DCSO releases Level 4 sex offender notification

The Drew County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release notifying the public that a Level 4 sex offender, Justin Glennon has moved to the 100 Block of Tara Lane in Drew County. Glennon, 28, is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. “The notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public,” said Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober. “This information cannot be used … Continued

Police searching for suspected arsonists

Drew County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man and woman suspected of setting fire to an apartment in Drew County. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Patrick Pippen and Michelle Spears for arson and aggravated assault. The fire was set early Wednesday morning around 4:30 a.m. outside a duplex apartment building between two apartments, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff's Office. "Gas was poured from … Continued

Monticello’s first independent mayor in 30-plus years sworn in by state’s only independent county judge

Independent candidates who lack the backing of political parties typically have a hard time gaining traction in partisan elections but that is not the case in Drew County. A Democratic stronghold where candidates rarely run as an independent and only recently began seeing Republicans on the ballot, Drew County and its county seat, Monticello, apparently is becoming more independent in its political ideology. Joe Rogers, the first independent candidate to be elected mayor of Monticello … Continued

Arkansas Children’s Hospital patients from Drew County create drawings for Log-A-Load

Two Drew County children who are patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital have created drawings for the Drew County Log-A-Load annual fundraiser for the hospital. Fang Blayock, 6, and Louise Blaylock, 6, were asked by the Drew County Log-A-Load for Kid’s committee to create drawings for the organization’s annual t-shirt to help raise funds for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Fang and Lou's t-shirt design for Log-A-Load In March 2011, Fang was adopted from China by Len (III) … Continued

Deed scam targeting property owners

Drew County Tax Assessor Beth Davis is alerting Drew County property owners about a company trying to trick people into paying more than $80 for a warranty deed to their property. Drew County property owners have been receiving notices that look like government statements with a due date, but are actually solicitations from a California company that sells property owners a copy of their deed and other real estate documents for more than what the … Continued

Desha County man served with murder warrant in Eudora woman’s death

July 22 Update: Donnell Robinson had a first-appearance hearing on July 21. His bond was set at $250,000 and was appointed an attorney. A 51-year-old Desha County man was served Friday with a first-degree murder warrant in connection with the death of April Taylor of Eudora. Donnell Robinson, who has been in custody since Thursday on an alleged parole violation, is suspected in the death of the 32-year-old woman. Taylor's body was discovered Thursday morning … Continued

Woody Bynum to be featured in Seark Concert’s ‘Summertime Serenade’

  The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will present a “Summertime Serenade” at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Fine Arts Center on July 24 at 7 p.m. The performance features baritone Woodrow Bynum, pictured on the left. Bynum will be joined in the Monticello performance with fellow Juilliard graduate and concert pianist Ryan Reilly, pictured on the right. They will perform a wide variety of selections including works by Copland, Schumann, and Ravel. Bynum, a former … Continued

Zack Tucker says he’s ‘eager’ for November election

  Zack Tucker, the top vote-getter in Monticello’s 5-way special mayoral election who ultimately lost a runoff with Joe Rogers, issued a statement early Thursday evening saying he is looking forward to the “bright future ahead” and is “eager for November’s Regular Election…” Tucker, the current mayor’s assistant, came out on top with 39 percent of the vote in the special mayoral election on June 24, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a runoff with … Continued

McGehee instructor earns ServeSafe designation

Lisa Kelley, a member of the hospitality faculty at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee, is now a certified ServeSafe trainer. ServeSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection. ServeSafe certification helps to ensure that people who are working in the food service industry have the most up to date information on industry standards and … Continued

Couple arrested in Eudora bank robbery suspected in 3 others

  A North Carolina couple suspected in a cross-country trek robbing banks along the way were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Louisiana less than an hour after reportedly robbing the Delta Trust Bank in Eudora. Jonathan Johnson, 26, of Mt. Airey, N.C. is alleged to have entered the Delta Trust Bank at Eudora at 1:43 p.m. and demanded money. "He walked in with a note, gave it to the teller and said he wanted all of … Continued