UAM recognized as NOAA ‘StormReady’ university

  National Weather Service officials recognized the University of Arkansas at Monticello as a ‘StormReady’ university during a ceremony at the Centennial Clock Tower on the university campus on December 8. Renee Fair, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Little Rock, presented Jay Hughes, vice chancellor for student affairs, pictured in the center, and UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter, pictured on the right with a certificate and special StormReady signs. NOAA’s StormReady program helps community … Continued

Student nurses distribute toys to Kids First in Warren

Members of the Student Nurses Association at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently distributed an assortment of learning toys, two John Deere tricycles, two small bicycles, two scooters, and other toys to the children at Kids First, a school for developmentally delayed children in Warren. Individual students, staff members in the UAM School of Nursing, and members of the Drew County Farm Bureau donated the gifts. Students participating in the gift distribution were (from … Continued

Young woman’s death sparks plans to fix Dead Man’s Curve

  A Monticello Sunday School Class discussion about an automobile accident that took the life of a young Alabama woman and a subsequent highway study requested by Arkansas Highway Commissioner Robert S. Moore, Jr., of Arkansas City, and AHTD Director Scott Bennett have resulted in plans to make major improvements to a section of U.S. 278 in Drew County known as “Dead Man’s Curve.” The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced plans today (December … Continued

$500K bond set for man suspected of killing Rebekah Singh

Circuit Judge Don Glover on Monday set a $500,000 bond for Danny Joe Burchfield, the 26-year-old man suspected in the death of Rebekah Singh, a 33-year-old McGehee woman who was initially reported as a missing person. Burchfield, also of McGehee, is reportedly the last person Singh was seen with. She had been missing since November 26. According to McGehee Police investigator Scott Williams’ testimony at Burchfield’s first appearance hearing in Desha County Circuit Court in … Continued

Mayoral candidate is a convicted felon, court records indicate

Mary Francis Barnes, who finished only one vote behind the top vote-getter in the November 4 Dermott mayoral election, is a twice-convicted felon, according to Pierce County, Washington Superior Court records. Barnes, 56, turned herself into Dermott police on Friday after authorities learned that, contrary to her political practice pledge, she allegedly is a convicted felon. On July 30, when filing as a candidate for Dermott mayor, Barnes signed a political practices pledge falsely stating … Continued

UAM Celebrates Homecoming, Melissa Ohannes crowned queen

Melissa Ohannes of Little Rock became the 76th homecoming queen at the University of Arkansas at Monticello when she was crowned during pregame ceremonies Saturday afternoon at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Bowl Stadium. UAM Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter arrived at the coronation ceremony in grand style, riding a bicycle with his grandchildren in tow. Ohannes is the daughter of John and Daphne Ratliff and is a junior biology major. She is a resident assistant in the Office … Continued

Bronze bust of former UAM Coach Tommy Barnes unveiled

The most successful football coach in the history of the University of Arkansas at Monticello was honored Saturday afternoon with the unveiling of a bronze bust of the late Tommy Barnes. Sculptor David Deming and Lance Gasaway unveil the bronze bust of former UAM football coach Tommy Barnes The bust was created by nationally-renowned sculptor David Deming of Cleveland, Ohio and made possible by a gift from former Boll Weevil football standout Lance Gasaway of … Continued

Supreme Court rejects condemned Bradley County man’s appeal

  The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal from Derek Sales, a 53-year-old Bradley County man sentenced to death for the April 2005 murder of Willie York, a frail, disabled bootlegger who sold beer by the can from his home. York, 56, suffered from advanced rheumatoid arthritis and needed assistance in caring for himself. He weighed 102 pounds, had little use of his hands, and could not walk. He spent most of his … Continued

Rison teen killed, 3 injured in Lincoln County accident

A Rison teen was killed and three others were injured early Tuesday evening in a two-car accident in Lincoln County, according to State Police. Jonathan D. Robertson, 16, traveling west on Arrowhead Road and failed to yield at the 530 intersection where his vehicle was struck by a vehicle traveling south on 530, according to a preliminary State Police report. Robertson’s passenger, Baylee S. Magness, 16, of Star City was injured in the accident. Also … Continued

State Police investigating death of prison inmate

State Police are investigating the death of an inmate at the Varner Unit in Lincoln County. The death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Arkansas Department of Correction. John M. Dobson, III, died Tuesday at 5:17 p.m. He was 29. Dobson was serving a 5-year sentence for theft of property in Independence County. He was scheduled to be released in 2007.