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Major Water Leak at City Hall – Repaired

April 10th, 2013 by

Around 2 pm Tuesday, a 12 inch water main leak at City Hall (Church Street) closed the street and drew a crowd of spectators.

No vehicles were damaged, and no one was injured as water started bubbling, then tolling from under the street in 4-5 different places.

City crews had the water service retored by around 5 pm, and filled the holes with rock by 6pm.

Old West Bros. Building on S. Main Street Removal Underway

April 8th, 2013 by

South Main Street was closed for several hours, Sunday, for the removal of the old West Bros. building, between the railroad track and the Town Square. 

The building had been purchased by the owner of LA Graphics, and has gradually been emptied, the roof and interior removed; ending now with the razing of the structure.

More Downtown “Spring Cleaning”

April 8th, 2013 by

Another old building, was recently taken down by it’s property owner.

The building, located at the south end of Bailey Street was removed by Bud Bulloch.  Bulloch told MLive that the area will be used for parking area, for awhile; although he wasn’t sure what the future use of the property located west of the Ridgeway Apt. would be.

The demolition of the structure caused the wall of an adjacent building to collapse.  Bulloch also owns that building, and reported that it was vacant at the time, and no notable damage was done to any contents of the structure.

2 More Downtown Structures Demolished

April 8th, 2013 by

Two other downtown area structures were cleaned up by their property owner, last week.

Two tin covered structures, adjoining Baker’s Supply, that had been there for decades, were taken down. 

Baker didn’t announce any specific plans for the property..  One building was on Edwards street, across from the Ridgeway, the other was “lean’to”, added onto the former Prestige Furniture building, at 300 E. Gaines. St.

Next in Line for Property Removal…..

April 8th, 2013 by

The former home of Prestige Furniture, located at 300 E. Gaines, and is also slated for possible removal.

Anyone interested in removing the structure, in exchange for salvaging the material (including the brick from several decades ago) should contact Baker’s Supply at 367-8676.

Minor Fire at City Drug

April 5th, 2013 by

Around 8 pm Thursday night, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of smoke at City Drug, on E. Gaines Street.

Due to their quick response, only a box in the storage area was damaged.

Nikki Hood, co-owner of City Drug told MLive how much she appreciated the quick response of the local fire and police depts, and added that City Drug will open at 8 am, as usual, with breakfast and all services in full operation.


Berryman Awarded Policeman Of The Year

April 5th, 2013 by

The Monticello Police Department awarded Patrolman Kyle Berryman, Policeman of the Year.  The Monticello Lions Club presented Kyle $100 at their meeting, Thursday.

Police Chief Eddie Deaton and Capt Carlos Garcia selected Patrolman Kyle Berryman for this prestigious award. They said various criteria was the basis for the award and Kyle’s achievements for the past 12 months far exceeded everyone else.

Kyle has been a Monticello policeman 4 years.  He is married to the former Amber Nixon, a registered nurse. They have two children, ages 8 and 4. Shown in picture are Amber and Kyle Berryman, Lions Club President Don Hogue, Police Capt Carlos Garcia and Chief Eddie Deaton.

Local Business Celebrates 30th Anniversary

April 3rd, 2013 by

Carolyn & Bob Barnes purchased a small business from Larry & Beverly Lobitz on April 1, 1983.

Gift of Love Bookstore was located at that time in the building next to Piggly Wiggly. In that same area was Bob Barnes Barber Shop, in the old Coco Cola Bottling building, owned by Billy Ralph Hunter.

The Barnes moved both business in November 1989, to their present location 608 W. Bolling Street, next to Rogers Men Store.

Mrs. Carolyn told MLive, “We have had many wonderful people who worked for us. My husband Bob has been been my greatest employee, sharing barbering and working in the store. He has been barbering for 46 years.

Gift of Love Bible Bookstore carries a variety of Christian materials. Bible, Books, Music, Soundtracks, Church Supplies, Box cards, Small Gifts, T-Shirts. They also do special orders.

Notice to all Drew County Solid Waste Customers

April 1st, 2013 by

Effective immediately, sanitation workers will only pick up trash that is in the county provided containers.  No extra bagged trash that is set out beside or on top of the container will be picked up.

Due to recent back injuries and wounds from hypodermic needles, all cans will be picked up by the automated system on the truck.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Extra trash containers may be purchased for the one time price of $54.25.

Drew County Judge Robert Aiken

Cliff Gibson Appointed to UofA Board of Trustees by Gov. Beebe

March 28th, 2013 by

Governor Mike Beebe has named Charles “Cliff” Gibson III of Monticello to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

“Cliff’s appointment helps ensure a dependable voice on the Board for the U of A campuses in South Arkansas,” Beebe said. “His sound judgment and calm demeanor will serve the entire system of schools well in the coming years.”

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Public Rail Access Facility at Industrial Park

March 27th, 2013 by

The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a Public Rail Access Facility in the MEDC Industrial Park was held Tuesday afternoon.

When completed the new rail spur will hook to the existing (soon to be improved) spur at Hood Packaging, and switch to a rail that will send freight cars into the Industrial Site for loading and unloading of cargo. This will likely begin with lumber.  Currently Price Lumber and occasionally Maxwell Hardwood load rail freight at the Jackson Street crossing.

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Anna Mae Jordan

March 26th, 2013 by

Mrs. Anna Mae Jordan, of Monticello, died March 22nd at the age of 92. A native of Lacy, she was born to the late Minnie Spencer-Fausett and Lester Daniels on May 4, 1920. Mrs. Jordan is preceded in death by her husband Thomas C. Jordan, Sr. and one daughter.

She leaves to cherish her memory nine children: Robert Davis, Wanda Jordan-Wilson, Ray Jordan Sr., and Minnie Jordan-Ellis of Monticello; Paul E. David of Queens, NY; Thomas C. Jordan, Jr. of Madison, MS; Yustin C. Jordan, Sr. of Redfield, AR; Morrell Jordan of Washington, DC; and Ronny Jordan of Killeen, TX; her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and great great great grandchildren; as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held at 1pm on March 30th at Morning Star M.B. Church in Monticello with Rev. D.J. Buffington officiating. Services entrusted to Christian Brothers Funeral Home of Monticello (

Monticello Memories – Tour of the Museum, Part 4

March 24th, 2013 by

Before we leave this office/front bedroom of the Drew County Museum there are a few more noteworthy items to discuss. One is a photograph of the wood-framed, original First Baptist Church built in 1860 and torn down in 1902. It stood where the newer one stands today. Actually I believe the fourth building is the church we see today. First Baptist Church has a long, illuminating history in Monticello.

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