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Archive for November, 2011

DCDDC’s New $2.5 Million Facility Groundwork Taking Shape

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Many local drivers have been noticing the continuing progress of the new Drew County Developmental Disabilities Council facility, at East College and South Hyatt Streets.

The new $2.5 million structure will allow the DCDDC to continue the many services that they provide to Drew and surrounding counties, that earned them last year’s Monticello/Drew County business of the year

Also shown is a photo from their groundbreaking ceremony.


High Maintenance at New Convenient Location

Monday, November 21st, 2011

High Maintenance Salon has moved to West Gaines Street, between the Captain’s Table and Parkway Bank, recently.

Kimberly, Mary, and Brittney want to welcome their clients to their new location, and also welcome everyone else, to stop by and see their new salon.

Plus, Lacey will be returning soon, as well.

MHS Track Resurfacing Underway

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The Monticello High School track is undergoing a re-surfacing project, which may be considered mainenance, but still is a noticable improvement.

The track, which is closed during the re-surfacing, is used not just for school activites, by for many other events, like Special Olympics activities.

MMS and MHS Principals Awarded by Board for Achievements

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The Monticello School Board presented MMS Principal Martens (left) with an award in honor of the school being recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as a 2011 NCEA Higher Performing School. MMS was awarded for it’s growth in math based upon consistent improvement in student achievement from the previous years.

“We are very fortunate to have the students and teachers we have.” – Superintendent Bobby Harper

MHS Principal Pennington was also presented with an award by the Board for being named to the College Board’s “AP Honor Roll” for improvements on Advanced Placement tests.

Monticello was 1 of 4 districts in Arkansas recognized by the Department of Education for significant student performance and rising numbers in students taking AP classes.

“It takes parents encouraging their children to take those harder AP classes… the credit goes to everyone.” – Superintendent Harper


Happy 5th Birthday

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Jaden Elizabeth Young is celebrating her 5th Birthday, Monday, November 21.

She is the daughter of Monica Weaver & James Young.

The Woods of Monticello Purple Balloon Release

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The Woods of Monticello held a Purple Balloon release last week .

They released 100 purple and white balloons in recognition of November as “National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month”.  Staff, residents and community members joined in to release the purple balloons. People were asked to pray for family members and their love ones who have this disease. There is  a licensed Alzheimer’s Unit at The Woods and they encourage you to come and tour their facility. Call Pam Leeper at 870-367-6852 with questions.


At the Museum – Sunday Go-To-Meetin’ Clothes

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

This is a Little Boys “Sunday best” early 1920’s clothing along with other clothing from different periods on display,

Come see this and many other interesting items on display at your Drew County Museum, We are open Fridays from 1pm till 5pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm till 5 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Drew County Historical Society, memberships are $25 Dollars for a single membership or $40 for a family membership. Please mail your membership request to The Drew County Historical Society 404 South Main Monticello, AR 71655.

Airport Receives Award From FAA

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Monticello Municipal Airport received yet another award this year. Benji Ryburn, Airport Commissioner, went to Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday to accept the Outstanding Airport Award from the FAA. Five states were represented at the event.

Only one airport from each state is selected.

“To put into perspective what a big deal this is, there are 91 airports in Arkansas. If you were the worst, it could take you 91 years to get one [the award].” – Benji Ryburn

In other airport news, Mr. Ryburn asked the council to consider looking into a match grant, an 80/20 grant, to pay for a hanger to house larger planes. This is based on one of the airport’s client’s decision to possibly purchase a plane too large to be housed by any existing hangers at Ellis Field.

Sunset Photo Submitted

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Lee Ann McDaniel sent this photo to MonticelloLive to share with our other readers.

It was taken Saturday night.

Thanks for the great photo!!

Happy Birthday

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Ashton Arnold turns 8 today.

He is the son to Michael and Lou Arnold and the big brother to Kaylee. He attends second grade at Drew Central. He loves hunting and making movies at the Monticello Film Academy.

In the picture, he is shown holding a deer heart that his teacher brought to show.

New UA System President Visits Monticello

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Dr. Donald Bobbitt (third from right), new president of the University of Arkansas System, spent two days on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello this week meeting with UAM officials, community leaders and southeast Arkansas legislators.

Pictured from left are Jeff Owyoung of McGehee, a member of the UAM Board of Visitors, State Senator Jimmy Jeffress of Crossett, State Representative Sheilla Lampkin of Monticello, President Bobbitt, State Representative Eddie Cheatham of Crossett, and UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter.

