Bradley County jury awards man nearly $460K in lawsuit against his former business partners

A Bradley County jury, in an 11-1 decision last week, awarded Kenneth McDougal nearly $460,000 in a lawsuit McDougal filed against his former business partners, F. David Chambers and Michelle Chambers. McDougal, the former vice president and general manager of Bradley Lumber Company and member of Bradley Timberland Resources, LLC, agreed in July 2005 to sell to Chambers his interest in Bradley Timberland Resources for $500,000. According to the agreement, signed by McDougal, F. David … Continued

Hubbell announces candidacy for Ashley County District Judge

Judge Billy J. Hubbell, the Ashley County district judge for the Crossett department, has announced his candidacy for the newly created District Court 26 which will encompass both the Crossett and Hamburg departments. A new state law created District Court 26 combining the Crossett and Hamburg departments and served by one judge. The non-partisan judicial election to fill this new full-time position will be held on March 1, 2016. Hubbell, of Crossett, has served as … Continued

Crossett man killed in a trike-car accident in Ashley County

A Crossett man was killed Thursday afternoon in a trike and car accident in Ashley County. James E. Adams, 69, was traveling west on State Highway 52 when an eastbound 1999 Buick LeSabre pulled in front of his Honda Goldwing trike. Adams veered to the right and struck the front passenger side of the LeSabre, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Adams was transported to Ashley County Medical Center where he died. The … Continued

Supreme Court rejects Monticello man’s appeal of murder, abuse of corpse convictions

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Monticello man’s first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse convictions in the April 2013 death of a 36-year-old Warren woman. Fred L. Williams, 52, of Monticello was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his former girlfriend, Tangela Walton, who was reported missing when she failed to pick up her daughter from daycare on April 5, 2013. Williams twice denied knowing where Walton was, but … Continued

Hospitalized Monticello man served with warrant for first-degree murder

A man who is being treated at a hospital for multiple gunshot wounds was served Friday with an arrest warrant in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday night in Monticello. Myron Briggs, 40, of Monticello, is suspected of first-degree murder and felonious possession of a firearm in the shooting death of 46-year-old Eric Thompson, also of Monticello. The shooting occurred at 11:30 p.m. at a residence on South Gabbert where the two men allegedly fired … Continued

WWII aerial gunner, businessman, Monticello community leader P.Q. Gardner dies

  P.Q. Gardner, a Monticello businessman, community leader, and aerial gunner who had 35 missions over Nazi Germany during World War II, died Tuesday. He was a member of the 386th Bomb Group that had the most enviable record of all B-26 groups in terms of successful missions, tonnage of bombs dispatched and enemy aircraft destroyed. Their missions were of the utmost importance in the campaign in Europe. Gardner, who flew 25 missions over Germany … Continued

Auditions for ‘The Perfect Host’ set for September 26 in Monticello

  Fabled Motion Pictures will hold local auditions next week in Monticello for actors and extras in Derrick Sims' upcoming feature film, The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale. Auditions will be held on September 26 at 10 a.m at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Fine Arts Center. The producers are asking that those attending the audition bring a printed headshot/photo. Fabled Motion Pictures will begin shooting the film in Monticello this winter, with … Continued

McGehee man pleads guilty to murder

A McGehee man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the November 2014 strangulation death of 33-year-old Rebekah Singh of McGehee, who was initially reported as a missing person. Her body was later discovered in Bayou Bartholomew. Danny Joe Burchfield, 27, pleaded guilty to the murder. Circuit Judge Sam Pope imposed the recommended sentence of life imprisonment. An abuse of a corpse charge filed in connection with Singh’s death was dismissed. Recent News 1 killed, … Continued

1 killed, 1 injured in Sunday night shooting at Monticello

A Monticello man was fatally shot and the suspect was injured in a Sunday night shooting at Monticello, according to a news release from the Monticello Police Department. Eric Thompson, 46, of Monticello, was fatally shot at 11:30 p.m. at a residence on South Gabbert Street. The suspect, who sustained injuries in the shooting, was transported to a hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds, according to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton. The suspect's … Continued

UAM to honor four with alumni awards at homecoming

Each of the four individuals to be honored by the University of Arkansas at Monticello at the university’s homecoming celebration in October share something in common. All were surprised to be recognized by their alma mater. “Did you run out of people to honor,” said George Harris, president of Commercial Bank and Trust Company of Monticello and one of two recipients of the 2015 Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit. Harris was laughing as he … Continued