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City Council Member Starts FaceBook Page for Ward 3

July 23rd, 2013 by

fbook facebookJoe Meeks, Ward 3 Position 2 Alderman, announced the creation of a Facebook page to enhance public awareness of current issues in the City.

joe meeksMeeks told MLive, “I feel Facebook can be used as an effective tool to engage our community. When I ran for City Council, it was on a platform of transparency and openness to connect with citizens, to really be out there and easy to reach. The opportunities that social media can create through its inexpensive and widespread use are endless. By helping gather public opinion, feedback, ideas, and feeding these back to those responsible for the policy-making process, it can help rejuvenate direct democracy.”

You can like the page by visiting

Burlington Water Tower Repair – $500,000 – Edited

July 22nd, 2013 by

zThe City Council called a special meeting, recently, to discuss water tank repairs on the Burlington Tank on HWY 278 East.

The Burlington water tower’s repair issues have been an ongoing source of concern for the City of Monticello. Recently Mayor Maxwell contacted Utility Service Co. Inc. about repair and maintenance of the tower. An employee of Utility Service Co. was present at the Council meeting and discussed services the company can offer the City of Monticello.

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MPD Seeking 3 Suspects

July 22nd, 2013 by

The Monticello Police Dept. are seeking the public’s help in locating 3 local suspects, who are wanted for a wide range of alleged charges.

If you know the whereabouts of any of these suspects, please call MPD at 367-3411

Click here for more info and the charges they are facing.

Scheduled Downtime for MLive Maintenance

July 22nd, 2013 by

toolsMonticelloLive will be unavailable for a short time on Tuesday, July 23, as our web host upgrades the site’s server.

We expect a window of maintenance lasting about five hours, between the hours of 12 am and 5 am Tuesday morning. The site is only expected to be unavailable for about an hour, so impact to your news should be minimal.

We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

Monticello Rotary Club To Host “Feed the Kids 5K” Walk/Run September 7

July 22nd, 2013 by

The Monticello Rotary Club will host the first “Feed the Kids 5K” walk and run on Saturday, September 7 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

In addition to the 5K, there will be a fun run for kids around Weevil Pond. Proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Monticello Feed the Kids Foundation. The 5K run and kids fun run begin at 8 a.m. The 5K walk begins at 7:45 a.m. Each event requires a $25 entry fee paid in advance or $30 on the day of the race.

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Legislative Report – Updaes on Several Topics

July 21st, 2013 by

This week I’ll present a hodgepodge of information because the legislature is dealing with a hodgepodge of matters and materials. However I am working to keep both myself and you, my constituents, informed and alerted to emerging issues.

First, let me remind you of Arkansas’ upcoming Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday. This means that state and local taxes will not be collected or paid one weekend on the purchase of certain items typically thought of as necessities for the classroom. A complete list of exempt items can be found at (Click on the rotating picture.)

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July 21st, 2013 by

008Governor Mike Beebe announced that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,009,349 in grants for projects in 41 Arkansas counties – including Drew County – through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant and Main Street Downtown Restoration Grant programs.

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EZ Mart Buys Old Circle-N Store, on HWY 425

July 19th, 2013 by


004When the EZ Mart store on HWY 425 was destroyed by fire in May, many customers wondered why “they just don’t buy the old Circle-N store.”  Nothing’s ever as EZ as it sounds, but that is what happened recently.025

The sale has been completed, and although an opening date hasn’t veen named, preparation to get the old building into running order are already underway.zmart

One of Largest Local Improvenments, Often Unappreciated, Affects All City Residents – Electricity

July 19th, 2013 by

001Local residents in every city, everywhere, take for granted the many conveniences we have.  We are all used to having cold runing water, air conditioning, cable TV, and of course internet.  Whenever one of these services is interupted, we often panic, even when the interuptions is just for a short time.

Even before  it seemed Entergy’s was having a bad year with outages, they were working on a major service impovrement plan for Drew County.  Even better service is coming, when the new transmission line project reaches completion.

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Meet “Thai Paul”, a Unique Chef, with Impressive Cooking Skills

July 19th, 2013 by

034More people know “Thai Paul” than recognize the name Chaiporn Phurisri; but once you meet him, you will be impressed with his personal story, as well as his culinary skills.040

036Paul is a native of Thailand, who moved to the U.S. in 1989; his family owns a restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii; and his dad graduated from West Point Academy.  And there’s much more to learn about him as you get to know him better.042

The “Tiny Thia Place'”s menu is equally impressive; offering steak and lobster, filet mignon, scallops, and varying presentations of crab legs.

For a wide range of authentic home-made dishes, made from scratch, try Thai Paul’s meals at the Tine Thai Place, located in the old Family Seafood, on HWY 278 West , or call 723-9258.

Custome Wireless Expands Parking & Improves “Curb Appeal”

July 19th, 2013 by


006 (2)Customer Wireless, the local dealer for Dish, Direct TV, and AT&T Cellular service, was recently able to acquire the old real estate office and a vacant house that were located on HWY 278, next to their business.009

Custome Wireless’ owner then removed the old abondoned structures, adding to their parking area, as well as adding more “curb appeal” to a major highway.

Thanks for the improvement.

Medlin’s Metal Roofing Now Carries Horse Barns & Many Trailers

July 19th, 2013 by


zaMedlin’s Metal Roofing has served Monticello for around 2 years, providng custom metal roofing and metal carport structures.

zbMedlin’s has recently expanded their product line by now providing Eagle Horse Barns and Big Tex and Kearney trailers.  zcMany styles of both lines are available.  Stop by Medlins, on HWY 425 North,  to see the full selection to choose from.

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