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Marked Tree students hold food drive (02/24/17)
Marked Tree High School students competed in a Super Bowl food drive recently to raise bowl food items for the Three Rivers Food Pantry. The freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes competed against each other to see which class could raise the most. All together, the classes were able to donate a total of 244 pounds of soups, ramen noodles, mac and cheese, chili, beans, and other items. The senior class won and will receive a pizza party for all class members...
37th Annual St. Jude Radio/Cablethon is March 3-4 (02/24/17)
Ritter Communications announced it will once again sponsor the annual Radio/Cablethon live from Blytheville, Ark., on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4. In its 37th year, the Radio/Cablethon raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The event will be held at the Blytheville High School auditorium, where performances will be showcased for a live audience...
Lions learn benefits of AARP (02/24/17)
Johnetta Crumbly and Leroy Williams, both volunteers with AARP, were the guest speakers at the Trumann Lions Club's weekly meeting last Wednesday. Crumbly told the group that caregiving for a family member is getting more and more common. She said AARP is available to help. Crumbly said there are five steps that will help in caregiving...
Preston talks economic development in Arkansas at Trumann chamber banquet (02/24/17)
According to Mike Preston, Arkansas has a lot to be proud of in the area of economic development and needs to keep that momentum going forward. Preston, who serves as Executive Director for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, was keynote speaker for the Trumann Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet Feb. 16...
Lepanto mayor vetoes elimination of code enforcerment officer (02/24/17)
Last month, the Lepanto City Council voted to eliminate the position of code enforcement officer, which is currently held by Alderman Charles Mahan. During this month's meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Dale Dunlap said he had vetoed the resolution to dissolve the position and was keeping Mahan on as code enforcement officer...
Patricia Raymond (02/23/17)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Patricia Louise Raymond departed this life on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 69. Mrs. Raymond was born Tuesday, October 7, 1947 in Trumann, Ark., and lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. She was a housewife and a member of McCormick Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Ashley Raymond; one brother, Jimmy Jones; and her parents, Odis and Ida Mae Rodney Jones...
Aaron Moss (02/21/17)
SANTA ROSA - Mr. Aaron Neal Moss departed this life on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the family residence in Santa Rosa, Cal. at the age of 29 years. He was born Wednesday, February 25, 1987 in Jonesboro, Ark. and had lived most of his lifetime in Trumann before moving to California. Mr. Moss was a chemist for a winery. He was preceded in death by his adopted father, James Doyle Moss...
Trumann Council discusses tobacco ordinance (02/20/17)
The Trumann City Council heard the first of three readings for an ordinance regulating smoking, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes on city property Tuesday night. If passed, the ordinance would prohibit the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes in all enclosed areas owned by the city including city-owned buildings and vehicles, the baseball/softball fields, and all the city parks, as well as within 25 feet of entrances and bleachers. Violations would result in a $50 fine...
Marked Tree Council talks raise, dilapidated houses, and more (02/20/17)
The Marked Tree City Council covered several items on the agenda Monday from parks and council raises to industrial development and dilapidated houses. First up, Alderman Jason Gilbert brought up the possibility of the city paying for conditioning needed for the ball fields at the sports complex. ...
Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson to headline Johnny Cash Heritage Festival inaugural concert (02/20/17)
Two of America's most renowned singer-songwriters will headline the first Johnny Cash Heritage Festival to be held Oct. 19-21 (Thursday through Saturday) in Dyess. Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson, multiple Grammy Award winners and national treasures, are set to perform at the festival's inaugural concert, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21, in the field adjacent to the restored Johnny Cash Boyhood Home...
Wildcats hold on for thrilling victory over Gosnell (02/16/17)
Trumann (6-18) almost let a 11 point fourth quarter lead slip away as they held on to upset Gosnell 60-58 in opening round action of the 4A-3 senior boys' district tournament in Pocahontas. Alex Moses got the Wildcats on the board first with a basket inside as the Pirates answered with basket to make it 2-2. ...
Lady Hornets hold on for 42-41 win over Trumann (02/16/17)
Harrisburg's Jessica Webb hit a jumper in the lane with six seconds as the Lady Horntes (15-11) survived a last second shot from the Lady Wildcats (8-16) to win 42-41 in opening round play of the 4A-3 district tournament being played at Pocahontas...
Hornets fall to Ridgefield Christian School 72-68 (02/16/17)
Ridgefield Christian School (RCS) outscored Harrisburg 28-24 in the final quarter after the teams were tied 44 at the end of three to take a 72-68 win over the Hornets this past Friday on Senior Night in Harrisburg. RCS got on the board before the clock started as they hit one of two technical free throws due to Harrisburg dunking in pre-game warm-ups making it 1-0 Warriors. ...
