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December 19th, 2012 by

Some local flags, like the large flag at HWY 425 and 278, are being flown at half staff, in memory of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, CT, that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults.

Letter to Parents and Friends from DC Elementary Principal

December 19th, 2012 by

Parents & Friends of DCE,

I want to assure you that DCE teachers and staff make every effort every day to keep your children safe and secure at school. We are taking a look at updating our safety policies at our school in light of the recent school shootings. If you are interested in participating on that committee, please feel free to contact Trudy Jackson at Drew Central Elementary, 250 University Drive, Monticello, AR 71655, 870-367-6893. We need your input!

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Drew Central Students Viewed The Hobbit Movie

December 18th, 2012 by

Drew Central Fourth Graders in Eva Arrington’s class have read the children’s classic The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was the fantasy epic of our time. Students and their parents met at the theater and viewed the movie as a group.

Students learned research skills when their curiosity led them to discovering the meaning and origin of runes. The students completed an in depth literature study using the novel and viewed the movie as a celebration. Upon returning to school, students wrote an opinion piece on which they liked best, the novel or the movie.

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 »

Monticello Weather

Today is forecast to be Cooler than yesterday. Scattered thunderstorms possible.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday 03/31 40%
High 75° / Low 62°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially early in the day. High near 75F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday 04/01 40%
High 78° / Low 64°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy skies late. High 78F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

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