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Master Gardener Training Set for 2014

January 8th, 2013 by

indexThe 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.

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No Thank You

January 7th, 2013 by

McDonalds on HWY 425 North is advertising a new product on their front sign.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who needs to use spell-check more often.

November Notes

January 7th, 2013 by

Billies to Honor Zach Towers, Injured Star City Player
County Judge Race Ends in Run-Off
Sex Offender on Probation, Pleads Guilty to Another Sex Assault
UAM Professor Responds to Recent Arrest
UAM Chancellor Appointed To NCAA Division II Presidents Council
Update on Sadie Johnson Community Center Construction
“I”m Not Worried About the Cracks” (in the Floor of the Sadie Johnson Center)
MHS Player Signs Letter of Intent to Play for SAU 
Attempted Capital Murder & Armed Robbery Charges Lead to 30 Year Prison Sentence for Last of Manhunt Suspects
Sunday Shooting Sends 1 to Hospital, 1 to Jail
Ross Sworn in as New District Judge – Video 
Election Results – Robert Akin Wins County Judge Race 
Calhoun Named Regional Library Director
4 Mayors Attend Groundbreaking at New Whaley Fire Station
Ashley County Man Receives 2 Life Sentences + 50 Years for Death of Expectant Mother


October Occurances

January 6th, 2013 by

Area Doctor Charged with 53 Counts of Prescription Fraud

 “Dancing with the Monticello Stars” – VIDEOs

Millage Passed for Future “State of the Art” Surgery Center at DMH, by 2 to 1 Margin

Panorama Italian Restaurant Applies for Liquor License

 $4.3 Million Library Construction Bid Submitted

Car Crash Claims 2 Lives, including UAM Student

SPS, “Wilmar Post Office Will Remain Open” with Reduced Window Hours.

 Judicial Charges Dropped Against Harper, when He Agrees to Not Serve as Judge in the Future

State Police to Investigate Driver Jumping from Big-Rig, Causing Fatal Accident

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Happy Birthday

January 6th, 2013 by

Dakota Barbee is celebrating his seventh birthday today.

He is the son of Mark & Martha Barbee of Monticello, AR. He is the Grandson of Bobby Barbee of Monticello, AR. and the late Peggy Barbee of Jonesboro, AR. He is also the Grandson of David & Mae Dale Jones of Harrisburg, AR. He is the nephew of Bryan & Terry Goodwin Jones of Jonesboro, AR.


September Stories – 2012 Headlines

January 5th, 2013 by

Local Doctor Changing Medical Clinics

“America’s Most Wanted” Arrested in Monticello

UAM Professor Arrested on Indecent Exposure Charge 

City’s Trash Transporter Files Bankruptcy

Regional Library Director’s Death Being Investigated as Murder / Suicide

DTF Arrests Local Woman for “Large Drug Fraud Conspiracy”

Emergency / Weather Warning System with 30 Sirens Becoming a Reality

Drew County Circuit Clerk on Leave, Pending Audit & Criminal Investigation

Judicial Commission Files Formal Charges against Ken Harper

Drugs Seized In Route to Monticello

Armed Robbery at Economy Inn

Yeiser Named UAM Provost and Vice Chancellor

TV’s Cliff Clavan Visits Monticello on Political Tour

DMH Earns 3rd Governor’s Quality Award

Former Monticello Resident Pleads Guilty to DWI Death

New Year’s Baby

January 5th, 2013 by

The first baby born in 2013 at Drew Memorial Hospital was born January 3 at 8:15 am. Darrion Jackson, born to Angelica Richardson of Monticello, weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and 19 inches long. Darrion’s dad is Albert Jackson of Monticello and the baby was delivered by Dr. Jeff Reinhart.

The baby received over $1,000 in prizes from local businesses and a basket from Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Donating businesses included: Commercial Bank, Union Bank, Town and Country Florist, Season’s, All Occasions, Suzie Paige 2, Fancy Nails, City Drug, Cockrell’s, Walgreens, Layne’s Steakhouse, Ray’s, Pizza Hut, Mazzio’s, Good Enuf to Eat Cakes, Cowboy’s, Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

4-H Meetings Planned

January 5th, 2013 by

The Drew County 4-H Horse Club will meet Monday, January 7, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Club Room at the Drew County Courthouse. Any 4-Her who loves horses is encouraged to attend! You do not need to own your own horse to be a member of our club!

The Drew County 4-H Club will meet Monday, January 14, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Club Room at the Drew County Courthouse. Anyone(grades K-12) in Drew County who is interested in 4-H is invited to attend.

