Master Musician Class inspires young artists in Southeast Arkansas

  The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association recently sponsored a Master Musician Class at the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center where Baritone Woodrow Bynum and Pianist Ryan Reilly worked with youth and young adults to fine tune their skills. The participants represented several counties in the Southeast Arkansas area and performed a mix of music from classical to pop. The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association is committed to bringing the arts to children and adults and … Continued

UAM COT-McGehee to offer ‘Nature Nights’ classes

“Nature Nights,” noncredit community education courses in partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will be offered September through December at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee. The classes, which are open to all ages, include topics such as black bears, bats, birds, and how to make deer antler jewelry. The classes are scheduled for the second Monday of each month and will be held on the McGehee campus. Children will make something each class … Continued

Monticello Residents: ‘Take out Dead Man’s Curve’

  Fifty-two Monticello residents are calling on the State Highway and Transportation Department to "take out" Dead Man's Curve, a sharp, double-curve and incline on U.S. 278 about two miles east of Monticello where there have been many accidents over the years, some fatal. The recent death of a young Alabama woman at the dangerous curve has prompted a letter to State Highway Commissioner Robert Moore and State Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett … Continued

Monticello man killed in early morning accident on U.S. 425

A Monticello man was killed early Monday morning in a two-vehicle accident in Lincoln County, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Keith Perrigen, 43, of Monticello, was traveling south on U.S. 425, three-tenths of a mile north of the Drew County line, when his Hyundi passenger car crossed the center line in a curve and struck a northbound van. Perrigen died at the scene. The driver of the van, Willie Montgomery, 50, of … Continued

McGehee welding students receive certification

  Seven welding students at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee recently received certifications from the American Welding Society. UAM COT-McGehee is currently taking applications for students for its welding program for the 2014-15 school year. For information about the program, contact Student Services at (870) 460-2130. Pictured above, from left, are Robert Rafter of Lake Village, Jean-luc Marcel of McGehee, Larry Chaney of Monticello, Walter “Lance” Shurtleff of Arkansas City, Demetri Goins of Star City, … Continued

Students clear 50-acre tract of land near Warren

  Students in the Arkansas Heavy Equipment Operator Training Academy (AHEOTA) received real-world experience this summer, clearing a 50-acre tract of land east of Warren. The AHEOTA is a program of the UAM College of Technology-McGehee located at the Southeast Arkansas Community-Based Education Center (SEACBEC) in Warren. Pictured above, from left, are Stanley Criswell of Fort Smith, Fred Nichols of Dermott, Kory Steen of Hamburg, and Tyrone Cranford of New Edinburg. Persons interested in training … Continued

Monticello mayor wants independent review of $10 million water project

The Monticello City Council Tuesday night authorized newly-elected mayor Joe Rogers to get a cost estimate for an attorney and an engineer to represent the city in a $10 million water project under contract with Siemens but stopped short of authorizing the mayor to hire one. The city last year contracted with Siemens Industry, Inc. to upgrade the city's water system with new water meters and replace water lines in the "core" of the city where most of the … Continued

Deen files charges in Eudora woman’s death

. Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen has filed murder charges against a Desha County man in connection with the July death of a Eudora woman. Deen charged Donnell Robinson, 51, of Desha County, with first-degree murder of April Taylor, 32, of Eudora. Taylor's body was discovered July 17 at her home located at 143 Archer Street in Eudora. The body was transported to the State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death … Continued

UAM COT-McGehee to offer workforce training for area hospitals

Courses as varied as customer service skills and advanced cardiac life support will be offered by the UAM College of Technology-McGehee thanks to a partnership with area health care providers. The McGehee campus recently created a partnership with the Greater Delta Alliance for Health, the Delta Technology Education Center and the Delta Regional Authority Workforce Training Project to provide workforce training for local and area hospitals and healthcare workers. The courses will be coordinated through … Continued

Alabama woman killed in U.S. 278 accident east of Monticello

A young Alabama woman was killed early Friday morning when she lost control of her car on a wet highway east of Monticello and was struck by a Freightliner, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Carly N. Avery, 21, of Hamilton, Ala., was traveling east on U.S. 278 at 6:20 a.m. when she lost control of her car as she attempted to negotiate a curve that locals refer to as “Dead Man’s Curve.” … Continued