Arkansas Supreme Court reverses Lincoln County man’s capital murder conviction

In a 5-2 decision on Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the capital murder conviction of a Lincoln County man sentenced to life in prison for the September 2011 shooting death of 22-year-old Kwame Turner of Star City. The court said Justin Jamaille Thornton is entitled to a new trial because the state did not prove the homicide was premeditated and deliberate. At a bench trial in February 2013, prosecutors said Turner was shot from … Continued

Mississippi man may have met foul play in Southeast Arkansas

  State Police are requesting the assistance of anyone who may have information relating to the disappearance of a 29-year-old Mississippi man whose vehicle was discovered just over a week ago near the Ashley-Chicot County line. Robert Ross of Jackson, Miss. was last seen on March 28 when he picked up his payroll check at a Jackson business then headed for Arkansas, reportedly to visit a friend. He hasn't been seen since. On April 1, … Continued

David Bazzel to be keynote speaker at Star City Chamber banquet

David Bazzel, co-host of “The Show With No Name” on 103.7 The Buzz and a former linebacker for the Arkansas Razorbacks, will be the keynote speaker at the Star City Chamber of Commerce Banquet on January 16. Bazzell was a Florida all-state athlete in football, track, and weightlifting before signing with Lou Holtz and the Razorbacks. He was team captain, three year starter, and four year letterman at linebacker under Holtz and Ken Hatfield. He … Continued

Early to be inducted into Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame has revealed its 2014 induction class, which includes University of Arkansas at Monticello all-time winningest women’s basketball and softball coach Alvy Early. “It is an honor to be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and I am very humbled and appreciative to be selected,” said Early. “This is something that was made possible by all of the outstanding student-athletes that I have been fortunate to coach and … Continued

Dispatcher hailed hero in wildfire rescue

Monticello Dispatcher Gail Hyatt, Monticello Criminal Investigator Kenny Cox and Monticello Police Capt. Carlos Garcia Monticello emergency dispatcher Gail Hyatt is being hailed as a hero for her role in the rescue of a man who was lost and surrounded by flames in  the Drew County wildfire that burned more than 600 acres. During a 35-minute 911 call early Thursday evening, Hyatt reassured and encouraged the man while firemen, law enforcement officers, and Arkansas Forestry … Continued

Osburn to undergo mental evaluation

Proceedings in Kenneth Osburn’s retrial in the August 2006 strangulation death of 17-year-old Casey Crowder have been suspended pending the result of a mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. 

Spots open for Monticello Rotary Club Feed the Kids 5K

Spots are still open for anyone planning to run in the Monticello Rotary Club’s “Feed the Kids 5K” walk and run on September 7 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In addition to the 5K, there will be a fun run for kids around Weevil Pond. Proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Monticello Feed the Kids Foundation. The 5K run and kids fun run begin at 8 a.m. … Continued

Southeast Arkansas girl receives national swimmer award

Kynlee Files, a 15-year-old swimmer from Warren, made a big splash this week at the AAU Junior Olympics in Ann Arbor, Mich. where she medaled in seven events and received the Joe Ferrell Award, a national title awarded to the outstanding female and male swimmer of the year. Files and a male swimmer from Hawaii were nominated and selected for the esteemed award based on their performance, sportsmanship and character. 

Mainline Eudora Medical Center to host health fair

Mainline Eudora Medical Center will celebrate National Community Health Center Week on Tuesday with a health fair from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The clinic, located 579 East Beouff Street in Eudora, will provide free health screenings, healthy snacks and free school supplies.The event is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s community health care centers.

State’s 3rd annual sales tax holiday is this weekend

Arkansas’ third annual sales tax holiday is August 3 and August 4. Between 12:01 a.m. on August 3 and 11:59 p.m. on August 4, retail stores will not charge sales taxes on purchases of school supplies, clothing and footwear costing less than $100.