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Archive for October, 2010

990 Flu Shots Given at “Free Flu Shot Clinic”, Thursday

Friday, October 29th, 2010

990 free flu shots were given to Monticello area residents, Thursday, as the Drew County Health Unit teamed up the the Arkansas Dept. of Health, at the First Assembly of God church’s fellowship hall.

In addition to Thursday’s clinic, another 1,213 shots have been given at area schools, with City Park Schools scheduled on on November 3rd and Monticello High School planned for November 9th, according to Karen Brown, of the Drew County Health Dept.

Trash Spilled, As Trailer Overturns

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Wednesday afternoon, around 2 p.m., as a trash transport truck and trailer was traveling to DeWitt, sources say a trailer tire blew out, causing the trailer to overturn and spill a portion of  it’s contents on the side of HWY 277, between HWY 278 and Tillar.

Generally, a  compactor box contains 10-13 tons of household garbage, which is compressed at Monticello’s city transfer station, and then transferred by Delta Environmental to DeWitt, where it is disposed of, by contract.

The truck pulling the trailer did not overturn.  The driver was uninjured.  Drew County deputies worked the scene.

Triple A Towing provided the clean up, with two wreckers, including their large wrecker to turn the container upright, and a backhoe, to collect the spill and reload it into another transport container. 

One lane of the highway was closed to traffic, due to the accident.

Congressman Mike Ross Visits Monticello

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Congressman Mike Ross visited Monticello last Thursday, and toured the Hood Packaging facility.

Congressman Ross was very complimentary of the efforts made by the MEDC, AEDC, the City of Monticello, and the Governor’s Fast Action Closing Fund, for making the transfer of a manufacturing machine to the Monticello facility, which has now created 15 job openings.

Congressman Ross also attended a fundraising event at the home of Drs. Tim and Sylvia Simon.

City Council Updated on Sadie Johnson Center

Monday, October 25th, 2010

At Thursday’s meeting, Mayor Rogers reported that the city is still waiting for the insurance company to act in regards to the recent fire that destroyed the Sadie Johnson Community Building. Mayor Rogers reported that the insurance company had stated it would be 2-3 weeks before they will do anything.

The current insurance policy on the building is for $175,000 worth of coverage and there is an additional $20,000 coverage for contents. Mayor Rogers estimated the cost of rebuilding a similar structure at $400,000-$500,000.

The council then discussed having full-coverage insurance on all city buildings, and since insurance bids are being put out now, they will ask for full cost bids to be available.

One Monticello Life: Angela Childress

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Vernie and James Childress welcomed their first and only child, Angela, into the world on September 27, 1965. Angela’s household was a very stable environment where spirituality was prevalent and everything was in order. With a reverend as a father, and a mother with the same strong Christian values, she was raised to be mannerly, thoughtful, and to depend on God for everything.

“In our household you treated people the way you wanted to be treated,” Angela explained. She went on to say, “My dad gave me what I wanted, and Mom was the disciplinarian. She wanted me to learn how to earn everything. I was a big daddy’s girl, so Mom became the more strict one. Dad was my best friend.”


Rededication Held at Selma Rosenwald School/Community Center, Saturday

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Photo 1. Former students at Selma Rosenwald School
2. Flag and Flagpole dedication by Woodmen of the World and local veteran’s organizations.
3. Sixteen Sextion M. B. Church youth present skit and song at program.
4 & 5. Old photos
6. New photo, since remodeling.
7 & 8. Sheilla Lampkin presented award for her help in making the renovation possible.
9. Selma’s Rosenwald School and students in 1924.

Saturday, a Rehabilitation Celebration / Rededication at the historic Selma Rosenwald School / Selma Community Center, with many special guests; including representatives of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, representatives from both our state and congressional delegations, representatives from Lowe’s, representatives from the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, Gary Clements, preservation architect from Little Rock, and others.  Approximately 80 guests attended the event.


Drew County Memories – The History of Selma’s Rosenwald School

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Origionally posted November 22, 2007.

