Gibson & Keith
LifeShare No Date
Secure Storage 2
Frazer’s Funeral Home
Key Employment Inc
NorthSide Baptist Church
Cash Saver Food Outlet
Head of the Class
Johnson’s Showroom Furniture
South Arkansas Business Solutions
Ashley County Medical Center 2
Immanuel Baptist Church
Southern Quality Construction
Corner Express (O&M Oil Co.)
Lucky’s Of Monticello
Union Bank 1
Days Inn Monticello
War Eagle Boats
Pines Broadcasting Company
A home near the intersection of East Jackson and Cherry Streets was hit, not only once New Year’s Eve, but twice. Read the rest of this entry »
According to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, deputies were dispatched to a disturbance call on January 1 at approximately 10: 15 pm at 119 North Cominto Road. Read the rest of this entry »
New Year’s Eve brought with it the usual activities, Thursday night, however the rain and cool temperatures seem to reduce the number of people celebrating.
Several churches held New Year’s events as well. The top photo is from Mt. Pleasant Campground United Methodist Church held a “sing in the new year” recognizing the music of Gospel Music Publisher, Songwriter, Music and Singing School Teacher, Singer and Musician Marty Phillips, and his wive Ann. Marty’s song, “What a Meeting in the Air” has been featured in one of Bill Gaither’s Homecoming videos.
Like country music star John Anderson sang about in 1983, “Let somebody else drive” is good advice for members of the celebrating crowd.
With tonight being New Year’s Eve, extra patrol will be taking place from both the Monticello Police Dept. and the Drew County Sheriff’s Dept.
As everyone welcomes 2010 into Drew County, take care of yourself, and everyone else on the road, choose a designated driver before the celebration, and “Let somebody else drive.”
December 27 saw the passing of another member of the “greatest generation” – one who spent his adult life in service of others. Born in Drew County in 1925, James Jordan leaves a long legacy of service that should serve as a role model for generations to come.
Like they used to say on Sesame Street, “one of these thing doesn’t belong here.”
There was no wreck, and no one was injured.
MEDC president Benji Ryburn announced at the Monticello City Council meeting Thursday night that the Ridgeway Hotel project has been approved by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority to receive $5.4 million in funding.
The city agreed several months ago to provide up to $32,000 in sidewalk and lighting improvements to the area, which will house the Ridgeway’s 32 elderly, low income residential units.
The project is expect to have much better benefits from exchange tax credits, than have been available recently.
Ryburn received an e-mail shortly before the meeting, and expects all of the details to become official in a month, when the actual letter arrives.
The Drew County Housing Authority has agreed to provide gap funding, if needed, up to $500,000.
“The Ridgeway” was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in February. Read the rest of this entry »
A Drew County jury found Benjamin Briney not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty, following the admitted beating to death of a horse on August 1, with a baseball bat.
This is Arkansas’ first attempt at prosecuting someone under the new “felony aggravated animal cruelty” law that went into effect as of midnight on July 31. The death of this horse occurred approximately one hour later. Read the rest of this entry »
12 area residents and a local bank have been awarded money owed to them, following a recent restitution hearing against Rick Funderburg, former owner of Rick’s Auto Outlet, of Monticello, for damages done in the criminal case against him, in which he pled guilty in December of 2005. Read the rest of this entry »
MEDC director Truman Hamilton met with the Monticello City Council, Thursday night, for their planned committee meeting to discuss the process of dealing with properties that have been reported to be run down and/or abondoned.
After the meeting, MonticelloLive asked each of the eight council members if they were in favor of proceeding with the process of dealing with potentially “nuisance properties”, as explained by Hamilton. The only council member who stated that he was opposed to the measures was Judge Clifton Bond. All others stated that they were in favor of proceeding with the 9 steps, as they were described in the meeting.
Hamilton presented the following list to the group, outlining the order in which events are to take place in the process of dealing with the property owners of those potentially “nuisance properties.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Monticello Billies defeat the Camden Fairview Cardinals 38-7 to win the 5A championship.
Monticello second string goes in with 5:25 left in the game. Still 38-7.
Caleb Bryant carries the ball in to take the Billies 38-7 after a series of penalties against the Cardinals. Extra point is no good.
Joe Carmical keeps the ball to take the Billies 32-7. Extra point no good again.
Beginning of fourth quarter. Score unchanged. Billies will start 2nd & 6 on the Cardinals’ 11-yd line.
Cardinals TD, extra point good. 26-7 with 4:04 left in 3rd.
Billies TD, extra point good. 26-0 with 6:09 left in 3rd quarter.
Billies TD, extra point no good. 19-0 with 10:02 left in the third.
At halftime, Billies lead the Cardinals 13-0. Billies’ field goal attempt no good.
After their second interception of the game, the Billies have the ball on the 21-yd line, 2nd & 9 with 3:47 to go in the second.
Billies score with 11:29 left in second quarter. Extra point good. Billies 13-0.
After the Billies intercept, they take it to the 20-yard line to end the first quarter.
Billies score on the first drive of the game. Extra point no good. 6-0 with 7:32 left in first quarter.
The Billies are practicing and warming up below the War Memorial lights. Game time in less than an hour!
Scores will be updated regularly throughout the game.
According to reports from the scene, the driver of this eastbound Volkswagon Jetta crossed the center line, into the path of the oncoming westbound Plymoth Voyager, causing a head-on collision.
SEEMS responded to aid the driver of the Voyager, and called for Air-Evac, an emergency helicopter transport, that has performed a training session with local emergency workers, but this is believed to be first “on scene” emergency pick-up in Drew County.
The victim was air-lifted to UAMS in Little Rock by chopper, from where it had landed, on the blocked off center line of HWY 278 East.
The driver of the Jetta was transported by MASI to Drew Memorial.
Triple A transported the Volkswagon, and J.A. Goad Towing removed the mini-van..
Clean up continues near Main St. and Gaines St. intersection, as shown in these photos, after Sunday night’s midnight crash, which closed the intersection overnight, and limited use of East Gaines St.
The daylight photos show the damage down by last nights wreck, which is described below.
Some businesses also received minor damage.
E. Shelton to S. Gabbert Street is a good detour route on the south side of the square, and N. Main to Trotter, Jefferson, or Oakland can serve as detours from the north.
Monticello Police and city crews responded to the scene, as did Entergy, to restore power.
SEEMS transfered the driver to Drew Memorial, while Tommy’s Wrecker removed the Dodge.
Around 11 o’clock, Monday morning, as an attorney and his client were likely discussing their case before leaving the courthouse parking lot, the client reached into the back seat of the attorney’s pick-up truck to get a box.
When he moved the box, a 243 rifle, reportedly, accidentally fired, sending it’s bullet out the back passenger side of the attorney’s truck, and into the tailgate of the Drew County Environmental Enforcement vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, parked next to the north entrance of the courthouse. Witnesses said that there were several rifles in the back of the vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »
As the topic turned to tax related issues, Gay Griffith asked the County Attorney Cliff Gibson for a clarification as to what limits would bind the use of the “1400” account, which is a sales tax fund, that can have multiple designated purposes. Basically, Gibson responded the court can set it’s own purpose for the money in that fund, as long as it’s done in a public forum, once a year.
Next, Arlene Russell asked to come before the court and discuss her feelings on the possible increase of millage taxes. Russell is reluctant to support the tax increase due to the fact that the county is not “hurting” for money. She feels that the county is likely going to be getting more money. She also mentioned that the Quorum Court should be paying for their own healthcare benefits.
“We pay for our own, and I don’t see how you can in good conscience take it out of the general fund,” stated Russell.
After several comments from the Quorum Court about the ad velorum (millage) tax issue, they voted to leave the tax on property at the same rate that it has been set at since 1983, which is 1.8%.
CashboX, a local southern rock band, recently got the opportunity to perform for some “big time” stars. CashboX is made up of singer Andrew Brannon, from Monticello, guitarist Tyler Chambers, from Monticello, drummer Michael Murphy from Dermott, and Bassist Jeremy Payne from Lake Village. The band recently recorded the theme songs for the Duckmen 13: Fear the Beard, already out on DVD, and the Buck Commander 3: “The Bigs,” due out next year. The Duck Commander, a reality show about the Robertson family, airs weekly on The Outdoor Channel.
Because of CashboX’s success with the theme songs, Willie Robertson, star of the Buck Commander DVD series and Duck Commander DVD series and Duck Commander reality show series, sent the band and their families to the ranch of Major League Baseball player Adam LaRoche in Fort Scott, Kansas, where they played a concert for the Buck Commanders themselves. The Buck Commanders present were: Chipper Jones,3rd base for the Atlanta Braves; Adam LaRoche, 1st base for the Atlanta Braves; Matt Duff, a former St. Louis Cardinal pitcher; Tom Martin, a former New York Mets pitcher; Ryan Langerhans, outfielder for Seattle Mariners; and Willie Robertson. Read the rest of this entry »
According to Lt. Jason Akers of the Tenth Drug Task Force, task force agents arrested a Monticello man after executing a search warrant at his Monticello apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
The city council met Tuesday night for several special committee meetings. The first meeting was for the Fire Department Committee. The council met to discuss locations for a new fire department. Fire Chief Steven Faulkner presented the committee with maps and drawings of possible locations for the new fire department, and what the mile and a half response time area would be for those locations.
