Highway 79-63 Junk Hunt Loop set for September

  Jennifer King, organizer of the Historic Highway 35 Junk Hunt earlier this year, is organizing a new a 3-day, multi-county yard sale. The new junk hunt will be held Sept. 8, through Sept. 10, along higways 79 and 63 in Southeast Arkansas. It is a 120-mile long yard sale that will extend from Pine Bluff to Warren and back. The route begins at the intersection of Interstate 530 and Highway 79 at Pine Bluff … Continued

Eldridge criticizes Boozman for ‘galavanting around the world on taxpayers’ dime’

  Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge criticized his opponent, U.S. Sen. John Boozman Tuesday saying Boozman has taken more than 120 trips to foreign countries — many at taxpayer expense — during his 15 years in Washington. During that same 15-year period, Boozman has managed to get five bills passed, all renaming post offices, according to Eldridge. Eldridge, a former prosecutor and U.S. attorney trying to unseat the Republican senator, asked Democrats at a … Continued

State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin to withdraw re-election bid

State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin is withdrawing her re-election bid, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker announced Tuesday night at a Democratic rally in Drew County. Lampkin recently learned she has cancer, according to Tucker, a member of the Drew County Democratic Central Committee. “Damon and Sheilla a couple of weeks ago found out that Sheilla has cancer,” Tucker said. “And I believe Sheilla has already sent a notice to the media. She is actually going to be … Continued

1 killed, 1 injured in 2-vehicle accident in Cleveland County

A Fordyce man was killed and a Rison man was injured in a 2-vehicle accident Monday in Cleveland County. Demarcus Levar Cones, 24, of Fordyce, was killed in the accident and Luther Drye, 37, of Rison was injured. While attempting to negotiate a curve on Arkansas 35, Cones’ northbound Toyota Camry crossed the center line and collided with Drye’s southbound Dodge Ram, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Cones died at the scene and Drye … Continued

Group mounting recall effort to oust Monticello mayor

  A petition to recall Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker is one of 16 separate petitions being circulated by a group called Monticello Citizens for Better Government. The group is collecting signatures to have a mayor recall and 15 proposed ordinances placed on the November 8 General Election ballot in Monticello. Patricia Mays, a Drew County resident who has a pending lawsuit against the city and was a 2014 candidate for the District 10 seat in the … Continued

Lassiter-Counts receives Fulbright Award

  Leigh Lassiter-Counts, a Monticello native and Hendrix College alumna and director of Career Discovery and Internships at Hendrix, recently received a Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminar Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn … Continued

DMH, MMC partner to keep patients healthy

  A new partnership between Monticello Medical Clinic and Drew Memorial Hospital aims to improve health outcomes and reduce readmissions to the hospital. The family practice physicians recently began referring patients with chronic conditions to the hospital’s new Chronic Care Management program, led by Monticello native Jonathan Schell, RN, BSN, ACM. With health care costs rising, Medicare decided to take a proactive approach to keep Medicare recipients out of the hospital. Thus, Chronic Care programs … Continued

Warren cancer survivor celebrates with 143 other cancer survivors

Patsy Tatum, a 5-year breast cancer survivor from Warren, joined more than 140 five-year cancer survivors on June 10, for Celebrate Life, an annual day of empowerment and celebration conceived by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. This was the 28th year that CTCA at Midwestern has held Celebrate Life, and a record number of patients and caregivers participated to mark the occasion. Tatum, 58, and the other celebrants, representing 32 … Continued

Jury: Myron Briggs not guilty

Less than two hours after Eric Thompson’s wife received a text message from Myron Briggs, Thompson’s body was riddled with 11 separate gunshot wounds and Briggs was suffering from a gunshot wound to his left leg, according to testimony and attorneys’ opening remarks in Briggs’ first-degree murder trial in Monticello. Briggs, on trial for first-degree murder in the September 2015 shooting death of Thompson, sat in a wheelchair between his attorneys Tuesday morning as Thompson’s … Continued

Dr. John Davis named Director of Governmental Relations at UAM

  John Davis is passionate about politics. A quick look around his office is a dead giveaway, although you might not be able to guess his political leanings, which is just the way he wants it. Davis’ cramped office on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom Building at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is adorned with photographs of President George H.W. Bush, a young Bill Clinton campaigning for Congress, a Norman Rockwell print … Continued