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Happy Birthday

January 5th, 2013 by

Avery Jayne Barnes turns eight years old on January 5th. She is a 2nd grader in Mrs. Mann’s class at Monticello Elementary School. She is also a 6th year student at Monticello Dance Academy where she is under the instruction of Allison Neill and Toni Harris.

She is the daughter of Julie Barnes of Monticello and Jason Barnes of Star City. She is the granddaughter of Jimmy and Sandy Holt of Fordyce, Randy and Wendy Barnes of McGehee, and Steve and Tammy Sullivan of Monticello. She is the great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Barnes of McGehee and Steve and Penny James of Monticello.


August Almanac – 2012 Headlines

January 4th, 2013 by

New Name, New Facilities, for Former “Business of the Year”

Friday Forest Fire Destroys 179 Acres, South of Drew County

Union Bank’s Dave Dickson on Cover of Arkansas Business

$400,000 Bond Set on 1/4 Pound “Ice” Bust

19 Year Old Arrested for Assaulting His 67 Year Old Grandmother

Monticello / Marion Township to Stay “Dry” – No Signatures Turned In by Liquor Sales Supporters

Greenville Grabbers” $8,000 Shoplifting Ring, Included Crossett & McGehee Thefts

I-69 Construction Pics
Aerial View of I-69 Construction

Wildfire – 1,422 Acres Destroyed, 13 Dozers, 3 Planes, 10 Fire Depts., 8 AFC Crews

Intermodal Authority Holds Intense Discussion on It’s Inability to Pay Bills

Lear Jet, Citation 10, & Merlin Take-Off from Monticello Airport – 500+ Video Plays

1 Guy, 1 Week, 2 Arrests
4 Break-ins to Bowser Road Vehicles, Saturday. Suspect Arrested in Area.
Released Monday, Arrested Wednesday, 4 am for Attempted Auto Theft, $250,000 Bond Set

Safety, Signs,School Buses, & 18-Wheelrs on Old Dermott Road Issues Presented to Quorum Court

Alligator Caught in Monticello Pond

Monticello Medical Clinic Welcomes Julia Nicholson, MD

DC Teacher Honored by Governor & Commissioner of Education

Local Teen Wins 3rd in National 4-H Competition

City Records 449 Water Leaks Since 2007, Considering “New Main & Meters” Project

Ryburn Recognized as Arkansas’ 2012 Volunteer Economic Developer of the Year

MMS 8th Grader Wins Arkansas State Horseshow Buckaroo Barrel Champion


2012, The Year in Headlines

January 4th, 2013 by

MonticelloLive has looked back at the full year of 2012, and listed the headlines of stories that made the year what it was.

Some are good; some are sad; and some we can only wonder about.

Just click on the headlines to go to the original story behind it, as we take a short trip back to 2012 Memory LANE.


June Journal – 2012 Headlines

January 4th, 2013 by

Winchester Celebrates 100th Birthday

4th Grader Seriously Injured in Boating Accident

Boating Death in Ashley County, Sunday

CashboX Performs at Nashville’s Country Music Assn. Festival

$458,680 AmeriCorps Grant to Fund SEARK Educational Co-op Program

Drew Central Board Member Resigns, New Member Appointed

Parks Commission Hears Request to Make Whaley Property into Park / Nature Trail

Convicted Drug Grower “Falls Out” in Court, Wheeled to Jail – 2,600 Video Plays

Loveless, Cheatham, Holcomb, & Jeffress Win Run-off Elections

Local Parolee Arrested in Mississippi for Aggravated Assault in Monticello

Fatal Wreck Claims Life of Local Man

How US District Judge’s Ruling Affects Monticello & Drew Central Students 

DWI #3 Conviction – DWIs #4 & #5 Pending

Ex In-Laws Allegedly Loosen Gas Pipe

Provost David Ray Retirement Program Photos


July Jottings – 2012 Headlines

January 4th, 2013 by

City ISO Rating Improves

75 Acre Fire near Lacey and The Valley

“Chris Was Stabbing Him, & I Was Pushing Him Out of the Truck” – 2 of 3 Saline County Youths Plead Guilty