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Happy Birthday

January 5th, 2013 by

Avery Jayne Barnes turns eight years old on January 5th. She is a 2nd grader in Mrs. Mann’s class at Monticello Elementary School. She is also a 6th year student at Monticello Dance Academy where she is under the instruction of Allison Neill and Toni Harris.

She is the daughter of Julie Barnes of Monticello and Jason Barnes of Star City. She is the granddaughter of Jimmy and Sandy Holt of Fordyce, Randy and Wendy Barnes of McGehee, and Steve and Tammy Sullivan of Monticello. She is the great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Barnes of McGehee and Steve and Penny James of Monticello.

August Almanac – 2012 Headlines

January 4th, 2013 by

New Name, New Facilities, for Former “Business of the Year”

Friday Forest Fire Destroys 179 Acres, South of Drew County

Union Bank’s Dave Dickson on Cover of Arkansas Business

$400,000 Bond Set on 1/4 Pound “Ice” Bust

19 Year Old Arrested for Assaulting His 67 Year Old Grandmother

Monticello / Marion Township to Stay “Dry” – No Signatures Turned In by Liquor Sales Supporters

Greenville Grabbers” $8,000 Shoplifting Ring, Included Crossett & McGehee Thefts

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Wildfire – 1,422 Acres Destroyed, 13 Dozers, 3 Planes, 10 Fire Depts., 8 AFC Crews

Intermodal Authority Holds Intense Discussion on It’s Inability to Pay Bills

Lear Jet, Citation 10, & Merlin Take-Off from Monticello Airport – 500+ Video Plays

1 Guy, 1 Week, 2 Arrests
4 Break-ins to Bowser Road Vehicles, Saturday. Suspect Arrested in Area.
Released Monday, Arrested Wednesday, 4 am for Attempted Auto Theft, $250,000 Bond Set

Safety, Signs,School Buses, & 18-Wheelrs on Old Dermott Road Issues Presented to Quorum Court

Alligator Caught in Monticello Pond

Monticello Medical Clinic Welcomes Julia Nicholson, MD

DC Teacher Honored by Governor & Commissioner of Education

Local Teen Wins 3rd in National 4-H Competition

City Records 449 Water Leaks Since 2007, Considering “New Main & Meters” Project

Ryburn Recognized as Arkansas’ 2012 Volunteer Economic Developer of the Year

MMS 8th Grader Wins Arkansas State Horseshow Buckaroo Barrel Champion

2012, The Year in Headlines

January 4th, 2013 by

MonticelloLive has looked back at the full year of 2012, and listed the headlines of stories that made the year what it was.

Some are good; some are sad; and some we can only wonder about.

Just click on the headlines to go to the original story behind it, as we take a short trip back to 2012 Memory LANE.

June Journal – 2012 Headlines

January 4th, 2013 by

Winchester Celebrates 100th Birthday

4th Grader Seriously Injured in Boating Accident

Boating Death in Ashley County, Sunday

CashboX Performs at Nashville’s Country Music Assn. Festival

$458,680 AmeriCorps Grant to Fund SEARK Educational Co-op Program

Drew Central Board Member Resigns, New Member Appointed

Parks Commission Hears Request to Make Whaley Property into Park / Nature Trail

Convicted Drug Grower “Falls Out” in Court, Wheeled to Jail – 2,600 Video Plays

Loveless, Cheatham, Holcomb, & Jeffress Win Run-off Elections

Local Parolee Arrested in Mississippi for Aggravated Assault in Monticello

Fatal Wreck Claims Life of Local Man

How US District Judge’s Ruling Affects Monticello & Drew Central Students 

DWI #3 Conviction – DWIs #4 & #5 Pending

Ex In-Laws Allegedly Loosen Gas Pipe

Provost David Ray Retirement Program Photos

July Jottings – 2012 Headlines

January 4th, 2013 by

City ISO Rating Improves

75 Acre Fire near Lacey and The Valley

“Chris Was Stabbing Him, & I Was Pushing Him Out of the Truck” – 2 of 3 Saline County Youths Plead Guilty

Angry Parent, that Crashed School Bus in Teachers Car, Gets 2 Years Sentence 

Death Penalty Possible in Capital Murder Case of Infant

Convention Center Funding Leads to Discussion of Extending Library Tax

Principal Kenny Pennington Leaving MHS after 13 Years

Monticello Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Crime

Trapped Teenagers Inside of Railroad Chip Car, Rescued at Midnight

Commercial Burglar, with Medical Marijuana & Pills, Doesn’t Remember Crime or Arrest

