Gallery of photos from John Burkhalter fundraiser in Drew County

John Burkhalter, pictured above with Monticello attorney Cliff Gibson, attended a fundraiser Monday night in Drew County for his bid for lieutenant governor. The event was held at the home of Dr. Jeff Reinhart. A gallery of photos from the event follows. Burkhalter, a North Little Rock businessman, former chairman of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and a former member of the Arkansas Highway Commission, says, if elected, he will focus on job creation and … Continued

Crossett millage increase proposal to build new high school fails

A Crossett School District proposal to increase the school millage rate to build a new high school failed with 669 voting for the tax hike and 808 voting against it in Tuesday's school election. The district sought a 4-mill property tax increase and a transfer of 1.27 mills from capital outlay to debt service to fund the construction of a new high school with a media center, dining facility, and a 1,500-seat state-of-the-art arena suitable … Continued

Monticello wins Raymond Scogin Memorial Challenge Cup

  The Monticello Country Club on Sunday won the second annual Raymond Scogin Memorial Challenge Cup, a two-day golf tournament between the top 20 golfers at the Warren Country Club and the top 20 golfers at the Monticello Country Club. The two clubs alternate play at each golf course, playing at the Warren Country Club on Saturday and rounding out the tournament play at the Monticello Country Club on Sunday. The tournament is a friendly … Continued

UAM Forestry Club helps raise funds for Log-a-Load

  The Forestry Club at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently co-sponsored the Drew County Log-a-Load for Kids fund raiser to benefit the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The event included an auction and raffle. With proceeds generated from the auction, the Drew County Log-a-Load has now raised over $1 million since its inception in 1993. Nearly $100,000 has been raised in 2014 with fundraising to continue through the end of the year. … Continued

UAM Forestry grad student receives grant to present research results

Kathy Brautigum, a graduate assistant and candidate for the master of science in forest resources degree at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has received a grant to present research findings to a joint meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists in Estes Park, Colorado. Brautigam will present findings from a research project that examines the effects of supplemental deer feeders on the fate of artificial ground … Continued

Drew County man suspected of sexual assault of 7-year-old girl

Tony Glynn Irons A Drew County man who is alleged to have improperly touched a 7-year-old girl in his camper last month is facing possible second-degree sexual assault charges, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff's Office. Nichols said Tony Glynn Irons, 46, initially denied the allegation, but during an interview said, "the child wouldn't lie about something like that". "A polygraph was scheduled at the request of Irons … Continued

Curry joins Gibson & Keith law firm

Mr. Lee Douglas Curry has joined the Monticello law firm of Gibson & Keith as an associate attorney. Mr. Curry received his Juris Doctorate and B.S.B.A. Degrees from the University of Arkansas. While pursuing his law degree at the University, Mr. Curry earned placement on the Dean’s List for two years running, and was elected by his peers as Student Government Senator from both the University’s School of Law and the Walton College of Business. … Continued

3 Southeast Arkansas counties among those receiving military gear through Pentagon-to-police transfer program

  Three Southeast Arkansas counties are among the counties across the United States that have taken advantage of a Pentagon-to-police transfer program in which the local law enforcement agencies acquire guns, vehicles, grenade launchers, night vision or body armor for use in fighting crime. Drew, Ashley and Lincoln counties are the only counties in Southeast Arkansas (south of Jefferson County) that have acquired the military equipment, according to a Pentagon database of transfers since 2006 … Continued

Kirst scholarships awarded to Bowers and Farabough

  Daniel Bowers of Monticello and John David Farabough of Star City have been selected to receive the 2014-15 Robert C. Kirst Endowed Scholarship presented annually by the School of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The Robert C. Kirst Scholarship was established by the UAM Agriculture Alumni Society to honor Professor Emeritus of Agriculture Robert Kirst following his retirement from UAM in 1998. The scholarship is awarded to an agriculture major. The … Continued

Southeast Arkansas Health Foundation makes final payment on $100K pledge to Drew Memorial Hospital

  The Southeast Arkansas Health Foundation this week made the final payment on its $100,000 pledge to Drew Memorial Hospital for equipment and furnishings for the hospital's Cancer Care Center. The foundation is now gearing up for its next fundraiser, "Dancing with the Stars of Monticello" featuring Drew Memorial Hospital CEO Scott Barrilleaux and his wife, Brandy; Matt Whiting and Johanna Hendrex; and Seth and Megan Oxner. Attendees will enjoy dinner while the couples dance … Continued