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Hay Baler & Field Fire, Contained by MFD

August 12th, 2013 by

025Saturday, around noon, a hay baler fire was reported on North Gabbert St.

The blaze quickly ignited the dry hay, laying below the baler, as fire began to spread.

The Monticello Fire Dept. responded, and quickly had the fire extinguished.

Desha County Jury Gives 55 Year Sentence for Firearms & Battery Charges

August 12th, 2013 by

Last Wednesday, a Desha County jury convicted Roy Lee Russell, of Dumas, for being a felon in possession in possession of a firearm and 2nd degree battery.

Russell was sentenced to 40 years and 15 years to run consecutively, which is the maximum sentence possible for those offenses.

Russell was found not guilty on 3 counts of kidnapping, 2 counts of rape, and one count of 2nd degree battery.

The trial began on Wednesday and concluded about 2pm Thursday.


Local Industry Expanding, Adding Jobs

August 10th, 2013 by

hoodAt the Monticello Economic Development Commission’s monthly meeting, Nita McDaniel expounded on the recent city council meeting announcement that Hood Packaging is in the process of going through another expansion, which will add an estimated 12 new jobs, with an estimated hourly wage of $16

Hood will be investing between between $2M and $4M to add an additional product line. This will create 12 new full time jobs. AEDC has committed $250,000 in forgivable loans to help offset the costs of the expansion project, and on July 25th, the City Council approved an additional $100,000 in forgivable loans from the City war chest to assist with the expansion project as well.

As the planning of this expansion is on-going, new needs continue to develop, and the commission will be meeting soon to discuss these new aspects of the expansion.

Drew Central Student Is 2012-2013 Tobacco Control Youth Board Advocate of the YEAR

August 9th, 2013 by

100_37582013 Drew Central Graduate, Ms. Sarah Porter from Drew Central SODA Club-YES Team

Sarah has served on the Tobacco Control Youth Board for three years. To earn this position, advocates must fill out an application, send in a resume’ , have personal references and be interviewed by the state leaders in Little Rock. They must also complete four projects throughout the year and turn in quarterly reports. They must also submit an end of the year media project.

Way to go Sarah! We are so proud of you. We thank you for all you have done to support the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative in promoting the tobacco free message! We are thankful that there are youth like you in the fight against big tobacco. Your work in your community and on the state level is just FANTASTIC and from us you get a big YES! You’re a YES ROCKSTAR!


Monticello Adult Education/WAGE Center Announces Instructional Classes

August 9th, 2013 by

Classes will begin on August 19, 2013 at the Adult Education Center which is located at 809 Hwy. 278 East (Workforce Training Center). Instructors are available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 3:00pm. On Fridays, classes are from 8:00am to 11:30am. Also, for anyone who cannot attend during the day, classes are available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Classes are free to the public. Open entry/open exit. English as A Second Language classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at First United Methodist Church on Main Street. The times are 6:00pm to 8:00pm. These classes will begin on Monday, September 9, 2013. For more information about the program, feel free to call (870) 367-4070.

Grand Manor Assisted Living Breaks Ground for 49 Bed Housing & Care Units with 25 Local Jobs – Updated

August 8th, 2013 by

zSeveral business and community leaders were present, Tuesday afternoon, for the ceremonial groundbreaking of Grand Manor Assisted Living, located on HWY 425 North, just past Cablevision.

040The level two facility will provide care units for 49 clients, including an area for “memory care” patients.

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MFD Responds to Camper Fire

August 7th, 2013 by

031Just before noon, Tuesday, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of a trailer fire on East Pope Street.

A camper trailer, which was being salvaged for recyclable materials had caught fire, and was full engulfed, as they arrived.

Damage was contained to the camper.

Tom Rabb to Celebrate 88th Birthday, Saturday

August 6th, 2013 by

zEveryone is invited to Tom Rabb’s 88th Birthday Celebration. His daughter, Linda Kay Rabb, and sister, Janie Rabb Fuller are hosting the birthday party, August 10, 2013, 2-4 PM, at The Guest House, 810 North HWY 425, Monticello, AR.

No gifts please, just your presence is requested. Tom was married 58 years to Imogene Henderson Rabb, until her death in 2003.

He is a WW2 Combat Veteran who served in General George Patton’s Tank Corps. He retired from Burlington Industries and was a farmer.



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