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Archive for January, 2013

Tornado Confirmed, Tuesday

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The National Weather Service has confirmed that Tuesday night’s storm was a tornado.

It was classified as an EF-0.  Although weak, it did have a circular rotation, and measured 3 miles long by 50 yards wide.

These photos were sent in by an MLive reader. Thank you for sharing them.

More Storm Pics

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Donna Bittle

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Donna Scarbrough Bittle, 57 of Monticello, died January 29, 2013.  Donna was born in Dumas on June 21, 1955 the daughter of the late, Dewey Scarbrough, Jr and Polly McGohan. She attended St. Marks Catholic Church in Monticello and was employed by JRMC as a Registered Nurse. 

Survivors are husband, Bobby Bittle of Monticello, daughter, Rae Bittle of Berkeley, California, step children, Bobbie and Austin Bittle of Beebe,Arkasnas and four brothers, David Scarbrough of Star City, Todd Scarbrough of Dumas, Dewey Scarbrough of White Hall and Adam Scarbrough of Ft. Hood, Texas.

Visitation held from 11am-12 noon, Friday, February 1, 2013, Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. Services held 2 pm., Friday, February 1, 2013, graveside at walnut Lake Cemetery with burial following.  Memorials to Donor’s choice.  Griffin Funeral Home Dumas in charge of arrangements.

More Storm Photos

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Shown here is a Drew County Sheriff’s patrol car, which was damaged when a tree fell in it.

Pictured below are two MFD firemen responding to a call where a tree fell on power lines, causing a fire.  Two vehicle, driving in the blowing sheets of rain, collided with the tree, lying across the road.  No one was injured.

Both of these photos were included in the Good Morning America report.

Thanks to everyone who submitted storm damage photos to MLive to share with our readers.

Good Morning America Broadcasting from UAM’s Horse Barn

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

ABC”s Good Morning America arrived at what is left of  UAM’s demolished horse barn, to cover Monticello’s severe weather, Tuesday night, in their program this morning.

Reporter Alex Perez, along with three members of their tech staff, arrived in Monticello around 4:30 to set up for the national broadcast.

Click here to watch the Good Morning America segment.

Some of MLive photos were included in the segment.

Thursday Fire Destroys Home

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Thursday evening around  5 pm, the Monticello Fire Dept. was called to battle a residence fire on HWY 35 East, just past the HWY 278 intersection.

The home appears to be a total loss.

No information was available about the cause of the fire.

PCH Scam Calling Monticello Again

Monday, January 28th, 2013

MLive has had multiple phone calls about the “old” Publisher’s Clearing House Scam resurfacing in Monticello, again.

Over the last two weeks, several local residents have received phone calls, where they were told to buy a certain cash card, or make a wire payment, in exchange for their “winning check” to be processed and delivered to them.

Please be aware that this is a scam, and don’t waste you time (or your money) with these calls.

 

Drew Central Students Participate In Math Competition

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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Drew Central Fourth Graders Attend Arkansas Civil War 150th Anniversary Event

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Drew Central Fourth Graders attended the Arkansas Civil War 150th Anniversary Event on January 18th at the Arkansas Post National Memorial Museum. The area outside the museum was set with thirteen stations. Each station had people dressed from the time period of The Civil War while telling stories.

A medicine woman, Dyan Bohnert, explained to the students how maggots had been used to clean wounds. A woman in Confederate uniform, Marde Clardy, showed photographs of women in soldier’s uniforms and told stories of women who fought as men because women were not allowed to fight. Students were given the opportunity to play townball, a game similar to baseball.

To an MLive Reader

Monday, January 28th, 2013

My wife and I had the chance to visit with a young lady last week, who is a devoted MLive reader.

ML wants to send a “Get Well Soon” to Courtney, from Joe & Sue.

 

Ace Benjamin Rawls Is Celebrating His First Birthday

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Ace Benjamin Rawls will be celebrating his first birthday on Sunday, January 27.

He is the son of Jeff and Jamie Rawls of Monticello and the little brother of Jaxon Rawls.

Ace is the grandson of David and Cindy Rawls and Jim and Julie West all of Monticello.

He is the great-grandson of Katherleen Rawls and J.D. and Sandra West, the late Curley Rawls, the late James Benjamin (J.B.) Smith, the late Lucy Brown all of Monticello and the late Betty Travis of Warren.

Trotter Appointed, Thomas Re-appointed to Parks Committee

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Mayor Maxwell presented two appointments to the Parks and Recreation Committee Thursday evening at the City Council meeting, to fill positions of two members whose terms have expired.
 
Joanne Trotter was recommended to replace Sean Tomlison, who requested to step down from the Committee at the end of his term. Cleo Thomas was re-appointed to his position, to continue to serve on the committee. The Council voted to approve these appointments.

Water System Repair Contractor Approved

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Monticello’s deteriorating water system has been a major topic of concern and discussion with the City Council for the past two years. Last night, the City Council voted to select Siemons Corporation to perform a detailed analysis of what will be needed to upgrade t (more…)

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