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Roll-Over Wrecks Keep Rescue Team Rolling over Recent Days

October 2nd, 2012 by

Yesterday, around 4:30, Monticello Fire & Rescue team was paged out to the report of a Mercedes SUV that had flipped on HWY 35, near Lake Monticello. 

The vehicle was eastbound, lost control, and flipped, before coming to a stop with the driver pinned inside.  A firefighter arriving on the scene helped her get out of the vehicle, as others were arriving.  MASI transported the Little Rock lady to DMH, DCSAO worked the crash site.  Dan’s Towing removed the Mercedes.

Sunday morning, Fire & Rescue were called to Davis Street, where a man was backing out of his driveway, when he missed the road, and backed over a large culvert, rolling his car over into a ditch, pinning him inside of his Hyundai.

He was safely removed from his  car.  MPD worked the wreck scene, C&L removed the car from it’s perched position.

Monticello Schools Receives $10,000 Grant for Learning Garden from Farming Education Group

October 1st, 2012 by

Before the Monticello Jr. Billie football game against Hamburg, Thursday night, Monsanto presented a $10,000 grant to the Monticello School District that was awarded through America’s Famers Grow Rural Education.

The Monticello School District received nominations from farmers Joe Noland and Jeff Felts. The grants totaled 176 across 39 states that totaled $2.3 million for the selected districts. In Ark. 58 school districts received nominations from 303 farmers and five districts including Monticello received the grants.

The program allows farmers to nominate their school district for the award who then must apply. The grant serves the purpose of enhancing math and science based education and will allow for expansion of the school district’s learning garden program to reach 6th through 8th graders, which will allow them to “learn the principles of science through hands-on activities.”

Man Assaulted With Hot Sauce Bottle in Wilmar, DCSO Seeking Suspect

October 1st, 2012 by

The Drew County Sheriff’s Department is looking for Justin Durden, age 26 of East Johnson Street in Wilmar, after he allegedly assaulted Harvey Lawson, age 24 of Wilmar, with a hot sauce bottle in J-Birds Express in Wilmar.

Durden also goes by the name of “J-Man.”

If anyone knows where he might be, Sheriff Mark Gober asks that they contact the Sheriff’s Department at 367-6211.


$100 Winners of Photo / News Tip Contest

October 1st, 2012 by

Each month, MonticelloLive rewards the reader who calls in the best news tip, or submits the best photo, with a $100 prize.


In October 2012, the video of a Wilmar car fire being put out was taken by Sheena Tucker, who also helped the family (who lost their car and groceries, that day). A couple of Barkada Fire Dept. members were passing by, saw the fire, and put it out; keeping it from reaching the victim’s home. That video earned Sheena $100, and our thanks for sharing it with MLive readers.

z AMWIn September, 2012, a suspect from AMERICAS MOST WANTED was arrested in Monticello.  The person who told MLive about the “truthful rumor” donated their $100 to Immanuel Baptist Church’s food pantry.

Juanita Webb is shown here with her “pet” alligator, which showed up in their family pond. As the gator continued to grow, in August, the family contacted the AG&F, who re-located it to a safer area.

Juanita’s son, David, is shown with the $100 prize for sharing the photo with MLive readers. The family donated their prize money to PAWS to help support their shelter for homeless pets.

A 75 acre forest wildfire in July, battled by several local fire depts. and the Arkansas Forestry Commission, included an AFC helicopter dipping water from a local farm pond to fight the fire. Karen Kolb-Spencer won $100 for sending that photo to MLive to share with our readers.

A MLive news story about a DWI 3, 4, & 5 was picked up and carried by CNN Headline News in June.

On May 16, there was a fatal car wreck in Wilmar, as the vehicle was fleeing from Bradley Couny Law Enforcement. The prize money for this tip was donated to “Feed the Kids,” thanks to the caller

The person who reported the incident to MLive donated their prize money to purchase school supplies for area children.

Last Easter, BrookLynn White attended 2 local Easter egg hunts. At both of them, she helped a fellow hunter, who had his broken arm in a cast.

BrookLynn’s kind act impressed the boy’s mom, and she told MLive about BrookLynn’s good deed.

BrookLynn used her money to buy dog food for PAWS and other charities.

On March 16, 3 Youths from Saline County Stole a Truck from an Elderly Drew County Man, & Left Him Bleeding in the Road. A Multi-agency Manhunt Followed,, including ADC Dogs, an ASP Helicopter, and all area Law Enforcement. The 3 were captured latere that Evening.

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Happy 4th Birthday

October 1st, 2012 by

Jacklynn Lucas turned 4yrs old on Sept 29th.

Happy Birthday, we love you!!

Love and miss you,

Uncle Kevious, Aunt Hopie, Tristen, Baby Gaige and Haiden

Yard of the Month Awarded

September 28th, 2012 by

This month’s Yard of the Month honor goes Linda and Grady Tabor, at the corner of Country Club Lane and Old Hwy 35 West, for their work to beautify their front, side and back yard area.

Congratulations for a job well done.

The award is chosen by the Town & Country Garden Club and presented by the Monticello / Drew County Chamber of Commerce.

Former Monticello Resident Pleads Guilty to DWI Death

September 28th, 2012 by

Last Friday, a former resident of Monticello was sentenced to 10 years in prison, plus 10 more years suspended for the death of a Pulaski County driver.

On September, 13, 2010,  a 32 year old Benton resident, formerly of Monticello, had just brought his wife and 4 day old daughter home from the hospital. Around 3 pm, that day, he left home to get his 18 month old son from daycare.

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Yeiser Named UAM Provost and Vice Chancellor

September 27th, 2012 by

A familiar face is returning to the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Dr. Jimmie Yeiser, professor, T. L. L. Temple Chair and Director of the Forest Resources Institute at Stephen F. Austin State University, has been appointed Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Dr. Yeiser will begin his appointment on October 29, 2012. He replaces R. David Ray, who retired in June after serving 42 years on the university faculty and administration.

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DMH Earns 3rd Governor’s Quality Award

September 27th, 2012 by

Drew Memorial Hospital received the Governors Quality Achievement Award for 2012 during the annual Governors Quality awards celebration held September 24th, at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. The award was presented by Governor Beebe to DMH CEO Michael Layfield. Mr. Layfield accepted the award on behalf of all the physicians and employees of DMH who deliver excellence in quality care to their patients in Drew county and the surrounding counties day in and day out.

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UAM Names Homecoming Court

September 27th, 2012 by

UAM’s 2012 homecoming court (first row, from left) Jessica Noble, Allison Marshall, Brooke Herrington, (second row, from left) Sam Montgomery, Olivia Long, Shelby Todd, Sydney Davis, (third row, from left) Christina Jacinto, Brittany Eitel, Brittney Harding, Lei Brist, and Liz Borse.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello has named 12 women to its 2012 homecoming court.

This year’s homecoming queen will be chosen from the court by a vote of the student body and announced during pre-game ceremonies at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium on October 13. Pre-game ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Members of the court are:
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Happy Birthday

September 27th, 2012 by

McKenzie Goudy is celebrating her 2nd birthday.

She is the daughter of Colby Goudy and Alicia Bodiford, and little sister to Hunter Goudy

Grandparents are Greg and Judy Bodiford of Monticello and Kent and Peggy Goudy of Sheridan.


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