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Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016
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  • Love at first scent? Men advised against flowers for Valentine's Day
    Giving flowers on Valentine's Day is a sure-fire way of impressing the object of one's affection, or not as the case may be. New research has revealed that men's good intentions aren't having the desired effect with almost half (46%) of British women feeling disappointed when receiving a Valentine's Day bouquet. The research, commissioned by Caption Fragrance Co., reveals that the biggest bugbear for 50% of women is that fresh flowers never last, and the scent certainly doesn't.
  • Pope Meets With Russian Orthodox Leader in Cuba
    Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, an historic development in the 1,000-year schism that divided Christianity. The meeting took place at Havana's airport. (Feb. 12)
  • Witnesses describe attack by machete-wielding man
    Witnesses describe attack by machete-wielding man
  • Prison corruption crackdown yields 46 arrests in Georgia
    More than 40 current or former Georgia corrections officers are indicted on federal charges.
  • Two teenage girls dead in AZ school shooting
    Officials in Glendale, Arizona say police have found the bodies of two 15-year-old girls on the campus of a local high school and that they are not looking for any shooting suspects. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Clinton, Sanders Face Off in High Stakes Debate
    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squared off Thursday night in the first post-New Hampshire debate, clashing over issues from health care to support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters. (Feb. 11)
  • What are gravitational waves?
    Scientists have detected gravitational waves for the first time, phenomena first hypothesized by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).
  • Manatees Crowd into a Fla Spring to Stay Warm
    A cold snap in the Gulf Coast has driven Florida manatees to the warm waters of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The endangered manatees migrate to the warm spring waters every winter. (Feb. 11)
  • Cleveland Mayor Claims No Bill Was Ever Sent To Tamir Rice's Family
    City officials addressed this weekthe issue as to why a claim for ambulance services was filed against the estate of Tamir Rice. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said no bill was ever sent to the Tamir Rice family.
  • Scientists await word on gravitational waves
    A century after Einstein proposed it, scientists may be close to confirming the existence of gravitational waves. Katie Sargent reports
  • Oregon Refuge Occupiers Say They'll Surrender
    One of the four remaining individuals occupying a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon says they'll turn themselves in at a checkpoint on Thursday. Also in Oregon, the FBI says Cliven Bundy was arrested. His son led the occupation. (Feb. 11)
  • Cruise Ship Back in Port, Days After Violent Storm
    A cruise ship battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean returned to its New Jersey port on Wednesday night. Passengers said it was a terrifying experience, but many gave the Captain credit for getting them safely through the weather. (Feb. 11)
Trumann council talks dilapidated buildings (02/14/16)
During their February meeting, the Trumann City Council passed several resolutions and ordinances and discussed dilapidated properties. Regarding condemnations which had been tabled previously, the council discussed a house on Pine Street which caught fire in 2014. ...
Honey tells story of sharecropper's troubadour at STFM (02/13/16)
John Handcox--labor organizer, poet, and songwriter--was an important part of the history of the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union. Dr. Michael Honey, a professor at University of Washington Tacoma who spoke at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum last Friday, first met Handcox as a graduate student in the 1980s when Handcox was rediscovered after having disappeared for decades. "He was like one of these bluesmen recorded in the 20s who disappeared and were later rediscovered," Honey said...
Vote to renovate Carver Gym fails (02/12/16)
After another packed meeting Monday night, the Marked Tree City Council is still no closer to an agreement regarding Carver Gym than they were last month. Another vote was called to renovate the gym, which has been closed since last April. The vote, which was tied last month, failed again this month. One city council member's resignation was announced, and a community member announced he was petitioning to recall the mayor and city clerk from office...
Haag signs scholarship with TIU (02/11/16)
Trumann's Connor Haag signed his letter of intent this past Tuesday to continue his football career at Trinity International Universtiy (TIU) in Deerfield, IL. "I'm excited to be going up there to play. I went for a visit and it just felt like the right place to be. It felt like home and like a good place to play football," Haag said after his signing...
Junior Warriors fall in thriller at district tournament (02/11/16)
EPC (13-5) and Cross County (7-11) traded the lead all night before the Junior Thunderbirds took a 35-33 lead with 32 seconds left before holding on for the win to advance in the 2A-3 junior district tournament being played in Lepanto. Rayshon Gates got EPC on the board first as he scored off the fast break to make it 2-0. ...
