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Stories from Thursday, October 28, 2004

New motorcycle club plans community fundraisers (10/28/04)
A group of motorcycle enthusiasts in Caraway formed the Northeast Arkansas Rebels (NEAR) Club in May. The group meets once a month on the third Tuesday at Clayton Simpson's shop in Caraway. The club is open to people from Caraway and the surrounding area that share a love of motorcycles and riding...
Manila School Board officers elected (10/28/04)
Rob Veach was elected Manila School Board president at the regular October meeting held on Thursday. Other officers elected include Jackie Hill, vice president, and Scott Misner, secretary. Veach welcomed new board member Tony Crowell. "If there is anything we can do to help you, just let us know," Veach said...
Manila Council eliminates utility collection (10/28/04)
Utility payments for Entergy and Arkansas Western Gas Bills will no longer be taken at Manila City Hall. The elimination of the collection position will save the city approximately $12,000 a year. The unanimous decision to forego the collections was made at the regular October meeting held Monday, Oct. 18, with all city council members present...
Tracy Gathright installed as PM in Cardwell (10/28/04)
Tracy Gathright of Monette was installed as Postmaster of Cardwell on Sept. 30. Acting manager of Post Office Operations for the Mid-America District, Wilbur Thornton, performed the official installation ceremony. Gathright's son, Gavin, held the Bible during the ceremony...
Trey Depriest qualifies for Dream Team (10/28/04)
Trey Depriest, five year old son of Thomas and Candie Depriest of Leachville, loves the game of golf. The young golfer has been playing the game for two years and calls his dad his best friend, golf partner, and coach. Trey started to kindergarten this year at Buffalo Island Central East elementary. He has had to adjust his golf time around his school schedule this year...
Riverside netters make good showing at first state tourney (10/28/04)
Terry Conner took three of his Riverside tennis players to their very first AA State Tennis Tournament at Burns Park in North Little Rock this past Thursday and Friday and came away with a good showing from the trio. In girls action, Lady Rebel Miranda Boyd dropped a tough 6-4, 6-4 decision to Emily Cole of Parker's Chapel. ...
Lady Rebs split openers (10/28/04)
Riverside Lady Rebels split a pair of games over the weekend to open up the 2004-2005 basketball season, winning the opener Friday night at Lynn High School with a 61-52 victory over the Hillcrest Lady Screaming Eagles. Saturday morning was a different story, however, as the Lady Rebels dropped a heartbreaking 48-47 decision to the Mammoth Springs Lady Bears when Jodie Walsh hit the game winning free throw with 3.5 seconds remaining to sink the Rebels. ...
Rebels take two for the week (10/28/04)
Riverside Head Coach Buster Campbell took his troops on a weekend trip to the hills of North Central Arkansas to open the 2004-2005 basketball season. Neither game was pretty, but the Rebels came away with two hard fought victories. On Friday night, the Rebels staged an improbable comeback, rallying from 18 points down midway through the third quarter, to pull out a thrilling 58-54 overtime victory at Lynn over the Screaming Eagles of Hillcrest High School. ...
James W. Holt - Jonesboro (10/28/04)
James W. Holt, 76, of Jonesboro died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Batesville, he lived most of his life in Northeast Arkansas. He was a World War II Army veteran and worked for Crane Company for 20 years at Jonesboro and the Revere Company at Newport for several years. He was a member of Cathedral Baptist Church...
Velma Kathryn Davis Martin - West Memphis (10/28/04)
Velma Kathryn Davis Martin, 82, of West Memphis died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Born at Williford, she was a member of the Missouri Street Church of Christ and the Auxiliary at Critttenden Memorial Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Bill Martin of West Memphis; two sons, Gerald B. ...
Vasser Edward Nance - Leachville (10/28/04)
Vasser Edward "Big George" Nance, 81, of Leachville, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was born at Monette, the son of the late John and Martha Smith Nance. He was a lifelong resident of Leachville and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from Randall Co. of Blytheville and a longtime member of the Church of God in Leachville...
Lee Roy Martin Cook - Osceola (10/28/04)
Lee Roy Martin Cook, 62, of Osceola died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at his residence. Born at Gunnison, Miss., he was a truck driver and an Army veteran. He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Manila. Survivors include his wife, Tresia Cook of Osceola; two sons, James Cook of Osceola and Michael Cook of Caraway; five daughters, Martha "Kricket" Fisher of Blytheville, Bobbie Jean Davis of Manila, Shirley Ann Cisco of Prescott, Tresia Searton of Osceola and Yvette Parris of Yakima, Wash.; three brothers, James Cook of Victoria, Jimmy Cook of Osceola and David Cook of Marksville, La.; five sisters, Helen Russ of Osceola, Cheryl Shepperson of Victoria, Jo Wartson of Festus, Mo., Gail Rippey of Springfield, Mo., and Susie Cox of Summerville, S.C.; 28 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.. ...
Opal Ruth Cockrell - Lepanto (10/28/04)
Opal Ruth Cockrell, 75, of Lepanto died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Steve Cockrell and Normal Cockrell, both of Lepanto; eight sisters, Lula Davis of Warrenton, Mo., Heidi Gilbert of Sebring, Fla., Wilma Jean Evans and Sue Evans, both of Wauchula, Fla., Wanda Weaver and Doris Shipman, both of Caraway, Patricia Griggs of Lepanto and Evon Harrison of Chenoa, Ill.; four brothers, Stanley Jones, Cecil Jones and Buddy Jones, all of Lepanto and Oran Jones of Warrenton; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.. ...
Gertha L. Corter - Monette (10/28/04)
Gertha L. Corter, 93, of Monette died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Monette Manor. She was a homemaker, member of Monette Assembly of God Church, lived in Monette for 52 years, formerly of Allison. She is survived by two sons, Jim Corter of Joensboro and Don Corter of Monette; five daughters, Hazel Tiley, Iva Harrison, and Mary Eidson, and Shirley Cloud, all of Monette, and Betty Arnel of Coronado, Calif.; 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren...