Monticello Middle School awarded garden grant

Monticello Middle School awarded garden grant

    Monticello Middle School is among 52 schools across the state awarded a grant to start or expand a garden on school grounds, according to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Funding for the $500 grant is provided by the Arkansas...
President Joe Biden inaugural address

President Joe Biden inaugural address

Full text of President Joe Biden’s inaugural address: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, and my distinguished guests, my fellow Americans, this is America’s day. This is...
UAM baseball releases 2021 schedule

UAM baseball releases 2021 schedule

  The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team will play 33 Great American Conference games including 15 at Weevils Field to highlight a shortened 2021 schedule as unveiled by head coach John Harvey on Tuesday. “Because of COVID, our schedule has...
Crossett man dies in head-on crash in Lonoke County

Crossett man dies in head-on crash in Lonoke County

  An Ashley County man died and a Stuttgart man was injured Friday in a head-on collision on U.S. 165 in Lonoke County Ashley Meeks, 48, of Crossett, was traveling south on U.S. 165, approaching Johnson Road, Friday morning when his truck crossed the center line...
Weevils picked fourth in GAC preseason poll

Weevils picked fourth in GAC preseason poll

  The University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team was voted to finish in a tie for fourth in the Great American Conference in the 2021 preseason coaches poll, the league office announced. UAM was 8-13 overall and 6-7 in conference play before the season...
SouthArk alumni fight pandemic on front lines

SouthArk alumni fight pandemic on front lines

  The impact of Covid-19 has been felt across the globe—from far-flung regions to right here at home. When and where the illness has hit, many alumni of South Arkansas Community College have been among the front-line health-care professionals who have provided...
Westerman issues statement on impeachment vote

Westerman issues statement on impeachment vote

  The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” Ten Republicans joined 222 Democrats in supporting impeachment. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, a Republican who represents...
Gov. Asa Hutchinson State of the State Address

Gov. Asa Hutchinson State of the State Address

  Thank you, Speaker Shepherd, and to Senate Pro Tem, Jimmy Hickey, and to the honorable Members of the General Assembly. Thank you for that warm greeting. Let me assure you that is gratefully received, and hopefully that signals a strong relationship as we enter...
Pre-retirees: Plan now for health care costs

How to respond when risk tolerance is tested

  When you begin investing, you’ll generally assess your comfort with risk, as your investment choices will be guided at least partially by your risk tolerance. But once you actually experience the ups and downs of the market, this tolerance could be tested. Risk...
Drew County NAACP installs new officers

Drew County NAACP installs new officers

  The Drew County branch of the NAACP recently installed its new officers and executive committee members for 2021-2022. Clarissa Pace is the organization’s new president. Other elected and appointed officers include Bettina Randolph, vice president; Brenda...
Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame inductees announced

Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame inductees announced

  Three Southeast Arkansas men are among six who will be inducted (one posthumously) into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame this year for their leadership and service to the state’s largest business sector. The 2021 inductees include:   The late Russell...
Pre-retirees: Plan now for health care costs

Avoid tapping into 401(k) early

  If you’ve been contributing for many years to your 401(k) or similar retirement plan, it may be your largest pool of money. So, if you are facing a financial need, you may think about tapping into your account. After all, it’s your money – why not use it? But...
Governor extends public health emergency in Arkansas

Governor extends public health emergency in Arkansas

  Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday he is extending the public health emergency an additional 60 days as the coronavirus continues to spread in Arkansas. Following his announcement, Hutchinson gave an update of Covid-19 cases. “First of all,...
Pre-retirees: Plan now for health care costs

Time for new year’s financial resolutions

  Many of us probably felt that 2020 lasted a very long time. But now that 2021 is upon us, we can make a fresh start – and one way to do that is to make some New Year’s resolutions. Of course, you can make these resolutions for all parts of your life – physical,...
Police searching for Dumas jail escapee

Police searching for Dumas jail escapee

  Police are searching for Lorenzo Deon Williams, one of two men who escaped Tuesday night from the Dumas jail. Williams,34, was being held at the jail on a parole violation. His criminal history includes aggravated residential burglary, possession of a firearm...
Pre-retirees: Plan now for health care costs

Investment lessons from 2020

  As the year draws to a close, it’s fair to say that we’ve all learned something about the social, political, physical and environmental forces that have affected everyone. And, in some ways, our lives will be changed, perhaps permanently. But as an investor,...
Coronavirus cases, deaths increase; vaccines arrive

Coronavirus cases, deaths increase; vaccines arrive

    As the first doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine are administered in Arkansas, the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to climb. Over the last 24 hours, there have been 2,306 new cases and a record number of 58 deaths, bringing the...

Masons install 2021 officers

The Eureka Lodge #40 of Free and Accepted Masons recently installed officers for 2021. The officers are: Keith Ashcraft, senior warden; Jonathon Halley, junior deacon; Lucas Owens, senior deacon; Scott Woodward, secretary; Logan Camden, worshipful master; Michael...
Pre-retirees: Plan now for health care costs

Are you still planning to retire early?

  Have your retirement plans changed because of COVID-19? If so, you have plenty of company. Nearly 40 percent of those planning to retire say the pandemic has disrupted their intentions, according to the Edward Jones/Age Wave Four Pillars of the New Retirement...