Construction underway on State Police headquarters at Warren

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and commanders of the Arkansas State Police, along with state police commissioners, broke ground today signaling construction to begin on a new $2.8-million dollar troop headquarters. “Seventy-four years ago in Warren, the Arkansas State Police built a headquarters building that we now know as Troop F Headquarters. It was one of the first four built in the state,” said Hutchinson. “Now we are breaking ground to build a new facility that will … Continued

County needs, interests meeting slated for July 25 at Winchester

The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will conduct a community meeting in Drew County to discuss county needs and interests. The public is strongly encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held on July 25 at 6 p.m. at the Winchester City Hall, located at 5241 Highway 138 in Winchester. The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation serves Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties.

Drew County NAACP to host youth summit

  The Drew County NAACP will host a Youth Leadership Summit on August 5 at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church in Monticello. The purpose of the youth summit is to get more young people involved in ACT-SO, the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, according to a news release announcing the event. ACT-SO is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. It … Continued

ACMC and Family Clinic of Ashley County ink merger deal

Ashley County Medical Center and the Family Clinic of Ashley County have announced that the two entities have agreed to merge. The organizational structure of the clinic will transition to hospital governance so that all physicians and staff will become employees of Ashley County Medical Center. Officials say this is a mutual merging that will not change patient care. “Patients will not see any change at Family Clinic,” said Ben Walsh, M.D. Family Clinic of … Continued

Ironclads, Cotton & Corn: The Civil War in the Mississippi Delta

Many Civil War historians have treated the Mississippi Delta region as a sideshow to more significant campaigns in the east. In a Lakeport Legacies history talk at the Lakeport Plantation on July 27, Historian Jim Woodrick will explore how the Delta was vital to Confederate interests and was the target of repeated Union attempts to utilize the region’s waterways as an avenue of invasion. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion begins … Continued

Architecture camp for girls this week at McGehee Depot Museum

The Alex Foundation will host an architecture and design summer camp this week at the McGehee Depot Museum in McGehee. The free summer camp will introduce rising seventh-grade girls to architecture, design and the built environment. Amanda Sturgell, an architect with the Little Rock-based firm of Polk Stanley Wilcox (PSW) Architects where more than 50 percent of the firm’s entire professionals are women, will be the guest speaker. A graduate of the University of Arkansas … Continued

Mobile veterans clinic will be in Monticello July 21

A Vet Center mobile clinic for veterans will be in Monticello on July 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The clinic will be at the VFW and American Legion building located at 148 Veterans Drive, off West Bolling, in McCloy Park. The clinic will be somewhat like an information fair, since experts in numerous subject areas will be there. They will have stations set up inside the VFW building. Veterans Affairs benefits officers, health care … Continued

Star City names Mainline ‘Business of the Quarter’

The Star City Chamber of  Commerce has named Mainline Health Systems, Inc. as its Business of the Quarter. Mainline Health Systems, Inc. was started in 1978 by a small group of local agricultural leaders. It grew from its first location with one physician to six medical clinics, three dental clinics and eight school clinics with more than 100 employees. The Mainline in Star City started in December of 2013. The Mainline School Clinic in Star … Continued

Free Big Band Jazz Concert at UAM on July 19

Jazz aficionados will be able to hear some of the country’s top jazz artists when they perform as part of the All-Star Jazz Camp at the University of Arkansas at Monticello July 19. The All-Star Jazz Camp Big Band will take the stage of the UAM Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. for a free concert. The 18-member band will include Paul Henry of the Airmen of Note, the internationally-acclaimed jazz band of the U.S. … Continued

Outdoor Hall of Fame to honor new inductees

The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation will welcome three new names to the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame at this year’s annual banquet on August 11 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. David Pryor, Ross Whipple and Mark Karnes all will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the late Winthrop Paul Rockefeller will be honored with the Hall of Fame Legacy Award. Pryor, former Governor of Arkansas, member of the Arkansas … Continued