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Drew Central Students Selected as HOBY Ambassadors

May 23rd, 2012 by

On May 4th – 6th , Rebecca Moss and Morgan Nall, attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in Bentonville, Ar. The 10th grade Drew Central Students were selected because of the outstanding leadership potential they demonstrated in school and community activities, as well as their academic achievements. The girls participated in numerous activities while at the seminar reinforcing their social responsibilities and encouraging their leadership and critical thinking skills.


Water Rates Rise, While $690,100 is Transferred from Water Fund for Other Uses.

May 22nd, 2012 by

“They raise the water rates saying we need to fix the dangerous water pipes, then they take the money out of the water fund to pay for other projects, then they raise the rates again saying there’s not enough money in the water fund. Meanwhile, we don’t even have a line item in the budget for water pipe repairs. What’s going on?”

This statement is from a source that wished to remain anonymous, and their sentiment has been shared by many MLive readers over the past several months.

Mayor Maxwell presented these failing water pipes to the City Council, last October.

Add to this the report from last September’s City Council meeting where Mayor Maxwell said, “The water line problems below Maple and Speer Streets, where galvanized water lines run under the street, and constantly have to be repaired. Overlaying these two streets will soon have to be patched, whenever the next leak occurs…” Mayor Maxwell told the council that these lines need to be replaced, instead of making repairs to the lines and the streets, over and over. “The water lines need to be moved to the side of the streets, then do the overlay.”

The city has recently received easements from the property owners, and ordered pipe to begin this project. This means we’ve got “shovel ready” needs, and money being spent elsewhere.

Questions have been raised concerning all aspects of the water fund budget, including where the money is going that’s transferred from it, if it is legal for it to be transferred at all, and if replacing water pipes is just a falsely given reason to raise rates further.

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Early Morning Crash Send Driver to UAMS

May 21st, 2012 by

Monticello Fire & Rescue was paged out to extricate the driver of this westbound Chevy pick-up out of the vehicle, around 5:30, Monday morning.

Marks at the scene show the vehicle left the roadway on the north side of the highway, crossed the ditch, and collided with a concrete embankment, near the I-530 intersection.

Drew County Sheriff;s deputies worked the crash, Affordable Wrecker towed the Chevy, and MASI transported the driver to DMH, where he was then helicoptered to UAMS in Little Rock


Special Election Edition of One Monticello Life

May 20th, 2012 by

Tuesday is Election Day.  Ms the final day for Early Voting.

Over the past several weeks, MLive’s Mandy Moss has interviewed the Democratic candidates for County Judge, Sheriff, and County Collector.

This week’s “election edition” will re-post those interviews for a final “meet the candidates” opportunity for MLive reades.


One Monticello Life – Bobby Harris, Candidate for County Judge

May 20th, 2012 by

“I was born and raised here in Monticello by my parents Robert and Peggy Harris. They still live in the house I was raised in.”

Bobby Harris has spent his entire life in Drew County, and this is where he has chosen to raise his large, close-knit, family. He says he learned how to have strong family values by his own experiences growing up.

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One Monticello Life – Jim Glennon, Candidate for County Judge

May 20th, 2012 by

Jim Glennon was born and raised in Possum Valley by parents James and Glenda Glennon. “I have three sisters and a brother that are still living. My baby sister died when she was six of spinal meningitis. I was 9 or 10 when she died. It was one of those situations where you ask God, “Why didn’t you take me instead of my baby sister?”

Growing up, there was little time for the Glennon children to find trouble to get into. Working as a family was top priority, and living out in the country meant that if you wanted entertainment, you created it for yourself.

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One Monticello Life – Cheri Adcock Norris, Candidate for Collector

May 20th, 2012 by

“I really thought I was done that day, and even though this person was very irate and taking it out on me, I still managed to get my job done correctly and it didn’t sway me from getting things done in the office.”

Cheri Norris grew up the oldest of three siblings, and said she had a great time doing family activities like roller skating, having picnics, and playing at the lake. At the age of five she moved from Southeast Arkansas up to Michigan with her mom, Betty Maloney.

