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Superintendent Graham gives update on new elementary school (02/05/16)
Trumann School District Superintendent Myra Graham and Facilities Director Jason Grubbs spoke to the Trumann Lions Club last week about the progress of the new elementary school. Graham said concrete is being poured now for the kindergarten and first grade wings of the school. The shell of a safe room--each hall will have one--has been built for one of those wings. "It it going to be so nice for each grade wing to have it's own safe room for when it's needed," Graham said...
Prosecutor seeks death penalty in 2015 slaying of elderly Bay woman (02/05/16)
Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced that he will seek the death penalty against a Bay man accused of abducting and killing an elderly Bay woman last July. Ellington filed amended capital murder charges last Thursday in Craighead County Circuit Court against Richard Jordon Tarver, 30, of Bay. ...
Area players make Best Under the Sun football team (02/05/16)
Poinsett County had three football players picked to the annual edition of the Best Under The Sun football team. Trumann's Cade Gartman, Harrisburg's Walker Hammond and Marked Tree's D'Angelo Griffin were all selected. Gartman, a sophomore, was a work horse in the backfield for the Trumann Wildcats this past season. ...
Area basketball roundup (02/05/16)
Bay lost 60-59 to Rivercrest this past Thursday night in a non-conference contest at Wilson. Jonathan Crain led Bay with 18 points as Tyler Pritchett added 17 points and Dustin Utley tossed in 10 points. The Junior Yellowjackets won the junior high game 47-34...
Lady Hornets get payback with win over Trumann (02/05/16)
Harrisburg went on the road to Trumann this past Monday night and were looking for payback from the loss they suffered at home earlier in the season to the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Hornets led by one after the first quarter and extended that lead after each quarter on their way to a 52-40 conference win over the Lady Wildcats...
Junior Lady Wildcats get home conference win (02/05/16)
Trumann held Harrisburg scoreless the first quarter. Harrisburg returned the favor holding Trumann scoreless in the second quarter. The Junior Lady Wildcats then used a 12-3 third quarter to pull away before going on to post a 29-13 win over the Junior Lady Hornets this past Monday night at Wildcat Gym...
Hornets fall in conference clash with Westside (02/05/16)
Harrisburg hung with Westside for a quarter and half before the visiting Warriors used a 9-0 run to go up by 12 on their way to a 72-61 win over the Hornets in conference basketball action this past Friday night at Harrisburg Gym. Gavin Casebier gave Harrisburg their first lead of the game with a fast break basket four seconds into the game to make it 2-0. ...
Junior Hornets get swatted by Westside (02/05/16)
Harrisburg fell behind early and could never recover as they fell to Westside 60-11 in junior high basketball this past Saturday at Harrisburg Gym. The Junior Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Caleb Neal hit a three-pointer for Harrisburg with 1:15 left in the opening quarter to make the score 7-3 Westside. The Junior Warriors added five more points before the quarter ended to go up 12-3 after one...
Daniels inks with Crowder College (02/05/16)
Marked Tree's Blake Daniels made it official this past Friday as he signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Crowder College in front of family, friends and coaches. Daniels was all smiles after the signing. "It feels really good. ...
Andrews, Booker lead Wildcats to win over Cave City (02/05/16)
Kevonte Andrews and Kelon Booker proved to be a tough one-two punch for Cave City to handle as they combined for 43 points in leading Trumann to a 66-61 4A-3 conference win over the Cavemen this past Friday at Wildcat Gym. Andrews opened the scoring with a stick back basket only to see Cave City answer with a stick back to make it 2-2. ...
Lady Wildcats drop conference game to Cave City (02/05/16)
Trumann (8-13, 3-8 4A-3) took the lead for only the second time in the game but couldn't keep that lead as Cave City took a 47-43 win this past Thursday night at Wildcat Gym. Kelcie Roland put the Lady Wildcats on he board first with a basket inside making it 2-0 only to see Cave City drill a three-pointer to make it 3-2 Lady Cavewomen. ...
Smith's buzzer beater gives Junior Lady Wildcats victory (02/05/16)
Tay Smith hit a base line jumper right before the buzzer for Trumann to send the Junior Lady Wildcats to a 34-33 win over Cave City this past Thursday night in junior high girls' basketball action. Caroline Morgan gave Trumann an early 3-0 with a three-pointer from the left corner only to see Cave City score the next six points to go up 6-3. ...
Merlene Smith (02/05/16)
TYRONZA - Merlene Smith, 88, of Tyronza died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Merlene was a bookkeeper for many years and was a lifelong member of the Tyronza Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ottie Smith; her parents George W. Fisher and Fielda Jane Austin Fisher; as well as four brothers Wilburn Fisher, Loyal Fisher, Hershel Fisher and Eugene Fisher...
