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Tennis News

May 24th, 2012 by

Jimmy Sawyer and Fred Cooper recently competed in the Arkansas League 4.5 Senior Mens State Tennis Championships at Burns Park in North Little Rock on May 11-14.

The team won the title for the fourth year in a row. Jimmy is the captain of the team and Fred is the co-captain. Other team members are Bob Lucky(McGehee), Lynn Stewart(Fayetteville), Baylor Guy(Pine Bluff), Bill Sheppard(Pine Bluff), Bill Bodie(Little Rock), Bob Worthington(Little Rock), Pat Sixbey(Maumell), ans Skip King(England).

The team will travel to Mobile, Al. in July to compete in the Southern Sectional which will be State champions from 9 Southern states with the winner moving on to Indian Wells Ca. for the National tournament in October.

Project Compass National Convening Offers Opportunity For Library Staff to Share Best Practices

May 24th, 2012 by

Library staff members representing 45 states and the District of Columbia met in Washington D.C., April 25-26, for Project Compass National Convening, an opportunity for 215 participants in the project to share ideas in support of public libraries’ effort to meet the urgent and growing needs of communities impacted by the economic downturn.

Judy Calhoun, Assistant Director for Southeast Arkansas Regional Library was one of four Library staff from Arkansas selected to attend the conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Run Off Races to be held June 12 – Edited

May 24th, 2012 by

The Drew County Collector’s run-off will be between Tonya Loveless (1186 votes) and Josh Frost (1153 votes), as that race will be narrowed down, as Cherri Norris’ 621 votes are divided.  The June 12 winner will then face Republican candidate Andrea Huskey in November.

In the bid for State Senate District 26, Gregg Reep, of Warren, won four of seven counties (Bradley, Drew, Cleveland, Desha) but fell short by 99 votes to Eddie Cheatham who carried only two counties (Ashley and Chicot). Cheatham, of Crossett, garnered 4156 votes, while Reep had 4057 votes cast for him. Johnnie Bolin, also from Ashley County, came in third with 3243 total votes. Cheatham and Reep will meet again in a runoff election which will be held in three weeks. The winner of this election will face Republic opponent Mike Akin of Monticello in November.

Gene Jeffress and Q. Byrum Hurst will also meet in a run-off election for the Democratic nominee for 4th District Congressman. The winner of this run-off election will face Republic Tom Cotton who won the Republican nomination for candidate for 4th District Congressman.

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Drew HEALTH Coalition To Host Second Health Leadership Academy Training On Dealing WIth Difficult People

May 24th, 2012 by

The Drew HEALTH Coalition will host their Second Health Leadership Academy Training on Dealing with Difficult People Wednesday June 20th at the MidSouth Training Academy. The training will take the place of the regular monthly coalition meeting. The training will be from 9:00-12:00 and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Carrie Johnson at 870-367-6234 ext. 232 or Lindsey Watson.

Please RSVP by June 13.

Drew HEALTH Recognizes High Blood Pressure Education Month

May 24th, 2012 by

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Did you know nearly 68 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure? High Blood Pressure, which is also called hypertension, increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death. There were more than 46 million visits to doctor’s offices for hypertension in 2007.

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Drew Central Students Selected as HOBY Ambassadors

May 23rd, 2012 by

On May 4th – 6th , Rebecca Moss and Morgan Nall, attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in Bentonville, Ar. The 10th grade Drew Central Students were selected because of the outstanding leadership potential they demonstrated in school and community activities, as well as their academic achievements. The girls participated in numerous activities while at the seminar reinforcing their social responsibilities and encouraging their leadership and critical thinking skills.

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

May 22nd, 2012 by

“They raise the water rates saying we need to fix the dangerous water pipes, then they take the money out of the water fund to pay for other projects, then they raise the rates again saying there’s not enough money in the water fund. Meanwhile, we don’t even have a line item in the budget for water pipe repairs. What’s going on?”

This statement is from a source that wished to remain anonymous, and their sentiment has been shared by many MLive readers over the past several months.

Mayor Maxwell presented these failing water pipes to the City Council, last October.

Add to this the report from last September’s City Council meeting where Mayor Maxwell said, “The water line problems below Maple and Speer Streets, where galvanized water lines run under the street, and constantly have to be repaired. Overlaying these two streets will soon have to be patched, whenever the next leak occurs…” Mayor Maxwell told the council that these lines need to be replaced, instead of making repairs to the lines and the streets, over and over. “The water lines need to be moved to the side of the streets, then do the overlay.”

The city has recently received easements from the property owners, and ordered pipe to begin this project. This means we’ve got “shovel ready” needs, and money being spent elsewhere.

Questions have been raised concerning all aspects of the water fund budget, including where the money is going that’s transferred from it, if it is legal for it to be transferred at all, and if replacing water pipes is just a falsely given reason to raise rates further.

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Early Morning Crash Send Driver to UAMS

May 21st, 2012 by

Monticello Fire & Rescue was paged out to extricate the driver of this westbound Chevy pick-up out of the vehicle, around 5:30, Monday morning.

Marks at the scene show the vehicle left the roadway on the north side of the highway, crossed the ditch, and collided with a concrete embankment, near the I-530 intersection.

Drew County Sheriff;s deputies worked the crash, Affordable Wrecker towed the Chevy, and MASI transported the driver to DMH, where he was then helicoptered to UAMS in Little Rock

Special Election Edition of One Monticello Life

May 20th, 2012 by

Tuesday is Election Day.  Ms the final day for Early Voting.

Over the past several weeks, MLive’s Mandy Moss has interviewed the Democratic candidates for County Judge, Sheriff, and County Collector.

This week’s “election edition” will re-post those interviews for a final “meet the candidates” opportunity for MLive reades.

One Monticello Life – Bobby Harris, Candidate for County Judge

May 20th, 2012 by

“I was born and raised here in Monticello by my parents Robert and Peggy Harris. They still live in the house I was raised in.”

Bobby Harris has spent his entire life in Drew County, and this is where he has chosen to raise his large, close-knit, family. He says he learned how to have strong family values by his own experiences growing up.

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One Monticello Life – Jim Glennon, Candidate for County Judge

May 20th, 2012 by

Jim Glennon was born and raised in Possum Valley by parents James and Glenda Glennon. “I have three sisters and a brother that are still living. My baby sister died when she was six of spinal meningitis. I was 9 or 10 when she died. It was one of those situations where you ask God, “Why didn’t you take me instead of my baby sister?”

Growing up, there was little time for the Glennon children to find trouble to get into. Working as a family was top priority, and living out in the country meant that if you wanted entertainment, you created it for yourself.

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