Wilmar woman facing misdemeanor charge for failure to report abuse

A Wilmar woman is facing a misdemeanor charge for failure to report the alleged abuse of a resident in a long-term care facility. Deshundra Thomas, 27, of Wilmar, reportedly observed another employee abuse a resident and failed to report it to the facility, according to information in a news release from Arkansas Attorney Gen. Leslie Rutledge. Thomas, who turned herself in to the Warren Police Department, is facing one count of failure to report adult … Continued

Man dies following tazing during assault on police officer, according to police

State Police are investigating a Saturday afternoon incident in which a man died after he was tazed during an assault on a police officer, according to information provided in a news release from the Monticello Police Department. Neither the name of the deceased nor the police officer was disclosed in the news release. The police officer was dispatched Saturday around 2 p.m. to a domestic violence complaint at Turtle Creek apartments on Slemmons Street in … Continued

City of Monticello, Siemens settle lawsuit over water project

The Monticello City Council Saturday morning unanimously agreed to settle the Siemens litigation for $4.6 million, $2.1 million less than what the city paid the company for a water project. For that $2.1 million, the city got complete replacement of all water meters with drive-by reading capability, an estimated value of $2.3 million; 99 uninstalled fire hydrants and 162 uninstalled valves, valued at more than $300,000; and engineering plans valued more than $400,000, according to … Continued

‘Bayou Bartholomew: In Focus’ juried photography exhibition

  The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is hosting a photography exhibition, Bayou Bartholomew: In Focus, to help spread the word about the historical importance of Bayou Bartholomew. ASC partnered with Arkansas Game and Fish, Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center Director Eric Maynard on a canoe trip and natural photography event this past April. This exhibition also supports the mission of the Delta Rhythm n Bayous Alliance to further the public’s … Continued

LeAnne Burch wins Democratic nomination to District 9 House seat

LeAnne Burch, a retired brigadier general from Monticello, won the Democratic nomination for the District 9 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives at a special district convention Thursday night on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Burch received six delegate votes while Candace Jeffress, a Hamburg school teacher, received five votes. The district includes most of Ashley and Drew counties. Following the 6 to 5 vote, Ashley County delegate Jimmy Jeffress, Candace Jeffress’ … Continued

1 killed, 2 injured in accident near Chicot-Desha County line

A Dumas man was killed and two men were injured Wednesday in a single vehicle accident in Chicot County near the Desha County line, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Steven James, 60, of Dumas was killed and his passengers, Harold Kilburn, 59, of Mountainburg, and David M. Cater, 45, of Dumas, were injured in the accident. James was traveling south on U.S. 65 North, one mile south of the Chicot-Desha County … Continued

Ashley, Drew Republicans will not nominate candidate to complete Lampkin’s term

Ashley and Drew County Republicans will not nominate candidate to complete State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin’s unexpired term. The Ashley and Drew County Republican committees issued a news release Tuesday offering their condolences to the family of the late District 9 state representative, Sheilla Lampkin, D-Monticello, and announcing that the committees will not hold a district convention to select a Republican nominee for an upcoming special election to complete Lampkin’s unexpired term. The term ends on … Continued

Drew Memorial launches port pillow challenge

Drew Memorial Hospital is challenging Southeast Arkansas residents to support local cancer patients by creating port pillows. Staff were inspired by the founder of portpillows.com, Amanda Rosen, who realized patients receiving cancer treatment often avoided wearing seatbelts properly because of the discomfort caused by their ports rubbing against the seatbelt. Individuals and groups around the area are encouraged to sew port pillows for their neighbors using the easy-to-follow instructions. Drew Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Center … Continued

Architecture camp engages new generation of DIYers, creates makerspace

Eighteen Chicot County sixth and seventh graders were introduced to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities at a recent architecture summer camp organized by the Alex Foundation and the J. Austin White Cultural Center in Eudora. The campers were immersed in a different way of learning as they gained the skills to design and build their own structures. They experienced designing, sketching, building, tinkering, drilling, brainstorming, ideas creation, teamwork, project-based and experiential … Continued

Man dies of injuries in Chicot County vehicle accident

  A Louisiana man died Wednesday of injures he sustained in a single vehicle accident in Chicot County, according to State Police. Eddie R. Purvis, 66, of Oak Grove, Louisiana was traveling south on Highway 159 in Eudora when his 2004 Dodge Stratus crossed the center line of the wet highway and went to the northbound shoulder. Purvis overcorrected and his vehicle came to rest among trees on the southbound side of the highway, according … Continued