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2.5 Car Wreck – With 2 More Close – edited

January 16th, 2013 by

Around 11 am Tuesday, as most of Drew County was getting pelted by ice pellets, several ice related accidents occurred.

On HWY 278 East, just before Dead Man’s Curve, a maroon Chevy pick-up was off in the ditch.

Just past the curve, near Bordeaux Road, a gold sedan had lost control in the ice, and came to a stop in a nearby bean field.

Just past the next gradual curve, were 3 vehicles, all involved or partially involved,  in another mishap .

It started as a gray, westbound Mitsubishi lost control in the ice.  The driver avoided colliding with an eastbound Chevy pick up, but the Chevy truck  swerved and ended up in the ditch.

The Mitsubishi then struck an oncoming, white Volkswagen Jetta, which was being driven by the wife of the Chevy driver. sending both vehicles spinning into the ditch area.

Drew County Sheriff’s deputies worked the accident(s).  No one was reportedly injured, however an ambulance resonded to check out one of the drivers.

Fallen Trees

January 16th, 2013 by

The recent ice storm has produced fewer fallen trees and broken limbs than earlier predicted.

The top photo shows a tree that fell on Jordan Drive, Tuesday afternoon.

The lower photo was taken of a North Main St. home, Monday evening.  No damage was reported.

Ice Causes Rollover on Overpass – 1st Wreck of Many, Tuesday

January 15th, 2013 by

Around 10am, Tuesday morning, a UAM student was traveling back to class, westbound on Jordan Drive, when he felt his Jeep loose traction in the ice, “fishtail”, and then rollover on the bridge.

The driver was not injured.  Monticello Police worked scene, assisted by Arkansas State Police. The Fire & Rescue Squad was also paged out.  Dan’s wrecker towed the vehicle.

Companies Team Up To Build Energy Efficient Homes

January 15th, 2013 by

Two Arkansas companies, The Reata Foundation, Inc, a non-profit institution commissioned to provide affordable and energy efficient housing for the American family, and Concrete & Foam Structures, LLC( CFS), a fabricator of expanded polystyrene (EPS) have joined together to produce a technological advanced building system. The result is an ultra energy efficient residential home for the future era of residential house building.

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Slick Roads & Bridges

January 14th, 2013 by

Around 10 am, the AHTD was putting salt/sand on the HWY 425 / Jordan Drive overpass, because of ice accumulation.

Roadways and sidewalks are beginning to become slick in some areas, so use caution as you’re out and about, today.

City Hall Ceiling Collapses

January 14th, 2013 by

When city hall employees arrived at work this morning, one of them went into the City Council meeting room, and found parts of the ceiling laying on the floor.

It is believed that the weight of the recent heavy rains cause a minor sag in the roof, which caused enough of a bowing effect for the staples holding the ceiling tile to pull loose. 


Flooded Homes on N. Gabbert St. – Blame City & State for Nor Clearing Clogged Culvert

January 14th, 2013 by

Around 4 am, Sunday, flooding was reportedly enter homes homes on North Gabbert St.

In an interview with the family, they said they heard water running, and when they got out ot bed to see what was wrong, their feet touched the carpet, and that’s when then knew their home was flooded.

The family told KARK and MLive that they had requested the city and state clean out a culvert under North Gabberrt St. that was clogged up with leaves, but no one taken care of the impending problem.

After their hause was flooded, the AHTD cleared the culvert, and the water (in their yard) was soon gone.

Also see the KARK report.

Former Local Pastor, with New Book on Amazon, to hold Local Book Signing, Today

January 13th, 2013 by

Jeff Noble, a former Monticello pastor and the originator of MLive, has written a book! Super Center Savior

Jeff Noble will be book signing & reception for Super Center Savior, Sunday, from 1:30-3 pm, at the BCM on the UAM campus

There will be books available to buy there.

The new book is also available on

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New Owners Take Over Local Restaurant

January 12th, 2013 by

Lena’s Cafe, a popular breakfast and lunch diner, referred to by many folks as “the coffee shop,” has new (but familiar) owners.

Meagan Acrey and Bart Murray recently took over operation of the HWY 425 cafe, well known for their cook-to-order breakfasts and lunch buffets.  

Customers already know Meagan well; she has been a part of Lena’s for 5 of the business’s 7 years of operation.

The new owner’s don’t plan many major changes, but instead plan to keeping using Lena’s recipes – for the meals, as well as the friendly service. 

Well, it’s Saturday morning; an omelet from Meagan’s Cafe sounds pretty good, right now.

Monticello Weather

Today is forecast to be Cooler than yesterday. Chance of showers.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 04/26 0%
High 79° / Low 55°
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 79F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of Rain
Monday 04/27 50%
High 66° / Low 52°
Chance of Rain
Showers early becoming less numerous later in the day. Thunder possible. High 66F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

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