Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun December 10, 2017
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Danny Johnson has been president of the Saline County Toy Commission for the past 15 years. He oversees about 18 volunteers who serve an estimated 250 to 600 kids a year — depending on how many toys are donated to the commission. On Dec. 2, during the second toy run of the year, Johnson and his crew collected more than 400 toys.

Making a run

Benton native in 15th year as head of area toy commission

On Dec. 2, as Danny Johnson and his stepson, Fred Rodriguez, had stopped to get gas during the second Saline County Toy Run of the year, a little girl ran up to “Santa” to get a picture. “And she tells him all that she wants for Christmas,” Rodriguez said. “Every kid, everywhere we go — he gets out, and he talks to them.” Rodriguez said after they got back into the truck, another gentleman came up to the window and handed Johnson a $20... READ MORE


Poyen debuts new gym with grand opening

POYEN — On the first day of school this fall, head girls basketball coach and athletic director Mickey Shaffer asked his girls to pick up their chairs and load up the bus. The team then took a surprise trip to the new Poyen Sports Complex and sat in the unfinished senior high locker room.


    Christmas is about giving, not getting

    I haven’t been feeling very merry this Christmas, but I think I’ve figured out what’s wrong. I’ve been stressed trying to work full time and shop every spare minute I have, running to stores on my lunch hour and on the weekends. I’m online early in the morning and late at night. The UPS truck has been to my house more than any of my relatives. I have long email threads with family members sharing wish lists and figuring out who’s gettin... READ MORE


    CARTI Auxiliary honors Benton resident as Style Icon

    Pam Cox has a style all her own. It may be seen in the clothes she wears, but even more so in the way she meets and greets people in the many facets of her daily life. Recognized recently by the CARTI Auxiliary as the 2017 Festival of Fashion Style Icon, Cox, 62, said the best fashion advice she ever received was, “Always be yourself. Don’t copy someone else.” The Festival of Fashion is one of several events presented during the annual ... READ MORE



    Dec. 11 Financial Tips for Small Business Workshop BENTON — A Financial Tips for Small Business workshop will take place at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766. A Christmas Carol BENTON — Hampstead Stage will present A Christmas Carol at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The performance is appropriate for ages 5 and older. For more information, call (501) 778-4766. Dec. 12 ... READ MORE