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Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
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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...
Mayor Arnold looks forward to new year (01/09/15)
After serving as mayor of Marked Tree for just over a year, Mayor Mary Ann Arnold is excited about her new term. County Judge Bob Cantrell swore in Mayor Arnold Monday night along with Aldermen Gail Nichols, Soozi Williams, Mary Smith, Cleo Johnson Jr., City Attorney Jobi Teague, and City Clerk/Treasurer Pam Wright...
Bay stings Wildcats in non-conference clash (01/08/15)
Bay jumped out to the early lead and never trailed as they downed Trumann 62-37 in a non-conference match-up this past Tuesday in Bay. Tyler Pritchett opened the game with a three-pointer that was followed by a steal and lay-up from Colton Watson to put Bay up 5-0 early. ...
Warriors repeat as NEA champions (01/08/15)
EPC erased a 10 point first quarter deficit as they caught fire from the three-point line on their way to a 73-61 win giving the Warriors back to back Division I NEA Invitational tournament titles. Bay jumped out an early 7-0 lead with Dustin Utley and Jonathan Crain hitting back to back jumpers and Tyler Pritchett drilling a three-ball. ...
Area players named All-NEA (01/08/15)
Eleven local players were named to the All-NEA tournament team. Lexi Perry and Tullia Tull from Marked Tree and Synteria Ward and Becca Bishop from EPC were named to the Division I girls' team. Xzavier Reed, Clay Malone and Montrell James of EPC, Terry Carter and D'Angelo Griffin Daniel of Marked Tree and Tyler Pritchett and Taylor Layne of Bay were named to the Division I boys' team...
Lady Warriors ousted in NEA semis (01/08/15)
EPC played a great first half but could not keep it going in the second half as Marmaduke built a 10 points lead and maintained that lead in the fourth to win 59-49 in the girls' Division I semi-finals of the NEA Invitational Tournament held in Jonesboro...
'Jackets take second in NEA (01/08/15)
Bay Yellowjackets take second place in NEA Invitational Tournament Division I.
Rouse and Richardson move up in county courthouse (01/08/15)
With the new year, Teresa Rouse and Misty Richardson have both moved up from their previous positions as deputy clerks to become the new county clerk and county circuit clerk. County Clerk Rouse served for six years as deputy clerk to Fonda Condra, who retired last year. Prior to that, Rouse worked in the collector's office, across the hall from her current office in the Poinsett County Courthouse...
Cantrell takes over as county judge (01/08/15)
New County Judge Bob Cantrell, who took office the first of the year, hopes to do what he can to make the county a better place. "I think I can contribute to the county with what I know and the experiences I've had over the last 44 years," Judge Cantrell said...
Lepanto mayor looks toward growth (01/08/15)
Newly-elected Lepanto Mayor Dale Dunlap said he made no empty promises during his campaign, he only promised results, and that is what he plans to work towards in the new year. "I want a new direction for Lepanto. Our population and revenues have declined in the past few years, and we need to work towards building both back up," Dunlap said...
Mayor Mills continues work on comprehensive plan (01/08/15)
After being re-elected in the 2014 November election, Harrisburg Mayor Randy Mills plans to continue the lengthy process of forming a long-term comprehensive plan for the city. Long-term comprehensive plans include projected population and economic growth, which helps cities better prepare for the present and future...
National Headlines
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  • Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum
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