Bennett joins Chicot Memorial Medical Center Women’s Clinic

Autumn Bennett, a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, joined Chicot Memorial Medical Center Women’s Clinic in February. Bennett received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Delta StateUniversity in 2001, where she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for nurses. In 2014, Autumn graduated from UAMS with a Master’s degree in nursing specializing in women’s health. Prior to joining the staff at Chicot Memorial Medical Center, Bennett was a labor … Continued

Red Hawk wins 2nd prize in 3rd Annual Raynes Poetry Prize competition

Red Hawk Moore Dr. Robert Moore, professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello who writes under the pen name “Red Hawk,” is the second-prize winner in the third annual Raynes Poetry Prize Competition sponsored by Jewish Currents magazine. This year’s theme was “World to Come.” The two prize winning poems, along with 40 honorable mentions, will be published in a book by Blue Thread Publishing Co., an imprint of Jewish Currents magazine. … Continued

Star City students take first, second place at UAM Collegiate Farm Bureau competition

Justin Calhoun of Star City took first place in the 2015 Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet held recently at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The competition is modeled after the statewide Young Farmer & Ranchers Contest sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau. Participants discuss a current agricultural issue in a committee meeting format. Points are given for analysis of the topic, problem solving and implementation, a cooperative attitude, and general delivery. Each participant makes individual … Continued

UAM Music Theatre Workshop to host Dinner Pops Concert

The Music Theatre Workshop at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host a Dinner Pops Concert March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Green Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by calling the Division of Music at (870) 460-1060. Reservations will be accepted through March 2. Entertainment will be provided by the Music Theatre Workshop and the … Continued

Deen declines to prosecute woman in alleged ‘murder for hire’ case

  A Drew County woman who is alleged to have attempted to hire someone to murder a former employee and her former son-in-law will not be prosecuted, according to 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen. Deen said he found that 70-year-old Mary Maloney had voluntarily renounced her criminal purpose and interrupted the planning and commission of the murders she had solicited. In a February 12 letter from Deen to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator … Continued

$500K bond set for Dumas murder suspect

Circuit Judge Don Glover on Monday set a $500,000 bond for a man suspected in the Saturday night shooting death of a Dumas teen and the serious injury of another.   Todd Thompson, 21, of Dumas was arrested Sunday after making arrangements to turn himself in to State Police. He is alleged to have fired gunshots, one striking 17-year-old Jeffery Morgan and another striking 18-year-old Kace Nelson, following a verbal altercation. “A group of young … Continued

Ward Davis has a story to tell

Editor's note: Ward Davis, a Nashville singer and songwriter, is a Drew County native. His new CD "15 Years in a 10-Year Town" will be released on May 12. It will feature eight of Davis' original songs including "Unfair Weather Friend", a song Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard cut, and the Ed Bruce classic, "Old Worn Out Cowboys," which is a duet with a very special guest artist. The following story, written by Davis, reveals the … Continued

Dumas teen killed, another seriously injured in Saturday night shooting

A 21-year-old Dumas man has been arrested in connection with a Saturday night shooting in Dumas that left one teen dead and another critically injured, according to State Police spokesman Bill Sadler. Todd Thompson is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jeffery Morgan, of Dumas, and a first-degree battery charge in the serious injury of 18-year-old Kace Nelson, also of Dumas. Sadler said Dumas police were notified Saturday at 9:35 p.m. … Continued

McGehee man killed in head-on collision

A Desha County man was killed Thursday in head-on collision on Highway 165 south of Dermott. James Daniel French, 66, of McGehee was traveling north on Highway 165 when his 2014 Dodge crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2014 Kenworth head-on, according to a State Police report. French died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Kenworth, Quevedo Anibal, 44, of Los Angeles, was not injured. The weather was clear … Continued