Suspected bank robbers arrested

Three men suspected in a bank robbery Tuesday morning in Ashley County were arrested just a couple of hours later hiding in a wooded area in Parkdale. Stacy Cox, Jr., Jalen Hudson and Marquez allegedly robbed the Simmons Bank in Parkdale around 9:30 a.m. Cox and Marquez reportedly entered the bank and demanded money. They are alleged to have been armed. Hudson’s role reportedly was that of “look out.” After the alleged robbery, the men reportedly … Continued

Dumas man killed in automobile-train accident

A Dumas man was killed Monday morning when his vehicle was struck by an oncoming train at Pickens. Brent E. Morris, 45, was traveling west on Walnut Lake Road at Pickens in Desha County when he failed to yield at a stop sign and drove in to the path of a train. Morris was ejected from the vehicle, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. The accident occurred at 5:07 a.m. The weather … Continued

Rison man dies in vehicle accident in Lincoln County

A Cleveland County man died on Wednesday, January 4 in a single-vehicle accident in Lincoln County. Rodney Eugene Wages, 54, of Rison, was traveling on Arkansas 11 in Lincoln County, south of the 530 overpass, when he lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary police report. Wages’ vehicle left the roadway and struck several trees. The accident occurred at 4:05 p.m. The weather was clear and … Continued

First babies arrive on January 2

Southeast Arkansas’ first babies of 2017 arrived on January 2. River Jakob Webb was born at Drew Memorial Hospital on January 2 at 12:57 p.m. and Treble Ridge Rickman was born at Ashley County Medical Center five hours later, making them the first babies born in Southeast Arkansas in 2017. River, pictured above with his parents, Shelby O’Fallon and Jake Webb of Monticello, and Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary president Barbara Brown, was delivered by Dr. … Continued

The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale trailer premiere

Fabled Motion Pictures has announced the release of the trailer premiere of The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale. Co-written and directed by Arkansas native Derrick Sims (Come Morning), the picture was filmed in and around the infamous Allen House in Monticello in Spring 2016. It is currently in post-production in Wellington, New Zealand. The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale is the story of a woman who returned, after many years, to her childhood … Continued

Masons install officers for 2017

The Eureka Lodge #40 of Free and Accepted Masons recently installed officers for 2017. The officers, pictured above, are: First row (from left) Jeff McDonald, senior warden; Logan Camden, senior deacon; Dr. Kelly Shrum, master of ceremony and Keith Ashcraft, junior deacon. Second row, from left: Jim Searcy, treasurer; BradLee Rodgers, junior warden and Jeremiah Hayden, master of ceremony. Third row, from left, Brian Rodgers. chaplain; Andrew Brannon, worshipful master; and Scott Woodward, secretary. Louis … Continued

Drew County Log A Load raises $113K for Children’s Hospital

Drew County Log A Load For Kids of Arkansas recently donated $113,000 to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The donation will benefit the hospital’s Emergency Department. Log A Load is a group of volunteers from the timber and logging industry who raise funds for ACH through events held in communities throughout the state. “It’s incredible to see how year after year, volunteers and donors continue to give generously through the Log A Load For Kids program. We … Continued

Auditions set for Lion King

The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association has announced audition dates for its spring production of “The Lion King” musical. A variety of roles will be available for area youth and adults. Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 7, and a total of 10 matinee and evening performances will be held March 7-11. Previously, auditions have been held in the Fine Arts Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. This year, they will be … Continued

Chancellor’s inaugural raises $3,725 for Scholarship Fund

The inauguration of Chancellor Karla Hughes has raised $3,725 for the general scholarship fund at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, according to the most recent figures released by the chancellor’s office. Ticket sales from the inaugural dinner held in October plus a donation from Dan Boice, director of UAM’s Taylor Library and Technology Center, and Dr. Sharon Silzell, assistant professor of history, pushed the total amount designated for scholarships to its current level. Additional … Continued

Judges explain mailout of 1,500 unpaid fine notices

Drew County District Court Judge Sara Hartness and District Court Judge-elect Bruce Anderson issued separate news releases this week to clear up confusion about some 1,500 delinquent notices that were mailed out by the district court clerk. Anderson Anderson in a news release on Wednesday said the purpose of the letters was to bring unpaid fines to the attention of individuals reflected in court records as owing the fines and to encourage action by the … Continued