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Monticello Memories – Tour of Monticello’s South Main Street – # 29

March 11th, 2012 by

This week we will begin our look at the last block on west side of South Main Street. We will be traveling on the west side of the street from Bolling Avenue to Wood Creek. Looking down the block we see the stately two-story home that was built in the early 1900s by Ed Spencer. Terrell Spencer Sr. grew up there. Spencer was associated with the Monticello Cotton Mills. The grand plantation style home with its wraparound porches, columns, chimneys, dormers, accents and balcony sits on a slight elevation and adds strength and beauty to the corner lot.

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Ben Crossett Files for City Council Seat Ward 4, Position 2

March 8th, 2012 by

Ben Crossett has announced his candidacy for Alderman for the City of Monticello, Ward 4, Position 2.

Ben is a 1994 graduate of Monticello High School, a 1994 graduate of Forest Echoes Technical School (now UAM College of Technology) in Crossett and a 2005 graduate of SouthArk Community College in Eldorado.

Ben has been an Emergency Medical Technician for 17 years and a certified Law Enforcement Officer for 12 years. He is currently employed by Southeast Emergency Medical Services (SEEMS) of Monticello and is a part-time dispatcher for the Monticello Police Department.

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Orlando Jones Files for Re-election as JP for District 1.

March 8th, 2012 by

“I would like to thank District 1 for the opportunity to serve on the Quorum Court and hope that I have reprented well. I do have the people at heart. It is with this thought in mind that I decided to file as a Republican this term.

Although locally we may share similar views, the Democratic Party has increasingly moved away from the principles and values that I grew up on. I hope that my decision is viewed with my heart’s intent and that everyone will take a closer look at the direction our country is headed. I will do everything in my power to stand for what I believe.”


Fertilize Truck Overturns on Florence Road, Rescue, EMTs, Police Respond – Update

March 7th, 2012 by

The driver of a Bayou Grain 18-wheeler fertilize delivery truck apparently took a curve on Florence Road too fast, around 10 o’clock, Tuesday morning, resulting in a hopper trailer of farm fertilize being dumped into a road ditch.

The driver was extricated from the crushed cab of the vehicle by the Fire & Rescue Team, and them transported to the JRMC trauma center.  Someone at the scene said his injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening.

Triple A Towing is shown in the video, setting the truck upright.

A “bobcat” was cleaning up the spilled product, as evening was approaching, along with several individuals with buckets, collecting fertilize for their personal use.  Contact Ronnie Adcock at 723-2260 for info.

 


Lions Club Feeds The Kids

March 5th, 2012 by

As shown in picture, Lions Club President John Bullock presented $100 to Feed The Kids representatives Louisa Smith and Allison Collins. They spoke to the Lions Club, Thursday, March 2, 2012, at Western Sizlin Restaurant. Mrs Smith and Collins are Chair and Co-Chair of Drew County’s “Feed the Kids” organization. This organization solicits donations of cash and food from individuals, civic groups, and area churches, to help needy children. They meet every Wednesday 6PM at 1st Presbyterian Church to assemble the food bags shown in picture.

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Monticello Memories – Tour of Monticello’s Main Street – #28

March 4th, 2012 by

This week we’ll begin at the charming grey house with the white trim and the welcoming porches where we stopped last week. This home was built by Harry Wells (William T. Wells and brother to Mary Phenton and Myrtle Wells) around 1910. Mr. Wells was a businessman who also served in one of the county’s clerk positions for a time. The Wells family members are patriarchs in the history of Monticello and Drew County. Let’s go back and look briefly at this family since the grey house and the next one are tied to them and to the history of Drew County.

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Save the Environment While Saving Money – At Home

March 2nd, 2012 by

Change your light bulbs. Not just when they burn out. Exchange any incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents. You will use only 30% of the energy and still get just as much light.

Look for the Energy Star logo. The symbol designates appliances that are energy-efficient. If you purchase only those that are certified, you may pay more initially for these items. Over time, however, you’ll save on energy bills while helping the environment.

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Davis Files For Vacant Ward 3, Position 2 Seat on City Council

March 1st, 2012 by

Charles Davis has announced his candidacy for Alderman for the City of Monticello, Ward 3, Postion 2.

Charles, a life-long resident of Monticello is a retired accountant, with a B.S. in Economics from University of Arkansas at Monticello, and a  member of First Assembly of God Church.

“I have been blessed with three children; Kenny and wife Michelle, Lance and wife Beverly, and Staci and husband Bryan, six grandchildren (all live in Drew County.)

With my knowledge, experience in business and wiliness to work for the people of Monticello and for the progress of Monticello will be an asset.


