Monticello seeking movie suggestions for 2015 Movies in the Park

The City of Monticello is seeking suggestions for this year’s selection of films for the 2015 Movies in the Park series.  Suggestions for summer movie series may be submitted via the City of Monticello’s Facebook or Twitter pages using the hashtag #2015moviesinthepark. The 2015 Movies in the Park series will include ten outdoor films shown May 9 until September 5 at the McCloy Park Amphitheater. The park program was started as a free park activity open to the … Continued

Stage 2 improvements to Dead Man’s Curve set to begin this week

  In December of 2014 the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) announced plans to make improvements to a section of Highway 278 in Drew County. The area is located approximately two miles east of Monticello at the location of two curves. The curves, locally known as Dead Man's Curve, have been the site of several lane and roadway departure crashes in recent years, especially for drivers less familiar with the highway. The first … Continued

2 killed, 2 injured in 3-vehicle crash

Two Southeast Arkansas men were killed and two others were injured Saturday night in a three-vehicle crash on U.S 82, east of Montrose, according to a preliminary State Police accident report. Kenneth Taylor, 54, of Montrose, and his passenger, Carl Burns, 54, of Montrose, were killed in the accident. Jorge Mondragon, 45, of Crossett, and Carolyn Staudy, 42, of Lake Village, was injured. Taylor and Burns were traveling west in the eastbound lane of U.S. … Continued

Man mauled to death by 8 pit bull terriers in Jefferson County

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal dog attack in which a pack of pit bull terriers mauled to death a 36-year-old man. De’Trick Omar Johnson was fatally attacked by eight dogs at CJ’s Garage in Pine Bluff Saturday morning when he went to the garage to talk to the owner. A neighbor, who witnessed the attack, immediately called 911 for help. Upon arrival, a Jefferson County deputy encountered one of the pit … Continued

UAM plans four-day celebration of Arbor Day

The School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will lead a four-day celebration of Arbor Day on the UAM campus March 30 through April 2, according to Chris Stuhlinger, university forester. UAM students will mulch approximately 100 trees on campus as a student services project and the Student Government Association will put up 15 to 20 small signs next to trees with informational messages about Arbor Day and the benefits … Continued

Lake Village student is first WAGE graduate

. Peyton Gregory of Lake Village is the first of  20 graduates of the WAGE Program at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee. WAGE is an acronym for Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy. The program is designed to insure that unemployed and under-employed Arkansans have the basic academic skills necessary to become employed and be successful in the workplace. The program incorporates an alliance between the McGehee campus and local employer advisory councils, adult … Continued

Girl, 14, says man smoked meth with her, attempted to assault her

  A Winchester man has been arrested for allegedly smoking methamphetamine with a 14-year-old girl and attempting to sexually assault her, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff's Office. The girl, who was interviewed during an investigation into allegations against her mother, allegedly told authorities that she smoked methamphetamine with both her mother and Arvol Baty. She also reportedly told authorities that Baty tried to sexually assault her in … Continued

Deen declines to prosecute woman in alleged ‘murder for hire’ case

  A Drew County woman who is alleged to have attempted to hire someone to murder a former employee and her former son-in-law will not be prosecuted, according to 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen. Deen said he found that 70-year-old Mary Maloney had voluntarily renounced her criminal purpose and interrupted the planning and commission of the murders she had solicited. In a February 12 letter from Deen to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator … Continued

$500K bond set for Dumas murder suspect

Circuit Judge Don Glover on Monday set a $500,000 bond for a man suspected in the Saturday night shooting death of a Dumas teen and the serious injury of another.   Todd Thompson, 21, of Dumas was arrested Sunday after making arrangements to turn himself in to State Police. He is alleged to have fired gunshots, one striking 17-year-old Jeffery Morgan and another striking 18-year-old Kace Nelson, following a verbal altercation. “A group of young … Continued

Dumas teen killed, another seriously injured in Saturday night shooting

A 21-year-old Dumas man has been arrested in connection with a Saturday night shooting in Dumas that left one teen dead and another critically injured, according to State Police spokesman Bill Sadler. Todd Thompson is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jeffery Morgan, of Dumas, and a first-degree battery charge in the serious injury of 18-year-old Kace Nelson, also of Dumas. Sadler said Dumas police were notified Saturday at 9:35 p.m. … Continued