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Saturday, July 26, 2014
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  • U.S., Turkey Evacuate Staff From Tripoli
    The U.S State Department said on Saturday it was temporarily removing its personnel from Libya because of fighting near the U.S. embassy in Tripoli. Turkey had also removed about 700 personnel from the North African country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Paris before holding talks there with Turkish and Qatari counterparts on the Middle East.
  • Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he has not yet reached a deal between Israel and Hamas to call a 7-day humanitarian truce in the Gaza war but is continuing work. Video as incoming. (July 25)
  • Rep. Royce Says Putin Has Declared War
    July 25 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Al Hunt recaps his interview with Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He speaks with Mark Crumpton on "Bottom Line." (Source: Bloomberg)
  • What the Immigration Crisis Says About Washington
    July 25 (Bloomberg) -- Greylock Capital's Hans Humes and Bloomberg's Jonathan Allen and Phil Mattingly discuss the immigration crisis with Trish Regan on "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)
  • Video Released Of Accidental Jail Release
    Video Released Of Accidental Jail Release
  • Obama Advisor Skips House Hearing
    The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Friday, setting up a potential new legal battle in this midterm election year. (July 25)
  • Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire
    Officials in central Washington State say they plan to restore power to much of the wildfire-ravaged Methow Valley on Friday, after a massive wildfire tore through the region. (July 25)
  • 80-year-old man shoots pregnant home invader
    Police are still deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man after he fatally shot an unarmed intruder who, before she died, claimed she was pregnant.
  • UN School In Gaza Caught In Cross-fire; 15 Killed
    A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which wounded dozens and came on the deadliest day so far of the current round of fighting, while the Israeli military said it was investigating the strike and raised the possibility the compound was hit by Hamas rockets amid a marked increase in Islamic militant attacks in the area.
  • Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad
    Speaking in Los Angeles, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. (July 24)
  • Resident, 80, Who Killed Intruder Claiming To Be Pregnant May Still Face Charges
    Resident, 80, Who Killed Intruder Claiming To Be Pregnant May Still Face Charges
  • Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives'
    A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a caseworker was killed. (July 24)
Carpino tabbed to coach Lady Hornet volleyball (07/25/14)
Chastan Carpino was recently named to take over the volleyball program for the Harrisburg School District. Carpino will replace the late Jennifer Jordan, who lost her life in a vehicle accident earlier this year. Carpino has mixed emotions about the new challenge...
Fireballs Extreme take third at World Series (07/25/14)
Fireballs Extreme take third at 12U World Series held in Collierville, TN.
Ricky Wheeler (07/23/14)
TRUMANN - Mr. Ricky Gene Wheeler of Trumann died Monday, July 21, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro at the age of 45. Mr. Wheeler was born in West Memphis and had lived his lifetime in Trumann. Mr. Wheeler was self-employed working in heat and air and was of the Pentecostal faith. ...
Don Stracener (07/23/14)
CHARLESTON, MO. - Don W. Stracener, age 68, died July 15, 2014, at his residence in rural Charleston, MO. He was born in Tyronza to the late Charles and Pauline O'Dell Stracener. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #511 in Pleasant Plains, Ark., and had worked as Deputy Sheriff of Independence County, Arkansas prior to accepting a position as a truck driver for WalMart, retiring in 1995. ...
James O'Brien (07/23/14)
TRUMANN - Mr. James Carvin O'Brien, 82, went to be with his Father on July 20, 2014 at the family residence in Trumann. Mr. O'Brien was born September 17, 1931 in Oil Trough, Ark., to Ermel and Jennie Fike O'Brien and lived his lifetime in Trumann. He was retired from the City of Trumann Parks Department, former employee of the Singer Company and was a member of the Church of The Lord Jesus Christ of Trumann. ...
Billy Brooks (07/23/14)
PARAGOULD - Mr. Billy Frank Brooks, 57 of Paragould died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was born in Trumann and lived most of his lifetime in the Paragould and Trumann area. He was a houseparent for the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home in Paragould and a member of the Finch Baptist Church near Paragould. Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by one brother, Eddie Lee Brooks, Sr., and his parents Bennie Ray and Viola Vance Brooks...
Paul Savage (07/23/14)
HARRISBURG - Mr. Paul Heath "Hee-Haw" Savage of Harrisburg died July 14, 2014 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro at the age of 41 years. He was born Sunday, February 4, 1973 in and lived most of his lifetime in Harrisburg. Mr. Savage was an electrician and a member of McCormick Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Joe Savage, Sr...
Tammy Monreal (07/23/14)
GREENBRIAR - Mrs. Tammy Stewart Monreal, 47, of Greenbrier, Ark., died Sunday morning at the family residence in Greenbrier. She was born in and had lived most of her lifetime in Trumann before moving to Greenbrier, Ark., eight years ago. She was preceded in death by her mother, Janie Stewart...
G. T. Russell (07/23/14)
TRUMANN - Mr. G.T. Russell of Trumann died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the family residence at the age of 91. He was born October 26, 1922 in Swifton, and had lived most of his lifetime in Trumann. Mr. Russell owned and operated Russell's Grocery Store for 20 years and was a former employee of the Singer Company and a farmer, World War II veteran of the U.S. ...
Lepanto City Council discusses unsightly property (07/19/14)
Several unsightly properties topped the agenda for the Lepanto City Council Tuesday night. The council condemned one property and received updates on two others. The council adopted an ordinance condemning a property at 100 Burton Street. The structure was destroyed by fire two years ago and is in close proximity to EPC High School, sitting across the street from the football field...
