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Awards presented at council meeting (04/18/15)
Several awards were presented at the Trumann City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 14. Public Works Director Scotty Jones was the first awarded with the Northeast District AWW&WEA Manager of the Year Award. "He was nominated by the Arkansas Department of Health and chosen by the American Water Works and Environmental Association for outstanding performance as a water system treatment and distribution manager for the city of Trumann," Mayor Barbara Lewallen said. ...
MT Council discusses Carver gym, ambulance contract (04/17/15)
Two big items on the Marked Tree City Council's agenda this month involved discussing the state of the Carver Gym and an exclusive contract with Riverside Ambulance. The council held their meeting Monday night in Carver Gym itself, rather than city hall like usual...
Late collapse costly for Wildcats (04/16/15)
For six innings, Trumann's Kevnote Andrews and Brookland's Mason Tate kept the goose eggs up on the scoreboard. Brookland scored nine runs in the top of the seventh as the Wildcats loaded the bases in their half and left them that way as Brookland posted a 9-0 win this past Tuesday in Trumann...
Lady Wildcats down Walnut Ridge in non-conference play (04/16/15)
Trumann (10-2, 8-2 4A-3) used a six run second inning to take a 7-1 lead on their way to a 16-6 win over Walnut Ridge last Thursday in high school softball action in Trumann. The Lady Bobcats scored on an error in the top of the first inning to go up 1-0. ...
Rue Pace, Jr. (04/16/15)
TYRONZA - Rue L. Pace, Jr., 54, of Tyronza, AR passed away April 14, 2015. Rue was baptized into Christ at 23 years of age and worshipped with the Tyronza Church of Christ. He is preceded in death by his mother, Coravallene Pace; and two sisters, Eileen Schmidt and Corinne Durfee...
Doris Rowlett Boyles (04/16/15)
WEST MEMPHIS - Doris Rowlett Boyles, 85, of West Memphis died Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Doris was a member of the First United Methodist Church in West Memphis and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ida Rowlett; a daughter, Jonanna Boyles; a sister, Betty Sue Rowlett; and two brothers Jack Rowlett and Jerry Rowlett...
Michael "Lynn" Roberts (04/15/15)
JONESBORO - Michael "Lynn" Roberts, 53, of Jonesboro entered his heavenly home Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. He was born on August 21, 1961 in West Memphis to Andrew and Lula Roberts. Lynn graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management in 1984. ...
Willard (Ted) Prestidge (04/15/15)
TYRONZA - Willard Roosevelt (Ted) Prestidge, 93, of Tyronza, Arkansas passed from this life Monday, April 13, 2015 in Marked Tree. He was born on April 20, 1921 to J.H. Sr. and Flonnie Prestidge. Mr. Prestidge was a graduate of Tyronza High School, went to college at Mississippi State, was a member of the Sigma Pi Faternity and he served in WWII from1942-1945. ...
Jacky Holmes (04/15/15)
TRUMANN -- Jacky Leanear Holmes, of Trumann, passed away April 12, 2015 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro at the age of 54. Mr. Holmes was born in Lake Providence, La. to the late Cecil and Edna Holmes. He was a boat captain and of the Christian faith. ...
Camp Wildcat prepares students for 7th grade, partners with police (04/13/15)
Making the transition from 6th grade to 7th can be tough. But Trumann students are getting help through a program called Camp Wildcat. According to Ashley Farley-Crain, who teaches Camp Wildcat along with Chelsea Young, the program is held for 6th graders after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. It focuses on teaching social skills, responsibility, respect, and classroom procedures to help give students with the transition to 7th grade...
Rally to teach youth about making good choices (04/13/15)
For Curtis Green, putting together the NEA Extreme 3:16 Youth Rally has been part of a personal journey. It all started five years ago when Green went through the Crossville Mission Bible Training Center in Crossville, Tenn., to get off of drugs and alcohol. While completing the 8-10 month program, Green met and became friends with Dennis Jaggers...
County shop construction underway (04/12/15)
Nearly a year after an ice storm destroyed the Poinsett County shop, the construction for a new one is finally underway. At the March Quorum Court meeting, JPs voted to accept a $99,467 bid from Square Post Buildings of Arkansas. The process of accepting a bid was delayed by the court because of the initial high bids taken last year. Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell said the first bid last year was over $300,000 to build the shop building...
Prestidge honored for his service during WWII (04/11/15)
Friends and family surrounded Willard Theodore "Teddy" Prestidge at Three Rivers Healthcare and Rehabilitation Friday morning, April 3, as Rep. Dwight Tosh presented him with a citation recognizing his service during World War II, in which Prestidge served from 1942-1945...
Wildcats sweep conference doubleheader (04/10/15)
Trumann (4-10, 2-4 4A-3) rattled the bats and were swift on the base paths as they beat Highland 13-3 in the opening game this past Tuesday in Highland. The Wildcats scored two runs in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Cade Gartman, Bradlee McAnally and Taylor Wilson all singled with Wilson's hit scoring Gartman. ...
