UAM accreditation continued by Higher Learning Commission

A process that began three years ago was completed this week with the formal announcement that the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s accreditation status with the Higher Learning Commission will be continued through 2025. Open Pathway, the accreditation process for the next HLC cycle, includes assurance reviews in years 4 and 10, a major improvement project in years 5-9, as well as annual monitoring of financial and non-financial indicators and adherence to HLC policies, according … Continued

Federal judge denies Siemens motion to dismiss Monticello’s fraud claim

A federal judge on Tuesday denied Siemens Industry's motion to dismiss the City of Monticello's fraudulent misrepresentation claim against the company and ordered Siemens' parent company, the international conglomerate Siemens AG, to be added as a defendant in the case. In one of numerous claims in a May 2015 lawsuit, the City of Monticello, through its attorney Cliff Gibson of Monticello, claims Siemens Industry, Inc. fraudulently induced the city into entering into a $10 million … Continued

Gov. Asa Hutchinson reappoints Chicot County woman to commission

Terri McCullough, of Eudora, has been reappointed to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission of Arkansas. The appointment expires June 8, 2020. McCullough is one of more than 80 Arkansans Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently appointed to state boards and commissions. Other appointments were: Tyler West, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council. Appointment expires June 4, 2019. Audrey House, Altus, to the Arkansas Alternative Energy Commission. Appointment expires at the Will of the Governor. Reappointment. … Continued

Drew County woman arrested for murder of Sam Arnold, Jr.

Heather Hackett Heather Hackett, 29, of Drew County, was arrested August 6 for the murder of Sam Arnold, Jr., a 41-year-old Ashley County man missing since last week. Circuit Judge Sam Pope conducted Hackett's first judicial appearance hearing on Friday at the Drew County Courthouse, and found probable cause for the offenses of first degree murder and abuse of a corpse. Bond was set at $250,000. Arnold's body was located Thursday by police at a … Continued

Police investigating death of Sam Arnold, Jr.

State Police and Ashley and Drew County authorities are investigating the death of Sam Arnold Jr., 41, of Hamburg. Law enforcement officers on Thursday located a site on private property in Drew County where Arnold may have been murdered and a Monticello woman is being questioned today in connection with Arnold's disappearance, according to State Police. Arnold’s family filed a missing person report with Hamburg Police on July 27 after he was last seen leaving … Continued

Woman killed in Lexus-tractor accident at Gould

A woman was killed Wednesday afternoon when the Lexus in which she was a passenger sideswiped a John Deere tractor at Gould before traveling off the roadway and overturning, according to a State Police report. Kayla R. Drazkowski, 28, of Ward was a passenger in a westbound 2007 Lexus that was passing a westbound John Deere tractor on Arkansas 114 in Lincoln County near Gould. As the Lexus was in the process of passing the … Continued

Dermott woman pleads guilty in conspiracy to steal federal funds intended to feed poor children

A 50-year-old Dermott woman involved in a conspiracy to fraudulently steal federal funds intended to feed poor children pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to commit wire fraud, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer. Kattie Lannie Jordan entered the plea in U.S. District Court before Judge Susan Webber Wright and will be sentenced by Wright at a later date, according to Thyer. “Jordan and others stole money that was intended to … Continued

Judge Sara Sawyer-Hartness announces candidacy for Bradley, Drew District Judge

Judge Sara M. Sawyer-Hartness has announced her candidacy for the position of District Judge for the newly formed 28th District Court, serving Drew and Bradley counties. The 28th District Court was formed by the Arkansas Legislature in April of 2015 merging the Bradley and Drew County district courts, presided over by one full time judge. The election to fill this position will be held on March 1, 2016.  All candidates for judicial office run as non-partisan candidates … Continued

Judge Laurie Bridewell will be candidate for Chicot, Desha district judge

Judge Laurie Bridewell announced recently her intention to seek election as District Judge for Chicot and Desha counties in the March 1, 2016 election. She has served six years as a Chicot District Judge. In 2014 the Arkansas Legislature changed the district judgeship to a full time position. “I have certainly enjoyed serving as District Judge,” Bridewell said. “I believe that District Court provides a unique opportunity to affect lives. If I am fortunate enough … Continued

UAM Small Business Center lauds three success stories

Starting and building a successful business is a daunting task. Pitfalls and obstacles abound and many good ideas have turned into failures when the only thing needed was a little sound advice. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has been dispensing business advice since its creation in 1998. Since that time, the ASBTDC has helped numerous businesses get off the ground, overcome rough spots and become … Continued