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Stories from Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fourth generation of Smith family takes to the air (07/18/07)
Town Crier News Staff Matt Smith celebrated his 16th birthday on June 1 from the air as he made his first solo flight. He has been taking flying lessons through Sky Venture Aviation Training in Jonesboro and had been looking forward to the day. "It was a little different being at the controls all alone but I was not really nervous," Matt said...
BIC School Board accepts resignations (07/18/07)
Town Crier News Staff The Buffalo Island Central school board accepted three employee resignations and hired three new employees for the 2007-2008 school year during the July 9 meeting held in the superintendent's office on the Monette campus. Directors accepted resignations from Todd Rhoades, junior business instructor and baseball coach, Doris Thomas, junior high custodian, and Frankie Helms, BIC East cafeteria. ...
Leachville Council tables property annexation (07/18/07)
Town Crier News Staff Leachville aldermen discussed annexation of property north of town for new business development, but the decision was tabled in order to give the city time to discuss future development in the area. Eddie Adams requested annexation for an acre of land adjacent to the Dollar General Store on Highway 119 north of the city, which has been purchased by Chris Morgan. ...
Caraway Council OKs water rate increase (07/18/07)
Town Crier News Staff The Caraway Council completed plans to raise city water rates at the Thursday evening, July 12, council meeting. An emergency was declared and the city passed the Water Rate Increase Ordinance 2007-3 on all three readings. Increases for water were discussed and passed at the June meeting, and this ordinance finalized the city's efforts to stabilize the rising cost to produce water for city customers...
Accident claims life of Manila toddler (07/18/07)
A drowning accident claimed the life of two year old Ioanna Marcus on Sunday afternoon. According to Manila Chief of Police Jackie Hill a 911 call was received at 1:49 p.m. to the Marcus home at 612 Leah Lane. Manila Officer James Skinner arrived at 1:52 p.m. ...
Capt. Armani selected to attend doctoral program (07/18/07)
95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Air Force Capt. Clint Armani, 416th Flight Test Squadron flight commander, was selected recently by the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. to begin studies toward a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio...
Jason Durham joins Manila coaching staff (07/18/07)
Town Crier News Staff Jason Durham came to Manila excited and ready to join the coaching staff as junior high football coach, assistant senior high football coach, and assistant boys' junior and senior high basketball coach. Durham will also be teaching junior high math...
Etta Delene Cottrell (07/18/07)
Leachville Etta Delene Cottell, 60, of Leachville, formerly of Manila died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at her residence. Born in Blytheville she was the daughter of the late Ray E. Horn and had been a lifelong Manila area resident before making her home in Leachville a year ago...
Chester Gaskins (07/18/07)
Lake City Chester Gaskins, 82, of Lake City died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Gaskins of Lake City; four sons, John Hoots, Charles, James and George Gaskins; four daughters, Bobbye Bronkhorst, Brenda Tomky, Mollie Hoggard and Linda Hoezee; two sisters, Myrtle Jackson and Cora Clark; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren...
Ioanna Reese Marcus (07/18/07)
Manila Ioanna Reese Marcus, two year old daughter of Dr. Trent and Misty Marcus, died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. In addition to her parents she is survived by two sisters; Natalie Marcus and Charlsey Marcus both of the home; paternal grandparents; Charles and Anne Marcus of Memphis;;maternal grandparents, Donna Weathers of Manila and Ioannis and Darlene Angelatos of Vancouver, Wash.; great-grandparents, James and Faye Watts of Manila and Yorgo and Yorgeia Angelatos of Athens, Greece.. ...
Ruby A. Williams (07/18/07)
Lake City Ruby A. Williams, 89, of Lake City, formerly of Blytheville, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Lakeside Nursing Center. Born April 7, 1918, in Blytheville to the late Frank and Tinnie Belle Holt Cox, she was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tim Williams, and a son, Lawrence Williams...