Mellie Jo Owen appointed to UAM Board of Visitors

  A retired Monticello school teacher has been appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Board of Visitors at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Mellie Jo Owen, a 1972 UAM graduate and long-time elementary school teacher, was appointed to the board and will serve a three-year term. A native of Star City, Owen attended UAM from 1968-72 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University … Continued

Dr. Tony Thurman named Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Tony Thurman, superintendent of Cabot School District and former Southeast Arkansas educator, has been named Arkansas Superintendent of the Year. Thurman is a native of Monticello who taught at the Crossett School District and was principal at McGehee Elementary School before moving to Cabot. Dr. Richard Abernathy, the executive director for the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, surprised Thurman, presenting him with the award during a school board meeting in the Cabot School District … Continued

Drew County Fair Schedule

  The 71st Annual Drew County Fair begins September 23 and runs through September 27. The annual fair parade, which is set for Tuesday, will feature some very special parade marshals. Drew County's World War II veterans will serve as parade marshals this year. Schedule: September 22 6:30 p.m. Robin Hood Family Gospel Singing September 23 5 p.m. -- Parade on Main Street and exhibits open 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. -- "Sneak-a-Peek" carnival rides … Continued

Gallery of photos from John Burkhalter fundraiser in Drew County

John Burkhalter, pictured above with Monticello attorney Cliff Gibson, attended a fundraiser Monday night in Drew County for his bid for lieutenant governor. The event was held at the home of Dr. Jeff Reinhart. A gallery of photos from the event follows. Burkhalter, a North Little Rock businessman, former chairman of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and a former member of the Arkansas Highway Commission, says, if elected, he will focus on job creation and … Continued

Crossett millage increase proposal to build new high school fails

A Crossett School District proposal to increase the school millage rate to build a new high school failed with 669 voting for the tax hike and 808 voting against it in Tuesday's school election. The district sought a 4-mill property tax increase and a transfer of 1.27 mills from capital outlay to debt service to fund the construction of a new high school with a media center, dining facility, and a 1,500-seat state-of-the-art arena suitable … Continued

Chicot Memorial Medical Center recognized for top quality scores

Chicot Memorial Medical Center was recently honored by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care for its top quality scores. The hospital continues to rank No. 1 in quality measures compared to its competitors in the critical access areas, as well as other hospitals in the state of Arkansas. “Quality measures are standard across the board for all hospitals and are recognized as best practice initiatives to provide for quality patient care,” said Carolyn Cook, Chicot … Continued

UAM Forestry Club helps raise funds for Log-a-Load

  The Forestry Club at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently co-sponsored the Drew County Log-a-Load for Kids fund raiser to benefit the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The event included an auction and raffle. With proceeds generated from the auction, the Drew County Log-a-Load has now raised over $1 million since its inception in 1993. Nearly $100,000 has been raised in 2014 with fundraising to continue through the end of the year. … Continued

UAM Forestry grad student receives grant to present research results

Kathy Brautigum, a graduate assistant and candidate for the master of science in forest resources degree at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has received a grant to present research findings to a joint meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists in Estes Park, Colorado. Brautigam will present findings from a research project that examines the effects of supplemental deer feeders on the fate of artificial ground … Continued

Drew County man suspected of sexual assault of 7-year-old girl

Tony Glynn Irons A Drew County man who is alleged to have improperly touched a 7-year-old girl in his camper last month is facing possible second-degree sexual assault charges, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff's Office. Nichols said Tony Glynn Irons, 46, initially denied the allegation, but during an interview said, "the child wouldn't lie about something like that". "A polygraph was scheduled at the request of Irons … Continued

Curry joins Gibson & Keith law firm

Mr. Lee Douglas Curry has joined the Monticello law firm of Gibson & Keith as an associate attorney. Mr. Curry received his Juris Doctorate and B.S.B.A. Degrees from the University of Arkansas. While pursuing his law degree at the University, Mr. Curry earned placement on the Dean’s List for two years running, and was elected by his peers as Student Government Senator from both the University’s School of Law and the Walton College of Business. … Continued