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Lions Club Elects New Officers

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

photoLions Club installed the newly elected Officers for the 2014-2015 year.
Shown at left are l-r David Anderson, Sec-Treas, Norma Hogue, Director, Larry  Fuller, Tail Twister & Director, Nancy Miller, Lion Tamer, Rev Michael Garvey, V-Pres, Colleen Handly, President.

Notes From Night Owls Extension Club 

Friday, June 27th, 2014

On May 12, Monteene McCoy hosted the Night Owls Club on at her home for a plant exchange. Each member brought 12 plants and in turn received 12 different ones. Potting soil was provided so that the arrangements could be completed and ready to take home.


Lion’s Club Liberty Day Essay Winner

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

IMG_0017In keeping with International Lions Club’s principles of good government and good citizenship, our local Monticello Lions Club participates in civics programs concerning the Constitution of the United States of America – serving 5th and 6th graders. Our Club celebrates ‘Liberty Day’ with two events during the school year.


Seark Concert Board Members For 2014-15 Season

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

IMG_4117Seark Concert Board Members for the 2014-’15 season include (from L to R) Renee Lemayo, Sally Kirst, Donna Somervell, Sonya Ryburn, Yvonne Shelton, Brittany Washington (Treasurer), Donna Francis (Secretary), Sheila McDaniel, Karl Clampit (Vice President), Glenda Smith and Susan Akin (President). Not pictured are Darla Barnett, Esbeida Higginbotham, Candace Howard, Shelley Mullins, Kim Pigott and Sara Wall.

Cub Scout Twilight Camp

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

BooFestCubScoutFall2011-152Cub Scout Twilight Camp in Monticello

Hosted by DeSoto Area Council
(Boys Grades 1-5)
June 2, 2014 – June 6, 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm each evening
Activities will include: BB Gun Shooting, Archery, Indian Crafts, Swimming, Treasure Hunt, Knot Tying, Frisbee Golf, Stomp Rockets, Knife Safety, Soccer and much, much more!
Registration Deadline: May 28, 2014
For more information call 870-863-5166

2014 Drew County 4-H O’Rama

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The 2014 Drew County 4-H O’Rama was held recently. On May 1st, 4-H’ers competed in Talks and Demonstrations and Fashion Revue at Kennedy Church. On May 8th, 4-H’ers competed in the outdoor activities such as Crop & Seed ID, Bicycle, BB Shoot, Horticulture ID, WHEP and Bait Casting at the Drew County Courthouse. We would like to thank all 4-H volunteers and leaders who helped make the county 4-H O’Rama a success!

Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association Meeting Notes

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The April meeting of the Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association was called to order on April 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the UAM Agricultural Center in Monticello, Arkansas by President Jason Cater.

Farm Bureau never disappoints and in fact they always leave us full, satisfied and complimenting the fish dinner. Clayton Stephens, Doug Hill and Mike Zieman did a super job at cooking us a fish dinner. We had catfish, fries, hush puppies, dinks and dessert. They do a wonderful job every year and we look forward to them visiting every year. Thank you Farm Bureau, Clayton, Doug and Mike, we enjoyed it so very much. (more…)

Eureka Lodge #40 Officers For 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Picture 130Monday December 30 at 6 pm Eureka Lodge #40 installed the following officers for the year 2014.

First Row L to R: Dr. Mark Cheek- M.O.C., Ricky Flemming -J.D.,   Don Connard- J.W., Glenn Beer- W.M., Ben Crossett- S.W., Louis Maxwell-Tyler

Back Row L to R: Brian Rodgers- M.O.C., Andrew Brannon –S.D., Jim Searcy- Treas., Scott Woodward- Sec., Jack Bennett- Chaplain

Monticello Rotary Club Present Dictionaries To Drew Central Fourth Graders

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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Left to Right President Brandon Hogg, Michael James , Tom Wingard

Monticello Rotary Club members presented Drew Central fourth graders with dictionaries which included a thesaurus. Students will use the dictionaries to revise and edit their writing pieces. At the end of fourth grade students will keep the dictionaries for personal use.

Night Owls Extension Homemakers Club Meets

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The Night Owls Extension Homemakers Club met October 14 with Maria Daniels hosting. Members joined in singing “Dry Bones.” Daniels presented the Inspiration sharing two poems; Outlook by Priscilla Leonard and Count your Blessings, author unknown.


