Archeologists to talk about Ozark bluff shelters

Lydia Rees and Dr. Jamie Brandon of the Arkansas Archeological Survey will discuss their ongoing research on Ozark bluff shelters October 4 as part of a joint meeting between the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Drew County Historical Society. This second in a series of joint meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at … Continued

Ding Dong Days is this week

The Annual Ding Dong Days Homecoming at Dumas will feature the naming of Ding Dong Daddy and Ding Dong Mama, a parade. carnival, the traditional “Laying of the Wreath” at the W.B. Dumas gravesite, the Dumas homecoming football game and homecoming festivities, and may other activities as well as live entertainment by Josh Thompson and Chuck Wickes. Activities will begin on September 24 with the Ding Dong Days Pageant then resume on September 27 and … Continued

Hampton coach, former UAM football player dies Tuesday

Jorre McMahan, a football coach at Hampton and former football player at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, died Tuesday after collapsing at a Hampton football practice. McMahan, of Warren, was 26. He was the head coach of the Hampton Junior High football team, assistant coach of the high school football team and the assistant softball coach. McMahan was a 2008 graduate of Bauxite High School and a three-year letterman in football before receiving a … Continued

Drew County Fall Festival to feature country music artist Ronnie McDowell

The third annual Drew County Fall Festival will be held on Monticello’s historic downtown square on Saturday, October 1. The event will feature country music artist Ronnie McDowell, a car show, silent auction, live entertainment, food, games and lots of vendors. Ronnie McDowell will take the stage Saturday night at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Seark Miracle League Car & Bike Show set for Oct. 1

The Seark Miracle League will host its 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show on October 1 at the Monticello High School from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for each class as well as a “Best in Show” trophy for car and motorcycle. The car classes include: Pre-1964 1964 – 1997 1998 – current Motorcycle classes include: Cruiser Sport bike Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Admission … Continued

20th Annual Lake Chicot Fall Festival set for Oct. 21-22

The 20th Annual Lake Chicot Fall Festival will be held on October 21-22 in downtown Lake Village. The festival will feature live entertainment, carnival rides, lots of activities, and the Greg Bland Memorial BBQ Shootout, sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network.       Friday 5 p.m. — Carnival 5:30 p.m. — Chicken Dinners 6:30-8 p.m. — Entertainment Saturday (times will be announced later) Pancake Breakfast Greg Bland Memorial BBQ Shootout Painted Pumpkin Contest Dog … Continued

Drew Memorial partners in quality improvement effort that saves $27 million

  Over the course of an intensive 12-month effort, 2,950 patient harms were prevented in 48 Arkansas hospitals participating in a national hospital quality improvement effort, with associated cost savings of nearly $27 million. Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello was a member of the hospital quality improvement team. “We’re always looking for ways to improve the patient experience and prevent injury, infection and readmission,” said Scott Barrilleaux, CEO of Drew Memorial Hospital. “It’s been very … Continued

Pedestrian killed in Monticello Monday night

A pedestrian was killed Monday night on U.S. 425 South in Monticello. Stacy Joan Gran, 32, of Fayetteville, was walking south in the southbound traffic lane of U.S. 425, south of University Drive in Monticello when she was struck by a southbound Ford Fusion, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. The driver of the vehicle, whose identity was not disclosed in the accident report, was not injured. The accident occurred at 9:42 … Continued

Votes for Jim Hall will not be counted, judge rules

Any votes cast for Jim Hall, a Republican candidate for the District 9 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, will not be counted, Special Judge David Laser ruled Friday. District 9 includes most of Ashley and Drew counties. Laser previously ruled on September 12 that Hall is ineligible to take office or serve because he was convicted in Faulkner County in April of violating the state’s hot check law. Hall subsequently filed a motion … Continued

1 killed, 1 injured in head-on collision in Monticello

A Monticello man was killed and another was injured Monday evening in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 425 South in Drew County. Jesse Parker, 63, of Monticello was killed in the accident and Justin Holland, 36, of Monticello was injured, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Parker was traveling north on U.S. 425, about five miles south of Monticello, when his 2006 Toyota crossed the center line and hit a southbound 2009 … Continued