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Archive for August, 2013

Bessy’s Frozen Yogurt – Opening Soon on 425 South

Friday, August 30th, 2013

013Bessy’s Frozen Yogurt, located behind the new EZ-Mart on HWY 425 South, in the old Pizza for Less and Baseball Cards, Etc. building is planning on a September opening date.z

Bessy’s will provide frozen yogurt, along with fruit and candies for you to include in the many sweet treats that they offer.

The new business is owned and operated by Tammy and Molly Flemister.

New features to the building include a new patio, and an improved driveway and parking area.


3 Fires at Same Time in Drew County

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Collin Cominto barn fireRock Spring FDFirefighters battle blaze
001Between 5-7 pm, Sunday, there were 3 diffeent fires burning in rural area of Drew County, Sunday afternoon.

The first blase reportede was in the Valley & Greenill Fire Depts. area.  They responded and put out the fire.

Next was a clear cut grass fire alonh HWY 35 West near the Cleveland County line.  Rock Springs and Pansy firefighters were paged out to extinguish the fire, and the Arkanssa Forestry Commission sent a plow to keep the hot spots from spreading.

Collins-Cominto’s fire dept. also was busy, battling a barn firem on HWY 35 east.

Our appreciation goes out to the Drew County Firefighters.


Tractor Starts Fire – Destroys Truck, Trailer, & Shed

Saturday, August 24th, 2013


Around 6 pm, Friday evening, a tractor fire, spread to the shed where it was parked.

The tractor, shed, a 1969 Ford pick-up, and a trailer were destroyed.

The Monticello Fire Dept. was paged to scene, but the flames had already spread to the rest of the structure.

MFD Responds to House Fire

Saturday, August 24th, 2013


Around 11 pm, Tuesday, this home at the intersection of Jackson and Shelton Streets was destroyed by fire.

The Monticello Fire Dept. responded to battle the fire, but the home was engulfed when they were called.

Photo courtesy of MLive reader.


Hazel Joan Pickens Leonard

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Hazel Joan Pickens Leonard age 76 of Tyro, Arkansas, passed away on August 19, 2013

Joan was born December 29, 1935 in Peck, Kansas to Homereis and Murriel Hamilton Pickens.

Joan married Harold Raymond Leonard of Tyro, Arkansas, on September 1, 1956 in Wichita, Kansas.

She was an active member of the Monticello Church of Christ. She served as the leader of daughter Cindy’s Girl Scout Troop #33. For many years Joan and Ray enjoyed participating in square dancing with various local groups. Joan retired from The Mad Butcher grocery in Dumas after 25 years of dedicated service. Upon retiring Joan and Ray began traveling all over North America in their travel trailer. Family was always very important to Joan. She loved her grandchildren and many times loaded up those in Arkansas to go visit those in Colorado.

Joan is preceded in death by her father, Homereis Pickens; mother, Murriel Hamilton Burrows; step-father, Jake Burrows; brothers, Keith and Dale Pickens; and grand-daughter, Sharon Gillespie.

She will continue to live through her family, husband, Ray Leonard; children: Mona Still of Hope, Arkansas; Cindy Thornton of Kyle, Texas; Donald Leonard of Springfield, Colorado.

8 grandchildren and 4 great-grand children and a sister: Vera Pickens Warren of Wellington, Kansas.

Visitation held Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6-8pm, Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services held Friday, August 23, 2013 at 3pm, with brother, Paul Mowrer officiating followed by interment in Tyro Cemetery.

Memorials to; Tyro Cemetery Fund, 21431 Hwy 54 East, Dumas, Arkansas 71639; Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Arkansas 72450. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas, Arkansas.

Local Funeral Service Remembers Traditional Processions

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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The family of the late Bobbie Lambert, with the assistance of Christian Brothers Funeral Home, followed the traditionas style of funeral processions, for her memorial service, Saturday, as the horse and carraige left Pilgrim Rest AME Church, traveling toward Mt. Zion Cemetary..

Photo courtesy of Gaynell Jamison

Now, Just Around the Next Corner…..

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

zDrew County has had several trees fall, in recent days, some bringing power lines down with them.

Saturday night, Rock Springs Road had a tree blocking traffic, around midnight.
Friday, the Bowser Road and Babin Drive intersection had a tree and brush fire caused by a tree falling on an electric line.

Earlier in the week, HWY 278 East, along with a few other county roads had reports of fallen trees.

Please use caution; just because a power line is down, doesn’t mean that it is not ”hot,” as was the case with this Barkada Road tree, also on Friday.

Photo courtesy of MLive reader.

1st & 2nd Place Finish For Father And Son

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

100_6307A Big congratulations to first time Mini Stock winner Jeff Tucker – 99T of Wilmar, AR. Jeff won his Heat Race and started pole in the Feature and kept it all the way to the checkered flag. He was followed very closely by Jeremy Tucker – 9T ..his Son which made for a 1st & 2nd Place finish for the Father & Son .


County Veterans Services Office Information

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

veterans 035The Drew County Veteran Services Office is getting new floors.

During this time, all veterans can schedule offsite appointments. Offsite appointments can be conducted in any location. Home and offsite appointments are usually reserved for homebound veterans.

Veterans can call 870 460-4748 to schedule an offsite appointment or ask a question.

MHS Offering Free Math Textbooks

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

zMonticello High School is giving away old mathematics textbooks. These textbooks are free and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. If you have questions, you may call the high school, 870-367-4050, and ask for Amy Brunson

Vergie Hart Reeves

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

zVergie Hart Reeves, 94, of Fayetteville passed Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Fayetteville. She was born January 15, 1919 in Wilmar, Arkansas the daughter of John and Edith Measel Hart.

She was a member of Greenland First Baptist Church and sold Avon for many years.

Preceded in death by her husband, Lee R. Reeves, 1~ son, Roy and wife Sharon Reeves and 1~daughter, Martha Killian, 2 -sons in law Philip Peterson and Don Worrell.

Survivors, 1~son, Wesley Reeves and wife, Debbie of Wilmar, AR; 4~daughters, Vergie Peterson of Murray, KY (husband, Philip, deceased), Betty Worrell of Monticello, AR (husband, Don, deceased), Laura Keeney and husband, Ed of West Richland, WA and Margaret Mann and husband, Mike of Fayetteville, AR; 1 son in law, Melvin Killian of San Antonio, TX; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 1great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral Service will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Cobb Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Howerton officiating and Rev. Joshua Murray, grandson, co-officiating. Burial at Elmwood Cemetary, Blytheville, AR.






Public Notice – Van for Sale

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

vanThe Monticello School District will be taking sealed bids on a 1986 Ford Club Wagon Van. Mileage – 142,029 VIN# – 1FBHS31H8GHB55446.

Bids must be received by 10:00am Tuesday August 26, 2013 and will be opened on Tuesday August 26, 2013 @ 11:00am.


Hay Baler & Field Fire, Contained by MFD

Monday, August 12th, 2013

025Saturday, around noon, a hay baler fire was reported on North Gabbert St.

The blaze quickly ignited the dry hay, laying below the baler, as fire began to spread.

The Monticello Fire Dept. responded, and quickly had the fire extinguished.

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