Anthropologist to discuss frontier heritage tourism

  Frontier heritage tourism has its roots in the 1920s with the rise of the affordable automobile. It increased in the 1950s with frontier-themed amusement parks springing up across the United States. Dr. Daniel Maher, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will use “Confederates in the Attic” by Tony Horwitz to frame a presentation about frontier heritage tourism at the University of Arkansas at Monticello … Continued

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross tours UAM Science Center, School of Forestry

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross toured the University of Arkansas at Monticello Science Center and School of Forestry Tuesday afternoon. During the tour, Ross met several students, including Beth Justice, a pre-med student. He also spoke to several university officials, including Dr. Morris Bramlett, Dean of Mathematical ¬†and Natural Sciences, and Scott Kuttenkuler, UAM director of governmental affairs, about university needs. Cliff Gibson, a member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, also joined … Continued

UAM begins search for chancellor

The University of Arkansas has begun a search for a new chancellor for the Monticello campus, according to Dr. Donald Bobbitt, president of the UA System. Current UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter will retire January 5, 2015, after more than 10 years as chief executive officer. The search to replace Lassiter is being conducted by Witt/Kieffer, an Oakbrook, Illinois-based search firm in conjunction with a campus search committee. A review of applicants will begin in early … Continued

‘Dixie Alley’ has high frequency of killer tornadoes

Seventy-three years ago, on October 26, 1941, an F-4 tornado roared through residential Hamburg, killing 14 and injuring 200, 25 critically. After an abnormally warm and humid late October day, the tornado hit at a few minutes before midnight with no warning to sleeping residents. October is a good time to remember that severe weather is almost as likely to occur in the fall months as in the spring, particularly in Southeast Arkansas. The last … 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