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  • Rogers Akin

    Monticello’s first independent mayor in 30-plus years sworn in by state’s only independent county judge

    Independent candidates who lack the backing of political parties typically have a hard time gaining traction in partisan elections but that is not the case in Drew County. A Democratic stronghold where candidates rarely run as an independent and only recently began seeing Republicans on the ballot, Drew County and its county seat, Monticello, apparently is becoming more independent in its political ideology. Joe Rogers, the first independent candidate to be elected mayor of Monticello … Continued

  • Fred Williams Tangela Walton

    Trial reset for Monticello man charged with killing Warren woman

    A continuance has been granted in the first-degree murder trial of a Monticello man accused of killing a Warren woman then burying her body in a wooded area behind his home. Fred Lee Williams, 51, is charged with abuse of a corpse and first-degree murder in the April 2013 death of 36-year-old Tangela Walton, of Warren. Williams' trial was scheduled to begin this week but was postponed until late August because a local physician who … Continued

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  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital patients from Drew County create drawings for Log-A-Load

    Two Drew County children who are patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital have created drawings for the Drew County Log-A-Load annual fundraiser for the hospital. Fang Blayock, 6, and Louise Blaylock, 6, were asked by the Drew County Log-A-Load for Kid’s committee to create drawings for the organization’s annual t-shirt to help raise funds for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Fang and Lou's t-shirt design for Log-A-Load In March 2011, Fang was adopted from China by Len (III) … Continued

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  • Deed scam targeting property owners

    Drew County Tax Assessor Beth Davis is alerting Drew County property owners about a company trying to trick people into paying more than $80 for a warranty deed to their property. Drew County property owners have been receiving notices that look like government statements with a due date, but are actually solicitations from a California company that sells property owners a copy of their deed and other real estate documents for more than what the … Continued