Area basketball roundup (02/11/16)
Harrisburg (16-8, 8-4 4A-3) got 20 points from Keely Curtis as they beat Gosnell 69-47 this past Friday at Harrisburg. Jessica Webb and Keely Edwards each scored 18 points for the Lady Hornets. Gosnell won the junior high game 24-15. Trumann went on the road to Westside and took a 52-32 conference win from the Lady Warriors. Taelor Gartman led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 14 points as Hannah Wood added 11 points. Trumann won the junior high game 25-21...
1000th point! (02/11/16)
Lady Wildcat Taelor Gartman goes over 1000 points scored in high school basketball career.
Junior Lady Wildcats win in overtime at district tournament (02/11/16)
Caroline Morgan hit a three-pointer for Trumann (10-10) at the end of regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime before Tay Smith scored all four points for the Junior Lady Wildcats in overtime as they downed Harrisburg (8-14) 31-29 in 4A-3 junior district tournament action in Highland...
Junior Indians get win in district opener (02/11/16)
Marked Tree (12-8) raced out to a 9-0 lead after the first quarter on their way to a 49-35 win over Rector (8-15) in the opening round of the 2A-3 junior district tournament in Lepanto. AJ Johnson scored the first points of the game as he hit one of two free throws on back to back trips to the free throw line for Marked Tree for an early 2-0 lead. ...
Wildcats pull away in second half to beat Harrisburg (02/11/16)
Trumann broke open a close game in the third quarter on their way to a 57-42 win over Harrisburg in 4A-3 conference basketball action this past Friday night in Trumann. Gavin Casebier scored the first points of the game for Harrisburg with a basket inside as Jay Jones answered for Trumann with an inside basket making it 2-2. ...
Junior Wildcats cruise past Harrisburg for win (02/11/16)
Trumann opened the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back as the Junior Wildcats took a 70-18 conference win over the Harrisburg this past Friday night at Wildcat Gym. TJ McGuire opened the scoring for Trumann hitting three of four throws on back to back trips to the foul line to give the Junior Wildcats a 3-0 lead. ...
Marked Tree takes road win over Bay (02/11/16)
Marked Tree withstood a late Bay rally to post a 61-54 win in a non-conference game this past Thursday night at Bay. The Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead with Nick Andrews hitting one of two free throws and Markel Perry scoring off the fast break before Taylor Layne canned a three-pointer for Bay to tie the game at 3-3. ...
Junior Yellowjackets beat Marked Tree in thriller (02/11/16)
Bay let a ten point lead slip to two points a little over halfway through the fourth quarter before holding on to beat the Indians in a non-conference game this past Thursday in Bay. Dax Gibson opened the scoring for Bay with a jumper to make it 2-0 only to see AJ Johnson hit two of four free throws on successive trips to the free throw line to make the score 2-2. ...
Diaz leads Junior Lady Yellowjackets to win (02/11/16)
Tot Diaz scored 17 points to lead Bay past the Marked Tree Junior Lady Indians this past Thursday night in girls' basketball action. Marked Tree jumped out to an early 7-0 lead as MaKayla Marshall hit a jumper in the lane, Taylor McCusiton got a steal and lay up before Shira Hendrix drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key. ...
Superintendent Graham gives update on new elementary school (02/05/16)
Trumann School District Superintendent Myra Graham and Facilities Director Jason Grubbs spoke to the Trumann Lions Club last week about the progress of the new elementary school. Graham said concrete is being poured now for the kindergarten and first grade wings of the school. The shell of a safe room--each hall will have one--has been built for one of those wings. "It it going to be so nice for each grade wing to have it's own safe room for when it's needed," Graham said...
Prosecutor seeks death penalty in 2015 slaying of elderly Bay woman (02/05/16)
Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced that he will seek the death penalty against a Bay man accused of abducting and killing an elderly Bay woman last July. Ellington filed amended capital murder charges last Thursday in Craighead County Circuit Court against Richard Jordon Tarver, 30, of Bay. ...
Area players make Best Under the Sun football team (02/05/16)
Poinsett County had three football players picked to the annual edition of the Best Under The Sun football team. Trumann's Cade Gartman, Harrisburg's Walker Hammond and Marked Tree's D'Angelo Griffin were all selected. Gartman, a sophomore, was a work horse in the backfield for the Trumann Wildcats this past season. ...
