Recognition celebration set for UAM basketball team

The University of Arkansas at Monticello athletic department on March 28 will host a celebration recognizing the UAM men’s basketball team for its accomplishments this past season. The celebration will be held at the Monticello Country Club at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 and is free and open to the public. The public is encouraged to attend the event and congratulate the 2017 Great American Conference Regular Season Champions and their coaches for their … Continued

Former candidate for state rep begins serving jail sentence

A former candidate for state representative was arrested Monday to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence for harassment and harassing communications. James A. Hall appealed his April 2015 Drew County Circuit Court conviction of harassment and harassing communications to the Arkansas Court of Appeals. That appeal was denied in August. He then filed a petition for review to the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Arkansas Supreme Court on March 16 declined Hall’s request for a review. In … Continued

McGehee man fatally shot in Dumas Sunday morning

Police are investigating an early Sunday morning fatal shooting in Dumas. Blake White, 25, of McGehee, sustained multiple gunshot wounds, according to Chuck Blevins, an investigator with the Dumas Police Department. The shooting occurred Sunday shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Willow Street in Dumas. White sustained gunshot wounds to the head, shoulder and underneath the right arm, according to Desha Coroner Joe Wilkin. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Blevins at the Dumas … Continued

Entertainment lineup for StarDaze Festival announced

The 14th Annual StarDaze Festival will be held on April 14-15 in Star City. This year’s music lineup includes Jo Dee Messina, Exile, Chris Lane, Bailey Bryan and RaeLynn. In addition to the free live entertainment, the festival features a motorcycle point run, car show, carnival rides, and more than 75 arts, crafts and food vendors and exhibits. Country artists Chris Lane, Bailey Bryan and RaeLynn will perform on Friday. Performing Saturday will be Jo … Continued

Lakeport Legacies History Talks

Lakeport Legacies, a monthly history talk focusing on history in the Delta, has released its 2017 schedule. Speakers will discuss a wide-range of Delta topics including, a history of one of Arkansas’s oldest African American churches, the Civil War in the Mississippi Delta, and a look at the Polk family’s plantations and investments from Tennessee to the Delta. The first Lakeport Legacies history talk will be held on March30 and will feature Dr. Blake Wintory, … Continued

UAM debate team wins sweepstakes at UCA tournament

Gauge Adkins of Vilonia won the junior varsity speaking championship to lead the University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team to the overall sweepstakes championship of the University of Central Arkansas Debate Tournament in Conway last week. In addition to the overall sweepstakes title, UAM placed second in the International Public Debate Association sweepstakes, second in Team IPDA Sweepstakes, and posted the third best winning percentage in debate competition. In addition to his junior varsity … Continued

John Hemingway walks in grandfather’s footsteps in Southeast Arkansas

It’s not everyday that the descendant of an American literary giant stops by for a visit, but the grandson of Ernest Hemingway recently visited the Dumas home of Joe and Nancy Wilkin to learn more about his grandfather’s hunting trip to Southeast Arkansas where he was a guest on Wilkin’s father’s houseboat. In late 1932 and early 1933, Ernest Hemingway was the guest of Wilkin’s late father, J.A. Wilkin, a well-known professional duck guide, cattleman … Continued

Preserve Arkansas: ‘Behind the Big House’ at Lakeport

Preserve Arkansas, in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas State University Heritage Sites, Black History Commission of Arkansas, and Lakeport Plantation, will present “Behind the Big House” on April 28-29 at Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village. The Behind the Big House program moves beyond the “Big Houses,” or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them. This workshop will include live historical interpretations … Continued

Star City students’ artwork in regional art show

The artwork of 30 students from Jimmy Brown Elementary School, Star City Middle School, and Star City High School is included in the 2017 Southeast Arkansas Regional Art Show at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The show is sponsored by the Arkansas Art Educators Association. The exhibit will be on display in the Spencer Gallery at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello from March 13 until April 2. A … Continued

School bus seat belt law began as Star City 4-H member’s project

What started as a young 4-H member’s scare from a family car accident has turned into a law that gives Arkansas residents the legal framework to ask their local school districts to require seat belts on school buses purchased after 2018. Hannah Alder, a 13-year-old Star City Middle School student and 4-H member, watched Monday as Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill1002 into law at the state Capitol. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark McElroy … Continued