Angry Parent, that Crashed School Bus in Teachers Car, Gets 2 Years Sentence 

Death Penalty Possible in Capital Murder Case of Infant

Convention Center Funding Leads to Discussion of Extending Library Tax

Principal Kenny Pennington Leaving MHS after 13 Years

Monticello Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Crime

Trapped Teenagers Inside of Railroad Chip Car, Rescued at Midnight

Commercial Burglar, with Medical Marijuana & Pills, Doesn’t Remember Crime or Arrest

Quorum Court Approves Status Change of Hospital & Vote on Millage Continuation

DC Red Brick Building Demolition Update

Armed Robbery Suspect Was Parolee from Texas for Murder & Multiple Robberies

Detroit Lions’ Corey Williams Local DWI Charge “Taken Under Advisement”  (still under advisement, new judge to decide outcome)

State Trooper Accepts Marraige Proposal from “Traffic Stop” Driver

Mom Pleads Guilty, Will Testify in Husband’s Death Penalty Trial

These 3 Stories, All Same Night
Ashley County Deputy Sheriff’s Abductor Arrested, Deputy Released, at Circle N
13 Gunshots Fired at Local Apt. Complex
Stolen Truck Recovered (with Suspects), 30 Minutes after Theft

Coleman Dairy Opens Facility in Monticello

Level 4 Sex Offender Sentenced to Prison (Again) for Child Sex Crimes

4 Marlins Competing in Junior Olympics

Egg Truck Likely Cause of 80 Acre Forest Fire


Happy Birthday

January 4th, 2013 by

Jordan Smith is celebrating her 13th birthday today!

Jordan is a 7th grade student at MMS & is the daughter of Mike & Shelley Smith.

She has one sister; Karsyn Smith.

Happy Birthday Jordan!


Single Car Crash Victim Air Evac-ed to PB

January 3rd, 2013 by

Around 9:30, Thursday morning, the driver of a northbound Toyota Camry was traveling from Ashley County toward Monticello, near HWY 172, when he lost control of his vehicle.

The Toyota crossed into the west ditch and slammed into a driveway culvert, before becoming airborne.

The driver was transported by SEEMS to the DMH helipad, where he was transferred to Air Evac, to med-flight to Pine Bluff’s JRMC.


April Accounts – 2012 Headlines

January 3rd, 2013 by

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle at Walmart Stop-Light

Dancy Sentence Reduced by 8 Years, Still to Serve 28 Year Sentence

State Supreme Court Denies Convicted Murderer’s Petition from 2000 Mudrer Case

Sadie Johnson Community Center Site Being Cleared for Construction

The Great Monticello Egg-Drop, Pics & Videos

Spring Shindig on the Square – Gospel Videos with Haley Creek Boys, & The Martins

One Monticello Life – BrookLynn White, Setting an Easter Example with Good Deeds

UAM Provost David Ray Retiring

Fair Board & University Agree on 25 Year Lease Agreement 

Man Injured in Moped – Truck Collision

Joint Committee on State Retirement Programs Meeting at UAM

Local Woman Wins National Award

Repeat Sex Offender with Child Victims Gets $200,000 Bond

JACKSON THROWS NO-HITTER, GETS TWO WINS ON DAY

DMH Old Patient Wing Razed, to Clear Area for Future Surgery Center

Drew Central Board Discusses Fiscal Distress Action Plan

MHS’s Kim Wilson, Arkansas’s Teacher of the Year, Visits Washington D.C.


May Milestones – 2012 Headlines

January 3rd, 2013 by

City Council Votes to Accept Bids for Fire Station & Move Funds for Sadie Johnson Center

Rape Charges Filed Against Local Man

City Accepts Bid for Automated Trash Truck

One Monticello Life – Thad, Nikki, & Colton Mitchell – 2012 Drew County Farm Family of the Year

“Worst City Council Meeting Ever” – 4th Most Watched ML Video Ever

Drew Central Student Nominated To Attend Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Congress In Chicago

Reginald Glover Is UAM’s 50th Distinguished Alumnus

Drew County Attempted Murder Suspect Stabs 3 Corrections Officers, Near Batesville

Drew County Native to Donate Book Proceeds to Local Museum

Color Guard at Monticello Airport for Fallen Soldier

Downtown Festival Considered for November

Armed Suspect Fleeing from Police Killed in Car Crash

UAM’s First Three-Time Softball All-American

Bond Set for 7 Drug Sweep Suspects

Water Rates Rise, While $690,100 is Transferred from Water Fund for Other Uses.