Junior Lady Indians lose to Earle in district finals (02/16/17)
Marked Tree played toe to toe with Earle for the first quarter before the Junior Lady Bulldogs took control in the second quarter on their way to a 45-32 win over the Junior Lady Indians in the championship game of the 1A/2A-10 junior district tournament this past Saturday in Marked Tree...
Junior Yellowjackets fall to BIC in district tournament (02/16/17)
Bay scored the first points of the game and then never led again as Buffalo Island Central (BIC) built a double-digit lead by halftime before going on to post a 35-26 win in semi-final action of the 1A/2A-10 boys' junior district tournament last Thursday in Marked Tree...
Junior Lady Yellowjackets fall in district semi-finals (02/16/17)
Bay fell behind early and had a hard time playing catch up as the Marked Tree Junior Lady Indians ended the Junior Lady Yellowjackets' season with a 31-22 win in one semi-final game of the 1A/2A-10 junior high district tournament at Marked Tree. Bay was without the services of their leading scorer Olivia Ferguson who was out with a knee injury...
Earnest Madden (02/16/17)
TRUMANN - Earnest Eugene Madden, departed this life under the care of hospice on February 13, 2017 at St. Bernards Medical Center. He was born March 6, 1940 in Marked Tree, Arkansas to the late Charlie Edward Madden and Hazel Juanita Madden. He married his childhood sweetheart Goldie Lorraine May Madden September 26, 1959. ...
Freddie Walls (02/15/17)
TRUMANN - Mr. Freddie Lee Walls, 86, departed this life Thursday, February 9, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital. He was born and was a lifetime resident of Trumann, Ark. He was a retired factory worker and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Walls was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Cummings Walls; one step-brother, Billy Ray Smith and his parents J.C. and Bertha Richardson Walls...
Service dog makes family's life easier (02/13/17)
A couple of years ago, Trumann Police Officer Chad Mason spoke to the Trumann Lions Club about the need for a service dog to help his son, Cooper, who was diagnosed with Asperger's. In four and a half months, the Trumann community was able to raise the $14,000 needed to get the Mason family a service. Last week, Mason brought the dog to the Trumann Lions Club to talk about how it has helped his family...
Area sports roundup (02/09/17)
Whitlee Layne scored 23 points to lead the Bay Lady Yellowjackets to a 65-27 win over Rector this past Tuesday in Bay. Sydney Higgins tossed in 15 points as Sarah Blackman finished with 10 points. Harrisburg's three-pointer at the buzzer was off its mark as the Hornets lost a nail-biter 59-57 to Osceola this past Tuesday in Harrisburg. ...
Junior Indians ousted in district opener (02/09/17)
Marked Tree couldn't find a way to slow down Buffalo Island Central's offense as the Junior Indians lost 53-23 to the Junior Mustangs this past Tuesday in the 1A/2A-10 junior high boys' district tournament in Marked Tree. BIC opened the game with a 12-0 run before Marked Tree got on the board with an inside basket from Itavious Nesbitt with 24 seconds left to make the score 12-2 Junior Mustangs at the end of one...
Junior Lady Indians down EPC in district opener (02/09/17)
Marked Tree jumped out to a 17-1 halftime lead over the Junior Lady Warriors before going on beat their conference rival 39-21 in the junior girls' district tournament this past Tuesday in Marked Tree. The Junior Lady Indians scored all the points in the opening quarter as Shira Hendrix hit one of two free throws before getting a steal and lay-up. Sydney Rothcheid stuck back an offensive rebound for Marked Tree to make it 5-0 at the end of one...
Junior Warriors fall in junior district thriller (02/09/17)
EPC had a chance for a potential game tying shot but the full court inbound pass got away from Jamario Crawford as time expired giving Cross County a 33-31 win over the Junior Warriors in the 1A/2A-10 junior district tournament in Marked Tree. Cross County got on the board first before Preston Rains scored inside for EPC to tie the game at 2. ...
Bay duo inks with Williams Baptist College baseball (02/09/17)
After playing four years of high school sports, Bay's Taylor Layne and Nolan Smith decided they would play another four years together as they signed to play baseball at Williams Baptist College this past Tuesday in front of families, friends and coaches at Bay High School...
Kirby leads Bay to district tournament win (02/09/17)
Bailee Kirby scored 19 points to lead Bay to a 25-23 win over Buffalo Island Central (BIC) in the 1A/2A-10 girls' junior high district tournament being played in Marked Tree. Bay's Olivia Ferguson, the Junior Lady Yellowjackets leading scoring, went down with a knee injury 40 seconds into the game as she went in for a score. ...
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