Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Drew and Lincoln counties in Southeast Arkansas are among the 26 counties in Arkansas under burn bans as of September 13. The wildfire danger is high in all counties in the southern third of the state and moderate elsewhere.
An Ashley County man suspected of having sex with two female relatives, impregnating one of them, has been charged with two counts of rape. Kenneth Earl Moore, 40, of Portland, is alleged to have had sexual intercourse in October 2012 with a 14-year-old relative. The girl subsequently gave birth and a paternity test determined that Moore is the father of that child, according to a State Crime Lab report.
Circuit Judge Sam Pope on Monday ordered the Warren School District to pay two Southeast Arkansas attorneys more than $90,000 for their representation of a wrongly terminated teacher. Monticello attorney Cliff Gibson and Crossett attorney Robert Gibson successfully defended Col. Robert Avery in a criminal case, a wrongful termination case, a teacher license case, and a Department of Human Services maltreatment case.
Virtuoso cellist Tavi Ungerleider, performs George Gershwin’s Summertime Thursday night at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The 23-year-old cellist is the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist Winner. He currently studies at Juilliard School of Music in New York City. The concert was sponsored by the UAM Division of Music, the Monticello Music Club, the Pine Bluff Musical Coterie, the SEARK Concert Association, and Judge Clifton Bond.
Warren (0-1) at Pulaski Academy (1-0) (Thursday) Crossett (1-0) and Fordyce (1-0) at Crossett Drew Central (0-1) at Palestine Wheatley (0-1) Hamburg (1-0) at Camden Fairview (1-0) Hermitage (1-0) at Parkers Chapel (0-1) Lake Village (0-1) at Malvern (1-0) McGehee (0-1) and Dumas (0-1) at McGehee Monticello (0-1) at Magnolia (0-1) Star City (1-0) at Camden HG (0-1)
Chicot County voters Tuesday approved the extension of a one-cent sales tax to support Chicot Memorial Hospital. The sales tax proceeds will be used to maintain and renovate the hospital and its grounds. The complete but unofficial election results were: For – 501 Against – 192
Brandon Hogg, president of the Monticello Rotary Club, presents a check for $4,000 to Allison Collins and Louisa Smith of “Feed the Kids,” a local charity to provide meals for hungry children.
The City of Monticello and the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce will host the 18th Annual Weevil Welcome cookout on September 24 at McCloy Park. The event will get underway at 6 p.m. when the community will welcome UAM faculty, staff and their families to Monticello.
A college administrator, a public school superintendent, a businessman, and an insurance executive have been selected to receive the 2013 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit presented annually by the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
At a Southeast Arkansas TEA Party meeting Monday night, Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson lauded the organization for its support for lower taxes, smaller government and loyalty to the Constitution.