2001-Year in Review

Thursday, January 3, 2002

Jan. 4, 2001:

Tri Herndon married Tracy Ann Walker in a ceremony Nov. 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro; Marked Tree senior boys basketball team finished second, in the A-AA division of the NEA Basketball Tournament at ASU. They lost to Rector 60-53; a garage sale will be held Jan. 6 to benefit the Tracy Barnes Tucker Benefit Fund. Established by the employees of American State Bank of Osceola, the fund will help Tracy, a resident of Lepanto, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease.

Jan. 11, 2001:

Marked Tree School District received a million dollar grant from the 21st Century Schools Program. The grant will be for a three-year period; New era begins as four new members join the Tyronza City Council. New members Michael Hood, Debbie Howard, Angela Lewis, and David Wood join holdovers Larry Allison and Billy Hood in serving on the six-member council; the EPC School Board voted Monday night to extend the contract of Superintendent Gerald Jennings.

Jan. 18, 2001:

Seven area football players were recently chosen to participate in the Down Under Bowl this summer. Derick Ames, Tony Hister, Rodney McCuiston, and Jeremy Bell of Marked Tree join Earnie Hill, Josh Brown, and Chad Criddle of EPC in playing for the Arkansas team in the summer games in Australia and New Zealand; Poinsett County Tax Assessor Johnny Rye, Jr. spoke to the Marked Tree Rotary Club last week. Rye explained to members what is going on in the Assessor's office and their efforts to get those eligible for property tax refunds to file for them. Lepanto City Council members were sworn in Tuesday night, for a new term in office.

Feb. 1, 2001:

Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce held its first meeting of the year Jan. 30, at First Delta Bank. Plans for the annual banquet and senior banquet were discussed; Rep. Marion Berry visited Marked Tree Jan. 29 to visit with area citizens. The meeting, held at the Marked Tree Area Museum meeting room, was attended by Marked Tree mayor Lawrence Ashlock, Poinsett County Judge Bill Craft, along with business and area leaders; New building opens in Lepanto: Stanley & Company, headquarters for IGF Insurance Company, opened offices in Lepanto. Tom Fleming will be on hand at 306 Greenwood (the old Stuckey Bros. Building) to assist with any crop insurance needs. Fleming has worked for many years as a sales representative for a farm chemical company

Feb. 8, 2001:

Poinsett County Quorum Court discusses bridge construction, other matters in meeting; Special meeting of the Marked Tree School Board was held Friday night to discuss computer grants, as well as an expulsion hearing; The Boy Scouts of Marked Tree are gathering canned foods and non-perishable items for the Food Bank this Saturday morning; Lesli Griffin, age 12, served as a page for State Representative Wayne Nichols in his Little Rock office on Jan. 28. Lesli is a sixth grader at Weiner Elementary School and is the daughter of Greg and Janice Griffin of Waldenburg.

Feb. 15, 2001:

The EPC School Board voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the contracts of its three principals: Don Jones, Tyronza Elementary Principal, Joyce Lamb, Lepanto Elementary Principal, and Michael Pierce, High School Principal; Members of the Marked Tree Rotary Club heard from Gary Masters, Superintendent of the Marked Tree School District, at its meeting this week. Masters discussed the Arkansas Scholars Program; Mr. Robert Watson, Jr., an instructor at Delta Technical Institute since 1967, has received the Bernie Brooks Award. This honor is awarded by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, a four-state organization that includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas.

Feb. 22, 2001:

Tyronza council approves pay raises for Tyronza Municipal (now District) Judge, Prosecutor, and City Attorney. The 3% raise for 2001 was mistakenly omitted from the 2001 city budget, which was passed by the council in Dec. 2000; Rep. Marion Berry made a visit to Lepanto Friday to discuss agricultural issues with a group of farmers, producers, and crop insurance agents. In the meeting, held at the Lepanto American Legion Hut, Berry discussed agricultural issues that members of Congress will face in the 107th Congress; Dr. Kim Saito announced that he will be opening his office, the Doctors' Office of Marked Tree on May 1. The office will be located at 202 Newsom Street, immediately behind First Delta Bank.

