February 20th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Arkansas lawmakers are to try again with legislation to keep the state's compromise Medicaid expansion alive, despite previous defeats in the state House.
The Senate and House are expected to vote Thursday on identical measures funding the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion under the federal health law. Through the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for low-income residents.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant senior track and field and cross country star Melinda Murdock's list of accomplishments as a Lady Hornet is pretty lengthy. On Thursday at Bryant High School, Murdock signed a letter of intent to take those accomplishments to the University of Memphis Lady Tigers to run track.
â€śMelinda Murdock is one of the greatest competitors and hardest workers I have coached," Bryant Cross Country Coach Danny Westrbook said. "She is a very unique athlete in that she excels in both distance running as well as sprint and hurdle events."
FAYETTEVILLE - After routing Appalachian State ace starter Jamie Nunn in Friday's 12-2 season opener, some might have presumed the Saturday and Sunday games would be a piece of cake for the Arkansas Razorbacks,Â No. 25 ranked by Baseball AmericaÂ and hosting at Baum Stadium.
They would have presumed wrong. The Razorbacks, now 3-0, did sweep the now 0-3 Mountaineers but it wasn't easy.
With the approach of spring practice for college football teams, the Saline County Razorback Club has announced that Bret Bielema, Arkansas Razorback head football coach, will be the guest speaker for theÂ annual Saline County Razorback ClubÂ Fish Fry next month.
"We are certainly excited to welcome Coach Bielema backÂ to Saline County for this year's fish fry," said Phillip Montalvo, president of the Saline County Razorback Club.
Cloyd Stephen â€śSteveâ€ť Wiseman, 64, of Atkins passed away Feb. 15, 2014, at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.
He was born Jan. 26, 1950, in Missouri. Steve worked for the poultry industry in Northwest Arkansas for many years and later became an elder in full connection of the Arkansas United Methodist Church, serving churches at Jasper, Lepanto, Joiner, Hughes, El Dorado and Berryville.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Velva Lee Wiseman, and a cousin, Gaylon Cope.
Petra Ann "Pat" Trejo, 45, of Bauxite, formerly of Sweetwater, Texas, died Feb. 11, 2014. She was born June 29, 1968, in Jacksboro, Texas.
She was a homemaker and a member of New Beginnings Church in Bauxite.
She had moved to Bauxite from Sweetwater in 1991,
She married Antonio Trejo on May 7, 1993, in Benton.
Funeral took place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater.
Burial was at Sweetwater Cemetery.
The Rev. Chris Stephens officiated.
Carlos Galindo and Patrick Qualls served as pallbearers.
February 14, 2014, is recognized nationally as the day of love. It is also the day that Reba L. Griffis, 81, of Benton, was promoted and transported to her everlasting heavenly home with Jesus Christ. With her entire family and best friend, Joe Fureigh, at her side, she made her final journey.Â Reba was born at home at the Bauxite Pumps on March 10, 1932, to a warm and loving family who lived there to operate the water pumps for the Alcoa plant located on the other side of Bauxite. Â
She was a lifelong, active member of Social Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
Ronald Tedford â€śBobbyâ€ť Jones, 74, of Benton passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born Oct. 2, 1939 in Camden to the late Ernest Bengree and Carmen Marie McCullough Jones.
Â Mr. Jones was a computer analyst for the state of Arkansas and Alcoa Metals and taught math at Benton High School.Â He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the NRA.Â
A U.S. Army veteran, he was a decorated sharpshooter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Edward Jones.
BRYANT â€“ There was little doubt in the minds of a duo of Bryant Lady Hornets of where they were going to college. Senior distance runners Marley Adams and Mikayla Douglas signed letters of intent to run for Henderson State University on Tuesday morning at Bryant High School, and the pair have known for several years they were to become Lady Reddies.
â€śIâ€™ve wanted to go there since the seventh grade,â€ť Adams said. â€śI just know theyâ€™ve had a really good team. I know upperclassmen that have gone there. Itâ€™s always been Henderson.â€ť
Mrs. Lois â€śMaâ€ť Zuber Pelton, 98, of the Salem Community in Benton, died Feb.