Man killed when motorcycle hits cow

A 21-year-old Crossett man was killed Thursday when the motorcycle he was operating hit a cow. Ethan Brantley was traveling east on Ashley County Road 7 when the Kawasaki motorcycle he was operating struck a cow, ejecting him from the motorcycle, according to an Arkansas State Police accident summary. The accident occurred at 11:34 p.m. Brantley was a 2011 graduate of Crossett High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Monticello mayor wants independent review of $10 million water project

The Monticello City Council Tuesday night authorized newly-elected mayor Joe Rogers to get a cost estimate for an attorney and an engineer to represent the city in a $10 million water project under contract with Siemens but stopped short of authorizing the mayor to hire one. The city last year contracted with Siemens Industry, Inc. to upgrade the city's water system with new water meters and replace water lines in the "core" of the city where most of the … Continued

Deen files charges in Eudora woman’s death

. Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen has filed murder charges against a Desha County man in connection with the July death of a Eudora woman. Deen charged Donnell Robinson, 51, of Desha County, with first-degree murder of April Taylor, 32, of Eudora. Taylor's body was discovered July 17 at her home located at 143 Archer Street in Eudora. The body was transported to the State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death … Continued

UAM COT-McGehee to offer workforce training for area hospitals

Courses as varied as customer service skills and advanced cardiac life support will be offered by the UAM College of Technology-McGehee thanks to a partnership with area health care providers. The McGehee campus recently created a partnership with the Greater Delta Alliance for Health, the Delta Technology Education Center and the Delta Regional Authority Workforce Training Project to provide workforce training for local and area hospitals and healthcare workers. The courses will be coordinated through … Continued

Alabama woman killed in U.S. 278 accident east of Monticello

A young Alabama woman was killed early Friday morning when she lost control of her car on a wet highway east of Monticello and was struck by a Freightliner, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Carlyn N. Avery, 21, of Hamilton, Ala., was traveling east on U.S. 278 at 6:20 a.m. when she lost control of her car as she attempted to negotiate a curve that locals refer to as “Dead Man’s Curve.” … Continued

Police: DNA links Hamburg man to string of commercial burglaries in Monticello

  A Hamburg man facing commercial burglary charges in Monticello in connection with the April burglary of Northside Deli was arrested again Monday when Monticello police obtained DNA results from the state Crime Lab linking him to three more Monticello burglaries. Julian Polk, 23, was in Drew County Circuit Court on Monday facing the first burglary charge when Monticello police officers arrested him for allegedly burglarizing Sammy Mullis Insurance, the Monticello library, and the Eureka … Continued

Drew County man allegedly threatens to kill people

  Three days after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine, a 21-year-old Drew County man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill people at the Gee's Landing area of the Saline River in Drew County. Clifton Jolley, 21, likely will be charged with terroristic threatening, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor in connection with the July 26 incident, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a … Continued

Arkansas Farm Bureau lauds Pryor and Boozman’s bi-partisan bill

  Arkansas Farm Bureau is praising U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman’s bi-partisan bill to amend the Endangered Species Act. The Private Landowner Protection Act, co-sponsored by Pryor and Boozman, would amend the Endangered Species Act and require government agencies to perform a thorough economic analysis of any proposed species and critical habitat designation. This issue goes beyond Arkansas’ borders and has the potential to impact property owners nationwide. The Pryor-Boozman bill closely matches … Continued

Biomass energy company to invest $90 million, create 52 jobs in Monticello

A biomass energy company broke ground Wednesday on a facility that will create 52 new jobs in Monticello. Larry Weick, senior vice president for business development for Zilkha Biomass Energy; Gov. Mike Beebe; Stephanie Mire, manager of U.S. business development for Zilkha; Brian Reed, biomass manager for Zilkha; Drew County Judge Robert Akin; Bennie Ryburn, III, president of the Monticello Economic Development Commission Zilkha Biomass Energy, a producer of biomass solutions to electric utility customers, … Continued

Mainline Health Systems to offer mental health services at 6 clinics

Mainline Health Systems, Inc. is one of 221 health centers across the nation that will receive a mental health integration grant. The grant will allow Mainline to offer mental health services at all six of its Southeast Arkansas clinics. The clinics are located in Monticello, Star City, Dermott, Wilmot, Portland and Eudora. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 221 health centers … Continued