Former Delta band director to revisit the ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’

The “Chitlin’ Circuit” will be revisited on April 8 in Lake Village when the Alex Foundation hosts Architects of Jazz during Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), a month-long celebration honoring the life and works jazz musicians. Former Delta High School and Dermott High School band director, Charles Scurlock, will present the Architects of Jazz lecture and lead a five band ensemble of various jazz musical selections. The event will also feature an exhibit of Arkansas and … Continued

Recognition celebration set for UAM basketball team

The University of Arkansas at Monticello athletic department on March 28 will host a celebration recognizing the UAM men’s basketball team for its accomplishments this past season. The celebration will be held at the Monticello Country Club at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 and is free and open to the public. The public is encouraged to attend the event and congratulate the 2017 Great American Conference Regular Season Champions and their coaches for their … Continued

Entertainment lineup for StarDaze Festival announced

The 14th Annual StarDaze Festival will be held on April 14-15 in Star City. This year’s music lineup includes Jo Dee Messina, Exile, Chris Lane, Bailey Bryan and RaeLynn. In addition to the free live entertainment, the festival features a motorcycle point run, car show, carnival rides, and more than 75 arts, crafts and food vendors and exhibits. Country artists Chris Lane, Bailey Bryan and RaeLynn will perform on Friday. Performing Saturday will be Jo … Continued

Star City students’ artwork in regional art show

The artwork of 30 students from Jimmy Brown Elementary School, Star City Middle School, and Star City High School is included in the 2017 Southeast Arkansas Regional Art Show at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The show is sponsored by the Arkansas Art Educators Association. The exhibit will be on display in the Spencer Gallery at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello from March 13 until April 2. A … Continued

School bus seat belt law began as Star City 4-H member’s project

What started as a young 4-H member’s scare from a family car accident has turned into a law that gives Arkansas residents the legal framework to ask their local school districts to require seat belts on school buses purchased after 2018. Hannah Alder, a 13-year-old Star City Middle School student and 4-H member, watched Monday as Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill1002 into law at the state Capitol. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark McElroy … Continued

Man riding hood of Mercedes in Desha County dies in accident

A 21-year-old McGehee man who was riding on the hood of a Mercedes in Desha County was killed early Tuesday morning, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Rhett Runyan, 21, of McGehee, was riding on the hood of a 2013 Mercedes traveling west on Highway 208 at Halley early Tuesday morning and for some unknown reason, Runyan left the hood of the vehicle and hit the roadway, according to Arkansas State Trooper … Continued

Man convicted of sexual assault in 2002 now charged with rape

On June 27, 2002, a Drew County jury of nine women and three men sentenced a Monticello man to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy. Now, nearly 15 years later, the man is facing similar charges in Ashley County. Lewis Ray, 53, is being held on a $50,000 bond for allegedly raping an 18-year-old Ashley County man last month. The 2002 Case On December 7, 2001, Lewis Ray, then 39, and … Continued

Governor sets April execution date for man who murdered Grady farmer

  Kenneth Williams, a death row inmate who killed a Lincoln County farmer and three others, is among eight inmates who are scheduled to be put to death in April. Gov. Hutchinson issued proclamations setting the execution dates for Williams and seven other men after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state’s lethal-injection law, and the state Supreme Court lifted stays of executions for the inmates. Williams, scheduled to be executed on April 27, was … Continued

Rison man dies as result of injuries in automobile accident

  A Rison man died Sunday afternoon as a result of injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 63 in Cleveland County. Scotty Wayne Newman, 49, of Rison was traveling South on Highway 63 at Spring Road in Cleveland County when his 2009 Toyota crossed the center line of the northbound lane and continued into the ditch and struck a tree, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Newman died as … Continued

Deltic Timber fires CFO Kenneth Mann for asset misappropriation

Deltic Timber Corporation said Monday that it has appointed a new president and chief executive officer, and that it has fired its chief financial officer, Kenneth Mann for asset misappropriation, according to Seark Today’s content partner, Magnolia Reporter. Mann, a Hermitage native and graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is alleged to have misappropriated certain company assets for personal use. Mann was UAM’s 52nd Distinguished Alumnus in 2014. John D. Enlow was named … Continued