Special Olympics Spring Games set for Saturday in Monticello

Monticello will play host to the annual Special Olympics Arkansas Area 12 Spring Games (Track & Field) on Saturday, April 29 at Monticello High School Track. Athletes from Monticello Intermediate and Middle schools, Drew Central, the Discovery Skills Center in Monticello, Dermott schools, Millcreek of Fordyce, CB King Memorial Adult Center in Arkansas City, and the Southeast Arkansas Human Development in Warren will be competing to qualify for the 2017 Arkansas State Summer Games to … Continued

Governor to announce launch of work-ready initiative Tuesday

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will announce the launch of the ACT Work-Ready Communities Initiative for the Workforce Alliance of Southeast Arkansas at a ceremony Tuesday, April 25 at 9 a.m. in the John F. Gibson University Center on campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The event will mark the first regional effort in the state toward ACT work-ready certification. The Workforce Alliance of Southeast Arkansas is made up of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, … Continued

Seark Concert season to conclude with sacred music

Two iconic pieces of French sacred music, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, will be on the program as the Arkansas Choral Society joins the University of Arkansas at Monticello Concert Chorus and more than 30 members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for a concert in Monticello this Sunday. The concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Fine Arts Center on the UAM campus. Maria Fasciano will be the … Continued

Burch, Cheatham to speak at Political Animals meeting

Area legislators will discuss the recent session of the Arkansas General Assembly at the Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club meeting on Tuesday, April 25, at noon. The meeting will be held at Monticello Western Sizzlin. “We are excited to have state elected officials discuss legislative issues that impact Southeast Arkansas at our next meeting,” said John Davis, chairman of the Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club. “At the present time, Senator Eddie Cheatham and Representative LeAnne … Continued

StarDaze Festival Entertainment

The 14th Annual StarDaze Festival will be held on April 14-15 in Star City. This year’s music lineup includes Jo Dee Messina, Exile, Chris Lane, Bailey Bryan and RaeLynn. In addition to the free live entertainment, the festival features a motorcycle point run, car show, carnival rides, and more than 75 arts, crafts and food vendors and exhibits. Country artists Chris Lane, Bailey Bryan and RaeLynn will perform on Friday. Performing Saturday will be Jo … Continued

Revisit the ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’

The “Chitlin’ Circuit” will be revisited on April 8 in Lake Village when the Alex Foundation hosts Architects of Jazz during Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), a month-long celebration honoring the life and works jazz musicians. Former Delta High School and Dermott High School band director, Charles Scurlock, will present the Architects of Jazz lecture and lead a five band ensemble of various jazz musical selections. The event will also feature an exhibit of Arkansas and … Continued

Archeologist to talk about Isgrig site at meeting

Jessica Howe Cogburn, the former station assistant at the UAM Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and current graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, will discuss the archeology of the Isgrig site in Pulaski County on April 4 at the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Drew County Historical Society. People have occupied the site, located on Fourche Island, from the prehistoric through the protohistoric and historic periods. She … Continued

Homesteading Conference set for March 31-April 1

The South Arkansas Homesteading Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, at the Pioneer Village, 200 Yaney Street in Rison. Speakers from across Arkansas will be doing educational presentations and demonstrations on topics that relate to developing a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle. Topic sessions include gardening, beekeeping, heritage poultry, cheese making, herbs and herbal remedies, homesteading tools, aquaponics and more. Britt Talent, conference organizer, said the sessions are developed with versatility and … Continued

A Picnic by the Lake

A Picnic by the Lake, a Chicot Memorial Hospital fundraiser will be held on April 22 at 6 p.m. at the home of Jon and Stephanie Bierbaum. The event will include dinner, dancing, a live auction and entertainment featuring the Blue Silk Band. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, contact AnnClaire Hayes at (662)897-6868.

Lakeport Legacies History Talks

Lakeport Legacies, a monthly history talk focusing on history in the Delta, has released its 2017 schedule. Speakers will discuss a wide-range of Delta topics including, a history of one of Arkansas’s oldest African American churches, the Civil War in the Mississippi Delta, and a look at the Polk family’s plantations and investments from Tennessee to the Delta. The first Lakeport Legacies history talk will be held on March 30 and will feature Dr. Blake … Continued