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Arkansas Midland Railroad to Receive $2.7 Million Federal Grant

September 15th, 2011 by

U.S. Representative Mike Ross and U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman have announced the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will receive a $2,721,435 federal grant to rehabilitate and improve 40 miles of railroad track along the Warren Branch of the Arkansas Midland Railroad, a short line railroad located in southeastern Arkansas. The grant will help fund improvements to tracks in Bradley, Chicot and Drew counties.

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At The Museum – Edison Amberola (before records, cassettes, CDs, & MP3s)

September 11th, 2011 by

This is a Edison Amberola DX on display in the living room at the museum, It was produced in July of 1914 and retailed for $30 dollars. It was the first model that had a internal speaker instead of the “horn” and played a 4 minute plastic disc instead of the old fragile wax disc. This model was also the last of the Edison line to be belt driven and was said to be Edison’s “final achievement”.  He later came out with a more inexpensive worm gear driven model.

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 and Sundays from 2 pm till 5 pm.

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.

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2011 by

10 years have passed since that morning we all spent watching the national news channels, and calling our family and friends, to tell them how much they meant to us.

But the memories and the images of that day will stay with us forever.

As we pause today and remember the day that changed our lives, as a county and as individuals; we all should lift up a prayer for our nation, our soldiers, our government, and the families of those who died that day.

There will be two opportunities to show our respect, locally, today.  There will be a vterans service at Second Baptist Church at 2 pm, and a Prayer Rally at 3 pm, at the Courthouse.

Luna Bros. Cirucs to Entertain “Under the Big Top”, Friday Night

September 11th, 2011 by

Luna Bro’s Circus will put on an exciting performance for children of all ages, Friday at 7 p.m. in front of the Marketplace, at the intersection of HWY 425 and HWY 278.

Clown, animals, jugglers, vendors, and all types of circus entertainment will be presented.

Luna Bros. Circus thrilled the crowd in Monticello back  in 2008, and again in 2010.  The show has grown since that time, so come on out and see the many new attractions, and their new “Big Top”.

Brishen Mathews Makes Tackle on ESPN

September 7th, 2011 by


Local college football fans watching the Ole Miss vs. BYU game, Tuesday night, couldn’t help but smile when they heard the name of former Monticello Billie Brishen Mathews getting credit for a tackle on a Cougar’s kick returner, early in the second half of the nationally televised game.

Good work, Brishen.

DMH Contruction Update & Photos

September 5th, 2011 by

Drew Memorial Hospital’s phase I and Phase II of the building modernization project were discussed. The new inpatient wing under construction should be completed and ready for occupancy by February 1, 2012. The allied health building should be completed and ready for occupancy by March 1, 2012. The final phase of this project, which is the new surgery center and a new concept and a line drawing, was reviewed. A cost estimate should be available within the next few weeks, based on the new concept of locating the Women’s Center on the front side of the hospital rather than on the backside and relocating the new geri-psych unit closer to the hospital.

Reports indicate that the construction of the new Pre-Post/Op area should be complete by October 1, 2011.

Reprinted from DMH Hospital Report.

At The Museum – “Old Courthouse” on the Square Painting

September 4th, 2011 by

This painting of the old courthouse hangs in the music room of the museum and was painted by Dr. James Smith DDS. An African-American, who was originally from, Chicago but lost everything to the great Chicago fire.

Dr. Smith then got a job with the government and was made postmaster in Monticello, where he also taught art classes to the wealthy. After he saved enough money, he moved back to Chicago and married his sweetheart.

The couple then moved back to Arkansas, settling in Little Rock, where Smith was a well known dentist, The couple had four children,including a daughter who was musically inclined and became the first African-American female composer to have her symphony played by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the late 1890’s.


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 and Sundays from 2 pm till 5 pm.

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.




At the Museum, Early 19th Century Violin

August 28th, 2011 by

This “fiddle” This” Fiddle” was willed to the Ryburn Family in the 1870’s by an unknown benefactor, and is on display in the music room of the museum. 

What makes this violin interesting, and also goes to show the ingenuity of our forefathers, is on the inside of the violin are rattle snake rattlers, It was said that not only did the rattlers produce a soothing vibrato tone to the violin, it also kept the mice from nesting in it.

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 and Sundays from 2 pm till 5 pm.

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.

Monticello Memories – A Tour of Monticello’s Main Street – Part 1

August 28th, 2011 by

For the next several weeks we’ll take a “fun” tour down Main Street in historic Monticello. We’ll begin on North Main at the “old” hospital grounds and continue down the street taking one side at a time. When we come to the Square, we’ll take a walk around the Square and see how it used to be. Then we’ll continue down South Main Street. I am relying on the excellent memory of many of my good friends as we take this journey down historic Monticello’s Main Street and I want to thank them from the beginning for their insightful recollections. Enjoy! 

