13 area high school students awarded EMT scholarships

Thirteen high school seniors from across Southeast Arkansas have launched a new career path with a first-time training opportunity—free EMT education and certification courses offered at University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee and Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) in Pine Bluff. The EMT Scholarship Training Program is provided by Arkansas Rural Health Partnership’s (ARHP) Health Education for Local Providers (HELP) Expansion Project created in 2016 with funds from a USDA Delta Health Care Services … Continued

Mainline awarded grant for Dermott Dental AED program

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas recently awarded Mainline Health Systems a $1,000 mini grant for its dental AED program in Dermott. The grant will be used to purchase an automated external defibrillator for the dental clinic. Mainline’s Dermott clinic has an AED for the medical side of the clinic but does not have one for the dental side of the clinic. The dental staff will receive AED training. The AED will also … Continued

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober to seek eighth term

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober has announced his candidacy for re-election to an eighth term. “During the past thirteen years, I have worked closely with county, local, and state officials in the prevention and deterrence of crime,” Gober said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “We have increased the level of drug detection and substantially increased the number of drug related arrests. I have enjoyed meeting many citizens of this county while performing my … Continued

Scouts earn Eagle rank

Four scouts from Monticello Boy Scout Troop 67 were awarded their Eagle Scout rank on Sunday, February 4, during a Court of Honor Ceremony at First Methodist Church Family Life Center. Joey Holland, 16, Noah Minchew, 17, Cole Nash, 17, and Caleb Whitehurst, 16, received their Eagle badge and pin in a ceremony led by Scoutmaster Terry Crook. All four boys have received the highest advancement rank in Scouting by completing requirements of leadership, service, … Continued

SEACAC board meeting set for Feb. 20

The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation Governing Board of Directors will meet in their regular scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, February 20. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held at the SEACAC Complex located at 1208 North Myrtle Street in Warren. The meeting is open to the public. SEACAC serves Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew Counties in Southeast Arkansas. MORE NEWS 

Pink Tomato Trap Shoot competition set for Feb. 17

The 2018 Pink Tomato Trap Shoot will be held on Saturday, February 17 at the Warren Shooting Complex. The complex is located at 323 Bradley 38 off Highway 63, south of Warren. Two man teams may register at the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce or by contacting Seth Jolley, trap shoot chairman. Registration for the competition is $80 per team and will include two rounds of trap. Teams will be divided into two divisions, 16 … Continued

Burch announces re-election bid

State Representative LeAnne Burch today announced her intention to seek re-election to the Arkansas General Assembly representing the people of Arkansas House District 9. “It has been an incredible honor serving the people of District 9,” said Burch. “I have enjoyed each and every opportunity to work with the people of our district to address the challenges facing our communities and our state, and I look forward to continuing that service in the future.” As … Continued

6 injured in van accident

The Drew County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a van accident that sent six adult students to the hospital with minor injuries, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Monday morning around 8 a.m. the driver of an Advantages school van lost control of the vehicle on Arkansas 172 at the Lacey-New Hope Road intersection. The van rolled onto its side, injuring six adult students. The students were transported to Drew Memorial … Continued

Drew County Judge Robert Akin seeking re-election

Drew County Judge Robert Akin has announced that he will seek a fourth term in the 2018 general election Akin, an Independent, was first elected in November of 2012. “Since becoming judge, I have taken a proactive approach to many of the issues facing the county,” Akin said. “This includes working to eliminate mold in our 1930s-era courthouse, along with pursuing grants to update its wiring and HVAC systems. I also installed sidewalks around the … Continued

John Frank Gibson is not retiring

John Frank Gibson, Jr., a Monticello attorney, issued a news release Thursday saying he is not retiring. The full text of Gibson’s news release: Contrary to an article in the Advance Monticellonian, a local newspaper, John F. Gibson, Jr. has not announced his retirement. Mr. Gibson, who turns 78 on February 8, 2018, is often asked by prosecutors and police officers when and if he is ever going to retire. Mr. Gibson, who in recent … Continued