Locked away and forgotten

Teenagers confined to two state-run South Arkansas juvenile lockup facilities lived in unsafe and unsanitary conditions and saw many of their basic needs neglected for much of 2017, an Arkansas Nonprofit News Network investigation has found. Nine current and former workers at the juvenile facilities, in Dermott, told the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network that youths regularly lacked sufficient hygiene supplies, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and laundry detergent throughout 2017. Air-conditioning only worked sporadically in … Continued

Student arrested following statement on social media

A Star City student has been arrested for allegedly making a statement on social media about “shooting up the school,” according to a statement released Thursday night by Star City School District Superintendent Jon Laffoon. The statement was published on the school district’s web site. The student’s identity, age, grade and sex was not disclosed. Full text of Laffoon’s statement: Good Evening,   We want to inform our community and families there was a social … Continued

Lakeport Plantation, Camp Monticello, Powell Canal events planned for Archeology Month

In recognition of Arkansas Archeology Month in March, the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Arkansas Archeological Survey, in cooperation with museums, colleges, libraries and other groups across the state, will hold a series of events, displays, presentations, and hands-on activities to celebrate Arkansas’ cultural heritage as discovered through archeology. For 2018, there will be a number of events around southeast Arkansas. Hike at Camp Monticello On Saturday, March 3, Michael Pomeroy and Dr. Jodi Barnes … Continued

The Great Backyard Bird Count begins Feb. 16

Join birders across the country Feb. 16-19, and record your birdwatching results to help scientists discover trends and changes in migrations and populations of birds in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Founded in 1998 by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the count was the first project to use non-biologists to collect massive amounts of data on wild birds and display the results in near real-time. Scientists combine the data from … Continued

Body found in Bradley County

A body believed to be that of a Crossett woman, missing since January 13, was found this week, according to authorities. The body, believed to be that of 38-year-old Shannon Ridener, was found Thursday by an off-duty Arkansas Game & Fish Commission officer. The body was found near a creek, along U.S. 63, near Hermitage in Bradley County. The body has been transported to the Arkansas Crime Lab. Ridener was last seen on January 13 when … Continued

Crossett, Hamburg students receive welding certification

Students from Crossett and Hamburg High Schools recently received core curriculum certification by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) after completing a series of welding classes at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett. Those completing the welding certification program at UAM COT-Crossett are pictured above (from left) Jareth Concannon (Crossett), Hayden Matthews (Crossett), Trenton Haen (Crossett), Adolfo Gonzalez (Crossett), Dillion Barnett (Crossett), Joseph Monroe (Crossett), Logan Black (Crossett), Matthew Barnett (Crossett), Garret Ogletree … Continued

Gulledge to seek re-election as county clerk

Drew County Clerk Lyna Gulledge has announced that she will seek re-election to an eighth term in the upcoming May 22 Democratic primary. “The county clerk’s office is responsible for many different jobs,” Gulledge explained. “Some of those things, like conducting elections, keeping voter rolls updated, filing documents in probate cases and issuing marriage licenses, are very visible to the public. But my deputies and I perform many other jobs as well – things like … Continued

Dr. Robert Steele tabbed as Monticello banquet speaker

The annul Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce and Monticello Economic Development Commission Awards Banquet will be held on February 26 at the University Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Dr. Robert Steele, Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s senior vice president and chief strategy officer, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Steele, a pediatrician, joined Arkansas Children’s Hospital in June 2014 as the senior vice president/chief strategy officer. … Continued

Governor Hutchinson delivers State of State address

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday delivered his State of the State address to the 91st General Assembly ahead of the fiscal session at the Arkansas State Capitol. In his speech, Hutchinson announced his intent to propose a reduction of Arkansas’ top marginal tax rate from 6.9 percent to six percent in the 2019 General Session. The full text of his address: State of the State Governor Asa Hutchinson February 12, 2018 Mr. Lieutenant Governor, President … Continued

McGehee students practice architecture skills

Russell Rudzinski, professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, recently introduced eighth and ninth grade students at McGehee to the key ways science, technology, engineering, art and math are aligned to an architectural career. The class, hosted by the Alex Foundation, was part of the Alex Foundation’s STE+AM Initiative. In its seventh year, STE+AM offers an opportunity to directly immerse students in higher order thinking … Continued