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Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
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Watson carries Bay by EPC (01/29/15)
Coltan Watson scored 31 points, including the first 18 for Bay, to help the Yellowjackets defeat EPC 52-48 in high school basketball action this past Tuesday in Bay. "He (Watson) played well and kept us in the game, Bay head coach Brad Brannen said of his senior player. "He hit some big shots and passed the ball off when he needed to, we just didn't convert on those chances," Brannen added...
'Cat get big conference win (01/29/15)
Tre Simmons scored 25 points for Trumann as the Wildcats downed Highland 52-48 in 4A-3 conference action this past Friday in Trumann. The Wildcats jumped out 4-0 on baskets from Jay Jones and Dalton Carter before Highland hit back to back shots making it 5-4. Simmons canned a three-ball before the Rebels scored the next eight points to take a 13-7 lead. Simmons answered by scoring the next six points, the final points on a dunk, to tie the game at 13 after one quarter of play...
Tommy Conway (01/28/15)
Mr. Tommy Ray Conway of Harrison, Ark., died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan. at the age of 73. He was born in Trumann and had lived in Harrison for the past 16 years and was formerly of Jonesboro. Mr. Conway was an Air Force veteran, a retired dispatcher and a member of Whitton Baptist Church in Whitton, Ark. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jackie Conway and his parents, Ray and Retha Raney Conway...
Ronnie Liles (01/28/15)
JONESBORO - Mr. Ronnie Liles Jonesboro, Ark., died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro at the age of 65. Mr. Liles was born Saturday, June 18, 1949 in Batesville and had lived most of his lifetime in the Trumann and Jonesboro area. He was an Air Force veteran, a retired construction worker and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Liles was preceded in death by one sister, JoAnn Liles and his parents, Lee Roy and Mabel Leeann Wilkins Liles...
Dottie Hicks (01/28/15)
Mrs. Dottie Jean Hicks, 68, of Paragould died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at the family residence in Paragould. She was born in Jonesboro and lived in Paragould the last two months and was formerly of Trumann. She was retired from Parker Hannifin and of the Pentecostal faith. Mrs. Hicks was preceded in death by one son, Toney Busby; one sister, Sheila Busby Mitchell; and her parents, Stoney and Mornay Christy Busby...
Elcie McDaniel (01/28/15)
PEORIA HEIGHTS, ILL. -- Elcie McDaniel, 84, of Peoria Heights passed away Jan. 26, 2015, at her residence surrounded by family. Elcie was born on Mar. 27, 1930, in Truman, Ark., to Thomas and Nellie (Nicholas) Goff. She married J.E. McDaniel on Nov. 13, 1949, in Arkansas. They were married for over 40 years. He preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 2006...
Elijah William Kain (01/28/15)
Matthew and Angela Kain of Jonesboro are proud to announce the birth of a bouncing baby boy born Jan. 26, 2015. Elijah William Kain was born at St. Bernards in Jonesboro and weighed nine pounds eight ounces. The proud grandparents are Tonya Land, of Pocahontas; Melvin Land, of Jonesboro; Darlene Kain, of Bay; and Donald Kain, of Truman. Fern Reagan of Pocahontas is his great-grandmother...
Late run costly for Lady Wildcats (01/23/15)
Trumann held their own for two and half quarters against Pocahontas. A 10-0 run by the Lady Redskins in the last half of third quarter turned a two-point lead into an eight-point deficit and the Lady Wildcats couldn't recover as they fell 47-31 in 4A-3 conference play this past Monday in Trumann...
EPC gets conference win over Marked Tree (01/23/15)
EPC raced out to an early lead and led wire to wire as the avenged an early season loss to Marked Tree by posting a 49-38 win this past Friday in Marked Tree. EPC's Xzavier Reed and Marked Tree D'Angelo Griffin Daniel traded baskets to open the game before the Warriors' TJ Young canned a three-ball and teammate Aaron Scales scored inside to make it 7-2 EPC. ...
Lady Indians beat rival EPC (01/23/15)
Lexi Perry scored Marked Tree's first nine points of the fourth quarter breaking open a 35-35 as the Lady Indians defeated rival EPC 49-39 last Thursday in Marked Tree. The teams traded scores for the first part of the quarter with Perry opening the scoring for Marked Tree before Synteria Ward answered for EPC with a jumper to make it 2-2. ...
Elbert "Tommy" Jones (01/22/15)
TRUMANN - Mr. Elbert "Tommy" Jones, died Jan.15, 2015 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro at the age of 86. Mr. Jones was born in Pittsburg, Tex., to the late Crosby Jackson and Sylvia Davis Jones and lived most of his lifetime in the Trumann area. ...
Howard Taber (01/22/15)
TRUMANN - Mr. Howard D. Taber, 82, of Trumann, passed away Jan.14, 2015 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House after a brave battle with cancer. Mr. Taber was born in Bay to the late Olan Frank and Effie May Wells Taber. Mr. Taber was of the Pentecostal faith and enjoyed hunting and fishing...