Mar. 1, 2001:

MT boys basketball team wins regional tourney, headed to state; Miracle season continued this week, as the EPC senior boys basketball team captures Class AAA Region 2 title at Valley View. This title goes along with the District title that the team won a week ago; Both teams enter state tournaments; EPC student Sommer Diann Maddox accepts Academic Distinction Scholarship from ASU and will attend the Jonesboro school this fall

Mar. 8, 2001:

Tyronza City Council agrees to donate land to ASU for museum; The gentlemen of the First United Methodist Church in Marked Tree held their fifth annual barbecue sale last Friday. The crew cooked 500 Boston butts this year in a 24-hour period being Thursday morning at 8 a.m.; All-Conf. players named: Sommer Maddox and Cortney Brown of EPC were recently named All-Conference for the 3AAA South District for the 2000-2001 basketball season

Mar. 15, 2001:

Tyronza City Council ratifies Mitchell building resolution; MT boys basketball team wins the Class AA State Basketball title, with a 54-49 victory over district rival Turrell. The game, the sixth played between the schools this year, was played at the Pine Bluff Convention Center; Three members of the East Poinsett County senior boys basketball team were named to the All-Region team. Marcus Monk was named to the All-Regional team and All State Tournament Team; P.J. Lacy was named to the All-Regional team, while Cortney Brown was named to the All-District, All-State, and All-Regional teams. Also, Coach Lyn Alexander was selected as the 3AAA-South Coach of the Year.

Mar. 22, 2001:

Lepanto Police will hold a public auction Saturday at 7 p.m. to auction off guns that have been awarded to the LPD through the court system; A Lepanto woman's home was burglarized last week and police are looking for two suspects; Ms. Jane Fires of Rivervale was named Vice-President of E. Ritter Telephone Company during a recent meeting of the Board of Directors for the company. Fires, a graduate of Lepanto High School, has been with E. Ritter and Company since 1983.

Mar. 29, 2001:

The Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday to discuss plans for the year; MTPD investigates burglary at Teague home; TPD, Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office bust meth lab, make arrest; EPC baseball team sweeps Turrell 15-0 and 11-1 in doubleheader in Lepanto

Apr. 5, 2001:

Bill's Super Foods, Inc. announces groundbreaking for new 19,000 square foot supermarket in MT. It will be located between McDonald's and E. Ritter Equipment Co.; 43 acres behind the Travelair Motel on Hwy. 63 will be the new home of the NEA Raceway. William (Dub) Johnson purchased land last year and is planning to put three new tracks on the land; Debbie Franks of Tyronza was honored with the Sally Sharpe Trainer's Award, presented to the outstanding trainer with the area's Girl Scouts 12 county service area

Apr. 12, 2001:

Tribune Publisher Ron Kemp announces plan to place Tri-City Tribune on the World-Wide Web; Dustin Smith, EPC senior, awarded the 2001 Ralph Walker Memorial Scholarship from the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited; MT boys basketball coach Barbara Wilburn addresses Rotary Club, discusses state title run; Tyronza City Council keeps drug dog

Apr. 19, 2001:

EPC golf team wins 3AAA South District Championship; Jerry Organ and James Woods of Tyronza win first place in bass fishing tournament, held recently in Marianna; Mrs. Mary Louise Smith of Marked Tree receives invitation to speak to NAACP panel in Washington, DC; People turn out in droves for the close out sale at Murphy Hardware last week in Lepanto

Apr. 26, 2001:

MT Chamber of Commerce meets, discusses Jubilee Celebration in September; MT boys State Championship team to be honored Friday in MT; Jason Webb of Marked Tree captures the regional title in his division of the Toughman Championship Series in Little Rock; E. Ritter Company and E. Ritter Telephone Company make donation to Lepanto Museum in honor of Sue Chambers and Thelma Blackwood; Poinsett County Jail receives thumbs up on inspection of jail by judicial committee

