Crossett law firm announces new associate

Streetman, Meeks & Gibson, PLLC, announced today that Dustyn Codie Martin has become an associate in the firm, joining Thomas S. Streetman and Robert Bynum Gibson, III in the practice of law in Crossett. Martin, 25, graduated from Hamburg High School in 2008, then graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Education. Martin earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville School … Continued

Sheriff alerts residents of tax lien scam

The Drew County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning residents of a tax lien settlement scam. The sheriff’s office on Tuesday received information from a Drew County resident who said he received a suspicious letter saying he had fallen behind on his state tax lien and offering to settle the claim and save $23,164. The professional-looking letter was nothing more than a scam. The Drew County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Arkansas Department of Finance and the Individual … Continued

UAM Debate Team is National Champions

  The debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is national champions. UAM debaters swept the Scholastic, Founders and Overall Sweepstakes Awards at the 2015-16 International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament hosted March 31 through April 3 by Lee College of Baytown, Texas. The event drew more than 450 competitors from some of the top college and university debate programs in the nation, including Southern Methodist University, the University of Tennessee, Louisiana … Continued

State Dept. of Veterans Affairs to unveil district office in Monticello

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs on April 5 will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Drew County Courthouse for a new district office in Monticello. The ceremony is set for 1 p.m. The district office in Monticello is the sixth of eight new district offices created to bring agency veteran service officers closer to the veterans and counties they serve. The regionalization is part of an initiative under the agency’s first-ever strategic plan … Continued

Drew County man’s effort to get sentence reduction for murder of brother fails

  Duane Gonder, a Drew County man who hopes for a reduction of his 46-year prison sentence for the 2009 murder of his brother and other crimes, has been denied requests to file a supplemental argument in his appeal, the appointment of an attorney, and to supplement the record. Because his appeal is clearly without merit, his motions are moot, the Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday. Gonder, 31, pleaded guilty in 2010 to first-degree murder … Continued

Tornado rips through Dermott Wednesday night

  A tornado ripped through Dermott late Wednesday causing heavy damage and leaving the entire city without electricity, according to Mike Morgan, director of Chicot County Emergency Management Services. One person sustained minor injuries and several homes were damaged with one sustaining major damage. Trees were uprooted and twisted, powerlines and transformers are down, and the entire town is without electricity, Morgan said Thursday. The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi has confirmed the tornado, … Continued

Mainline Health Systems of Monticello earns national recognition for patient-centered care

The National Committee for Quality Assurance today announced that Mainline Health Systems of Monticello has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, … Continued

One killed, one injured in Chicot County traffic accident

A Louisiana man was killed and a Wisconsin man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday in Chicot County. Earl Matthew Rosiere, II, 32 of Metairie, Louisiana, was killed on March 29 when his pickup truck struck a Peterbilt truck on U.S. 65 in Lake Village. The driver of the Peterbilt, James H. Brown, 48, of Madison, Wisconsin, was injured in the accident. Rosiere was traveling north on U.S. 65 and crossed into the soutbound … Continued

Mark Spencer to mentor at summer writers’ retreat at Hemingway-Pfeiffer House

Mark Spencer, best-selling author and dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, will serve as mentor for a week-long writers’ retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott June 6-10. The center is operated by Arkansas State University and includes the residence where Ernest Hemingway wrote his novel A Farewell to Arms. The property was owned by the parents of Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, an … Continued

Two arrested in nonfatal shooting at Monticello

  Two Monticello men have been arrested in connection with a Saturday afternoon parking issue that escalated to a nonfatal shooting, according to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton. Adrian Hansburg, 24, and Dequan Martin, 21, are suspected of first-degree battery, unlawful discharge of a firearm and several misdemeanor charges. Hansburg is being held on a $75,000 bond, plus a $5,000 cash bond, while Martin, formerly of Chicago, is being held on a $50,000 bond. Following … Continued