Selma Rosenwald School by Sheilla Lampkin

In the past year or so the Drew County Museum was contacted as to the location of Drew County’s Rosenwald School. Since none of our museum commission members had any knowledge about such a place, a fascinating search began which led to the discovery of the Rosenwald educational project and the knowledge that Drew County did indeed have an old school building of great national significance resting quietly down one of our rural byways. The search was an interesting and informative one, especially dear to my heart since it involved schools and education.

First, let’s go back in history and explore the name Rosenwald and its effects on American education.

Halloween Costume Safety

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

If families go into local stores, they will see the signs that Halloween is quickly approaching. For those who plan to purchase a costume for a child, here are some safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider.

When purchasing a costume, mask, beard, or wig look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean it will not catch fire, it does mean it will resist burning. An item labeled as flame resistant should also extinguish quickly once it is removed from the ignition source. To reduce the chance of part of a costume catching fire, avoid those made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts. (more…)

Mayor-Elect Maxwell Tells City Council, “Yes, I Live In The City Limits”

Friday, October 22nd, 2010


In response to dozens of phone calls, and numerouss questions since he filed to run for Mayor of Monticello, Allen Maxwell addressed the City Council and told them, “Yes, I live in the city limits”.

Maxwell presented documentation showing that a large parcel of land in his area was annexed in April, 1993, but no maps showing the area were included.

Truck Reported Stolen in 2004 “Fished” Out of Lake Monticello – Edited

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Tuesday, a Nissan 4-wheel drive pick-up, which was reported as being stolen back in 2004, was pulled out of the Old HWY 13, Plantersville Road Access end of Lake Monticello.

With the recent lack of rain, the water level in Lake Monticello is much lower than usual, and allowed the top of the truck to be seen by someone fishing from their boat.

The truck was located in water estimated to be  9 feet deep, approximately 50 from the boat ramp.

The ongoing investigation is being done by the Drew County Sheriff’s Dept.  The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and the Fire Dept. Dive Team assisted Triple A Towing in the recovery of the Nissan from the lake.

Eric Chisom and Kyle Berryman of the Fire Dept. are shown in the lake, as the truck is being towed out.

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ARE-ON To Usher In New Era Of Internet Delivery

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

A new era in high-speed internet service officially begins at the University of Arkansas at Monticello at 3 p.m. October 26.

That’s when UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter and Mike Abbiatti, executive director of the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON) will officially open the new network at a lighting ceremony in the UAM Fine Arts Center. Lassiter and Abbiatti will be joined via internet by education leaders and ARE-ON officials from Memphis, Little Rock, Russellville, and Fayetteville to explain the implications and impact of the statewide fiber-optic network.

“This is a watershed moment for UAM and for education, not only in southeast Arkansas, but for the entire state,” said Lassiter. “The internet is our window on the world and this new network will make internet access easier, faster and more applicable to the educational needs of our region.” (more…)

Intermodal Access Road Dedicated in Ceremony

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Last week, the first project of the Intermodal Facility, it’s access road, was dedicated in a public ceremony, attended by more that 50 business and political leaders and representatives from around the area.

The intermodal facility, set up under act 690 of 1999, is designed to unite regional entities, like the cities of Monticello and Warren and Drew and Bradley Counties, to work together to facilitate economic development.

The most important phrases included in the ceremony were “team effort” and “persistence and patience.”

John Lipton, chairman of the intermodal facility board, was not aware until the dedication that the access road was being named in his honor.

The full project encompasses 354 acres.

Roof Blown Off of Fairgrounds Exhibit Building

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The Drew County Fairground’s educational exhibit building, mysteriously, had it’s roof  “blown” off, Monday afternoon between 1:30 and 3:30.

The fairgrounds was destroyed , to a large extent, back in May, 2009, by a tornado, and this building’s roof was rebuilt and re-attached, as indicated by the “shinier” tin before the roof-line.

The new roof is now laying in large sections on the north side of the building, and doesn’t provide any clues as to what happened this afternoon.

The Monticello Airport reported no wind gusts Monday afternoon stronger than 15 miles per hour.

There was no electricity or gas hooked up to the building, and an explosion of some type does not appear to be the cause for the damage.