May 3, 2001:

MT residents gather to honor basketball state champions; Town meeting held in Marked Tree to discuss future of town; EPC tennis coach Tommy Ford receives the 2000 Southwest Region Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations; MT baseball team wins 14-11 over Marmaduke in regional tournament

May 10, 2001:

Tim Branum becomes new MT football coach/athletic director; Poinsett County Tax Assessor Johnny Rye, Jr. addresses meeting of Lions Club, discusses tax issues recently brought before the Arkansas General Assembly; Tyronza donates drug dog to county; Car taken from Tyronza parking lot

May 17, 2001:

EPC School Board passes refunding bond issue; MT seniors Brittany Pearson and Chris Crockett are awarded the Wyatt Boxley Memorial Lions Club Scholarship; New raceway in MT to open Memorial Day; Gill-Ruiz nuptials to be exchanged May 25; Flags lowered to half-staff to honor fallen police officers, in honor National Police Officer Week; New CRDC office opens in Marked Tree

May 24, 2001:

ASU official addresses Lepanto City Council on plans to develop Delta area; High winds passed through Poinsett County late Sunday-early Monday, causing damage to trees and homes; David Tyler of Lepanto is recognized by Allstate Insurance Company for his work in insurance business; Poinsett County receives funds for bulletproof vests

May 31, 2001:

Col. Billy Thompson, MTHS ROTC Commander, announces retirement after 42 years in the U.S. Army; High school football teams begin spring football practice at area schools; MTPD arrests man on drug charges; Area high schools hold graduation ceremonies, with MT holding ceremonies in the High School Auditorium and EPC holding exercises at the football field.

Jun. 7, 2001:

Accident on Hwy. 63 sends one man to hospital; MT ROTC stays at school for one more year, maybe longer; Area native Earlie Fires elected to Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame; TPD investigates burglary at area home; Recent MT graduate Jimmy Joe Terrell accepts Academic Distinction Scholarship to attend ASU in the fall

Jun. 14, 2001:

MT School Board accepts resignations, including those of Kaye Adams, Elementary Principal; Board commends Adams on her years of service to district; Poinsett County Judge Bill Craft receives "2001 Action Award" for work with Crowley's Ridge Development Council (CRDC); CRDC service agreement approved by MT council; MT Historical Society honors Marion Dawson, on many accomplishments in and around MT

Jun. 21, 2001:

Juvenile arrested in connection with robbery at Massey's Video and Electronics; Betty Bingham, MT native, announces retirement as teacher from Trumann's Cedar Park Elementary; Charles Tacker announces bid for MT School Board; MT Lions Club member Phillip Calvert honored for 60 years service with Lions Club; Friends of Lepanto Library and city of Lepanto announce that they will receive $25,000 in capital improvement money for new library

Jun. 28, 2001:

Four arrests made in Massey robbery; Vickie Green announces bid for MT School Board; MT Chamber of Commerce announces Jubilee schedule; MT and Lepanto baseball leagues wrap up season; Lepanto Scouts host Pinewood Derby; MT Class of 1941 holds reunion

July 5, 2001:

New brochure highlights area communities, "Sunken Land" project; Friends of Lepanto Library hold groundbreaking ceremony for new library; Saito buys MT Family Medical Center; MT First Baptist Church gets new preacher, John Lee; Meeting held in Rivervale to make plans for tourism to Rivervale's tunnel;

July 12, 2001:

MT City Council approves ordinance to annex over 2,000 acres; Tyronza City Council hears from Girl Scouts on project; MT student Roger Bickerstaff selected to attend People to People Conference in Hawaii, as sports ambassador; LPD makes arrest on drive-by shooting; MTPD makes several arrests; Sen. Mike Everett involved in two-vehicle accident in Tyronza

