Retired U.S. Forest Service archeologist to speak at UAM

Dr. Mary Brennan, a retired U.S. Forest Service archeologist, will discuss the results of archeological research along the Mulberry River at the November 7 meeting of the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Each year, the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Arkansas Archeological Society host a training program in a different location around the state. Participants in this two-week program take classes, like basic excavation or paleoethnobotany, … Continued

Smithfield, Swon Brothers to headline Ding Dong Days

  Dumas will cap a week of festivities Saturday night when Smithfield and the Swon Brothers perform at the annual Ding Dong Days on October 28 at Memorial Park in Dumas. Smithfield will perform at 7:30 p.m., followed by The Swon Brothers at 9:15 p.m. The week-long festivities include: Tuesday, October 24 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ding Dong Daddy Dinner at the Dumas Community Center. Tickets $15 Ding Dong Daddy and Mama announced at 6:30 p.m. … Continued

Lake Chicot Fall Festival is this weekend

The 21st Annual Lake Chicot Fall Festival will be held on October 27-28 on the banks of Lake Chicot in Lake Village. The festival will feature a carnival, entertainment, hayrides, beauty pageants, a pumpkin decorating contest, a baking contest, tractor show, car show, an amusement area and free games for children, a dog show, arts and crafts, food vendors, the Memphis Barbecue Network-sanctioned Fire on the Water BBQ Cook Off, and more. The Mister & … Continued

Guachoya to host photography exhibit

  The Guachoya Cultural Art Center in Lake Village will host an exhibit in November and December featuring the photography of John Keen. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be no admission charge and the public is welcome to attend. Keen is a professional photographer and a native Mississippian who has spent most of his life in the Mississippi Delta. He is a … Continued

Possum Valley Fun Day is Oct. 28

  The 33rd annual Possum Valley Fun Day will be held on Saturday, October 28 at the Possum Valley pavilion, located at Highway 172 and Gees Landing Road in Drew County. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Events include possum races, a quilt raffle and auction, entertainment, a catfish dinner, cakewalk and a chicken drop. There will also be a quilt show with a live auction of a special quilt at 4 p.m., followed by a … 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

Market in the Park to conclude 2017 season this month

Market in the Park in Monticello is winding down its 2017 season. The market will be open through the end of October with fall vegetables, corn stalks, cotton stalks, eggs, and baked goods each Saturday morning from 8-11 a.m. and Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fundraisers during the month of October support the market so that booth spaces remain free of charge to all vendors. Biscuits and gravy will be sold on Saturday, October 14 … Continued

Lakeport Legacies history talk is October 19

The influence of Southeast Arkansas in the Arkansas Historical Association will be subject of the October 19 Lakeport Legacies history talk at the Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village. Early leaders of Arkansas Historical Association included many prominent southeast Arkansans. Desha County Judge J. L. “Jud” Erwin and Dermott native Capt. John C. Hammock, a graduate of West Point, both served as president of the Arkansas Historical Association. Early board members included oilman Col. T. H. … Continued

Gilliam and Shivers to Wed

Scott and Susan Shivers of Fordyce, along with Bill and Kelly Gilliam of Greenhill, announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Brandi Shivers of Fordyce and Ethan Gilliam of Greenhill. The bride elect is a 2013 graduate of Fordyce High School and a 2017 graduate of UA Pulaski Tech. She is a cosmetologist at Posh Salon in Monticello. She is the granddaughter of the late Russel and Bonnie Murdock of Fordyce, the late … Continued