Jun 11, 2014
Former county judge pleads guilty to bribery on disaster relief contract
James Hesterly, a former Ouachita County judge, pleaded guilty in El Dorado today to one count of bribery for rigging bidding on a federal disaster relief cleanup project in return for a 2010 campaign contribution.
Group marking 150th anniversary of Arkansas battle
A reenactment and several educational programs are planned in Camden to mark the 150th anniversary of a Civil War battle in Ouachita County.
Ouachita County names new interim county judge
The court this week named Amy Varner-Olvey as interim leader of the county. She takes over after the resignation of former judge Mike Hesterly.
Ouachita Co. Judge, facing federal conspiracy and bribery charges, to resign
Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly, charged in Jan. 2013 with federal conspiracy and bribery counts in what prosecutors say was a scheme to trade FEMA disaster clean-up funds for a campaign contribution, has announced he will resign effective April 3, citing "health problems, current circumstances and other concerns."
Bearden contractor pleads guilty to conspiracy
A contractor has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in a case that accuses the Ouachita County judge of awarding a disaster-relief contract in exchange for a campaign contribution.