July 19, 2001:

Lepanto Council continues support of 1/2 cent sales tax; MT Food Bank receives gift from TEA Coalition; local native returns to retouch Lepanto mural; Mary Bingham celebrates 101st birthday; MT town meeting focuses on day care center; PC Sheriff's Department finds burned car, collapsed bridge

July 26, 2001:

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, along with Poinsett County, secures federal funding to rebuild bridge at Blansett Road near Tyronza; bridge is built; Tyronza family devastated by fire; Amelia, Sam, Christopher, and Fred Stuckey are named this year's Poinsett County Farm Family; MT Friends of Library hold annual luncheon, book review; Poinsett County receives E-Rate grant from federal government

Aug. 2, 2001:

MT graduates Tony Hister and Derick Ames represent MT at the 46th annual Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game; Court restructuring affects both District and Circuit Court in area; MT Area Food Bank to open Aug. 6, at old MT Library building; Former MT police chief Elmer "Bud" Rollins dies Monday at age 75

Aug. 9, 2001:

Police investigate attempted break-in at Unico Bank in MT; Victory in Praise Inspirational Youth Choir of Marked Tree performs at Disney's EPCOT Center; Area football teams prepare for new season, with two-a-day practices

Aug. 16, 2001:

Tyronza City Council discusses city water storage system, at meeting; Dental practice in MT has new owner; Skull discovered near river in Marked Tree; Former Tyronza mayor Ray Brewington dies at age 62 in Batesville; MT and EPC students register for classes for new year; Floral Gallery in Lepanto gets new owner; EPC School Board approves 2001-02 budget

Aug. 23, 2001:

MTPD, in conjunction with other area law enforcement agencies, arrest 19 area residents on various drug charges; MTPD makes theft arrest; CRDC conducts pilot SOS program in five counties; Chris Dabney, son of Mike and Carol Dabney, makes trip to Thailand as part of church mission; Mrs. Deetress Neal of Lepanto celebrates birthday at Jonesboro bed and breakfast

Aug. 30, 2001:

Senator Tim Hutchinson visits MT, as part of meeting with Poinsett County GOP; Additional drug cases hearings held on MT busts; Raymond Oakes named Lepanto Police Chief; AARP chapter meets in Lepanto for meeting; Hog Wild BBQ opens in Marked Tree

Sept. 6, 2001:

MT Chamber of Commerce reviews Jubilee plans, discuss MT school mileage proposal; Big crowd for this year's Judd Hill Farm Day in Trumann; EPC defeats MT 14-0, in annual gridiron battle

Sept. 13, 2001:

America attacked by terrorists; County Tax Assessor Johnny Rye, Jr. announces adjustment made to homestead credit; MT Council appropriates money for new office space; MT native Lt. Col. Jerry Lynn Watson, Sr. dies at age 63 in Colorado

Sept. 20, 2001:

MT school millage defeated 189 to 153 in annual school elections; Area students gather for "See You at the Pole", Tyronza Girl Scouts hold open house in new headquarters; Jimmy Neal named to Lepanto PD; Etowah-Lepanto Lions meet, discuss pageant; Marked Tree resident Mack Crow died Tuesday, at the age of 94

Sept. 27, 2001:

25th Annual Delta Cotton Pickin' Jubilee to be held this Saturday; Wesley Reed "Jack" Foote named grand marshal of Lepanto Terrapin Derby Parade, set for Oct. 6; Williams' 200 yards give MT first season win; EPC loses nailbiter to district rival Gosnell

Oct. 4, 2001:

71st annual Lepanto Terrapin Derby is Saturday; Harrisburg resident Don Molder announces candicacy for Poinsett County Judge, during the 2002 Democratic primaries; Both area schools hold homecoming festivities; Lepanto First Baptist Church celebrates 93 years in Lepanto; Joe Roach becomes owner of John & Frank Drug Store in Marked Tree

Oct. 11, 2001:

