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Parks Committe to Request Info from Leagues & Organizations that Use Parks

August 13th, 2012 by

For the second year, the Monticello Parks and Recreation Committee will soon be asking for information from the leagues and organizations that use Monticello parks and facilities.

The questionnaires asks for information about the season, boards, participants, needs, and goals.

The parks committee appointed some liaisons to work with leagues, and will conclude the liaison process at next month meeting.


Monticello Memories – Drew County EHC Clubs

August 12th, 2012 by

This week’s column is the eighth in a series about the history of the present Extension Homemakers Clubs operating in Drew County. This week we’ll take a quick look at the Plantogo Club in northwestern Drew County.

In the early 1960s there were two separate EHC clubs in the northwestern part of Drew County. They were known as the Plantersville EHC Club and the Montongo EHC Club. During those years the two groups decided to merge and the new and larger club became the Plantogo Club. Their primary purpose was to educate housewives in new ways to do their jobs as wives and mothers.

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“A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words”, The Story Behind This Photo…..

August 12th, 2012 by

Around a year ago, the photo for the MLive Sunday Bulletin changed.  It may not have been noticed by many readers, but there was a reason behind it.

When you operate a public medium (like MLive) there’s a certain amount of your personal life that you have to include; but there is also a limit.

Although only very close friends (and folks who read local church bulletin prayer lists) knew it, Sue (my wife) had a severe heart attack just over a year ago, spending two weeks in Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.  After a double-bypass and a “valve job”, she was released, to come home and continue recovery.

MonticelloLive was posted twice every day, as usual, from the hospital, since “business MUST go on.”  (My Iphone and BMC wi-fi were awesome.) 

But when your nights are spent on a waiting room couch, and you don’t know if they’ll even be able do perform surgery, there are few sources of comfort to be found.  But there was one place I found……

The photo change took place so that every Sunday, I would go back to that same place of comfort I used for those two long weeks.  The Prayer Chapel at Baptist Medical Center. 

I hope that you can see the light and love of my Saviour, Jesus Christ, shining through, like I did then, and still do today.


Thank You Note from Historical Society for Successful Roast of Dr. Lassiter

August 11th, 2012 by

The Drew County Historical Society want to thank all the participants in the “Roast and Toast” of Dr. Jack Lassiter on August 3rd.

The fundraiser was a big success, and all of the proceeds will be used for the maintenance and operation of the Drew County Museum and Archives.

Those who helped in any way to make this a success are truly appreciated: the merchants and individuals who donated auction items, the attendees, the roasters and toasters, and our emcee and auctioneer, Desha County Judge Mark McElroy.

We especially want to thank Dr. Lassiter for being such a great sport. It was a wonderful evening, and we are grateful to everyone who worked and participated to make the night one of fun and an outcome for a better future for the Museum and Archives.


Happy 10th Birthday Cole!!

August 11th, 2012 by

Cole is the son of Josh & Janell Harris and little brother of Katie Harris.

Grandparents are David & Jayne Taylor, Gene & Karen Webb and Jim & Sue Harris.

Great-grand parents are Gloria Taylor, Bertha Bolin, Douglas Sullivan and Dorothy Richardson.

We love you!!


Fire Strikes College Street Home

August 9th, 2012 by

Tuesday afternoon, around 1 pm, the Monticello Fire Dept. was called to the scene of a house fire in the 200 block of West College Street.

MPD & DCSO blocked traffic on the busy street, while firefighters limited the damage from the flames to a dining room / hutch area.  However, smoke caused damage throughout the residence.

No one was home when the fire began.


Senator Boozman Tours UAM Agri Dept. & Programs

August 9th, 2012 by

Senator John Boozman toured UAM’s agriculture dept., Thursday morning, as a part of his district-wide agri tour.

Boozman and his staff, along with UAM agri-business faculty visited various sites that are a part of UAM programs.

