Author of “The Freedom Song” to speak at Lakeport Plantation

Author Mike Jordan calls them the unforgettable interviews. It was 1998, and the curator of the Museum of Chicot County, the late Dorothy Douglas, said she knew of great-granddaughters of the slaves who toiled at Lakeport and other nearby plantations and offered to set up some interviews. The stories the four elderly women relayed to Jordan, passed down through the generations, became the inspiration for storylines in his novel, The Freedom Song, set at Lakeport … Continued

3 Arkansas authors to be featured at SEARK Literary Arts program

Three Arkansas authors will be featured at a SEARK Literary Arts program in March at the Monticello Branch Library. In observance of March as National Reading Month, the Monticello Branch Library, Alex Foundation and Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative will host a literary arts program featuring three Deborah Mathis, Mark Spencer and Tamara Hart Heiner. The authors will share their inspiration for writing and their own individual and personal stories. They will offer insights into … Continued

2017 Special Olympics Polar Plunge set for February 25

The Area 12 Special Olympics Polar Plunge will be held on February 25 at Weevil Pond on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Individuals will raise a minimum of $50 each then plunge in the chilly water to benefit Special Olympics. Plungers may plunge solo or with a team, such as a group of friends or co-workers. If plunging with a team, each team member must raise at least $50. Registration is at noon. … Continued

Guachoya features Larry Winston art in February

The Guachoya Cultural Art Center in Lake Village will showcase the artwork of Larry Winston of McGehee during the month of February. The exhibit will open with a reception to meet the artist on February 9 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event. Winston, the son of a compress worker and stay-at-home mother, was born in McGehee. At the age of six, he discovered he had a … Continued

Weevil Welcome Days set for February 9 and March 31

High school students and their parents will have a chance to visit the University of Arkansas at Monticello and learn more about college life during Weevil Welcome Days on Thursday, February 9 and Friday, March 31, according to Tawana Greene, executive director of admissions and enrollment management. The event is sponsored by the Office of Admissions and will be held in the Fine Arts Center. Registration will begin at noon on February 9 and 9:30 … Continued

Archeological Society, Historical Society to co-host speaker series

The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Drew County Historical Society are holding another series of joint meetings this spring. The first in the series, a discussion about the New York African Burial Ground, will be held on February 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In recognition of African American history month, Dr. Susan Goode-Null … Continued

Felder Rushing to give presentation in Monticello

Felder Rushing, an internationally known urban horticulture specialist, will be in Monticello on February 4 for a special “Slow Gardening” presentation. The event is sponsored by the Drew County Master Gardeners begins and begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $20 and lunch will be provided. Tickets may be purchased at Union Bank, Commercial Bank, and the Drew Country Extension Service. Seating is … Continued

SEARK Concert to present ‘Under the Lights’

The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will present “Under the Lights,” a performance by Ballet Arkansas featuring the music of renowned country singer Johnny Cash at 7 p.m. Friday, February 3, at the Fine Arts Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Tickets to the event are $20 each and may be purchased at the door, on the organization’s website,, in advance in the office of the Music Building Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. … Continued

Beekeeping workshop set for February 1

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Drew County Extension Service will host a beekeeping workshop on Wednesday, February 1, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Drew County Farm Bureau office at 656 Barkada Road. It will be a follow-up to the three-session workshop held at the UAM Ag building early last year where more than 100 apiary enthusiasts came from as far as Yell and Lonoke … Continued

Jimmy Barrett wood art on exhibit at Guachoya in January

The Guachoya Cultural Art Center will host a reception on January 5 for Jimmy Barrett, a Southeast Arkansas scroll saw artist. The reception will be from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. It is free of charge and the public is invited. Barrett’s scroll saw art and other woodwork items will be on exhibit at the art center from January 5 through January 30. Barrett was raised in Eudora and spent 34 years as a letter-carrier … Continued