Poinsett County Judge Bill Craft has been selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2001 Marked Tree Homecoming Parade; Terrapin Derby a success; First Delta Bank in MT and Tyronza celebrates 50 years of service to area; MT Community Hardware holds successful opening; Tyronza native A.A. "Shug" Banks dies in Blytheville at age 78, was member of Board of Directors for First Delta Bank

Oct. 18, 2001:

Heavy rains hit Black Oak and Tri-City area; Janet Hughes Pearson, local nurse practitioner, serves country as part of 164th Medical Squadron of the Tennessee Air National Guard; Lepanto City Council approves resolution for millage; Tyronza City Council hears about dog ordinances

Oct. 25, 2001:

2nd large drug bust in Marked Tree nets 26 arrests in joint investigation; $2.1 million earmarked for Poinsett County emergency planning; EPC basketball coach placed on stand-by notice in Air Force National Guard; former Tribune and Democrat editor Bob Allen addresses MT Lions/Rotary Luncheon, talks about CRDC; Jim Duffel, pastor of Lepanto First Baptist Church, named vice-moderator of the Trinity Baptist Association

Nov. 1, 2001:

Poinsett County "CALM" meeting to be held Monday, to discuss how to fight terrorism; MT trucker escapes serious injury in wreck; MTHS Band Director placed on high readiness state, in Army National Guard; Arkansas Antique Auto Club rolls into Lepanto; Lepanto dentist Dr. Cindy Landry celebrates 15 years in Lepanto office

Nov. 8, 2001:

Officials "CALM" public's terrorism fears; Gibson Guitar announces intent to purchase Baldwin Piano in Trumann; Tri-City leaders meet to discuss future of area's business community; Gill Shinabery named MVP of softball tourney in San Diego in October

Nov. 15, 2001:

Six new businesses are profiled in issue of Tri-City Tribune: Clark's Quick Stop and CJ's Diner in Tyronza and in Marked Tree; Travelair Restaurant, Bill's Market, DO3 Manufacturing, and NEA Raceway; Contributions needed for Poinsett County children's holiday gifts; Police matters discussed at Tyronza City Council meeting; Lepanto Art Club meets at home of Mrs. Virginia Cross

Nov. 22, 2001:

Baldwin to reopen Delta Wood; MT Rotary celebrates 75 years of service to MT community; Flu shot clinic held at Marked Tree Health Department; Terrie Grissom appointed to EPC School Board

Nov. 29, 2001:

Newport woman in fatal crash last Saturday; Poinsett Co. Election Commission sets boundaries for JP districts; Trey Adams wins All Region Jazz Band honor; State Senator Steve Bryles appointed to taskforce on methamphetamine; Marked Tree resident Herschel Worthy dies at age 96 on Nov. 20

Dec. 6, 2001:

Martha Ann Watson of Marked Tree; Angela McKinness of Lepanto; and Tommy Baine of Tyronza were named as the 2001 Citizens of the Year by readers of the Tri-City Tribune; City of Tyronza, residents discuss grant for waterworks; Lepanto American Legion Post approves plan for National Register; MT holds 4th annual Downtown Open House

Dec. 13, 2001:

Marked Tree Bank presents Poinsett County Department of Human Services, with check for $250 for county's foster children; 2nd Annual Marion Dawson benefit held, to benefit Delta Area Museum and Library; Marked Tree City Clerk/Treasurer Pam Wright awarded certified municipal clerk designation; Tyronza Fire Department holds Christmas party

Dec. 20, 2001:

Tyronza First Baptist Church holds Christmas celebration in basement of church; heavy rains hit Poinsett County, NE Arkansas, cause major flooding; MT Bank holds Christmas open house; NEA tourney ready to tip off today

Dec. 27, 2001:

First Delta Bank has Christmas open house; MT First United Methodist Church holds Christmas pageant and cantata; Fire destroys MT home at Christmas; Wood family holds Christmas show in Tyronza;

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