Seark Concert to host BealeCanto Christmas concert on Dec. 3

Seark Concert Association will present a Christmas-themed concert by the Memphis-based men’s vocal ensemble BealeCanto at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Fine Arts Center. BealeCanto is a play on the phrase “bel canto,” which is Italian for “beautiful singing.” The inclusion of the word Beale in the group’s name is a nod to the famous street in Memphis that is known around the world for its rich musical … Continued

Frank Jackson, former co-owner and co-publisher of the Advance Monticellonian, dies at 81

William Frank Jackson, former owner of the Advance Monticellionian, died early Thursday morning at his home. He was 81. He was the son of the late William Marion and Nina Virginia Jackson of McGehee. Jackson and his wife, Mary Emily Clower Jackson were publishers of the Advance Monticellonian newspaper from 1964 until 1996. They began their journalism careers at The Times in McGehee, Arkansas in 1962. They moved from McGehee to Monticello in 1964 when … Continued

Southeast Arkansas Football Picks — Week 14

Seark Today won Week 13 of the Southeast Football Pickoff, correctly predicting the winners in six of eight games, but Jimmy Jeffress remains in first place going into Week 14 with an overall record of 93-33. This week we predicted all of the games in the state, the 2A, 3A and 4A semifinals as well as the 5A, 6A and 7A title games. Next week will be the last week of the pickoff. Here are … Continued

Dairy Queen to build ‘DQ Grill & Chill’ in Monticello

The Monticello Economic Development Commission announced this week that Dairy Queen will be expanding with a new franchise in Monticello. The new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill will be located on US Highway 425 North, next to Valero. No additional details were included in an MEDC news release. “It has been great working with Umesh Patel and representatives from Dairy Queen throughout their selection process,” MEDC Director Nita McDaniel said in the news release. “I … Continued

Southeast Arkansas man killed in accident on rain-slick highway

A Rison man was killed late Monday afternoon in a single vehicle accident south of Kingsland in slick highway conditions. Jerry L. Smith, 39, of Rison was traveling north on a rain-slick Highway 79 when his 1990 Honda Accord crossed the center line and southbound lane of the highway before entering the ditch and colliding with several trees. His vehicle came to rest facing south in the southbound ditch, according to an Arkansas State Police … Continued

The Dumas Christmas Parade will be held on December 5

The Dumas Christmas Parade, Santa’s Workshop, will be held on December 5 at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at the old hospital and disband at the corner of College and Choctaw streets. Cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 for the top 3 floats and $50 for the top decorated individual non-float entry, such as 4-wheelers, bikes and horses. The Community Christmas Tree lighting will be held immediately following the parade at Delta Memorial … Continued

Plea negotiations underway in Monticello mayor case

Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker will go to trial in February if a plea agreement is not reached by January 17. At an omnibus hearing on Monday, Tucker’s Monticello attorney Hani Hashem told Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson they were close to working out a plea agreement. Gibson gave them a January 17 deadine to work out an agreement. If a plea agreement is not reached by that date Tucker will go to trial the week of … Continued

Ashley County woman dies in automobile accident Monday morning

An Ashley County woman was killed Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident near Portland. Joyce Rita Barbee, 67, of Montrose was traveling north on Highway 165, north of Portland when her vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of the highway, went into a ditch then struck a tree, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Barbee died at the scene of the accident. The accident occurred at 9:35 a.m. The … Continued

Monticello fire contained; one minor injury

  A fierce fire that destroyed the former Burlington carpet mill in Monticello has been contained, but will likely burn for a week before it burns itself out, according to Monticello Fire Chief Kelly Reid. “We’re going to let it burn itself out since there is nothing hazardous there,” Reid said Friday afternoon. “It’s still too hot in there to really get inside to look around at all the debris.” Reid projected it to take … Continued

Two Drew County organizations merge to ‘feed the kids’

As the summer of 2016 unfolded, two Drew County charities found themselves struggling to help those in need. The Drew County Salvation Army’s leader married and moved away, leaving the local organization without leadership. The Advisory Council disbanded. Another local organization, the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) Feed the Kids program, did not have funds to provide for all their clients. The board of directors agreed to continue to feed as many children as possible on … Continued