Lady Wildcats take two wins at Highland (04/10/15)
Trumann (9-2, 8-2 4A-3) took a 4A-3 conference doubleheader from Highland this past Tuesday winning the opener 9-3 before taking an 8-3 win in the late game. The Lady Wildcats fell behind early in the opener as the Lady Rebels scored three runs of Hannah Craig to take a 3-0 lead. ...
Indians drop conference game to Riverside (04/10/15)
Marked Tree committed nine errors in the field as the Rebels took advantage of the miscues to beat the Indians 12-4 in 2A-3 baseball action this past Monday in Marked Tree. Riverside scored five runs it the top half of the first as Marked Tree committed four errors. ...
Trumann Police Department ready to kick off national texting enforcement crackdown (04/10/15)
From April 13 to 19 law enforcement personnel will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text while driving. This effort is a part of the national "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." high-visibility enforcement campaign that combines intense enforcement of anti-texting laws with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law...
Vernell Edwards (04/08/15)
BEEBE - Vernell Edwards, 98, of Beebe, Ark. died Tuesday, April 7, 2015. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She was a member of Stoney Point United Methodist Church. Vernell is survived by two sons, Jim (Liz) Edwards of Sherwood and Jerry (Patsy) Edwards of Beebe; two daughters, Phyllis Adkins of Sherwood and Glenda Drace of Marked Tree; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Mattie Ruth Fisher of Beebe; three brothers, Brewer Hefner of Searcy, Carthel Hefner of McCrory and Dale Hefner of Beebe; and a host of nieces and nephews.. ...
Early Halsey (04/08/15)
TRUMANN - Mr. Earl Wayne "Howdy" Halsey, 68, of Trumann died Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the family residence. He was born in Monette and had lived in Trumann since 1973 and was formerly of Lake City. He was retired from Delta Tool, Veteran of the U.S. ...
Shirley Upton (04/08/15)
JONESBORO - Mrs. Shirley E. Upton of Jonesboro died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the family residence in Jonesboro. She was 73 years of age. Mrs. Upton was born in Jonesboro and had lived most of her lifetime in the Jonesboro area. She was a housewife and of the Pentecostal faith. ...
Debra Kay Hollimon (04/08/15)
JONESBORO - Ms. Debra Kay Hollimon of Jonesboro died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro at the age of 38. Ms. Hollimon was born in Jonesboro and had lived most of her lifetime in the Trumann and Jonesboro area. She was a former manager of McDonalds and of the Baptist faith. Ms. Hollimon was preceded in death by her parents, John L. and Bonnie Thompson Hollimon...
Stars and Stripes fundraisers coming up (04/06/15)
There are a few fundraisers happening soon for Tyronza's annual Stars and Stripes Jubilee, which is scheduled for June 11-13. First up is an annual BBQ dinner and auction set for April 11. Items which have been donated for the auction include: a 128 piece wrench set from Barton's of Lepanto, spray tan session from Morgan Michaels, a Razorback blanket from the Nyal Drug Store, booster cables from Rusty's Garage, a Case IH Magnum 380 CVT toy tractor from Heartland Valley Implement, a car wash and oil change from Vaughn Ford, a gift certificate from Shear Images, a glass bird bath from Linda's Flowers, a $50 gift certificate from Family Care Pharmacy, two 2-piece fish plate certificates from Clara's Mid-Way Cafe, a car wash and detail from Neal's Detailing and Car Washing, a big wheel bike from True Value, a Black and Decker circular saw from Barton's of West Memphis, a small glass door cabinet from Bill Craft, an entertainment center, a used couch, miscellaneous house hold products, two 2-hour labor certificates from the Tyronza Volunteer Fire Department, and various baked goods.. ...
Amateur Boxing Club growing (04/05/15)
The Jonesboro Amateur Boxing Club is growing with around 60 members, both male and female. The not-for-profit club, which practices out of the Earl Bell Community Center in Jonesboro, celebrated a recent win for one of its boxers. C.J. Vornes won at a boxing competition held in Osceola recently...
CASA looking for more volunteers in Poinsett County (04/04/15)
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has been growing and is looking to grow its number of advocates in Poinsett County. According to Michael Graham, Advocate Coordinator for CASA in the 2nd Judicial District, CASA volunteers advocate for children who have been removed from their homes...
Pierce returns to EPC as superintendent (04/03/15)
At a special called meeting on Monday, March 30, the East Poinsett County School Board approved to hire former superintendent Micky Pierce to fill the position again for the 2015-2016 school year. Pierce retired from the district last year after working for the EPC School District for 34 years. During those years, he spent time as a math teacher, football coach, basketball coach, principal, and then superintendent...
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