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McCray Earns Master’s Degree

February 9th, 2013 by

Drew County Extension Agent Hazelene McCray earned her master degree in Workforce Development from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She participated in the commencement on December 15, 2012.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Monticello.

Hazelene is married to James L. McCray Sr. They have two sons and seven grandchildren


Area Author Publishes Book

February 9th, 2013 by

Peggy Brooks has announced the publication of her debut novel, The Stories My Children Didn’t Want to Hear.

Peggy, writing under her maiden name of Peggy J. Henry Brooks, has lived most of her 74 years of life in Southeast Arkansas and has recently had the first volume of her lifelong stories, self-published by Lulu, and says “This first volume is dedicated to my kids because this would not have been possible had they not tired of hearing my stories over and over again.”

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Note from City on Trash Pick Up

February 8th, 2013 by

Metal handles on cans shoud face street.

The City of Monticello apologizes for any inconveniences caused in the process to convert from bag pick up to cart pick up for solid waste.

Instructions and map of pick-up days are attached to each new can.

Only the new cans will be picked up by the trash truck. (except for Ward 4 residents who don’t have the new recepticles, yet)

Every address with a cart will be picked up one day a week and those days are based off of the voting wards; ward one will be picked up every Monday, ward two on Tuesday, ward three on Thursday and ward four on Friday. If you don’t know which ward you live in, please call 367-3415.

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Happy Birthday

February 8th, 2013 by

Audrey Dey Howard celebrates her 7th birthday February 8th!

Audrey is the daughter of Jacob & Whitney Maggard and Eric & Candi Howard. She is the granddaughter of Patty Ross, Paul & Vicki Dottley, and Jimmy & Wanda Howard. She is the big sister to Bentley Maggard.

Audrey is a 1st grade student in Mrs. Hayes class at MES. She is a 5th year dance student at Monticello Dance Academy and loves her dance instructors, Mrs. Allison and Mrs. Toni.

Happy Birthday, Audrey Dey…We love you so much!!!


Billie Booster Awards Banquet – Photos

February 8th, 2013 by


The Family that’s Arrested Together…..

February 7th, 2013 by

Last October, at 2:15, on an early Saturday morning, a local man, his girlfriend, and her daughter were arrested, following a traffic stop for no license plate by Monticello Police, near HWY 425 & Barkada Road.  All three occupants were charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

The man and woman plead guilty to their Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug paraphernalia charges Thursday morning in Drew County Circuit Court.  Both were wanted by authorities on warrants at the time of their arrest.

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Wreck at 278 / 425 Sends Drivers to DMH

February 6th, 2013 by

Around 8 am, Tuesday morning, the driver of a westbound Dodge pick-up was attempting to turn south onto HWY 425 at the 278 / 425 intersection, when the collided with an eastbound Mazda SUV.

Both vehicles had a green light, but there was not arrow to designate turns.

Both drivers were transported to Drew Memorial, by SEEMS and MASI.

Reliable Towing and Rod’s Wrecker cleared the roadway.

MPD worked the crash scene.


DC Elementary Safety-Security Meeting & Memories from Former Jonesboro Resident

February 5th, 2013 by

The Drew Central Elementary Safety Team met Monday evening, to discuss a wide range of security and safety issues.

An espicially interesting part of the meeting was when Laura Kaminicki, a Drew Central 3rd grade parent, also a former Jonesboro resident from the time of that city’s March 24, 1998 massacre at Westside Middle School, described some of that school’s physical charistics.

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Dr. Sue Martin Speaks To DCHS Students

February 5th, 2013 by

Dr. Sue Martin of the Education Department at the University of Arkansas at Monticello came to talk to Orientation to Teaching students at Drew Central High School about the requirements and classes they would be taking at the University and actions to take in order to become licensed teacher in the state of Arkansas.

The Orientation to Teaching class is instructed by Cindy Sass and gives students a glimpse into the profession of teaching.


Happy Birthday

February 5th, 2013 by

Happy 3rd Birthday Lillie Kate. We Hope you have a wonderful birthday.

We love you very much.

Mommy, Daddy, Family and Friends.

Lillie Kate is the daughter of Andy & Katie Green. Grand-daughter of Kenny & Robin Johnson. Kent & Felicia Davis. Sonny & Alice Hill. and Ricky Green.


MPD Invesgating Truck Theft

February 2nd, 2013 by

Monticello Police Dept is investigating the theft of this Chevy pick-up, from the Oak View Apt. ares, Friday.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact MPD by calling 367-3411.

(The window tint, as shown in the photo has been removed.)


Drew Central High School To Organize Parent Teacher Organization

February 2nd, 2013 by

Drew Central High school will be organizing its first Parent Teacher Organization.

It is a great way for parents to learn more about our school, get connected with other parents, and be involved in their child’s educational process is to join a parent-teacher organization. Students do best when parents and teachers work together as partners. A PTO will allow our parents to have better understanding of what is taking place at school.

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Calvin D. Binns

February 2nd, 2013 by
Deacon Calvin D. Binns passed away Wednesday January 30, 2013 while a resident of the Belleview Estates Nursing Home.   Services for Deacon Binns will be held Thursday February 7, at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m.  Arrangements are being made by Christian Brothers Funeral Home.

MES Celebrates “100 Days”

February 1st, 2013 by

Monticello Elementary celebrated 100 Days of School, Monday.

The celebration “kicked off” with a 100 Days T-shirt parade through the halls of the school. Students then went back to their classrooms to participate in a variety of activities centered around the number 100. At lunch time, the 100th student that went through the line for each grade level was awarded a prize. Everyone joined in the celebration, including the cafeteria employees!


Fire Hydrant, Stop Sign, & Street Sign Damaged by Envoy (Gas Line Came Close)

February 1st, 2013 by

Tuesday, around 12 noon, a westbound GMC Envoy on Scott Street dropped off the edge of the pavement, and wasn;t able to re-rain control, before they collided with a street sign, a stop sign, and a fire hydrant.

Modern fire hydrants have a built in “break away” to prevent major leaks, when they are struck by vehicles.

A gas line barely escaped being damaged in the mishap.


Tornado Confirmed, Tuesday

January 31st, 2013 by

The National Weather Service has confirmed that Tuesday night’s storm was a tornado.

It was classified as an EF-0.  Although weak, it did have a circular rotation, and measured 3 miles long by 50 yards wide.

These photos were sent in by an MLive reader. Thank you for sharing them.


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