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County teams prepare for season with scrimmage games (08/25/16)
Trumann hosted Marked Tree, Piggott and Hazen this past Monday in a high school football jamboree at Wildcat Field. Marked Tree took the field in the first 30 minute session against Hazen and then squared off against Piggott in the second session. Marked Tree head coach Cody Wallis was pleased with what he saw from his team. ...
Trumann Classic Tournament (08/25/16)
Local teams win rings at youth baseball tournament in Trumann this past weekend.
J.L. Smith (08/25/16)
TRUMANN - Mr. J.L. Smith departed this life Saturday, August 21, 2016, in Jonesboro at the age of 68. Mr. Smith was born June 20, 1948 in Florence, Ala. to Homer and Nellie Scott Smith. He was a farm worker and of the Pentecostal faith. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Maness; two sisters, Nancy Smith and Ivydean Russell; a brother, Charles Smith and his parents...
Jimmy Rogers (08/24/16)
TRUMANN - Mr. Jimmy Dale Rogers of Trumann departed this life on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR., at the age of 81. Mr. Rogers was born on Wednesday, July 31, 1935 in Hornersville, Mo., and had lived most of his lifetime in Trumann and was a retired Diesel Mechanic and a member of the Trumann Revival Center. Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by one brother, Hobart A. Rogers and his parents, John Phillip "J.P." and Lois Prestridge Rogers...
Bobbie Goodman (08/23/16)
TURRELL - Mrs. Bobbie Gene Goodman departed this life Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in N. Little Rock at the age of 79. Mrs. Goodman was born August 29, 1936 in Waldenburg to Bill and Vonnie White Dickerson. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Tyronza...
Joe Pearson, Sr. (08/23/16)
LEPANTO - Mr. Joe Lee Wallace Pearson, Sr. departed this life on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at his home at the age of 67. Mr. Pearson was born November 13, 1948 in Harrisburg to Andrew and Ardelia Williams Pearson. He was a retired truck driver and a member and usher of First Baptist Church in Lepanto...
Poinsett County Fair begins August 23 (08/19/16)
This year's Poinsett County Fair has been set for Aug. 23-27. Below is a schedule of events for this year's fair located, as always, at the fairgrounds in Harrisburg just off Fairgrounds Road. Gates will open at 5 p.m. The carnival rides will begin at 5:30 p.m. Armbands will be available every night for $18 each. However, anyone wanting to pre-purchase arm bands for the fair, at the price of $15 each, may go by the Modern News office in Harrisburg and purchase them from Angie Swanner...
Mayor addresses controversy regarding new shop building (08/19/16)
There have been questions from some in Trumann regarding the city's purchase of 2.55 acres of land on Highway 463 North for the purpose of building a new shop for the Street Department. "It's come to my attention that there's a lot of controversy surrounding the new shop," said Mayor Barbara Lewallen. "People are certainly entitled to their opinions on city purchases and construction, but I think it's necessary to dispel incorrect information about it."...
Lepanto to retire K-9 (08/19/16)
Continuing discussion from the last few months, the Lepanto City Council voted to retire the city's K-9 officer Cardi during their monthly meeting Tuesday. The dog's current handler had been Kevin Holt, who lives out of town. Last meeting, the mayor pointed out that Holt's work with his lawn service takes the dog out of service during the summer. Additionally, Mayor Dale Dunlap said he did not feel the expense of keeping the dog was justified for a small town...
I-555 roll-over claims two lives (08/19/16)
A tire blow-out caused a one vehicle wreck shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon that claimed the lives of two of the four passengers in the vehicle. Justin Clements, 30, of West Memphis was the driver of the vehicle with passengers Marla Clements, 35, of Jonesboro along with two minors. ...
Summer Sizzler Tournament (08/18/16)
Local youth were in action this past weekend in Jonesboro.
Wild Duck Festival golf scramble this weekend (08/18/16)
The annual Wild Duck Festival golf tournament will be held this Saturday, August 20 with tee times starting at 8 a.m. The entry fee for the three-person scramble is $210 with a meal included. Three will be hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin prizes awarded. For more information you may contact Jason Stewart at 870-219-0782...
