Chicot County GOP hosts annual Reagan Day Dinner

The Chicot County Republican Party held its annual Reagan Day Dinner Monday night at the Cow Pen Restaurant in Lake Village. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the keynote speaker, his wife, Susan Hutchinson, and state Land Commissioner John Thurston were among those attending the event. Pictured above (from left to right) are Linda Gillison, Cherrettia Pope, First Lady Susan Hutchinson and Laurie Black. Pictured below (from left to right) are Tuffy Baxter, Renee Baxter, Barbara Matthews, Hunter … Continued

Burch announces re-election bid

State Representative LeAnne Burch today announced her intention to seek re-election to the Arkansas General Assembly representing the people of Arkansas House District 9. “It has been an incredible honor serving the people of District 9,” said Burch. “I have enjoyed each and every opportunity to work with the people of our district to address the challenges facing our communities and our state, and I look forward to continuing that service in the future.” As … Continued

6 injured in van accident

The Drew County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a van accident that sent six adult students to the hospital with minor injuries, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Monday morning around 8 a.m. the driver of an Advantages school van lost control of the vehicle on Arkansas 172 at the Lacey-New Hope Road intersection. The van rolled onto its side, injuring six adult students. The students were transported to Drew Memorial … Continued

Drew County Judge Robert Akin seeking re-election

Drew County Judge Robert Akin has announced that he will seek a fourth term in the 2018 general election Akin, an Independent, was first elected in November of 2012. “Since becoming judge, I have taken a proactive approach to many of the issues facing the county,” Akin said. “This includes working to eliminate mold in our 1930s-era courthouse, along with pursuing grants to update its wiring and HVAC systems. I also installed sidewalks around the … Continued

Wild Game Supper draws crowd

More than 1,000 people attended the Delta Men’s Association Wild Game Supper Saturday night. The annual supper has raised more than $1 million for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, according to Dale Scrivner, vice president of the Delta Men’s Association. Scrivner said people come from all over to help make the fundraiser successful. “We have people come from New Orleans, North Arkansas, Mississippi, Dallas, Texas and all over the State of Arkansas to help cook 66 deer, … Continued

Search continues for missing Ashley County woman

The Ashley County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Crossett woman, missing since January 13. Shannon Ridener, 38, was last seen on January 13 when she was visiting her father and stepmother at their home in Crossett. She was with someone in a small white car. They haven’t seen her since, but her purse was found underneath a bridge in Bradley County. Anyone with any information about Ridener’s whereabouts is asked to call the Ashley … Continued

John Frank Gibson is not retiring

John Frank Gibson, Jr., a Monticello attorney, issued a news release Thursday saying he is not retiring. The full text of Gibson’s news release: Contrary to an article in the Advance Monticellonian, a local newspaper, John F. Gibson, Jr. has not announced his retirement. Mr. Gibson, who turns 78 on February 8, 2018, is often asked by prosecutors and police officers when and if he is ever going to retire. Mr. Gibson, who in recent … Continued

Vickey Haycox announces candidacy for Drew County Clerk

Vickey Haycox, a legal assistant to Monticello attorney John Frank Gibson, has announced her candidacy for Drew County Clerk. Haycox said she will run as an Independent. The full text of the news release announcing her candidacy follows: “After much deliberation, thought and prayer, it is my honor, privilege, and pleasure to announce my candidacy for the position of Drew County Clerk.   As introduction, I am Vickey Haycox (Thornhill), a lifelong resident of Monticello … Continued

Drew County Treasurer Charlie Searcy announces re-election bid

Drew County Treasurer Charlie Searcy has announced that he will seek re-election in the May 22 Republican primary. “It has been an honor to serve the people of Drew County as their treasurer,” Searcy said in a news release announcing his re-election bid. “Helping ensure that the tax monies collected by the county are spent wisely and for the betterment of our citizens is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I hope to be … Continued

Pink Tomato Festival is finalist for Food Hall of Fame Award

The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival is among the finalists for the 2018 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame awards in the Food-Themed Event category, according to a news release announcing the finalists. The Department of Arkansas Heritage launched the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame in 2016 to recognize Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state. Nominations were accepted from the public from September 11 through October 31 in five categories: Arkansas Food … Continued