Alabama woman killed in U.S. 278 accident east of Monticello

A young Alabama woman was killed early Friday morning when she lost control of her car on a wet highway east of Monticello and was struck by a Freightliner, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Carlyn N. Avery, 21, of Hamilton, Ala., was traveling east on U.S. 278 at 6:20 a.m. when she lost control of her car as she attempted to negotiate a curve that locals refer to as “Dead Man’s Curve.” … Continued

Drew County man allegedly threatens to kill people

  Three days after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine, a 21-year-old Drew County man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill people at the Gee's Landing area of the Saline River in Drew County. Clifton Jolley, 21, likely will be charged with terroristic threatening, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor in connection with the July 26 incident, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a … Continued

Arkansas Farm Bureau lauds Pryor and Boozman’s bi-partisan bill

  Arkansas Farm Bureau is praising U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman’s bi-partisan bill to amend the Endangered Species Act. The Private Landowner Protection Act, co-sponsored by Pryor and Boozman, would amend the Endangered Species Act and require government agencies to perform a thorough economic analysis of any proposed species and critical habitat designation. This issue goes beyond Arkansas’ borders and has the potential to impact property owners nationwide. The Pryor-Boozman bill closely matches … Continued

Biomass energy company to invest $90 million, create 52 jobs in Monticello

A biomass energy company broke ground Wednesday on a facility that will create 52 new jobs in Monticello. Larry Weick, senior vice president for business development for Zilkha Biomass Energy; Gov. Mike Beebe; Stephanie Mire, manager of U.S. business development for Zilkha; Brian Reed, biomass manager for Zilkha; Drew County Judge Robert Akin; Bennie Ryburn, III, president of the Monticello Economic Development Commission Zilkha Biomass Energy, a producer of biomass solutions to electric utility customers, … Continued

Drew County man suspected of sexual assault of 8-year-old

A Drew County man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an 8-year-old boy as part of a game called “dare”. Kenneth Willis, 20, of Drew County is alleged to have played a game called dare with two young boys and had one of the boys perform a sexual act upon him, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Willis was interviewed and subsequently arrested for second-degree sexual assault, … Continued

DCSO releases Level 4 sex offender notification

The Drew County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release notifying the public that a Level 4 sex offender, Justin Glennon has moved to the 100 Block of Tara Lane in Drew County. Glennon, 28, is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. “The notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public,” said Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober. “This information cannot be used … Continued

Early to be inducted into Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame has revealed its 2014 induction class, which includes University of Arkansas at Monticello all-time winningest women’s basketball and softball coach Alvy Early. “It is an honor to be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and I am very humbled and appreciative to be selected,” said Early. “This is something that was made possible by all of the outstanding student-athletes that I have been fortunate to coach and … Continued

Dispatcher hailed hero in wildfire rescue

Monticello Dispatcher Gail Hyatt, Monticello Criminal Investigator Kenny Cox and Monticello Police Capt. Carlos Garcia Monticello emergency dispatcher Gail Hyatt is being hailed as a hero for her role in the rescue of a man who was lost and surrounded by flames in  the Drew County wildfire that burned more than 600 acres. During a 35-minute 911 call early Thursday evening, Hyatt reassured and encouraged the man while firemen, law enforcement officers, and Arkansas Forestry … Continued

Osburn to undergo mental evaluation

Proceedings in Kenneth Osburn’s retrial in the August 2006 strangulation death of 17-year-old Casey Crowder have been suspended pending the result of a mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. 

Spots open for Monticello Rotary Club Feed the Kids 5K

Spots are still open for anyone planning to run in the Monticello Rotary Club’s “Feed the Kids 5K” walk and run on September 7 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In addition to the 5K, there will be a fun run for kids around Weevil Pond. Proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Monticello Feed the Kids Foundation. The 5K run and kids fun run begin at 8 a.m. … Continued