Let’s begin on that large, lovely lot at the end of old North Main that is now known as “the old hospital” grounds.

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Another Drew County Gator Found Monday Morning

August 24th, 2011 by

Around 5:20, Monday morning, this alligator, estimated to be approximately 6 ft. long, was found crossing HWY 277, near Tillar.

The gator’s presence prompted a phone call to the Monticello Police Dispatch, who sent a Drew County Sheriff’s deputy to the scene.

The gator was safely  taken into custody by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.


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Another alligator, estimated to be 9 feet in length,  was captured by AG&F officers in May, while trying to cross HWY 165, south of Dermott, in the Lake Wallace area of Drew County.  Drew County Sheriff’s deputies were also present.

The video of the May alligator capture has been viewed over 2,000 times on MLive.

Captured alligators are generally re-located to an appropriate habitat, where they will not be around people.


Registered Sex Offender Information Released by DCSO – Densmore

August 18th, 2011 by

The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that Roy Densmore, a level 3 Registered Sex Offender (High Risk to re-offend) has moved to 128 Tara Grove. The offender was previously incarcerated.

Name: Roy Densmore
Date of Birth: 03/07/1952
Physical Address: 128 Tara Grove

The offender was convicted of Possession of Child Pornography in 2005.

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Burning Chicken Litter Truck Pulled Over by MPD, Put Out by MFD

August 15th, 2011 by

In the category of “not your everyday activity”, around 12 noon, an 18-wheeler dump truck, hauling “used chicken litter” caught fire as it was driving south on HWY 425 North.  The driver turned on HWY 278 East, unaware of the blaze that he was hauling.   The truck was pulled over by Monticello Police Officers, near Jordan Park.

Monticello Fire Dept. members quiclky arrived to extinguish the fire, which seemed to be contained to the cargo area of the big-rig.

Reports did not indicate if the cargo was damaged.

Photo and original info submitted  by a MLive reader.

7 Year Old Gives Unique Gift

August 10th, 2011 by

Sara West, daughter of Leslie Lowery, donated her hair to “Locks for Love”.

Sara will be 8 years old, soon, and wanted very much to help a child who has lost his or her hair during a long term illness.

Sara’s family and friends are all proud of her.


Ridgeway and Monticello Square Dedication Ceremonies -Photos

August 7th, 2011 by

The MEDC and the Chamber of Commerce hosted the dedication ceremonies for the Ridgeway Monticello and the Downtown Civic Center, Tues afternoon.

Ridgeway tours  led into the ceremony at the fully renovated hotel, where around 100 people attended.

The Downtown Civic Center dedication followed, and had an estimated 75 present.

Cablevisin’s “Hometown Monticello” program on Channel 19 will include a special video segment of the Ridgeway Monticello dedication event, repeating from Sunday at 5 pm, until Monday at 7 am, this weekend.




Michael Binns Passes Away at JRMC, in ADC Custody – Monday Update

August 1st, 2011 by

Former Monticello Schools choir director, Michael Binns. Sr, passed away Sunday, at 4:38 pm.

Binns was convicted  by a Drew County Circuit Court jury on July 14 on 2 counts of 2nd degree sexual assault,  Binns was hospitalized at Baptist Health Center in Little Rock on Wednesday, July 20, before returning to the Drew County Detention Facility on Thursday, July 21, and being transferred to the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections on Friday, July 22.

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Winchester & Other Area Post Offices Being Considered for Closing

August 1st, 2011 by

Story revised from

The United States Postal Service said that 179 post offices in Arkansas are among 3,653 locations that will be reviewed for possible closure.

Winchester’s Post Office is on that list, as are Banks, Jersey, New Edinburg, Yorktown, Pickens, Montrose, and Parkdale.

CLICK HERE to see the complete list of Arkansas post offices that will be studied.

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Wanted: Old Photos of Ridgeway Hotel & Downtown Monticello

July 18th, 2011 by

In preparation for the coming dedication of the downtown square and Ridgeway Monticello, the Monticello Downtown Revitalization Committee and Monticello Economic Development Commission need photos to include in a slide show for the public.

They are looking for photos of downtown Monticello and the Ridgeway Hotel from the 1930’s and 1940’s period. If you have photos that we can copy electronically, please contact 367-3076.

Your photos will not be damaged and will be returned to you immediately.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Locks of Love

July 7th, 2011 by

Karleigh Hoskins cut off 12 inches of her hair to Donate it to Locks of Love.

She wanted to help some little child who cannot grow hair..

She is the daughter of Roger “Bubba” and Kristine Hoskins.

Karleigh is 5 years old and will be in 1st grade this yearr at Drew Central.

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