year-old former minister of music at First Baptist Church is serving a 10-year prison term for conviction of four counts of sexual indecency with a child. He was convicted in August 2009 as part of a negotiated plea in Saline County Circuit Court.
Life hasn't been easy in recent months for 14-year-old Sophie Tilley, but her mother says the teenager is a trooper and "will be fine" in time.
Sophie, a student in the Bryant School District, is reported to be progressing well as she recovers from a stem cell transplant she received Dec. 15 at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
Donald R. "Don" Masters, 71, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4. He was born Sept. 18, 1940, to the late Walter B. and Eunice (McAllister) Masters in Antlers, Okla.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Highway Church of Christ and worked in the construction business.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Masters; and two sisters, Jenelle Bradford and Wanda Lou Plamer.
Kelle Gwen Phillips Ray, 47, of Alexander died Tuesday Jan. 3, at her residence. She was born Feb. 18, 1964, in Texarkana, Texas.
She was a 1982 graduate of Arkansas High School in Texarkana and a 1987 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, was a longtime pharmaceutical representative, and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ed Phillips.
Dale Newton Riggin, 75, of Benton passed away on Jan. 4. He was born Aug. 2, 1936, in Wilmont, to the late Rev. Robert L. and Bettie Dillon Riggin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and the mother of his children, Shirley A. Riggin.
He is survived by his sons, Robert Riggin of Little Rock and Dale L. Riggin of Malvern; three daughters, Dalenda Foster of Benton, Tami Horta of California and Kimberly Davis of Texas; two brothers, Don Riggin of Little Rock and Dean Riggin of Sardis; a sister, Ann Ashcraft of Malvern; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.