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Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Earl Pipkin (07/27/16)
JONESBORO - Mr. Earl I. Pipkin, 73, of Jonesboro departed this life on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark. Mr. Pipkin was born in New Buffalo, Mich. and had lived most of his lifetime in Jonesboro. He was a welder, factory worker, in the Army National Guard, a farmer, a volunteer fireman and a member of Abundant Life Tabernacle in Bono, Ark. ...
Carl Whitt (07/26/16)
HARRISBURG- Mr. Carl Edgar Whitt of the Central community departed this life on Friday, July 22, 2016 at UAMS in Little Rock, Ark., at the age of 73. He was born Friday, March 12, 1943 in McCormick, Ark., and lived most of his life in Trumann and Harrisburg Central community. Mr. Whitt was an Army veteran, a contractor and a Godly man who loved the Lord. Mr. Whitt was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Ed and Mary Magdeline Curton Whitt...
Calvin Blasingame (07/26/16)
TEXAS - Calvin Edward Blasingame, 66, of Stephenville, Tex., passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016. Mr. Blasingame was born October 5, 1949 to the late J.M. and Opal Blasingame. He was married to Janice Boyd Blasingame for 45 years. He served his country in the United States Army National Guard for six years and retired from FMC Technologies after 36 years as a machinist. ...
Rhonda Helton (07/26/16)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Rhonda Aston Helton, 62, of Trumann departed this life Thursday, July 21, 2016. She was born in Harrisburg, Ark., Saturday, June 5, 1954 and was a lifetime resident of Trumann. She was a secretary and a member of Parkview Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by one brother, Gussie Aston and her father, Era "Bo" Aston...
Virginia Rohwedder (07/26/16)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Virginia G. Rohwedder,76, of Trumann departed this life Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Woodbriar Nursing Home in Harrisburg, Ark. She was born Wednesday, August 9, 1939 in Center, Ark., and had lived most of her life in Trumann. Mrs. Rohwedder was a housewife and of the Greek Eastern Orthodox faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Bernard Rohwedder; a brother, Gerald Star, and her parents, Alvin L. and Martha Venita Denton Sullivan...
Cleo Smith (07/26/16)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Cleo Octave Smith of Trumann departed this life on Monday, July 18, 2016 at her daughters residence in Bono, at the age of 89. Mrs. Smith was born Saturday, March 19, 1927 in Dardanelle, Ark. and lived most of her lifetime in the Trumann and Bay area. She was a housewife and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sir Basil Smith; one son, Jerry Smith; three sisters, four brothers and her parents, Fulton and Vivian Young Williams...
Debra Butler (07/26/16)
JONESBORO - Mrs. Debra Ann "Debbie" Butler, 61, of Jonesboro departed this life on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Mrs. Butler was born in Peoria, Ill. to the late Floyd Leon and Wilma Louise Owens Butler Tatum and had lived most of her lifetime in Jonesboro and was formerly of Trumann. ...
Phillip Patterson (07/26/16)
TRUMANN - Mr. Phillip Ralph Patterson, 72, of Trumann departed this life on Friday, July 8, 2016 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark. Mr. Patterson was born in Osceola, Ark. and had lived most of his lifetime in Trumann and was a retired warehouse manager for Delta Industrial Products and of the Christian faith. Mr. Patterson was preceded in death by one brother, Ronnie Patterson and his parents, Raymond I. "Pat" and Esther Bernice Brawley Patterson...
Trumann School Board approves student handbook changes (07/22/16)
The Trumann School Board approved changes to the student handbooks for Cedar Park Elementary, Trumann Intermediate School, and Trumann High School during their regular meeting Monday night. One of the biggest changes at all three schools for the 2016-2017 school year deals with unexcused absences and tardiness. ...
Arrest made in city shop break-in (07/22/16)
Trumann police made an arrest in relation to a break-in on July 12 at the city shop on Oak Street. James Robert "Tony" Plunkett, 39, of Trumann was arrested after coming into the Trumann Police Department during the investigation and admitting to the break-in and theft...
Trumann Lions Club installs new officers (07/22/16)
The Trumann Lions Club installed new officers last Wednesday at their weekly meeting. Brad Baker, CEO of Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, was on hand to install the new officers. Sandy Teague, presiding over her last meeting as club president, said, "I grew up in Trumann, graduated here, and Trumann will always be home. I've loved serving you as president and look forward to help to continue the work we do."...
NFSHSA calls for limits on pitches (07/21/16)
The National Federation of State High School Sports Associations (NFSHSA) has called for a pitch count for pitchers to be in place by the start of the 2017 high school baseball seasons. Every state plus the District of Columbia are members of the federation. Several schools across the nation have pitch counts already in place, but Arkansas is not one of those schools...
Basketball Play Day (07/21/16)
Trumann hosted Blytheville, Crowley's Ridge Academy and Ridgefield Christian School in a basketball play day last Thursday at Wildcat Gym.
Nice Catch (07/21/16)
Kinsley Smith catches nice fish in Mississippi.
First Place (07/21/16)
Local teams takes first place in Jonesboro Softball League.
World Series (07/21/16)
The Nemesis 12U-Shankle team are currently playing in the USFA World Series in Panama City Beach, FL.
Officials give updates at intergovernmental meeting (07/15/16)
County and city officials met Tuesday in Lepanto for their quarterly Intergovernmental Council Meeting to talk about what was going on around the county. County Judge Bob Cantrell said one of his office's big projects at the moment is working on the courthouse. ...
Trumann city council enters agreement with ambulance service (07/15/16)
The Trumann City Council voted to adopt an ordinance that will allow Trumann EMS (TEMS) to exclusively provide ambulance service to the city of Trumann. TEMS owner Dale Parker spoke to the council and pointed out that all other ambulance services that have opened for business in Trumann have ended up leaving. ...
Marked Tree Council approves move for refrigeration access for food pantry (07/15/16)
The Marked Tree City Council took care of several business items during their regular meeting Monday night, including allowing the food pantry access to a room in the armory with refrigeration access. Connie Huff, who runs the food pantry along with her husband Jim, spoke to the council about getting the extra room. ...
Schools gear up for football season (07/14/16)
As the dead period, no contact between athletes and coaches, came to an end this past Friday, the PCDT talked with the coaches at Trumann, EPC, Marked Tree and Harrisburg high schools to see what was on their agendas until school started. Trumann head coach Scott Waymire said the Wildcats started up July 11 with SST workouts that will run Monday through...
Garry Turman Memorial Tournament (07/14/16)
Local teams take home hardware from 1st Annual Garry Turman Memorial Tournament.
Safe! (07/14/16)
Xtra Innings Classic has two days of drills and games at Tomlinson Field in Jonesboro.
Basketball Action (07/14/16)
Trumann, Marked Tree, Rivercrest and Wynne have play day at Wildcat Gym.
Charles Lowery (07/13/16)
TRUMANN - Mr. Charles J. "Red" Lowery, 83, departed this life on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the family residence in Trumann. He was born Wednesday, August 24, 1932 in Athens, Ala. and had lived most of his lifetime in Trumann, Ark. Mr. Lowery was a retired factory worker and a member of Central Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two sisters, five brothers and his parents, Horace B. and Emma Lee Turner Lowery...
Big changes coming to Poinsett County Fair (07/08/16)
The Poinsett County Agricultural Fair began in the 1880's with horse races as the main attraction. Around 1900, the fair had grown significantly. County residents were able to showcase their livestock, arts and crafts, field crops, vegetables, flowers, food preservation, clothing, quilts, and baked goods. The fair later added rides and games, along with a beauty pageant...
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