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
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
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
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
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 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.