Chicot County has highest unemployment rate in Southeast Arkansas, Bradley County has lowest

The June unemployment rate for counties in the southeast corner of the state range from a high of 9.4 percent in Chicot County to a low of 6 percent in Bradley County, according to information released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. Though Chicot County has the highest unemployment rate among the seven counties in extreme southeast Arkansas, it did see a drop from the 9.7 percent unemployment rate in May and 10.4 percent … Continued

Westerman to host ‘Coffee with the Congressman’ at UAM

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark, will host a “Coffee with the Congressman” on August 4 at 9 a.m. at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center, Library Conference Room A, 514 University Drive. “Coffee with the Congressman” is an opportunity to talk directly with Congressman Bruce Westerman about the issues facing the Fourth District. The event is open to the public.

Klappenbach announces candidacy for Arkansas Court of Appeals

Mark Klappenbach, a Fordyce attorney, announced this week he will seek the Arkansas Court of Appeals, District 5 position in the March 1 election. The current District 5 member, Judge Mike Kinard, was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe after Justice Robin Wynne was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Under Arkansas law, Judge Kinard cannot succeed himself. “Over the 31 years of my legal and accounting career I have served in many capacities that I … Continued

G&F Video: Biologists capture ‘nuisance’ alligator in Drew County

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission biologists David Luker, Allen Clawson and Mark Barbee recently captured an alligator in the backyard of a Drew County landowner. The alligator was relocated to a secluded area in Arkansas County. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission receives more than 60 nuisance alligator calls each year. Harvest and transport of alligators is federally regulated. Only authorized AGFC staff may attempt to relocate alligators in Arkansas. Anyone who has a nuisance … Continued

Dermott church hosting youth revival

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Dermott will host a youth revival on August 5 through August 7 each night at 7 p.m. Rev. Alex Geiger will be the worship leader and Rev. Kourtney Smith of Destiny Worship Center will be the guest revivalist. Prior to the revival, on August 1, the church will hold a fun day kick-off featuring a volleyball tournament. The fun day will kick off at 9:30 a.m. To participate in the … Continued

UAM Education professor elected To ArACTE board

Dr. Donna Hunnicutt, associate professor of education and graduate education coordinator in the School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of the Arkansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (ArACTE). Hunnicutt joined the UAM faculty in 2002. She holds a B.A. and M.A.T. from UAM and an Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. ArACTE is a state affiliate of … Continued

National Geographic to conduct geotourism workshops in Southeast Arkansas

Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village is one of a number of Arkansas sites National Geographic will conduct free workshops for the Mississippi River National Geographic Geotourism Program to learn more about the geotourism project and how to upload information to the Mississippi River geotourism website. The workshop at Lakeport Plantation will be held on July 17 at 5 p.m. Lakeport Plantation is located at 601 Highway 142 in Lake Village. The workshops will take place in … Continued

Gov. Hutchinson intends to grant pardons to two Southeast Arkansas men

A Hamburg man, convicted 32 years ago of theft of property, and a Rison man, convicted 10 years ago of third-degree battery, are among the eight applicants that Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he intends to pardon. Hutchinson on Monday announced his intent to pardon Raymond T. Flowers of Hamburg and Jeffrey S. Jacks of Rison. Flowers, who was convicted in 1983 of theft of property (a Class C felony) in Little River County, has completed … Continued

Ashley County woman dies in car-train collision

An Ashley County woman was killed shortly before noon Friday when her vehicle was struck by a train, according to State Police. Betty Gay Shuler, 82, of Portland, was traveling west on Ashley Road 53 across railroad tracks when her 2009 Toyota was hit by a train. Shuler's car rolled twice before coming to a stop, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary report. Shuler was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by … Continued