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Convention Center’s Update to QC for Extension of 1/2 Cent Library Tax

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Supporters of the proposed Convention Center, expected to e built on HWY 425 on UAM property, made therir proposal the the Quorum Court Monday night, announcing their intent to pursue a “rollover” of the 1/2 cnt libbrary tax, when that tax expires, probably in April or May.
The new tax will end when the pyment for the convention center and/or DMH surgry center expansion are paid in full.


“Captain” Premier Saturday – “Impressive in Its Quality & Magnitude”

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Captain, a full length movie, produced and directed by Warren’s Rob Reep, premiered Saturday at the Warren Cultural Center. A full house of around 750 were in attendace to see the event, based on the life and history of Hugn Bradley, whom Bradley County is named after.

The film showed Bradley’s life as grew from being “the family’s little brother,’ to a close, personal friend of future president, Andrew Jackson (also from Tenneessee).

The war of 1812, and the Battle of New Orleans, were also well portrayed by 150 actors, from southest Arkasas, including over 20 from Monticello.

DVDs of Captain are available here.


DC Grad. Jessica Faith Releases Nashville Video

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Drew Central graduate Jessica Faith (Wishard) has just released a video to her song “without a fight”.

It has been a year since Jessica became a “GRAMMY Amplifier 2014 Winner”.

Since that time, the Grammy’s sent her to South by Southwest in Austin, TX to open for superstar Aloe Blacc, and filming a professional music video in Nashville.


DC’s Ward Davis Organizes Concert for Mayflower Choir, because of Ties to Former Choir Director

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

mayflowerDrew Central graduate and recoroding artis Ward Davis was a member of the DCHS Choir.

When he heard that former DC choir director Bennie Carol Wade Dunavan was the choir director for Mayflower Schools, and how much the devastating tornado had effected her current students, Davis organized a benefit concert at Nashville’s Douglas Corner Cafe, TONIGHT at 7:30, to help the Mayflower Choir .ward davis

Local folks can also be a part, by watching the fundraiser concert online at  The cost is only $10.

Davis’ band, The Beagles, will also perform.

“The Saline” Discussion – Videos

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Around 40 area residents took part in an informational discussion, Sunday afternoon,, after watching a video presentation by Rob Reep, of Warren, on the history of the Saline river.
“The Saline” is 204 miles long and has many stories to tell about indians, farming, fishing, bootlegging, and riverboats.
“The Saline” is available for purchase on

Former DC Grad, Jessica Faith, Wins Grammy Amplifier Award – Listed on ITunes

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

jessica wallflowerJessica Wishard, as she’s know to her Drew Central classmates recently was selected as a winner in the Grammy’s Amplified Awards. Out of over 5,000 entrants, she was one of only 3 shosen for the honor.image

Amplifier Center Stage’s online platform allows emerging musicians to share their songs for a chance to have their music vetted by a panel of some of the biggest names in music today.

Her lated CD EP is available on ITunew, as well.


Burlington Remembered by Local Employees – Wednesday Night on Cablevision’s “Hometown Monticello”

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Former Burlington and Burlington House Area Rug employee reminisce, tell stories, and display tools from their jobs on Wednesday night’s “Hometown Monticello” broadcast on Cablevision Channel 19.

The program begions at 5 pm, and repeats until 7 am, Thursday morning.

Monticello Music Club Announces March Meeting – Tuesday

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The March meeting of the Monticello Music Club will be held Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church. The program will feature music from the great Broadway musical “Showboat”. Performers on the program will include Cara Akin, Kevin Henry, Ashley Gonzalez, Bobby Brown, Craig Grantham and Kathy Lyon. The Monticello High School Madrigals, under the direction of club member Bennie Vincent, will also be performing. The Junior Club student performer will be Katelyn Bayliss, a piano student of Mrs. Beverly Lobitz.

Jessica Wishard represented the Jr. Club last moth, by playing and singing a song she composed..


Local Singer Releases “Pipeliners” Album

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Brison Reed recently released a six-song album on iTunes, Amazon and Reverbnation.

Brison is a life-long resident of Drew & Desha Counties, living most of his life in Monticello.

Brison records for Tripp Jct. Records & Marty d Publishing. The songs on this album were written by Marty Denton, Ronny & Brison Reed.

Brison and his wife Magen are pipeliners, but they still find time for their children and time for Brison to be able to record.

Brison will be headed back to the studio very soon to record more. He is working on some gospel songs also.

Luna Bros. Cirucs to Entertain “Under the Big Top”, Friday Night

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Luna Bro’s Circus will put on an exciting performance for children of all ages, Friday at 7 p.m. in front of the Marketplace, at the intersection of HWY 425 and HWY 278.

Clown, animals, jugglers, vendors, and all types of circus entertainment will be presented.

Luna Bros. Circus thrilled the crowd in Monticello back  in 2008, and again in 2010.  The show has grown since that time, so come on out and see the many new attractions, and their new “Big Top”.

Monticello Musicians Drawing National Attention

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Several Monticello area musicians have been making “Music News” lately.

CashboX, recently featured on the cover of Cashbox Magazine, were featured KATV Channel 7’s “Good Morning Arkansas” program, Friday.

Also, “Roots Country” True County Music Chart, based on internet radio airplay, includes Monticello’s Brison Reed at #10, and Shay Hood at both #14 and #20, with her 2 latest releases.

Haley Creek Boys Present Concert Association Program

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The Haley Creek Boys, a gospel and bluegrass band, primarily based in Hamburg, were recently featured in a concert sponsored by the Seark Concert Association, as they completed their 35th year of service to Monticello.

Many bluegrass classics were included in the program, as well as several hits that charted in country music radio. 

A gospel music segment concluded the program, which was held in the UAM Fine Arts Center.

The Haley Creek Boys have presented gospel concerts at several local churches, in recent years.

Monticello Native Charles Crowson Departs KTHV, Accepting Baltimore Broadcasting Position

Monday, November 1st, 2010

After four years with KTHV, Charles Crowson is leaving Arkansas for a new position as morning anchor/multi-media journalist with WMAR in Baltimore, Maryland.

“It was an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up,” Crowson said while signing off during his final broadcast on Today’s THV This Morning Oct. 29. “Arkansas is my home. It always has been and always will be, regardless of where my career takes me.” (more…)

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