Star City’s Hunter Bennett among 5 UAM students initiated into national history honor society

  Five University of Arkansas at Monticello students have been inducted into the Alpha Nu Zeta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. The new members are Hunter Bennett, a junior history major from Star City, Shana Chancellor, a senior biology and biochemistry major from Oak Leaf, Tex., Hunter Fowler, a junior political science and psychology major from Glenwood, Jalen Garmon, a junior history major from Little Rock, and Rodney Hill, a … Continued

Man who fathered young relative’s child gets 26 years for sex crimes

  An Ashley County man who was scheduled to go to trial this week for raping two young female relatives, impregnating one, has pleaded no contest to rape and sexual indecency. Kenneth Earl Moore, 40, of Portland, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping one of the young girls and another six years for sexual indecency with the other girl. Moore reportedly had sexual intercourse in late 2012 with a 14-year-old relative. The girl … Continued

Lake Village man killed in truck-backhoe accident

  A Lake Village man was killed shortly before noon Sunday in a truck and backhoe accident on U.S. 65 in Desha County, according to State Police. Brian A. Morgan, 29, of Bayou Villa Road in Lake Village, was southbound on a backhoe on U.S. 65, north of the Old Tillar Highway in McGehee when he was struck from the rear by a 2007 Volvo 18-wheeler, according to a State Police report. Morgan was thrown off the … Continued

Manny Scott to deliver lecture at UAM

Manny Scott Manny Scott, whose life story was told in part in the 2007 hit motion picture “Freedom Writers,” will deliver a free public lecture at the University of Arkansas at Monticello April 23. Scott will deliver his lecture at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium as part of the Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series. Scott was originally scheduled to speak March 4 but was unable to attend due to inclement weather. A … Continued

Farm Bureau sets ‘Measure the Candidate’ forum

Arkansas Farm Bureau is hosting a Measure the Candidate forum Tuesday, April 22, at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. Candidates for the state’s constitutional offices are scheduled to attend and address the audience. Additionally, candidates for the United States Senate race and 2nd Congressional District have been invited to participate. “Arkansas’ constitutional offices are highly contested this year,” said Randy Veach, president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. “Arkansas has open seats for governor, … Continued

UAM student presents paper at national conference

  Courtney Thrower of Monticello, a senior political science student at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, presented independent research on international law and state sovereignty at the annual conference of the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky. The conference provided a forum for research by more than 4,000 undergraduate students from across the United States. Thrower will receive two degrees when she graduates in May – a … Continued

Jimmy Orrell is recent graduate of Certified Auctioneers Institute

Monticello auctioneer, Jimmy Orrell, of Orrell Auctions & Real Estate PLLC, recently completed training at the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute. CAI is the industry’s premier training program developed by the National Auctioneers Association for auction professionals. The three-year CAI designation program is an intensive, executive development program offering auctioneers instruction and coursework in business management, ethics, customer relations, finance, communication, strategic planning and advanced marketing. The CAI designation communicates to attorneys, trust officers, government officials, … Continued

2014 Blue Bulldog Art Exhibit winners announced

The Star City School District recently presented the 2014 Blue Bulldog Art Exhibit at Star City High School. The art exhibit included artwork created by Star City School District students in kindergarten through 12th grade and was part of the school district’s 2nd annual Fine Arts Extravaganza. Awards were presented for first, second and third place in categories kindergarten through 8th grade, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, and AP Studio Art. The Blue Bulldog … Continued

Drew County man killed in truck-train accident at McGehee

  A Drew County man was killed Friday when his truck hit a train on Arkansas Highway 1, north of McGehee, according to State Police. Cedric Gold, 31, of Wilmar, was traveling north in a tractor-trailer on Arkansas Highway 1 at about 8:20 a.m. when he attempted to stop for a westbound Midland train. Gold's truck hit the train at the seventeenth and eighteenth cars, according to State Police. Gold died at the scene. The … Continued

David Bazzel to be keynote speaker at Star City Chamber banquet

David Bazzel, co-host of “The Show With No Name” on 103.7 The Buzz and a former linebacker for the Arkansas Razorbacks, will be the keynote speaker at the Star City Chamber of Commerce Banquet on January 16. Bazzell was a Florida all-state athlete in football, track, and weightlifting before signing with Lou Holtz and the Razorbacks. He was team captain, three year starter, and four year letterman at linebacker under Holtz and Ken Hatfield. He … Continued