Monticello Lions Club Receives Award

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Lions Club Zone Chmn Roger Reves, Crossett, presents Outstanding Zone Project Award to David Anderson, MonticelloDavid Anderson, Monticello Lions Club Sec-Treas, received the Outstanding Zone Project Award from Roger Reves of Crossett, Zone Chairman. The Award was given for the Club’s 2013 performance, on October 17, 2013, at Western Sizzlin Restaurant.


Gamma Beta Chapter Of Delta Kappa Gamma Installs New Officers

Friday, October 18th, 2013
Lt to Rt Eva Arrington Treasurer, Laura Ferguson Corresponding Secretary, Cindy Luper Secretary, Joy Graham Second Vice President, Kimbraly Greer First Vice President, Trudy Jackson President, Candace Martin Kappa State President

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Eva Arrington Treasurer, Laura Ferguson Corresponding Secretary, Cindy Luper
Secretary, Joy Graham Second Vice President, Kimbraly Greer First Vice
President, Trudy Jackson President, Candace Martin Kappa State President

The Gamma Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma installed officers for 2013-2014. Kappa State President Candace Martin helped with the installation and shared news about Kappa State. In addition, she shared a brief history of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a women educator society. For more information about attending a meeting or becoming a member of The Gamma Beta Chapter contact Eva Arrington.

Colonel David Love DAR Chapter Kicks Off a Busy Year

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

New members Sept 10 2013 - 2

Fourteen members and guests of the Colonel David Love Chapter of the NSDAR welcomed four new members on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. New members, Kathy Ross Norris, Dolores Brown, Pearl Persons, and Judy Person, were installed by Chaplain Jan West. Regent Jody Gladden then presented each of them with a DAR pin and a gift from the chapter.

Gladden also presented Jan West with a ten year certificate honoring her DAR membership.


The Drew County WHEP Team Needs Your Help

Friday, May 31st, 2013

imageAfter an accumulation of 4 years of work, practices, and many long hours of study, the Drew County Wildlife Habitat Education Program team has earned the right to go to the National W.H.E.P. Invitational. The competition will be held in Indiana this year. This event was officially established as a national event in 1989. This will be the first team ever from Drew County. We are asking as many organizations and individuals as possible to help us get to Indiana and compete for the National title.


Local 4-H’ers Compete In Statewide Competition

Sunday, May 19th, 2013
From left to right top row: Jennifer Sneed, Jessie Henson, Jacob Henson, John Michael Gray, Nancy White, Anna Owen, Lynn Lanthrip, Jana Owen, Sam Owen, Alexis White, Victoria Stewart; middle row: Brianna White, Haley Kissell, Robbie Kissell, Bree Lanthrip, Chase Owen, Joshua Henson; bottom row: Jeremy Smith, Sonya Sneed, Emma Wright, Hanbee Jung, Kyle Smith, Brittany Brown, Jadon Henson, Sy Lanthrip, and Jeffery Lambert.

From left to right top row: Jennifer Sneed, Jessie Henson, Jacob Henson, John Michael Gray, Nancy White, Anna Owen, Lynn Lanthrip, Jana Owen, Sam Owen, Alexis White, Victoria Stewart; middle row: Brianna White, Haley Kissell, Robbie Kissell, Bree Lanthrip, Chase Owen, Joshua Henson; bottom row: Jeremy Smith, Sonya Sneed, Emma Wright, Hanbee Jung, Kyle Smith, Brittany Brown, Jadon Henson, Sy Lanthrip, and Jeffery Lambert.

The 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program statewide competition was held at the Camp Robinson day-use area near Mayflower, AR. All of the members of the Drew County Koinonia 4-H club placed either individually or in team events.

Participating Cloverbuds were Sy Lanthrip, Jadon Henson, Alexis White, Eva Wright, Sam Owen and Jeffery Lambert. Individual Junior winners were Jennifer Sneed (1st place) and Jeremy Smith (2nd place). Individual Senior winner was Jacob Henson (1st place).


UDC Grave Cleaning and Wreath Laying

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

UDC Camp Ground,  April 2013  Connie Mullis, Jan West,Bettye kellum, Beth thurman, terri wolfe, sue johnsonApril is considered Confederate Memorial month, and the ladies of William F. Slemons went to Campground Cemetery and cleaned the graves of five, unknown soldiers buried there. Local lore says that these men were in a Confederate hospital that was located there during the War Between the States.


