Trial reset for Monticello man charged with killing Warren woman

A continuance has been granted in the first-degree murder trial of a Monticello man accused of killing a Warren woman then burying her body in a wooded area behind his home. Fred Lee Williams, 51, is charged with abuse of a corpse and first-degree murder in the April 2013 death of 36-year-old Tangela Walton, of Warren. Williams' trial was scheduled to begin this week but was postponed until late August because a local physician who … Continued

Arkansas Children’s Hospital patients from Drew County create drawings for Log-A-Load

Two Drew County children who are patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital have created drawings for the Drew County Log-A-Load annual fundraiser for the hospital. Fang Blayock, 6, and Louise Blaylock, 6, were asked by the Drew County Log-A-Load for Kid’s committee to create drawings for the organization’s annual t-shirt to help raise funds for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Fang and Lou's t-shirt design for Log-A-Load In March 2011, Fang was adopted from China by Len (III) … Continued

Deed scam targeting property owners

Drew County Tax Assessor Beth Davis is alerting Drew County property owners about a company trying to trick people into paying more than $80 for a warranty deed to their property. Drew County property owners have been receiving notices that look like government statements with a due date, but are actually solicitations from a California company that sells property owners a copy of their deed and other real estate documents for more than what the … Continued

Desha County man served with murder warrant in Eudora woman’s death

July 22 Update: Donnell Robinson had a first-appearance hearing on July 21. His bond was set at $250,000 and was appointed an attorney. A 51-year-old Desha County man was served Friday with a first-degree murder warrant in connection with the death of April Taylor of Eudora. Donnell Robinson, who has been in custody since Thursday on an alleged parole violation, is suspected in the death of the 32-year-old woman. Taylor's body was discovered Thursday morning … Continued

Woody Bynum to be featured in Seark Concert’s ‘Summertime Serenade’

  The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will present a “Summertime Serenade” at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Fine Arts Center on July 24 at 7 p.m. The performance features baritone Woodrow Bynum, pictured on the left. Bynum will be joined in the Monticello performance with fellow Juilliard graduate and concert pianist Ryan Reilly, pictured on the right. They will perform a wide variety of selections including works by Copland, Schumann, and Ravel. Bynum, a former … Continued

Zack Tucker says he’s ‘eager’ for November election

  Zack Tucker, the top vote-getter in Monticello’s 5-way special mayoral election who ultimately lost a runoff with Joe Rogers, issued a statement early Thursday evening saying he is looking forward to the “bright future ahead” and is “eager for November’s Regular Election…” Tucker, the current mayor’s assistant, came out on top with 39 percent of the vote in the special mayoral election on June 24, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a runoff with … 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