Mainline creates endowment with $51K gift to UAM

  Mainline Health Systems, Incorporated of southeast Arkansas has presented a $51,000 gift to the University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation Fund to honor Mainline’s founder and first director, Betty Gay Shuler. The gift will create an endowed scholarship to be presented each fall and spring semester. A recipient of the Mainline Health Systems, Incorporated Endowed Scholarship must be a resident of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Drew or Lincoln County, a junior or senior with … Continued

Chicot County man suspected in death of toddler

A Chicot County man suspected of capital murder is being held without bond in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, Journee Orji, according to Chicot County Sheriff Ronald Nichols. Nichols said the sheriff’s office was notified on October 31 that the child’s mother and grandmother had taken the severely injured child to the emergency room of Chicot County Medical Center. She was subsequently airlifted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where … Continued

Drew Memorial sees success in unique diabetes program

Drew Memorial Health System’s recent venture into formal diabetes education has seen measurable success in combating an identified health concern for the greater Southeast Arkansas region. In early 2016, the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP), then known as the Greater Delta Alliance for Health, identified Diabetes Education as a priority area of concern for its ten partner hospitals, all located in the southeast part of the state. “We knew from our own community needs assessment … Continued

Harton appointed to state commission

  Doug Harton, a Southeast Arkansas land surveyor, has been appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to serve a 9-year term on the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, a 15-member commission dedicated to conserving Arkansas’ natural landscape. “I am honored that the Governor selected me to serve on this commission,” Harton said. “I look forward to doing my part to help preserve the rich natural heritage of the State of Arkansas.” The commission provides general direction to … Continued

Ashley County Medical Center receives Gold Standard of Excellence in Nursing Award

  Hurst Ratings and Analytics has recognized the nursing staff at Ashley County Medical Center with The Hurst Gold Standard of Nursing Award for achieving excellence in quality nursing, which significantly contributes to the hospital’s overall patient satisfaction rating. “Being recognized with The Hurst Gold Standard of Nursing Award is an honor for our nursing staff and hospital,” said Phillip Gilmore, CEO of Ashley County Medical Center. “It demonstrates the level of dedication and commitment … Continued

The Crossett Light

Editor’s note: this account of the “Crossett Light” was written by Andy Shaw, a Little Rock attorney who was born in Warren, raised in Crossett, and educated in Monticello (at the University of Arkansas at Monticello). Skeptics have any number of ways to explain it; pranksters, automobile headlights, atmospheric conditions, swamp gas; but, for a century the Crossett Light has mystified observers looking into the gloom down a train railway outside the city of Crossett, … Continued

Entergy planning 100-megawatt solar farm in Chicot County

Entergy Arkansas is planning a 100-megawatt solar project near Lake Village. When completed, the Chicot Solar project will be the largest solar farm in the state. The project, which will cost approximately $100 million, will cover more than 800 acres and feature several hundred thousand photovoltaic solar panels that convert the sun’s energy into electricity. Entergy will work with NextEra Energy Inc., which recently completed an 81-megawatt solar project near Stuttgart.The Stuttgart Solar Energy Center, … Continued

Firefighters battle massive fire at GP plywood mill in Crossett

Area fire departments battled a massive fire at the old  Georgia-Pacific plywood mill in Crossett. Businesses in the vicinity of the fire were evacuated and nearby residents were asked to stay indoors to avoid the smoke fumes. The mill, which has been closed for several years, was in the process of being demolished.  

Beam signing at UAM

Members of the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees, UAM Board of Visitors, legislators and others were on hand last week to sign the beam for the new Student Success Center currently under construction on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Pictured above (from left) are UA Trustee Mark Waldrip, UA System President Donald Bobbitt, SGA President Bryson Berry, George Harris of the Board of Visitors, Ashley Fiant of SCM Architects, … Continued

3 area physical therapists present research at state conference

  Three physical therapists from South Arkansas Rehab recently presented research findings at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville. Alana Bartlett, PT, DPT, ACHT, Nat Grubbs, PT, OCS, and Park Tipton, PT, DPT, OCS were selected to provide platform presentations at the meeting. Dr. Bartlett’s presentation was entitled The Placebo and the Power of Your Language: Suggestibility is the Bridge. Bartlett is pictured on the left … Continued