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Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
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Jimmy Files, Jr. (11/19/14)
MARKED TREE -- Jimmy David Files, Jr. of Marked Tree died November 10, 2014 at St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro. Mr. Files was born in Lepanto to Mattie and J. D. Files, Sr. He was a farmer and a member of Christian Scientist church. Mr. Files was preceded in death by his parents. ...
Eugene "Paul" Baker (11/19/14)
SEARCY - Eugene "Paul" Baker, 71 of Searcy, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 8, 2014. He was born August 26, 1943 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Gerald and Ruth Baker. He graduated from Trumann High School in Trumann where he grew up...
Irene Sexton (11/19/14)
TRUMANN -- Irene Geraldine Sexton of Trumann passed away November 10, 2014 at the age of 91. She was born in Delavar, Wis. to Allan and Mable Wilday. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Irene was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Ervin Wilday and Emerson Wilday; and one nephew Anthony Charles Parrish. ...
Carol Busby (11/19/14)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Carol Dillinger Busby of Trumann died Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro at the age of 58. Mrs. Busby was born Thursday, March 29, 1956 in Salem and had lived in most of her lifetime in Trumann. She was a member of NEA Baptist Church in Trumann. ...
Cleophas Johnson, Sr. (11/19/14)
MARKED TREE - Cleophas Johnson, Sr., 97 of Marked Tree died Sunday, November 16, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Born in Mason, Miss., Cleophas was a self-employed plumber, a veteran of the United States Navy and a dedicated member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church...
County shop delayed again (11/17/14)
After ice caused extensive damage to the county's shop building, Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix has been working to get the approval of the Quorum Court to build a new shop. However, the cost of the project is keeping the court from coming to an agreement...
EPC donates to Wounded Warrior Project for Veterans Day (11/16/14)
Students at EPC spent the week before Veterans Day holding bake sales, selling stickers, and making classroom donations to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. During the school's Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, teacher Jennifer Fithen announced that students had raised $1,500 and the school had been designated as student ambassadors of the Wounded Warrior Project...
Trumann JROTC honors veterans (11/15/14)
The Trumann JROTC held their annual Veteran's Day ceremony, inviting veterans from all over the county with Lt. Col. Michael Henderson as the guest speaker. Henderson is with the Army National Guard and the 875th Engineer Battalion Commander. He said he has served in the guard for 20 years...
Hornets fall in season finale (11/14/14)
The Harrisburg Hornets wrapped up the the 2014 season last Thursday night. Completing their first season in conference 3-4A, the Hornets came into the night on the heels of their first league victory against Brookland. Finishing the season on a two-game winning streak was not to be as Harrisburg lost to the high powered Gosnell Pirates, 75-20...
County football results (11/14/14)
I recently had a chance to sit down with the Junior Wildcats head coach Cody Wallis and talk about the football season his team had. Trumann captured the 4A-3 conference title but fell short of a perfect season with a 14-14 tie in the season finale against Highland...
Marked Tree council reaches compromise in rail spur contract (11/14/14)
After back-to-back meetings Monday and Tuesday night, the Marked Tree City Council has reached a compromise on the contract with Joey McCorkle for his right to use the Awesome Products rail spur for a future grain shipping business, a matter which was first brought up in July...
Wyatt Anthony Shipman (11/13/14)
Carson Shipman of Lepanto is proud to announce he is now the big brother to Wyatt Anthony Shipman. Wyatt was born to Anthony and Christinia Shipman October 27, 2014. He weighed 6.7 pounds and was 19.5 inches long. The proud grandparents are William and Mary Key of Monette and Dorris Shipman of Caraway. Great-grandmother Betty Wroten is from Franklin...
Local church helps with backpack program (11/12/14)
With members looking for a way to serve their community, First United Methodist Church in Marked Tree held a food drive to help with Marked Tree School District's backpack program. Based out of the Arkansas Rice Depot, the backpack program is a statewide idea that provides children with enough easy-to-prepare and nutritious food to last the weekends, while they are not at school. On Fridays, backpacks are sent home with children who have nutritional needs that are not being met on weekends...
Lepanto accepts bid on water project (11/11/14)
The city of Lepanto is moving forward with its plan to replace its corroded water lines. During this month's regular meeting, the city council reviewed five bids for the water project and accepted a bid of $455,616 from Water and Wastewater Services on City Engineer Jerome Alford's recommendation...
Lewallen speaks to Trumann Lions (11/10/14)
When Mayor-Elect Barbara Lewallen spoke to the Trumann Lions Club prior to the election, she told them her decision to run for mayor came from living, working, and volunteering in Trumann since she and her husband made the city their home in 1963. "The job of city administration is to support and sustain all areas of the city. ...
Miracle League field opens in Jonesboro (11/09/14)
Jonesboro softball coordinator Sharon Turman first learned of the Miracle League ten years ago when she after running across a video. Since that time, she has made it her mission to bring a Miracle League field to Northeast Arkansas. On Saturday, Oct. 25, her dream became a reality as the Miracle League facility opened in Jonesboro...
Marked Tree mayor vetoes council vote on rail spur contract (11/08/14)
A special meeting of the Marked Tree City Council was called on Monday, Oct. 20, to discuss a contract with Joey McCorkle for the right to use the Awesome Products rail spur for a future grain shipping business. Discussion regarding the contract has been going on since August when a committee consisting of aldermen Michael Scott, Cleo Johnson, Jr., and Danny Johnson was set up to work out a contract with McCorkle...
Wildcats fall short of playoff berth (11/07/14)
Trumann (3-6, 2-4 4A-3) came into Friday night's game at Wildcat Field in search of a playoff berth. With a win by six or more, Trumann would have locked up the fifth and final playoff spot for the 4A-3 conference. Cave City played spoiler and cliched a playoff spot of their own with a 20-12 win...
Jr. Wildcats tie Highland, claim conference title (11/07/14)
Trumann's Junior Wildcats had already won the conference championship but there was still one goal to attain....a perfect season. Trumann came in at 8-0 on the season only to see their hopes dashed as a late penalty nullified the game winning score as the Junior Wildcats and Junior Rebels battled to a 14-14 tie...
Area football roundup - Haag's big night powers Hornets (11/07/14)
Connor Haag rushed for 303 yards and five touchdowns as Harrisburg (2-7, 1-5 4A-3) beat Brookland 45-28 this past Friday in Harrisburg. Haag also added 95 yards passing and a touchdown pass on the night. Dillon Russell finished with 64 yards receiving and a touchdown. Walker Hammond had a big night for the Hornets defense with 16 tackles and two forced fumbles. Haag and Russell each had an interception...
Municipal rule prevents Trumann runoff for mayor, Lewallen wins (11/07/14)
Barbara Lewallen won the election for Trumann mayor this week when she received 44 percent of the votes while Incumbent Sheila Walters received 23 percent. According to County Clerk Fonda Condra, there will not be a runoff for Trumann mayor because of a municipal law known as the 40/20 rule. ...
Staten - Dungan Engagement (11/06/14)
Jodi Staten and Logan Dungan, of Bay, are pleased to announce their upcoming wedding. All friends and family are invited to attend the wedding at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Church Street Station, located at 524 S. Church Street in Jonesboro...
Claudia Hatcher Mainville (10/29/14)
Claudia Lee Hatcher Mainville passed through Heaven's gates on October 25, 2014. She was born March 15, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee to Mary Dell (Martin) and Cecil Eugene Hatcher. Claudia graduated from Trumann High School. Claudia had many struggles in life but faced each one with courage and strength. Her health was a constant worry, being a juvenile diabetic, but she accepted each new challenge she was given. Claudia loved people. She loved making new friends and swapping stories with them...
Gilbert Carter (10/29/14)
TRUMANN -- Gilbert Kayne Carter, 70, of Trumann passed away October 22, 2014 at St. Bernard's in Jonesboro. He was born to William and Ida Carter in Sikeston, Mo. and was a car salesman. Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Dottie Carter; two brothers, Virgil Carter and Harold Carter; and two sisters, Betty Carter and Ruby Carter. ...
Theo "Peanut" Austin, Jr. (10/29/14)
TRUMANN - Mr. Theo O'Neal "Peanut" Austin, Jr., of Trumann died Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the family residence surrounded by his loved ones at the age of 69. He was born in Batesville, and had lived his lifetime in Trumann. He was a retired electrician for Arkansas Power and Light (Entergy), veteran of the U.S. ...
National Headlines
  • For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self
    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed....
  • Analysis: Obama holds upper hand on immigration
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment....
  • AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, U.S. officials said late Friday....
  • Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest
    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted four years ago, but a boycott called by the country's opposition threatens to overshadow the poll....
  • Police: Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in Kenya bus
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Al-Shabab militants from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday....
  • Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision....
  • Report questions role of wealth in Lanza's care
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A new report asks whether the race and affluence of Adam Lanza's family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems in the years before he committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre....
  • Flooding becomes new threat in snowy Buffalo
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain and temperatures of up to 60 degrees....
  • Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star....
  • House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees....