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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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UAM Offers Scholarship For EAST Students

January 29th, 2013 by

The University of Arkansas at Monticello is once again offering scholarships to two high school seniors who have participated in the EAST educational technology initiative for at least two years while in high school.

The scholarship covers tuition for 15 semester hours of course credit, excluding summer terms, and is renewable by maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on 12 semester hours and providing 10 hours per week of voluntary assistance in an assigned location on campus.

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UAM And Arkansas Americorps To Offer Scholarships For Third Year

January 29th, 2013 by

Applications for the UAM-Arkansas Americorps Scholarship will be available beginning February 1 at the Office of Admissions at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and at the Americorps office at the Southeast Educational Service Cooperative in Monticello.

UAM, in cooperation with Arkansas Americorps, will offer five $1,000 scholarships, renewable each semester, beginning with the fall 2013 semester. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is April 1.

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March 1 Is UAM Scholarship Deadline

January 29th, 2013 by

Prospective and current students who plan to apply for either institutional or private scholarships to attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello next fall should do so by March 1, according to Mary Whiting, dean of enrollment management and director of admissions.

Scholarship applications must be received by the admissions office no later than March 1 to receive priority consideration.

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Sunday Night Fire Destroys Shop

January 29th, 2013 by

Around 11  pm, Sunday night, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of a shop on Florence Road.

The structure was fully engulfed, when Drew County Sheriff’s deputies arrived.

The fire destroyed the shop, and everything inside. including a truck, tools, and lawn mower.


Thursday Fire Destroys Home

January 29th, 2013 by

Thursday evening around  5 pm, the Monticello Fire Dept. was called to battle a residence fire on HWY 35 East, just past the HWY 278 intersection.

The home appears to be a total loss.

No information was available about the cause of the fire.


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Today is forecast to be Cooler than yesterday. Morning showers and thunderstorms.
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Saturday 05/30 80%
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Thunderstorms, some heavy during the morning hours, then skies turning partly cloudy during the afternoon. High 84F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
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Sunday 05/31 20%
High 78° / Low 63°
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Considerable cloudiness. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 78F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

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