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More Info Released on Fatal Car Crash on HWY 278

May 29th, 2012 by reports that Warren Police and the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department had been collaborating to solve a series of burglaries and thefts over a two week period. Some of the stolen items were recovered. The items had been sold. Law enforcement had gained information which caused them to develop a convicted felon from Monticello, as a suspect in the burglaries.

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Memorial Day Service – Photos

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Lake Monticello Jet-Ski Rescue

May 29th, 2012 by

Recently, a local father and son become heroes at Lake Monticello.

Two young men were on a jet ski when it began to sink. A local fisherman and his 4 year old son, who  were spending their evening fishing, heard a cry for HELP, and saw the two young men waving.

Lucky enough, the fisherman got to the scene in enough time to retrieve the jet ski and the young men and pulled them back to safety.

This goes to show that there are “Good Samaritans” left in this world!

Report from the Legislature – #33

May 29th, 2012 by

At the Capitol much of the matters being heavily discussed/debated still center on the proposed health care initiatives that deal with the crisis looming in Medicaid. We have all heard that Medicaid costs will face a projected $400 million shortfall by fiscal 2014. Many factors contribute to this, including a lack of substantial funding increases since 2006 and increasing enrolment in Medicaid. It appears that Arkansas will either have to slash Medicaid services or increase spending. It is quite a dilemma and no one has the perfect answer.

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Veterans Present Awards to First Responders

May 28th, 2012 by

The local veteran’s organizations, as part of their annual Memorial Day program, recognized 4 local first responders for the service to Monticello and Drew County.

Officer of the Year awards were presented to Billy Barnett of the Monticello Fire Dept.,  Matt Outlaw of the Arkansas State Police, and Danny Chisom of the Monticello Police Dept.  Ben Michel of the Drew County Sheriff’s office was also honored, Ben’s plaque was accepted by Chief Deputy Robin Hood.

Special Memorial Day Series – 5 Tributes to Local Patriots

May 28th, 2012 by

Drew County has recently lost two more of its members from that generation of soldiers known as the “greatest generation”, because of their sacrifice during the WWII years.

Since today is Memorial Day, we will show respect and pay tribute to five great Americans and Monticellonians, as we reflect on my interviews with them for the Veterans Oral History Project when I asked them to share with me memories of their WWII service.

Memorial Day Tribute – Olen Cockrell

May 28th, 2012 by

It takes many support people to operate an Army – or a Navy. This story tells about one man who filled a special need in the service of his country while readying the seamen to fulfill their duties.

David Olen Cockrell was drafted and entered the US Navy on June 3, 1943. He recalled that he may have decided to enter the Navy because he had had a favored cousin, Oscar Miles, who had died on the USS Arizona when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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Memorial Day Tribute – Charles Jackson

May 28th, 2012 by

This information was shared during interviews as part of the Veterans’ Oral History Project through the Library of Congress. 

Charles Jackson’s military service began when he graduated from Henderson State Teachers College in 1942 and was invited by a group of naval officials visiting the graduates to enlist in a naval officer’s training program. He began this program in the fall at Northwestern University in Chicago and received his commission as a lieutenant in the spring of 1943.

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Memorial Day Tribute – James T. Jordan

May 28th, 2012 by

After James T. Jordan graduated from Drew Central High School at midterm in December of 1942, he and five young friends left to seek jobs in California because work was scarce in Arkansas.

Arriving in the Golden State, Jordan got a “good” job at $1.05 an hour. Because he wasn’t 18, however, state law mandated that he be in school, so he registered and enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley.

Soon California began drafting the young men from out of state to fill their military quotas and Jordan was drafted into the Army as a replacement for a native Californian.

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Memorial Day Tribute – Dr. Roy Grizzell

May 28th, 2012 by

Let’s remember the very secret WWII mission of the late Dr. Roy Grizzell.

Dr. Roy Grizzell had a long and varied career in the military that began before WWII started. In the winter of 1940 he was sent to Fort Bragg, N.C. as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. He was assigned as Range Officer and Supply Officer on the post, thus beginning his career with the Military Police.

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Memorial Day Tribute – T. Robie Scott

May 28th, 2012 by

I couldn’t possibly have a Memorial Day tribute without mentioning my dear friend, T. Robie Scott. I didn’t have the pleasure of his personal acquaintance for long, but I consider our friendship a highlight and miss his counsel and support. He was an intensely strong-willed patriot, a devoted family man and a fervent supporter of our country. Robie Scott was one of a kind – the kind America needs more of today.

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Turtle Creek Apt. Fire

May 26th, 2012 by

Friday afternoon around 5 o’clock the Monticello Fire Dept. responded to Turtle Creek Apartments on N. Slemmons St. to the report  of an apt. fire on the bottom level.

The blaze seems to have been started by something on the stove, and fire damage was confimed to the kitchen area.

Two Boys & a Truck Patch

May 26th, 2012 by

A couple of Monticello Youth have set up a produce stand on South Main Street.

It’s called “2 Boys & a Truck..Patch”.

They also put out a sign honoring our Veteran’s.

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

May 25th, 2012 by

Tuesday, a Drew County Circuit Court jury had found a defendant guilty of manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  As the convicted defendant (representing himself as his own attourney) addressed the jury during the sentencing portion of the trial, he called them “Brain-washed Socialist Cowards” (not a good decision).

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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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