Linda Gail Sloan Rainwater

February 29th, 2012 by

Linda Gail Sloan Rainwater, 52 of Dumas, Arkansas died February 28, 2012 in Dumas, Arkansas. Linda was born December 15, 1959 to the Commadore Edward Sloan, II and Juanita Varnell Sloan in Monroe, Louisiana. Linda attended the Pentecostal church and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Clinton Rainwater of Dumas, Arkansas two sons, Wesley Damon (Janice) Rainwater of Hot Springs, Arkansas & Tracy Andrew (Lisa) Rainwater of Monticello, Arkansas, daughter Amanda (Billy) Wright of McGehee, Arkansas. Her mother, Juanita Sloan of Tillar, brother Commadore Edward Sloan, III of Du Quoin, Illinois and 2 sisters, Janet Stoner of Batesville, Arkansas and Tommy Sue Hill of Pine Hill, Arkansas 10 grandchildren, Dylan, Delaina, Morgan, Ava, Kenneth, Codi, Kaylee, Hunter, Hayden and Hannah and 1 great grand daughter, Jaycee survive her.

Visitation held from 6-8pm, February 29, 2012 at Griffin Funeral Home.

Services are 2 PM Thursday, March 1, 2012, Griffin Funeral Home with Rev. Michael McFall officiating and burial in Walnut Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas, Arkansas.


Burgess Enters City Council Race for Ward 2, Position 1

February 27th, 2012 by

Joe Burgess has announced his intentions to seek the office of Alderman for the City of Monticello.  Burgess plans to file today for the Ward 2, Position 1 seat.

Burgess, a life-long resident of South Arkansas, and a 20 year resident of the Monticello area, is owner and operator of MonticelloLive.com, which was honored as the 2011 MEDC / Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year.”

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At The Museum – Antique Tricycle

February 26th, 2012 by

Check out this old tricycle, Made entirely out of steel except for the seat ,wheels and tires, Note that the tires are pieces of flat rubber around the wooden rim, Never had to worry with flats.

Come see this and many other interesting items on display at your Drew County Museum, We are open Fridays from 1pm till 5pm, and Saturdays from 2pm till 5 pm and Sunday by appointment.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Drew County Historical Society, memberships are $25 Dollars for a single membership or $40 for a family membership. Please mail your membership request to The Drew County Historical Society 404 South Main Monticello, AR 71655.


Barnett Seeking Re-election to District 6 JP Position

February 24th, 2012 by

Chris Barnett, of the Greenhill community, has announced her intention to seek re-election to the position of Justice of the Peace for District 6 on the Drew County Quorum Court.

She and her husband, Buddy, attend Wilmar Methodist Church.

Barnett is a life-long resident of Drew County, and owns Chris’ Hair Care, formerly known to many residents as The Hair Pen.


Local Funeral Home Cited by State Board

February 21st, 2012 by

According to the Arkansas state board of embalmers and funeral home directors, Christian Brothers Funeral Home, of Monticello, reportedly violated state policy in the case of a July, 2011 funeral.

Larry Brown is the registered manager and a funeral director for Christian Brothers.  Robbiezine Owens is also a licensed funeral director, there.  Michael Jones is owner of Christian Brothes , and is an apprentice funeral director.

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Big Rig Driver Charged with DWI-Drugs, Drinking on the Highway

February 20th, 2012 by

An 18 wheeler driver was charged with DWI-drugs, drinking on the highway, and criminal mischief with property damage, after he turned off of HWY 425 South at EZ Mart, and drover his empty dump truck across their yard, getting his truck and trailer hung up on concrete barriers.

Onlookers at the store watched as the driver attempted several times to get his truck out of the ruts it had made in the store’s yard, while trying to get it off of the concrete blocks. Read the rest of this entry »


Monticello Memories – Tour of Monticello’s South Main Street – # 26

February 19th, 2012 by

This week we will look at the east side of South Main Street between East Jackson and East College streets. We will begin at the site of the present First United Methodist Church. I have been unable to determine the exact type of building that formerly occupied the space where the church stands today although I suspect it may have been a family home.

That said, I have learned some interesting facts about the church that I’d like to summarize for readers. Organized in 1852, this early United Methodist congregation built the first church structure in Monticello in 1853 on their land deeded to the church by Wiley Crook. This lot sat north of our present library on the fenced lot where a handsome, two-story red brick apartment building rests today. The organizer and first minister for the church congregation was Reverend H. R. Withers.

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MEDC/20 for the Future in Washington DC Meetings Considered “A Successful Trip”

February 17th, 2012 by

Sen. Mark Pryor and the MEDC / 20 for the Future Delegation in Washington DC

8 business and community leaders from Monticello spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington D.C., meeting with with all 6 members of our state’s national representatives, detailing a list of local needs, in hopes of getting or continuing funding of several Monticello / Drew County projects.

Meetings were with with Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, as well as Congressmen Tim Griffin, Mike Ross, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack.

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