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MFD Responds to House Fire

August 24th, 2013 by

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Around 11 pm, Tuesday, this home at the intersection of Jackson and Shelton Streets was destroyed by fire.

The Monticello Fire Dept. responded to battle the fire, but the home was engulfed when they were called.

Photo courtesy of MLive reader.

 


Hazel Joan Pickens Leonard

August 23rd, 2013 by

Hazel Joan Pickens Leonard age 76 of Tyro, Arkansas, passed away on August 19, 2013

Joan was born December 29, 1935 in Peck, Kansas to Homereis and Murriel Hamilton Pickens.

Joan married Harold Raymond Leonard of Tyro, Arkansas, on September 1, 1956 in Wichita, Kansas.

She was an active member of the Monticello Church of Christ. She served as the leader of daughter Cindy’s Girl Scout Troop #33. For many years Joan and Ray enjoyed participating in square dancing with various local groups. Joan retired from The Mad Butcher grocery in Dumas after 25 years of dedicated service. Upon retiring Joan and Ray began traveling all over North America in their travel trailer. Family was always very important to Joan. She loved her grandchildren and many times loaded up those in Arkansas to go visit those in Colorado.

Joan is preceded in death by her father, Homereis Pickens; mother, Murriel Hamilton Burrows; step-father, Jake Burrows; brothers, Keith and Dale Pickens; and grand-daughter, Sharon Gillespie.

She will continue to live through her family, husband, Ray Leonard; children: Mona Still of Hope, Arkansas; Cindy Thornton of Kyle, Texas; Donald Leonard of Springfield, Colorado.

8 grandchildren and 4 great-grand children and a sister: Vera Pickens Warren of Wellington, Kansas.

Visitation held Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6-8pm, Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services held Friday, August 23, 2013 at 3pm, with brother, Paul Mowrer officiating followed by interment in Tyro Cemetery.

Memorials to; Tyro Cemetery Fund, 21431 Hwy 54 East, Dumas, Arkansas 71639; Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Arkansas 72450. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas, Arkansas.


Local Funeral Service Remembers Traditional Processions

August 19th, 2013 by

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The family of the late Bobbie Lambert, with the assistance of Christian Brothers Funeral Home, followed the traditionas style of funeral processions, for her memorial service, Saturday, as the horse and carraige left Pilgrim Rest AME Church, traveling toward Mt. Zion Cemetary..

Photo courtesy of Gaynell Jamison


Now, Just Around the Next Corner…..

August 18th, 2013 by

zDrew County has had several trees fall, in recent days, some bringing power lines down with them.

Saturday night, Rock Springs Road had a tree blocking traffic, around midnight.
Friday, the Bowser Road and Babin Drive intersection had a tree and brush fire caused by a tree falling on an electric line.

Earlier in the week, HWY 278 East, along with a few other county roads had reports of fallen trees.

Please use caution; just because a power line is down, doesn’t mean that it is not ”hot,” as was the case with this Barkada Road tree, also on Friday.

Photo courtesy of MLive reader.


County Veterans Services Office Information

August 15th, 2013 by

veterans 035The Drew County Veteran Services Office is getting new floors.

During this time, all veterans can schedule offsite appointments. Offsite appointments can be conducted in any location. Home and offsite appointments are usually reserved for homebound veterans.

Veterans can call 870 460-4748 to schedule an offsite appointment or ask a question.


Vergie Hart Reeves

August 15th, 2013 by

zVergie Hart Reeves, 94, of Fayetteville passed Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Fayetteville. She was born January 15, 1919 in Wilmar, Arkansas the daughter of John and Edith Measel Hart.

She was a member of Greenland First Baptist Church and sold Avon for many years.

Preceded in death by her husband, Lee R. Reeves, 1~ son, Roy and wife Sharon Reeves and 1~daughter, Martha Killian, 2 -sons in law Philip Peterson and Don Worrell.

Survivors, 1~son, Wesley Reeves and wife, Debbie of Wilmar, AR; 4~daughters, Vergie Peterson of Murray, KY (husband, Philip, deceased), Betty Worrell of Monticello, AR (husband, Don, deceased), Laura Keeney and husband, Ed of West Richland, WA and Margaret Mann and husband, Mike of Fayetteville, AR; 1 son in law, Melvin Killian of San Antonio, TX; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 1great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral Service will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Cobb Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Howerton officiating and Rev. Joshua Murray, grandson, co-officiating. Burial at Elmwood Cemetary, Blytheville, AR.

 

 

 

 

 


Hay Baler & Field Fire, Contained by MFD

August 12th, 2013 by

025Saturday, around noon, a hay baler fire was reported on North Gabbert St.

The blaze quickly ignited the dry hay, laying below the baler, as fire began to spread.

The Monticello Fire Dept. responded, and quickly had the fire extinguished.


Desha County Jury Gives 55 Year Sentence for Firearms & Battery Charges

August 12th, 2013 by

Last Wednesday, a Desha County jury convicted Roy Lee Russell, of Dumas, for being a felon in possession in possession of a firearm and 2nd degree battery.

Russell was sentenced to 40 years and 15 years to run consecutively, which is the maximum sentence possible for those offenses.

Russell was found not guilty on 3 counts of kidnapping, 2 counts of rape, and one count of 2nd degree battery.

The trial began on Wednesday and concluded about 2pm Thursday.

 


Local Industry Expanding, Adding Jobs

August 10th, 2013 by

hoodAt the Monticello Economic Development Commission’s monthly meeting, Nita McDaniel expounded on the recent city council meeting announcement that Hood Packaging is in the process of going through another expansion, which will add an estimated 12 new jobs, with an estimated hourly wage of $16

Hood will be investing between between $2M and $4M to add an additional product line. This will create 12 new full time jobs. AEDC has committed $250,000 in forgivable loans to help offset the costs of the expansion project, and on July 25th, the City Council approved an additional $100,000 in forgivable loans from the City war chest to assist with the expansion project as well.

As the planning of this expansion is on-going, new needs continue to develop, and the commission will be meeting soon to discuss these new aspects of the expansion.


Grand Manor Assisted Living Breaks Ground for 49 Bed Housing & Care Units with 25 Local Jobs – Updated

August 8th, 2013 by

zSeveral business and community leaders were present, Tuesday afternoon, for the ceremonial groundbreaking of Grand Manor Assisted Living, located on HWY 425 North, just past Cablevision.

040The level two facility will provide care units for 49 clients, including an area for “memory care” patients.

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MFD Responds to Camper Fire

August 7th, 2013 by

031Just before noon, Tuesday, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of a trailer fire on East Pope Street.

A camper trailer, which was being salvaged for recyclable materials had caught fire, and was full engulfed, as they arrived.

Damage was contained to the camper.


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