Drew County to begin testing new tornado warning system April 27

Drew County will begin testing its new tornado siren system the week of April 27 and continue through May 4. Testing will occur at various locations throughout the county until all sirens have been confirmed to be online and ready for use, according to Drew County Office of Emergency Coordinator Michael Frisby. Drew County residents can receive Drew County citizens can receive text or telephone alerts in the case of severe weather by signing up for the … Continued

Woman born at Japanese Relocation Center revisits 7 decades later

Today (April 11) I had the unique privilege to personally meet and visit with a very special 70-year-old lady and her husband. Her name is Sharon Sanaye Osaki Wong. She was born at the Japanese Relocation Center at Jerome, Arkansas, on May 4, 1944, while her parents, Takaji and Oritsu Osaki were being held there by U.S. Military Authorities during World War II. Cliff Gibson, right, pictured with Sharon Sanaye Osaki Wong and her husband, … Continued

Tornado sirens in Drew County not yet operational

Although all tornado warning sirens have been installed in Monticello and in Drew County, the sirens, according to Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, are not yet operational pending a final inspection. The sirens should be ready for use in the next several weeks. It is expected that a protocol for their employment will be announced by the city or county when they go online. Drew County citizens can receive text or telephone alerts in the case … Continued

Entergy Arkansas announces $62 million grid investment in Drew, Desha counties

  With a projected investment of $62.2 million, Entergy Arkansas will begin constructing a new transmission line from Monticello to Reed in the fourth quarter of 2015. The transmission project calls for the construction of a new 24-mile transmission line, crossing parts of both Drew and Desha counties, and expanded electrical facilities, including a new substation in Reed, to move power more reliably and efficiently into the region. The proposed route includes a transmission line … Continued

Stage 2 improvements to Dead Man’s Curve set to begin this week

  In December of 2014 the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) announced plans to make improvements to a section of Highway 278 in Drew County. The area is located approximately two miles east of Monticello at the location of two curves. The curves, locally known as Dead Man's Curve, have been the site of several lane and roadway departure crashes in recent years, especially for drivers less familiar with the highway. The first … Continued

Man mauled to death by 8 pit bull terriers in Jefferson County

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal dog attack in which a pack of pit bull terriers mauled to death a 36-year-old man. De’Trick Omar Johnson was fatally attacked by eight dogs at CJ’s Garage in Pine Bluff Saturday morning when he went to the garage to talk to the owner. A neighbor, who witnessed the attack, immediately called 911 for help. Upon arrival, a Jefferson County deputy encountered one of the pit … Continued

Lake Village student is first WAGE graduate

. Peyton Gregory of Lake Village is the first of  20 graduates of the WAGE Program at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee. WAGE is an acronym for Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy. The program is designed to insure that unemployed and under-employed Arkansans have the basic academic skills necessary to become employed and be successful in the workplace. The program incorporates an alliance between the McGehee campus and local employer advisory councils, adult … Continued

Girl, 14, says man smoked meth with her, attempted to assault her

  A Winchester man has been arrested for allegedly smoking methamphetamine with a 14-year-old girl and attempting to sexually assault her, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff's Office. The girl, who was interviewed during an investigation into allegations against her mother, allegedly told authorities that she smoked methamphetamine with both her mother and Arvol Baty. She also reportedly told authorities that Baty tried to sexually assault her in … Continued

Deen declines to prosecute woman in alleged ‘murder for hire’ case

  A Drew County woman who is alleged to have attempted to hire someone to murder a former employee and her former son-in-law will not be prosecuted, according to 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen. Deen said he found that 70-year-old Mary Maloney had voluntarily renounced her criminal purpose and interrupted the planning and commission of the murders she had solicited. In a February 12 letter from Deen to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator … Continued

$500K bond set for Dumas murder suspect

Circuit Judge Don Glover on Monday set a $500,000 bond for a man suspected in the Saturday night shooting death of a Dumas teen and the serious injury of another.   Todd Thompson, 21, of Dumas was arrested Sunday after making arrangements to turn himself in to State Police. He is alleged to have fired gunshots, one striking 17-year-old Jeffery Morgan and another striking 18-year-old Kace Nelson, following a verbal altercation. “A group of young … Continued