When informed about the damage to the structure, many fair board member’s were in disbelief, after the recent history of fairground’s structures, being destroyed by weather and wind.

MonticelloLive Celebrates 3rd Birthday, since Re-Launch

Monday, October 18th, 2010 celebrated it’s 3rd birthday last week, since operations were taken over by Joe Burgess (“the MonticelloLive guy”) back in October, 2007.

Readership has grown consistantly over the 3 year period, as shown by the 1.8 million pageviews that the site has received over in the past year, averaging 150,000 pageviews each month.   Just click on the black, white, & orange One logo at the bottom left of MonticelloLive newspages, to view updated statistics.

MonticelloLive is still designed to be “User Friendly”, with all current news stories on the front page.  For school lunch menus, obituaries, yard sales, or the classifieds, they’re just one click away, at the top of the page.

News and events may be submitted to MonticelloLive by sending an e-mail to

If you are around town and see a guy in a shirt, that’s probably Joe. You many want to slow down, because there may be a car wreck, fire, or other event nearby that would be better to read about, than be a part of.

And, of course, “Happy Anniversary” to the sponsors that make our time together each morning possible.


At this time, we’d also like to announce that MonticelloLive has implemented a new policy concerning the posting of reader’s comments.

Positive comments are welcome and encouraged.

However, certain readers have felt that MonticelloLive was designed to be a forum to annonymously post comments intended to start rumors, stir up controversy, emphasize their specific causes, or insult another party.

While comments have been moderated in the past, before being posted: that policy will now be more specific, as to the negativity that has previously been accepted.  I agree with everyone’s “Freedom of speech”, but that does not include the “freedom to insult.”

Comments that are supportive of someone receiving an honor, or losing a loved one are appropriate; while, name-calling and comments that appear to only be meant to “draw fire” will not be posted.

While the embarrassment of someone that has been arrested may begin with an article that tells the public of that person’s list of charges, it does not seem appropriate to publicly detail every act that led them to this point.

Please remember, with over 1.8 million pageviews in the past year, MonticelloLive continues to be Monticello’s leading daily news source; a locally owned and operated business, providing a service to it’s readers.

Since taking over operation of MonticelloLive, it has been my intention to cover the news and events that affect Monticello and Drew County, not to provide a public discussion forum for the benefit of annonymous individuals hiding behind false e-mail addresses.

All comments will be read by MonticelloLive management, but the standards that must be met for them to be publicly posted has been raised. reserves the right to reject or remove any comment. does not endorse or adopt any comment.  Comments do not reflect the views or opinions of MonticelloLive or it’s owners, employees or associates.

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One Monticello Life – Weezie the Weevil

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Thursday's Pep Rally on the Square

In recognition of UAM’s homecoming this week MonticelloLive has chosen Weezie the Weevil as this week’s One Monticello Life, and will explain the history, the character, and (of course) the commercial.

When then President of UAM, Frank Horsfall, named the school’s mascot as the boll weevil, he probably never could have imagined the attention this unusual choice would bring to the campus.

In 1925, the boll weevil was a hot pick for a mascot in the cotton-farming community of Drew County. The sight of one single insect could send farmers into hysteria, for they knew that the bug could easily destroy entire crops in record time. Without the advantages of pesticides, farmers were at the mercy of the tiny grayish-brown destroyers.

2010 Fair Parade

This is why President Horsfall presented this mascot at a homecoming pep rally, as the team geared up to play against Magnolia A&M. He said to his players,

“The only gosh-darned thing that ever licked the South was the boll weevil. Boll weevils! That’s what you are – Boll Weevils!”


Monticello Memories – “the Southern Cafe”

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

This week’s column weill relate more about one of the bygone eateries that once fed Drew Countians through the memories of a former employee, Aileen Carter Crass. The nearly-forgotten restaurant was the Southern Café.

