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Local “Carpet Medics” to Assist Hurricane Sandy Victims on East Coast

November 15th, 2012 by

Carpet Medics owner, Randy Phillips, is traveling to the east coast to assist to the thousands of homeowners whose homes have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Phillips says, “There are still hundreds of thousands of people whose homes are waiting to be repaired, and before that can happen they will have to be dried. The storm surge filled many homes with as much as 4 feet of sea water and although the water has receded the structures are saturated. There are hundreds of restoration contractors like us there but they can barely scratch the surface of the work needed to be done.”

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McKievers – Mixing Tradition & Changes in Business

November 15th, 2012 by

McKievers, on HWY 425 South, formerly known as McKiever Packing, is still owned and operated by the McKiever family, and has added many products and services, in recent times.

They have a deli available and carry many convience store items, as well as wholesale and retail meat, paper, and feed products (including Prime Quality and Victor Foods).

In 1976, the building was known as a slaughter and packing house, but in 2011, slaughter was discontinued, and the facility was remodeled. 

But they still are know for the “family tradition” of quality meat products, just check out the attached list. 

Of course, it’s deer season, so remember them for your deer processing needs.  McKievers, call 367-9427.

Deer Season to Remember

November 15th, 2012 by

Cody McDaniel, son of Johnny and Jennifer McDaniel,Cody McDaniel, harvested this 5 point, 175 pound buck on opening morning while hunting with his dad at Deer Creek Hunting Club in Monticello.  Then on Sunday morning, he killed this 9 point 210 pound buck.

MHS Forensic Team Earns 1st Place in Russellville

November 15th, 2012 by

The MHS Forensic Team travelled to Russellville to compete at the Russellville High School Cyclone Forensic Tournament. The team returned with several awards including a 1st place sweepstakes award. Twenty-seven students competed in 10 individual events and one group event. The team earned 3rd place in readers theatre group event with their interpretation of 13 Reasons Why, a novel by Jay Asher.

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Happy (Late) Birthday

November 15th, 2012 by

Greyson Ashcraft recently celebrated his 4th birthday.

His parents are DeVonda Harvey & Richard W. Ashcraft of Monticello. Greysons siblings are Ryeli Ashcraft, Alexis, Rebekah & Jensen Harvey.

DC 2nd Grade Class Studies “Gummy Worms”

November 14th, 2012 by

Mr. McRae’s 2nd grade class at Drew Central are shown being involved in an estimation and measurement math activity.

The goal was to estimate in centimeters the projected length of the gummy worm completely stretched without breaking.

The students then assisted one another in stretching the gummy worm to its maximum length for accurate measurement.

Pictured are: Lana Boykin, Omarion Pace, and Colby Broyles.

Suzi Paige 2, Now Open on Main Street

November 14th, 2012 by

Suzi Paige 2 is now open at on Main Street, in Monticello, Monday- Friday from 11 am to 6 pm sat 10am to 5pm.

They are an original boutique, offering the latest styles of the fashion world, including; It, Miss Me, and Big Star jeans.. Ronaldo designer jewelry and many more!

Suzi Paige 2 can be reached at 367-0180, or stop by and look around.


November 14th, 2012 by

CONGRATULATIONS! to MHS Choral Director Mrs. Bennie Vincent for being selected by her colleagues as the 2012-2013 Southeast Region “Director of the Year.”

During the past two years of teaching at Monticello Middle School, Mrs. Vincent’s choirs received Superior Division I Ratings in performance and sight reading at Choral Performance Assessments (CPA). She is in her first year as the Monticello Sr. High Choral Director.

Deer Hunt

November 14th, 2012 by

Trent Hoskins 11years old from McGehee killed this 4 point while hunting in Star City Monday November 12, 2012 with his PawPaw Rick Barnhardt. Trent is the son of Phil and Leslie Hornaday of McGehee and Roger and Kristine Hoskins of Monticello. Grandson of Rick and Patricia Barnhardt of Star City and Roger and Sandi Hoskins of Woodlawn. He is a 5th Grader at McGehee Elementary School. We are so very proud of you Trent!!!!

UAM Professor Responds to Recent Arrest

November 14th, 2012 by

Officers from the UAM arrested a professor of mathematics on October 30, charging him with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and threatening an officer.

Guy Nelson, a mathematics professor at the university was arrested at the college’s science center, where it took two officers to take him into custody.

Susan Pruitt of UAM’s The Voice has posted an update on the story, which include an interview with the professor. Click here to read that article on The Voice.

MHS Delegation Earns Recognition at 2012 Arkansas Student Congress

November 13th, 2012 by

The MHS Delegation to the 2012 Arkansas Student Congress earned 7th place overall. Daniel Wigley, Hannah James and Jacob Chisom earned 5th place in their House of Representatives. Earning excellent awards were Elizabeth Wilson (committee, caucus), Erin Campbell (caucus, floor debate), Daniel Wigley (caucus, floor debate), Hannah James (floor debate), Alex Jones (floor debate), and Jacob Chisom (committee, parliamentary procedures). Daniel Wigley and Hannah James earned superior awards in committee; Hannah and Jacob Chisom earned superior awards during the party caucus session.

Picture: Front row – Hannah James, Alex Jones, Elizabeth Wilson
Back row – Erin Campbell, Jacob Chisom, Daniel Wigley

Report from the Legislature

November 13th, 2012 by

Things have been a tad quieter at the legislature the past couple of weeks due in part to campaigns being waged for the General Election. However, budget hearings have still been the main topics of business. You may have read that most of our institutions of higher learning have made their requests for their budgets for 2013-2014. Naturally all want more and more funding. Hopefully each will get their needs met. The same is true for multiple state agencies. (It rather reminds me of a Rolling Stones song. You all know the one – “You don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need.”)

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Drew HEALTH Promotes Diabetes Awareness

November 13th, 2012 by

Diabetes is a common but serious disease that poses a major public health problem to Arkansas and Drew County. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes was the the 6th leading cause of death in Arkansas in 2007. The Arkansas Department of Health data shows over 7% of Drew County residents reporting they have been told by their doctor that they have diabetes.

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Former Candidate Griffin Endorses Robert Akin for County Judge

November 13th, 2012 by

Former Drew County Judge candidate Jessie Griffin,this morning, endorsed Robert Akin for that position in the upcoming run-off election.

Griffin told MLive, “I’m supporting Robert because he’s the best candidate in the race.  Robert is a good honest man, who has good experience to serve in the position of county judge.  Robert ran a very clean campaign, and will do a good job for the county.  I feel Robert is the best choice for Drew County judge, and encourage everyone who supported me to vote for Robert Akin in the run-off election.”

Griffin also pointed out, contrary to rumors, if Akin is elected, Griffin will not be given a job with the county.

The Day After the Temporary Tags Expired……

November 13th, 2012 by

Friday, around noon, this driver of the Olds Alero was traveling on Old Warren Road, heading toward Monticello, when he lost control.  The vehicle ran off of the roadway, and into a line of trees, knocking several trees over.

Drew County Sheriff’s Deputies worked the wreck.  Reliable Towing removed the wrecked Olds.

The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license.

The temporary tags on the Alero ran out the day before the crash.


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