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Escapee captured

A man who escaped from a Dallas County jail around midnight Saturday was captured in Drew County on Monday morning shortly after 11 a.m. He was observed getting into a vehicle at an automated teller machine near a store across from the Drew County Road Department on U.S. 278 E.

UAM professor publishes book

Clinton Young, associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has published a new book of Spanish historical studies titled “Music Theater and Popular Nationalism in Spain, 1880-1930.”

Monticello store donates $25,000 to children’s home

The Corner Store recently donated $25,000 to The Baptist Home for Children in Monticello. Marty Walter, a Monticello store manager, presented the check Nov. 24 to Baptist Home employees Randy Luper and Curt Crook. The Corner Store is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, a spokesman said. The donation was part of the proceeds from the annual Country Run 5K fun run held in 10 cities. The Baptist Home is a ministry of Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes,) a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. Details: abchomes.org (Special to The Commercial)

UAM-McGehee nursing students receive awards

Three students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee received scholarships by the 2014 practical nursing graduating class. Awards were through the student organization of the Arkansas Licensed Practical Nursing Association. Participants, from left, were Priscilla Cessor of McGehee, a member of the 2014 graduating class; scholarship recipients April Jones of Lake Village, Dana Hilliard of Lake Village, Rolanda Merritt of Greenville, Mississippi; 2014 graduate Katie Wilkerson of McGehee, and registered nurse Kim Ray, ALPNA sponsor. (Special to The Commercial)

Gibson says he’s going to ‘shine a light’ on Siemens issues

On Oct. 11, 2013, the city of Monticello entered into a $10 million contract with Siemens Industry Inc. to upgrade the city’s water system with new water meters and replace aging water lines. A year and $7 million later, the city has hired an attorney to determine whether the transaction complies with applicable law and, if so, is the company fulfilling its obligations under the contract.

Ding Dong Days

Three intrepid rock-wall climbers show their stuff Saturday at the 2014 Ding Dong Days Fun Day at Memorial Park in Dumas, which offered music, munchies and a lot of other family-oriented activities for everyone. Dumas also held its annual Ding Dong Days parade as part of the annual community celebration. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)

UAM sees enrollment decline

The University of Arkansas at Monticello saw its enrollment decline from 3,893 students in September 2013 to 3,854 students as of September 2014, according to numbers provided by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Dumas native serves aboard USS Forrest Sherman

NORFOLK, Va. — A 2012 Dumas High School graduate and Dumas native is serving aboard USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), one of the world’s most versatile multi-mission combat ships.