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Students entertain fine arts council (11/28/14)
The Trumann Fine Arts Council held their annual program for the public on Thursday, Nov. 13. The meeting was a unique one with several students in the Trumann High School Choir performing pieces from recent musicals put on by the drama department. Barbara Lewallen, vice-president of the fine arts council, introduced the program stating that the civic organization has been working for the community for over 25 years...
Scales' big night propels Warriors (11/21/14)
EPC (10-1) got six touchdowns from Aaron Scales, four passing and two rushing, as the Warriors downed England 44-24 in the opening round of the Class 2A state football playoffs. With the win the Warriors will travel to Hazen for their second round game...
Lady Wildcats win season opener (11/21/14)
Trumann (1-0) got 24 points (12 in the fourth period) from Starlasia Simmons and Taelor Gartman finished with 11 as the the Lady Wildcats beat Marked Tree 52-49 in their season opener in Trumann this past Tuesday night. Trumann jumped out a 10-0 lead with Simmons opening the scoring followed by baskets from Deserae Harris, Gartman and Amber Kent before Simmons closed the run with another basket with 4:29 left. ...
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...
National Headlines
  • Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated
    NEW YORK (AP) -- An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again....
  • Ferguson protest closes 2 St. Louis-area malls
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Demonstrators temporarily shut down two large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday, as rallies were held nationwide to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson....
  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators....
  • Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another....
  • Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said....
  • Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people
    KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said....
  • French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea
    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola....
  • INSIDE KOBANI: Devastation mixed with optimism
    KOBANI, Syria (AP) -- Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State extremists and the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders....
  • GOP govs starting to strut their stuff for 2016
    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- A half-dozen potential Republican presidential contenders spent last week peacocking across the sprawling grounds of a pink-hued luxury resort, schmoozing with donors and sizing up the competition in the party's most fractured field in decades....
  • Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties....