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Friday, Sep. 30, 2016
The Tyronza Stars and Stripes Festival approaches
Posted Thursday, June 9, at 2:16 PM
This Friday and Saturday, a great festival is again coming to Tyronza. I believe that this is the 14th annual Stars and Stripes Festival. This event has been going strong and growing each year since the festival began. There are many great things that make it a fun-filled weekend at Tyronza. The events begin on Friday, June 10, and extend through Saturday, June 11. All music will be played in the park, which is located at Main and Church Streets...

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Dyess Visitor Center opens
Posted Thursday, May 26, at 11:47 AM

There was a great ceremony in Dyess this past weekend. The gathering in Dyess, which was in excess of 400 people, witnessed the remodeling of the original "Movie House" that was a part of the town, beginning in 1934. The old remodeled movie house is now the welcoming center for the town of Dyess. ...

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George Crowell: Marked Tree athlete, businessman, and leader
Posted Thursday, April 28, at 1:59 PM

Many years ago, during the 1930's through the 1990's, there was a great man who was in business in the Marked Tree area. He actually was a big part of the business at the Schonberger and Weir Dry Good Store there in Marked Tree. This man stood very tall during the time of Kohn Bray, John and Frank Brunner, and Louis Ritter. He stood tall, not because of money or fame, but because he was a fine businessman and had a true love of humanity...

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Water in Poinsett County
Posted Friday, April 8, at 12:24 PM

Living in Poinsett County, in the heart of the agriculture belt, we all know the need of water in our production of crops. We also know how far that we have come in our farming operations, in the development of our lands, to maintain the proper irrigation of our crops. ...

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Mildred Brooks: teacher and influence to all
Posted Thursday, March 24, at 4:11 PM

This past week, one of Poinsett County's oldest citizens passed away. Not only was she one of our county's oldest citizens, she was also one of our most unique citizens. She was born on Feb. 29, 1924. She was born in Lake City and moved to Marked Tree, by boat, in 1930. ...

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Charles and Martis Stephan: Trumann's community duet
Posted Thursday, February 25, at 2:20 PM

One of the most loved couples in Trumann and Poinsett County is our great friends, Charles and Martis Stephan. These two fine people range back to 1954 in their service to our area. The Stephans were married in Caruthersville, Mo., in 1950. They moved to Trumann in 1954. Their lives have been lives of service. Their lives have also been spent as devoted parents...

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Hazel Freeman: classic lady from Harrisburg
Posted Friday, February 12, at 1:10 PM

There have been so very many men and women in the past 50 years who have meant a great deal to the Harrisburg community. One lady who meant so much to us is no longer with us. That lady was Mrs. Hazel Freeman. Her family originated the Modern News Newspaper in 1888. This paper has been performing well ever since the year that business began...

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Buck Tacker and John Branch: East Poinsett County farmers of the 1940's
Posted Friday, February 5, at 2:30 PM

This is a true story of two men of two very fine families in the Marked Tree/Black Oak community during the 1940's and 1950's. During the time these two men were growing up, the only type of entertainment was a radio. Other than that, most of the young men played local baseball on "country" baseball teams. ...

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The United Cerebral Palsy Telethon
Posted Friday, January 29, at 2:00 PM

This past Sunday evening, on Jan. 24, the annual United Cerebral Palsy Telethon was aired on Channel 8 in Jonesboro. The telethon takes place on the Arkansas State University campus between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The funds for the event are raised by pledges from people in the Northeast Arkansas area. During the telethon, Channel 8 airs the broadcast throughout the day. The people of Channel 8 donate their time to make sure that the fundraising is a success...

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Louis Collier and Billy Joe Williams: professional men of Harrisburg
Posted Thursday, January 21, at 11:15 AM

For many, many years Collier/Jennings has been a business that many people have trusted. It all began with Mr. Louis Collier. He was a fine lawyer in Harrisburg spanning back to the 1950's. He was a great family man. He was a great community man. Last, but not least, he was one fine gentleman...

