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“Not Guilty” Verdict Returned by Jury in 20 Minutes

October 24th, 2014 by

At 5:50 PM, after only 20 minutes of deliberation, a jury of 3 men and 9 women returned a final verdict of not guilty in the trial of Jimmy Gibson for the November, 2013 shooting of a Star City man in northern Drew County.

Many contributing factors and bad decisions (mainly by other people besides the defendant) led to the events of that day.

A summary of the one day trial will be posted later on MLive.

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Downtown Festival – November 7 & 8

October 24th, 2014 by

Music on the Square
The Hacketts 6 pm
Farmers Market in the Mini Park 8-Noon
Flags Square KiwanisArts & Crafts – 10 am-Until
Farm Bureau Simulated Combine and Milking Cow
MPD Jr. Police Training for Children 10-2pm
MFD Jr. Firenghters Challenge 10 am-2 pm
Food Vendors 11 am – Until
Largest. & Ugliest Pumpkins Grown by Drew County 4-H Members – 2 pm
Cutest and Scariest Painted Pumpkin 2:30 p.m.  (Ages 4-6 & 7-10—Open to Public)
Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest – 3 pm  (Ages 7-10 & 11-14—Open to Public)
Grocery Sack Challenge— 10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. by Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association
Live Entertainment All Day
Cake Walk – 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Fall FestivalSilent Auction 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Arkansas Game & Fish Aquarium
Arkansas National Guard
Live Entertainment & Street Dance 5:30 p.m.—Until
There will be a $250 cash drawing.
Vera Lloyd 5K Turkey Trot. (Registration – 7:30 a.m. – Race – 9:00 a.m.)For more information, call Melisaa
Hendricks at 501-661-8195 or 501-766-6009.
Harvest & Holiday Pageant.
For more information, contact the
Drew County Monticello Chamber of Commerce at 870-367-6741.
For more information contact Chamber of Commerce 870-367-6741
Festival Coordinator, Pat Hood,  870-723-1301
In the event of inclement weather, activities will be move to the pavilion at McCloy Park.

“Are Your Ready for Some Football?”

October 24th, 2014 by




The Chamber of Commerce has yard signs available, to show your support for our hometown teams.

Call the chamber office at (870)367-6741 for delivery.

Market in the Park, with Pumpkins & Cornstalks- Saturday

October 24th, 2014 by

event2014_MarketParkThis Saturday, October 25th, there will be pumpkins and cornstalks for sale at the Farmer’s Market. Market in the Park is located in the mini park between the courthouse and railroad tracks on South Main Street. There is still some produce being sold along with arts and crafts. Market hours are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Farmer’s Market will continue to operate until November 8th, and that last Saturday will be a Holiday Market. Booths spaces are free and Arts & Crafts vendors are encouraged to come and set up to sell their goods for the holiday season. To apply for a booth space, contact the Monticello Chamber of Commerce at 367-6741 or fill out form the morning of the 8th before making your first sale.

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Drew Central Choir Booster Club Selling Themed Basket Tickets

October 24th, 2014 by

DC High School Choir Booster Club are selling, themed baskets tickets for $2 each through November 3. The drawing will be during 7th period on November 3. You do not have to be present to win.  Contact DCHS Choir Member or call 367-5235 and ask for Sheila Gardner.

Untitled-1 copyLadies’ Night Out Basket Value: $252
30 minute upper body massage, Wax, Shampoo/blowout, Tease out comb, Joico Shampoo/Conditioner, Scentsy Gift Certificate, Tyler Candle, Bath & Body Works Set, Spa Pedicure, Spa Perfect Polishes, Chocolates


