Grand opening of Drew County Museum’s country store exhibit is Saturday

  The Drew County Museum on Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. will host a grand opening of its country store, an exhibit that has been in the works for a long time. “The cage from the Trotter Store was given to the museum, and we have wanted to add a pretend store ever since,” said Beth Thurman, a member of the Drew County Museum Commission. “We have come a long way, and … Continued

Monticello attorney elected to bar post

Monticello attorney Lee Douglas Curry of the law firm Gibson & Keith, PLLC has been elected to a three year term in the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association. The House of Delegates is the Association’s policy-making body and consists of 81 attorney members from across the state. He was elected to the position by attorneys from the 10th and 13th Judicial Circuits. Curry is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School … Continued

Death row inmate from Drew County granted new hearing

In a 4-3 decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that death row inmate Kenneth Isom is entitled to new hearing in Drew County Circuit Court to consider his allegation that the state withheld evidence that might have led his attorneys to utilize a defense based on an alternate suspect. Isom was convicted in December 2001 of the stabbing and bludgeoning death of a Drew County man and the rape and attempted murder of the man’s … Continued

Star City’s Garry Hill earns top spot on ESPN Sport Center’s top 10 plays

Star City centerfielder Garry Hill's amazing catch in Tuesday's 4A state semifinal win earned him the top spot on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays. ESPN writer David Auguste's description of Hill's catch: Garry Hill, a junior outfielder from Star City (Ark.) High School, might have a pretty ordinary name. But when you can do EXTRAORDINARY stuff like this, you tend to stick out a bit. The batter appeared headed for an easy extra-base hit before Hill went … Continued

State art show to feature art by three Star City students

Three Star City School District students will have artwork included in the 2015 Arkansas Art Educators State Youth Art Show. Jimmy Brown Elementary School 5th grader Caleb Mullikin, a 5th grade student at Jimmy Brown Elementary School in Star City, Brei'lyne Peal, a 6th grade student at Star City Middle School, and Jarrett Reynolds, a senior at Star City High School, will have their artwork included in the 2015 Arkansas Art Educators State Youth Art … Continued

Philadelphia Eagles’ Cedric Thornton to host free football clinic in Star City

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton will host a free USA Football FUNdamentals clinic for children ages 6-14 on June 20 from 8 a.m. until noon at his alma mater, Star City High School. Registration is available at The free, one-day clinic is designed to introduce children to football by teaching basic skills in a fun and energetic environment and is supported through a grant from the NFL Foundation. FUNdamentals incorporates a series of … Continued

Big catch at Cane Creek Lake

  A family fishing at Cane Creek Lake in Lincoln County last weekend caught three massive catfish, one weighing 47 pounds. Roy Linder from Louisiana and Robert, Craig, and Owen Imboden from Conway caught three catfish weighing 38 to 47 pounds. Two of the three catfish were flatheads with the biggest being 47 pounds and 11 ounces, and the smallest being 38 pounds and 4 ounces. The other was a blue catfish that weighed 39 … Continued

UAM history professor to discuss his newest book with Steve Barnes on AETN

  Dr. John Kyle Day, author and associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, will appear on the Arkansas Educational Television Network with long-time Arkansas television journalist Steve Barnes on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Day will discuss his newest book, The Southern Manifesto: Massive Resistance and the Fight to Preserve Segregation. The book chronicles the efforts of southern congressional delegations to fight the civil rights movement and the landmark Supreme … Continued

Monticello, Siemens apparently headed to court

While the City of Monticello and Siemens Industry, Inc. were attempting to resolve a dispute over a $10 million water project, Siemens filed a lawsuit against the city demanding that it allow the company to proceed with the water meter installation and water line replacement project. "They were suing us behind our backs," said Cliff Gibson, the Monticello attorney hired to represent the city in the dispute. Siemens' 250-page lawsuit (including exhibits) was filed on … Continued

Endowed Research Fund to honor the late Dr. Robert H. Burch, Jr.

Family, friends and colleagues of the late Dr. Robert H. Burch, Jr. have begun a campaign to create a waterfowl research endowment in the University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation Fund. The fund honors the late Dr. Robert H. Burch, Jr., of Monticello, a dentist, waterfowl enthusiast and avid duckhunter who died January 30, 2015. Funds generated by the endowment will be used for waterfowl research and waterfowl-related academic activities, with first preference given to … Continued