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9/11/2010 – A Busy Day for Local Emergency Personnel

September 11th, 2012 by

 

On a day when emergency personnel are recognized across the nation, our local fire dept, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, and both ambulance services were busy proving how important they are to our community.

This link shows the dedicaiton that our local first resonders serve our community with, as they did on the 2010 anniversary of this life-changing day.


Circuit Judge Suspended for Month

September 10th, 2012 by

A press release from the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has confirmed that 10th Judicial District Judge Sam Pope will receive a 30 day unpaid suspension following an April 5 confrontation at the Crossett Walmart with his estranged wife’s boyfriend, where a physical confrontation developed between the two men.  Both men were handcuffed and transported to the Crossett Police Department, but no charges were filed by either party.

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Photos from Recent Farm Bureau Supper

September 8th, 2012 by

Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire

September 7th, 2012 by

Around 10 pm, the Monticello Fire Dept. was called to a mobile home on Mill Street, near East Gaines, which was engulfed in flames, when they arrived.

The structure was located across next to an empty lot where another mobile home burned in July of 2011.


Early Morning Fire Destroys Oakland St. Residence

September 6th, 2012 by

Around 5:30, this morning, MPD dispatch received a call reporting a house fire on East Oakland St., near it’s intersection with Rose St.

MFD firefighters quickly responded to battle the blaze, the the structure was fully engulfed when the fire was reported.

MPD blocked off Oakland St. for approximately an hour, due to the blaze.


Charles Searcy, County Treasurer – “Third Party Perspective” – Editorial

September 6th, 2012 by

MLive usually doesn’t post editorials, but the discussion about Charles Searcy’s upcoming position as Drew County Treasurer has drawn an amazing amount of debate.

With over 30 comments posted, it seems all positions on this topic have been thoroughly discussed;  but here are a few that deserve to be mentioned.  Read the rest of this entry »


3 Elections in Drew County in Next 2 Months

September 6th, 2012 by

It’s almost time to GO VOTE, and then GO VOTE, and then GO VOTE.

There are 3 unrelated election days approaching Drew County in the next 2 months.
September 18, Drew Central School Board Election,
October 9, the Drew Memorial Hospital Millage Extension, and
November 6, Nationwide general election.

Here’s more information on each individual election…….

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“America’s Most Wanted” Arrested in Monticello

September 5th, 2012 by

On Tuesday, September 4th, Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober was contacted by an agent with the United States Marshal’s Service, based out of Little Rock, asking for assistance in the apprehension of a fugitive, Jonathan Jamel May, who is suspected of two counts of first degree murder and three counts of attempted murder in Detroit, Michigan. Sheriff Gober then contacted Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton and advised him of the situation.

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Hurricane Isaac – In Perspective, by a Local Resident with LA Roots

September 4th, 2012 by

Some of you may be familiar with the “Shrimp Guy” that sells fresh gulf shrimp from time to time on the parking lot of ReMax. That guy is Todd Tassin and I am proud to say that he is my brother-in-law. He and his family live in Slidell, La just outside of New Orleans. He sustained knee deep water in his house from Issac. They are having to get rid of everything that was touched by the water as God only knows what the water brings in and he has three small girls.

This is the pile of stuff in front of his house after three days of gutting the house and ripping out sheetrock. Almost every house in his neighborhood looks like this. Police have to guard the entrance to his neighborhood to make sure people can’t just come take items from their piles as the insurance adjusters have to come inspect them before anything can be disposed of in any way.

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Hunter Graduates From Air Force Basic Training

September 4th, 2012 by

Edward Hunter, Jr. completed basic military training for the United States Air Force on August 24, 2012 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas. As a member of the 326 TRS FLT 545 of the 737th Training Group, he completed training with a rank of E3 Airman First Class.

Hunter is a 2011 graduate of Drew Central High School and a native of Wilmar Arkansas. His parents are Edward and Sasha Hunter of Wilmar; grandparents are James and Alice Hunter, Erma Jones and the late Hubert Smith all of Wilmar.

Hunter will continue technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls Texas where he will receive training as an aircraft mechanic.


2nd Grade Class Participates In Counting Activities

September 4th, 2012 by

Mr. McRae’s 2nd grade class participating in first week counting activities. The students were given a square piece of foil approx 3″x3″ and had to brainstorm on how to design a boat that would hold a maximum number of pennies. There were 2 rounds of competition where modifications could be made to their boats. The winners designed 2 boats that held 64 total pennies.

