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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 MagnoliaReporter.com.

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.


Jacuzzi Tubs Are Not “Household Garbage”

July 5th, 2011 by

Recently, a discussion at a City Council meeting included the public confirmation that a couple of dumpsters at McCloy park are available for public use.

A sign was recently posted, explaining the “household garbage” rules.

Who ever tried to put the Jacuzzi whirlpool into the dumpster, apparently didn’t read the sign.


Sadie Johnson Center Re-building Moving Forward, Drawings Approved by Committee

June 27th, 2011 by

Last Thursday night, local citizens, serving as committee members interested in rebuilding the Sadie Johnson Community Center met with ETC engineers and Mayor Allen Maxwell, and approved the preliminary drawings of the new structure to be built at Jordan Park on the site of the old building which was destroyed by fire last year.

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“Drew County Fair Farm Families of the Year” Announced

June 27th, 2011 by

John Wayne & April Ross

Dwight, Sherri, Callie, and Justin Witcher

The Drew County Fair Board voted at their last meeting to recognize 2 local families, both well known for their decades of farming traditions, and both longtime supporters of the Drew County Fair, as the “2011 Drew County Fair Farm Families of the Year.”

John Wayne and April Ross, of Florence, and Dwight and Sherri Witcher and family, of Selma, were honored for their lifelong dedication to farming, and to the Drew County farming tradition.

Both families will serve as Parade Marshalls for the 2011 Drew County Fair Parade.


Western Sizzlin’ Burglarized for 2nd Time This Week

June 25th, 2011 by

Around 7 o’clock, Saturday morning, Monticello Police received a phone call reporting a break-in at Western Sizzlin’ restaurant.

This was the 2nd burglary at the restaurant this week, after the one discovered Monday morning.

Monticello Police are investigating the crime, and encourage anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle or person to call them at 367-


Vandals Strike Local Parks Again and Again

June 21st, 2011 by

Vandalism has taken place in our local Monticello parks again over recent weeks, as shown by the photos above.

The top left shows (inside of the circles) where a loud speaker was taken from the ball field at Jordan Park. City workers discovered the speaker missing Monday morning when they arrived at work.

The top center pic shows where the “men” and “women” signs were removed from the new restrooms at McCloy Park, last week.

The bottom row of photos show where the pavilion at Lake Monticello’s table were “re-arranged” with litter scattered around the receptacles on both ends of the lake earlier this month.


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