Dr. John Davis named Director of Governmental Relations at UAM

  John Davis is passionate about politics. A quick look around his office is a dead giveaway, although you might not be able to guess his political leanings, which is just the way he wants it. Davis’ cramped office on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom Building at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is adorned with photographs of President George H.W. Bush, a young Bill Clinton campaigning for Congress, a Norman Rockwell print … Continued

Chicot Memorial installing new electronic health record

  Chicot Memorial Medical Center is in the process of installing a new electronic health record. This upgrade will help our patients and our staff in many ways, from meeting future government regulations to providing our patients with easier access to their records. We will begin using our new computer system starting July 1, 2016. While we are excited about our new system, you may experience longer than usual wait times during the first few … Continued

Man arrested after leaving scene of accident involving stolen car

  The search for a Pine Bluff man involved in a traffic accident in a stolen vehicle ended two hours later when he was arrested in a wooded area on Old Highway 13, north of Monticello, according to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton. Chad Hubanks, age unavailable, of Pine Bluff, is facing a drug possession charge and a felon in possession of a firearm charge, Deaton said. Other charges are possible. The traffic accident occurred … Continued

Arkansas Supreme Court upholds lethal injection law, drug secrecy provision

  Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she will ask Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set new execution dates for eight death-row inmates following the Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling Thursday on the state's method of execution and secrecy provision. “Today's decision from the Arkansas Supreme Court reversing the decision from Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen once again shows that Arkansas’s method of execution by lethal injection is lawful,” Rutledge said in a news release Thursday. “It also … Continued

Drew Memorial Hospital Board hears expansion update, hires security firm

  The Drew Memorial Hospital Board on Wednesday heard an update on the hospital expansion project and contracted with a company to provide security. In his update of the expansion project, Drew Memorial Hospital CEO Scott Barrilleaux said representatives from  approximately 23 contractors and subcontractors were present at Monday's pre-bid conference where Scott Hines, project architect with TEG Architects, reviewed the project specs, scope of work and the bidding process. Ben Moore, the hospital's director of … Continued

Late blight hitting Arkansas tomatoes early

  Heavy spring rains have delivered a destructive fungal disease to Arkansas tomato growers. Jackie Lee, a horticulture integrated pest management specialist for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, said late blight has been found this year at a dramatically higher rate than usual. Typically, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s plant diagnostic lab sees about three samples a year with the disease. But this year, the lab has already diagnosed more than 20 … Continued

Monticello adding new technology features to emergency response system

  The City of Monticello will soon add new technology features to the city's emergency response (Smart911) system, according to a news release from the City of Monticello. The new features will allow the city’s dispatchers, first responders, and investigators to interact with residents and be more informed through an autonomous crime tip texting hotline and emergency alerting. Smart911 is a public-private partnership which gives citizens the ability to create a free, private, and secure … Continued

Drew County Democrats planning rally

  The Drew County Democratic Central Committee will meet on Monday to make plans for a Democratic rally on July 19. The planning meeting will be held on June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Drew County Courthouse. All Drew County Democrats are encouraged to attend.

Sponsors of medical marijuana initiative collect more than 117K signatures

Arkansans for Compassionate Care, sponsors of an initiative to get medical marijuana on the November General Election ballot in Arkansas, have submitted more than 117,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office. Just under 68,000 signatures of registered voters are needed to get the initiative on the ballot. The signatures were submitted on Monday. Secretary of State Mark Martin has 30 days to verify the signatures. The initiative, if approved, would establish and legalize the use … Continued

Stewart presents paper at San Francisco conference

  Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was invited to make a formal presentation to the 27th annual conference of the American Literature Association held recently in San Francisco. The American Literature Association is a coalition of societies devoted to the study of American authors. In her presentation, Stewart presented an overview of her paper on 19th century newspaper columnist and novelist Fanny Fern. Stewart has been a … Continued