Gulledge to seek re-election

Drew County Clerk Lyna Gulledge has announced that she will seek re-election to an eighth term in the upcoming May 22 Democratic primary. “The county clerk’s office is responsible for many different jobs,” Gulledge explained. “Some of those things, like conducting elections, keeping voter rolls updated, filing documents in probate cases and issuing marriage licenses, are very visible to the public. But my deputies and I perform many other jobs as well – things like … Continued

Governor Hutchinson delivers State of State address

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday delivered his State of the State address to the 91st General Assembly ahead of the fiscal session at the Arkansas State Capitol. In his speech, Hutchinson announced his intent to propose a reduction of Arkansas’ top marginal tax rate from 6.9 percent to six percent in the 2019 General Session. The full text of his address: State of the State Governor Asa Hutchinson February 12, 2018 Mr. Lieutenant Governor, President … Continued

McGehee students practice architecture skills

Russell Rudzinski, professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, recently introduced eighth and ninth grade students at McGehee to the key ways science, technology, engineering, art and math are aligned to an architectural career. The class, hosted by the Alex Foundation, was part of the Alex Foundation’s STE+AM Initiative. In its seventh year, STE+AM offers an opportunity to directly immerse students in higher order thinking … Continued

13 area high school students awarded EMT scholarships

Thirteen high school seniors from across Southeast Arkansas have launched a new career path with a first-time training opportunity—free EMT education and certification courses offered at University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee and Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) in Pine Bluff. The EMT Scholarship Training Program is provided by Arkansas Rural Health Partnership’s (ARHP) Health Education for Local Providers (HELP) Expansion Project created in 2016 with funds from a USDA Delta Health Care Services … Continued

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober to seek eighth term

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober has announced his candidacy for re-election to an eighth term. “During the past thirteen years, I have worked closely with county, local, and state officials in the prevention and deterrence of crime,” Gober said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “We have increased the level of drug detection and substantially increased the number of drug related arrests. I have enjoyed meeting many citizens of this county while performing my … Continued

Scouts earn Eagle rank

Four scouts from Monticello Boy Scout Troop 67 were awarded their Eagle Scout rank on Sunday, February 4, during a Court of Honor Ceremony at First Methodist Church Family Life Center. Joey Holland, 16, Noah Minchew, 17, Cole Nash, 17, and Caleb Whitehurst, 16, received their Eagle badge and pin in a ceremony led by Scoutmaster Terry Crook. All four boys have received the highest advancement rank in Scouting by completing requirements of leadership, service, … Continued

1 killed, 1 injured in vehicle accident in Lincoln County

A Star City woman died and another person was injured in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday in Lincoln County, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Maria Elvira Heflin, 62, was traveling east on Arkansas 114 in Lincoln County when the 2003 GMC Sierra she was driving overcorrected and rotated clockwise before entering a ditch and overturning. Heflin was ejected from the vehicle and died in the accident, according to the preliminary accident report. The … Continued

A Brighter Future

  William Mullenax, a resident at the Sobriety Living Center in Pine Bluff, has new hope. He is working toward something that can never be taken away from him: a college education. Mullenax recently enrolled in college for the first time with the help of Delta Educational Opportunity Center and is attending classes at Southeast Arkansas College. “I am proud of myself,” Mullenax said. “I wish my grandparents, who raised me, were here to see … Continued

1 killed, 1 injured in truck-train accident in Ashley County

An 18-year-old passenger in a pickup truck was killed Tuesday afternoon after the truck was hit by a train at Montrose, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Chase Andrew Barbee, of Montrose, died in the accident. The accident report indicated that another person was injured in the accident, but the report did not identify the injured person or the driver of the pickup truck. According to the accident report, the driver of a … Continued

Chicot County GOP hosts annual Reagan Day Dinner

The Chicot County Republican Party held its annual Reagan Day Dinner Monday night at the Cow Pen Restaurant in Lake Village. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the keynote speaker, his wife, Susan Hutchinson, and state Land Commissioner John Thurston were among those attending the event. Pictured above (from left to right) are Linda Gillison, Cherrettia Pope, First Lady Susan Hutchinson and Laurie Black. Pictured below (from left to right) are Tuffy Baxter, Renee Baxter, Barbara Matthews, Hunter … Continued