Star City graduates eligible for Majors Scholarship

Applications for the Gerald and Sue Majors Endowed Scholarship for graduates of Star City High School will be available beginning February 5 through the Star City High School counselor or the Office of Admissions at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The priority application deadline for the fall 2017 term is April 1. The scholarship was created by Gerald and Sue Majors of White Hall to be presented annually to a Star City graduate. The … Continued

2 men killed in traffic accident in Chicot County

A 90-year-old Warren man and a 25-year-old Mississippi man were killed Thursday morning in a head-on collision in Chicot County. Weldon L. Sledge, 90, of Warren was traveling south in the northbound lane of U.S. 65 and Elbert C. Parks, 25, of Greenville, Mississippi, was traveling north when the accident occurred, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Sledge was driving a 2010 Chevy and Parks was driving a 2007 Cadillac. The accident … Continued

Duo arrested for commercial burglaries in Southeast Arkansas

Drew County authorities believe they have solved three recent commercial burglaries in Southeast Arkansas with the arrest of a Lincoln County man and a Pine Bluff man. Dante Knight, 24, of Gould, admitted to authorities that he and Deundrea Craig, 23, of Pine Bluff were the persons responsible for the burglary of the Winchester Store in Drew County and the Subway in McGehee, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Both … Continued

Drew Memorial Hospital main entrance closes for construction

The main entrance to Drew Memorial Hospital will be closed for construction beginning on Wednesday, February 1. At that time, hospital administration requests that all patients and visitors use the Allied Health Building entrance for all non-emergent entry. The emergency room entrance at the back of the hospital will remain open for emergency room visits. “It’s necessary to close the main entrance to our facility for several months, possibly for the majority of the remaining … Continued

Hamburg man dies in vehicle accident in Union County

An Ashley County man was killed in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning in Union County. Rickey Lee Ross, 52, of Hamburg, was traveling south on Highway 129, north of Huttig, when his Peterbilt truck crossed the center line of the highway and the northbound lane. The truck traveled along the northbound roadside and shoulder then struck a tree, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Ross died at the scene of the accident. … Continued

Busby appointed to ADFA board

      Katelyn Busby of Monticello has been appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Development and Finance Authority (ADFA). She is a practicing attorney in Arkansas and is currently an associate at The Hashem Law Firm of Monticello. Busby is pictured above, second from left, along with other new ADFA directors, Tom Spillyards, Larry Tate and Stephanie Ellis. The Arkansas Development Finance Authority is a self-supporting entity … Continued

Monticello mayor resigns, expected to plead guilty

Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker resigned Tuesday morning and is expected to plead guilty on March 6 to a felony or a misdemeanor. Former Monticello Mayor David Anderson will serve as interim mayor until a special mayoral election in May. Tucker was charged in September with tampering with a public record, a felony punishable by a maximum six-year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $10,000. He was also charged with abuse of office, a misdemeanor punishable … Continued

Suspected bank robbers arrested

Three men suspected in a bank robbery Tuesday morning in Ashley County were arrested just a couple of hours later hiding in a wooded area in Parkdale. Stacy Cox, Jr., Jalen Hudson and Marquez allegedly robbed the Simmons Bank in Parkdale around 9:30 a.m. Cox and Marquez reportedly entered the bank and demanded money. They are alleged to have been armed. Hudson’s role reportedly was that of “look out.” After the alleged robbery, the men reportedly … Continued

Medical emergency professionals conduct mock stroke simulations

Drew Memorial Hospital and area emergency medical service providers participated in mock stroke simulations and stroke education on January 5 and 6 to improve patient outcomes. Monticello Ambulance Service, Inc. (MASI) and Southeast Emergency Medical Services (SEEMS) sent representatives to join hospital emergency department staff for training and simulations offered by the UAMS Arkansas SAVES program. SAVES is an acronym for Stroke Assistance by Virtual Emergency Support. Drew Memorial Hospital has participated in the program … Continued

Dumas man killed in automobile-train accident

A Dumas man was killed Monday morning when his vehicle was struck by an oncoming train at Pickens. Brent E. Morris, 45, was traveling west on Walnut Lake Road at Pickens in Desha County when he failed to yield at a stop sign and drove in to the path of a train. Morris was ejected from the vehicle, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. The accident occurred at 5:07 a.m. The weather … Continued