Panel cautions Crossett lawyer

A state panel that regulates attorney conduct cautioned a Crossett lawyer for her conduct in a civil case in which she attached to a motion an article that referred to the judge handling the case as a “certified moron,” “ethical gnome,” “knucklehead,” “schmuck,” “dimwit,” and “big time dumbass.” In a seven-page order filed on November 13, a panel of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct found that Gayle D. Zimmerman’s filing seeking Judge … Continued

Group supporting city sales tax proposal sets voter forum

An organization supporting a citywide quarter-cent sales tax to help fund an event center in Monticello will host a public meeting on November 30 to explain the proposal and answer voter questions about the proposed project, according to an e-mail from Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker. The meeting will be held at the Sadie T. Johnson Community Building at 6 p.m. The community building is located in Jordan Park in Monticello. Following a presentation explaining the … Continued

Political Science Honor Society inducts new members, installs officers

The University of Arkansas at Monticello chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national collegiate honor society for political science majors, recently inducted two new members and installed new officers, according to Dr. Carol Strong, associate professor of political science and the chapter’s faculty advisor. The new members are Emily Mendiola of Hamburg, a junior political science and modern languages double major, and Cassidy Mansur of Crossett, a junior political science and psychology double major. Requirements … Continued

One killed, two injured in ATV accident in Ashley County

A minor was killed and another minor and a Texas man were injured Sunday in a 2-vehicle ATV accident in Ashley County, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. The two all terrain vehicles, a 2002 Rancher ATV and a 2010 Kawasaki ATV, were both traveling west on County Road 922 in Ashley County. As the ATVs approached the intersection with County Road 27, the Kawasaki struck the rear of the Rancher causing … Continued

Drew Memorial Hospital seeks sales tax to help fund expansion

At a voter forum Thursday night, Drew Memorial Hospital surgeons Drs. Michelle Pittman and John Jerius along with the hospital’s chief executive officer Scott Barrilleaux discussed a proposed $31 million hospital expansion and upcoming sales tax election. The hospital is asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax to help fund the project. The 57,000 square-foot expansion, which would be constructed on the southeast corner of the hospital, would house a new surgery center, outpatient … Continued

Kate Steen awarded Cingolani scholarship

Kate Steen of Hamburg, a senior agriculture major at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is the 2015-16 recipient of the Aldo Cingolani Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Aldo Cingolani of McGehee by his family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior enrolled in the UAM School of Agriculture who has shown strong academic progress and excellent professional potential. Steen is pictured with Dr. Kelly Bryant, dean … Continued

One killed, two injured in two-vehicle accident east of Monticello

A Monticello man was killed and two others were injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on Arkansas 35, east of Monticello. Gordon Russel Carter, 58, and Ouida F. Carter, 60, both of Monticello, were traveling west on Arkansas 35 about three miles east of Monticello when an eastbound 2009 Ford Focus driven by Newton Lagrone, 21, of Monticello, crossed the center line of the highway into the path of a 2012 Toyota Yaris driven … Continued

Ashley County man killed in single-vehicle accident Wednesday night

An Ashley County man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday night on U.S. 425 about eight miles north of Hamburg. Lem Lambert, 73, of Fountain Hill, was traveling east on Arkansas 8 when his vehicle ran through a stop sign where the highway intersects with U.S. 425. The vehicle then ran off the east side of U.S. 425 and hit a dirt embankment before hitting a tree, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary … Continued

Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department receives grant for water truck

The Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Drew County recently received an $11, 612 grant to purchase a new water truck. The grant was presented at an October 12 awards ceremony in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol where Britt Burris, a representative from the Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department accepted the grant award on behalf of the fire department. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Mike Preston, and Department … Continued

Drew County Judge Robert Akin announces re-election bid

Drew County Judge Robert Akin has announced that he will be seeking a third term in the general election in November 2016. Akin, an independent, was first elected in 2012. “Road and solid waste issues make up the bulk of my job, but there are many other things which concern the county, particularly the hospital, the library and any other county-owned facilities,” Akin said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “County government has a … Continued