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 was … Continued

The Crossett Light

Editor’s note: this account of the “Crossett Light” was written by Andy Shaw, a Little Rock attorney who was born in Warren, raised in Crossett, and educated in Monticello (at the University of Arkansas at Monticello). Skeptics have any number of ways to explain it; pranksters, automobile headlights, atmospheric conditions, swamp gas; but, for a century the Crossett Light has mystified observers looking into the gloom down a train railway outside the city of Crossett, … Continued

Painted rocks spread joy

About a week ago, my Facebook news feed began to look like a colorful gravel pit, full of photos of brightly painted rocks. These rocks are part of a trend that is bringing families, friends and communities together to spread a little joy and brighten others’ day. They are showing up in Warren, Monticello, Star City, Dumas, McGehee, Camden, Crossett, Hamburg, El Dorado, Lake Village, Magnolia, Rison, Fordyce, Pine Bluff and other South Arkansas towns … Continued

Research in Warren Prairie gaining national attention

  Scientific research takes many forms. For Drs. Karen and Marvin Fawley, that means crawling around the Warren Prairie on their stomachs, searching for tiny plants with the unwieldy name Geocarpon minimum, a small leafy plant no more than a quarter-inch tall. The Fawleys call it “belly botany” and while the technique may sound odd – and a little uncomfortable – it’s yielding big results. Geocarpon minimum has been federally classified as endangered and is … Continued

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