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MPD Invesgating Truck Theft

February 2nd, 2013 by

Monticello Police Dept is investigating the theft of this Chevy pick-up, from the Oak View Apt. ares, Friday.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact MPD by calling 367-3411.

(The window tint, as shown in the photo has been removed.)

Drew Central High School To Organize Parent Teacher Organization

February 2nd, 2013 by

Drew Central High school will be organizing its first Parent Teacher Organization.

It is a great way for parents to learn more about our school, get connected with other parents, and be involved in their child’s educational process is to join a parent-teacher organization. Students do best when parents and teachers work together as partners. A PTO will allow our parents to have better understanding of what is taking place at school.

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MES Celebrates “100 Days”

February 1st, 2013 by

Monticello Elementary celebrated 100 Days of School, Monday.

The celebration “kicked off” with a 100 Days T-shirt parade through the halls of the school. Students then went back to their classrooms to participate in a variety of activities centered around the number 100. At lunch time, the 100th student that went through the line for each grade level was awarded a prize. Everyone joined in the celebration, including the cafeteria employees!

Fire Hydrant, Stop Sign, & Street Sign Damaged by Envoy (Gas Line Came Close)

February 1st, 2013 by

Tuesday, around 12 noon, a westbound GMC Envoy on Scott Street dropped off the edge of the pavement, and wasn;t able to re-rain control, before they collided with a street sign, a stop sign, and a fire hydrant.

Modern fire hydrants have a built in “break away” to prevent major leaks, when they are struck by vehicles.

A gas line barely escaped being damaged in the mishap.

Monticelllo School Board Report – Student Expulsion, $100,000 EAST Grant, Improved Door Locks, Harper Recognizes Board

February 1st, 2013 by

The Monticello School Board met Tuesday night, with all Board members present. After the meeting was called to order, Superintendent Bobby Harper announced that January has been declared Arkansas School Board Member Appreciation Month by Governor Mike Beebe. Harper introduced the Monticello High School Madrigal Choir before reading Governor Beebe’s decree. After the reading of the decree, the award-winning Madrigal choir performed two a capella selections for the school board members, and guests.

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Tornado Confirmed, Tuesday

January 31st, 2013 by

The National Weather Service has confirmed that Tuesday night’s storm was a tornado.

It was classified as an EF-0.  Although weak, it did have a circular rotation, and measured 3 miles long by 50 yards wide.

These photos were sent in by an MLive reader. Thank you for sharing them.

More Storm Pics

January 31st, 2013 by

MHS Forensics Team Earns Another 1st Place Sweepstakes Award

January 31st, 2013 by

Front row: Dillon Todd, Jacob Chisom, Drake Hill , Sean Kaminicki, Mary Beth Wigley, Savannah Reynolds, Zach Cason, Mary Kate Jones, Emily Grubbs
2nd row: Melodie Sandlin, Hannah James, Frederica Davidson, Becca Stephenson, Jasmin Miller, Maggie Brown, Hannah James, Zaire Husband, Jessica Craven, Amanda Shindelar
3rd row: Rian Meeks, David deRueda, N’Shyka Shelton, Salolnica Hunter, Walter Hayes, Julia Craign, Jordan McDaniel, Krystle Conyers, Anna St. John, Kinsley Akin
Back row: Alex Borchardt, Courtney Leggett, Don White, Tara Majors, Kelly Murphy, Kristiana Tenorio, Erin Ashcraft, Marty Andrews, and L J Leslie. Not pictured: Jo James.

The MHS Forensics Team earns another 1st place sweepstakes award. The group traveled to Cabot High School where 20 students qualified for the Tournament of Champions in 16 performances that advanced in the competition. Overall they earned thirty 1st- 3rd place rankings and 27 excellent or superior ratings. Advancing into finals were Mary Kate Jones, Zach Cason, and Drake Hill (1st place Mime); Sean Kaminicki, Mary Beth Wigley, and Dillon Todd (Mime Finalist); Savannah Reynolds and Drake Hill (2nd place Improvised Duet Acting); and Emily Grubbs (Poetry Finalist).

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More Storm Photos

January 30th, 2013 by

Shown here is a Drew County Sheriff’s patrol car, which was damaged when a tree fell in it.

Pictured below are two MFD firemen responding to a call where a tree fell on power lines, causing a fire.  Two vehicle, driving in the blowing sheets of rain, collided with the tree, lying across the road.  No one was injured.

Both of these photos were included in the Good Morning America report.

Thanks to everyone who submitted storm damage photos to MLive to share with our readers.

Good Morning America Broadcasting from UAM’s Horse Barn

January 30th, 2013 by

ABC”s Good Morning America arrived at what is left of  UAM’s demolished horse barn, to cover Monticello’s severe weather, Tuesday night, in their program this morning.

Reporter Alex Perez, along with three members of their tech staff, arrived in Monticello around 4:30 to set up for the national broadcast.

Click here to watch the Good Morning America segment.

Some of MLive photos were included in the segment.

UAM Statement on Storm Damage

January 30th, 2013 by

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (January 29), winds blew a horse barn adjacent to the rodeo arena at the University of Arkansas at Monticello off its foundation. The barn was blown across the rodeo parking area and damaged three livestock trailers. The barn housed 11 horses owned by students who are members of the UAM rodeo team. None of the horses were injured during the storm, according to Rusty Jones, rodeo coach.

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Cablevision Announces Major Upgrade for Internet Users

January 30th, 2013 by

Over the next two weeks local Cable, Internet and Telephone Operator, Cablevision, will be upgrading their High Speed Internet Service in the Monticello area. The primary purpose of this upgrade is to increase reliability and provide a more consistent user experience. As the popularity of internet gaming, social media, and online video streaming grow, so does the amount of internet usage for a customer.

Staying ahead of the curve is an imperative, one that Cablevision takes seriously and wants to address proactively. Cablevision owner, Bill Copeland, has announced that upgrades normally take up to 6 months to complete, but with recent growth of new subscribers to the Cablevision family and the need for faster speeds in the community, an aggressive schedule is in place and will be implemented within the next 2 weeks.

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Monticello Weather

Today is forecast to be Much Warmer than yesterday.
Saturday 12/20 0%
High 54° / Low 33°
Sunny. High 54F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 12/21 0%
High 56° / Low 41°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 56F. Winds light and variable.

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