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Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014
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Mary Morgan (09/17/14)
TRUMANN -- Mary Lois Morgan, of Trumann, passed away September 9, 2014 at St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro at the age of 43. Mrs. Morgan was born in Jonesboro to David and Mary Burchfield. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith. Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her father. ...
Hermanda "Mandy" Alwin (09/17/14)
TRUMANN - Ms. Hermanda "Mandy" Holcomb Alwin, 40, of Trumann died September 5, 2014 at the family residence. Ms. Holcomb was born in Bushnell, Fla. and lived her lifetime in Trumann. She lived at home with her mother and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her father Herman Holcomb and one half-brother Steve Buie...
Marked Tree Rotary inducts new members (09/17/14)
The Marked Tree Rotary Club welcomed two new members during its September meeting. Cyndi Pitts, with Ritter Communications, and Spencer Rodgers, administrator for Three Rivers Healthcare and Rehabilitation, were both inducted into the club during the Sept. 4 meeting...
Tyronza Council discusses audit finding (09/17/14)
During Tuesday night's city council meeting in Tyronza, Mayor Marion Bearden informed the council of a letter she received regarding an issue with the the city's legislative audit. Mayor Bearden reported last month that everything was fine with the audit but said Tuesday she had since received a letter which said the city cannot take the interest from a CD and put it into the General Fund...
Marked Tree Council approves grant application change order (09/16/14)
During a short meeting Monday night, the Marked Tree City Council approved a change order required for an airport grant. Wayne Hendrix, Director of Public Works, explained the grant is for airport lights which show up six miles away. City Clerk Pam Wright said she was informed a leer jet would need to test the system before they could use it, which would run $12-15,000, and a change order would need to be written for the grant which the city was approved for. ...
Democrat Tribune sponsoring Q and A for Trumann mayoral candidates (09/15/14)
Six candidates are running for mayor of Trumann this year, each bringing a unique perspective to the race. In order to give the public a chance to meet and hear from each candidate on issues concerning the city, the Poinsett County Democrat Tribune will sponsor and Question and Answer Session a month prior to the election...
Trumann Police Department working on accreditation (09/15/14)
Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson is currently working on getting the Trumann Police Department accredited through the Arkansas Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. He released the following statement this week regarding the process: "In the past 16 months I have been working on a new program and I have been part of a state committee that will begin an accreditation body for Arkansas Law Enforcement. ...
Graham talks proposed millage increase for new elementary school building (09/15/14)
With the upcoming Sept. 16 school election looming, Trumann Superintendent Myra Graham has been meeting with citizens and various organizations to talk about the need for a millage increase to build a new elementary school. When Graham spoke to the Trumann Lions Club last week, she said when she first came to Trumann three years ago and saw the state of Cedar Park Elementary, she began saving money for rennovation. ...
Trumann adult education center breaks ground (09/15/14)
Ground was broken this week on the future site of the Sims-Talbot Adult Education/Workforce Development Center in Trumann. A large crowd gathered at the site on 212 S. Melton Ave. Monday, Sept. 8, for the groundbreaking ceremony. According to Barbara Lewallen with the Trumann Chamber of Commerce, ASU-Newport is partnering with the center to provide adult education and workforce development at the facility. ...
Indians run by Piggott (09/11/14)
Marked Tree (1-0) used a stable of running backs to chew up yards on the ground as the Indians defeated Piggott 28-16 this past Friday night in Marked Tree. Piggott got a big kickoff return to start the game and with a penalty added on started their first possession at the Indians 13-yard line. ...
Junior Hornets win opener on last play thriller (09/11/14)
Marked Tree (0-1) and Harrisburg (1-0) fought back and forth all night so it was no surprise it came down to the last play of the game to decide a winner. Harrisburg's Clay Wright hit Weston Stanford with a game tying touchdown as time expired then passed to Dylan Mathis whose dove across the goal line for the two-point conversion try giving Harrisburg a 28-26 win last Thursday night in Marked Tree...
County football highlights from opening week play (09/11/14)
Aaron Scales scored with 3.2 seconds giving EPC a 36-32 win at McCrory. Scales passed for 309 yards and two scores while rushing for 42 yards and two scores. Kyler Gordon finished with 84 yards rushing and had a touchdown catch. Quinn Young finished with 122 yards receiving and a touchdown as Clay Malone had 101 yards receiving. Austin Coffman and Chanc Gray led the defense with 10 tackles each...
