UAM forestry students, faculty attend World Congress In Utah

  Students and faculty of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello participated in the world’s largest gathering of forestry professionals in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 5-11. The students and their instructors attended the International Union of Forest Research Organizations’ World Congress, an event held once every five years.  The Congress was last held in the United States in 1971. IUFRO partnered with the Society of American Foresters … Continued

Update on patient who traveled to West Africa

Friday 10 p.m. News Release The patient who was treated earlier this morning, per state health and Centers For Disease Control guidelines returned this evening with increased symptoms. He was admitted and placed in appropriate isolation and treated. He is now being transferred to another facility for a higher level of care. His condition has improved and per state health and CDC guidelines still is in a category of very low or no risk for … Continued

Gibson says he’s going to ‘shine a light’ on Siemens issues

  On October 11, 2013, the city of Monticello entered into a $10 million contract with Siemens Industry, Inc. to upgrade the city's water system with new water meters and replace aging water lines. A year and $7 million later, the city has hired an attorney to determine whether the transaction complies with applicable law and, if so, is the company fulfilling its obligations under the contract. Some have serious concerns about the project. Those … Continued

Smith, Busby sworn into Arkansas Bar

Two Monticello High School graduates, Katherine Smith and Katelyn Burch Busby, recently were sworn into the Arkansas Bar. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Donald Corbin administered the oath to Smith. She is the daughter of Tommy and Terri Smith of Monticello. Tenth Judicial District Circuit Judge Kenny Johnson administered the oath to Busby. She is the daughter of Dr. Robert H. Burch Jr. and Brig. Gen. LeAnne Burch of Monticello. Both women are licensed the practice … Continued

Drew County Ducks Unlimited Banquet set for Oct. 27

The Drew County Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held Monday, October 27 at the Monticello Country Club from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event will include a happy hour, fish dinner, and live auction with a special Greenwing portion as well as several silent auction items, raffle items and door prizes. Admission is $35 per person, $45 per couple or $20 for Greenwings.

Candidates to meet October 30 for only scheduled local debate

Candidates for two state House seats, along with candidates for Drew County Circuit Clerk and Monticello mayoral candidates will square off on October 30 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., during the only scheduled local debate prior to the November 4 general election. The debate will be held at the Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, located at 527 East McCloy in Monticello. State Rep. Fredrick Love, a Little Rock Democrat, will both moderate the debate and … 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