Philadelphia Eagles’ Cedric Thornton to host free football clinic in Star City

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton will host a free USA Football FUNdamentals clinic for children ages 6-14 on June 20 from 8 a.m. until noon at his alma mater, Star City High School. Registration is available at The free, one-day clinic is designed to introduce children to football by teaching basic skills in a fun and energetic environment and is supported through a grant from the NFL Foundation. FUNdamentals incorporates a series of … Continued

Archeologist to discuss ‘God Baskets & Ancestors’ Shrouds’ at archeological society meeting at UAM

Iconography, as seen in preserved textiles and basketry, will be the topic of Dr. Elizabeth Horton’s discussion at the May 5 meeting of the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. While sites such as the Ozark Plateau Bluff shelters in Arkansas and Spiro Mounds in Oklahoma have long been known for yielding remarkably well-preserved textiles and basketry, these materials have largely not been given much attention … Continued

Guachoya Art Center to host Mid South Odysseys photo exhibit

Guachoya Cultural Art Center in Lake Village will open the Mid South Odysseys exhibit “Celebrating the Treasures” with a reception on May 7 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 pm. The public is invited to attend with no admission charge. The GCAC exhibit will be the debut of the “Mid South Odyssey Celebrating the Treasures” exhibit as a group. The Mid South Odysseys Exhibit consists mostly of works by photojournalist and Lake Village native, Larry Burchfield. Six other Arkansas … Continued

Monticello announces 2015 summer movie series schedule

The Monticello Parks & Recreations Commission will host the 2015 free summer movie series beginning in May at the McCloy Park amphitheater. The series will feature family favorites such as Brave and Cinderella, 1980s classics Footloose and Hook. The summer of movies also includes two ball themed nights featuring Field of Dreams on May 30 and Angels in the Outfield on August 8. The summer movie series runs from May 2 through September 5. Attendees are … Continued

Family Fun Fest receives Plum Creek Grant

The Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative is the recipient of a $3,500 grant from Plum Creek Timber Company. The gift will be used for the Family Fun Fest, an event that encourages parents to participate in early literacy programs available to the community. Part of the funds will allow SEARK to put books in the hands of every target-aged child who attends the Fun Fest. The annual Family Fun Fest is an event that attracts … Continued

Woman, two children killed in accident

A Eudora woman and two children were killed Saturday in a traffic accident on U.S 65 in Chicot County. Victoria Thomas, 30, of Eudora was traveling South on U.S. 65 shortly before noon Saturday when her Chevrolet Malibu veered to the right and struck a guard rail, then overcorrected and crossed the center lane into the path of a northbound Cheverolet Silverado, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Thomas and two minors, were … Continued

Drew County to begin testing new tornado warning system April 27

Drew County will begin testing its new tornado siren system the week of April 27 and continue through May 4. Testing will occur at various locations throughout the county until all sirens have been confirmed to be online and ready for use, according to Drew County Office of Emergency Coordinator Michael Frisby. Drew County residents can receive Drew County citizens can receive text or telephone alerts in the case of severe weather by signing up for the … Continued

Woman born at Japanese Relocation Center revisits 7 decades later

Today (April 11) I had the unique privilege to personally meet and visit with a very special 70-year-old lady and her husband. Her name is Sharon Sanaye Osaki Wong. She was born at the Japanese Relocation Center at Jerome, Arkansas, on May 4, 1944, while her parents, Takaji and Oritsu Osaki were being held there by U.S. Military Authorities during World War II. Cliff Gibson, right, pictured with Sharon Sanaye Osaki Wong and her husband, … Continued

Tornado sirens in Drew County not yet operational

Although all tornado warning sirens have been installed in Monticello and in Drew County, the sirens, according to Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, are not yet operational pending a final inspection. The sirens should be ready for use in the next several weeks. It is expected that a protocol for their employment will be announced by the city or county when they go online. Drew County citizens can receive text or telephone alerts in the case … Continued

Entergy Arkansas announces $62 million grid investment in Drew, Desha counties

  With a projected investment of $62.2 million, Entergy Arkansas will begin constructing a new transmission line from Monticello to Reed in the fourth quarter of 2015. The transmission project calls for the construction of a new 24-mile transmission line, crossing parts of both Drew and Desha counties, and expanded electrical facilities, including a new substation in Reed, to move power more reliably and efficiently into the region. The proposed route includes a transmission line … Continued