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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.

Drew Central Pee-Wee Football Program – Registration Deadline, Today

August 31st, 2012 by

Drew Central Pee Wee Football would like to announce that this upcoming Friday, August 31st, is the registration deadline-those who want to participate this season.

Register Online Here.

There will be a 3rd and 4th grade team, and a 5th and 6th grade team.

The teams will play in a league with Warren, Hamburg, Crossett, McGehee, and Hermitage.

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The Woods Of Monticello Talks To Lions Club

August 31st, 2012 by

The Woods of Monticello representatives, shown in picture, Pam Leeper, Alzheimer’s Care Director, and Ulrica Trotter, Social Services & Admissions Director, spoke to the Monticello Lions Club, recently.

 Ms Leeper gave an interesting and informative overview of The Woods’ treatment and care of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She said patients are admitted to the Alzheimer’s Unit during the mid-stage of Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Patients do have to have the proper diagnosis by a Doctor before admission.

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Rain & Wrecks

August 30th, 2012 by

Around 7 am, two single vehicle accidents were reported to MPD dispatch.

A Ford pick–up traveling west on Old Dermott Road, met another vehicle, causing his rear wheel to fall off of the pavement.  The driver was not injured.  A Drew County Sheriff’s Deputy worked the wreck.

As the deputy was arriving on the Old Dermott Road scene, another wreck was reported in Dead Man’s Curve on HWY 278 East.  A Ford Escort, traveling east, lost control on the wet roadway, and spun around, coming to a stop in the ditch.  That driver was also uninjured.  An Arkansas State Trooper worked that accident.

Insecure Home Security Salesmen Invade Monticello

August 29th, 2012 by

Recently, a young door-to-door salesman came to my home, representing the “cutting edge” home security firm Vivint. I heard his sales pitch and promises, along with his list of satisfied customers.  I’m glad I didn’t purchase his promises, since the next day I asked the MPD officer he described as a “satisfied customer” with Vivint, and he told me he had never met (or done business) with them.

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