Mary Jo Shipp (01/22/15)
MARYVILLE, TENN. - Mrs. Mary Jo Shipp was born on Dec. 24, 1933 to William and Hester Austin. Mary Jo passed away Friday Jan. 16, 2015 at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Maryville, Tenn. at the age of 81. She was born in Marked Tree and had lived in Maryville for the past 14 years and was formerly of Trumann and Jonesboro...
Dorothy Woodruff (01/22/15)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Dorothy Louise Borum Woodruff of Trumann, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at the family residence at the age of 94. She was born Sunday, June 13, 1920 in Fort Morgan, Col., and lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. Mrs. Woodruff was a housewife and a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Trumann. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Borum and Chuck Borum; and her parents, Clarence and Frieda Stephens Borum...
New chest compression machine helps save lives (01/21/15)
Trumann EMS has a new piece of equipment which they have already put to work saving lives. In late December, Trumann EMS acquired a Lucas chest compression device, pneumatic machine which takes over the job of doing CPR compressions and frees up paramedics for other necessary tasks...
Corps of Engineers to repair washout affecting St. Francis Lake flood control (01/20/15)
The washout between Ditch 60 and Ditch 61 at the southern end of the St. Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Area has been causing water level problems for some time. Recently, the lack of drainage control caused by the washout meant the worst conditions for duck hunting in decades. During a recent board meeting of the St. Francis Lake Association, the U.S. Corps of Engineers told the group they plan to work on repairing the washout later this year...
Sewer cleaner and railroad repairs among business handled at Marked Tree Council (01/19/15)
The Marked Tree City Council took care of a short list of business items during their first meeting of the new year Monday night. Among those items, the council approved entering into a lease-purchase agreement with Henard Utility Products to purchase a 600 gallon high pressure sewer cleaner. ...
Lady Wildcats hang on for conference win (01/15/15)
After six lead changes and three ties in the second half, Trumann survived Loren's Craft three-point try at the buzzer to take a 47-45 hard fought win over Harrisburg in 4A-3 conference basketball action this past Friday in Trumann. Keely Curtis opened the scoring with a jumper giving Harrisburg a 2-0 lead. ...
Wildcats down Harrisburg in conference play (01/15/15)
Trumann led wire to wire in defeating the Harrisburg Hornets 65-52 this past Monday night in a 4A-3 conference game in Trumann. Dalton Carter hit two free throws to open the scoring for the Wildcats and was followed by a three-pointer from Ben Collins to make it 5-0 Trumann. ...
Bay wins sixth straight Kell Classic title (01/15/15)
Jonathan Crain set the tone of the Bay defense by blocking Southside's first two shots of the game and when the Yellowjackets' offense got going, they were unstoppable as they won their six straight Kell Classic title 72-46 this past Saturday in Swifton...
Lois Faye Smith (01/14/15)
CORDOVA, TENN. - Lois Faye Smith, 72, of Cordova, Tenn. died Jan. 10, 2015 at Baptist Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville. Mrs. Smith was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Her joy in life was spending time with family, antiquing and shopping...
Wilma Joan "Joanie" DiVittorio (01/14/15)
TRUMANN -- Mrs. Wilma Joan "Joanie" DiVittorio, 80, of Trumann died Jan. 11, 2015 at the Arlington Cove Nursing Center in Trumann. She was born in Augusta and had lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. Mrs. DiVittorio was retired from Delta Wood Products and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Raymond Fields; and her parents, William and Minnie Craig Dabbs...
Gary Clem (01/13/15)
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Mr. Gary Lee Clem, age 67 of Memphis, Tenn., passed away Dec. 24, 2014 at his home. Born in Jonesboro he was the son of Willie and Ethel Brashears Clem and was of the Pentecostal faith. Mr. Clem was retired from Covington Track and Material in Memphis and enjoyed fishing, landscaping and spending quality time with his family and friends...
Reba Jo Gottfried (01/13/15)
TRUMANN - Ms. Reba Jo Gottfried died Jan. 8, 2015 at Arlington Cove Health Care Center in Trumann at the age of 79. Ms. Gottfried was born in Oil Trough to the late Rudolph and Della Nancy Jane Fuller Gottfried and had lived in Trumann for the past 51 years and was formerly of Newport. ...
Wanda Sharp (01/13/15)
HARRISBURG - Mrs. Wanda Gean Sharp of Harrisburg, died Jan. 8, 2015 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro at the age of 78. Mrs. Sharp was born in Thayer, Mo. and had lived most of her life in Harrisburg. She was a housewife and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by one brother and her mother, Ivory Mable Thompson Hooker and step-father, Raymond Louis Hooker...
National Headlines
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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness....
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  • Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries
    SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants....
  • Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
    TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive....
  • Goodell: Pats could be penalized even if no competitive edge
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could face increased penalties if the NFL investigation finds they violated rules by deflating footballs in the AFC championship game....
  • French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists
    PARIS (AP) -- It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength....
  • Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016....
  • Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago....
  • Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes....
  • US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat
    SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. In a few short weeks, more than a mile of densely forested riverbank was stripped from the Arroyo Sal to make way for heavy dredging equipment....