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December 26th

Charles Nathan Garrett

December 26, 2011

Charles Nathan Garrett, age 82, of Springdale, passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2011.  He was born in Saline County, Arkansas on Feb. 15 in the year 1929. 
Nathan was the firstborn child of Charles Dewey and Alberta Johnson Garrett. 
 He loved hunting and fishing and was an instructor for hunter safety with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. 
After retiring from the Arkansas Highway Department in 1987, Nathan became active in “Campers on Mission” and Arkansas Disaster Relief.  He was a longtime member of Life Line Baptist Church in Little Rocks. 

Linda Darlene Woods

December 26, 2011

Linda Darlene Woods, age 65, of Bauxite passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.  She was born Aug. 7, 1946 in Bonham, Texas, to Sam E. Cockrill and Violet Lorene Cockrill.
Mrs. Woods was a physician’s assistant and a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Benton.

December 24th

Citizens Police Academy going strong

December 24, 2011

For the past 10 years, the Benton Police Department has instilled a program that not only bridges the gap between officers and citizens, it is a chance for officers to connect and listen to citizens.

December 23rd

Benton woman receives top employee award from Roller Funeral Homes

December 23, 2011

Karen Derfler Carter, secretary for Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton, has been chosen as the 2011 Christine Roller Employee of the Year.
The award is given to the individual who demonstrates outstanding service and dedication to families served by Roller Funeral Homes.
A spokesman for the corporation said the honor is presented annually to the employee within the Roller organization who "best exemplifies the traits and skills demonstrated by the firm's founders, Denver and Christine Roller."
Carter joined the funeral home staff in June of 1984.

Elf Club raises $25,000 for toy donations

December 23, 2011

More than 70 bicycles for people of all sizes and ages, along with a plethora of various toys — $25,000 worth — filled a portion of the Benton Middle School cafeteria on Wednesday.
All those bikes and toys, thanks to the student-operated Elf Club, will spread Christmas cheer to hundreds of less fortunate families in Saline County.
"This day is all they (students) talked about," said Cindy Haltom, Benton Middle School teacher and Elf Club co-sponsor.

December 22nd

Builder donates $41,734 to Humane Society

December 22, 2011

Christmas came early this week for a local nonprofit agency that for many years has fought an uphill battle to provide a refuge for creatures that have no other place to call home.
The Humane Society of Saline County on Wednesday became the grateful recipient of a $41,734 gift from the Ken Young Co.
This gift represented the profits from a house Young's company recently completed in this county.
"This is the largest single cash donation the Humane Society has ever received," said Ann Sanders, president of the organization.

Jeanne Claire McLeroy Kelley

December 22, 2011

Jeanne Claire McLeroy Kelley, 80, passed away Monday, Dec.19. She was born July 11, 1931 in Yonkers, New York. Jeanne was a retired Certified Nurses Assistant, Member and Past Secretary of Woodman Of The World Lodge #168 of Benton and a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Traskwood. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Fern Besacon McLeroy.  

Daisy Pierce Ward

December 22, 2011

Daisy Pierce Ward, 67, of Benton died Tuesday, Dec. 20. She was born July 13, 1944 in Benton.
Daisy was a retired nurses assistant and of the Baptist Faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland and Georgie Owen Pierce; her husband, George Earl Ward; and a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Neal.

Jamie Lynn Looney

December 22, 2011

Jamie Lynn Looney, 27, of Haskell, passed away Dec. 18. She was born April 9, 1984 in Little Rock to John Toler and Cheryl Duff. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, William Toler.
She is survived by her son, Blake Looney of Haskell; her father, John Toler of Haskell; her mother, Cheryl Lynn Duff of Gravel Ridge; a sister, Hollie Moore and husband Chris of Benton; her grandmother, Carra Jo Toler of Bryant; her grandparents, Lee Roy and Georgia Duff of Gravel Ridge; many cousins, uncles, aunts, and a special aunt, Debby Felton.

December 21st

Hornets win big to kick off classic

December 21, 2011

The Bryant Hornets used a 27-0 run to rout the North Pulaski Falcons 67-24 on Tuesday in the opening game of the Red Devil Classic at Jacksonville High School. The Hornets also hit 61 percent of their shots and held the Falcons to just 31 percent shooting.

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