John Hemingway walks in grandfather’s footsteps in Southeast Arkansas

It’s not everyday that the descendant of an American literary giant stops by for a visit, but the grandson of Ernest Hemingway recently visited the Dumas home of Joe and Nancy Wilkin to learn more about his grandfather’s hunting trip to Southeast Arkansas where he was a guest on Wilkin’s father’s houseboat. In late 1932 and early 1933, Ernest Hemingway was the guest of Wilkin’s late father, J.A. Wilkin, a well-known professional duck guide, cattleman … Continued

Path of Destruction: A look back on the February 2007 supercell that spawned the Dumas tornado

  Introduction: On Saturday, February 24, 2007, a series of tornadoes from one parent supercell ripped across Southeast Arkansas. One of the largest, categorized as an EF-3, carried winds exceeding 140 miles per hour. It cut through the heart of Dumas, injuring  28 people and leaving many residents homeless and jobless. It destroyed 25 businesses and 19 homes and damaged 65 others. A community building sustained major damage, as well as a 20-unit assisted living center. … Continued

Olympic hopefuls compete at the Delta Resort in Desha County

More than 150 marksmen and markswomen from around the country converged on Southeast Arkansas to compete for four spots on the US Olympic Shooting Team at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Delta Resort & Spa in Desha County. The competition is the last stage of a two-stage qualification process for shotgun shooters for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Women's skeet shooter Kim Rhode, the first U.S. Olympian to win medals … Continued

CMMC EMS: ‘Called to Care’

  Often cited as the foundation of modern emergency medical services, this year EMS recognizes the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking whitepaper, Accidental Death and Disability. The paper, released by the National Academy of Sciences in 1966, assessed the mortality and injury rate among civilians during a time in which the number of people killed on the nation’s roadways was near epidemic proportions. The findings and recommendations in the report led to the development of … Continued

Dermott educator brings new meaning to multi-tasking

  When Kristi Ridgell took a job as the district’s elementary school principal two years ago, she walked into many responsibilities, giving multi-tasking a new meaning. She is the district superintendent, elementary school principal, pre-kindergarten director, parent coordinator, and she oversees the district’s 21st Century Grant. “I am a hard worker and very determined,” Ridgell said. “I give it my all at everything I do. I can multi-task.” Ridgell, who holds a master’s degree in … Continued

Daughters, granddaughters chronicle centenarian’s life on her 100th birthday

  A Bradley County centenarian celebrated her 100th birthday singing and dancing with more than 180 friends and family members. Among Alice J. Henderson’s well wishers were President Barack Obama and Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who sent proclamations. Warren Mayor Bryan Martin and Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Pastor Eddie Hampton, who attended the celebration, also issued proclamations in her honor. To mark the occasion, which was celebrated at her church and at a huge party at … Continued

Southeast Arkansas bucket list

  Earlier this year, Rex Nelson published a “Natural State Bucket List” of things every Arkansan should do at least once. While he included a few things from Southeast Arkansas, it was certainly not exclusive to our neck of the woods. So, here is a Southeast Arkansas Bucket List, things unique to Southeast Arkansas, that I think everyone should do at least once: — Hike (and try not to get lost) at Seven Devils. — … Continued

Tour of Drew County Museum

  Every year, the Drew County Historical Society hosts a tour of the Drew County Museum and serves hot cider and cookies in the log cabin behind the museum following the annual Carols of Christmas Parade in downtown Monticello. The museum is housed in the historic Cavaness House, a Southern Colonial Revival mansion on South Main in Monticello. The mansion was built in stages from 1906 until 1916 by Monticello businessman Garvin Cavaness. The building … Continued

Special Olympian Nathan McClain brings home 2 silver medals from World Games

Just 10 years ago, Nathan McClain was afraid to venture into the deep end of a swimming pool. Today, he is a world-class swimmer; a two-time silver medalist at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. McClain, the 20-year-old son of former Monticello residents Alan and Johnna McClain, represented the USA last week at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles where he posted his best time ever in the 50M butterfly, earning … Continued