Cane Creek ‘Couch to StarDaze 5K’ preps runners for StarDaze 5K

Cane Creek State Park has implemented a new program to help runners prepare for the Stardaze 5K run in April. “Couch to Stardaze 5K” is based on the model “Couch to 5K”. It is designed to go slow, 30 minutes three times a week, and gradually build up to where you are eventually running a 5K, according to Seth Boone, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park. "To start, join us at Cane Creek where … Continued

Star City High School art teacher awarded 5th Target Field Trip Grant

Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High has been awarded a grant to help bring learning to life for students. High received a $700 Target Field Trip Grant that will fund expenses for an upcoming educational field trip for Star City High School students to visit the Arkansas Arts Center.This is the fifth time High has received a Target Field Trip grant. The educational objective of this field trip will be to provide … Continued

Monticello changing way it awards contracts for economic development services

The city of Monticello is changing the way in which it awards contracts for economic development services. The Monticello City Council Wednesday night voted 6-2 to reject two bids for economic development services, declare economic development services a professional service, authorize the mayor to advertise a request for qualifications for economic development services, and extend until February 28 the current economic development contract with the MEDC. The council on December 18 awarded a contract for … Continued

Dr. Jason Cater joins UAM Animal Science faculty

Dr. Jason Cater, a native of Drew County and a fifth generation livestock producer on his family farm northeast of Monticello, has been appointed assistant professor of animal science in the School of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. ‘We are pleased to welcome Jason Cater to the faculty of the School of Agriculture,” said Dr. Kelly Bryant, dean of the school and director of the UA Southeast Research and Extension Center. “I … Continued

Dr. Jack Lassiter tabbed as Star City Chamber of Commerce Banquet speaker

The Star City Area Chamber of Commerce host its annual awards banquet on January 13 at 6:30 p.m. when the chamber recognizes the Man of the Year, the Woman of the Year, and the Business of the Year. The keynote speaker will be retiring University of Arkansas at Monticello Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter The dinner will be catered by The Village Steakhouse. Tickets are $30 for an individual and $300 for a corporate table of … Continued

Monticello accepts bid for economic development services

  The Monticello City Council Thursday night awarded a $280,617 contract to the Monticello Economic Development Commission (MEDC) to provide economic development services to the city. P.F. Mays & Associates, LLC, of Monticello, submitted a bid of $264,000. Aldermen Joe Meeks, Cedric Leonard, Raymond Hubbard, Beverly Hudson, Carolyn Brown, Tim Chase and Claudia Hartness all voted to award the contract to the MEDC while Alderman Al Peer cast the dissenting vote. Prior to the vote, … Continued

Drew County historical marker approved

  The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved an application from the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 977 for a marker-matching grant for a marker in Drew County. ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree made the announcement of its approval after reviewing the text for historical accuracy. The UDC chapter submitted the application after obtaining permission of Drew County Judge Robert Akin to have the marker placed at the southeast corner of the Drew County … Continued

UAM recognized as NOAA ‘StormReady’ university

  National Weather Service officials recognized the University of Arkansas at Monticello as a ‘StormReady’ university during a ceremony at the Centennial Clock Tower on the university campus on December 8. Renee Fair, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Little Rock, presented Jay Hughes, vice chancellor for student affairs, pictured in the center, and UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter, pictured on the right with a certificate and special StormReady signs. NOAA’s StormReady program helps community … Continued

Student nurses distribute toys to Kids First in Warren

Members of the Student Nurses Association at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently distributed an assortment of learning toys, two John Deere tricycles, two small bicycles, two scooters, and other toys to the children at Kids First, a school for developmentally delayed children in Warren. Individual students, staff members in the UAM School of Nursing, and members of the Drew County Farm Bureau donated the gifts. Students participating in the gift distribution were (from … Continued

Young woman’s death sparks plans to fix Dead Man’s Curve

  A Monticello Sunday School Class discussion about an automobile accident that took the life of a young Alabama woman and a subsequent highway study requested by Arkansas Highway Commissioner Robert S. Moore, Jr., of Arkansas City, and AHTD Director Scott Bennett have resulted in plans to make major improvements to a section of U.S. 278 in Drew County known as “Dead Man’s Curve.” The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced plans today (December … Continued