Pictured are the winners of the “penny-boat” competition with their first thought of design. Pictured from left are: Delaney White, Hope Sass, and Will Watson.


$ 1 Million Loan Approved for Intermodal Facilty to Pay Overdue Contractors

August 31st, 2012 by

Last week, Commercial Bank, Union Bank, and First State Bank of Warren, jointly approved a $1 million loan to the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Facility board, in order for them to pay past due bills to contractors, until government grants are received.

SalineRiverChronicle.com has more on the story.

For more background on the issue, click here.


Insecure Home Security Salesmen Invade Monticello

August 29th, 2012 by

Recently, a young door-to-door salesman came to my home, representing the “cutting edge” home security firm Vivint. I heard his sales pitch and promises, along with his list of satisfied customers.  I’m glad I didn’t purchase his promises, since the next day I asked the MPD officer he described as a “satisfied customer” with Vivint, and he told me he had never met (or done business) with them.

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City Records 449 Water Leaks Since 2007, Considering “New Main & Meters” Project

August 28th, 2012 by

Ongoing issues with the city’s water system led to an indepth discussion at the August City Council meeting.

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Local Teen Wins 3rd in National 4-H Competition

August 28th, 2012 by

Matthew Spencer, 17, a resident of Drew County and a member of the local Koinonia 4-H club, recently placed third in the nation in the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program’s competition held at Texas A & M and King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas.

His team placed third in the national team competition, as well. This is the first time in the history of Arkansas 4-H that any individual member or any team from Arkansas has placed in the top three at the national level.

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Alligator Caught in Monticello Pond

August 27th, 2012 by

Juanita Webb and her “pet” gator. On left; AG&F’s Mark Barbee measuring the gator that was removed from the Webb’s pond

Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Webb of the Bowser Community had a surprise visitor show up in their pond a few weeks ago. While feeding the fish one day (something he has done every day for over 30 years) Dr. Webb noticed an odd set of eyes staring at him from the opposite side of the pond.

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More Alligators Captured in Area

August 27th, 2012 by

In June, the Game & Fish Commission were called to help capture a live alligator on Alma Street, in the western portion of Dermott, not far from the Drew County line.

Mark Barbee and Michael Shepherd, both of Monticello, of AG&F are shown here restraining the gator, to transport it to a “safer” area.

This video of an alligator being captured, taken near Lake Wallace in May, 2011, has been views almost 3,000 times.

 Another alligator was found in August near Tillar.

Alligator Caught by AG&F in Drew County in May from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


Monticello Memories – History of Drew County’s EHC Clubs

August 25th, 2012 by

While many younger folks mistakenly think of the Extension Homemakers Clubs as a group of “little old ladies who meet, eat, sew, swap recipes and make crafts”, they are sadly misinformed. EHC has an educational program that coves a gauntlet of topics from child care issues to healthy eating, to financial advice, to exercise programs and a myriad of other notable subjects to meet someone’s needs.

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Community Education To Offer Wide Slate Of Non-Credit Courses For Fall

August 25th, 2012 by

Non-credit courses in topics ranging from self-defense to photography will be offered this fall by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Department of Community Education.

“Whether you are looking to sharpen your computer skills or for ways to get in shape, we have something for just about everyone,” stated Memorie Dickson, program coordinator.

Classes for fall 2012 include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Dance Fitness plus Toning, Zumba, Shooting Portraits with Artificial Lighting, Self-Defense for Women, The Creative Camera, How to Take Better Photographs, Energy Saving Do It Yourself, Reading Like a Writer (to Become a Better Writer), Understanding State and Local Government, and Digital Image Processing Using Adobe Photoshop.

For detailed information about courses, including dates, times and fees, visit the UAM website.” Space is limited in many classes so early registration is encouraged. To register, call (870) 460-1327.


Tommy Maxwell, Guest Columnist in Arkansas Business

August 24th, 2012 by

The weekly edition of Arkansas Business has long been considered the leading source of news and information for business in Arkansas.

This week’s edition includes an article/editorial by a guest columnist, Tommy Maxwell, of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, who credited his staff for their efforts in the writing of the article.

Another recent edition of Arkansas Business featured southeast Arkansas bankers uniting in the current economy, and included a photo of Union Bank’s Dave Dickson on the cover.


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