First Deer

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Mallie Mullins killed her first deer on Saturday, November 12th while hunting with her dad. This 6 point buck was killed in Bussey, Arkansas.

Mallie is a 6th grader at Monticello Middle School.

She is the 12 year old daughter of Doug and Shelly Mullins of Monticello.

UAM Social Work Program Reaching Out To Surrounding Communities

Friday, November 18th, 2011

As part of a plan to strengthen the Department of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, social work faculty are reaching out to the community and region to help provide support for local social work agencies.

Donna Taylor, who joined the faculty in August, is a member of the Coordinated Community Response Team for Drew County, which assists victims of domestic violence with support from various community entities.


Log Truck Wreck on 35 East

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Around 10 am, Wednesday morning, the driver of this log truck was driving towards Monticello, as he approached the railroad crossing between Collins and Cominto.

As the unloaded truck came around the curve, the driver saw a train across the roadway, with  a car waiting at the crossing.  Due to the recent rain and wet pavement, the driver attempted to turn into a driveway, to avoid a possible collision.  The big rig came to a stop in a nearby yard, after hitting a fence and 2 pecan trees.

No one was injured.  Drew County Sheriff’s deputies worked the wreck.

8 Point Harvested

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Cade Chambers, 10 of Monticello killed this 8 point while hunting Sat 11.12 with his grandfather. Cade is the son of Jason and Brande-Jaggers Ward of Monticello and Chris and Alissa Chambers of Benton.


Monticello Elementary Students Featured on 2012 Hameray PreK – 8 Catalog

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Five students from Monticello Elementary School are featured on the Front Cover of the 2012 Hameray PreK – 8 Catalog that has been distributed nationwide to schools across the United States. This catalog features an entire selection of Early Literacy and High Interest/Low Vocabulary book collections, that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

(L to R) Serenia Rodriguez, Aiden Jones, JaTiyah Johnson, Alivia Ramsey and Blane Kizer, 1st and 2nd grade students at Monticello Elementary School; Janine Jamison (Center – a librarian in Jefferson County) will be featured in a book written by Gaynell Jamison, Reading Specialist at Monticello Elementary School that has been published by Hameray.

Hameray selected this photo as the cover of their catalog from a series of photos that were photographed for Jamison’s new book: ‘Where Can I Read?’ that is scheduled to be released January 2012. The book will feature local residents, staff and students of Monticello Elementary School and Jamison’s daughter. Brandy VanDee of VanDee Photography was the photographer for this project.

Three UAM Students Initiated Into History Honor Society

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Three University of Arkansas at Monticello students were recently inducted into UAM’s Alpha Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Pictured from left are inductees Aaron N. Taylor of Monticello and Daniel J. Degges of Crossett. Not pictured is Chelsy Jackson of Hot Springs Village. (more…)

Ryburn’s Donates $2,500 to Monticello & DC Schools; Toyota to Match Donation

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Benji Ryburn, of Ryburn’s Automotive Superstore, announced to the Monticello School Board that his company would be donating $2,500 to the district. Along with this donation, as part of a grant, Toyota will be matching the donation and giving an additional $2,500 to the schools.

The grant money is to be used for upcoming creative classroom projects and initiatives related to the improvement of student achievement. The funds may be used for various materials and supplies, such as books, software, technology, and art and lab materials.


Nine Weevils Named All-GAC Football

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Nine UAM players have been named to the 2011 All-GAC Football Teams, announced by the GAC office this afternoon.

D.J. Stephens, Seth Oxner, and Derek Jambon were all named to the First Team. Nakita Myles, Calvin Ursin, Abraham Felton, and Eric Crocker were named to the Second Team. Kenneth Robey and Ronald Penn made the Honorable Mention. (more…)

3 Arrested on Schedule 3 Drug Charges by DTF, including Physician’s Assistant

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

According to Lt. Jason Akers of the Tenth Drug Task Force, a multi-county investigation by the Task Force has resulted in the arrest of three suspects the Task Force believes were involved in the illegal distribution of prescription narcotics.


Drew Central Elementary Star Students For September

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First Deer

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Shay Hood shot this 7 point Deer at The Tommy Funderburg Hunting Lease near Midway Route, while hunting with her fiancé Brancdon Cowling.

This was her first buck deer, and was shot on opening day.

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