The story of the Southern Café begins during the depths of the Great Depression in the 1930s. During that period a young, big, “loud” redheaded guy came to town looking for work. His name was Calvin “Red” Jones. How and why he got to Monticello no one remembers, but he sought a job as a cook. Since jobs were nearly non-existent, “Red” created his own business. He started making and selling hot tamales out of a big aluminum “water bucket” on the streets of town. (more…)

Monticello’s Dr. Ryan Collins Honored as Arkansas Chiropractor of the Decade

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Dr. Ryan Collins was voted Arkansas Chiropractic Association’s Chiropractor of the Decade.

Dr. Collins has held Director’s and Vice-President’s positions for the Arkansas Chiropractic Association in the first part of the decade, and for the past five years, has served on the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He was elected President of the Board of Examiners in August of this year.

Dr. Collins had previously won Chiropractor of the Year in 2001 and 2009.

Dr.Collins is shown with Dr. Julie Traylor-Logan, of West Memphis, Secretary/Treasurer of the Association and Dr. Leonard Notto, of Russellville,  Past-President of the Association.

One Monticello Life – Fire Chief Steven “Blue” Faulkner

Monday, October 11th, 2010

With all of the dry weather, and the many fires that have been the subject of too many news stories on MonticelloLive, like the 1185 acre forest fire in Drew County recently, the Midway Route-New Light fire, and the Sadie Johnson Community Center fire, last week; Monticello’s fire chief seems to be a good person to introduce to everyone as this week’s One Monticello Life.

When you take a position as a leader or dept. head, you have to have the respect of your workers. Fire Chief Steven “Blue” Faulkner showed his true colors when in May of 2009, he went into the a burning home on Winchester Road, to wake a man and drag him out of the burning mobile home.

Born in Vicksburg, MS and raised in Drew County, Steve Faulkner was the youngest of Mary and Leon Faulkner’s five children. Growing up with so many siblings presented plenty of opportunity for sibling fighting, but also a lot of fun.


Friday’s Fun Photos at Rhythm & Roots Festival

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Update – Col. Avery Found Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

Friday, October 8th, 2010

A jury of 6 men and 6 women took approximately 30 minutes to find Col. Robert Avery not guilty of the charge of sexual assault of a former student of the Warren ROTC program director.

The alleged victim had reported 3 different dates during late October 2009, as being the date the single act took place, included homecoming Friday, Halloween, and the date that she testified to in court.

She also admitted, on the witness stand,  that she had lied to Arkansas State Police investigators about prior sexual activity.

Although her “skin DNA” was found on a couch cushion, where the alleged intercourse took place, there was no other form of DNA present there.  This seemed important, due to the 17 year old’s testimony that the act lasted “around an hour” and based on her “cycle”.

In summary, the jury did not believe that Avery had sex with the former student, who was a part of the ROTC program he supervised at Warren High School.

Robert Gibson and Cliff Gibson represented Avery, all of whom were pleased with the jury’s decision.


Local Band, Cashbox, to be Spotlighted at R&R Festival, Saturday at 5 pm

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Local band CashboX will be playing live at the Rhythm and Roots festival in Monticello with Andy Griggs.

CashboX will take the stage at 5:00 and Griggs at 8:00. For those of you who haven’t noticed, CashboX has been having a lot success and has become quite well known, especially in South Arkansas. Their desire to move away from the new “modern country” sound and lean towards bringing back southern rock, they have quickly acquired a fan base all over the United States, and even in Europe. CashboX is featured on several European “southern rock” websites and radio stations, right along with all the southern rock greats, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, and Molly Hatchet.

CashboX has also given back to the community and fans that have gotten them where they are today. They have played benefit shows for Race for the Cure, and are set to play this year at Cablevision’s “Toys for the Tots” toy drive. They have also set up a fundraiser on their website for a special little boy, Haygen, who is the son of a very passionate and helpful CashboX fan. You can view the details at (more…)

Sherrie Gillespie Selected As Outstanding Early Childhood Professional

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The Arkansas Early Childhood Commission and Division of Child Care and Early Education recently announced that Sherrie Gillespie of Monticello is an Outstanding Early Childhood Professional for 2010. Mrs. Gillespie and her husband, Shay are the owners of Head of the Class Childcare and Learning Center. The center is located in Monticello, and is in its 13th year of operation. (more…)

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