Fireworks ordinance changes discussed at Marked Tree council meeting (07/18/14)
Among agenda items which included meeting the city sports director and discussing regulations for renting out the armory, the Marked Tree City Council also discussed major changes to the city's fireworks ordinance. Mayor Mary Ann Arnold said the city received several complaints about the hours people are currently allowed to shoot fireworks...
Shinabery's granddaughter named ACH Ambassador (07/18/14)
Anna Shinabery of Jonesboro, the granddaughter of Becky and Randy Shinabery of Marked Tree, was recently named one of Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) Ambassadors of 2014. Born premature, it took seven weeks for doctors to find what was wrong with Shinabery, as she suffered numerous problems that showed no outward signs. She was eventually diagnosed with Kaposiform Hemaginoendotheliomam (KHE), a rare but serious non-cancerous vascular tumor that caused many life-threatening problems...
Blake's big hit! (07/17/14)
Xtra Innings Summer Showcase held at Tomlinson Stadium-Kell Field in Jonesboro.
Representing Poinsett County! (07/17/14)
Local players in action for Fat City baseball team.
Wells, Jr. wins modified event at NEA Speedway (07/17/14)
Trumann's Jeff Wells, Jr. started from the number one position and finished the same way to take home the winners trophy this past weekend at NEA Speedway in Harrisburg. Follwing Wells, Jr. across the finish line were: (2) Tyson Franks, Salado, (3) Wayne Brooks, Bald Knob and (4) Hunter Rasdon, Jonesboro...
Monster Catfish (07/17/14)
Large catfish caught in St. Francis River.
Marked Tree Chamber moving forward on mural (07/17/14)
Marked Tree will soon have a mural at the railroad underpass on Nathan Street. During the Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting Tuesday, the chamber discussed ideas submitted for the mural. Chamber President Sandy Teague said the city fire department had sprayed and cleaned the underpass. Painting of the base coat for the underpass started Wednesday, and painting of the mural will start after that is finished...
Ivy-Smith Wedding (07/16/14)
Carolyn Ivy of Marked Tree announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter Misty Pope of Jonesboro to Timothy Smith Jr., also of Jonesboro. Misty is the granddaughter of the late Margaret and Willie Chandler Sr. and the late Jeffrey Pope of Marked Tree...
David "Duck" Smith (07/16/14)
TYRONZA -- David "Duck" Smith of Tyronza passed away at his home July 9, 2014 at the age of 70. Mr. Smith was born to Oscar Sheldon Smith and Dena Odell Foster Lambert in Alabama. He was a diesel mechanic and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter; one sister; and one brother, Bubbles Smith. ...
Alvin Gray (07/16/14)
MARKED TREE - Alvin Glenn Gray, 84, of Marked Tree passed away July 12, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents Finis and Augusta Gray and three siblings. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary P. "Polly" Gray; two daughters Martha Tacker (Ronald) of Jonesboro and Debbie Howard (Jerry) of Tyronza; four grandchildren Keith Tacker (Nikki), Kelly Tacker, Carrie Brewer (Trevor), Justin Howard (Ashley); six great-grandchildren Tanna Tacker, Shelby Tacker, Jordyn Brewer, Brinley Brewer, Parker Howard, Morgan Brewer; one sister Margaret Huss of Bartlett, Tenn; and one brother Finis "Bunky" Gray (Leona) of Poughkeepsie, Ark. ...
Kathy Lucas (07/16/14)
CONWAY - Kathy Lucas, 60, of Conway passed away July 1, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Billy Lucas; her two sons, Billy Lucas Jr. of Marked Tree and William Lucas of Mebane, N.C.; three grandchildren, Bailey Lucas, Dylan Lucas, and Alexandria Lucas; three sisters, Zettie Croney, Kay Brashears, and Bonnie Franks of Marked Tree; two brothers, Mervin Russell of Warrensville, N.C. and Lee Russell of Marked Tree; a sister-in-law, Stella Russell of Proctor; and numerous nieces and nephews...
Robert Dexter (07/16/14)
TYRONZA -- Robert Alvin Dexter of Tyronza departed this life June 15, 2014 at the age of 84 in Searcy at Advanced Care of White County Hospital. He was born November 20, 1929 to Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Evelyn Pickens Dexter. Mr. Dexter was a Veteran of the Korean War. ...
Edna Juanita Whittingham (07/16/14)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Edna Juanita Whittingham, 87, of Trumann died July 6, 2014 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Mrs. Whittingham was born in Lepanto. She was retired from Singer Co. and was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Trumann...
Mary Anderson (07/16/14)
MARKED TREE -- Mary Lee Anderson, 87, of Marked Tree passed away July 1, 2014 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was born to Lee Junior McKinney and Pearl Vaughn Jones. Mrs. Anderson was a homemaker and a member of Gatewood Chapel C.M.E. ...
Weiner hosts intergovernmental meeting (07/15/14)
County and city officials met in Weiner Tuesday for their quarterly Intergovernmental Cooperative Council. The meeting was hosted by the Cardinal Community Service Group in the new Cardinal Community Center, which opened in April. During the mayors' updates, Weiner Mayor Arthur Booth said he appreciated the Cardinal Center and all they have done for the city. ...
National Headlines
  • Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it
    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement....
  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said....
  • Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three siblings and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim. Another woman was hurt but is in stable condition....
  • In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas
    BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets....
  • Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant lies about Russia's alleged involvement in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine....
  • AP Essay: Air tragedies bring grief without order
    LONDON (AP) -- When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow....
  • Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa begins, appropriately, in a place called Clinton....
  • Davis homers in 10th, Orioles edge Mariners 2-1
    SEATTLE (AP) -- After leading the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs last year, Chris Davis has struggled to follow up his huge season at the plate....
  • Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps....
  • In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
    HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift....