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Stories from Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Community project to benefit area fishing (02/08/06)
Town Crier News Staff Volunteers, Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge staff, and members of the Manila Boy Scout Troop 32, gathered on Saturday to assist with a community project. In spite of the cold weather, approximately 26 volunteers worked together to bundle donated Christmas trees to be used for fish habitat at several areas across Big Lake...
Student-created project could pay off in grants (02/08/06)
Art classes at Buffalo Island Central West elementary are taking their playground design project very seriously. Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades are learning skills in a real-life project in hopes to create a playground plan to be used in a grant application for money to refurbish the playground. Under the leadership of art teacher Amber Crabtree and volunteer architect Crystal Bowman of Leachville, the students are using their newly learned skills in designing the playground...
Manila senior athletes honored (02/08/06)
Manila senior athletes were honored Tuesday night at the last regular season home game in the MHS gymnasium. Basketball players and cheerleaders were recognized between the junior and senior high games. Blake Reinhart, MHS Student Council president, presented the senior athletes and their parents...
Colts take bite out of Lions 54-51 (02/08/06)
Town Crier Sports Staff Manila placed four players in double figures, but still came up on the short end of a 54-51 decision against Rivercrest Tuesday night in 3AAA South Conference action at Manila. Chase Shelton, Jackey Parker, and Kyle Misner all scored 11 points apiece while Dustin Hobeck added 10 more for the Lions. ...
Lady Lions Sink Pirates 69-24 (02/08/06)
Town Crier Sports Staff Michelle Daniel poured in 29 points while Katie Veach recorded a double-double, scoring 13 points while snaring 23 rebounds, as the Lady Lions whipped Gosnell 69-24 in senior girls action Monday night at Gosnell. Rachel Cheadle added 12 more points as Manila improved to 11-17 overall and 6-4 in 3AAA South Conference action. Brittany Hoopengardner led Gosnell with 11 points...
3AA North Conference senior boys pairings announced (02/08/06)
Town Crier Sports Staff Believe it or not, the 2005-2006 high school basketball season is quickly winding down. It seems like yesterday that basketball was just beginning. But after this week's final non-conference slate of games, the 3AA North Conference District Tournament will kick off Monday Feb. 13 at Marmaduke and will be culminated by the championship game on Saturday Feb. 18...
Former Manila star adjusts to college life (02/08/06)
This is the first in a series of articles about students from Manila, Riverside and Buffalo Island Central who are furthering their education as well as their sports careers in college. Jordan Wise of Manila is attending college at Harding University where he is red-shirting this year as a member of the Bison basketball team. The former Manila standout said attending college is a lot different from high school...
Rebels get back on winning track (02/08/06)
Town Crier Sports Staff Playing Marmaduke has been the anecdote Riverside has needed each time the Rebels have found themselves ailing this season. Riverside rolled over the Greyhounds Nov. 8, four nights after being dismantled by Maynard on their own home floor. ...
Sybil Graham Safley - Miss. (02/08/06)
Services for Sybil Graham Safley, 91, who died Jan. 25, 2006, in Vicksburg, Miss., were held in Greenwood, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 28. Interment was held at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood. Mrs. Safley was born Nov. 5, 1914, at Alicia. She was married at Monette on Sept. 26, 1931 to T.J. "Pap" Safley. She was a resident of the Poplar Ridge Community until 1942 when they moved to Phillip, Miss...
Robert Lewis Pierce - Leachville (02/08/06)
Robert Lewis Pierce, 85, of Leachville, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at St. Bernards Medical center in Jonesboro. Born in Hornersville, Mo., he was the son of the late Lewis Christopher and India Mae Ellis Pierce and had been a longtime Leachville area resident. Mr. Pierce was a prominent area farmer and landowner, had served with the Leachville Housing Authority as a founding commissioner since 1963...
Edith McLean - Keiser (02/08/06)
Edith McLean, 90, of Keiser, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at her home. Born Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1915, in Judsonia, to Albert and Alta Mae Scudder, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Keiser Church of Christ. She is survived by five sons, Bobby McLean, and wife, Martriess, of Lakeland, Fla., Bill McLean, of Keiser, Gary McLean, and wife, Reba, of El Sobrante, Calif.; Johnny McLean, and wife, Barbara, of Keiser, Danny McLean, and wife, Susie, of Marion; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.. ...
Lois Charlene Long - Manila (02/08/06)
Lois Charlene Long, 77, of Manila, widow of A.J. Long, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at St. Bernards Regional medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Holland, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Seth and Maggie Idora Andrews Herrington, and had been a Manila resident for most of her life. She was retired from frolic Footwear in Monette and was a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church near Manila...
William M. Davis - Leachville (02/08/06)
William M. Davis, 91, of Leachville, died Feb. 5, 2006, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.
Elma Tucker Bley - Monette (02/08/06)
Elma Tucker Bley, 91, of Monette, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at her residence. Born in Greenfield, she lived most of her life in Monette. She had worked as a clerk for Watkins Rexall Drug Store in Monette for 14 years. She was a member of Monette First United Methodist Church and was a member of United Methodist Women...
Sherman Lee Pierce - Ravenden Springs (02/08/06)
Sherman Lee Pierce, 62, of Ravenden Springs died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at his residence. Born Dec. 10, 1943, in Craighead County, son of Henry and Martha Hamilton Pierce, he was an auto body repairman in Paragould and of the Baptist belief. He was united in marriage to Glenda Copeland in 1989...