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New Cell Phone Laws Affect School Zones

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department are reminding motorists to be aware of new cell phone laws this summer and in the months ahead as they travel Arkansas’ highways.

“Act 37 of 2011 makes it illegal to use handheld cell phones in highway work zones and in school zones,” states AHTD Director Scott Bennett.

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Arkansas Midland Railroad to Receive $2.7 Million Federal Grant

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

U.S. Representative Mike Ross and U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman have announced the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will receive a $2,721,435 federal grant to rehabilitate and improve 40 miles of railroad track along the Warren Branch of the Arkansas Midland Railroad, a short line railroad located in southeastern Arkansas. The grant will help fund improvements to tracks in Bradley, Chicot and Drew counties.

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SeaArk Boats Addresses Recent Announcement by Sister Company

Friday, September 9th, 2011

After several calls to the factory, SeaArk Boats, recreation aluminum boat builder, is trying to avoid further confusion arising from the recent announcement that its sister company, SeaArk Marine, made on August 29th. In that announcement, SeaArk Marine President, John McClendon, explained that the company had made the decision to suspend acceptance of new boat orders until further notice. SeaArk Marine manufactures work and patrol boats for the military and government agencies as well as commercial boats for various industrial markets.

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Dermott Children Die after Being Run Over by their Father, Dad Arrested

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

According to Bill Sadler, public information officer for the Arkansas State Police, Chicot County Sheriffs Deputies, Dermott Police and Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating an incident reported yesterday (Sunday, April 17th 2011) that resulted in the death of two children and the injury of their mother.

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Drew County Memories – The History of Selma’s Rosenwald School

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Origionally posted November 22, 2007.

Selma Rosenwald School by Sheilla Lampkin

In the past year or so the Drew County Museum was contacted as to the location of Drew County’s Rosenwald School. Since none of our museum commission members had any knowledge about such a place, a fascinating search began which led to the discovery of the Rosenwald educational project and the knowledge that Drew County did indeed have an old school building of great national significance resting quietly down one of our rural byways. The search was an interesting and informative one, especially dear to my heart since it involved schools and education.

First, let’s go back in history and explore the name Rosenwald and its effects on American education.
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Hank Thompson Day Celebration, Sunday

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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In 1991, Mayor Harold West proclaimed May 4, as “Hank Thompson Day” in Monticello, AR. The dedication of a little league field was named in his honor at Jordan Park, Hwy. 278 East.

The family is hosting the “ Hank Thompson Day Celebration” on Sunday, May 2, 2010 @ 3:00 pm to be held at the little league field named in his honor.

Free Food and drinks will be served, activities for the children and fellowship for the community as well. The recipient of the second memorial scholarship will also be named during the celebration.

Everyone is invited to attend and join in some family fun in honor of our beloved Hank Thompson.

In case of inclement weather the event will be inside the Sadie Johnson Community Building at the same address.

McClendon Family to Celebrate Golden Anniversary in Boat Industry with Open House at SeaArk Today

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The McClendon family Zach Robin John 01The SeaArk Companies (formerly MonArk Boat Company) Mark 50 Years of Boat Building with an open house at SeaArk, today, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Zach McClendon, Jr. of Monticello, Arkansas will celebrate being in the boat building business for 50 consecutive years this September. McClendon, along with his father, Zach McClendon, Sr. and another local businessman, Norris Judkins started MonArk Boat Company in May of 1958 building small aluminum jon boats using a shear and break press provided by Judkins. The company incorporated the next year, in August of 1959.

The McClendon family Zach Robin John 02MonArk Boat Company eventually grew to include a large recreational division that included both aluminum and fiberglass boats and manufactured a wide range of products including Ski Boats, Pontoons, Houseboats, Sail Boats, Canoes, and Bass Boats in addition to the basic jon boat that is still built today. At the height of the recreation business the company was building approximately 15,000 boats per year and had over 300 dealers throughout the United States. (more…)

Drew Central Crisis Drill Consideed a Success

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

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Drew Central High School took part in a recent crisis response drill to see how well students, faculty, and emergency responders would react during a lockdown of the school that involved intruders on campus with weapons. The drill was designed to help school officials and responders plan for a worse case scenario. (more…)

Drew Central’s Thurman receives honor

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation honored 20 Arkansas educators at an awards luncheon on January 24 in Little Rock. The winning teachers received $500 mini grant awards for creative ideas they will bring to life in the classroom. The 10 elementary and 10 secondary teachers in Arkansas public schools claimed a total of $10,000 in mini-grants. The Arkansas Community Foundation administers the program. Included in this year’s winners was Dennis Thurman of Monticello’s Drew Central High School.
thurman.jpg“These teachers’ imaginations are apparent even with the project titles. Oh, It’s Just Water under the Bridge and Growing Is Knowing are just two of many,” said Kathy Stacey, Weyerhaeuser public affairs manager. “‘When these projects hit the classrooms, it will make it more fun for the students to learn math, science and the environment. That’s what it’s all about.”

The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is a non-profit organization funded from the earnings of Weyerhaeuser Company. The international forest products firm manages more than 700,000 acres of commercial timberland in Arkansas and has operations or offices in Russellville, Magnolia, Dierks, De Queen, Emerson, Fort Smith and Hot Springs. The mission of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities where Weyerhaeuser has a presence, and to increase understanding of the importance and sustainabiiity of forests and the products they provide to meet people’s needs.

Pictured: Pamela Baade, Education and Volunteer Program Manager; Dennis Thurman; Dr. Ken James, Commissioner of Education Arkansas Dept of Education; and Pat Lile, President/CEO Weyerhaeuser.

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