Arkansas House Democratic Leader issues statement on Hall lawsuit

House Democratic Leader Michael John Gray (Dist. 47- Augusta) released the following statement concerning the lawsuit, filed today by former State Representative Johnnie Bolin, to disqualify James Hall (District 9) from the election process: The people of Arkansas deserve representatives that will strive to carry themselves with honesty and integrity. To put forth a candidate who, at best, was less than forthcoming about his legal issues is an affront to the people of Ashley and … Continued

McGehee nursing students select class officers

Members of the 2016-17 practical nursing class at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee recently elected class officers for the current academic year. Pictured from left are (seated) Kassidy Henely of Star City, president; Jessica Rawson of Selma, vice president; Veronica Bell of Lake Village, treasurer; Tiffany Burton of Lake Village, secretary; (standing) Kim Ray, instructor; Bob Ware, vice chancellor of the McGehee campus, and Vanessa Vasquez of Dumas, historian.

UAM professor to lecture at historical society, archeology

Dr. John Dennis, assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, will discuss notes and field plats from an 1815 survey of what would become the state of Arkansas during a joint meeting of the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Drew County Historical Society. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held September 6 at 6:30 p.m. … Continued

Arkansas GOP Chairman calls for Jim Hall to resign candidacy

Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb is calling for Jim Hall to resign his candidacy for the District 9 seat in the Arkansas Legislature. The district includes most of Ashley and Drew counties. Hall ran unopposed for the Republican nomination for the seat in the March 1 primary election. On Wednesday, the Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld Hall’s Drew County conviction of harassment and harassing communications, “In view of the Arkansas Court of Appeals affirming Jim … Continued

Court denies Hall’s appeal of jail sentence

A Drew County man convicted last year of harassment and harassing communications has lost his appeal to the Arkansas Court of Appeals. James Hall, who is currently running for a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, was sentenced last year to a year in the Drew County jail with all but 90 days suspended if he complies with certain conditions when he is released. Hall appealed his conviction and sentence to the Arkansas Court … Continued

Monticello mayor loses authority to spend city funds

In the wake of a state police investigation into what appears to be a fictitious invoice signed by Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, the Monticello City Council Tuesday night unanimously adopted an ordinance preventing Tucker from spending any city funds. “… the mayor shall have no authority to sign checks, drafts, transfers, or to in any way expend funds or assets of the City of Monticello,” the ordinance reads, in part. Earlier this month, the staff … Continued

Monticello man facing charges for falsely reporting bomb

A Monticello man is facing two felony charges for allegedly threatening to bomb a local industry, according to a news release from Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober. Martagus Stovall, 22, of Monticello reportedly admitted that he called 911 reporting a bomb at Maxwell Hardwood Flooring in Drew County where he worked. Monday night, around 11:30 p.m., the Drew County 911 dispatcher received a call from an unknown male saying that he had placed a bomb … Continued

Hashem: No pending allegations of theft against mayor

Hani Hashem, a Monticello attorney representing Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, said in a Friday afternoon news release that there are no pending allegations of theft or personal benefit by the mayor regarding the expenditure of Monticello Advertising & Promotion Funds. “In response to recent news articles, it is appropriate that I make a limited comment on behalf of my client, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker,” Hashem wrote. “We are currently cooperating with the proper officials and agencies … Continued

Prosecutor calls for ASP investigation into check endorsed by mayor

  Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen has requested a state police investigation into what appears to be a fictitious invoice and any transactions related to an April 3, 2015 check for $22,500 endorsed by Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker. Nita McDaniel, director of the Monticello Economic Development Commission and a member of the Monticello Advertising & Promotion Commission, recently discovered what appears to be a fictitious invoice for $22,500 from the Economic Development Fund of … Continued

Wilmar woman facing misdemeanor charge for failure to report abuse

A Wilmar woman is facing a misdemeanor charge for failure to report the alleged abuse of a resident in a long-term care facility. Deshundra Thomas, 27, of Wilmar, reportedly observed another employee abuse a resident and failed to report it to the facility, according to information in a news release from Arkansas Attorney Gen. Leslie Rutledge. Thomas, who turned herself in to the Warren Police Department, is facing one count of failure to report adult … Continued