Pee wee pride! (09/11/14)
NEA YFL action, Harrisburg versus Augusta.
Lady Hornets win Cave City Tournament (09/11/14)
The Harrisburg Lady Hornets volleyball team rebounded from a second match loss to capture the Cave City Tournament this past Saturday in Cave City. In pool play, Harrisburg opened with a tie against Highland, 25-22 and 27-29 before coming back to down Hoxie 25-19 and 25-13. The Lady Hornets topped Batesville Southside 25-12 and 25-9 before falling to Newport 23-25 and 18-25...
Rhonda Highfill (09/10/14)
Rhonda is survived by her devoted companion of 20 years, Sammy Hatley Jr. of the home; children, Josh Trimm of Jonesboro, Zachary Highfill of Marked Tree, Sammy Hatley III of Marked Tree; and brother, Steve Bevill of Southaven, Mississippi. Funeral services were August 30 in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. ...
Rhonda Highfill (09/10/14)
Rhonda is survived by her devoted companion of 20 years, Sammy Hatley Jr. of the home; children, Josh Trimm of Jonesboro, Zachary Highfill of Marked Tree, Sammy Hatley III of Marked Tree; and brother, Steve Bevill of Southaven, Mississippi. Funeral services were August 30 in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. ...
Frances Lawson (09/10/14)
Frances loved people, sewing, cooking, and gardening. She had an infectious smile and her eyes lit up at a good joke. Life was not easy, but Frances took it on with determination, hard work, and a spirit to make the best of it. She survived the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and a World War in which her husband served. She leaves behind memories of delicious meals, piles of hand-pieced quilts, table runners, hot pads, and innumerable acts of kindness...
Bobby Fagan (09/10/14)
TRUMANN - Mr. Bobby Lee Fagan of Trumann, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 from injuries received in an automobile accident south of Trumann at the age of 41. He was born 1972 in Jonesboro and lived most of his lifetime in Trumann. Mr. Fagan was a Surgical Tech for Le Bonheur Hospital and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by one brother, William Coy Fagan...
Marlen Richardson (09/10/14)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Marlen Irene Richardson, of Trumann, died August 27, 2014 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro at the age of 63. Mrs. Richardson was born in Schweinfurt, Germany and had lived in Trumann for the past 33 years. Mrs. Richardson was retired from Walmart and of the Catholic faith. She was preceded in death by one brother...
Sylvia Stark (09/10/14)
WALNUT RIDGE - Sylvia Juanita Rainey Stark, age 93, passed away August 26, 2014 at her home in Walnut Ridge. The youngest and last surviving offspring of Earl P. and Mollie Ellen Frazier Rainey, she was born on May 29, 1921 on Boll Weevil Plantation in Poinsett County, Arkansas...
William Henry (09/10/14)
WEST MEMPHIS - William Douglas Henry, 71, of West Memphis passed away September 5, 2014. He is survived by his daughter Mary Lynn Culpepper of Lakeland, Tenn.; his son, Rickey Edward Henry and his wife Marla of Cabot; his grandchildren, Jamie, Christy, Jennifer, Nicole and William; his step-grandchildren, Sonny, Drake, Cara, James, and Sarah; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Lea and Carolyn Sue; and two brothers Johnny and James "Rickey"...
Thomas Steen (09/10/14)
MARKED TREE -- Thomas Wayne Steen, 76, of Marked Tree, passed away August 17, 2014 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Mr. Steen was born May 7, 1938 to the late William Clay and Bertie Mae James Steen in Corinth, Miss. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing...
Dr. Gregory Sheets (09/10/14)
TRUMANN - Dr. Gregory Lynn Sheets passed away at his residence in Trumann September 1, 2014 at the age of 59. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and lived in several U.S, states and Germany before his father retired from the U.S. Army and the family returned to Arkansas...
Wallace talks to Trumann Lions (09/08/14)
David Wallace, a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the 1st Cavalry who served in Vietnam, spoke recently to the Trumann Lions Club. Wallace, of Leachville, is running for State Representative of District 54. Wallace spoke to the club about some of his experiences in Vietnam and the importance of overcoming fear, whether it's in war, in government positions, or in everyday life...
Southern Tenant Farmers Union to celebrate 80th anniversary (09/08/14)
This year marks the 80th anniversary for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, an organization that was founded in 1934 in Poinsett County with the aim of reforming sharecropping and tenant farming. To celebrate, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza and the Arkansas State University Heritage Studies program plans to host a program featuring Dr. ...
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