Beam signing at UAM

Members of the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees, UAM Board of Visitors, legislators and others were on hand last week to sign the beam for the new Student Success Center currently under construction on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Pictured above (from left) are UA Trustee Mark Waldrip, UA System President Donald Bobbitt, SGA President Bryson Berry, George Harris of the Board of Visitors, Ashley Fiant of SCM Architects, … Continued

3 area physical therapists present research at state conference

  Three physical therapists from South Arkansas Rehab recently presented research findings at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville. Alana Bartlett, PT, DPT, ACHT, Nat Grubbs, PT, OCS, and Park Tipton, PT, DPT, OCS were selected to provide platform presentations at the meeting. Dr. Bartlett’s presentation was entitled The Placebo and the Power of Your Language: Suggestibility is the Bridge. Bartlett is pictured on the left … Continued

Mainline awarded grant to promote dental hygiene

Mainline Health Systems, Inc. recently was awarded a $2,500 grant from Delta Dental to promote dental hygiene in four Southeast Arkansas school districts. The funds will be used to purchase educational materials and oral health supplies for elementary school children in the Dermott, Drew Central, Lakeside and Star City school districts. The grant will allow Mainline to purchase four Mojo Monkeys, 1,800 toothbrushes and toothpaste kits, 1,800 tooth-coloring books and crayons. Mainline’s hygienist will use to the … Continued

Endowment to honor the late Dr. W.J. McKiever and Dr. Randy McKiever

  The family of the late Dr. William J. “W.J.” McKiever is creating an endowed scholarship in the University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation Fund to honor Dr. McKiever and his son, Dr. Randy McKiever. The Dr. William J. McKiever and Dr. William Randall McKiever Pre-Pharmacy or Pre-Medicine Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior pre-pharmacy or pre-medicine student recommended by the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. The recipient must be a … Continued

$750K grant to fight opioid crisis in Southeast Arkansas

Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, formerly the Greater Delta Alliance for Health, Inc., was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive the HRSA Rural Health Opioid Grant this year. The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership project was funded for $750,000 to address opioid use disorder in Southeast Arkansas over the next three years. The Arkansas Delta Rural Health Opioid Project is the first behavioral health project for the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, an organization of … Continued

Orrell, Cantrell honored at awards dinner

  Peggy Orrell recently was named the Faculty Member of the Year and received the “You Make a Difference” Award at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee 11th Annual Advisory Board Dinner. Orrell (pictured on the right) is the director of Allied Health at the college. For four consecutive years, McGehee’s practical nursing students achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the NCLEX exam. Sharon Cantrell, assistant vice chancellor at the college, was named Outstanding Staff Member … Continued

Seven Arkansas growers break 100-bushel mark in soybeans

  Seven Arkansas soybean growers have broken the 100-bushel-per-acre mark this season so far, with others possibly to come. The growers, four of whom have surpassed the benchmark yield in previous seasons, are all taking part in the Arkansas Soybean Association’s “Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge.” Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said the certifications have come unusually late in the year. But as any … Continued

Fall community beautification challenge issued in Drew County

The Monticello Economic Development Commission is issuing a one-month challenge to Drew County residents and civic, church and neighborhood groups to help clean up the Drew County and the city of Monticello. The challenge runs from October 14 through November 18. Groups are encouraged to post a photo themselves and the collected trash on the MEDC’s Facebook page. The group collecting the most trash will be recognized at the Chamber of Commerce-MEDC Awards Banquet. Areas in … Continued

Students to auction art to help homeless dogs

  Monticello Middle School art students and EAST students are teaming up to raise funds for the local dog rescue shelter and Monticello 2nd Chance Fur Dogs, a local organization that works with the dog rescue shelter to find homes for homeless dogs. Students in Sherry Knight’s 6th grade art classes created 38 dog portraits that will be auctioned on Orrell Auctions & Real Estate website. Each painting is on an 8 x 10 canvas … Continued

OB-GYN joins Drew Memorial’s Women’s Services team

  Dr. N. Lakshmi Battala, an obstetrician and and gynecologist, has joined Drew Memorial’s women’s services team. A native of India, Dr. Battala graduated medical school at the age of 21 before moving to New York for residency. She has practiced medicine for 20 years, chiefly in central California. She will provide general obstetrics and gynecology care with Dr. Kelly Shrum in Drew Memorial’s Women’s Services building behind the main hospital facility. Patients may see … Continued