Students to auction art to help homeless dogs

  Monticello Middle School art students and EAST students are teaming up to raise funds for the local dog rescue shelter and Monticello 2nd Chance Fur Dogs, a local organization that works with the dog rescue shelter to find homes for homeless dogs. Students in Sherry Knight’s 6th grade art classes created 38 dog portraits that will be auctioned on Orrell Auctions & Real Estate website. Each painting is on an 8 x 10 canvas … Continued

Possum Valley Fun Day is Oct. 28

  The 33rd annual Possum Valley Fun Day will be held on Saturday, October 28 at the Possum Valley pavilion, located at Highway 172 and Gees Landing Road in Drew County. Events include possum races, a quilt raffle and auction, entertainment, a catfish dinner, cakewalk and a chicken drop. There will also be a quilt show with a live auction of a special quilt at 4 p.m., followed by a quilt raffle at 4:30 p.,. … Continued

Woods’ claim of racial bias in jury selection is unfounded

Early last year, a Drew County jury spared the life of a Warren man who murdered his Cleveland County girlfriend outside Monticello grocery store, but Jonathan Woods appealed his murder conviction and life sentence to the Arkansas Supreme Court where he argued that there was racial bias in the jury selection process at his Drew County Circuit Court trial. He lost the appeal. The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld the convictions and sentences. Woods, 34, pictured above … Continued

Fall community beautification challenge issued in Drew County

The Monticello Economic Development Commission is issuing a one-month challenge to Drew County residents and civic, church and neighborhood groups to help clean up the Drew County and the city of Monticello. The challenge runs from October 14 through November 18. Groups are encouraged to post a photo themselves and the collected trash on the MEDC’s Facebook page. The group collecting the most trash will be recognized at the Chamber of Commerce-MEDC Awards Banquet. Areas in … Continued

Mother suspected of murder of 19-month-old daughter

The mother of a 19-month-old Monticello girl who suffered blunt force trauma likely will face first-degree murder charges in connection with the child’s death, according to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton. Kannika Jenkins, 26, of Monticello, formerly of Dumas, was arrested Wednesday after a month-long investigation revealed that child’s August 30 death was allegedly a homicide and she suffered blunt force trauma to the torso area. On August 30, Jenkins took her daughter to Drew … Continued

Market in the Park to conclude 2017 season this month

Market in the Park in Monticello is winding down its 2017 season. The market will be open through the end of October with fall vegetables, corn stalks, cotton stalks, eggs, and baked goods each Saturday morning from 8-11 a.m. and Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fundraisers during the month of October support the market so that booth spaces remain free of charge to all vendors. Biscuits and gravy will be sold on Saturday, October 14 … Continued

Lake Chicot Fall Festival to feature BBQ cook off

The 21st Annual Lake Chicot Fall Festival will be held on October 27-28 on the banks of Lake Chicot in Lake Village. The festival will feature entertainment, beauty pageants, a pumpkin decorating contest, tractor show, car show, 5K run and walk, an amusement area and free games for children, a dog show, arts and crafts, food vendors, the Memphis Barbecue Network-sanctioned Fire on the Water BBQ Cook Off, and more. For more information or to … Continued

Arkansas Indians in Drew County exhibit opens at museum

The Drew County Museum partnered with the University of Arkansas at Monticello Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey to develop a new exhibit titled, Our Past: Arkansas Indians in Drew County. The exhibit opened on September 19 with a reception for Drew County Historical Society and Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society members. The new exhibit uses the museum collections to highlight Drew County’s Native American history. In 1972, the museum purchased the … Continued

Hamburg man killed in motorcycle accident

A Hamburg man died in a motorcyle accident Wednesday morning in Perry County. James M. Anderson, 53, of Hamburg lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle while negotiating a curve on Arkansas 7 in Perry County about three miles north of Hollis. The motorcycle left the roadway and struck a road sign, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. The accident occurred on September 26 at 3:20 a.m. Travel conditions were clear and … Continued

Spoofing Alert: Calls imitate Drew Memorial phone numbers

Drew County residents are reporting an ongoing telephone scam that involves Caller ID “spoofing.” This practice is a form of telemarketing that impersonates a local phone number that does not reflect the original caller location. In this instance, Drew Memorial Health System administration has been made aware of calls to local numbers which show up on Caller ID as being from “Drew Memorial Hospital,” despite the fact that the hospital has no affiliation with the … Continued