Felsenthal NWR proceeds with drawdown, urges users to be vigilant

Efforts are underway to manipulate water levels within the Felsenthal pool to 64 MSL, dropping it one foot lower than the normal level of 65 MSL. Management practices by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, such as the use of drawdowns in wetland habitats, promote the germination of native plants and provides great benefits to migrating and resident shorebirds and waterfowl. The drawdown, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is expected to expose … Continued

Goosby, Kitts, Glassco named to NABC academic honors court

University of Arkansas-Monticello basketball players Cobe Goosby, Tayte Kitts and Stephen Glassco, Jr. were recently recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for their academic achievements. Kitts, a forward from Corryton, Tennessee had a cumulative 3.4 GPA grade point average at the end of the 2016-17 season. Goosby, a guard from Elba, Alabama and Glassco, a guard from Lake Worth, Florida, both had a cumulative GPA of 3.2 at the end of the … Continued

Outdoor Hall of Fame to honor new inductees

The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation will welcome three new names to the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame at this year’s annual banquet on August 11 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. David Pryor, Ross Whipple and Mark Karnes all will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the late Winthrop Paul Rockefeller will be honored with the Hall of Fame Legacy Award. Pryor, former Governor of Arkansas, member of the Arkansas … Continued

Harvey named athletics director; will continue as baseball coach

John Harvey, the most successful baseball coach in University of Arkansas at Monticello history, has been appointed UAM’s director of athletics. Harvey assumed the role of interim athletics director in November while continuing as head baseball coach following the departure of Chris Ratcliff. Harvey will continue to coach the Boll Weevil baseball team, which he has led to a record of 193-146 in seven seasons. UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes said Harvey’s appointment “lends continuity to … Continued

Waterfowl hunter survey sheds light on WMA use

Four out of 10 Arkansas resident waterfowl hunters have pursued ducks on wildlife management areas for six years or less, according to a recent survey completed by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Survey Research Center. The survey was part of an increased effort by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to learn more about the men and women using The Natural State’s WMA system. “It was surprising to learn that many of our … Continued

Dumas police officer wins Big Bass Bonanza

Dumas Police Officer Ricky Cantrell’s 6.76-pound winning catch the first day of the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza earned him a $50,000 cash prize. “I’ve got a baby due in three weeks,” Cantrell said. “I’m pretty excited about that, but this is crazy. I didn’t even imagine winning when I signed up. Winning is a pretty big thing. I just tried to come out here and just go fishing and win some hourly money.” Cantrell … Continued

UAM Basketball is NCAA, Division II Program of the Year

The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team was named the NCAA Division II Program of the Year, Thursday afternoon by the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association. Arkansas-Monticello earned the award from the ArBCA after finishing the 2016-17 season with a 23-7 (17-5 GAC) overall record, with a share of the Great American Conference regular season title, and finishing as the runner-up in the GAC Championship Tournament. UAM then advanced on into the NCAA Tournament … Continued

Dumas angler still holds lead at Big Bass Bonanza after Day 2

Day 2 Update: Ricky Cantrell still holds the overall lead, with his 6.76-pound largemouth weighed in during the early hours on Friday, but fishermen and women across the state still have one more day to capture the checks. Day 1 Dumas angler Ricky Cantrell led day one of the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza with his 6.76 pound bass. Cantrell landed the big bass in the early hours of the tournament and kept him sitting … Continued

Big Bass Bonanza is this weekend

June 21 Update: Small Craft Advisory to be Lifted by Tournament Time A small craft advisory issued in April is set to expire as the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza gets underway this weekend. According to the latest flow information from the Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, the advisory is expected to be lifted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in the afternoon or evening, when flows at Pool 5 (Pendleton Bridge) in Dumas … Continued

Chambers, Moser earn Natural State Baseball honors

Two University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball players earned two honorable mention selections to the 2017 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team. Pitchers Braden Chambers, and Dawson Moser earned honorable mention picks after helping lead the Weevils to a 33-21 (22-11 GAC) record, the 2017 Great American Conference Tournament Championship, and advancing into the NCAA Central Regional Tournament for the second consecutive season. Chambers, a junior from Fordyce, finished the year with a team high 10-3 record in … Continued