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Archive for March, 2013

Mill Employee Med-flighted after Accident

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Around 8 pm Wednesday evening, an employee of Price Lumber sustained serious injuries, as he was operating a machine at lumber mill.

Monticello Fire & Rescue responded, along with SEEMS, MASI, Drew County Sheriff’s deputies,  Drew County OES and ADEM.

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Cliff Gibson Appointed to UofA Board of Trustees by Gov. Beebe

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Governor Mike Beebe has named Charles “Cliff” Gibson III of Monticello to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

“Cliff’s appointment helps ensure a dependable voice on the Board for the U of A campuses in South Arkansas,” Beebe said. “His sound judgment and calm demeanor will serve the entire system of schools well in the coming years.”

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Public Rail Access Facility at Industrial Park

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a Public Rail Access Facility in the MEDC Industrial Park was held Tuesday afternoon.

When completed the new rail spur will hook to the existing (soon to be improved) spur at Hood Packaging, and switch to a rail that will send freight cars into the Industrial Site for loading and unloading of cargo. This will likely begin with lumber.  Currently Price Lumber and occasionally Maxwell Hardwood load rail freight at the Jackson Street crossing.

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Anna Mae Jordan

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Mrs. Anna Mae Jordan, of Monticello, died March 22nd at the age of 92. A native of Lacy, she was born to the late Minnie Spencer-Fausett and Lester Daniels on May 4, 1920. Mrs. Jordan is preceded in death by her husband Thomas C. Jordan, Sr. and one daughter.

She leaves to cherish her memory nine children: Robert Davis, Wanda Jordan-Wilson, Ray Jordan Sr., and Minnie Jordan-Ellis of Monticello; Paul E. David of Queens, NY; Thomas C. Jordan, Jr. of Madison, MS; Yustin C. Jordan, Sr. of Redfield, AR; Morrell Jordan of Washington, DC; and Ronny Jordan of Killeen, TX; her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and great great great grandchildren; as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held at 1pm on March 30th at Morning Star M.B. Church in Monticello with Rev. D.J. Buffington officiating. Services entrusted to Christian Brothers Funeral Home of Monticello ( http://www.christianbrothersfuneralhome.com/).

Monticello Memories – Tour of the Museum, Part 4

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Before we leave this office/front bedroom of the Drew County Museum there are a few more noteworthy items to discuss. One is a photograph of the wood-framed, original First Baptist Church built in 1860 and torn down in 1902. It stood where the newer one stands today. Actually I believe the fourth building is the church we see today. First Baptist Church has a long, illuminating history in Monticello.

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QC Meets Again to Discuss 1¢ Road Tax Vote

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013


The Drew County Quorum Court called a special meeting, Tuesday night, to discuss the proposed continuation of the county’s one cent road tax, which will be set for July 9.

The main discussion topics were whether to designate a 75/25 or 80/20 split to be designated for the Quorum Court to be able to direct to shortfalls in other budget areas, would thee be a better chance of voter passage if it were divided into two questions, and should the proposed continuation should be for 4 or 6 years.

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Power Pole Split by Nissan

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Around 1:30 Saturday afternoon, the driver of this southbound Nissan lost control of the vehicle on HWY 425 (north of Lacey) and stuck a C&L power pole.

The driver declined medical attention and left with a family member.

Drew County Sheriff’s deputies worked the wreck scene. C&L power crews replace the damage pole.

New Aiport Hangar To Open Soon

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

 

The latest improvement at the Monticello Airport, the new hangar that will be leased to the Price Company, has been completed, except for the parking area.

It is expected to be put into use, generating airport income, within the next month.

The Future of the Courthouse Trees – Video

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

At Monday’s Quorum Court meeting, Judge Robert Akin brought up the matter of what to do about the tree on the north side of the courthouse. There is concern that the tree will cause foundation damage to the courthouse, and one recommendation was that the tree be removed.

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Leona McCollough

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Lenora McCullough, born Oct. 2, 1919, died peacefully in her home with family members at her side on March 16, 2013 at the age of 93. She was the eldest of two children born to J.W. Everett & Jennie B. Dodds. She retired from Alameda County Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro, CA in 1982.

Visitation will be Friday, March 22nd from 6-7 pm at Christian Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services & Internment to be held at First Baptist Church in Selma, AR on Sat.,Mar. 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

Services entrusted to Christian Brothers Funeral Home of Monticello http://www.christianbrothersfuneralhome.com/

UAM Aerial Photos

Monday, March 18th, 2013

 

Recently MLive ran a story about AT&T’s cell phone antenna upgrade at the UAM water tank called “A Job with A View.”

Thanks to one of the friendly antenna contractors, we can now share that view with all of our MLive readers.

If you want to use it as your “desktop photo”; right click on your mouse, then click on “save as background.”

Center Helps The Child’s Voice Autism Foundation

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The Discovery Skills Center Consumers dressed up blue bulbs as a community service project for the Child`s Voice Autism Foundation. Theses bulbs will be used for the “Light it up blue” Autism awareness event coming in April. Please, remember those dealing with autism by supporting the Child`s Voice foundation during this April event.

Reminder To All Taxpayers To Assess Personal Property By May 31st

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The Drew County Assessor’s office would like to remind all taxpayers that own personal property to assess prior to May 31, 2013. Taxpayers can do this by visiting the Drew County Assessor’s office located at 210 S Main ST, assess over the phone by calling 870-460-6240 or assess online by visiting www.drewcountyassessor.com or at www.actdatascout.com Online assessing is available 24/7 for those who do not have time to make arrangements for assessing during normal business hours – 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Monticello Memories – Museum Tour – Week 3

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

I hope you are enjoying our little tour of the Drew County Museum and will come take a look for yourself soon!! We’ll begin our journey this week in the room that now serves as the museum’s office. Along the north and east walls of that first-floor room four unique oil paintings are hanging. The first is an aesthetic rendition of the old Selma United Methodist Church. The church is one of the most recognized sites in Drew County, is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been lovingly restored in recent years. The soft, yet bright colors in the painting give the scene a pastoral quality. The painting is the work of Jerry Swope, an art teacher at Monticello High School in the 1970’s. Mr. Swope has since moved from Monticello, but left fond memories with his many friends, and this beautiful piece of art in the museum.

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An Unusual Site

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Wednesday afternoon, a Taxi from Hot Springs was delivering a fare to the Calhoun Street area.

That may not be a news item, but the bright yellow paint sure drew attention.

Monticello hasn’t had a taxi service in several years, but that might be a good business venture, for someone to consider.

Shipley’s Donuts Coming to Monticello

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Many middle-aged people remember the Shipley’s Donut Shop that were scattered across many towns back in the 1970’s. (I remember visiting Greenville’s shop a few years ago.)

In a month or two, that can be more than just a memory.

Shipley’s Donuts has announced their plans to open a new Monticello location, on HWY 425, next to Burger King.

 

 

20 for the Future & MEDC Leaders Meet with Washington DC Delegates

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Eight local business leaders and government officials visited our elected officials in Washington D.C.Tuesday and Wednesday, to discuss our local infrastructure needs.

During their trip, members of the MEDC and 20 for the Future met with Congressman Tom Cotton, Senator Mark Pryor, and Senator John Boozman.

This photo was taken during their meeting with Senator Boozman.

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