Seven Arkansas growers break 100-bushel mark in soybeans

  Seven Arkansas soybean growers have broken the 100-bushel-per-acre mark this season so far, with others possibly to come. The growers, four of whom have surpassed the benchmark yield in previous seasons, are all taking part in the Arkansas Soybean Association’s “Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge.” Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said the certifications have come unusually late in the year. But as any … Continued

Woods’ claim of racial bias in jury selection is unfounded

Early last year, a Drew County jury spared the life of a Warren man who murdered his Cleveland County girlfriend outside Monticello grocery store, but Jonathan Woods appealed his murder conviction and life sentence to the Arkansas Supreme Court where he argued that there was racial bias in the jury selection process at his Drew County Circuit Court trial. He lost the appeal. The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld the convictions and sentences. Woods, 34, pictured above … Continued

Guns, ammunition stolen from Warren business

Warren Police are investigating a Friday morning commercial burglary in which several guns were stolen. According to a news release from the Warren Police Department, someone entered the Swap Shop at Warren at 12:05 a.m. on October 6 and broke a gun cabinet and stole several pistols and a small amount of ammunition. Police learned of the burglary when an alarm at the business sounded. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call … Continued

Mother suspected of murder of 19-month-old daughter

The mother of a 19-month-old Monticello girl who suffered blunt force trauma likely will face first-degree murder charges in connection with the child’s death, according to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton. Kannika Jenkins, 26, of Monticello, formerly of Dumas, was arrested Wednesday after a month-long investigation revealed that child’s August 30 death was allegedly a homicide and she suffered blunt force trauma to the torso area. On August 30, Jenkins took her daughter to Drew … Continued

Arkansas Indians in Drew County exhibit opens at museum

The Drew County Museum partnered with the University of Arkansas at Monticello Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey to develop a new exhibit titled, Our Past: Arkansas Indians in Drew County. The exhibit opened on September 19 with a reception for Drew County Historical Society and Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society members. The new exhibit uses the museum collections to highlight Drew County’s Native American history. In 1972, the museum purchased the … Continued

Hamburg man killed in motorcycle accident

A Hamburg man died in a motorcyle accident Wednesday morning in Perry County. James M. Anderson, 53, of Hamburg lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle while negotiating a curve on Arkansas 7 in Perry County about three miles north of Hollis. The motorcycle left the roadway and struck a road sign, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. The accident occurred on September 26 at 3:20 a.m. Travel conditions were clear and … Continued

Spoofing Alert: Calls imitate Drew Memorial phone numbers

Drew County residents are reporting an ongoing telephone scam that involves Caller ID “spoofing.” This practice is a form of telemarketing that impersonates a local phone number that does not reflect the original caller location. In this instance, Drew Memorial Health System administration has been made aware of calls to local numbers which show up on Caller ID as being from “Drew Memorial Hospital,” despite the fact that the hospital has no affiliation with the … Continued

Allan Nichols wins Jack Geiger Vision Award

Allan Nichols, the chief executive officer at Mainline Health Systems, is the recipient of the Jack Geiger Vision Award, an award presented to a person who has contributed to Jack Geiger’s vision for the community health center in a meaningful way. Jack Geiger initiated the community health center model in the United States which targeted the roots of poverty by combining resources of local communities with federal funds to establish neighborhood clinics in both rural … Continued

Monticello School District awarded $25K grant

The Monticello School District has been awarded a $25,000 grant to purchase ipads for the Monticello Intermediate School’s Project Lead the Way model classrooms. The grant was awarded through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund program. Area farmers nominated the school, making the school eligible to apply for the grant. “The Monticello School District would like to thank the area farmers for the nomination,” said Stephanie Brown, Monticello … Continued

Jordan Tilley joins Gibson & Keith law firm

Mr. Jordan Tilley has joined the Monticello law firm of Gibson & Keith, PLLC, as an associate attorney. A graduate of Monticello High School, Mr. Tilley attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he received his B.A. degree. He then attended the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he received his juris doctorate degree. Tilley’s experience includes working as an assistant to a Magistrate Judge of the … Continued