Quorum Court Approves Status Change of Hospital & Vote on Millage Continuation

DC Red Brick Building Demolition Update

Armed Robbery Suspect Was Parolee from Texas for Murder & Multiple Robberies

Detroit Lions’ Corey Williams Local DWI Charge “Taken Under Advisement”  (still under advisement, new judge to decide outcome)

State Trooper Accepts Marraige Proposal from “Traffic Stop” Driver

Mom Pleads Guilty, Will Testify in Husband’s Death Penalty Trial

These 3 Stories, All Same Night
Ashley County Deputy Sheriff’s Abductor Arrested, Deputy Released, at Circle N
13 Gunshots Fired at Local Apt. Complex
Stolen Truck Recovered (with Suspects), 30 Minutes after Theft

Coleman Dairy Opens Facility in Monticello

Level 4 Sex Offender Sentenced to Prison (Again) for Child Sex Crimes

4 Marlins Competing in Junior Olympics

Egg Truck Likely Cause of 80 Acre Forest Fire

Happy Birthday

January 4th, 2013 by

Jordan Smith is celebrating her 13th birthday today!

Jordan is a 7th grade student at MMS & is the daughter of Mike & Shelley Smith.

She has one sister; Karsyn Smith.

Happy Birthday Jordan!

Single Car Crash Victim Air Evac-ed to PB

January 3rd, 2013 by

Around 9:30, Thursday morning, the driver of a northbound Toyota Camry was traveling from Ashley County toward Monticello, near HWY 172, when he lost control of his vehicle.

The Toyota crossed into the west ditch and slammed into a driveway culvert, before becoming airborne.

The driver was transported by SEEMS to the DMH helipad, where he was transferred to Air Evac, to med-flight to Pine Bluff’s JRMC.

April Accounts – 2012 Headlines

January 3rd, 2013 by

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle at Walmart Stop-Light

Dancy Sentence Reduced by 8 Years, Still to Serve 28 Year Sentence

State Supreme Court Denies Convicted Murderer’s Petition from 2000 Mudrer Case

Sadie Johnson Community Center Site Being Cleared for Construction

The Great Monticello Egg-Drop, Pics & Videos

Spring Shindig on the Square – Gospel Videos with Haley Creek Boys, & The Martins

One Monticello Life – BrookLynn White, Setting an Easter Example with Good Deeds

UAM Provost David Ray Retiring

Fair Board & University Agree on 25 Year Lease Agreement 

Man Injured in Moped – Truck Collision

Joint Committee on State Retirement Programs Meeting at UAM

Local Woman Wins National Award

Repeat Sex Offender with Child Victims Gets $200,000 Bond


DMH Old Patient Wing Razed, to Clear Area for Future Surgery Center

Drew Central Board Discusses Fiscal Distress Action Plan

MHS’s Kim Wilson, Arkansas’s Teacher of the Year, Visits Washington D.C.

May Milestones – 2012 Headlines

January 3rd, 2013 by

City Council Votes to Accept Bids for Fire Station & Move Funds for Sadie Johnson Center

Rape Charges Filed Against Local Man

City Accepts Bid for Automated Trash Truck

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

“Worst City Council Meeting Ever” – 4th Most Watched ML Video Ever

Drew Central Student Nominated To Attend Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Congress In Chicago

Reginald Glover Is UAM’s 50th Distinguished Alumnus

Drew County Attempted Murder Suspect Stabs 3 Corrections Officers, Near Batesville

Drew County Native to Donate Book Proceeds to Local Museum

Color Guard at Monticello Airport for Fallen Soldier

Downtown Festival Considered for November

Armed Suspect Fleeing from Police Killed in Car Crash

UAM’s First Three-Time Softball All-American

Bond Set for 7 Drug Sweep Suspects

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

Election Summary

“Brain-washed Socialist Cowards” Jury Sentences “Pot Growing Idiot” to Maximum Sentences on Drug Charges

$300,000 Bond Set for Employee that Set Fred’s Dermott Fire

Drew County “Most Wanted” Arrested in Florida

Lake Monticello Jet-Ski Rescue

More Info Released on Fatal Car Crash on HWY 278

Shotgun Robbery at Victim’s Home Reported to MPD

Attempted Captial Murder Youth Trio Appear in Court – 1 Mental Evaluation – 1 Bond Reduction Request

Child Drowning in Lake Monticello


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