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September 5th, 2012 by

Larry Valentine spent a few days with his daughter, Tammy.
Homer Grantham had visitors, Labor Day.
David Cason has been checking on his Mom ( Carol Cason ) daily,
Jerry Burgess spent a few days with her daughter ( Bennie Carol ).
Joy Meadows `s family had a birthday cake and ice cream with her on her birthday. Penny brought cake and ice cream for her to share with the residents and Penny also had lunch with her on her birthday.
Sherry has been out this week visiting her Mom ( Sybil Black ).
Dr. Byant has visited his Mother-in-law ) Eloise Davis ) this week.
Susan has visited her Mom ( Jewell Hargis ) this week and Mrs. Jewell went to a family reunion on Labor Day.
John Collins`s wife has visited him daily.
We would like to welcome Carline Satterwhite to the Guesthouse. Rosemary Brown, Sarah and John Cason and some of her other family members helped move her in.
Angela Davis, Angela Earnest, Ed Whit, Mary Ann Jones,Jes Gueuter, Angela Thrilkeld, Tikki Monkin, Wes and Marlene McCoy, Anita Menell and Hinger Wilkins visited Frank Carson last week.
We have one birthday in September, Sybil Black she will be 84 years young

“America’s Most Wanted” Arrested in Monticello

September 5th, 2012 by

On Tuesday, September 4th, Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober was contacted by an agent with the United States Marshal’s Service, based out of Little Rock, asking for assistance in the apprehension of a fugitive, Jonathan Jamel May, who is suspected of two counts of first degree murder and three counts of attempted murder in Detroit, Michigan. Sheriff Gober then contacted Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton and advised him of the situation.

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Hurricane Isaac – In Perspective, by a Local Resident with LA Roots

September 4th, 2012 by

Some of you may be familiar with the “Shrimp Guy” that sells fresh gulf shrimp from time to time on the parking lot of ReMax. That guy is Todd Tassin and I am proud to say that he is my brother-in-law. He and his family live in Slidell, La just outside of New Orleans. He sustained knee deep water in his house from Issac. They are having to get rid of everything that was touched by the water as God only knows what the water brings in and he has three small girls.

This is the pile of stuff in front of his house after three days of gutting the house and ripping out sheetrock. Almost every house in his neighborhood looks like this. Police have to guard the entrance to his neighborhood to make sure people can’t just come take items from their piles as the insurance adjusters have to come inspect them before anything can be disposed of in any way.

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Hunter Graduates From Air Force Basic Training

September 4th, 2012 by

Edward Hunter, Jr. completed basic military training for the United States Air Force on August 24, 2012 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas. As a member of the 326 TRS FLT 545 of the 737th Training Group, he completed training with a rank of E3 Airman First Class.

Hunter is a 2011 graduate of Drew Central High School and a native of Wilmar Arkansas. His parents are Edward and Sasha Hunter of Wilmar; grandparents are James and Alice Hunter, Erma Jones and the late Hubert Smith all of Wilmar.

Hunter will continue technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls Texas where he will receive training as an aircraft mechanic.

2nd Grade Class Participates In Counting Activities

September 4th, 2012 by

Mr. McRae’s 2nd grade class participating in first week counting activities. The students were given a square piece of foil approx 3″x3″ and had to brainstorm on how to design a boat that would hold a maximum number of pennies. There were 2 rounds of competition where modifications could be made to their boats. The winners designed 2 boats that held 64 total pennies.

Pictured are the winners of the “penny-boat” competition with their first thought of design. Pictured from left are: Delaney White, Hope Sass, and Will Watson.

Report from the Legislature – # 39

September 3rd, 2012 by

Greetings from the Arkansas Legislature! The diversity of issues the legislature must investigate in such a short time span is mindboggling! Yet there is still so much to accomplish!

This reporting period we received an interesting and yet disheartening report about hunger and its effect on our school population. According to the report, seven out of ten Arkansas teachers (73%) say too many school-age children come to school hungry regularly because they aren’t getting enough food to eat at home, regardless of the cause. Kids are the innocent “victims” here.

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County Labor Day Closings

September 3rd, 2012 by

The Drew County Courthouse and road and sanitation departments will be closed Monday, September, because of Labor Day.

Please note that Monday sanitation routes will be run on Tuesday; Tuesday routes will be run on Wednesday; Wednesday routes will be run on Thursday; Thursday routes will be run on Friday.”


September 2nd, 2012 by

Linda Newkirk, State Executive Director for the Arkansas State Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that as of September 6, 2012, the Bradley County FSA office will be officially closed. From this date forward, all FSA program services will be provided by the Drew County FSA office unless a producer has elected to transfer his/her records to another county. The Drew County FSA office is located at 419 West Gaines Street, Monticello and the phone number is 870-367-8400.

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September 2nd, 2012 by

The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team set a new school record for fewest yards allowed in a game in a 78-0 season-opening win over College of Faith at home on Saturday.

The Boll Weevils (1-0) allowed just 18 yards of total offense in the win. UAM limited College of Faith to 53 yards passing and negative 35 yards rushing. In the other column, the UAM offense racked up 498 yards of total offense – 276 through the air and 222 on the ground.

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Hurricane Isaac – Left Over Photos & Thoughts

September 1st, 2012 by

With Hurricane Isaac’s final clouds leaving Drew County, Friday, all we have left of the storm is the memory of 4-8 inches of rain,
and French Toast (since we all buy milk, bread, and eggs whenever there is a storm coming).

There are a few photos left to post, like the “white-capping waves” at Lake Monticello, and

several large trees down, like this one that fell on Rose Hill Cut-Off Road,

some casuing power outages. These out of state power crews were on HWY 278 West, Friday.

Seval homes, roofs, and out buildings sustained wind damage, like this barn on Pine Creek lane.
Thanks to the MLive readers who sent in photos.

MPD Chief Eddy Deaton and Captain Carlos Garcia dressed in rain gear,

and Thursday’s MPD dispatchers found “fashion rubber boots” in style.

Since I posted the last two photos, I promised them I’d include this one.
“The MonticelloLive Guy” in his “Weather Channel Moment”.

Now its time to pick up the limbs out of the yard……

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$ 1 Million Loan Approved for Intermodal Facilty to Pay Overdue Contractors

August 31st, 2012 by

Last week, Commercial Bank, Union Bank, and First State Bank of Warren, jointly approved a $1 million loan to the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Facility board, in order for them to pay past due bills to contractors, until government grants are received. has more on the story.

For more background on the issue, click here.

Northside EHC Club Gives Donation To Hope Center

August 31st, 2012 by

Representing the Northside EHC Club, State Representative Sheilla Lampkin presents the club’s contribution of $100.00 for the Diaper Drive being held at the Hope Center to Stacey Owens, a Hope Center board member.”

Northside EHC has long been active in the affairs of Drew County and is honored to be able to help such a worthy organization as its final dispensation before merging with another club

More Rain, More Wrecks

August 31st, 2012 by

As the rain continued to fall, today, the number of wrecks continued to climb.

Around noon, a Chevy truck and an 18-wheeler sideswiped in Dead Man’s Curve.  SEEMS transported the Chevy driver to DMH.  DCSO worked the wreck, Reliable Towing loaded the pick-up.

A couple hours later, the driver of a GMC Sierra slipped off of the right side of Babin Drive, near UAM, then crossed both lanes, rolling his truck over into the far ditch.  He was uninjured, MPD, DCSO, and UAM Safety responded.  Reliable towed the vehicle.

Other wrecks this afternoon include an accident reported at Drew Central, and one on HWY 425 North, which was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.


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