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Drew County Embezzler Sentenced to 20 Years

DREW COUNTY, AR (Ben Caxton) — The woman accused of embezzling more than a quarter of a million dollars from the Drew County Fair Board pled guilty on Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to 20 years. Brenda Reed admitted in court to theft of property over $25,000. Court documents say that for up t


Another Major Drug Bust in the River Valley by Arkansas State Police

RIVER VALLEY, Ark. (KNWA) - Over the past few weeks, the 12th / 21st District Drug Task Force (DTF) partnered with the Arkansas State Police and arrested 16 individuals allegedly transporting drugs through the area to other parts of the United States.


Southeast Arkansas Incorporations for the week of Feb. 16

Waters Construction LLC was incorporated by Ernest Waters, 1409 W. Fourth St., Fordyce, Feb. 4. Powerhouse Nutrition LLC was incorporated by Samantha Pennington, 140 Burke Lane, Monticello, Feb. 7.


Boone County accident injures two Arkansas residents

BOONE COUNTY, Mo. — A single-vehicle accident in Boone County early Sunday morning left two Arkansas residents injured. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Tyler S. Baker, 22, or Van Buren, AR was traveling northbound on US – 63 near Dripping Spr


Taxes and spending: Arkansas leads country in sales tax toll while state starves services to cater to rich and special interests

A reader sends a link to a stunning top 10 compilation by salestaxhandbook.com: A ranking of local sales tax burdens shows Arkansas cities occupy 12 of the top 17 places on the list, with Gould leading the nation with a combined sales tax rate of 11.5 percent.


Three Weekend Fires in Monticello Area

MONTICELLO, AR (Ben Caxton) — Three fires in southeast Arkansas over the weekend destroyed one home and left two others only slightly damaged. A 9:00 PM Saturday night fire on Ridgecrest Drive in Monticello was contained to just a bathroom. But another blaze which broke out just before 11:30 PM dest


160 knife-makers from around the world compete at 26th Annual Arkansas Knife Show

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Around 160 knife-makers from around the world shared space at the convention center. Awide array of blades -- from swords to daggers, hunting knives, and even kitchen knives -- were on display during the 26th Annual Arkansas Knife Show.


SAU women's basketball hopes to rally against remaining opponents

Southern Arkansas’ women’s basketball team faces a pair of in-state opponents for the last time this season as they host Arkansas-Monticello before hitting the road to take on Ouachita Baptist.


Down in the dumps: How to find rabbits in Arkansas

When I first saw the cottontail, its head was sticking out of the burner on the kitchen stove. But almost as soon as it appeared, it withdrew into the stove again, disappearing like a rabbit in a magician’s hat trick.


Traveling Arkansas: Dog Show in Camden

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of February 22!. East Arkansas Community College presents an evening of classic hits with The Platters, The Drifters, and The Coasters.


Murder for Hire Bond Reduced

MONTICELLO, AR (Ben Caxton) — Bond has been reduced for a Monticello woman accused of plotting to kill her husband and his ex-wife. Stephanie Hill-Rogers has been held in the Drew County Detention Center on $500,00 bond since her October 2018 arrest. She was formally charged in December with two cou


Outlaw wins PBR St. Louis, dedicates victory to fallen friend Mason Lowe

ST. LOUIS – With tears in his eyes, Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) said the victory at the Mason Lowe Memorial in St. Louis on Saturday night might be the most special of his career. Outlaw said he is dedicating the win to his fallen friend, Mason Lowe, who passed away one month ago.


Two Arrested in String of Clarksdale Burglaries

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Clarksdale police have announced the arrests of two individuals charged with commercial burglary. 56-year-old Jerome Allen and 25-year-old James Persons were identified on surveillance video entering the First United Methodist Church on February 5th; both men were arres


ARK-O Looking Into Back-Up Internet Carrier for Outages

RISON – Multiple Internet outages in the past week have prompted ARK-O/Cleveland County Telephone Company to begin plans for negotiating with a secondary carrier to instantly pick up internet service when outage occurs, company officials told the Herald this week.


Celebrate Banquet Will Honor Local Volunteers

RISON – Volunteers from across the county will be recognized for their service to their communities during the Celebrate Cleveland County Banquet to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Family Life Center at Bethel #1 Missionary Baptist Church at Rison.


Lions battle past Eagles on basketball court

After a nail-biting game that often saw the lead switch back and forth by only one point, the Hamburg Lionsg grabbed the win against the Crossett Eagles on Friday night. The Eagles were the first to go up on the scoreboard with a two-point basket by Quendarious Hampton, but Lion Jalen Wilson answere


Hamburg wins regional archery tournament, to compete at state

The Hamburg senior high archery team and the Crossett Middle School team placed first in the regional tournament on Saturday. The Hamburg School District sent four teams and the Crossett School District sent one to the ANASP Region 12 Tournament Tournament in Monticello.


Lady Eagles claim win from behind against Hamburg

The Lady Eagles came from behind to beat the Hamburg Lady Lions Friday night. The Lady Lions scored first, but Lady Eagle Jayden Thurmon answered with a two-point shot. Trinity Lewis hit a three-point basket for the Lions, but a free throw from Haleigh Boston and a three-point shot from Thurmon put


Russell Convicted, Sentenced in Ridener Murder

Though he alleged he was a victim of misunderstanding and even conspiracy, an Ashley County jury convicted Brian Russell of Crossett of murder Thursday. Russell, 58, was sentenced to 70 years in prison for the three charges in the case — first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and felon in possession


Sluggish ‘Cats Drop Season Finale, 85-56; Nearly Upset Coogs

DUMAS – Dumas scored 35 points in the opening period to jump out to a huge lead early as the Bobcats ran past the Rison Wildcats, 85-56, Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams.