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Father – Daughter Birthdays

December 17th, 2012 by

Brison and Alexis birthdays are today.

Wishing the two of you Happy Birthday

From your Family

Local Girl Donates Dog Food To Shelter

December 15th, 2012 by

When Sidney Burns celebrated her 6th birthday party, she decided to ask for dog food to help feed the local P.A.W.S. animal shelter instead of birthday presents.

She was able to donate eight big bags of dog food plus several cans and boxes. Sidney is the daughter of Farrah and Andy Burns, granddaughter of Brenda Wright Griffin, Danny Gossett, Wayvon and Brenda Burns and niece of Andrea Chambers, all of Monticello

Local Animal Shelter Needs Help

December 15th, 2012 by

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), is a non-profit, no kill, animal shelter dedicated to dog rescue and adoption in our area. Mrs. Vicky Smith cares for over 90 dogs and is in desperate need of these items:

Monetary donations, Dog food, Newspapers, Magazines, Pillows, Blankets, and Tarps.

Volunteers are welcome, so please contact or send monetary donations to Mrs. Smith at: PAWS, P.O. Bo 126, Monticello, AR 71657, or call 870-460-0877.

There will be a monthly article, starting in January on, featuring adoptable dogs from this shelter. Please help these animals find a forever home.

*Donations can be picked up on request*

OEC Students work with MIS Students

December 15th, 2012 by

Last May, Arkansas Game and Fish awarded Crystal Grimes’ fourth grade math and science classes a grant that included construction of birdhouses for their proposed bird sanctuary on the MIS campus. Recently some of the now fifth graders from Misty Lyle’s classes visited the Occupational Education Center and instructor Ricky Kulbeth to get help with their birdhouse project.

The students worked with Building Trades students Jake Funderburg, Ted Daniels, and Doug Temple to cut birdhouses out of lumber the Building Trade students had previously planed smooth. The fifth grade students – Quinn Reynolds, Kenny Bragg, Damion Collins, Jenson Harvey, and Hayden Robinson worked from a birdhouse plan, measured, and cut the boards according to the plans. The students then bundled the birdhouse pieces together and returned them to MIS where other fifth grade students will assemble the birdhouses later this winter.

12-12-12 Baby

December 14th, 2012 by

Justin and Lauren Reed Holstead of Star City had a baby Girl on 12-12-12.

Kaylin Jaye Holstead. She weighed 8lbs and 13 ozs. and is 22 inches long.

Grandparent are James and Kathy Holstead and David and Kathy Reed.

Congratulations on your New Baby Girl!!

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Gamma Beta Chapter Announces Grant Winners

December 14th, 2012 by

The Gamma Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society of Women in Education, would like to announce Belinda King as the recipients for the Drew Central School District and Brittnay Snow as the recipient for the Monticello School District of a $400 grant. Each winner will use the funds to purchase teaching materials for the classroom.

The Gamma Beta Chapter plans to make both grants available to Drew Central and Monticello School Districts each year to first year teachers , teachers changing subject matter and MAT teachers.


Jupiter Music Donates New Instruments To UAM Jazz Band For Chicago Performance

December 14th, 2012 by

UAM’s Jazz Band I, with Grammy winner Mike Williams (second row, third from left).

The Jupiter Music Corporation has donated $50,000 worth of new instruments to the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s elite jazz ensemble, Jazz Band I, for the group’s performance at the 66th Midwest Clinic of the International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago on December 21. Read the rest of this entry »

Report from the Legislature

December 14th, 2012 by

As reported earlier, we are very busy at your state Capitol tying up interim committee meetings and reports in anticipation of the 89th General Assembly that convenes January 14.

I shared with you last summer my appointment to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) as a member of their legislative council. Founded in 1948, SREB is a consortium/think tank group comprised of members representing 15 “southern” states who have many important roles, but a primary function of the SREB staff is the research and collection of data concerning trends, best practices, commonalities and such of educational programs in the 15 southern states.

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Sawdust Fire at Bayou Wood

December 13th, 2012 by

The Monticello Fire Dept. responded to a silo sawdust system around 10:30 this morning at Bayou Wood, located on Wilson Mill Road, next to Maxwell Hardwood.

The fire was contined to the system housing, except for an occasional flair up.

Firefighters reiained on the scene til just before 1 pm.

It appears that only minor damage was done to the equipment.

New City Trash Truck Arrives

December 13th, 2012 by

The new city trash truck arrived this week.  A training driver from the manufacturer was in town, Wednesday, to show city drivers the operation details of the new truck.

The new truck be likely be put into operation next week, as the new mini-dumpsters are distributed throughout the city.

An information packet will be delivered with each new can, explaing how nad where to place your new min-dumpster.

Drew Central Fourth Graders Make Marble Soup

December 13th, 2012 by

Drew Central 4th Graders held an Estimation and Measurement Day Celebration.

The activities were planned to allow students to explore math concepts with hands-on. Students rotated throughout the classroom which gave each a chance to explore every concept. One activity was “Marble Soup”. Students at this station met the soup chef, teacher Eva Arrington, and made marble soup.

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Monticello Weather

Light Rain
Light Rain
Tomorrow is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as today. Showers possible.
Sunday 03/01 80%
High 41° / Low 38°
Periods of rain late. Lows overnight in the upper 30s.
Chance of Rain
Monday 03/02 60%
High 43° / Low 39°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 43F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

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