​Chintan Desai​ ​launches​ ​campaign​ ​for​ ​Congress

Chintan Desai, a first-generation citizen of immigrant parents, has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for Arkansas’ First Congressional District. The district encompasses Chicot, Desha and Lincoln counties in Southeast Arkansas, as well as Arkansas, Baxter, Clay, Cleburne, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Fulton, Greene, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, Saint Francis, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Woodruff and part of Jefferson county. Desai’s campaign will aim to bring Democrats, independent, and … Continued

Mainline to establish dental hygiene clinic at Star City elementary school

Mainline Health Systems, Inc. has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Delta Dental to purchase dental hygiene equipment to be placed in the Jimmy Brown Elementary-Star City School District. The grant will allow Mainline to establish a dental hygiene clinic in the Jimmy Brown Elementary School in the Star City School District. The clinic will be set up like all of the other Mainline Health Systems, Inc. school dental clinics. The equipment will be purchased … Continued

Don Glover announces bid for District 11 House seat

  Retired Circuit Judge Don E. Glover has announced his candidacy for the District 11  seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives in the 2018 Democratic primary. The district includes Chicot and Desha counties and a portion of Ashley County. Glover, a public servant his entire adult life, said in a news release he has the passion to continue his service to the public. “My experiences alone do not qualify me to represent the people of … Continued

Edible designs introduce students to architecture

  The Alex Foundation recently hosted its STE+AM Initiative at Drew Central Middle School to introduce eighth grade students to key ways science, technology, engineering, art and math are aligned to an architectural career. Intended to also raise awareness among students and educators on the interdisciplinary connections that link technical and creative skills with architecture, students were guided through understanding the applications of basic concepts of necessity, proportions, scale, physics and aesthetics in the design … Continued

Suspect in Wilmar homicide arrested

A McGehee man was been arrested in connection with the Tuesday night shooting death of a Wilmar man. Jerell Terry, 25, of McGehee, was arrested Friday in Pulaski County by U.S. Marshals, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober. Terry is suspected of shooting 20-year-old Christon Sheets Tuesday night around 11 p.m. at his home in Wilmar. Sheets was shot twice in the abdomen and died at Drew Memorial Hospital. Gober said Friday night that … Continued

Wolfe pleads guilty in Drew County Museum case

The Drew County Museum theft case ended Friday when Circuit Judge Sam Pope accepted a guilty plea from Terri Wolfe. Charges against against Beth Thurman were dismissed. Wolfe, a former treasurer of the Drew County Historical Museum Commission, pleaded guilty to theft of property. Wolfe stood before Judge Pope Friday morning in Drew County Circuit Court where she pleaded guilty and submitted a 2-page written statement. The statement was not read aloud in court. Wolfe … Continued

Wilmar man is second homicide victim in Drew County in 12 hours

A Wilmar man was killed Tuesday night in a shooting at his home. It was the second fatal shooting in Drew County in less than 12 hours. Christon Sheets, 20, was shot twice in the abdomen around 11 p.m. at his home in Wilmar. Sheets’ girlfriend, who was at the home when the shooting occurred, called 911 and Sheets was taken to Drew Memorial Hospital where he died, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober. … Continued

Man arrested in Monticello homicide

  A man has been arrested in connection with a Tuesday afternoon shooting in Monticello that left one man dead, according to a State Police news release. Arnold LaRon White Sr., 55, of Monticello, is facing manslaughter charges in the death of 54-year-old Harold Miller Jr., also of Monticello. Monticello Police received a report at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday of a shooting at 513 West Shelton. When officers arrived, they found Miller dead, according to State … Continued

UAM Centennial Opportunity Fund projects selected

Five proposals submitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Centennial Opportunity Fund have been chosen to receive a total of $50,000 for the 2017-18 funding cycle, according to Dr. John Davis, director of university relations and chair of the Centennial Opportunity Fund committee. The Centennial Opportunity Fund is a $1 million endowment created during UAM’s centennial celebration in 2009-10. Each year, a campus committee selects projects for funding that have significant, long-term benefits to … Continued

Interfor plans $46 million investment at Monticello division

The Interfor Corporation has announced that it will invest $46 million to upgrade and modernize it’s sawmill in Monticello. The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. The project includes the installation of new state-of-the-art machine centers in the sawmill as well as upgrades to the planer mill and one new continuous lumber drying kiln. Annual lumber production is expected to double, in addition to improving product quality, product mix and mill efficiency. … Continued