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  • Hundreds missing as S. Korea ferry sinks
    JINDO (REPUBLIC OF KOREA) (AFP) - South Korea says hundreds are still missing after a ferry capsized at sea with 477 people on board -- mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Duration: 01:28
  • At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish
    Jeff Glasbrenner is among 4,781 runners who didn't finish the Boston Marathon last year but is returning to finish what he started. An amputee from a childhood accident, Glasbrenner is helping to inspire other amputees. (April 16)
  • Toddler climbs into vending machine
    A child is safe after climbing into and getting stuck inside a claw crane machine at a bowling alley Monday.
  • New York Police End Muslim Surveillance Program
    The New York Police Department said Tuesday it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage. (April 15)
  • Alleged Serial Killers Appear in Court; Help Sought ID'ing 5th Victim
    Two convicted sex offenders accused of raping and killing four women in Orange County while wearing their required GPS monitoring devices made their first court appearance in Santa Ana Tuesday, when police asked for help identifying a possible fifth victim. Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
  • Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line
    Police arrest a suspect who left two bags near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the one year anniversary of the deadly bombings. (April 16)
  • How Fragile Europe Weakens U.S. Sanctions Push
    April 15 (Bloomberg) -- Former Commerce Undersecretary of International Trade Francisco Sanchez discusses the impact of a weak European economy on Russia trade sanctions. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)
  • US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions
    White House spokesman Jay Carney said the US supports the Ukrainian governments actions to de-escalate the situation in the eastern part of the country, agreeing that "the use of force is not the preferred option." (April 15)
  • Detroit’s Accord With Police, Firefighter Retirees
    April 15 (Bloomberg) -- Detroit reached an agreement on pensions and health benefits with a group representing retired police officers and firefighters, as mediators seek deals with other retirees in the city’s record $18 billion bankruptcy. Michael McKee reports on Bloomberg Television's “Bottom Line.” (Source: Bloomberg)
  • T. Rex Gets New Home at Smithsonian
    A nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Rex arrived in Washington for its new home at the Smithsonian dinosaur hall. Kathy and Tom Wankel first discovered a three-inch protrusion of the bone in 1988 that led to the discovery. (April 15)
  • VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things"
    Vice President Joe Biden says the world witnessed people in Boston doing extraordinary things following the attack on the Boston Marathon.
  • Times Minute / Kiev’s Military Operation
    Today on the Minute, Ukraine announces military operations against pro-Russian militants.
Mark Lowry is excited to host fourth Johnny Cash Music Festival (04/14/14)
JONESBORO -- Legendary Southern Gospel music star Mark Lowry last year put out a "bucket list" album project of American Songbook standards in Unforgettable Classics, and is getting ready to follow it with another ambitious secular project. The singer/comedian is set to host the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, starring Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn, and taking place once again at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center in Jonesboro, on Aug. ...
Updates given at intergovernmental meeting (04/14/14)
City and county officials met in Tyronza Tuesday for the quarterly Intergovernmental Council meeting to update each other on Poinsett County cities and discuss common issues. Harrisburg Mayor Randy Mills said Harrisburg had a couple new businesses come in. ...
Fallen Heroes Memorial (04/14/14)
Classic goes down to wire as area players shine (04/10/14)
The Blue team made a late charge but the White team stood firm as they escaped with a 93-90 win in The Sun Senior Classic played this past Sunday in Jonesboro. The Blue team had Byron Scales of EPC, Daniel Rucker of Marked Tree and Reed Weber of Rector and the White squad had Caleb Waugh of Riverside, A.J. Winningham of Trumann and Nick Bollinger of BIC on the team...
White squad rolls to big win in Sun Senior Classic (04/10/14)
Four area players scored in double digits to help the White squad down the Blue squad in The Sun Senior Classic held this past Sunday in Jonesboro. The White used a big fourth quarter to blow open a close game and win 91-74. Jay Perry of Marked Tree, Emily Cook and Deven Burrow of Manila, Kaci Mack of Harrisburg and Taylor McKuin of BIC were members of the White. Kendal Gunn of Rector, Kenzley Wilson of Riverside and Kali Bo Conaway of Trumann played for the Blue...
