Gibson’s first action as Monticello’s attorney in water project issues: demand letter to Siemens

Cliff Gibson, the Monticello attorney representing the City of Monticello in issues surrounding a $10 million water project, has issued a letter to Siemens Industry, Inc. demanding that the company immediately provide the city with: the "legally required" performance and payment bonds; proper financial assurance that it will pay any shortages in promised efficiency savings from the improvements; full and complete manufacturer warranties on all products being installed by Siemens; manufacturer recommendations and instructions on … Continued

Drew County man dies, wife injured in Tuesday morning house fire

A Drew County man died and his wife was injured in a Tuesday morning house fire on Jose Chapel Road. Before emergency responders arrived at the burning home, a neighbor pulled Bobby Robison, 56, and his wife, Theresa from the house, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Robison and his wife were transported by ambulance to Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Mr. Robison was pronounced dead on arrival. Theresa … Continued

14 contested mayoral races in Southeast Arkansas

Voters in 14 Southeast Arkansas municipalities will see a contested mayoral race on their November 4 General Election ballot. There will be contested mayoral races in Arkansas City, Crossett, Dermott, Dumas, Gould, Grady, McGehee, Monticello, Mitchellville, Montrose, Parkdale, Star City, Warren and Watson. Dermott and McGehee both have four candidates for mayor while Monticello, Montrose and Watson each have three. Arkansas City, Crossett, Dumas, Gould, Grady, Mitchellville, Parkdale, Star City and Warren will all have … Continued

Candidates to meet October 30 for only scheduled local debate

Candidates for two state House seats, along with candidates for Drew County Circuit Clerk and Monticello mayoral candidates will square off on October 30 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., during the only scheduled local debate prior to the November 4 general election. The debate will be held at the Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, located at 527 East McCloy in Monticello. State Rep. Fredrick Love, a Little Rock Democrat, will both moderate the debate and … Continued

UAM Celebrates Homecoming, Melissa Ohannes crowned queen

Melissa Ohannes of Little Rock became the 76th homecoming queen at the University of Arkansas at Monticello when she was crowned during pregame ceremonies Saturday afternoon at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Bowl Stadium. UAM Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter arrived at the coronation ceremony in grand style, riding a bicycle with his grandchildren in tow. Ohannes is the daughter of John and Daphne Ratliff and is a junior biology major. She is a resident assistant in the Office … Continued

Bronze bust of former UAM Coach Tommy Barnes unveiled

The most successful football coach in the history of the University of Arkansas at Monticello was honored Saturday afternoon with the unveiling of a bronze bust of the late Tommy Barnes. Sculptor David Deming and Lance Gasaway unveil the bronze bust of former UAM football coach Tommy Barnes The bust was created by nationally-renowned sculptor David Deming of Cleveland, Ohio and made possible by a gift from former Boll Weevil football standout Lance Gasaway of … Continued

Supreme Court rejects condemned Bradley County man’s appeal

  The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal from Derek Sales, a 53-year-old Bradley County man sentenced to death for the April 2005 murder of Willie York, a frail, disabled bootlegger who sold beer by the can from his home. York, 56, suffered from advanced rheumatoid arthritis and needed assistance in caring for himself. He weighed 102 pounds, had little use of his hands, and could not walk. He spent most of his … Continued

Rison teen killed, 3 injured in Lincoln County accident

A Rison teen was killed and three others were injured early Tuesday evening in a two-car accident in Lincoln County, according to State Police. Jonathan D. Robertson, 16, traveling west on Arrowhead Road and failed to yield at the 530 intersection where his vehicle was struck by a vehicle traveling south on 530, according to a preliminary State Police report. Robertson’s passenger, Baylee S. Magness, 16, of Star City was injured in the accident. Also … Continued