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Santa Train – Photos

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Weevil Welcome – Thank You Note

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

glenda weevilThe Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Monticello wish to thank all the event volunteers and the following businesses for their support of our 18th annual Weevil Welcome held September 24, in McCloy Park.

EVENT SPONSORS  AR Superior Federal Credit Union Commercial Bank Simmons First Bank Union Bank


Weevil Welcome – Photos

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Monticello’s  annual Weevil Welcome event was held Tuesday night, with 300-350 local folks attending.

The celebration recognizes the appreciation that Monticello has for the University, its staff, and its students.

The Chamber of Commerce organizes the event.  The set up and cooking is done by City of Monticello employees.  The meal was served by the UAM Cotton Blossoms basketball team.  Prizes were donated by dozens of local businesses.

Yard of the Month Award Announced

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Mrs. Addie Washington of Maria Place was this month’s recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Yard of the Month award, selected by the Town and Country Garden Club.018

022Mrs. Washington was notified of the award on her 85th birthday. Mrs. Washington stated that her daughter, Joyce Darrough, who also shares the same birth date, does most of the gardening now. Mrs. Washington’s daughters, Mrs. Hazelene McCray, not pictured, and Ms. Darrough, were both present for the award presentation, by Glenda Nichols of the Chamber.


Bolling St. Family Earns “Yard of the Month” Honor

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Ken and Brenda Kendrick were recognized as the Monticello “Yard of the Month”.

The award is presented by the Chamber of Commerce, and selected by the Town & Country Garden Club.

 The complimented Bill’s Lawn Care and Ed’s Produce for their assistance n the yard’s appearance.

Local Chapter of Friends of NRA Joins the Chamber of Commerce

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The Saline River chapter of the Friends of the NRA recently joined the Monticello / Drew County Chamber of Commerce.

The welcoming ceremony, showing them becoming more active in the Drew County area, was held at Donaldson Gun Shop, on Westgate Drive.

For more Information, their upcoming banquet flyer (attached) has their contact information.


Christmas Parade Winning Floats

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The winning floats from the Chamber of Commerce Carols of Christmas Parade are……



Saturday, October 13th, 2012

boll weevil chickenRegister Your Team For The 3rd ANNUAL GREEN WITH ENVY CHICKEN COOK-OFF on October 19, 2013

The Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd Annual Green With Envy Chicken Cook-off on October 19, on the UAM campus. .The first place winning team will receive $500.00; trophies will be awarded to second place and third place winning teams. All judging will be by “People’s Choice”.


Green with Envy Chicken Cook-off Winners

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Phi Lambda Chi fraternity was the 1st place winning team in Saturday’s Green With Envy Cook-off competition, held on the UAM campus. Phi Lamb head cook, Griffin Jefcoat, reported that the fraternity would be donating the $1000.00 grand prize to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Second Place winning team was Farm Bureau and third place winning team was Mainline Health.

Sponsors for this year’s cook-off were Commercial Bank, Wal-Mart, Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union, Price Services, L.D. Long, Inc., and Union Bank.

Yard of the Month Awarded

Friday, September 28th, 2012

This month’s Yard of the Month honor goes Linda and Grady Tabor, at the corner of Country Club Lane and Old Hwy 35 West, for their work to beautify their front, side and back yard area.

Congratulations for a job well done.

The award is chosen by the Town & Country Garden Club and presented by the Monticello / Drew County Chamber of Commerce.

17th Annual Weevil Welcome Photos

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Yard of the Month Announced

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Mike and Mildred McGinnis were awarded the Yard of the Month honor for the work they’ve done at their Glenwood Drive home.

Glenda Nichols of the Chamber of Commerce made the presentation, Friday, which was decided by the Town & Country Garden Club.

Mike and Mildred want to express their appreciation to Fuller’s Lawn & Garden and Joe Bonfanti, for their assistance in achieving this honor

To nominate someone for Yard of the Month, call the Chamber at 367-6741.

June Yard of the Month

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Laura and Jerry Smith, of Falls Drive, were chosen by the Town & County Garden Club to have earned the June Yard of the Month.

Shown with Mrs. Laura is Glenda Nichols, of the Chamber of Commerce.  Shown with Mr. Jerry is the couple’s granddaughter.

Congressman Mike Ross Addresses Local Arkansas Scholars

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Congressman Mike Ross spoke to Monticello and Drew Central High School seniors during the Arkansas Scholars Recognition Luncheon. The seniors have been deemed Arkansas Scholars by meeting certain criteria set up by the Arkansas Business and Education Alliance.

To receive this honor, students must take the recommended courses which prepare them for post-secondary education or employment, including at least three years of math and science, four years of English, and three years of social sciences. Two years of foreign language are encouraged. They must also maintain a semester grade of “C” or better in all academic courses and have a 95% or better attendance record. High School must be completed in eight consecutive semesters, as well.

Congressman Ross told the students, “Congratulations to all of you who have met the goals to become Arkansas Scholars.” “This program has prepared you for the future.”


23. Proposal at Christmas Parade

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Jay Dyson invited Meagan Wilson (a senior at UAM) to watch the Christmas Parade at the Monticello Town Square.

She was surprised when Jay “won” the chance to introduce the 4 guest judges.

Meagan was even more surprised when Jay proposed to her in front of the hundreds of onlookers.  She said “yes.”

The event made statewide news, and the video was viewed over 2,100 times.

Chamber of Commerce / MEDC – BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Mandy Moss, reporter, and Joe Burgess, the "MonticelloLive Guy"

The Business of the Year Award is given to a business that strives everyday to provide outstanding community service while developing a quality product that attracts a wide range of customers. MonticelloLive is pleased and honored to accept the title of MEDC/Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year for 2011.

After purchasing MonticelloLive only 4 years ago, owner Joe Burgess has transformed a small, local website into a news site that, in the past 12 months, has had more than 2.7 million page views. In the past two months alone, MLive has also been linked on state-level news websites 3 times for its coverage of important local stories.  The business has been mentioned in Arkansas Business twice, and in Arkansas Times once

Burgess’ entertaining acceptance speech ranged from stand-up comedian to lay-preacher, as he took the opportunity to thank his sponsors, employees, and readers, but most of all, he took time to say, “I want to thank the Lord.”

Chamber of Commerce / MEDC – INDUSTRY OF THE YEAR

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Glen Dabney and the EFS Geo-Technologies staff

EFS Technologies was established over 20 years ago in Monticello and has experienced significant growth in recent years. The company provides a career path and opportunities for UAM students in the technology field in hopes that they will remain here after graduating. The presence of such industry in Monticello also allows for the recruitment of other technology-based employers to come to the area.

Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, EFS Geo-Technologies mapped 1.5 million acres of damaged forest lands with their Ariel GPS Systems. In 2010 the company collected imagery data on over 10 million acres of land area.

“Those are pretty impressive numbers, I don’t care who you are.” – MEDC Executive Director Nita McDaniel

Chamber of Commerce / MEDC – WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Monteen McCoy was named as this year’s Woman of the Year. Mrs. McCoy has been married for 60 years and at the age of 87 years old, she says she looks forward to serving her community for many more years.

Mrs. McCoy is a retired public school teacher and was awarded Volunteer of the Year at Drew Memorial Hospital after many years of service and has accumulated 5,917 volunteer hours at the hospital. She leads an effort to provide hand crocheted newborn caps for each baby born in the hospital. These are but a small portion of the many contributions Monteen McCoy has made, and continues to make, to Drew County.


Chamber of Commerce / MEDC – MAN OF THE YEAR

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Richard Akin was honored as Man of the Year, largely in part to his passion for keeping the Monticello Square functional and beautiful. He has seen to keeping the downtown area kept uniform and allowed business to continue there as it has since it was first constructed.

Mr. Akin said, “When I was a kid, going to Monticello meant going to the square,” as he explained what drives his passion to continue renovating the buildings.

His most recent project, commonly referred to as “The McKiever Building,” is moving along very quickly. Upstairs there will now be two apartments and downstairs will be home to a sandwich shop.



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