Big inning helps Warriors get by Cross County (04/10/14)
EPC scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth to break a 4-4 tie before going on to post a 14-4 win over Cross County in high school baseball action last Friday in Lepanto. Cross County took advantage of three EPC errors in the top half of the first inning to go up 3-0. ...
Savvy Senior Column (04/09/14)
Jim Miller is the creator of Savvy Senior, a syndicated information column for older Americans and their families that is published in more than 400 newspapers and magazines nationwide. Jim is also a regular contributor on NBC's "Today" show and is the author of The Savvy Senior, The Ultimate Guide to Health, Family and Finances for Senior Citizens, (Hyperion)...
Pig roast raises money for Miracle League field (04/08/14)
Sharon Turman has been working on raising money to fund a Miracle League field in Jonesboro for three years now. Last Saturday, Poinsett County held fundraiser for the field, the Weiner Pig Roast, an event that was originally the idea of State Rep. Rick Crawford a couple years ago. Hundreds packed the Weiner High School Gym for a night barbecue, music provided by Twister Alley, and a live and silent auction...
1930 graduate reminisces (04/07/14)
In 1930, Trumann had 10 students graduate in the district's second graduating class ever. Over 80 years later, Murlee Davenport (Futrell), 101, remembers what it was like to go be a part of that 1930 Class. "'You'll go to school, but if you learn is up to you.' That was my father's motto," Davenport said...
Former Trumann worker arrested for felony charges (04/06/14)
Amanda Atkins, who served as former secretary to Mayor Sheila Walters, the Trumann Chamber of Commerce, and the Trumann Industrial Development Commission before resigning in 2012, was arrested Thursday, March 27, after an investigation by Arkansas State Police into allegations of forgery, theft, and fraud...
Trumann to fix roads with grant (04/05/14)
After a winter filled with ice, local road conditions have worsened in Trumann; however, the city was recently granted $250,000 for road repair. Trumann Mayor Sheila Walters said the Trumann Street Department has been as proactive as possible with a roller taking care of minor areas around the city such as potholes and small spots in roads. However, there are still areas in town that cannot be adequately fixed by only the street department...
Lady Hornets outlast Armorel in thriller (04/04/14)
Harrisburg (4-3) withstood a late rally from Armorel to post a 5-4 win in high school girls' softball action this past Tuesday in Harrisburg. Harrisburg jumped out a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against the Lady Tigers. Keely Edwards got things started with a single before being moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Keely Curtis. ...
Late runs help push Lady Indians by EPC (04/04/14)
Marked Tree (2-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to break a 4-4 tie with EPC (4-4) and Madison Carroll retired the side in order the next two innings as the Lady Indians posted a 7-4 win in high school softball this past Monday in Marked Tree...
Former principal files suit against Trumann School District (04/04/14)
Former Trumann High School Principal Wanda Van Dyke has filed a lawsuit against the Trumann School District and the superintendent after she was suspended from her position. Toward the end of 2013, Van Dyke was suspended from her position with the district. ...
Carlene Wilson (04/03/14)
TRUMANN - Ethel Carlene Wilson, age 86, of Trumann died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. She was born April 11, 1927, in Dell, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Carl and Mabel Walker Wallace. Carlene was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who found enjoyment in helping others...
Lester teaching kids to make art from junk (04/02/14)
Barrick Lester is a teacher, a preacher, and a poet. A Marked Tree native, Lester learned to paint at Arkansas State University. From there he opened a business, VS Arts and Crafts, in Marked Tree in 1990 and began preaching in 1998. He's also a writer, poet, and rapper with a self published book of poems out called "Jesus Is Not Just a Man."...
