November 8th, 2013
Benton police are looking for a suspect involved in an attempted armed robbery Thursday night at Home Run Gas Station on Military Road.
The owner of the store told officers that he was stocking shelves when he heard a noise at the front door. He said he saw the suspect holding a handgun trying to force his way into the business, but when the owner called 911, the suspect ran away.
"The suspect was described as being a white male, wearing a light-colored, hooded jacket, dark colored pants and a white bandana over his face," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton police spokesperson.
RUSSELLVILLE â€” For those watching in the Russellville High School gym, the 6A Volleyball State Championship match was one to remember. The Benton Lady Panthers fell 16-14 in the fifth and final set of the 6A state final to the Jonesboro Lady Hurricane on Saturday night to finish as runner-up in the state.
â€śIt was a great game,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śIf you go out with a loss, you want it to be a game like that. Hard in everything that they gave.â€ť
BENTON -Â Â With the painful sting of a recent loss still fresh in the air, the Saline County town of Benton played host to the ninth grade football team of cross county rival Bryant. Both teamâ€™s wanted this victory and the fans showed in resilient support of todayâ€™s youngsters and tomorrowâ€™s War Memorial salt slingerâ€™s.Â Benton football would walk away with salt in their wounds once again this season taking a beating from Bryant 34-0.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.
The FDA planned to announce Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people's health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.
An Aug. 22 meeting of the Benton Public Utilities Commission meeting with Southwest Water Users on Aug. 22 is generating some controversy.
Commissioners in attendance were Phil Miller and Jim Martin as well as Terry McKinney, general manager of Benton Utilities. However, the information found in the official meeting minutes of the Aug. 22 meeting differs from a report provided by McKinney to the PUC on Sep. 16.
William Larkin â€śBillâ€ť McCurry, 67, of Hot Springs passed away early, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 15, 1946, in Texarkana, Ark., to Larkin and Elsie McCurry.
Bill loved his family. His most treasured times were spent with his wife, kids and grandkids traveling, hunting, fishing, canoeing, and four-wheeling. He loved attending his grandkids' sporting events.
Eva Ellen Blake Keene, 77, of Benton passed away Nov. 3, 2013, in Little Rock. She was born May 1, 1936 in Saline County.
Eva was a retired LPN from Saline Memorial Hospital and a member of Grape Chapel Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Willie Raney Blake; her husband, Herbert G. Keene; a son, Ronnie N. Arthur; two brothers, Everett D. Blake and James D. Blake; and a sister, Lela Bray.
Martha Sue "Susie" Mashburn Dixon, 59, of Benton, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. at her home.Â She was born to Dr. William R. Mashburn M.D. and Elizabeth Lee Bernelle (deceased) on May 10, 1954.Â
Susie was a member of the Hot Springs High School Class of 1972 and was a student at National Park Community College in Hot Springs.Â In 2012 she married the love of her life, Richard Dixon.Â She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and attended the Benton Ward.
Gilbert Franklin Griffin, 69, of Traskwood, passed away on Saturday Nov. 2, 2013.Â He was born June 6, 1944, in Lake Village, to the late Gilbert Monroe Griffin and the late Madell Royal Griffin.
Gilbert was retired from Pulaski County Road and Bridge and was a Desert Storm veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church and American Legion Post of Sheridan.
Marcus Shane Howell, 26, of Haskell went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
Shane was born Nov. 6, 1986, in Little Rock. He lived in Pine Bluff until age 9 when his family moved to Haskell.Â He graduated from Harmony Grove High School in 2005.Â