Correct Craft acquires SeaArk Boats

  Correct Craft, a Florida-based company with global operations, announced Monday it is entering the aluminum fishing boat market with the acquisition of SeaArk Boats of Monticello, Arkansas. SeaArk Boats – the industry’s premier aluminum fishing boat – is the quality leader in their segment with both outstanding product and customer service reputations. Correct Craft plans to continue manufacturing SeaArk at its facility in Monticello, according to a company news release. “After fifty-eight years in … Continued

Monticello flag lowered in memory of former police lieutenant Jerry Crook

Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker signed a proclamation Monday ordering the flag of the City of Monticello to be lowered to half-staff in memory of former Monticello police lieutenant Jerry Crook. Crook passed away on Saturday. The city flag will remain at half-staff until sundown on May 16, the day of Crook’s funeral. "Crook served the community for nearly 30 years on the Monticello Police Department,” Tucker said. “His years of service was greatly appreciated. The … Continued

Drew County company files civil suit against City of Monticello

  A Drew County company that submitted a bid in 2014 to provide economic development services for the city of Monticello has filed a civil suit against the city claiming the city violated state law and acted in bad faith when it did not award the company the contract. Defendants listed in the lawsuit are the city, the mayor and members of the Monticello City Council. P.F. Mays & Associates, LLC, and the Monticello Economic … Continued

Rainey named a ‘Champion of Rural Arkansas’

  Dr. David Rainey, a former state representative and Dumas school administrator, was recently recognized as a Champion of Rural Arkansas. The Champions of Rural Arkansas is co-sponsored by Rural Community Alliance and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Rainey is pictured above (left) with other honorees Robert Moery (accepting the award for Gov. Asa Hutchinson), State Reps. Bruce Cozart, Mary Bentley,  and Charlotte V. Douglas, Col. Darryl Treat, State Sen. Jack Crumbly Sr., and Stephens Mayor … Continued

In defense of political parties

  Being a professor of political science, I am often asked to offer my opinion on political events. I like to talk about politics, but I am even more interested in listening to the opinions of others. I often encounter people who express disgust for one or several aspects of our political system. One of the most common targets for their scorn is related, one way or another, to political parties. In this week’s column, … Continued

DC Democratic Party to select nominee for Monticello City Council seat June 13

  Members of the Drew County Democratic Party Central Committee will meet on June 13 to select their nominee for the Ward 4, Position 2 seat on the Monticello City Council. The party’s nominee, the late Dr. Tim Chase, died three weeks after the March 1 primary when he won the nomination with 63 percent of the vote. The two-year term begins on January 1, 2017. No Republican filed for the office. The committee met Monday … Continued

Man threatens to kill Drew County man

A $20,000 bond has been set for a former University of Arkansas at Monticello student suspected of threatening to kill a Drew County man. Elijah Admire, 21, of Texas, reportedly told various people that he was going to the kill the man, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. After allegedly making threats toward the man, Admire reportedly began sending threats through text messages, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal … Continued

BNS nursing grads recognized at pinning ceremony

  The University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Nursing recognized its 2016 bachelor of science in nursing graduates at a pinning ceremony on the UAM campus last week. Pictured from left are (first row) Christina Patton of Hamburg, Shannon Taylor of Star City, Tara Crim of Sherwood, Cajun Johnson of Hampton, Valeria Johnson of Monticello, Teri Poirrier of Monticello, Leigh Ashley Gamble of Monticello, Morgan Scott of Monticello, Jennifer Bailey of Thornton, (second row) … Continued

Jack Lassiter honored as distinguished alumnus at A&M-Commerce

The Alumni Association of Texas A&M University-Commerce honored Dr. Jack Lassiter as a Distinguished Alumna at their annual Alumni Awards Gala on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Alumni Awards Gala, held at the University’s Sam Rayburn Student Center, welcomed over two hundred guests to an elegant evening accompanied by a reception and dinner in recognition of the honorees. “This event gives us the opportunity to showcase the caliber of alumni we have in the world … Continued

President declares disaster for 12 Arkansas counties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the counties affected by the March 8-13 storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding. Those counties include Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Columbia, Desha, Lincoln, Ouachita, Phillips and Prairie. President Barak Obama’s action makes federal funding available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis … Continued