Mayoral candidate is a convicted felon, court records indicate

Mary Francis Barnes, who finished only one vote behind the top vote-getter in the November 4 Dermott mayoral election, is a twice-convicted felon, according to Pierce County, Washington Superior Court records. Barnes, 56, turned herself into Dermott police on Friday after authorities learned that, contrary to her political practice pledge, she allegedly is a convicted felon. On July 30, when filing as a candidate for Dermott mayor, Barnes signed a political practices pledge falsely stating … Continued

UAM Celebrates Homecoming, Melissa Ohannes crowned queen

Melissa Ohannes of Little Rock became the 76th homecoming queen at the University of Arkansas at Monticello when she was crowned during pregame ceremonies Saturday afternoon at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Bowl Stadium. UAM Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter arrived at the coronation ceremony in grand style, riding a bicycle with his grandchildren in tow. Ohannes is the daughter of John and Daphne Ratliff and is a junior biology major. She is a resident assistant in the Office … Continued

Bronze bust of former UAM Coach Tommy Barnes unveiled

The most successful football coach in the history of the University of Arkansas at Monticello was honored Saturday afternoon with the unveiling of a bronze bust of the late Tommy Barnes. Sculptor David Deming and Lance Gasaway unveil the bronze bust of former UAM football coach Tommy Barnes The bust was created by nationally-renowned sculptor David Deming of Cleveland, Ohio and made possible by a gift from former Boll Weevil football standout Lance Gasaway of … Continued

Supreme Court rejects condemned Bradley County man’s appeal

  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

Rison teen killed, 3 injured in Lincoln County accident

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 investigating death of prison inmate

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.

Drew County Fair Schedule

  The 71st Annual Drew County Fair begins September 23 and runs through September 27. The annual fair parade, which is set for Tuesday, will feature some very special parade marshals. Drew County's World War II veterans will serve as parade marshals this year. Schedule: September 22 6:30 p.m. Robin Hood Family Gospel Singing September 23 5 p.m. -- Parade on Main Street and exhibits open 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. -- "Sneak-a-Peek" carnival rides … Continued

Gallery of photos from John Burkhalter fundraiser in Drew County

John Burkhalter, pictured above with Monticello attorney Cliff Gibson, attended a fundraiser Monday night in Drew County for his bid for lieutenant governor. The event was held at the home of Dr. Jeff Reinhart. A gallery of photos from the event follows. Burkhalter, a North Little Rock businessman, former chairman of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and a former member of the Arkansas Highway Commission, says, if elected, he will focus on job creation and … Continued

Crossett millage increase proposal to build new high school fails

A Crossett School District proposal to increase the school millage rate to build a new high school failed with 669 voting for the tax hike and 808 voting against it in Tuesday's school election. The district sought a 4-mill property tax increase and a transfer of 1.27 mills from capital outlay to debt service to fund the construction of a new high school with a media center, dining facility, and a 1,500-seat state-of-the-art arena suitable … Continued

Monticello wins Raymond Scogin Memorial Challenge Cup

  The Monticello Country Club on Sunday won the second annual Raymond Scogin Memorial Challenge Cup, a two-day golf tournament between the top 20 golfers at the Warren Country Club and the top 20 golfers at the Monticello Country Club. The two clubs alternate play at each golf course, playing at the Warren Country Club on Saturday and rounding out the tournament play at the Monticello Country Club on Sunday. The tournament is a friendly … Continued