Alligator hunt permit application period June 15-30

Applications for the 2017 Arkansas alligator season will be available at, beginning June 15. The deadline to apply is midnight, June 30. 2017 marks the eleventh season of modern-day alligator hunting in Arkansas. The largest alligator taken to date has been 13 feet, 10 inches, which was taken in the 2015 season. “We always have some big gators come in during the hunt,” said Mark Barbee, regional biologist at the AGFC’s Monticello regional office. … Continued

Bear killed in traffic accident

A large bear was killed Monday afternoon in Drew County when it darted across Arkansas 35 from a wooded area on the south side of the highway near Collins and into the path of a pickup truck. The truck hit the bear, which was killed on impact. The driver of the truck sustained minor airbag injuries, which were treated at the scene, and her 12-year-old passenger was not injured, according to John Burnside, a patrol … Continued

Pollock and Tassin to wed

Kyle and Monica Watkins of Hamburg and Alan and Wendy Tassin of Monticello announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Destiny Shyanne Pollock and Ryan Anthony Tassin. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Valerie Pamplin of Hamburg, Vicky Watkins of Denham Springs, Louisiana and Ricky and Donna Pollock of Hamburg. She is a 2016 graduate of Hamburg High School and is employed as a paraprofessional at Carousel School in Crossett. The prospective groom … Continued

Man gets 90 years for Crossett murder

The second of two men charged last year in the shooting death and robbery of a Crossett woman and the injury of her granddaughter has pleaded guilty to murder and several other crimes. Carl Robinson, 21, was sentenced to 90 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, residential burglary, first-degree battery and two counts of robbery in the July 2016 home invasion where 60-year-old Karen Sivek of Crossett was killed and her granddaughter … Continued

Weevils, hospitality students take good nutrition to children

Members of the University of Arkansas-Monticello football team recently joined students in the hospitality program at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee to provide nutrition advice to children enrolled in after-school programs at libraries in Star City, Warren and McGehee. Hospitality students demonstrated how to prepare different types of healthy snacks and meals with help from football team members. Children were encouraged to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and to find fun physical activities … Continued

Warren man dies, 2 injured in Crawford County accident

A Warren man was killed on Friday, June 2, following a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 in Crawford County, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Marlon A. Jackson, 34, of Warren was killed the accident. State police said an eastbound Saab attempted to pass an eastbound Ford Escape in the outside lane and the drivers of both vehicles lost control causing the vehicles to enter the median and overturn. Jackson, a passenger … Continued

Southeast Arkansans woman dies in vehicle accident

A Cleveland County woman was killed Thursday night in a single-vehicle accident at Rye. Robin A. Barton, 53, of Rison was traveling north on Rye Cutoff Road at Gavin Lane when she failed to negotiate a curve on the wet road. Her vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. The accident occurred at 7:03 p.m. June 1. Travel conditions at … Continued

Anderson wins runoff

David Anderson, a Democrat and a former mayor who is currently serving as interim mayor, won a runoff Tuesday night against Joe Rogers for mayor of Monticello. Anderson garnered 554 votes while the Rogers, also a former mayor of Monticello and an independent, received 508 votes. Anderson will serve until December 31, 2018, completing the term of former Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker who resigned on January 17.: Final, Unofficial Results: David Anderson – 554 Joe … Continued

1 killed, 1 injured in head-on crash in Chicot County

A woman was killed early Wednesday morning when her Toyota Solara struck a Freightliner head-on in Chicot County. Jacqulyn McCabe, 30, of Cabot, was traveling west on U.S. 82 East, one mile west of the U.S. 65 junction, when her car crossed the center line of the highway and hit an eastbound Freightliner, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. McCabe died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Freightliner, James … Continued

Man arrested in fatal shooting

  A Star City man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting late Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln County. Lincoln County deputies responded a call shortly before 4:30 p.m. reporting gunshots on Greystone Lane. When deputies arrived at the residence, they discovered 27-year-old Todd Johnson of Star City in the front yard with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Mark Harris, 55, also of Star City, … Continued