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Dorothy Maratin: Trumann leader of fine arts
Posted Thursday, December 31, at 12:10 PM

We can never truly appreciate fine arts until we see something in action. Fine arts include art and music. The music portion can be divided into portions of vocal and instrumental. This past month, we were very fortunate to see many special people in the music field help out tremendously inside of their communities. ...

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Buzzy Faulkner: unique politician and friend
Posted Friday, December 11, at 2:23 PM

This past week, we lost one of the most well-known politicians in Poinsett County. That person was our friend and past mayor of Harrisburg, Donnie "Buzzy" Faulkner. Buzzy was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. "Bud" Faulkner. He was a twin. He departed this life with two fine sons and his fine twin sister, Bonnie Faulkner Reddmann...

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John Booker and Betty Payne: our children's keepers
Posted Thursday, December 3, at 3:10 PM

Many times in the past, we have focused on special people that have been community volunteers, that have made Poinsett County a better place to live. They give of their time, freely, to help those that are in need. This week, since we are beginning to become very close to the Christmas season, I thought about the children within our county and community who ,in many cases, would not have a Christmas unless for the extra effort and care of two very special people. ...

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The holiday season in Poinsett County
Posted Thursday, November 12, at 2:10 PM

We are now getting very close to one of the most favorite seasons in our county. Once Halloween has passed, we can all start looking to Thanksgiving and then to Christmas. There is a feeling in the air that is not present at any other time of the year. ...

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Our fine funeral homes in Eastern Poinsett County
Posted Monday, October 26, at 9:50 AM

There is one type of business that, even though it saddens us at times to speak about, are funeral homes. At one time in our lives we must face the reality and sincere need for professional people in the funeral home business. Even though we do not always want to face the reality that comes with a death in our family, we must face this situation in the right frame of mind. ...

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The Rice Festival, Trumann Duck Festival, and the Parker Homestead
Posted Thursday, October 8, at 3:49 PM

These past two weekends, our citizens have had the chance to attend three big events. Two weekends ago, our festivals opened with the Cotton Pickin' Jubliee. The weather was beautiful in Marked Tree at Cypress Park. The entertainment was great. A local band headed by Greg Cochran and Bill McDaniel kept the crowd "Rocking and Rolling" all day long...

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Poinsett County passes double audit
Posted Thursday, October 1, at 3:54 PM

There was a time that the audit of local assessors offices consisted of one audit in September of each year by the Assessment Coordination Department in Little Rock. The audit during the 1970's until the 2015 year consisted of audits of personal property, business commercial property, and real market properties. These audits, basically, were a checking of the automobiles, inventory of commercial businesses, and sales analysis of market sales of both residential and commercial properties...

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Weiner's Johnny Hedge and Tommy Wofford: Poinsett County leaders and family men
Posted Thursday, September 24, at 2:56 PM

Most of us feel like there are certain qualities that make a person stand out during their lifetime. One of those qualities, if that person is a family man, would be a person that looked after his family and grandchildren. Also, that person should be very interested in the welfare of his neighbors and community. If that person is performing up and above their call, they are usually involved with a strong organization that is far reaching into the world of charity, of some type...

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John Stuckey, Matt and Little Jim Moon: born of agriculture
Posted Thursday, September 10, at 2:54 PM

We can speak of agriculture and its importance, but words cannot explain the importance of agriculture in Poinsett County. At one time, I tried to pinpoint the jobs, revenue, and impact on retail businesses that is created through agriculture in our area. ...

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Fall brings many events to county
Posted Thursday, September 3, at 3:08 PM

The end of September and early October is one of the most exciting times for many of our citizens. We have high school homecomings and are also rapidly approaching festivals. The cities of Harrisburg, Marked Tree, Lepanto, Tyronza (East Poinsett County School), and Trumann have football teams. ...

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