69th Annual Crossett PRCA Rodeo set for Aug. 9-12

The Crossett Riding Club will host the 69th Annual PRCA Rodeo on August 9-12 at Cap Gates Arena in Crossett. The rodeo gets underway each night at 8 p.m. Special events include a downtown parade and the crowning of the Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo Queen. The downtown rodeo parade will kick off rodeo activities on Wednesday, August 9 at 4 p.m. The rodeo queen coronation will be held August 12. “Slim” Garner will be this … Continued

Trial for man charged in slaying of pregnant woman is this week

A man accused of the December 2015 slaying of a pregnant Cleveland County woman is scheduled to go to trial this week. Brad Hunter Smith, who was 20 at the time of his 2015 arrest, is charged with capital murder, kidnapping, and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of 22-year-old Cherrish Faith Allbright of the Randall community in Cleveland County. Smith was originally scheduled to be tried in January, but that trial … Continued

Construction underway on State Police headquarters at Warren

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and commanders of the Arkansas State Police, along with state police commissioners, broke ground today signaling construction to begin on a new $2.8-million dollar troop headquarters. “Seventy-four years ago in Warren, the Arkansas State Police built a headquarters building that we now know as Troop F Headquarters. It was one of the first four built in the state,” said Hutchinson. “Now we are breaking ground to build a new facility that will … Continued

ACMC and Family Clinic of Ashley County ink merger deal

Ashley County Medical Center and the Family Clinic of Ashley County have announced that the two entities have agreed to merge. The organizational structure of the clinic will transition to hospital governance so that all physicians and staff will become employees of Ashley County Medical Center. Officials say this is a mutual merging that will not change patient care. “Patients will not see any change at Family Clinic,” said Ben Walsh, M.D. Family Clinic of … Continued

Ironclads, Cotton & Corn: The Civil War in the Mississippi Delta

Many Civil War historians have treated the Mississippi Delta region as a sideshow to more significant campaigns in the east. In a Lakeport Legacies history talk at the Lakeport Plantation on July 27, Historian Jim Woodrick will explore how the Delta was vital to Confederate interests and was the target of repeated Union attempts to utilize the region’s waterways as an avenue of invasion. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion begins … Continued

Body of missing man discovered in Mississippi River

The body of a Polk County man reported missing early Friday was discovered on Saturday in the Mississippi River near Eudora. Kevin Birdwell, 52, formerly of Springhill, Louisiana, lived in a remote area near Mena in Polk County. He had not been heard from since Wednesday. A fisherman discovered Birdwell’s body Saturday at about 8 p.m. in the Mississippi River near Eudora in Chicot County. The body was taken to the state Crime Lab to determine … Continued

Unattended fawns likely not abandoned

Each spring and early summer, thousands of Arkansas deer give birth to fawns. And each year, biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission get calls from worried conservation-minded individuals who happen across one of these young deer sitting still in the tall grasses where it is hiding. But that abandoned fawn likely isn’t abandoned at all. In fact, its mother may be just out of sight, waiting for you to leave so she may … Continued

Mainline gets nod for 9th school-based clinic

  The Drew Central School Board on Thursday approved Mainline Health System’s proposal to locate a clinic at the school. The clinic, which will be Mainline’s ninth school-based clinic in five Southeast Arkansas school districts, will offer numerous medical and heathcare services to both students and staff. Mainline staffs the clinics with highly-qualified medical professionals. A nurse practitioner who treats both urgent and chronic care needs will be at the school at all hours students … Continued

Scam artists targeting Warren

A woman with Warren ties who was scammed out of $9,000 and an elderly Warren woman who was scammed out of more than $1,000 are among the most recent victims of scam artists targeting people in the Bradley County area, according to Sgt. Tim Nichols. “The Warren Police Department has seen an increase over the last few days in reference to phone scams,” Nichols said. “The people responsible are very good at what they do … Continued

Hamburg eyes sales tax hike

Hamburg residents will go to the polls in September to consider two separate tax increases, each one a half-cent, in a special sales tax election. One of the half-cent tax hikes, if approved by voters, would provide funding for bonds to pay for the construction of a new fire station and adjacent ambulance station on Main Street. The other half-cent tax increase, if approved by voters, would fund bonds to pay for improvements at Norman … Continued