Election Summary

“Brain-washed Socialist Cowards” Jury Sentences “Pot Growing Idiot” to Maximum Sentences on Drug Charges

$300,000 Bond Set for Employee that Set Fred’s Dermott Fire

Drew County “Most Wanted” Arrested in Florida

Lake Monticello Jet-Ski Rescue

More Info Released on Fatal Car Crash on HWY 278

Shotgun Robbery at Victim’s Home Reported to MPD

Attempted Captial Murder Youth Trio Appear in Court – 1 Mental Evaluation – 1 Bond Reduction Request

Child Drowning in Lake Monticello


Happy Birthday

January 3rd, 2013 by

Bailey Nicole Chapman is celebrating her 6th birthday.

She is the daughter of Jason and Amy Chapman of Monticello and little sister of Jacob Chapman.


January Journal – 2012 Headlines

January 3rd, 2013 by

DCHS Principal Steve Noble Arrested from Dec. 2011

City Council Votes to Build New Fire Station at W.C. Whaley Property from Dec. 2011

“She only eats at school.”

Rottweiler Attacks Walking Woman

8 Year Old Requests Dog Food for Birthday Present, Donates to Local Animal Shelter

USPS Answers Questions About Proposed UAM Post Office Closing – VIDEO

Drew Central Terminates Former Principal Noble, following Sex Crimes Arrest

State Supreme Court Overturns Drew County Verdict

MPD Chief Explains Arrest Warrant & Old Fine Issues to City Council

Lampkin Will Not Seek Re-Election as Drew County Judge – Video

Waste Disposal Service Likely to be “Thrown Out” by City & County

Monticello Sex Offender’s Appeal Denied by State Court

Man Arrested for Beating 82 Year Old Victim

One Monticello Life – Taco Bell’s Friendly Face & Voice – Keba Brown


February Flashbacks – 2012 Headlines

January 3rd, 2013 by

Presidential Candidate to Visits Monticello

MHS’s Brunson, Thornton Sign Letters to Play College Football

Nix Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder- Sentenced to 45 Years

Update Gllespie Not Seeking Re-election to City Council

City to Advertise for Bids on Composting Equipment

City Moving Forward with Automated Trash Truck & Residential “Dumpsters”

“Outhouse” Added at City Hall

Mad Cow Attacks Man & Vehicle

After 20 Years of Service, Dunlap Not Seeking JP Re-election

Bear Removing Deer from Road Side – Video – Over 7,100 Views


March Memories – 2012 Headlines

January 3rd, 2013 by

After 30 Years, Potter Not Running for Re-election to JP Spot

Multi Agency Investigation Leads to 170+ Pills & $50,000 Bond

Local Man Arrested on Rape Charges

Investigator’s Report on Mom & Step-dad’s Capital Murder Case of Infant
Fertilize Truck Overturns on Florence Road

Atwoods Ranch & Home Opens

Winchester Man Dies in Home Fire

“Not Guilty” Plea Entered by Local Man Charged with 1st Degree Murder of Infant Son

Wilmar Man Arrested for Murder & Rape in Oakland. Cal.

$100,000 Bond for Felon Fighting at Fairgrounds & Fighting with Deputies

Bathrooms, Doors, & Front Steps at MEDC / Court Building – Topic of City / County / Court Meeting

Parks Commission Disbanded, Re-instated as Parks Committee

Drew Central’s Fawcett Leaving for Superintendent Post in Paris

“Mulligan on the 9th Hole”

Mississippi Man Arrested for Sexual Indecency with 14 Year Old

Afternoon Winds Blow Over Softball Bleachers & Outfield Fence

Accidental Shooting Causes Death of Jefferson County Man, Visiting Drew County


Swearing In Ceremony Photos

January 2nd, 2013 by

News Doesn’t Stop for the Holidays…….

December 31st, 2012 by

Since news doesn’t stop for the holiday season, MonticelloLive will be covering any local news that developes during the holiday season.  No meetings are planned, but you never know when something “newsworthy” will take place.

Keep checking MLive to know what’s going on in Drew County;  we’ll watch the news; so you can watch football and the family.


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