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One Monticello Life – Robin Hood, Candidate for County Judge

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Robin Hood, son of Mack and Nola Hood, has lived in Drew County for almost all of his life. He was raised with 3 sisters and 3 brothers and said that having so many siblings made growing up a lot of fun, and described them as a very close family.

“We were very family oriented. My family was very loving and very Christian oriented. My mother was very spiritual and she was the spiritual head of our family. We always went to church; it was the focus of our lives.”


One Monticello Life – Tonya Loveless, Candidate for Drew County Collector

Monday, September 17th, 2012

“I didn’t come into this job thinking it would turn into an elected position one day.”

Tonya Loveless was born in Jonesboro, AR and raised here in Monticello by parents Van and Karen Brown, along with her four siblings.

“My family was awesome. We did a lot of camping, fishing, and hunting. I think I was on a deer stand before I was bigger than my rifle. We loved water skiing and boating and having so many siblings made everything fun… I had a pretty good life.” “My grandparents were great, they were here in Monticello. (Albert and Willie Mae Hobbs, and Jim and Toni Holcomb – they were a big part of my life. I was rotten because they treated me so great.” “Willie Mae is my last living grandparent.”


MES Record Numbers

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Monticello Elementary is seeing record numbers with its upcoming Kindergarten class for the 2012-2013 school year. According to Principal Tish Thomas, the numbers rose from 170 students last year, to 223 for this year.

The large increase of students led to two major issues for the school: too few teachers and not enough classrooms.


Sadie Johnson Update & Ballfield Windscreens – Parks & Rec. Committee

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Otherr items covered at last week’s Parks and Rec Committee meeting were………..

In the past year, the Parks and Recreation Committee has completed numerous projects, including revamping basketball courts, finishing the new pavilion at Western Pines Park, completing construction on the girls softball field, and putting in a press box for baseball field #2.


Airport Improvements for Runways Planned

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

During the airport report to the City Council, Benji Ryburn told the Council that people landing in heavy and fast moving aircraft are complaining of a dip and a hump on the runway. He stated that he “made some calls and asked for additional funds…and got confirmation that FAA will provide additional funds, up to $141,794, to do work to the runway.”

The money comes from a 100% grant so the City will not be required to provide any funding. The Council voted to apply for the grant and bid out the project.

City Council Votes to Buy 3,000 Residential Trash Dumpsters

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The Monticello City Council passed a resolution authorizing the acceptance of a bid by Toter, Inc for the purchase of 3,000 rollout trash carts. The bid by Toter was the low bid and came in at $134,700.00.

The City will purchase one can per residence, and a second can may be purchased by an individual for $55-$60.

Trash pickups will be moved to once a week, per ward, once the new cans are in place.

DC Red Brick Building Demolition Update

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

According to Superintendent Mike Johnston of Drew Central School District,at their recent meeting,  the demolition of the red brick building is 56% complete. He said that all walls and windows have been removed, plus the brick is down on about half of it.

Bricks are being cleaned and stacked for future use and salvageable wood will be taken, refurbished, and used to make furniture.

Monticello Schools Honor Retirees

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The Monticello School Board recognized six retirees during their board meeting Tuesday evening, presenting them with plaques to honor their service to the district. Superintendent Harper praised them and thanked them for providing such quality work to students and for setting good examples to those they encountered over the years.

“I’m glad to see so many UAM students here tonight, especially if you’re aspiring to be a teacher.” – Harper


Election Summary

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Robin Hood won the Democratic Primary. He will now face Republican Jessie Griffin and independent Robert Akin in November.

All precinct votes have come in and the unofficial numbers show two new faces will be added to Monticello’s City Council in 2013.


Water Rates Rise, While $690,100 is Transferred from Water Fund for Other Uses.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

“They raise the water rates saying we need to fix the dangerous water pipes, then they take the money out of the water fund to pay for other projects, then they raise the rates again saying there’s not enough money in the water fund. Meanwhile, we don’t even have a line item in the budget for water pipe repairs. What’s going on?”

This statement is from a source that wished to remain anonymous, and their sentiment has been shared by many MLive readers over the past several months.

Mayor Maxwell presented these failing water pipes to the City Council, last October.

Add to this the report from last September’s City Council meeting where Mayor Maxwell said, “The water line problems below Maple and Speer Streets, where galvanized water lines run under the street, and constantly have to be repaired. Overlaying these two streets will soon have to be patched, whenever the next leak occurs…” Mayor Maxwell told the council that these lines need to be replaced, instead of making repairs to the lines and the streets, over and over. “The water lines need to be moved to the side of the streets, then do the overlay.”

