• Jose Ambrocio, Dodge Bennett, Corey Wright, Trey Busch and Sam Pelkki

    Drew Central, Monticello students win medals at state occupational skills competition

    Jose Ambrocio, a Drew Central High School senior, and Trey Busch, a Monticello High School senior, both won gold medals at the recent Arkansas SkillsUSA competition in Hot Springs. Amrocio placed first in the carpentry competition while Busch placed first in the precision machining competition. Ambrocio is eligible to attend the SkillsUSA National Competition and compete in the carpentry competition this summer in Louisville, Kentucky. There is no national precision machining competition. Other medalists were Dodge … Continued

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  • Tornado Sirens

    Drew County to begin testing new tornado warning system April 27

    Drew County will begin testing its new tornado siren system the week of April 27 and continue through May 4. Testing will occur at various locations throughout the county until all sirens have been confirmed to be online and ready for use, according to Drew County Office of Emergency Coordinator Michael Frisby. Drew County residents can receive Drew County citizens can receive text or telephone alerts in the case of severe weather by signing up for the … Continued

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  • Travis Steinke

    Steinke’s grand slam beats Harding

      University of Arkansas at Monticello junior baseball player Travis Steinke hit a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to give the Weevils a 7-4 non-conference win over Harding on Tuesday at Weevils Field. Redshirt freshman Brian Ray cut the deficit to one run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring sophomore Alex Smith, who walked earlier in the inning. Junior Corey Wood followed Ray's sac fly by getting … Continued

  • Cliff Gibson and Wongs

    Woman born at Japanese Relocation Center revisits 7 decades later

    Today (April 11) I had the unique privilege to personally meet and visit with a very special 70-year-old lady and her husband. Her name is Sharon Sanaye Osaki Wong. She was born at the Japanese Relocation Center at Jerome, Arkansas, on May 4, 1944, while her parents, Takaji and Oritsu Osaki were being held there by U.S. Military Authorities during World War II. Cliff Gibson, right, pictured with Sharon Sanaye Osaki Wong and her husband, … Continued