Untitled-2 copyMusic Basket Value: $ 500
2 tickets to the Messiah donated by SEARK Concerts, 2 Autographed CDs and 1 DVD donated by Charles Graham of Dermott (National Gospel Recording Artist and Actor), CD, Hat, Autographed picture, sticker donated by American Idol Contestant, Tori Martin of Texas, Bops Beats Game, Earbuds, Grease DVD, Drum Line DVD and a Portable Radio donated by the DC Middle School Library, $25 ITunes Card donated by the DCHS Choir Music Basket Members, CD donated by DC’s own, Jessica Wishard
5 Free Piano Lessons donated by Janine Eubanks, 2 tickets to the Presley’s in Branson, MO, 2 tickets to Silver Dollar City Branson, MO, Drink holder by DC’s own Ward Davis (Nashville Recording Artist), 2 tickets to one of the Grand Country Mall Shows in Branson, MO

Untitled-3 copyTailgate Basket Value: $85
2 serving trays, 1 carry cooler, 2 bags of chips, 2 cheese dips, 2 2 liter cokes, 1 bag of pretzels,1 football table cloth, 2 packs of football napkins,1 pack of football cups, 1 pirate head wall hanger and 1 season pass to next years’ Senior high football games.


Untitled-4 copyHunting Basket Value: $150
Orange hunting vest and hat set, 2 sets of hunting scents, Homemade (Hollow Wing) Duck Call, Camo lunch bag, Camo throw, Dryer Sheets, Cleaning Kit, Camo Chap Stick (4), Duck Dynasty DVD Gift set, DD playing cards, DD car decal, DD Christmas Ornament, DD Tee Shirt (XL), DD Camo Headband, DD Coozie, DD Si Tea Cup, DD Water Bottle, Mossy Oak Hat, and hand/feet warmers.


Head Of The Class Set For “Knock-Out” Mini Miracle March IV, Nov. 14th

October 24th, 2014 by

Untitled-1 copyHead of the Class Childcare & Learning Center of Monticello will sponsor its “Mini Miracle March IV…Help Knock Out Breast Cancer,” on Friday, November 14, at 10 a.m. According to co-owner/operator of the business, Rev. Shay Gillespie, the students, staff members, parents and friends of Head of the Class will march around the square block area that surrounds the facility, as well as the City Square. The procession is asked to gather no later than 9:45 a.m. at the business, located at 119 South Boyd Street. It will leave from there, circle the Square, turn left on Chester to Jackson….turn right on Jackson to South Boyd, back to the pre-school, where the group will release balloons and disband. Read the rest of this entry »

US Marshals & MPD Arrest Local Man on Mississippi Gun Possession Charges

October 23rd, 2014 by

Wednesday morning, Monticello Police were contacted by US Marshals to assist in the capture of a felon wanted out of Mississippi.

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Gibson’s Letter to Siemens Over Breach of Water Contract, Not Bonding Project, & Other Issues

October 23rd, 2014 by

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Dear Mr. Ardillo:

Our firm has been retained by the City of Monticello (City) relative to problems being experienced with the referenced Contract and the performance of Siemens Industry, Inc. (Siemens) thereunder. We write you now in behalf of the City.

Siemens’ Failure to Provide Legally Required Contractor Performance and Payment Bonds.

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Free Child Safety Seat Inspection & Tips, Saturday at First Bapist,

October 23rd, 2014 by

child car safety seatArkansas Childrens Hospital, Monticello Police, and the Drew County Sheriff’s Dept. will be presenting a Car Seat Safety Clinic, Saturday morning from 10 am-noon, at First Baptist Chursh, to offer assistance to anyone who has questions about the use of child safety seats, or would like to have their current seats inspected by an expert.

The clinic is free, and a great opportunity to make sure you’re providing the safest conditions for your child that you can.

Call 367-3411 for more informaiton.

UAM Wildlife Society And AG&F Teach Royal Rangers About Arkansas Wildlife

October 23rd, 2014 by

imagejpeg_2New Life Assembly of God Royal Rangers would like to thank UAM Wildlife Society along with Arkansas Game and Fish for assisting our boys on Wednesday, October 15, in learning about Arkansas Wildlife.

The boys made casts of wildlife tracks and learned about the different wildlife in our area.  Arkansas Game and Fish provided pelts and other wildlife relics for the boys to explore.


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