Biomass energy company to invest $90 million, create 52 jobs in Monticello

A biomass energy company broke ground Wednesday on a facility that will create 52 new jobs in Monticello. Larry Weick, senior vice president for business development for Zilkha Biomass Energy; Gov. Mike Beebe; Stephanie Mire, manager of U.S. business development for Zilkha; Brian Reed, biomass manager for Zilkha; Drew County Judge Robert Akin; Bennie Ryburn, III, president of the Monticello Economic Development Commission Zilkha Biomass Energy, a producer of biomass solutions to electric utility customers, … Continued

Mainline Health Systems to offer mental health services at 6 clinics

Mainline Health Systems, Inc. is one of 221 health centers across the nation that will receive a mental health integration grant. The grant will allow Mainline to offer mental health services at all six of its Southeast Arkansas clinics. The clinics are located in Monticello, Star City, Dermott, Wilmot, Portland and Eudora. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 221 health centers … Continued

Drew County man suspected of sexual assault of 8-year-old

A Drew County man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an 8-year-old boy as part of a game called “dare”. Kenneth Willis, 20, of Drew County is alleged to have played a game called dare with two young boys and had one of the boys perform a sexual act upon him, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Willis was interviewed and subsequently arrested for second-degree sexual assault, … Continued

DCSO releases Level 4 sex offender notification

The Drew County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release notifying the public that a Level 4 sex offender, Justin Glennon has moved to the 100 Block of Tara Lane in Drew County. Glennon, 28, is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. “The notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public,” said Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober. “This information cannot be used … Continued

Police searching for suspected arsonists

Drew County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man and woman suspected of setting fire to an apartment in Drew County. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Patrick Pippen and Michelle Spears for arson and aggravated assault. The fire was set early Wednesday morning around 4:30 a.m. outside a duplex apartment building between two apartments, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff's Office. "Gas was poured from … Continued

Monticello’s first independent mayor in 30-plus years sworn in by state’s only independent county judge

Independent candidates who lack the backing of political parties typically have a hard time gaining traction in partisan elections but that is not the case in Drew County. A Democratic stronghold where candidates rarely run as an independent and only recently began seeing Republicans on the ballot, Drew County and its county seat, Monticello, apparently is becoming more independent in its political ideology. Joe Rogers, the first independent candidate to be elected mayor of Monticello … Continued

Arkansas Children’s Hospital patients from Drew County create drawings for Log-A-Load

Two Drew County children who are patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital have created drawings for the Drew County Log-A-Load annual fundraiser for the hospital. Fang Blayock, 6, and Louise Blaylock, 6, were asked by the Drew County Log-A-Load for Kid’s committee to create drawings for the organization’s annual t-shirt to help raise funds for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Fang and Lou's t-shirt design for Log-A-Load In March 2011, Fang was adopted from China by Len (III) … Continued

Deed scam targeting property owners

Drew County Tax Assessor Beth Davis is alerting Drew County property owners about a company trying to trick people into paying more than $80 for a warranty deed to their property. Drew County property owners have been receiving notices that look like government statements with a due date, but are actually solicitations from a California company that sells property owners a copy of their deed and other real estate documents for more than what the … Continued

Desha County man served with murder warrant in Eudora woman’s death

July 22 Update: Donnell Robinson had a first-appearance hearing on July 21. His bond was set at $250,000 and was appointed an attorney. A 51-year-old Desha County man was served Friday with a first-degree murder warrant in connection with the death of April Taylor of Eudora. Donnell Robinson, who has been in custody since Thursday on an alleged parole violation, is suspected in the death of the 32-year-old woman. Taylor's body was discovered Thursday morning … Continued

Woody Bynum to be featured in Seark Concert’s ‘Summertime Serenade’

  The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will present a “Summertime Serenade” at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Fine Arts Center on July 24 at 7 p.m. The performance features baritone Woodrow Bynum, pictured on the left. Bynum will be joined in the Monticello performance with fellow Juilliard graduate and concert pianist Ryan Reilly, pictured on the right. They will perform a wide variety of selections including works by Copland, Schumann, and Ravel. Bynum, a former … Continued