Last Ride (04/01/14)
Twelve firefighters have taken their "Last Ride" in a historic 1946 fire truck, thanks to the generosity of Jerald Burns, of Palestine. "I have been contacted through the years by families of firemen wishing to have the bodies of firemen transported to cemeteries in my old fire truck," Burns said. ...
Bobby Bare Looks Forward To Johnny Cash Music Festival (03/31/14)
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Bobby Bare wanted to appear at last year's Johnny Cash Music Festival, but he was already booked by the time the date was set. But for the fourth annual Cash Fest, to be held Aug. 15 once again at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center in Jonesboro, he emphatically states without hesitation, "I'm there!"...
Former Trumann city employee arrested (03/28/14)
Amanda Atkins of Trumann, former secretary to the mayor, was arrested Thursday after an investigation by the Arkansas State Police over allegations of theft and misappropriation of city funds. Atkins is charged with 64 counts of second-degree forgery, three counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card, and one count of theft over $25,000...
McCrary, Malone lead MT over Bobcats (03/27/14)
Brody McCrary overcame a slow start on the mound to record 10 strikeouts and Hunter Malone drove in four runs as the Marked Tree Indians downed Corning 7-3 in high school baseball action in Marked Tree this past Tuesday. The Bobcats scored two runs in the top of the first as they capitalized on a hit batsman and an error to go up 2-0. ...
Lady Wildcats cruise past Bay (03/27/14)
On a chilly and windy afternoon, Bay's pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone and Trumann took advantage of the situation to post a 20-2 win over the Lady Yellowjackets this past Monday at Bay. The Lady Wildcats send 22 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning scoring 16 runs. Megan McGowan had a RBI single in the inning, Neely Blagg drove in two runs with a hit and Hannah Wood plated a run with a hit too. McGowan struck out the side in Bay's first at bat of the game...
Sharp throws no-hitter against Mohawks (03/27/14)
Arizona Sharp baffled the Piggott batters and thrilled the Hornet fans by tossing a no-hitter this past Friday in high school baseball action in Harrisburg. Sharp walked two and struck out 10 in the 7-0 win. Harrisburg gave Sharp all the runs he'd need in the bottom of the first inning. ...
Lady Wildcats fall in non-conference contest (03/27/14)
Trumann stayed close for five innings but a 15 run sixth inning spelled doom as the Nettleton Lady Raiders posted a 26-6 win over Trumann last Thursday in Trumann. Trumann got on the board first when Makayla Hicks reached on an infield single. Hicks scored on a double from Hannah Wood to make it 1-0 Trumann. Nettleton sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second scoring six runs to go up 6-1...
Sammie Bell Wamble (03/27/14)
GERMANTOWN, TENN. - Sammie Lou Bell Wamble of Germantown, Tenn. died March 20, 2014 at Germantown Methodist Hospital. She worked at Harris, Madden and Powell. She was a member of Forest Hill Irene Baptist Church. Mrs. Wamble is survived by her husband, Roy Glenn Wamble; daughters, Melissa Wamble of the home and Patty Gossage and husband Bobby of Lepanto; sisters, Sue Rose of Dallas, Tex., Rose Ming of Marked Tree, and Diana Allison of Marion; Cindy Rapa of Fairview Heights, Ill. ...
Irene Laughinghouse (03/27/14)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Irene Laughinghouse, 78, of Trumann died Friday March 21, 2014 at Hometown Nursing Center in Trumann. She was born in Whitehall and had lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. She was a caregiver and member of the Providence Baptist Church. Mrs. Laughinghouse was preceded in death by her first husband, Junior Whitman; one son, Billy Whitman; one grandson, Scott Jones; three brothers; and her parents, Albert and Hattie Houge Walker...
National Headlines
  • NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- The head of NATO says the alliance is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine....
  • If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US
    BEIJING (AP) -- Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas....
  • 292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured....
  • Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane
    PERTH, Australia (AP) -- As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person....
  • College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anxious students - not to mention their parents - can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years....
  • End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place....
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  • China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses....
  • Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?...
  • Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks
    BOSTON (AP) -- Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack....