Master Gardener training set for June, July

A wide array of gardening related topics will be covered in depth at the Summertime 17 Master Gardener Training in June and July. The training dates are June 15, 22 and 29 and July 13 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Speakers will include current Master Gardeners, U of A Extension Specialists, and other state agency specialists. The location of the training sessions had not yet been determined. For more information, call Steve … Continued

Seminar for women entrepreneurs: June 3

A seminar for women who are considering, or have recently started, a business will be hosted June 3 by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The seminar is free and will be held at the Monticello Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Stephanie Harton, ASBTDC director. To preregister, contact Abbey Nowlen at (870) 460-1266 or register online at: … Continued

The CALL of Drew County to host informational meeting

The CALL of Drew County will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Monticello. Attendees will learn how they can help children in foster care by serving as a volunteer or becoming an foster or adoptive family. Attendees will also learn more about The CALL, volunteer opportunities and the foster and adoption certification process. The church is located at 939 Barkada Road in Monticello.  

Lakeport Plantation announces summer hours

To better accommodate visitors, Lakeport Plantation is now offering daily tours, Monday through Friday, on the hour from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Also, for the summer travel season, Lakeport will be open Saturdays, May 20-July 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with tours on the hour. Last tour will be at 2 p.m. Lakeport will be closed the following holidays during the summer: Closed Memorial Day (Monday, May 29, 2017) Closed for Independence … Continued

Star City student awarded scholarship

Randa Jacks, a graduating senior at Star City High School, was recently chosen to receive the Gerald and Sue Majors Endowed Scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Randa is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Jacks. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Star City High School senior who exhibits a strong academic background and work ethic, and displays outstanding professional potential. The award is renewable for up to eight semesters, … Continued

Dermott Community Festival is Friday and Saturday

The 5th Annual Dermott Community Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. The festival will feature music, crawfish dinners, music, carnival and cash bingo. In keeping with this year’s theme “Boots & Buckles”, festival goers are encouraged to “break out your boots, buckles and hats.” The headline entertainment will be William Staggers and Treo, performing on Saturday from 8 p.m. until midnight. The Cummins Prison Band will perform on Friday from noon … Continued

Parade, documentary to be part of veteran appreciation celebration in Monticello

Monticello will pay tribute to veterans and active duty military with a day-long celebration on May 20. This day of celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade on North Main Street. The parade route will begin at First Baptist Church and continue around the town square and down South Main Street before taking a right onto West Bolling Street and continuing to McCloy Park. The parade will then cross U.S. 425 South and … Continued

Star City students’ art included in state exhibit

Five Star City School District students from Jimmy Brown Elementary School and Star City High School will have their artwork included in the 2017 Arkansas Art Educators State Art Show. Artwork by Jimmy Brown Elementary School first grader Haylie Rhodes and second grader Madelyn Boardman will be included in the state art show. The Jimmy Brown Elementary School students are under the instruction of art teacher Suzi Davis. The state art show also includes artwork … Continued

Ashley County Medical Center receives AR SAVES award

Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett recently received the Site Excellence Award at the 8th annual AR SAVES Conference in Hot Springs for being “above the rest” in the care of stroke patients. Accepting the award on behalf of Ashley County Medical Center Award (pictured from left) were Shawna Hawkins, BSN, RN, Ramona Hill, BSN, RN, Dr. Mark Dixon, Jamie West, BSN, RN, and Mary Jon Wells, BSN, RN. The medical center is one of … Continued

Timothy Kessler, editor of Eagle Democrat, pens novella

Timothy Kessler, a 35-year newspaper veteran and editor of The Eagle Democrat in Warren, will host a book signing of his first novella, A Long Road to Nowhere, at the Warren Branch Library on June 2 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Book synopsis: A chain of explosive events is set in motion as Ashley Jean Devareaux dies in a horrific traffic accident in Finley County, Arkansas. The quiet nearby town of Goatneck, which formerly … Continued