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Roll-Over Wrecks Keep Rescue Team Rolling over Recent Days

October 2nd, 2012 by

Yesterday, around 4:30, Monticello Fire & Rescue team was paged out to the report of a Mercedes SUV that had flipped on HWY 35, near Lake Monticello. 

The vehicle was eastbound, lost control, and flipped, before coming to a stop with the driver pinned inside.  A firefighter arriving on the scene helped her get out of the vehicle, as others were arriving.  MASI transported the Little Rock lady to DMH, DCSAO worked the crash site.  Dan’s Towing removed the Mercedes.

Sunday morning, Fire & Rescue were called to Davis Street, where a man was backing out of his driveway, when he missed the road, and backed over a large culvert, rolling his car over into a ditch, pinning him inside of his Hyundai.

He was safely removed from his  car.  MPD worked the wreck scene, C&L removed the car from it’s perched position.


Monticello Schools Receives $10,000 Grant for Learning Garden from Farming Education Group

October 1st, 2012 by

Before the Monticello Jr. Billie football game against Hamburg, Thursday night, Monsanto presented a $10,000 grant to the Monticello School District that was awarded through America’s Famers Grow Rural Education.

The Monticello School District received nominations from farmers Joe Noland and Jeff Felts. The grants totaled 176 across 39 states that totaled $2.3 million for the selected districts. In Ark. 58 school districts received nominations from 303 farmers and five districts including Monticello received the grants.

The program allows farmers to nominate their school district for the award who then must apply. The grant serves the purpose of enhancing math and science based education and will allow for expansion of the school district’s learning garden program to reach 6th through 8th graders, which will allow them to “learn the principles of science through hands-on activities.”


Man Assaulted With Hot Sauce Bottle in Wilmar, DCSO Seeking Suspect

October 1st, 2012 by

The Drew County Sheriff’s Department is looking for Justin Durden, age 26 of East Johnson Street in Wilmar, after he allegedly assaulted Harvey Lawson, age 24 of Wilmar, with a hot sauce bottle in J-Birds Express in Wilmar.

Durden also goes by the name of “J-Man.”

If anyone knows where he might be, Sheriff Mark Gober asks that they contact the Sheriff’s Department at 367-6211.

 


$100 Winners of Photo / News Tip Contest

October 1st, 2012 by

Each month, MonticelloLive rewards the reader who calls in the best news tip, or submits the best photo, with a $100 prize.

 

In October 2012, the video of a Wilmar car fire being put out was taken by Sheena Tucker, who also helped the family (who lost their car and groceries, that day). A couple of Barkada Fire Dept. members were passing by, saw the fire, and put it out; keeping it from reaching the victim’s home. That video earned Sheena $100, and our thanks for sharing it with MLive readers.

z AMWIn September, 2012, a suspect from AMERICAS MOST WANTED was arrested in Monticello.  The person who told MLive about the “truthful rumor” donated their $100 to Immanuel Baptist Church’s food pantry.

Juanita Webb is shown here with her “pet” alligator, which showed up in their family pond. As the gator continued to grow, in August, the family contacted the AG&F, who re-located it to a safer area.

Juanita’s son, David, is shown with the $100 prize for sharing the photo with MLive readers. The family donated their prize money to PAWS to help support their shelter for homeless pets.

A 75 acre forest wildfire in July, battled by several local fire depts. and the Arkansas Forestry Commission, included an AFC helicopter dipping water from a local farm pond to fight the fire. Karen Kolb-Spencer won $100 for sending that photo to MLive to share with our readers.

A MLive news story about a DWI 3, 4, & 5 was picked up and carried by CNN Headline News in June.

On May 16, there was a fatal car wreck in Wilmar, as the vehicle was fleeing from Bradley Couny Law Enforcement. The prize money for this tip was donated to “Feed the Kids,” thanks to the caller

The person who reported the incident to MLive donated their prize money to purchase school supplies for area children.

Last Easter, BrookLynn White attended 2 local Easter egg hunts. At both of them, she helped a fellow hunter, who had his broken arm in a cast.

BrookLynn’s kind act impressed the boy’s mom, and she told MLive about BrookLynn’s good deed.

BrookLynn used her money to buy dog food for PAWS and other charities.

On March 16, 3 Youths from Saline County Stole a Truck from an Elderly Drew County Man, & Left Him Bleeding in the Road. A Multi-agency Manhunt Followed,, including ADC Dogs, an ASP Helicopter, and all area Law Enforcement. The 3 were captured latere that Evening.

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Happy 4th Birthday

October 1st, 2012 by

Jacklynn Lucas turned 4yrs old on Sept 29th.

Happy Birthday, we love you!!

Love and miss you,

Uncle Kevious, Aunt Hopie, Tristen, Baby Gaige and Haiden


Former Monticello Resident Pleads Guilty to DWI Death

September 28th, 2012 by

Last Friday, a former resident of Monticello was sentenced to 10 years in prison, plus 10 more years suspended for the death of a Pulaski County driver.

On September, 13, 2010,  a 32 year old Benton resident, formerly of Monticello, had just brought his wife and 4 day old daughter home from the hospital. Around 3 pm, that day, he left home to get his 18 month old son from daycare.

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Drugs Seized In Route to Monticello

September 25th, 2012 by

According to Sheriff Mark Gober, on the morning of Thursday, September 13th, at approximately 6:30 AM, members of the Drew County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle on Highway 138 traveling west towards Monticello.

During a search of the passengers, deputies discovered approximately 6.9 grams of a white crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine also known as “Ice.”

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Go, Hogs, Go! Literally.

September 24th, 2012 by

The City of Monticello allows residents to keep dogs, cats, chickens, horses and any other pet or farm animal; except for pigs and hogs.

However, there is a resident who owns hogs.  The city has recently spoken with him several times, and he has promised to have them removed this weekend.

So today we can say “Go, Hogs, Go”, and not just because the Razorbacks are playing football.


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


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