Blast From The Past

Friday, December 21, 2001

Five Years Ago-Dec. 16, 1996

Dunlap named acting Mayor of Lepanto

The Lepanto City Council, acting upon John Henderson's resignation earlier in the month, selected Dale Dunlap to serve as Acting Mayor of Lepanto. A special election will be held Feb. 25, 1997 to select a permanent replacement. The council voted to pay Dunlap the same as Henderson.

Warriors win two

The EPC girls basketball team last week went to the Joe T. Robinson tourney in Little Rock. In the tournament, the team defeated J.A. Fair 67-40, with Leslie Branch leading the way with 20 points. The Sr. Warriors went on to defeat Hot Springs 35-32, but lost to LR Hall 46-42.

Indians lose to Rams

The Marked Tree boys basketball were outmatched last week by the Ridgecrest (now Paragould) Rams 54-48 in the semifinals of the Tri-County Tournament at EPC. Terrance Crockett led the Indians with 19 points in the game.

Ten Years Ago-Dec. 18, 1991

Funeral Held For Coach Stephens

Funeral services were held recently for Charles E. Stephens. Stephens, 62, a retired teacher and junior high football coach in the Marked Tree School District, worked 29 years in education. He was survived by his brother, A.L. Stephens, Jr. of Jonesboro.

Stevens Square Holds Christmas Party.

Stevens Square in Lepanto was lit up like a country church this week, as they held their annual Christmas party. The party was filled with food and fellowship and was capped with an evening of country lipsync. The Judds, Ricky Van Shelton, and Dolly Parton (or reasonable facsimiles thereof) entertained the residents at Stevens Square.

EPC-Tyronza 3rd Graders Take Field Trip

Mrs. Smith's third grade class recently went on a walking trip to the Tyronza Water Treatment Plant. Upon arrival, Don Bilyeu with the city Water Department, gave a tour of the facilities. The students were able to see the science lesson that they had just completed up close and personal.

25 Years Ago-Dec. 16, 1976

Tyronza, Lepanto, and Marked Tree School Officials Ponder Merits of Consolidation

Tyronza, Lepanto, and Marked Tree are in discussions for a possible consolidation for the three schools. Supt. William Langrell of Lepanto, Supt. Frank Sanders of Marked Tree, and Supt. Al Farrior of Tyronza, as well as members of each school's respective boards met Monday night at the Tyronza School Cafeteria. J.C. Perry, Supt. at Rivercrest, gave officials a detailed report on the recent Rivercrest consolidation and answered questions. The school, tentatively called T-MT-L, would have the class size overall of a school like Rivercrest, Osceola, and Paragould. The proposed school would participate in athletics in Class AA.

Glynn Receives Plaque, Watch From USPS

John Glynn, city carrier for the Marked Tree Post Office, and Bob Bolton, rural mail carrier, were recently recognized with safe driving awards from the Post Office for the year 1976.

MT City Council Accepts Bid To Purchase New Police Car

The Marked Tree City Council accepted a low bid of Eugene Vaughn Ford and Mercury, for a new police car. The bid was $4,975 cash or $3,900 trade in on the city's 1974 Chevrolet police car.

50 Years Ago-Dec. 20, 1951

Poinsett County Hit By Tremor

A section of Poinsett County was jarred Monday night, with a strong earth tremor. The tremor or tremors rocked the communities of Marked Tree, Weona, Tyronza, and Lepanto around 8:00 p.m. The tremor, which went in 30 to 60 second intervals, was felt at buildings throughout the area. However, no major damage was reported.

Tyronza Christmas Tree Ready For Another Year

The community Christmas tree in Tyronza was lit up last week, as Christmas approached. The Civic Club, Rotary Club, and Fire Department cooperated in putting the lights on. The town would like to welcome friends for other towns to see the Christmas tree.

T.L. Turner, Lepanto Resident, Dies

Tom Eliva Turner of Lepanto died Dec. 16 after a short illness. He was 43. Turner, a farmer, is survived by his wife, two sons, four daughters, and two grandchildren.

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