Area basketball roundup (02/05/16)
Bay lost 60-59 to Rivercrest this past Thursday night in a non-conference contest at Wilson. Jonathan Crain led Bay with 18 points as Tyler Pritchett added 17 points and Dustin Utley tossed in 10 points. The Junior Yellowjackets won the junior high game 47-34...
Lady Hornets get payback with win over Trumann (02/05/16)
Harrisburg went on the road to Trumann this past Monday night and were looking for payback from the loss they suffered at home earlier in the season to the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Hornets led by one after the first quarter and extended that lead after each quarter on their way to a 52-40 conference win over the Lady Wildcats...
Junior Lady Wildcats get home conference win (02/05/16)
Trumann held Harrisburg scoreless the first quarter. Harrisburg returned the favor holding Trumann scoreless in the second quarter. The Junior Lady Wildcats then used a 12-3 third quarter to pull away before going on to post a 29-13 win over the Junior Lady Hornets this past Monday night at Wildcat Gym...
Hornets fall in conference clash with Westside (02/05/16)
Harrisburg hung with Westside for a quarter and half before the visiting Warriors used a 9-0 run to go up by 12 on their way to a 72-61 win over the Hornets in conference basketball action this past Friday night at Harrisburg Gym. Gavin Casebier gave Harrisburg their first lead of the game with a fast break basket four seconds into the game to make it 2-0. ...
Junior Hornets get swatted by Westside (02/05/16)
Harrisburg fell behind early and could never recover as they fell to Westside 60-11 in junior high basketball this past Saturday at Harrisburg Gym. The Junior Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Caleb Neal hit a three-pointer for Harrisburg with 1:15 left in the opening quarter to make the score 7-3 Westside. The Junior Warriors added five more points before the quarter ended to go up 12-3 after one...
Daniels inks with Crowder College (02/05/16)
Marked Tree's Blake Daniels made it official this past Friday as he signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Crowder College in front of family, friends and coaches. Daniels was all smiles after the signing. "It feels really good. ...
Andrews, Booker lead Wildcats to win over Cave City (02/05/16)
Kevonte Andrews and Kelon Booker proved to be a tough one-two punch for Cave City to handle as they combined for 43 points in leading Trumann to a 66-61 4A-3 conference win over the Cavemen this past Friday at Wildcat Gym. Andrews opened the scoring with a stick back basket only to see Cave City answer with a stick back to make it 2-2. ...
Lady Wildcats drop conference game to Cave City (02/05/16)
Trumann (8-13, 3-8 4A-3) took the lead for only the second time in the game but couldn't keep that lead as Cave City took a 47-43 win this past Thursday night at Wildcat Gym. Kelcie Roland put the Lady Wildcats on he board first with a basket inside making it 2-0 only to see Cave City drill a three-pointer to make it 3-2 Lady Cavewomen. ...
National Headlines
  • Brazil's Zika-related abortion debate sparks backlash
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Before her son was born, Danielle Alves didn't know Luiz Gustavo would have microcephaly, a condition that has left the 3-year-old so disabled he can't walk, talk or eat without help....
  • Debate Takeaways: Civil court discussion gives way to brawl
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saturday's Republican presidential debate was the perfect spot for GOP candidates to try and project legal gravitas after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia....
  • Pope to bring message of hope to gritty Mexico City suburb
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis heads into the capital's crime-ridden suburb of Ecatepec on Sunday to see firsthand the reality of the Mexican "periphery," where drug violence, gangland-style executions and kidnappings are daily facts of life....
  • Zach LaVine wins dunk thriller to cap All-Star Saturday
    TORONTO (AP) -- Aaron Gordon soared over his mascot, but nobody flies higher than Zach LaVine in the slam dunk contest....
  • AP FACT CHECK: Republicans debaters on high court, economy
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican presidential debaters misfired in assertions about Supreme Court nominees, Syria, immigration and more....
  • Fight night: Personal attacks, court debate for GOP hopefuls
    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Republican White House hopefuls insisted that President Barack Obama step aside and let his successor nominate the next Supreme Court justice, in a raucous Saturday night debate that also featured harshly personal jousting over immigration and foreign policy....
  • Obama to nominate Scalia successor 'in due time'
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, charging into a heated and likely prolonged election-year fight with Republicans. Obama said a nomination was "bigger than any one party."...
  • Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Scalia was 79....
  • Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves
    MUNICH (AP) -- Russia's prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance's top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow....
  • Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing....