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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.)


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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January 31st, 2013 by

Donna Bittle

January 31st, 2013 by

Donna Scarbrough Bittle, 57 of Monticello, died January 29, 2013.  Donna was born in Dumas on June 21, 1955 the daughter of the late, Dewey Scarbrough, Jr and Polly McGohan. She attended St. Marks Catholic Church in Monticello and was employed by JRMC as a Registered Nurse. 

Survivors are husband, Bobby Bittle of Monticello, daughter, Rae Bittle of Berkeley, California, step children, Bobbie and Austin Bittle of Beebe,Arkasnas and four brothers, David Scarbrough of Star City, Todd Scarbrough of Dumas, Dewey Scarbrough of White Hall and Adam Scarbrough of Ft. Hood, Texas.

Visitation held from 11am-12 noon, Friday, February 1, 2013, Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. Services held 2 pm., Friday, February 1, 2013, graveside at walnut Lake Cemetery with burial following.  Memorials to Donor’s choice.  Griffin Funeral Home Dumas in charge of arrangements.


More Storm Photos

January 30th, 2013 by

Shown here is a Drew County Sheriff’s patrol car, which was damaged when a tree fell in it.

Pictured below are two MFD firemen responding to a call where a tree fell on power lines, causing a fire.  Two vehicle, driving in the blowing sheets of rain, collided with the tree, lying across the road.  No one was injured.

Both of these photos were included in the Good Morning America report.

Thanks to everyone who submitted storm damage photos to MLive to share with our readers.


Good Morning America Broadcasting from UAM’s Horse Barn

January 30th, 2013 by

ABC”s Good Morning America arrived at what is left of  UAM’s demolished horse barn, to cover Monticello’s severe weather, Tuesday night, in their program this morning.

Reporter Alex Perez, along with three members of their tech staff, arrived in Monticello around 4:30 to set up for the national broadcast.

Click here to watch the Good Morning America segment.

Some of MLive photos were included in the segment.


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