Democrat Year In Review

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

This is the first in a four part series reviewing the events of 2007.

January 3 - Mayor Sheila Walters was sworn in as the first woman mayor in Trumann's history. Walter's was elected mayor after a run off election that ended in a tie vote. The race was eventually decided when Walters drew her own name out of a box at the Poinsett County Courthouse in Harrisburg.

The Trumann Chamber of Commerce sought nominations for Trumann Citizen of the Year. The award was scheduled to be given on Jan. 29, 2007 at the annual chamber banquet. Some previous winners of the award were Rick Atkins -- 2005, Letha Owens -- 2004, Lois May -- 2003, Robert Hendrix -- 2002, Barbara Lewallen -- 2001 and Wally Shrader -- 2000.

Democrat employee Dan Brawner published his first novel, "The Ridge." The sportswriter spent two years writing and editing the book.

State Senator Steve Bryles spoke to the Trumann Lions Club about the upcoming legislative session.

Reverend and Mrs. Paul E. Hale of Trumann celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30. Paul Hale and the former Virginia Russell were married in 1956. They lived in Illinois until returning to Trumann to live in 1995. They have two daughters, Paula Lowery and Judith Wilson, both of Trumann.

Santa's helpers, Daniel Clement, Ronald Clement, Vera Young, Fay Manly, Dorthia Reeves and Irene Benson, delivered 50 Christmas stockings to Trumann seniors enrolled in the Trumann Meals on Wheels program.

The tenth annual Trumann Community Christmas served 642 meals on Christmas day at the Community House. The meals were provided free of charge. In tens years, the program has provided 4,391 meals to Trumann area residents.

January 10 - Trumann fireman Carl Wilson was named Trumann Fireman of the Year. A volunteer fireman with the local fire department, Wilson was the 23rd fireman to receive the award. Local fireman cast votes for the award which goes to one of their peers. Wilson joined the department as a volunteer in 2004. "All of the guys here are proud of him," Fire Chief Rick Winkles said.

The Poinsett County Quorum Court welcomed two new justices of the peace, Brent Henderson and Gene Terry, both of Trumann. The two new justices replaced Jack Coggins and Rick Winkles.

Mrs. Mary Sue Nunnally, 84, died Jan. 3 at the family residence. Nunally was preceded in death by her husband, Osee William Nunnally, Sr. She was survived by four daughters, Brenda Moon of Bay, Betty Kendrick and Diann Moss, both of Trumann, and Jo Ann Xanders of Golconda, Ill.; and two sons, George Nunnally of Bentonville and Osee, Jr. of Trumann.

Maple Grove Baptist Church announced it would hold a program, "Permission to Breathe: Reclaiming Your Best Self" on Jan. 11. The event, which would be broadcast via satellite, was designed to help women answer the question of who they are at their best. Participants would learn how it is possible to engage in life in a way that doesn't leave one drained of joy and energy.

A dating game for those single and over sixty was planned by the Trumann Senior Life Center. A special Valentine's Date for two couple's would be provided including a candlelight dinner, flowers, chocolate candy and a chauffeured ride. The game was scheduled to be held Feb. 10.

The FASTRAX Program at Trumann High School announced it would offer beginning and conversational Spanish, a class for emergency responders (for police and ambulance personnel, and a ladies fitness and exercise class.

January 17 - Police Chief Larry Blagg presented Patrolman Erik Willbanks with a special award during the first Trumann City Council meeting of the year. Willbanks was honored for his quick action when responding to a call where a child was choking on a piece of candy. He was able to quickly remove the obstruction and restore the child's breathing. Blagg presented the officer with a plaque and commended him for his handling of the situation.

Jerry Brackett, architect for the new Trumann High School, spoke to the Trumann Lions Club about the project.

Pet of the week was Gracie, a Yorkshire Terrier, owned by Patsy Norris of Trumann. Norris received Gracie as a birthday present.

Logan Sheets of Trumann was among the students on the Dean's List at Harding University in Searcy. Sheets is a junior majoring in early childhood education. To be eligible for the list, a student must carry 12 or more hours and have an average scholarship level of 3.65 minimum.

Sarah Whitton of Trumann was awarded a President's Select Scholarship to attend William's Baptist College. Whitton was a senior at Trumann High School. She is the daughter of Larry and Sherry Whitton of Trumann.

The Bank of Trumann donated $2,500 to the Trumann Community House Foundation. The bank's President and CEo Rick Gillette presented the check to Cecil Daves, treasurer, and Donnie Taylor, president of the foundation.

January 24 - The Trumann High School class of 1987 announced it was planning its 20 year reunion. The reunion was planned for the weekend of June 22-23, 2007.

Trumann Police Chief Larry Blagg spoke to the Trumann Lions Club about the war his police officers were fighting in the city. "I believe that drug users should be given a chance at rehab, but I have no tolerance for drug dealers," he said. "They need to get out of Trumann."

