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Archive for November, 2011


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Lynn Fitzhugh, CEO, and Carol Judkins, Marketing Director, spoke to Lions Club at their bi-monthly meeting at Western Sizlin Restaurant.

The Woods of Monticello executives told about their Rehabilitation Wing dedicated to recently hospitalized patients needing professional nursing or physical rehabilitation services.

They pointed out with much pride their Monticello facility on North Chester is one of the few Certified Alzheimer’s Care Units in Arkansas. Additionally, The Woods of Monticello offers a traditional skilled care home.

Monday Night’s “Almost Big Fire”

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Around 10:30, Monday night, the Monticello Fire Dept. was called out to the report of a fire on a trailer loaded with hay.

When they arrived, they were able to extinguish the fire, which was likely caused by the trailer’s wheel bearings, before it spread to the 17 bales of hay that where loaded on the trailer.


Mt. Zion Water Contract Extended

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The City Council voted to extend Mt. Zion Water Association’s contract until May 7, 2012. This will give the City more time to collect data and stats on Mt. Zion in order to make a decision about allowing them to become part of the Monticello Water System. The issue will come back to the council after the 6 month waiting period is up for reconsideration.


MHS – Focus on the Future Interventionists

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Mrs. Sarah Stratton, the Literacy Facilitator and School Improvement Specialist at MHS, presented an outstanding group of 11th grade young men during the regular school board meeting Tuesday night. The group has been self-named Focus on the Future and currently consists of the following students: Jaquarius Davis, Diante Barnhill, Quincy Binns, Justin Avery, Devon Jackson, Markez Block, Tre Smith, and Jordan Shelton


State Capitol Week in Review

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The state Board of Education denied applications from organizations seeking to open charter schools for at risk youths in Texarkana, West Memphis and Jonesboro. The Board also denied a request to open a bilingual charter school in Little Rock for Spanish speaking students learning English as a second language.


Local Judge Reprimanded, Censured by Judicial Discipline Commission

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Monticello District Judge Ken Harper reportedly agreed to accept letters of reprimand and censure by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, last week.

By reaching an agreement with the JDDC, Harper will remain in the position of District Judge, with no other disciplinary action being taken against him. if he follows the guidelines outlined in the agreement.

Below are the context of those 2 letters.


New, Moving, & Expanding Businesses – Monday Update

Monday, November 21st, 2011

MonticelloLive has been featuring local businesses that are opening, moving, and expanding.

Here  is More GOOD NEWS for MONTICELLO!!

Businesses listed earlier in the series include:
Atwoods Ranch & Home
Spee-D-Lube – Custom Trucks
Ferguson’s Eye Clinic
Simply Jenny Lynn
Ross Law Firm

Union Bank Express
Dewey’s Tire & Service
Seasons New Location
J-Birds Deli, Gas, Grocery

Gold Buying Center
Ray Ryburn Real Estate
DMH New Patient Wing
Square’s Corner Building
UAM Forest Resources Annex
AAA Gold Buyers
Medlin’s Metal Roofing
Marketplace II

Mosquito Beach Emporium
Dollar Tree
Future Medical Office Building

DCDDC’s New $2.5 Million Facility
Soil Testing Begins at New Library Site
High Maintenance at New Convenient Location

MHS Track Resurfacing Underway
Christmas Shop Opens for Holiday Season

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


Krazy for Coupons

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Sorry for my long absence with this column but I just finished my first Krazy for Coupons class as part of UAM’s Continuing Education Program. It took a lot of my time to prepare for but was well worth it. I will be offering another class in Monticello next semester and one in Hamburg, as well. The class was packed with all levels of couponers. We had a great time and several brought up questions that I felt like needed to be addressed in this column.

For instance, did you know that Walmart will price match Black Friday ads? (more…)

NAACP Holds Annual Banquet – Honors County’s Authors

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Drew County’s Branch Number 6042 of the NAACP recently held it’s annual banquet at the Monticello High School cafeteria. The theme was “Living in the Shadow of the Dreamer” and honored special local authors from Monticello who had dared to dream of becoming authors and had stepped out and been successful.


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.

City Employee Bonuses Approved

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

The City Council voted to approve City employee Christmas bonus’s in the amount of $324.85 ($300 take home) for full-time employees, and $108.28 ($100 take-home) for part-time employees.

Employees with less than six months served will be paid a part-time bonus.

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.



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