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Archive for May, 2012


Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Beth Davis, Drew County Assessor reminds everyone the deadline to assess your Personal Property Taxes is May 31, 2012.  You may do this by calling 870-460-6240, Online at or by coming by the Assessor’s office located in the courthouse.

A 10% late penalty will be added after this date.  Commercial Personal Property can not be done by phone, a signature is required by law.

Reminder: If you own your home and it’s  your primary residence you may qualify for up to $350 homestead tax credit.  Please let our office know if you have become disabled or will turn 65 by Dec. 31, 2012.

UAM Scholarships To Two EAST Students

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Tyler Harrison and Parker Palsa

Two 2012 high school graduates have been selected to receive Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) scholarships to attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello next fall.

The recipients are Parker Palsa, a graduate of Monticello High School and the daughter of Eddie and Tommie Palsa; and Tyler Harrison, a graduate of Star City High School and the son of Brenda Harrison.


Did Anyone See………

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

This blue Toyota Highlander was hit while parked in the Ameca parking lot around noon, Wednesday. 

Red paint appears to have been transfered from the vehicle that left the scene (may have been pulling a trailer).

If you have information, please contact the Monticello Police at 367-3411.

Three Drew Central High School Students Receive Student Achievement Awards

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Three DCHS students received the “Arkansas Student Achievement Award” from the Arkansas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN (the Pre-ACT) Assessment. These students are on target to meet or exceed ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks by graduation. ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks are empirically-based and identify the level of achievement necessary in English, mathematics, reading and science to have a successful freshman experience.

The students receiving this recognition from the Arkansas ACT Council are: Morgan Nall, Bailey Worthen, and Rebecca Moss. Morgan has been accepted and will attend the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and Arts in Hot Springs this fall.


Junior Auxiliary Offering Swimming Lessons in June

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Junior Auxiliary of Monticello is offering swimming lessons the weeks of June 4-8 and June 11-15.

Children must be at least 5 by the first date of lessons and can be no older than 9 by the same date.

The registration fee of $10.00 a child per week, will be paid at our annual registration nights at City Park Pool,

May 21 & 22 from 5-7 p.m. For questions, please call Leigh Diemer at 870-946-5127

More Info Released on Fatal Car Crash on HWY 278

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 reports that Warren Police and the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department had been collaborating to solve a series of burglaries and thefts over a two week period. Some of the stolen items were recovered. The items had been sold. Law enforcement had gained information which caused them to develop a convicted felon from Monticello, as a suspect in the burglaries.


Memorial Day Service – Photos

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Lake Monticello Jet-Ski Rescue

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Recently, a local father and son become heroes at Lake Monticello.

Two young men were on a jet ski when it began to sink. A local fisherman and his 4 year old son, who  were spending their evening fishing, heard a cry for HELP, and saw the two young men waving.

Lucky enough, the fisherman got to the scene in enough time to retrieve the jet ski and the young men and pulled them back to safety.

This goes to show that there are “Good Samaritans” left in this world!

Report from the Legislature – #33

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

At the Capitol much of the matters being heavily discussed/debated still center on the proposed health care initiatives that deal with the crisis looming in Medicaid. We have all heard that Medicaid costs will face a projected $400 million shortfall by fiscal 2014. Many factors contribute to this, including a lack of substantial funding increases since 2006 and increasing enrolment in Medicaid. It appears that Arkansas will either have to slash Medicaid services or increase spending. It is quite a dilemma and no one has the perfect answer.


Veterans Present Awards to First Responders

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The local veteran’s organizations, as part of their annual Memorial Day program, recognized 4 local first responders for the service to Monticello and Drew County.

Officer of the Year awards were presented to Billy Barnett of the Monticello Fire Dept.,  Matt Outlaw of the Arkansas State Police, and Danny Chisom of the Monticello Police Dept.  Ben Michel of the Drew County Sheriff’s office was also honored, Ben’s plaque was accepted by Chief Deputy Robin Hood.

Special Memorial Day Series – 5 Tributes to Local Patriots

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Drew County has recently lost two more of its members from that generation of soldiers known as the “greatest generation”, because of their sacrifice during the WWII years.

Since today is Memorial Day, we will show respect and pay tribute to five great Americans and Monticellonians, as we reflect on my interviews with them for the Veterans Oral History Project when I asked them to share with me memories of their WWII service.

Memorial Day Tribute – Olen Cockrell

Monday, May 28th, 2012

It takes many support people to operate an Army – or a Navy. This story tells about one man who filled a special need in the service of his country while readying the seamen to fulfill their duties.

David Olen Cockrell was drafted and entered the US Navy on June 3, 1943. He recalled that he may have decided to enter the Navy because he had had a favored cousin, Oscar Miles, who had died on the USS Arizona when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.


Memorial Day Tribute – Charles Jackson

Monday, May 28th, 2012

This information was shared during interviews as part of the Veterans’ Oral History Project through the Library of Congress. 

Charles Jackson’s military service began when he graduated from Henderson State Teachers College in 1942 and was invited by a group of naval officials visiting the graduates to enlist in a naval officer’s training program. He began this program in the fall at Northwestern University in Chicago and received his commission as a lieutenant in the spring of 1943.


Memorial Day Tribute – James T. Jordan

Monday, May 28th, 2012

After James T. Jordan graduated from Drew Central High School at midterm in December of 1942, he and five young friends left to seek jobs in California because work was scarce in Arkansas.

Arriving in the Golden State, Jordan got a “good” job at $1.05 an hour. Because he wasn’t 18, however, state law mandated that he be in school, so he registered and enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley.

Soon California began drafting the young men from out of state to fill their military quotas and Jordan was drafted into the Army as a replacement for a native Californian.


Memorial Day Tribute – Dr. Roy Grizzell

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Let’s remember the very secret WWII mission of the late Dr. Roy Grizzell.

Dr. Roy Grizzell had a long and varied career in the military that began before WWII started. In the winter of 1940 he was sent to Fort Bragg, N.C. as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. He was assigned as Range Officer and Supply Officer on the post, thus beginning his career with the Military Police.


Memorial Day Tribute – T. Robie Scott

Monday, May 28th, 2012

I couldn’t possibly have a Memorial Day tribute without mentioning my dear friend, T. Robie Scott. I didn’t have the pleasure of his personal acquaintance for long, but I consider our friendship a highlight and miss his counsel and support. He was an intensely strong-willed patriot, a devoted family man and a fervent supporter of our country. Robie Scott was one of a kind – the kind America needs more of today.


Turtle Creek Apt. Fire

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Friday afternoon around 5 o’clock the Monticello Fire Dept. responded to Turtle Creek Apartments on N. Slemmons St. to the report  of an apt. fire on the bottom level.

The blaze seems to have been started by something on the stove, and fire damage was confimed to the kitchen area.

Monticello Weather

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Today is forecast to be Much Warmer than yesterday. Thunderstorms tonight.
Sunday 03/29 0%
High 76° / Low 57°
Partly cloudy. High 76F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Monday 03/30 20%
High 73° / Low 55°
Chance of a morning shower. Sun and a few passing clouds. High 73F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

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