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One Monticello Life – Josh Frost, Candidate for Collector

May 20th, 2012 by

“I was raised in politics; I was thrown right in there….”

From the brand new age of 8 weeks old, Josh Frost’s mom, Denise Frost, had him introduced to life in the courthouse, where she worked until she retired after 25 years of service. Josh said that due to always being around the offices and seeing how they worked, a career made up of those types of relationships just came naturally to him. The family he gained from his mother’s career is still with him today in his adult years.

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Regional Poitical Forum – Video

May 20th, 2012 by

The Cornerstone Coalitoin held their Regional Political Forum, Thursday night, with covered many topics of regional topcs.

Candidates taking part in the program included;  Lampkin and Meggs..
State Senate candidates Akin, Bolin, Cheatham, and Reep.
and Congressional candidates: Crawford (by statement), Latanach, Hurst, and Jeffress



Update – City Council Pulls $25,000 out of MPD Budget to Give to Monticello Schools for Boot Camp

May 19th, 2012 by

The Monticello City Council voted unanimously to grant Monticello School’s Superintendent Bobby Harper’s request for $25,000 of additional funding towards the boot camp program, which is a punitive program for students that serves as an alternative for expulsion.

Superintendent Harper told the Council that when the program began it was a joint effort between the County, City, Drew Central School District, and Monticello School District. The County quickly withdrew from helping with funding, and now Drew Central District has had to withdraw as well due to their fiscal distress status. This leaves only Monticello District and the City left to provide money to keep the program going.

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Special (Surprise) Combined Meeting of City Council & Parks Committee Planned for June 14

May 18th, 2012 by

At Thursday’s city council meeting, the council’s next meeting was moved to June 14, due to a Municipal League conference time conflict, with the regular date.

No one (except for this reporter) realized that this is the same date, same time, and same place as the regularly scheduled Parks & Recreation Committee meeting.

They apparently will be having a joint meeting, which is appropriate, since the city council has recently imposed the “no smoking” policy at City Park, the “no tournament” policy at Lake Monticello, and leased out a major portion of Jordan Park for use by the private school, without referring these issues to the Parks Commission / Committee.


City Agrees to Lease Part of Jordan Park to Private School Group

May 18th, 2012 by

The City Council was presented with a lease agreement for P.F. Mays & Associates, LLC for the proposed private school at Jordan Park during their regular meeting Thursday evening. Mayor Allen Maxwell reported that he had investigated what a reasonable lease would be on the Jordan Park property and, “What we got back was $300-$500 per month. I want the council to consider that because we don’t have to charge that much. I think we need to write what the City is going to charge on a monthly or annual basis… We came up with a number of $500 a year.”

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Kayla Jackson Is UAM’s First Three-Time Softball All-American

May 18th, 2012 by

UKayla Jackson continues to add to her legacy as one of the best softball players in University of Arkansas at Monticello history.

Jackson became the first three-time softball All-American in school history Wednesday when she was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Second Team. The senior pitcher from Hallsville, Tex., was a third team All-American in 2010 and a second team selection last year.

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Color Guard at Monticello Airport for Fallen Soldier

May 14th, 2012 by

A military color guard paid tribute to a fallen soldier, Friday morning, at the Monticello airport.

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Drew County Native to Donate Book Proceeds to Local Museum

May 13th, 2012 by

The Drew County Museum and Archives have recently been offered an opportunity to gain some much-needed income from the proceeds of a book written by Dr. James William Willis, who was inducted into the Drew Central Hall of Fame, last week.

Willis is a native of Drew County, who grew up in the White Hall Community south of Monticello and graduated from Drew Central. He was the son of Earl and Lela McKinstry Willis, local educators, who were both native Drew County residents. Willis’ father was a long-time superintendent of the Drew Central schools, and his mother was an English teacher at both Drew Central and Arkansas A & M College. Later, they moved to Little Rock to work with the state department of education before they retired in Monticello.