SEARK Reading Council Holds Annual Literacy Awards Banquet

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Rebecca & Mark Spencer Community Leaders Award, Eva Arrington SEARK Literacy Chairperson, Mary Hobbs Educator Award Winner, not pictured Adeliah Overstreet for Mazzio’s Pizza Agency Winner

SEARK Reading Council held its annual Literacy Awards Banquet on April 15. The SEARK Reading Council is composed of educators from a five county area.

The council awarded Mary Hobbs the Educator Literacy Award for her dedication to her to students. She is a fourth grade teacher at Drew Central Elementary.

The Agency Literacy Award was awarded to Adeliah Overstreet, manager at Mazzio’s Pizza, for sponsoring a reading incentive “Food for Thought”.

The community Leaders Award was awarded to Rebecca and Mark Spencer for opening their famous home the Allen House for literacy-related events for students.

UDC Honors Four Ex-Military Men

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

UDC Apr 2013Beth Thurman, Larry Fullelr, Levin Johnson, Joe Rawls, David Anderson, and Jan WestColonel William F. Slemons Chapter 977 held a luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, at the Monticello Country Club to honor four ex-military men at the Crosses of Military Service Ceremony. The men were ex-Mayor David Anderson, a Vietnam veteran, Larry Fuller, a former Air Force veteran during the Korean Conflict, Levin Johnson and Joe Rawls of Rison, who were former Army veterans serving during the Korean Conflict.


Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association January Meeting Notes

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Our first meeting of the New Year was called to order on January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the UAM Agricultural Center in Monticello, Arkansas by Vice President Nita Carpenter. After a blessing of the food was complete, we enjoyed roast beef sandwiches with all the trimmings, potato salad and many delicious desserts provided by our members. Thank you to Drew Farm Supply for sponsoring our supper.


Girl Scout Cookies

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Girl Scout cookies are now on sale!

Cookies will be on sale thru January 27th. They are $3.50 a box. The profit that troops make from the sale of cookies helps pay for their badges, programs, trips, and service projects. If you are not contacted by a Girl Scout and want to order cookies, call Linda Beam at 870-367-7805 to place an order.

Master Gardener Training Set for 2014

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

indexThe Master Gardeners of the Delta group is seeking new participants for upcoming spring 2014 training. The group consists of gardeners from Ashley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew counties. The successful program is conducted by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

The program began in 1972 in Washington State and has since encompassed the entire nation with Arkansas joining ranks in 1988. There are currently 2,452 Master Gardeners who call Arkansas home. Collectively, these individuals have contributed over 120,000 hours in community service projects during 2013 alone.


Drew County Koinonia 4-H Club Participates In “One Day Of Service”

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Pictured: Back Row: Lynn Lanthrip, Karen Kolb-Spencer, Matthew Spencer, Robbie Kissell, Jennifer Sneed, Bree-Anne Lanthrip, Liz Kissell, and Sonya Sneed. Front Row: Nancy White, Hanbee Jung, Sy Lanthrip, Brianna White and Haley Kissell.

The Drew County Koinonia 4-H Club participated in the state wide “One Day of Service” community service day October 6th to kick off 4-H promotion week October 7-13. The members of the club visited The Woods Nursing Home, where they handed out gifts and handmade card to the residents. They had a wonderful time visiting with the residents.


Desha/Drew Cattlemen September 2012 Meeting Minutes

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association met September 20, 2012, at the UAM Agriculture Building. President Jason Cater opened the meeting and Glynn Gibson asked the blessing. The members and guests enjoyed a delicious supper of BBQ sandwiches with all the trimmings, provided by State Farm Insurance. The members brought desserts.


Gamma Beta Chapter Of Delta Kappa Gamma Held It’s First Meeting

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Left to right on the pictures are Joy Graham, Laura Ferguson, Cathy Long Kappa State President, Trudy Jackson, Cindy Luper, Jerrielynn Mapp, Eva Arrington

The Gamma Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma held it’s first meeting September 15 at The Monticello Country Club. The meeting’s guest speaker was Cathy Long Kappa State President. She addressed new bylaws being voted on and shared information about the regional conference.


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