Greetings from the Arkansas House of Representatives! What a week!! This week has progressed much like the others so far – slowly – and I fear that pace will continue. We have now spent 7 weeks on two issues and I sense that the tone has been set for the rest of the already-extended session.
The Arkansas Department of Health and the City of Monticello hereby informs residents, especially those on low-sodium and salt-restricted diets, that they should be made aware of the relatively high levels of the sodium in the town’s drinking water so that they can take appropriate measures.
This March, 2013, offering will begin a series that will give you a room-by-room tour of our own Drew County Historical Museum. I hope you will enjoy these entries and will stop by the museum yourself to peruse its treasures face-to-face.
The museum itself was formerly known as the Cavaness house for those of you who never knew, or have forgotten, its beginnings. Newlyweds Garvin W. Cavaness and his wife, Pattie Phenton Wells, began construction of their home in 1906.
The Monticello Billies hosted the annual SouthArk Slugfest, this weekend, featuring eight area high school baseball teams.
The 2 day, 14 game tournament included Monticello, Hamburg, Crossett, Camden (Fairview), Camden-Harmony Grove, Stuttgart, Dewitt and Smackover.
Camden Fairview scored 6 in the 1st inning to lead them to a 15-3 victory over Dewitt, in the final game. Gamden’s 11th and 12th runs were scored on the same play in the 4th inning (shown above). Dewitt battled until the end, scoring their 3 runs in the final inning, at MHS Field.
Monticello defeated Stuttgart 9-2, after 5 innings, to win the consolation game, at Burlington Field.
The March meeting of the Monticello Music Club will be held Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church. The program will feature music from the great Broadway musical “Showboat”. Performers on the program will include Cara Akin, Kevin Henry, Ashley Gonzalez, Bobby Brown, Craig Grantham and Kathy Lyon. The Monticello High School Madrigals, under the direction of club member Bennie Vincent, will also be performing. The Junior Club student performer will be Katelyn Bayliss, a piano student of Mrs. Beverly Lobitz.
Jessica Wishard represented the Jr. Club last moth, by playing and singing a song she composed..
The Monticello Billies led all the way from the early 1st period, until the second overtime; but the Pottsville Apaches came from behind to tie the game 8 times, took the lead with seconds to go for a 56-54 win over the Billies.
The MHS Forensic team travelled to Searcy High School where they earned their fifth 1st Place Sweepstake award this year. Twenty-five entries earned awards, and 35 of these entries are now qualified to compete at the Tournament of Champions in April. Read the rest of this entry »
Jessica Wishard, a senior at Drew Central High School, received recognition at their recent school board meeting for advancing to finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program of 2013. She was awarded a certificate by Ms. Melissa Vincent, Principal of the high school.
Drew County currently does not have an active parole / probation case officer dedicated for the county’s offenders. Currently, officers designated for other counties are covering Drew County, on top of their regular responsibilities.
When questions about probation case in Circuit Court Monday, Judge Gibson said that was under the impression the each officer had a maximum case load of 25. Court testimony later reflected that total has been increased up to 60.
This fatal crash where the State Police investiagated the driver of an asphault truck jumping from his truck, causing the death of a driver of a mini-van was the best news tip for the month of October.
The $100 prize was donated by the news tip caller of Hope Place family Center, for pregnancy care and counseling.
The Arkansas Baptist Home for Children and Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home for Children received a special gift, recently, thanks to local farmer, Brian Smith, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
CARTI, the largest private cancer clinic in Arkansas, and Drew Memorial Hospital, a 49-bed hospital in Monticello, announce they will be partnering to deliver excellence in cancer care and treatment in Monticello.
For your convenience, the Drew County Tax Collectors Office is now accepting Credit Card payments, for delinquent taxes and beginning March 1, on the Current 2012 Tax Year, according toTonya Loveless, Drew County Tax Collector.
Please note that there will be a 2.49% service charged by the supplier that will be applied to your tax payment amount for using your Credit Card.
The February meeting of the Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association was called to order on February 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the UAM Agricultural Center in Monticello, Arkansas by Vice President Nita Carpenter. Read the rest of this entry »