Most Southeast Arkansas counties under burn bans

Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Drew and Lincoln counties in Southeast Arkansas are among the 30 counties in Arkansas under burn bans as of October 2, due to dry conditions, gusty winds and low humidity. Outdoor burning is prohibited in counties where burn bans have been issued. Bans are issued by county judges. “Due to dry conditions and predicted weather factors like strong winds and low humidity – which contribute to high wildfire danger, we ask … Continued

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober appointed to state Supreme Court committee

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober is one of six public officials appointed in September to the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Committee on Security and Emergency Preparedness. The purpose of the committee is to work with the director of Security Emergency Preparedness to ensure the safety of those who appear for court, judges and their staff, and for all other employees and members of the public who conduct business in courthouses throughout Arkansas. In 2007, the Arkansas … Continued

Lake Village Fall Festival set for Oct. 23-24

Lake Village is making plans for its annual Fall Festival featuring a barbecue contest, a baking contest, live music, a carnival and fireworks. In its 19th year, the two-day festival will be held on October 23 and 24 on the banks of Lake Chicot. The festival will get underway at 5 p.m. on October 23 with a carnival and conclude on October 24 with a live band and fireworks over the lake. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS … Continued

The Drew County Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 10 in downtown Monticello on the town square. The festival will feature a farmer’s market, arts and crafts, a classic car show, a silent auction, live entertainment by the Trey Hawkins Band, the Haley Creek Boys and adult and children cloggers, a street dance, a $250 cash drawing and a raffle, food, and activities for children. Schedule of Events 8 a.m. – Noon   … Continued

Drew County GOP announces filing details, deadlines

The filing for party candidates opens at noon on November 2 and ends at noon on November 9. To file as a Republican for any of these offices, contact Diana Harton, chairman of the Drew County Republican Committee, or Jennifer Jenkins, secretary of the Drew County Republican Committee at PO Box 384, Monticello, AR 71657 or call 870-723-5701. The preferential primary and non-partisan judicial election will be held on March 1, 2016. Candidates must furnish … Continued

UAM women’s rodeo team ties for first place at Missouri Valley College Rodeo

The women’s rodeo team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello captured a share of first place at the Missouri Valley College Rodeo in Marshall, Missouri last week. UAM tied host Missouri Valley with a total of 265 points to edge teams from Three Rivers College (235), East Mississippi Community College (230), the University of West Alabama (170), Southern Arkansas University (90), and Murray State University (50). Abby Searcy of Monticello and Shann Roddenberry of … Continued

UAM to celebrate Homecoming October 8-10

Sean Rochelle will become the fifth UAM football player to have his jersey number retired. The annual Sports Hall of Fame banquet, a party for alumni and friends, and the retirement of the jersey worn by the most successful quarterback in school history highlight the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s 2015 homecoming celebration October 8-10. Homecoming kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 8 with student organization bed races and a pep rally at Convoy … Continued

Crossett man killed in a trike-car accident in Ashley County

A Crossett man was killed Thursday afternoon in a trike and car accident in Ashley County. James E. Adams, 69, was traveling west on State Highway 52 when an eastbound 1999 Buick LeSabre pulled in front of his Honda Goldwing trike. Adams veered to the right and struck the front passenger side of the LeSabre, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Adams was transported to Ashley County Medical Center where he died. The … Continued

Hospitalized Monticello man served with warrant for first-degree murder

A man who is being treated at a hospital for multiple gunshot wounds was served Friday with an arrest warrant in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday night in Monticello. Myron Briggs, 40, of Monticello, is suspected of first-degree murder and felonious possession of a firearm in the shooting death of 46-year-old Eric Thompson, also of Monticello. The shooting occurred at 11:30 p.m. at a residence on South Gabbert where the two men allegedly fired … Continued

WWII aerial gunner, businessman, Monticello community leader P.Q. Gardner dies

  P.Q. Gardner, a Monticello businessman, community leader, and aerial gunner who had 35 missions over Nazi Germany during World War II, died Tuesday. He was a member of the 386th Bomb Group that had the most enviable record of all B-26 groups in terms of successful missions, tonnage of bombs dispatched and enemy aircraft destroyed. Their missions were of the utmost importance in the campaign in Europe. Gardner, who flew 25 missions over Germany … Continued