Baby of the week was Chloe Danielle Laden, the daughter of Timothy Laden and Courtney Hilderbran of Tyronza.

Lindsay Davis of Trumann, a senior at Trumann High School, accepted a Chancellor's Scholarship to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. During high school, Davis played basketball and volleyball, was a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council, among other activities. She is the daughter of Tony and Shelley Davis of Trumann.

Dyland Bossert, a fifth grader at Central Elementary, won third place in the 34th Annual Elks "Hoop Shoot". He is the son of Shane Bossert and Angie Pagan of Trumann.

The Trumann Chamber of Commerce annual Leadership Trumann Class was accepting applications. The class provides tools and resources to help participants in preparing to address the city's future needs.

January 31 - Carroll Anderson retired after 22 years of employment with the Bank of Trumann.

Mrs. Ruth Coons Easley planned to celebrate her 90th birthday on Feb. 2. She was the youngest of three girls born to Gilbert and Lula Mathis. She was born in 1917. She and her husband, Roy, raised 11 children in Harrisburg. Mrs. Easley lives in Trumann with her daughter, Cheryl Dixon. She attends Viva Drive Church of Christ.

Herschel and Hazel Massey Harness celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 28. They were married by Mitchell Heard. They moved to Lunsford in 1949 and settled in Trumann in 1957. They have three sons, Don Harness of Tennessee, Perry Harness of Trumann and Allen Harness of Jonesboro.

Mayor Sheila Walters spoke to the Trumann Lions Club. "I want to change the perception of the city of Trumann to a positive, upbeat outlook," she told the club.

Mrs. Marzee Ann Hyneman, 87, died Jan. 27. Preceded in death by her husband, Frank Hyneman, she had lived in Trumann for many years. She was survived by two sons, Ben Hyneman and Hal Hyneman, both of Jonesboro.

Elden "Peavine" Gartman was named Outstanding Citizen of Trumann by the Chamber of Commerce.

February 7 - Trumann was briefly blanketed in snow on Jan. 31.

Baker Lumber Company was named 2006 Business of the Year by the Trumann Chamber of Commerce. The business received the award in memory of business owner L.B. Baker.

Baby of the week was Braxton Wade Trego, the son of Ron and Carrie Trego of Trumann.

Jeff Ruffin of Trumann High School was awarded a Dean's Scholarship to attend William's Baprist College. He is the son of Kyle and Barbara Roe of Trumann.

Two Trumann residents performed with the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds of the Arkansas State University department of music. Janet Rooney and Nicole Nebecker were part of the performance.

The Trumann Chamber of Commerce announced that the third annual Miss Wildcat beauty pageant would be held Feb. 24.

February 14 - Jessie Aaron Poff, 22, was killed Feb. 10 in a one car accident in the northbound lane of Highway 63. He was survived by his parents, Ricky Poff, Carol Ann Haynes and Dr. Keith McClung; a sister, Hannah McClung; and two brothers, Jeremy Kyle Poff and Alex McClung, all of Trumann.

Baby of the week was MaryBeth Olivia Penter. She is the daughter of Zach and DeAnn Penter of Trumann.

Members of the Trumann High School bowling team were named as Trevor Meeks, Darren King, Whitney Richardson, Monica Mitchison, Shannon Meeks, Kelsey York, Loren Kelly, team captain Derek Qualls, Noah Tacker, Wayne Clements, Dustin Green, Daniel Holt, Jeff Lillard, Shea Holman, Brittney Russell and Hayley Blake.

Bubba DeBoard, a 6-7, 360 pound offensive tackle at Trumann High School signed to play football with Arkansas Tech in fall of 2007. DeBoard is the son of Debbie DeBoard and Ricky DeBoard of Trumann.

Former Trumann Mayor Jack Coggins was honored by the Trumann Rotary Club and local citizens with a luncheon at the Trumann Country Club. Coggins' wife, Erin, his son Jackie and wife, Sandy, and son, John also attended the event.

Wanda Lee Young, 84, of Trumann died Feb. 8. She was a 1941 graduate of Trumann High School. She was married to Loice Terrell Young for 63 years before his death in 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Rhonda Susan Walters of Conway and Teri Borton of Maumelle.

February 21 - Singer Jon Secada came to Trumann to visit the Trumann Baldwin Piano Feb. 13. Secada and his family toured the plant and he tried out several of the Baldwin Piano's on display.

The Trumann High School class of 1957 announced it would hold its 50th year reunion Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2007.

Babies of the week were Hannah, Trey and Grant Nunnally. They are the children of Gan and Chassity Nunnally of Bentonville. They are the grandchildren of George and Beth Nunnally of Bentonville and the great-grandchildren of Elizabeth McClung of Trumann.

Leonard Heard and Ronald Clement both won Valentine's date packages from the Trumann Senior Life Center while participating in a dating game competition.

Bay Junior High School spelling bee winners were: Shayla Humble, Bailey Gage and Brook Bond.

