Drew County Judge Robert Akin announces re-election bid

Drew County Judge Robert Akin has announced that he will be seeking a third term in the general election in November 2016. Akin, an independent, was first elected in 2012. “Road and solid waste issues make up the bulk of my job, but there are many other things which concern the county, particularly the hospital, the library and any other county-owned facilities,” Akin said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “County government has a … Continued

Drew Memorial Hospital Community Health Fair sees high attendance

Some 200 people attended a community health fair hosted last week by Drew Memorial Hospital. The community health fair, held at the hospital’s Allied Health Building, provided health screenings and information about local health resources. The high-traffic crowd was consistent throughout the day, with the largest group of attendees arriving in the morning. “The attendance before lunch was even higher than we expected,” said Heidi Flemister, business development coordinator for the hospital. “Our vendors were … Continued

Hamburg school bus driver suspected of DWI, speeding, endangering minors

A Hamburg School District bus driver was arrested Friday by State Police for allegedly driving a school bus while intoxicated, according to police. Julia Meyers, 46, of Hamburg, reportedly was driving a school bus Friday afternoon when an Arkansas State Trooper clocked the bus traveling 71 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone on Ashley County Road 12. Meyers is suspected of DWI, speeding and endangering the welfare of minors. Read the … Continued

Fordyce woman killed in accident on US 425 in Ashley County

A Fordyce woman was killed Friday morning in a single vehicle accident on US 425 in Ashley County, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Mary Ann Jones, 58, of Fordyce, was traveling south on US 425 in Ashley County when her 2006 Chevrolet Impala crossed the northbound lane and went into a ditch on the left side and struck a sign and concrete culvert and overturned, according to the accident report. The accident … Continued

3 arrested after high speed chase in carjacked vehicle

A Pine Bluff man who reportedly led police on a high speed chase in a carjacked vehicle was arrested with his passengers early Friday morning in Monticello, according to a Drew County Sheriff's Office incident report. Corey Damarcus Stevenson, 20, of Pine Bluff, is suspected of theft of vehicle, theft of firearm, possession of firearm, fleeing, careless driving, speeding, failure to yield, no proof of insurance, and fictitious tags. Corey Damarcus Stevenson Stevenson's passengers, Krystal … Continued

Four Southeast Arkansas residents among governor appointments

A Dumas man, a Monticello woman, a Warren man and a Wilmot woman were among Gov. Asa Hutchinson's 78 appointments this week to state boards and commissions. John Farmer, of Dumas, was appointed to the Arkansas Catfish Promotion Board. His appointment expires on June 30, 2017. He replaces William Troutt. Carol Moore, of Monticello, was appointed to the State Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Her appointment expires on September 14, 2019. … Continued

Malnourished horses in Drew County taken from owner

Two malnourished horses were taken last week from their owner. The horses’ owner told the Drew County Sheriff’s Office he was unable to care for the animals. After receiving a report that horses were running freely near a highway in Drew County, a Drew County deputy went to a residence where he saw five horses, three were in good condition, but two were very malnourished, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s … Continued

Desha County EHC, 4H clubs reorganizing, recruiting

With the school year back in full swing, the various community clubs offered by Desha County Extension are reorganizing and recruiting new members. The purpose of the clubs is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the Family and Consumer Sciences educational program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Participants in an EH Club will have the opportunity to learn topics such as: cultural arts, family and human development, home and … Continued

Mass flu vaccine clinic dates, locations in Southeast Arkansas

  The Arkansas Department of Health will provide flu vaccines across the state in preparation for the 2015-16 flu season. Each county health unit will host mass flu vaccine clinics. Those who have insurance should take their insurance cards to the flu vaccine clinic. Those who don’t have insurance, or the insurance doesn’t cover flu vaccine, the vaccine will be available free. Flu clinics in Southeast Arkansas: Ashley County November 5 Ashley County Fairgrounds at … Continued

UAM foresters identify massive ‘mystery tree’ at Pendleton dock

One day last June, David Walt noticed something washed up against the dock and patio of his house on the Pendleton Reservoir near Dumas. Spring and early summer rains had raised the Arkansas River to flood stage, washing large trees and other debris down the river. Now one of those large trees was lodged against Walt’s dock. As the water gradually receded, it revealed a massive tree trunk longer than his 60-foot dock. Walt tied … Continued