Alderman Tim Chase stated that he believed that if the council was going to build a new fire department, they needed to renovate and maintain the central location, and build a fourth one in another location. Alderman Beverly Hudson stated that while that would be ideal, it would cost more money to do that.
The committee decided to meet again in December to discuss the future location of the fire department.
This photo, taken of Lake Monticello, by Paul Francis, was the $100 prize winner for the month of September, in the monthly contest on MonticelloLive for the best news tip or photo submitted.
Call in your news tips to 367-0000, and e-mail your photo submissions to joe@MonticelloLive.com,
Anonymous supporters offered the Monticello School District the chance to have Hyatt Field dried out by having a helicopter hover over the muddy playing surface, Friday afternoon, at no expense to the district. Read the rest of this entry »
After the collapse of the building on the east side of the square’s south side, a temporary repair was noticed that had recently been applied to the building on the west end of that same row of building.
The tape appears to be Duct Tape, a product that is usually made of aluminum, and used in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, and not the standard grade of “duck tape.”
But it is still a shining example of a potential problem.
An 18-year-old Monticello man was killed in a head-on collision between the Toyota pick-up he was driving and a truck from the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept., around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Beverly Hudson lead a debate last Thursday during the regular city council meeting on condemning buildings for city clean ups. She opened the topic by showing pictures taken by Truman Hamilton depicting the old, abandoned buildings. Hudson wanted the council to enforce the ordinance already in place that states that if the council deems a building to be a nuisance they can condemn it and ask the owner to tear it down and clean it up, or if the owner refuses, the city can take down the building. Read the rest of this entry »
The back section of the former Thrifty Chicks, also known as the old Tree-0 and Apples & Amens building collapsed, shortly after noon, Tuesday afternoon, likely under the weight of heavy rain.
Monticello Police and Fire Units responded, and Drew County Deputies also assisted.
The front of the top floor was reportedly being used as an office by Judge Clifton Bond, a retired attorney and judge.
Centerpoint energy was also called to the site to turn of the natural gas supply, which was smelled immediately after the rumble of falling bricks came to an end.
The building collapse was covered on TV by KATV-7 and KLRT-16, who used photos provided by MonticelloLive.com
Channels 4 & 11 were also reported on the event.
MonticelloLive.com is celebrating it’s 2nd birthday this week, since business operations and reporting duties were taken over by Joe Burgess (“the MonticelloLive guy”) back in October, 2007.
Readership has grown constantly over the 2 year period, as shown by the 1.6 million pageviews that the site has received over in the past year.
While another website keeps posting impressive numbers, MonticelloLive makes it possible for readers to view our actual daily pageviews totals. Just click on the black, white, & orange One Stat.com logo at the bottom left of MonticelloLive newspages.
MonticelloLive is designed to be “User Friendly”, we don’t make you play “hide & seek” to find stories. All new news stories at that the top of the front page.
When you click on the MonticelloLive icon on your desktop screen, it doesn’t take you to a roadmap of the website, you’re immediately taken to the most recent news items posted that day. I’ts that simple. If you want to see school lunch menus, obituaries, yard sales, or the classifieds, they’re just one click away, at the top of the page.
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If there are no flashing lights around, just stop and say “hi”. Joe’s usually a friendly fellow, who likes to hear what folks think about Monticello.
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Every Thursday, students collect paper from the recycle bins that are placed in every high school classroom.
They also collect from the OEC and Administration Building.
After all of the paper is collected, the Drew County Recycling Center picks it up and starts the recycling process.
Each student on the recycling team feels that they are doing their part in helping the economy.
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Cass Martin Realty
Fuller Lawn & Garden
The Woods Monticello
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Union Bank 2
Jerry Cruce Stump Grinding
Drew Farm / Drew Outdoor & Casual Wear
The Computer Guys
The Guest House
Monticello Tire (Goodyear)
Razorback Body Shop
Ray Ryburn Real Estate
Monticello Animal Clinic
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