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Sun Country Tanning Welcomes New Owner

December 10th, 2012 by

Sun Country Tanning Salon has been a staple of the small business community of Monticello for over 15 years. Beginning December 1, Sun Country opened a new chapter in its history by welcoming it’s new owner, Mandy Hogg. Sun Country still offers the finest tanning experience in Southeast Arkansas and will continue offering its full line of tanning lotions and accessories. The Salon will also offer the massage therapy services of Olivia Milstead.

Mandy encourages everyone to stop by 518 E. Gaines or call 367-1111 and see what Sun Country has to offer. As a celebration of the new ownership, Mandy is offering all single visit tanning purchases at 50% off the regular price. The visits must be purchased and used prior to Dec 21, 2012.

Sun Country’s hours are M-F 9am – 7pm and Saturday 10am – 3 pm. “Like” us on Facebook.


“We All Felt Like We Knew Him” – Dewayne Graham Dies at the age of 63

December 8th, 2012 by

Dewayne Graham, best known for his “7 on your Side” series from 1989-1999, passed away last week.

When someone is a part of our everyday activities, like the folks on the 6:00 news, we often just refer to by their first names, like we know them personally.  Dewayne Graham did that well.  He always took up for the little guy, and usually helped the “good guys” get their money back, and then saw the “bad guys” get run out of town.

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Breakfast in the Classroom Pilot Project at DC

December 7th, 2012 by

Drew Central is in day 2 of our pilot program for Breakfast in the Classroom.

This exciting new program allows kids to eat breakfast in the classroom during the first 10 minutes of class. We believe this will drastically reduce childhood hunger and allow everyone to start their day off right. The students and teachers are loving it! Mrs. Meek’s class is shown eating their breakfast and reviewing what they learned in math the previous day. The students were noticing the unit of measurement for the milk and orange juice.

Some teachers are also using this time to teach students how to read nutrition labels. Others are using this time as their reading time. Students sit quietly and eat while the teacher takes roll, gathers homework, and gets prepared for the day.


EFS GeoTechnologies Ribbon Cutting Photos

December 5th, 2012 by
 
EFS GeoTechnologies, the 2011 Industry of the Year, held the ribbon cutting of their new office building and hangar at the Monticello airport, Friday.
 
EFS specializes in High Resolution Ortho-rectify Aerial Photography and Geographic Information Systems.  EFS’s high tech service uses sensors, not cameras, for their work.
 
Guests included John Knight, director of the Arkansas Department Aeronautics, and some of his staff members, and local business and community leaders.
 
Bennie Ryburn III, of the airport commission, thanked Knight and his dept. for their support in the $880,000 project, as well as the mayor and city council for the matching funds from the city.
 
Tours of the new facility were given after the ceremony. 

MHS Forensic Team Earns 2nd Place At Wildcat Classic Tournament

December 5th, 2012 by

Front: Hannah Wilkerson, Elizabeth Wilson, Melodie Sandlin, Becca Stephenson, Savannah Reynolds, Erin Ashcraft, Mary Kate Jones.
2nd Row: N’Shyka Shelton, Maggie Brown, Kelly Murphy, Jasmine Dallas, Hannah James, Jasmin Miller, Amanda Shindelar.
Back: Zach Cason, Sean Kaminicki, Dillon Todd, Jacob Chisom, Don White, David deRueda, and Marty Andrews.

The Monticello High School Forensic Team earned a 2nd place sweepstakes award at the North Little Rock Wildcat Classic Tournament. Twenty schools attended, and because limited competitive slots were allowed, most schools brought only their very best performers. Hannah James (2nd place- original oratory) and Jacob Chisom (extemporaneous speaking) advanced to finals.

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Fire Near Crackerbox South

December 5th, 2012 by

Sunday night, for the second straight evening in a row, a fire was reported at or near a local convienence store.

Around 7 pm, a caller reported seeing a large fire in the old Town & Country area, behind the Crackierbox store.

Monticello Fire Dept. trucks quickly arrived, and put out the fire, which was reported to be a brush fire.


MMS Student Hannah James Ranks 16th In Arkansas District Forensic League

December 5th, 2012 by

MMS Forensic Team member Hannah James is currently ranked 16th in Arkansas’s District of the National Forensic League. James has currently earned 310 competitive points. She competes in a variety of events: policy debate, student congress, mock trial, solo acting, humorous interpretation, original oratory, poetry and prose interpretation, and duet acting. At the North Little Rock Wildcat Classic, Hannah advanced to semi-finals in 3 events and placed 2nd in the finals of original oratory.


Drew HEALTH Promotes COPD Awareness

December 4th, 2012 by

November is National COPD Awareness Month. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S and in Arkansas. But many people may not know what COPD is.

COPD, or Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a serious lung disease that over time, makes it hard to breathe. You may also have heard COPD called other names, like emphysema or chronic bronchitis. In people who have COPD, the airways—tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs—are partially blocked, which makes it hard to get air in and out.

Symptoms of COPD include:

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Happy Birthday

December 1st, 2012 by

Sidney Burns is celebrating her 6th Birthday, today.

She is the daughter of Farrah and Andy Burns, granddaughter of Brenda Griffin, Danny Gossett, Wayvon and Brenda Burns, and niece of Andrea Chambers.

Happy Birthday


Life Imitates TV – Squirrel Causes Wreck

November 29th, 2012 by

An 18 year old male was traveling towards Monticello around 10 am, Wednesday, on Winchester Road, near the new Pine Hill Store. 

As he came around a curve, he swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel in the road, causing him to lose control of his Toyota Camry, which rolled and flipped across the ditch, striking the line of trees, and coming to rest upside down in the ditch.

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