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 Deborah Mathis, Mark Spencer and Tamara Hart Heiner. The program will be held on March 9 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the library, located at 114 W. … Continued

2nd Annual Highway 35 Junk Hunt set for March 9-11

The second annual Highway 35 Junk Hunt will be held March 9-11. The event includes 124 miles of rummage sales & shopping in southeast Arkansas. Cities included are Dermott, Monticello, Rison, Sheridan, Grapevine and Benton. Each city has a sale hub where space is available to area residents who do not live directly on Arkansas Highway 35 to allow them to set up and sell. “We encourage everyone who lives along the Arkansas Highway 35 … 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

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

Professional bullfighter, UAM alumnus to hold book signing

To a casual observer, Jeremy Sparks is either incredibly brave or crazy. Sparks, a 2001 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is a professional bullfighter but don’t be taken in by the images conjured up by the title. He doesn’t wear a “suit of lights” or wave a red cape. He is a rodeo bullfighter whose job is to protect riders from a charging bull after they’ve been thrown or completed their ride. … Continued

Drew County GOP to hold convention to nominate candidate for mayor

The Drew County Republican committee will meet in a special called county convention on February 7 to nominate a candidate for the upcoming special election for mayor of Monticello, according to a news release from the Drew County Republican Party. The convention will be held at 6 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building on East Gaines. Any Republican candidate interested in seeking this position should contact the party chairman, Brian Jones by email at … 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

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. It begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church. Rushing is author or co-author of 18 gardening books, former Extension Service urban horticulture specialist who actually started the Master Gardener program in his home state … 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, searkconcert.org, in advance in the office of the Music Building Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. … Continued