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The February meeting of the Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association was called to order on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the UAM Agricultural Center in Monticello, Arkansas by Vice President Nita Carpenter.
Drew County Judge Robert Akin addressed the Monticello Lions Club at Western Sizzlin Restaurant, 20 February 2014. As shown in picture, Lions Club Treasurer David Anderson thanks Judge Akin for his speech and visit. Judge Akin reported the County is in good fiscal condition. During his tenure, several “belt tightening” measures have been implemented. He said the County roads are scheduled to be resurfaced every four years and asphalted every eight years, starting with the northwest section’s roads first.
The Night Owls Club met in the home of Linda Barber February 10 with 8 members present. Monteene McCoy was welcomed as a new member. Carolyn Bullock read the thought for the month: Love builds no fences. Love comforts like sunshine after rain.
Monticello Lions Club awarded $100 to Boy Scouts of Monticello for their work in the community.
On 6 February 2014, at the Lions Club meeting at Western Sizlin Restaurant, Boy Scouts of Monticello presented their annual program of activities. As shown in picture, Lions Club’s Colleen Handly, Vice President, presented $100 check to Terry Crook, Scoutmaster. (more…)
The Drew County Historical Society met on February 9, 2014 at the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce building. Connie Mullis, president of the Drew County Historical Society, called the meeting to order at 2 p.m. Mullis reported on the progress and concerns of the museum and the society. Beth Thurman, program chairman, reported that the society currently has approximately 160 members.
Dr. Jack Lassiter, UAM Chancellor, was the featured speaker for the meeting. Lassiter credited Dr. Curtis Merrell with motivating him to become involved with the historic preservation of Southeast Arkansas. Lassiter began his presentation by discussing a Drew County property for which UAM recently took responsibility. This property is 4.66 acres and contains an historic home and cemetery. The house is thought to be the only two-story, cyprus log, dog trot in Arkansas. The structure was built between 1840 and 1846 and was occupied through the late 1920s. While displaying a 1914 image of the home, Lassiter drew the audience’s attention to a cistern, detached kitchen, and porches on each side of the house. (more…)
Judy Webb Hubbell, formerly of Greenhill in Drew County, presented a program based on her book Hard to Turn to the Col. David Love DAR Chapter on January 14. The book is a history of the Camp, Gabbert, Griffin, Huskey, and Webb families of Drew County. Also included in the book are associated families: Alexander, Dodson, George, Harris, Hawkins, Marshall, McCall, and Stovall.
The Night Owls Homemakers Club met in the home of Sylvia Farrar January 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The group sang Walking in a Winter Wonderland, led by Regina Dunn. The night’s inspiration was given by Sylvia Farrar on the topic of Embracing Each Day featuring writings by Gary Mueller. Juanita Webb led us in prayer after which the Club Prayer was read by all. Thought for the month was, “True happiness may be sought, thought or caught, but never bought.” Ten members were present. Visitors were Monteene McCoy and Brenda Wright .
Monday 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 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.
Several members of the Drew County Extension Homemakers Council attended the Delta District AEHC Rally in Brinkley AR recently. The theme of the rally was “Reaching Your EHC Dreams”. The ladies also enjoyed a delicious fish dinner with all the trimmings.
The Koinonia 4-H club sponsored a goat project class, where we learned the different breeds of goats, the breeds best for showmanship, how to care for them, and what to look for when your buying a goat.
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.
David 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.
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.
Please join the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society Tuesday evening, October 1 at 6:30 PM for an archeology program titled Selling the South: The Complications of Tourism and Heritage.
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.
Cemeteries are important landmarks for families and communities and essential resources for historians and genealogists. Some cemeteries are visible and well maintained, while many others have been forgotten or lost.
On Tuesday, September 3, at 6:30 pm LaRhonda Mangrum will discuss her work documenting cemeteries in southeast Arkansas for the Arkansas Gravestones Project. Mrs. Mangrum, a Chicot County native, is the coordinator for southeast Arkansas and the coordinator for Ashley, Chicot and Drew counties.
The August meeting of the Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association was called to order on August 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the UAM Agricultural Center in Monticello, Arkansas by President Jason Cater.
Our meeting this month was a lot different than the usual meeting held at UAM. Our Association President treated us to a farm tour and demonstration at his farm and business.
After 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.
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).
The Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition is currently accepting applications for the 2013 class of the Cornerstone Leadership Development Institute’s (CLDI) Southern Leadership Academy. “Strong leadership is the key to success for our communities and region.” says Zack Tucker, Director of the Cornerstone Coalition.
April 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 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.
Colonel 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.
The February meeting of the Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association was called to order on February 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the UAM Agricultural Center in Monticello, Arkansas by Vice President Nita Carpenter. (more…)
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.
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.
The 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.
Officers were elected for the Koinonia 4-H Club, recently were….. (more…)
The Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association met November 15, 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 Thanksgiving feast.
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.
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.
The William F. Slemons Chapter 977, United Daughters of the Confederacy, met at the home of Connie Mullis, September 25, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.
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