Dispatcher hailed hero in wildfire rescue

Monticello Dispatcher Gail Hyatt, Monticello Criminal Investigator Kenny Cox and Monticello Police Capt. Carlos Garcia Monticello emergency dispatcher Gail Hyatt is being hailed as a hero for her role in the rescue of a man who was lost and surrounded by flames in  the Drew County wildfire that burned more than 600 acres. During a 35-minute 911 call early Thursday evening, Hyatt reassured and encouraged the man while firemen, law enforcement officers, and Arkansas Forestry … Continued

Osburn to undergo mental evaluation

Proceedings in Kenneth Osburn’s retrial in the August 2006 strangulation death of 17-year-old Casey Crowder have been suspended pending the result of a mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. 

Spots open for Monticello Rotary Club Feed the Kids 5K

Spots are still open for anyone planning to run in the Monticello Rotary Club’s “Feed the Kids 5K” walk and run on September 7 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In addition to the 5K, there will be a fun run for kids around Weevil Pond. Proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Monticello Feed the Kids Foundation. The 5K run and kids fun run begin at 8 a.m. … Continued

Southeast Arkansas girl receives national swimmer award

Kynlee Files, a 15-year-old swimmer from Warren, made a big splash this week at the AAU Junior Olympics in Ann Arbor, Mich. where she medaled in seven events and received the Joe Ferrell Award, a national title awarded to the outstanding female and male swimmer of the year. Files and a male swimmer from Hawaii were nominated and selected for the esteemed award based on their performance, sportsmanship and character. 

Mainline Eudora Medical Center to host health fair

Mainline Eudora Medical Center will celebrate National Community Health Center Week on Tuesday with a health fair from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The clinic, located 579 East Beouff Street in Eudora, will provide free health screenings, healthy snacks and free school supplies.The event is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s community health care centers.

State’s 3rd annual sales tax holiday is this weekend

Arkansas’ third annual sales tax holiday is August 3 and August 4. Between 12:01 a.m. on August 3 and 11:59 p.m. on August 4, retail stores will not charge sales taxes on purchases of school supplies, clothing and footwear costing less than $100. 

Thai cooking, floral design are new community ed courses at UAM

Non-credit courses in topics ranging from Thai Cooking to Basics of Floral Design will be offered this fall by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Department of Community Education. “We have a lot of exciting new classes for the fall semester,” said Memorie Dickson, program coordinator. 

UAM sets dates for fall admission, orientation, registration

The University of Arkansas at Monticello has announced registration dates for the fall semester at its campuses in Monticello, Crossett and McGehee. The priority deadline to apply for admission for the fall term is August 12, according to Mary Whiting, director of admissions. The final date for processing applications for admissions is August 21. 

Log-a-Load will auction quilt featuring UAM forestry school

Dr. Joshua Adams (left), assistant professor of forestry at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Dr. Philip Tappe, dean of the UAM School of Forest Resources, display a quilt to be auctioned at Log-A-Load for Kids this Saturday, August 3 at 6 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church on U.S. Highway 425 North in Monticello. The UAM Forestry Club is one of the sponsors for the event, which annually raises money for … Continued