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One Monticello Life – Tonya Loveless, Candidate for Drew County Collector

September 17th, 2012 by

“I didn’t come into this job thinking it would turn into an elected position one day.”

Tonya Loveless was born in Jonesboro, AR and raised here in Monticello by parents Van and Karen Brown, along with her four siblings.

“My family was awesome. We did a lot of camping, fishing, and hunting. I think I was on a deer stand before I was bigger than my rifle. We loved water skiing and boating and having so many siblings made everything fun… I had a pretty good life.” “My grandparents were great, they were here in Monticello. (Albert and Willie Mae Hobbs, and Jim and Toni Holcomb – they were a big part of my life. I was rotten because they treated me so great.” “Willie Mae is my last living grandparent.”

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Drew Central Students Learn About 9-11

September 14th, 2012 by

Pictured from left to right: Connor Horton, Camryn Callison, and Sabin Day.

Mrs. Lou Arnold’s second grade class from Drew Central Elementary learned about an important event of history that happened before they were born. They also realized how much this event has affected their lives even today. This event was the 9-11 terrorist attack on America.

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2 Mobile Homes Destroyed by Fire, Wednesday Night

September 13th, 2012 by

Around 10 pm, the Monticello Fire Dept. was called out to a mobile home fire on Young Drive, behind Commercial Bank’s East Branch.

The home was engulfed in flames when the firefighters arrived.

Around 2:30 am, firefighters were again paged out, this time to a mobile home located on South Maple Street, in the lot next to where a series of fires destroyed another home, a couple of years ago.

No cause has been released as to the cause of the fires.

The Young Drive residence was vacant.

The S. Maple home was occupied.


Regional Library Director’s Death Being Investigated as Murder / Suicide

September 12th, 2012 by

According to SalineRiverChronicle.com, an Apparent Murder/Suicide is being investigated as the cause of death of Kim and Sandra Patterson, of Warren.

Mr. Patterson was the director of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library System, and a very important part of the recent drive, which has led to the upcoming construction of the new Monticello Branch Library.

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Talent Show Winners at Drew County Fair

September 12th, 2012 by

Variety
Jessica Wishard–winner

Instrumental Solo
Blake Middlebrooks—winner

Vocal Solo
Charley Bodiford—winner

Instrumental Group
Matthew Montgomery & Steven Stringer—winner

Dance Group
Monticello Dance Academy (6)—winner

Dance Solo
Charlee Carter—winner

Over-All Winner
Monticello Dance Academy (6)—winner
Charlee Carter—1st place


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.


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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