Tobacco Prevention Program raising awareness on smoking trends (01/29/16)
With a smoking rate of 25.9 percent of the adult population, compared to 16.8 percent nationally, Arkansas usually ranks high in tobacco use. The state is currently 49th in the nation in smoking cessation. The rate of high school students who smoke in Arkansas is 19.1 percent, compared to 15.7 percent nationally, and the rate of male students who use smokeless tobacco is 24.2 percent in the state, compared with 15.7 percent nationally. ...
Bay uses big fourth quarter to topple EPC (01/28/16)
Bay (25-5) outscored EPC 24-10 in the final quarter turning a six point deficit into a 64-56 win this past Monday night in a non-conference match-up in Lepanto. Taylor Layne canned a three-pointer to open the game giving Bay an early 3-0 lead before Clay Malone drilled a three-pointer for EPC to make the score 3-3. ...
Junior Yellowjackets win overtime thriller against EPC (01/28/16)
Four quarters of play wasn't enough to settle the score in the Bay (21-4) versus EPC junior high basketball game this past Tuesday night in Lepanto. The Junior Yellowjackets outscored the Junior Warriors 8-6 in the overtime period to take an exciting 55-53 win...
Area basketball roundup (01/28/16)
Markel Perry scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for Marked Tree (14-5, 9-3) but it wasn't enough as the Earle Bulldogs took a 58-52 win in 2A-3 conference basketball action last Tuesday (1/20) in Earle. D'Angelo Griffin added 16 points and LaQuentin Miles tossed in 14 points...
Spring sign-ups set for Trumann city sports (01/28/16)
Spring sign ups will begin Tuesday, January 19 and end Friday, February 26. Sign ups can be made through Scott Shankle at the Trumann Sports Complex Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Late sign ups with an additional $15 fee will be February 27 through March 4. No sign ups will be accepted after Match 4...
Area athletes named to All-Star teams (01/28/16)
Three area high school athletes were recently named to All-Star teams by the Arkansas Activities Association. Abby Wallace of Harrisburg was named to the East volleyball squad as Rachel Lard and Alexis Slaughter were named to the East cheer team. Lard and Slaughter were both selected as All-Americas at summer camp in Panama City Beach, FL with Lard also earning all-state honors. ...
Fourth quarter collapse costly for Lady Hornets (01/28/16)
Harrisburg had a seven point lead going into the fourth quarter only to see Brookland outscore the Lady Hornets 26-8 to take a 62-51 4A-3 conference with this past Monday in Harrisburg. Keely Edwards traded baskets with Brookland over the first minute and half before hitting one of two free throws to give the Lady Hornets a 5-4 lead. ...
Junior Lady Hornets fall to Brookland (01/28/16)
Destany Lovell scored 19 points for Harrisburg but it wasn't enough as the Junior Lady Bearcats posted a 46-31 win this past Monday night in Harrisburg. Brookland opened the scoring with a basket inside and Lovell answered with a basket inside for Harrisburg to tie the game at 2 with 5:02 left. The Junior Lady Bearcats scored 18 straight points over the next five minutes taking a 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter...
Meet the Author of "Sharecropper's Troubadour" set for Feb. 5 (01/25/16)
The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum will be hosting a "Meet the Author" for the book "Sharecropper's Troubadour" by Dr. Michael Honey as part of the museum's Black History Month events. The event will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, at the museum. Dr. Honey, of the University of Washington Tacoma, will be present to read from his book, answer questions, and perform John Handcox songs. The event is free and open to the public...
Fair board gathering ideas for community center (01/24/16)
The Poinsett County Fair Board held their first public meeting Tuesday night to talk about ideas for a community center to replace the old fair exhibit building. Very few people besides fair board members showed up, but the board did kick around some ideas, mainly trying to figure out how big the building should be...
Trumann Lions Club learn about elections and titles (01/23/16)
The Trumann Lions Club was treated with speakers on two different subjects last week. Poinsett County Clerk Teresa Rouse spoke about the upcoming primary and general elections. Rouse told the group her office issues marriage licenses, works with property that is in probate, works with alcohol and narcotic commitments, adoptions, accounts payable, human resources, and the payroll for the county...
Virginia Evans celebrates 90th birthday (01/22/16)
When Virginia Evans was just one month old--in the freezing cold of February 1926--her mama and daddy traveled with their newborn in an old Ford car to Flint, Mich., so her daddy could look for work. While she doesn't remember that, she's heard her folks tell how it was so cold they had a lantern in the floorboard of that old car to keep from freezing...
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