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UAM Graduation Videos

May 12th, 2012 by


UAM Graduation Processional, 1st Session from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


UAM Graduation Processional, 2nd Session from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


UAM Graduation, Presentaton of Diplomas, 1st Session from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


UAM Graduation, Presentaton of Diplomas, 2nd Session from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


UAM Graduation, Welcome Statements from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


UAM Graduation, Distinguished Alumnus, Reginald Glover from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

UAM Graduation, Provost David Ray Honored from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


UAM Graduation Recessional, 1st Session from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


UAM Graduation Recessional, 2nd Session from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


Reginald Glover Is UAM’s 50th Distinguished Alumnus

May 10th, 2012 by

To Reginald Glover, the University of Arkansas at Monticello – and Arkansas A&M before it – have always seemed like part of his extended family.

Glover, a retired banking executive, long-time volunteer fund-raiser and all-around booster for the university, is UAM’s 50th Distinguished Alumnus. Glover will be honored during commencement exercises this Friday at Steelman Fieldhouse.

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Drew Central All-School Reunion – Hall of Fame & Distinguished Service Awards – Photos & Videos

May 7th, 2012 by

Drew Central Re-union Opening by John Ray Johnson, Class of ’62 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Drew Central Distunguished Service Award, Superintendent Earl Willis, by his son, James from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Drew Central Distunguished Service Award, Evelyn McKeown, Teacher from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Drew Central Distunguished Service Award, Coach Edgar Spencer from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Drew Central Hall of Fame Induction, James Willis, Class of ’56 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Drew Central Hall of Fame Induction, Bobby Pace, Class of ’54 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Drew Central Hall of Fame Induction, Jack Murphy, Class of ’42 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


Prairie Community Welcomes Candidates

May 7th, 2012 by

Collector Candidates at the Prairie from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Judge Candidates at the Prairie 1 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Judge Candidates at the Prairie 2 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Sheriff Candidates at the Prairie from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Treasurer Candidates at the Prairie from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

JP District 9 Candidates at the Prairie from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Senate & Representative Candidates at the Prairie from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


Holmes Chapel Political Forum – City Council Candidates

May 4th, 2012 by

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Opening Statements from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Imcumbent Accomplishments 1 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Imcumbent Accomplishments 2 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Challengers “What Do You Plan To Do?” from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Tourism & Entertainment from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Burgess Asked About MLive from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Construction Employment & Supplies from Local Sources from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Closing Statements from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Senate & State Representive Candiates

May 4th, 2012 by

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Senate & Representive Candiates 1 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Senate & Representive Candiates 2 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Senate & Representive Candiates 3 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Senate & Representive Candiates 4 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Senate & Representive Candiates 5 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Senate & Representive Candiates 6 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Holmes Chapel City Council Forum – Senate & Representive Candiates 7 from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.
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“Worst City Council Meeting Ever” Video – 4th Most Watched ML Video Ever

May 4th, 2012 by

The “you’re lying – name-calling” city council video from Monday night reached the 1,000 play mark, less than 24 hours of being posted.

It reached the 1,700 play level in less that two days.  The 3rd day produced another 250+ plays. It is expected to break the 2,000 mark mid-morning, Friday

One alderman said that she was “embarrassed that the city has had to go through this.”


One Monticello Life – Thad, Nikki, & Colton Mitchell – 2012 Drew County Farm Family of the Year

May 2nd, 2012 by

“I was born and raised on same property we’re living on now. This 180 acres of land has never been bought or sold, it was homesteaded by my family. It goes back to my Great Great Granddaddy. I’m the 5th generation farming this land.” – Thad Mitchell

Thad and Nikki Mitchell, along with their six year old son, Colton, have settled on the family land to continue with the farming tradition and raise their family. This year, they have been selected as Farm Family of the Year for Drew County.

Thad and Nikki’s farming business largely consists of raising Bermuda grass for hay, along with some Alfalfa, and producing eggs for Tyson Foods.

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