Slave life in Chicot County to be topic of Lakeport history discussion

Lakeport Legacies, Lakeport Plantation’s monthly history talk, will feature a discussion on August 28 about slave life in Chicot County by Kelly Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arkansas. Jones’ discussion, “Slave Life in Chicot County: Toil and Resistance on the River,” will reveal slave life in Chicot County through court records, the census, newspapers, WPA narratives and other sources. Slavery and cotton dominated Chicot County’s antebellum economy. Clearing vast forests and cultivating … Continued

Community Outreach Center offering new classes

Workouts can often become monotonous and repetitive, and that’s why the Chicot Memorial Medical Center/UAMS East Community Outreach Center in Lake Village is making sure to find exciting new ways to keep workouts fresh. The Community Center offers many classes to fit a variety of fitness needs, and new classes are being offered at the end of September and October with new instructors to help people get on the fast track to a healthy lifestyle. … Continued

UAM Athletics Fan Day set for August 23

Ryburn Automotive Superstore and Commercial Bank are teaming up with the University of Arkansas at Monticello once again to host the second annual UAM Athletics Fan Day on Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the auto lot at Ryburn Automotive on Highway 425 South in Monticello. Coaches and student-athletes from all of UAM's intercollegiate athletics teams, as well as cheerleaders and the Boll Weevil mascot will participate in the event, which … Continued

Archeologist to discuss research at WWII Italian Prisoner of War camp at Monticello

Research at Camp Monticello, the World War II Italian Prisoner of War Camp east of Monticello, will be the discussion topic at the September 2 meeting of the Tunican Chapter of Arkansas Archeological Society. Dr. Jodi Barnes, a Research Station Archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Research Assistant Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, will talk about ongoing research at Camp Monticello, the Italian Prisoner … Continued

UAM dean Mark Spencer pens new book: ‘Trespassers’

“Trespassers”, a collection of two novellas and six short stories, is the latest work by Mark Spencer, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The 168-page book, which is available through Main Street Rag Publishing, Charlotte, N.C., was a finalist in four national competitions – the Quarterly West Novella Prize, the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize, and the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize. … Continued

Bayou Bartholomew documentary wins Aurora Gold Award

The Arkansas Educational Television Network production department won an Aurora Award for its documentary film Bayou Bartholomew. Works recognized in this competition achieved a high standard of excellence in the film industry. Bayou Bartholomew received a Gold Award in the Nature/Environment category. Judges said the film was well shot with good editing and footage. The one-hour documentary features the longest bayou in the world and is hosted by Chuck Dovish. Originating near Pine Bluff, Bayou … Continued

Weevils dedicate 2014 football season to UAM’s First Family

When University of Arkansas at Monticello Chancellor Jack Lassiter announced his retirement this past April, head football coach Hud Jackson knew he would be losing two of the program's most impactful supporters. Though Jack and Judy Lassiter will still be passionate Boll Weevil fans following the January 5, 2015 retirement, Jackson and his team have dedicated the 2014 season to UAM's First Family as a token of appreciation for what the couple has done over … Continued

Crossett seeks millage increase to build new high school

Crossett School District officials believe a new high school will provide students with the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century and are asking patrons to approve a 4-mill property tax increase to make that happen.   "The citizens of the Crossett School District are currently being presented with the opportunity to improve the quality of education of the students of Crossett High School," said Eddie Goodson, Crossett School Board secretary. "Community leaders … Continued

Monticello mayor race reduced to 3 candidates

The field of candidates in the Monticello mayor race narrowed to three on Thursday when Dave Nugent became the second candidate to withdraw from the race. Nugent, a Republican who would have been running as an independent in the November general election, notified Drew County Clerk Lyna Gulledge that he would be withdrawing from the race and asked her to remove his name from the ballot. Jo Ann Trotter has also withdrawn from the race. … Continued

Hamburg man killed in accident at Georgia Pacific

An Ashley County man was killed Monday in an industrial accident at Georgia-Pacific’s paper mill in Crossett. Robert H. Wesson, 41, of Hamburg reportedly was operating a paper loading machine when he became entangled in the machinery. The result was a fatal head injury, according to the Ashley County coroner. Wesson’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. The accident is under investigation. Wesson worked for Georgia Pacific 21 … Continued