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Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015
OUR PAST AND PRESENT LEGISLATORS
Posted Wednesday, March 25, at 12:26 PM
We in Poinsett County have always had good representation with our legislators at the Capitol in Little Rock. I am going to give us a look at all of our former and present legislators, beginning in the 1950's until our present day. In the 1950's through 1980 our State Representative was Mr. ...

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Two fine events: Harrisburg Rotary "pot 'o gold" and Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce annual banquet/auction
Posted Wednesday, March 11, at 8:38 AM

We just finished the Annual Harrisburg Rotary "Pot 'O Gold" Banquet on Saturday, March 7. As always, this was one fine banquet. This meal was great, as always. This project for the Harrisburg Rotary has continued now for approximately ten years. The funds derived from the banquet go to different projects and what worthy projects they are. ...

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IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR DOWNTOWNS
Posted Tuesday, March 3, at 1:55 PM

In the past fifteen years, there have been several of our cities that have made great improvements to their downtown areas. In Harrisburg, Lepanto and Marked Tree there are original buildings that date back to the early 1900's. Had measures not been taken by the leadership of those towns, the buildings would, by this time, have already been knocked down and destroyed. ...

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THE TRUE STORY OF B.B. KING AND LUCILLE
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 9:48 AM

THE TRUE STORY OF B.B. KING AND LUCILLE The story that I am going to tell you is a true story about the immortal B.B. King and his guitar, Lucille. The setting was so close to the border of Poinsett County and the Cross County area that I felt like a lot of people would like to know the facts about the greatest blues guitar player of all time and his guitar that he named Lucille...

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"PAT DREW AND OPAL MALONE" LONGTIME FRIENDS OF MARKED TREE
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 9:47 AM

This story deals with two fine ladies who has been a big part of the Marked Tree scene for many years now. We are looking at Mrs. Freddie Drew that most people know as Pat (Smith) Drew. Pat graduated from Marked Tree back in the 1960's. She immediately began working at the Dairy Freeze that has always been located on Highway 63 in Marked Tree. ...

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Honoring Our Local Heroes
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 1:24 PM

Two of the most dangerous jobs that we have in our county and cities are the jobs of firefighters and policemen. The firemen and policemen place their lives on the line, everyday, to protect all of our citizens. In those job capacities we have lost two fine men in the past couple of years. The first was a loss of life of Police Chief Larry Blagg and secondly the loss of Ricky Winkles. Both of these men resided in Trumann...

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THE MAYORS IN POINSETT COUNTY
Posted Thursday, January 22, at 11:12 AM

One of the hardest and most important jobs in government is the office of mayor in a city. The office of mayor is also the closest to the public, so, direct contact can be made by the public without any prior notice. For our citizens to make contact with our mayors, the drive is very short to the mayor's office. I have always felt like we have been very fortunate to have people on the local level to represent us in all of the mayor positions in our county...

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IMPORTANCE OF THE OATH OF OFFICE
Posted Tuesday, January 13, at 10:09 AM

A crowd of over 70 persons met at the Poinsett County Courthouse on January 1, 2015 to witness the official oath of office to officials in our county. The oath was administered by Circuit Judge Lee Fergus of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Of the crowd of 70 persons, the official oath for their particular office was administered to approximately 45 office holders...

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Our County Officials for 2015-16
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 11:15 AM

On January 1, 2015 there will be three new officials taking the oath of office for the first time. These new officials will join Sheriff Larry Mills, Treasurer Tammie Stanford and I as the team of Poinsett County Officials. Beginning with our new county Judge Bobby Cantrell. ...

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Bill Craft and Rosemary Nichols: Santa's Great Helpers
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 11:14 AM

All of our parades in our cities turned out beautiful and a credit to the entire county. We appreciate all that were involved with the success in each of our cities, which has a direct relation with our county. One of the parades really caught our eyes. ...

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10TH SEMI-ANNUAL "SWEARING IN" CEREMONY
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 11:13 AM

10TH SEMI-ANNUAL "SWEARING IN" CEREMONY On January 1, 2015 we all need to mark our calendars for a very, very important event. This time has been set aside for the swearing in of all state, county and city officials in our county. The event will take place in the Poinsett County Courthouse on Thursday, January 1, at 10 a.m. The presiding officer will be the Honorable Circuit Judge Lee Fergus of Jonesboro, Arkansas...

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OUR PARADES ARE COMING
Posted Tuesday, December 2, at 2:25 PM

We have come to that time of the year that our holiday seasons are beginning. This is the time of year that all of our communities and families get together. It is a time for holiday community spirit and the gathering of our families that, in some cases, have not had a chance to see each other for this entire year...

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The Election
Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 1:58 PM

This past week we witnessed an election that affected the political field from the federal level all the way down to the city field. City government is political, but, is not operated on the political party election level. On that city level we did see changes, even in our own county...

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OUR PRESENT QUORUM COURT
Posted Wednesday, November 5, at 10:38 AM

There is the legislative body in each county in Arkansas. This legislative body is known as the "Quorum Court." There are many duties of the court. They meet each month, discuss problems and search for answers for our county. There are also a few committees, formed within the court, that handle specified portions of county government and report back to the entire court. A few of these committees are the road committee, jail committee, personnel committee and the finance committee...

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FALL HAS ARRIVED IN POINSETT COUNTY
Posted Wednesday, October 29, at 11:52 AM

One of the most beautiful times of year has arrived in our county. The crops have been beautiful and our farmers are right on the ending portion of getting their crops out. The trees are beginning to turn colors and the scene, from end to end of the county, is looking beautiful...

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WEINER RICE FESTIVAL
Posted Thursday, October 23, at 12:43 PM

One of the oldest events in our county, the Weiner Rice Festival, is falling this Saturday, October 4th. This is an event that is very important to our county. Not only does this affect our county, it affects Arkansas and the entire United States. Many people do not know that Poinsett County is the top rice producer in the state of Arkansas and Arkansas is the top rice producer in the United States. We are very proud of the fact that this festival has always been held in our county...

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OUR TERRAPIN DERBY: TURN THOSE TURTLES LOOSE
Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 12:47 PM

The most attended event in Poinsett County will occur this coming Saturday, October 4, in Lepanto. The "Terrapin Derby" is the oldest county event in our county. The "Terrapin Derby" began in the early 1930's and has grown since its origination. The event is centered around the "Great Terrapin Race" that began in the early 1930's...

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THE COTTON PICKIN' JUBILEE
Posted Monday, October 6, at 12:12 PM

We are quickly approaching Marked Tree's "Cotton Pickin" Jubilee". This festival actually began in the early 1980's. The date for the festival is September 27th. The setting for the event will be in Cypress Park located off of Highway 63 B, across from the Dairy Freeze. Most years, the crowd will start coming in around 10:00 a.m...

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POINSETT COUNTY PASSES ASSESSMENT RATIO
Posted Wednesday, September 17, at 10:07 AM

Turn-back funding is one of the most important funding mechanisms within all of our taxing units within our county. The funding is based on audits performed each year by the Assessment Coordination Department for each Assessor's Office in our state. ...

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POINSETT COUNTY'S EQUALIZATION BOARD
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 10:30 AM

Many people are not acquainted with the equalization boards in their county. This board is an extension of assessment process of the county. The board hears, from time to time, complaints and possible adjustments in property valuation to help bring about a total equalization of all personal and real estate within a county. In the case of Poinsett County, the total of property that is being equalized is approximately 275,000,000 in valuation...

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