The city has recently received easements from the property owners, and ordered pipe to begin this project. This means we’ve got “shovel ready” needs, and money being spent elsewhere.

Questions have been raised concerning all aspects of the water fund budget, including where the money is going that’s transferred from it, if it is legal for it to be transferred at all, and if replacing water pipes is just a falsely given reason to raise rates further.


One Monticello Life – Jim Glennon, Candidate for County Judge

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Jim Glennon was born and raised in Possum Valley by parents James and Glenda Glennon. “I have three sisters and a brother that are still living. My baby sister died when she was six of spinal meningitis. I was 9 or 10 when she died. It was one of those situations where you ask God, “Why didn’t you take me instead of my baby sister?”

Growing up, there was little time for the Glennon children to find trouble to get into. Working as a family was top priority, and living out in the country meant that if you wanted entertainment, you created it for yourself.


One Monticello Life – Sheriff Mark Gober

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Mark Gober is well known in Monticello for being Sheriff since 2005, but few may know what brought him to this point in life.

Growing up, Sheriff Gober said that his family often moved every year due to his father’s career in the ARMY. It was a move to Alaska that put him on a path right back to Drew County.


One Monticello Life – Cheri Adcock Norris, Candidate for Collector

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

“I really thought I was done that day, and even though this person was very irate and taking it out on me, I still managed to get my job done correctly and it didn’t sway me from getting things done in the office.”

Cheri Norris grew up the oldest of three siblings, and said she had a great time doing family activities like roller skating, having picnics, and playing at the lake. At the age of five she moved from Southeast Arkansas up to Michigan with her mom, Betty Maloney.


One Monticello Life – Josh Frost, Candidate for Collector

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

“I was raised in politics; I was thrown right in there….”

From the brand new age of 8 weeks old, Josh Frost’s mom, Denise Frost, had him introduced to life in the courthouse, where she worked until she retired after 25 years of service. Josh said that due to always being around the offices and seeing how they worked, a career made up of those types of relationships just came naturally to him. The family he gained from his mother’s career is still with him today in his adult years.


Update – City Council Pulls $25,000 out of MPD Budget to Give to Monticello Schools for Boot Camp

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

The Monticello City Council voted unanimously to grant Monticello School’s Superintendent Bobby Harper’s request for $25,000 of additional funding towards the boot camp program, which is a punitive program for students that serves as an alternative for expulsion.

Superintendent Harper told the Council that when the program began it was a joint effort between the County, City, Drew Central School District, and Monticello School District. The County quickly withdrew from helping with funding, and now Drew Central District has had to withdraw as well due to their fiscal distress status. This leaves only Monticello District and the City left to provide money to keep the program going.


City Agrees to Lease Part of Jordan Park to Private School Group

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The City Council was presented with a lease agreement for P.F. Mays & Associates, LLC for the proposed private school at Jordan Park during their regular meeting Thursday evening. Mayor Allen Maxwell reported that he had investigated what a reasonable lease would be on the Jordan Park property and, “What we got back was $300-$500 per month. I want the council to consider that because we don’t have to charge that much. I think we need to write what the City is going to charge on a monthly or annual basis… We came up with a number of $500 a year.”


One Monticello Life – Thad, Nikki, & Colton Mitchell – 2012 Drew County Farm Family of the Year

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

“I was born and raised on same property we’re living on now. This 180 acres of land has never been bought or sold, it was homesteaded by my family. It goes back to my Great Great Granddaddy. I’m the 5th generation farming this land.” – Thad Mitchell

Thad and Nikki Mitchell, along with their six year old son, Colton, have settled on the family land to continue with the farming tradition and raise their family. This year, they have been selected as Farm Family of the Year for Drew County.

Thad and Nikki’s farming business largely consists of raising Bermuda grass for hay, along with some Alfalfa, and producing eggs for Tyson Foods.


Judge Reverses Warren Schools Termination of Teacher (Monticello Resident), Cleared of Charges

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Circuit Judge Sam Pope reversed Warren School Board’s decision to terminate a teacher, Former Warren High School JROTC instructor Col. Robert Avery, saying that the board “was not a fair and impartial tribune in its decision making in this case.”

Col. Robert Avery was charged with first-degree sexual assault in 2009 when a 16 year old female alleged he assaulted her at his residence. Avery was found not guilty by a Drew County jury in October of 2010. His position at Warren High School was terminated.


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