Dr. J.W. "Jim" Basinger, 74, died Feb. 18 A graduate of Trumann High School, he attended Arkansas State University, and UAMS Medical School. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; one son, Matt Basinger of Little Rock; a brother, Gary John Basinger of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and two sisters, Dorothy Martin of Trumann and Ann Martin of Little Rock.

Greg White was named Trumann High School's new head football coach at the Feb. 12 Trumann School Board meeting. White replaces Ricky Timbs who is retiring.

February 28 - Ashley Anderson, the daughter of Martha Anderson and Richard Henderson, was crowned Miss Wildcat at the annual Miss Wildcat competition sponsored by the Trumann Chamber of Commerce.

Trumann resident Neal Vickers recently purchased Trumann Auto Parts and held a grand reopening for the business on Feb. 22

Carolyn McMullin, customer service representative at the Bank of Trumann for 26 years, retired from the bank.

Trumann students participating in the Poinsett County Spelling Bee held Feb. 9 were: Adam Sanders -- 8th grade, Courtney Todd -- 6th grade, Keffer Roach -- 7th grade, Hunter Eaves -- 7th grade and Tucker Crain -- 5th grade.

Tiny Baby Miss Wee Kitten was Gabriella Hillis, the daughter of Del and Wendy Hillis.

Miss Wee Cat was Alli Victory, the daughter of Sam and Melissa Victory.

March 7 - The Bank of Trumann promoted Paul McAnally to bank vice president and loan officer, according to Rick Gillette, bank president. Debbie Robinson, a bank employee for 26 years, was promoted to compliance coordinator. Anthony Patterson was hired as assistant vice president and loan officer.

The engagement of Samantha Joyce Mizell and Ryan Gabriel Stone was announced. The couple planned to be married June 16, 2007.

Local veterinarian Dr. Norette Underwood spoke to the Trumann Lions Club about avian flu or bird flu .

Pet of the week was Clyde, a horse owned by Alescia Manes of Trumann. Clyde has a friend, Precious the chicken, who rides on his back.

Baby of the week is Gabriella "Gabby" Faith Hillis, one year old daughter of Delton and Wendy Hillis of Trumann.

Southern Tans opened in Trumann. The business, owned by Don Cole, his wife Penny, and Cole's daughter, Patience, in located on Highway 463.

March 14 - Carolyn Tribble is named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Trumann Chamber of Commerce. Tribble has taught for nine years and is employed at Cedar Park Elementary School.

Gordon Avondale Williams married Linda Kemper on March 16, 1967. They will celebrate their 40th anniversary at the Community House on March 17. They are lifetime residents of Trumann. They have three children: Sherry Beth Francis and Stephanie Patterson both of Trumann and Shaun Williams of Clarksville.

Pet of the week is Patches, 16 year old cat who belongs to Brian and Lisa Crawford of Trumann.

Herb Lawrence, director of the Arkansas State University Small Business Development Center, spoke to the Trumann Lions Club.

Kara Nichole Taylor, the daughter of Jason and Tena Taylor of Trumann, was born Feb. 19 at NEA Regional Women's Center. She weighed six pounds and two ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Baby of the week was Jake Stuckey, son of John and Amy Stuckey of Trumann. He is the grandson of Natalie and the late J.C. Stuckey and Lou and the late Guy Pardew, Jr. He has a big sister, Natalie.

March 21 - The 12th annual COPS for KIDS Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 24.

All former students, faculty, staff and friends of Cherry Valley High School are invited to attend the 25th annual reunion to be held July 7 at Cross County High School.

Caleb Lands celebrated his first birthday on March 1. He is the son of Chris and Dana Lands of Trumann.

The Trumann Lions Club announced plans to hold its second annual charity golf classic. The event will be held this year in memory of Paul S. Thompson on Saturday, April 28 at the Trumann Country Club.

Former Trumann resident Howard Slinkard was appointed to the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees.

Cedar Park Elementary celebrated Arbor Day on March 19 with two tree planting ceremonies.

March 28 - The engagement of Julie Dianne Austin and Brett Michael Witcher was announced. A wedding date of Aug. 11, 2007 is planned.

Harleigh Hisaw celebrated her first birthday on March 29. She is the daughter of Scotty and Beverly Hisaw. She has an older sister, Paige.

Baby of the week is Makaeia Katherine Henry, 3. She is the daughter of Gary Jenry and Brooke Lyle, both of Trumann. She has two brothers, Gary Henry, Jr. and Trevor Lyle.

Kemberly Roberts of Bay was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, at Williams Baptist College on March 7.

Duston Seth Jones, a senior at Trumann High School, has accepted a Chancellor's Scholarship to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He plans to major in sports management with an emphasis in business. He is the son of Rusty and Theresa Jones of Trumann.

Charlie Fray Shores, 87, of Trumann died Saturday, March 24. He lived in Trumann for 57 years. He is survived by his wife, Velma Byrd Shores; and a son, Charles Gray Shores of Trumann.

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