UAM Spirit Award winner Gene Norton has rare gift

Gene Norton has a unique gift. “People who spend time around him feel blessed,” says his mother, Betty Norton. “That’s a rare thing.” When Gene was in a Little Rock hospital in 2008 recovering from a spinal injury, doctors and nurses didn’t want him to leave. “He asked one of his doctors one day when he could go home,” remembers Betty. “His doctor said, ‘Gene, you can’t go home. We’re not going to let you. … Continued

Cossey brings power spread to Hamburg

Sixteen years ago, Cecil Ray Cossey was a stand-out tight end for the Hamburg Lions. Today, he is the head coach. Cossey, 34, is replacing Mike Cox who took the head coach job at Camden-Fairview after Buck James left Camden-Fairview to become the offensive line coach at Little Rock Christian Academy. While at Hamburg, Cossey was a member of the 1997 state runner-up team and a KARK Friday Night Lights All Star. He excelled in … Continued

June feature photo: The Greenville Bridge

The Greenville Bridge, the longest cable-stayed span on the Mississippi River. With more than 2.5 miles of bridge deck, two concrete towers soaring 425 feet above the Mississippi River, concrete piers anchored 120 feet into the riverbed and four fans of prestressing strand steel cable, the US 82 bridge is a spectacular crossing over America's most storied river. -- Photo by Patty Wooten

Ward Davis responds to former choir director’s call to help Mayflower

Responding to a call for help from an early mentor, Nashville performer and recording artist Ward Davis has organized "Music for Mayflower", a music event to benefit Mayflower choir students who lost their homes and possessions in the April 27 tornado that devastated Mayflower and Vilonia. The connection? Drew Central. Davis, the son of Levi and Linda Davis, of Monticello, is a graduate of Drew Central High School where he was a choir student of … Continued

Green Eggs and Ham Redux

On a Saturday morning nearly 50 years ago, I read Green Eggs and Ham at the Monticello library, then located on South Main Street. Today, I took a trip down memory lane and reread that book, ironically, on the property where I drew my first breath. The Monticello library officially opened for business Monday at its new location on the property where Drew Memorial Hospital was once located. Drew County took the idea of literacy … Continued

April feature photo: Moon and Milky Way

  Mark Cater, of Monticello, shot this photo of the moon and milky way early Friday morning between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. It was taken northeast of Monticello. The ambient light at the bottom is from the neighboring towns of McGehee, Reed and Tillar.