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Local Man Arrested For DWI, After Driving to Police Dept.

February 25th, 2009 by

James Daniels, age 23 of Monticello, drove to the Monticello Police Dept, with the intention of filing a police report.  Upon arrival, Daniels was arrested and charged with DWI, after failing a field sobriety test.

He also admitted to the officer, during the test, that he had recently “smoked a blunt”.

Daniels’ vehicle was towed, and he was transported to the Drew County Detention Facility.

Building Available for Sale or Lease

January 30th, 2009 by

Steel framed building with 35′ x 50′ bays, a total of 50,088 square feet under a standing seam metal roof system. A glass storefront has been installed to accommodate an interior office, or provide an attractive entry.

Decorative split-faced block has been utilized on the front and street sides of the building. Footing and foundations have been built; the floor remains to be poured thereby allowing the owner to establish specifications.

For more information contact the Monticello Economic Development Commission, P.O. Box 1890, Monticello, AR 71657 or see our web site at

In Memory of Sgt. Larry Smith

January 11th, 2009 by

After many fund raisers, enough money was raised to purchase the monument for Sgt Larry D. Smith of the Monticello Police Department.

His monument was set on December 23, 2008 which was Larry’s 51st Birthday.

There is no way his Police Department family could ever express our appreciation to everyone that helped from purchasing a ticket to making a donation and or physically helping during each fund raiser that we had, therefore those of you that did help please know we appreciate each and everyone of you. Larry very much deserved this beautiful monument.

We also would like to give a special thank you to Lyle & Kim Welch & all employees of Southeast Emergency Ambulance Service for everything you did to help make this possible. Larry is and forever will be missed but will Never be forgotten.

We Love you Larry. 1902 10-7 10-42 God Speed.

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Man & Woman, Business & Industry of the Year Awards

December 10th, 2008 by

Tuesday night the Chamber of Commerce and MEDC held their annual awards banquet, at the UAM University Center.

The winners are:

Monticello teacher of the year; Jennifer Touchstone, MMS science teacher, also awarded regional teacher of the year.

Drew Central teacher of the year;  Rose Ann Adcock, DCMS 6th grade teacher.

Industry of the year: UAM.  “UAM’s impact includes millions of dollars into the local economy.  More than buildings and books,” quoted from Truman Hamilton during the presentation.

Business of the year; Head of the Class Child Care and Learning Center, Sherrie and Shay Gillespie-10 years with 40 employees now.

Woman of the year;  Betty Lindsey, president of Drew Memorial Hospital auxiliary-recruited 12 new auxiliary members in last 2 years. Awarded state “auxiliary member of the year”.

Man of the year; Drew County Judge Damon Lampkin.



Drew County Farm Family of the Year; Jeremy & Michael Oltmann families.

1,000,000 Hits On MonticelloLive in 2008

November 19th, 2008 by

According to, the internet’s authority on website usage, achieved our 1 millionth pageview (hit) last week, for the calendar year 2008.

Click on the weekly graph to the left to enlarge it, and see the steady growth the “Monticello’s Community Wesite” has achieved.

Website owner/operator, Joe Burgess, wants to thank the loyal readers, as well as the many contributors that helped bring this level of success with reach. 

A special “THANK YOU” goes out to the sponsors that help make this milestone possible.  Make it a point to tell them…….”I say your ad on MonticelloLive.”

Devin Horn Wins Variety Category at State Fair

October 19th, 2008 by

Drew Central’s Devin Horn, winner of the Drew County Fair’s Talent Show in the Variety Category, won the Arkansas State Fair’s District Competition earlier this week, and returned with the other district winners for Saturday night’s competition, where he was selected as the best in the statewide variety category.

Devin, shown here with his State Fair Trophy and prize money envelope, performed Billy Currington’s “I got a feeling”.

Congratulation, Devin!

Drew County Couples Grandaughter Competes in NASCAR Event

October 14th, 2008 by

Sandy Erlanson (Chief Deputy Circuit Clerk) and her husband Ray (Circuit Court Bailiff) have a good reason to be “proud grandparents”.  Their 19 year old granddaughter, Ashlee Lancaster, is getting an opportunity that most people can only dream of.

Today, Ashlee is participating in a NASCAR event.  The “Drive for Diversity” is a NASCAR scouting event, where 8 of the 25 participants will be signed to NASCAR development contracts.

Here’s the full story, from

Drew Memorial Administrator Now on Site–Meeting Staff

October 8th, 2008 by

Mike Layfield, Drew Memorial Hospital’s new CEO came on staff this week, and is currently spending most of his time getting to know the hospital staff at Drew Memorial.

Layfield, shown here with Vonda Russell at a “Meet & Greet” held in the hospital cafeteria Wednesday morning, wants to meet with all employees and physicians personally, and he seems to be making a positive impression on all.

Layfield told MonticelloLive, “I’m impressed with community’s interest and support of our hospital.”  “We are all partners in healthcare and health education: the hospital, the doctors, the Health Dept., and home health.” Read the rest of this entry »

Local Airport Chosen as Arkansas Airport of the Year

October 6th, 2008 by


The Arkansas  Airport Operator’s Association has announced that Monticello’s Ellis Field has been chosen as the Arkansas Airport of the Year by their organization.


Monticello was chosen as the top airport, over Arkansas’ 90 other airports, for the successful completion of six projects, among other accomplishments.

Most Monticello residents don’t realize how much the local airport is used by local industries. Currently there are 26 air-crafts based out of the Monticello facility.  An estimated 25 flights come and go from Ellis Field each week, and the day that MonticelloLive interviewed airport manager James Barnett, there were an estimated 15 flights in that singe day.

The airport has received a plaque recoginzing the honor, along with a proclamation and letter from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics, describing the reasons that the honor was granted to the local field.

Monticello’s Airport began in 1947, and has been located in the same location since that time.

Goals for next year include studying possible approaches for the field, and completing the chain link fence, in order to prevent deer from entering the runway.

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