Mark Spencer to host book signing for “Ghost Walking”

A southern society belle who commits suicide after a failed romance and searches for the meaning of her lost life and purpose in death is the premise for Mark Spencer’s latest novel, Ghost Walking. Spencer, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is the author of the nonfiction bestseller A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House, three novels, and three short-story collections. His latest … Continued

Ashley County, Crossett voters approve taxes

  Ashley County voters in a special election on Tuesday agreed to continue a quarter-cent sales tax for the local hospital while Crossett voters agreed to continue a quarter-cent sales tax for economic development and a 4-mill property tax hike to build a new high school. The Crossett School District millage increase, the only new tax among the three tax requests, will fund a $32 million bond issue to build a new Crossett High School … Continued

Much at stake in March 1st Primary

  You have probably noticed the familiar appearance of campaign signs in lawns and on the sides of highways in Southeast Arkansas. The March 1 Preferential Primary and Non-Partisan General Election, also known as the “SEC Primary,” is quickly approaching. Early voting begins on February 16th. The reference to the storied athletic conference is due to that fact that several southern states within the region have made efforts to hold their presidential primaries on the … Continued

UAM Debate Team captures second place sweepstakes honors

The debate team from the University of Arkansas at Monticello placed second in the overall sweepstakes competition at last week’s Tennessee Volunteer Classic hosted by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The classic consisted of two tournaments with the results combined to determine the overall sweepstakes winners. Cody Bijou of Crosby, Texas, led the UAM contingent by winning the varsity debate competition in the second tournament. Bijou was a semifinalist in the varsity division in … Continued

Chicot Memorial Medical Center participating in stroke management system

Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village is one of a number of rural Arkansas hospitals participating in AR SAVES, a state-wide stroke management system which helps to ensure timely treatment of stroke patients by linking emergency room doctors at participating hospitals to specially-trained vascular neurologists via live, two-way video, 24-hours a day. Led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health, AR SAVES presents an innovative solution to a … Continued

National Guard casing ceremony signals transition in southern Arkansas

  The Arkansas National Guard on Sunday hosted a Casing of the Colors Ceremony in Warren to mark the end of the 1-151 Cavalry Squadron and the beginning of the Guard’s new force structure in South Arkansas. The ceremony, which was held at the Warren High School Indoor Athletic Facility, featured members of the 1-151 Cavalry Squadron performing the ceremonial ‘Casing of the Colors.’ The ceremony signified the end of the Squadron. Speakers for the … Continued

Escapee captured in Drew County across from County Road Department

  A man who escaped from a Dallas County jail around midnight Saturday, was captured in Drew County Monday morning shortly after 11 a.m. He was observed getting into a vehicle at an automated teller machine near a store across from the Drew County Road Department on U.S. 278 E. Paul Grice, 38, escaped from the Dallas County jail where he was awaiting bed space at the Arkansas Department of Correction. He has a lengthy criminal … Continued

Drew County trio suspected in 3-state burglary spree

  Video from a home security camera and communication between law enforcement agencies in three states led to the arrest of three Monticello teens suspected in a rash of burglaries and thefts in Southeast Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Jake Moore, Jonas Forrest, and Jarett Gray (pictured above from left to right) all 18 and all from Drew County, are each being held in the Drew County Detention Center on arrest warrants from Drew County, Cleveland County … Continued

UAM begins senior leadership transition under new chancellor

University of Arkansas at Monticello Chancellor Karla Hughes has announced the beginning of a reorganization of her senior administrative team. Dr. Jimmie Yeiser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, has accepted a position on the faculty as professor in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Linda Yeiser, vice chancellor for advancement and university relations, will step down from her current position on March 4, 2016. Dr. Peggy Doss, dean of the UAM School … Continued

UAM Debate Team captures state title

  The University of Arkansas at Monticello Debate Team captured the Arkansas state championship and placed second overall in the Southern Regional Debate and Forensics Championship Tournament held recently at Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Members of UAM’s state championship debate team, pictured above are, (front row, from left) Kyle Hargis, Gabrielle Swain, Luke Beatty, Grace Nash, Gauge Adkins, Nathan Bailey, (back row, from left) Reagan Dobbs, Cody Bijou, Jacob Chisom, Blake Adkins and Ben Graves. The … Continued