After the tour Senator Boozman led a brief meeting with those attending, where a wide range of topics were covered, including the Farm Bill, student loans, the drought’s effect on farming, future use of natural gas, and Heirloom tomatos.

One important aspect of UAM’s agri program is that “Most of UAM’s 100 ag majors are from this area, and want to remain in this area” after they graduate.

 


Friday Forest Fire Destroys 179 Acres, South of Drew County

August 6th, 2012 by

The Arkansas Forestry Commission battled a 179 acre woods fire, just south of Drew County, on Berea road in Ashley County.

AFC brought in 6 dozers and a spotter plane to battle the blaze, with the help of 3 local fire depts.

The dozer photo is courtesy of AshleyCountyLedger.com.

The smoke photo is from a MLive reader who saw several fire and emergency vehicles turning onto Goose Hollow Road, from HWY 425 South.


Residence Destroyed by Morning Fire

August 4th, 2012 by

The fire at this mobile home, located on Vincent Lane, of off HWY 425 North, was reported to the Monticello Fire Dept. around 8:20, Saturday morning.

Firefighters and trucks responded, but the residence was a total loss.


Dr. Jack Lassiter’s Toast & Roast for Historical Society

August 4th, 2012 by

Judge Sam Bird Roasts Lassiter from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Richard Reinhart Reminises from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Mark McElroy Introduces Mike Layfield from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

DMH CEO Layfield Diagnoses Dr. Lassiter from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Leigh Lassiter Counts, “My Dad” from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Mayor Maxwell Toasts Lassiter’s Accomplishments from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Dr. Jack Lassiter Responds to Roasters from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.


New Name, New Facilities, for Former “Business of the Year”

August 3rd, 2012 by

Drew County Developmental Disabilities Council has officially changed their agency’s  name from to “Advantages of Southeast Arkansas, Inc.”

The children’s center will change from Sesame School to “Discovery Children’s Center”.  Also, the adult center will no longer be The Other Way, but is changing to “Discovery Skills Center”.

The public is invited to the grand opening/ribbon cutting for their new facilities at South Hyatt & East College St., on August 28 at 1pm.


James Milton Washington

August 3rd, 2012 by

James Milton Washington, 62, passed away on July 30, 2012 at Drew Memorial Hospital. He was born November 26, 1950 in Lacey, AR to Addie Bea Washington and the late New Washington Sr. James was a heavy equipment operator for various employers prior to his failing health.

Mr. Washington join the Pentecostal Church in the Goose Hollow community of Drew County at an early age. A few years ago he met his soul mate, Barbara Pierce, who encouraged him to study the bible and attend church. Both James and Barbara obeyed the gospel of Christ and were baptized and added to the Church of Christ on January 2, 2011. The couple loved the Lord and desired to live according to the scripture was married on February 5, 2011.

He leaves to cherish her memory: loving wife Barbara Washington; four brothers: Eugen Washington of Kansas City, KS; Newt (Shriley) Washington, Jr. of Crossett; Bernard (Shirley) Washington of Fort Worth, TX and John (Kim) Washington of Monticello; six sisters Leola (Burdell) Roberts of Portland, OR; Margaret (Jimmy) Griggs of Bastrop, LA; Gracie (Bertis) Sawyer, Hazelene (James) McCray, Earlene (John) Middleton, and Joyce Darrough of Monticello, AR; and eight step-children: Janeessa Brown, Brandon Pierce, Kellen (Tan) Gray, Katrina Wade, Waymond Wade, Linda Ingram, Renee Wade, and Sharetha Williams; and a host of other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father Newt Washington, Sr.; his brother and best friend Edward (Cook) Washington; brother, RB Washington; and two wives Dorothy Wade Washington and Maxine Ferrell Washington.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 5th at Kennedy Blvd Church of Christ in Monticello.

Services entrusted by:
Christian Brothers Funeral Home
738 E Oakland
Monticello, AR 71655
Phone: (870) 367-6441
Fax: (870) 367-6430


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