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Archive for February, 2011

Memories from the Museum: Lodges & Organizations in Drew County

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

At a recent meeting, the discussion turned to the membership of most organizations in Monticello and it was observed that most civic groups’ memberships are held by older citizens. The future of many organizations may become questionable unless more younger people can be recruited and become involved.

Again I was reminded that history repeats itself when I recalled a newspaper article in the December 17, 1907, which listed seven organizations, referred to as lodges, that were hale and hearty 103 years ago in Monticello. Today only two still thrive and the others’ names have been largely forgotten in today’s Drew County. (more…)

Mayor Discusses Needed Water Rate Increase & Mt. Zion Water Assn. with City Council

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Discussion of the need for a 3% water rate increase was brought before the Council by Mayor Allen Maxwell.

Because of an aging water system, maintenance, repairs and replacement costs are increasing significantly. It was pointed out that Monticello has some of the lowest water rates of any of the surrounding cities. Data for last year’s costs will be compiled and this matter will be discussed at upcoming meetings.

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Also in the meeting, the Mayor advised the Council about the circumstances surrounding the Mt. Zion Water Association. It was decided that no further action would be taken until representatives for Mt. Zion appear before the Council.

Crack Cocaine & Cash Seized After Search Warrant by SO & PD, 2 Men get $50,000 Bond

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

According to Sheriff Mark Gober, on Friday, February 18th, the Drew County Sheriff’s Department conducted a search warrant at 430 East Oakland Street located at the corner of East Oakland and Conley Street. Members of Monticello Police Department assisted in the search of the residence. When officers arrived, there were two suspects standing in the driveway and another two sitting in a car under the carport.

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Monticello’s “20 for the Future” Visiting Washington Delegation Today – Updated

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Members of Monticello’s 20 for the Future and MEDC are in Washington D.C., today. meeting with Congressman Mike Ross, Senator Mark Pryor, and Senator John Boozman.

The group includes Bennie Ryburn, Jack Lassiter of UAM, Scott Kuttenkuler of UAM, Michael Layfield (DMH CEO), Mayor Allen Maxwell, Tommy Maxwell of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Mike and Susan Akin,  Nita McDanie (MEDC Director), and David McDaniel of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring

Proposed funding needs to be addressed on the trip include projects for UAM, the city of Monticello,  Drew Memorial Hospital, The Ridgeway Hotel, and I-69 and I-530 construction, and the Yellow Bend Port.

Here are the specific requests for support and/or funding. (more…)

Rogers Inducted in Babe Ruth Southwest Region Hall of Fame

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

At the South Arkansas State meeting held Saturday, at the new complex in Bryant, Joe Rogers, the South Arkansas State Commissioner, was inducted into the Southwest Region Hall of Fame.

Arkansas serves over 150 leagues of community based youth baseball. Three international Babe Ruth League Board members, James Wagoner, J. Hill, and Joe Featherston, the Southwest Regional Commissioner, were also present at the meeting.

2 Million Plus Pageviews in Past Year for MonticelloLive

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Thanks to our dedicated readers, MonticelloLive is proud to announce MLive has had over 2 million pageviews in the past 12 months according to OneStat.com.

2,038,518 times in the past 12 months, readers have clicked on MonticelloLive.com to keep up-to-date with news and information about their city, county, schools, weather, court system and other items of local interest.

Our appreciation goes out to our readers for their dedication; and to our sponsors for making MonticelloLive possible.

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