Warren to honor Lumberjacks with championship parade

Warren will honor the 4A State Champion Lumberjacks Thursday evening with a championship parade. The Lumberjacks soundly defeated Mena 48-14 Saturday in the 4A state championship game. Senior Kilay Cox scored five touchdowns in the win, tying a state final record. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the new Warren Post Office and end at the old post office.

Ray’s serving baby back ribs Friday

  Ray’s in Monticello will be serving smoked baby back ribs for lunch and dinner Friday, December 19. A half rack of ribs with two side dishes is $9.99 and a full rack with two sides is $18.99. Side dishes include baked beans, coleslaw, baked potato salad and mustard potato salad. Read more about Ray’s great ribs in this restaurant review. Drop by Ray’s for lunch or dinner at the intersection of U.S. 425 & 278 in … Continued

Craig Wayne Boyd wins The Voice

Craig Wayne Boyd, the grandson of Shirley Cater of Monticello, won NBC's The Voice competition Tuesday night. Boyd will receive a record deal and $100,000. The 35-year-old country singer has a number of family members in Southeast Arkansas and attends annual family reunions in Monticello. He is the grandson of Shirley Cater, nephew of Mark Cater, and the great nephew of Herbert and Donna Bradley and Bobby Bostain, all of Monticello. He is also the great … Continued

Drew County GOP receives Diversity Award

The Drew County Republican Party has been awarded the Arkansas Republican Party’s 2014 Diversity Award for reaching across racial lines and involving more minorities in the Republican Party. The award was presented to Diana Harton, chairman of the Drew County Republicans, by State Party Chairman Doyle Webb at the State Committee meeting held in Benton last weekend. “The Drew County Republican Committee has worked very hard to reach across racial lines,” Harton said. “Our goal … Continued

UAM education professor chosen for standard-setting study

Dr. C. Morrell Jones, professor of education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been chosen by the Arkansas Department of Education to participate in a multi-state standard setting study being conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the Praxis Early Childhood Content Knowledge test. The study will take place at Princeton University in February and will be used to recommend a passing score for prospective teachers taking the Praxis test for licensure. … Continued

Drew County historical marker approved

  The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved an application from the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 977 for a marker-matching grant for a marker in Drew County. ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree made the announcement of its approval after reviewing the text for historical accuracy. The UDC chapter submitted the application after obtaining permission of Drew County Judge Robert Akin to have the marker placed at the southeast corner of the Drew County … Continued

UAM recognized as NOAA ‘StormReady’ university

  National Weather Service officials recognized the University of Arkansas at Monticello as a ‘StormReady’ university during a ceremony at the Centennial Clock Tower on the university campus on December 8. Renee Fair, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Little Rock, presented Jay Hughes, vice chancellor for student affairs, pictured in the center, and UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter, pictured on the right with a certificate and special StormReady signs. NOAA’s StormReady program helps community … Continued

Student nurses distribute toys to Kids First in Warren

Members of the Student Nurses Association at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently distributed an assortment of learning toys, two John Deere tricycles, two small bicycles, two scooters, and other toys to the children at Kids First, a school for developmentally delayed children in Warren. Individual students, staff members in the UAM School of Nursing, and members of the Drew County Farm Bureau donated the gifts. Students participating in the gift distribution were (from … Continued

Young woman’s death sparks plans to fix Dead Man’s Curve

  A Monticello Sunday School Class discussion about an automobile accident that took the life of a young Alabama woman and a subsequent highway study requested by Arkansas Highway Commissioner Robert S. Moore, Jr., of Arkansas City, and AHTD Director Scott Bennett have resulted in plans to make major improvements to a section of U.S. 278 in Drew County known as “Dead Man’s Curve.” The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced plans today (December … Continued