Jean Wagner (08/18/16)
TYRONZA - Mrs. Jean Savage Wagner, 92, departed this life on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Jonesboro. Mrs. Wagner was born Feb. 12, 1924, in Baldwin, Miss., to James and Mildred Savage. She was a homemaker and member of Broadway Church of Christ of Marked Tree...
Ruth Ford (08/18/16)
MARKED TREE -- Mrs. Ruth "Tina" Clementine Ford departed this life Friday, July 29, 2016 in Jonesboro, Ark. at the age of 83. Mrs. Ford was born May 11, 1933 in Russellville, Ark. to William and Eva Mae Williams Adams. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Berlin "Jack" Ford; two sisters, Eula Wagner and Josie Adams; three brothers, Rudolph, John L. and Billy Adams and her parents...
Harley Kain (08/18/16)
TRUMANN - Harley D. Kain, infant son of Jimmy and Kimberly Scercy Kain, Sr., departed this life Monday, August 8, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Survivors include his parents; two sisters, Angela Kain and Emily Kain; five brothers, Chris Laire, David Laire, Jimmy Kain, Jr., Jesse Kain and Rodney Kain; grandparents, Martha M, Rhoads, Frances Scercy, and Donald and Trisha Kain; and great-grandparents Lloyd and Reda Rhoads...
Sewer line maintenance is another priority for Trumann (08/13/16)
Trumann Water Works services around 3,100 properties with miles of water and sewer lines. While developing a new well is the top priority among the potential projects to be paid for using a proposed one cent sales tax, should it pass in Sept. 13's special election, Mayor Barbara Lewallen said maintenance to sewer lines is another major project the tax could be used to fund...
Marked Tree Council appoints new alderman (08/13/16)
The last item of business during Monday night's Marked Tree City Council meeting involved appointing a new alderman to take the place of Mary Smith, who announced her resignation at the end of the meeting. Smith has served in the position since 2011, when she offered to fill her husband Dr. Vestal Smith's position after he passed away...
Resolutions top priority at Trumann council meeting (08/13/16)
The Trumann city council passed five resolutions at their monthly meeting Tuesday. In new business, the council voted to amend the personnel policy for fire department sick days. The policy states that 20 days will be allowed. That numbers were based on eight hour work days, and since the fireman work 12-24 hour shifts, the days were changed to ten days...
Quorum court approves money for courthouse work (08/13/16)
The agenda was light as the monthly Poinsett Quorum Court meeting Monday at the annex building in Harrisburg. First on the agenda was a resolution for the quorum court to endorse Greenfield Brown Rice Co., LLC, to allow them to participate in the tax back program. The justices passed the resolution and it went into effect immediately...
Arkansas Nemesis Invitational (08/12/16)
Nemesis 18 downs Nemesis 14 for tourney title.
Trumann pee wee cheer sign-ups (08/12/16)
Trumann pee wee cheerleader sign-up and registration for the fourth through sixth grade will be Friday, August 12 at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center (gym) from 6 -7 pm and Saturday, August 13th from 9-10 am. Registration fee is $50, cash only. For more information or if you are unable to attend the sign-up, please call or text Camille Turner at 870-483-3012 before Monday, August 15...
Church league champions (08/12/16)
Marked Tree First Baptist Church goes undefeated to win league title.
Victory Celebration (08/12/16)
Harrisburg's Gavin Grubbs celebrates with Joey Lagano after his Xfinity Series win last Saturday.
Margaret Hetler (08/09/16)
HARRISBURG - Mrs. Margaret Janevlyn Hetler of Harrisburg departed this life Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Woodbriar Nursing Home in Harrisburg, Ark., at the age of 75. Mrs. Hetler was born August 1, 1941 in Trumann and lived in Harrisburg for three years and was formerly of Leachville. ...
Marked Tree's food pantry growing under new directors (08/06/16)
Since Connie and Jim Huff took over as directors of the Marked Tree's Three Rivers Food Pantry in June, there has a been a huge growth in the number of people served from Marked Tree and the surrounding communities. When they started in June, they had three people come by in the first week. ...
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