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Severe Log Truck Crash Caused by Loose Utility Trailer from Passing Vehicle

June 1st, 2011 by

According to reports from the Arkansas State Police, the reason for the May 19 crash of a log truck, where the driver was air-lifted from the site near Enon Baptist Church, was that the log truck first collided with a utility trailer that came loose from a passing vehicle, causing the driver to lose control.

After hitting the utility trailer, the loaded big rig swerved right, then left (into a bridge railing), across a deep ditch, into a line of trees, where the tractor-trailer came to a stop. with the load of logs crushing the cab.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen, Jimmy Shrum stated that he initially did not realize that he had lost his trailer.  He did go to the sheriff’s office and ultimately did return to the scene of the accident to provide the needed information.   Based on that information, the state declines to pursue felony prosecution. The misdemeanor charge filed in district court remains Read the rest of this entry »

Defendant Released When “Beating Victim” Tells Courtroom He Wasn’t Beaten & “Send Me $100”

May 26th, 2011 by

Ramien Collins was on trial, Wednesday, on 2nd degree battery charges, for the alleged beating of Mario Gilbert on October 8, after Gilbert had entered Collins’ parents home with a “sawed off shotgun”, forcing 3 men outside the residence to go into the Florence Road home with him.    Read the rest of this entry »

Piano Recital by Joyce Pevey’s Students

May 16th, 2011 by

Several piano students of Joyce Pevey participated in a recital Sunday afternoon at Mt. Pleasant “Campground” United Methodist Church.

Front Row: Blake Middlebrooks, Jessica Beaty, Meredith Maynard, Hannah McAlpine, Kaia Young, Christine Bostian. Back Row: Tina Bostian, James Cathey, Joyce Pevey, Arnold Tullos. Not pictured, but participated in recital are: Anna Grace Bailey, Anna Groves and Anna Lewis. Many parents, family and friends of the students were also in attendance.

What is a “Sand Boil”?

May 7th, 2011 by

Wikipedia describes a sand-boil as, “effect caused by a difference in pressure on two sides of a levee or dike, most likely during a flood.”  This can cause a “piping ” effect.

There are currently 4 sand-boils in Chicot County, with the largest one being located near the Old Greenville Bridge (shown here).

Authorities are using sandbags to form a bordered body of water around it.  The water level of a sand-boil will go higher than the level of the river.  Sandbags can be added to make it taller.  If needed a large barrel, pipe, or culvert can be used. to keep the sand-boils from causing any damage.

Relay for Life – Photos & Videos

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What if I told you that someone buried in Oakland Cemetary had risen from the grave? What if I told you that their burial place was broken open and no body could be found? What would be your first impulse?

“But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however got up and ran to the tomb.” Luke 24.11,12a (NIV). 

Some would probably think it was crazy. Some would consider it mere nonsense. But some, like Peter, would run to the tomb to see for themselves. It stands to reason that those who had the most to lose or gain would be the first to examine the site. Everyone of any importance knew where Jesus had been buried. I wonder how many people visited there over the first few days. Perhaps a hundred? Maybe a thousand? Is it reasonable to believe that it was a large number?

If a large number of people examined that grave and found it to be empty, wouldn’t that help to explain why so many people converted to following Jesus on the day of Pentecost? That might also explain why “The Way” spread so rapidly in such a short time. It could also help us understand why such a story would survive such great persecution, span so many borders and boundaries, and continue to shape history as radically now as it did 2000 years ago.

“Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.” Luke 24.12b

Peter eventually came to a conclusion about what he’d seen and his life, and the world, changed forever.

Have you come to a conclusion? What will it change?

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  Romans 10:9

by Rob Leonard, Pauline Baptist Church, MBSF.

Dermott Children Die after Being Run Over by their Father, Dad Arrested

April 19th, 2011 by

According to Bill Sadler, public information officer for the Arkansas State Police, Chicot County Sheriffs Deputies, Dermott Police and Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating an incident reported yesterday (Sunday, April 17th 2011) that resulted in the death of two children and the injury of their mother.

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Tahoe Crashes into Car, Car Crashes into House, Tuesday

April 13th, 2011 by

Around 4 pm, Tuesday afternoon, the driver a a Chevy Tahoe lost control of his vehicle, causing it to crash into a Buick Sentry, which was parked in the driveway of a residence at the corner of East Jackson and South Conley.

The Buick was then pushed into the corner of the home by the momentum of the Tahoe.

Monticello Police, assisted by the Arkansas State Police and Drew County Sheriff’s Dept. investigated the accident scene.  No one was injured.

Witnesess told police that the lady who lives there was sitting on the front porch in one of the two chairs there, reading her Bible, when the porch was hit by the vehicle.  She was not touched, but the other chair on the porch was thrown across the yard.

Myron Briggs, age 36,  was charged with drinking in public and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.   The vehicle he was driving reportedly did have insurance.

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Cox Earn’s MPD “Officer of the Year” Honors, for 2nd Year

April 8th, 2011 by

Monticello Police Department patrolman Kenny Cox was recognized Thursday by the Monticello Lions Club as the “Officer of the Year” for the second consecutive year.

Cox, a native of Dumas, was raised in law enforcement, and has served five years as an officer.  He began his career in Crossett, and has served the past three years as an MPD patrolman.

Police Chief Robert Rosegrant and Lt. Carlos Garcia presented the award to Cox, and explained the criteria for earning the award is based on a point system.  Points are awarded for DWI, drug, and felony arrest, and also take into account the number of accident and incident reports done.   “Going above and beyond the call of duty” is also taken into consideration.

Rosegrant and Garcia both thanked the members of the Lions Club for their continued support of the Monticello Police Department and its officers.

Forest Fire Near Old Dermott Road / Old Troy Road Area

April 4th, 2011 by

Earlier this afternoon, the Monticello Fire Dept. and Ark. Forestry Commission spent several hours battling  a large forest fire, located near Drew 22 Lane and Old Deene Road, just off of Old Dermott Road.

The blaze origionally began near Old Troy Road.

It has been estimated that approximately 80 acres of forest was damaged by the fire, as it was fanned by winds with gusts up to around 20 mph.

4 trucks, 2 dozers, and at least 3 planes were used in the battle against the raging fire.

The Arkansas Foresty Commision remained on the scene at 5 pm, still dropping water on the “hot spots” and running plows to keep the blaze contained.

Curry’s Pest Control, on Hyatt St, Destroyed by Fire

April 4th, 2011 by

Monticello Fire Dept., along with 3 other fires, Sunday, were called to the site of a fire at Curry’s Pest Control, on N. Hyatt Street.

The building, along with the 3 pick-up trucks inside received major damage.  One of the truck was backed out of the building, after the fire was brought under control.

A strong chemical smell could be detected for several hundred yards away from the burning structure.

A possible cause of the fire, currently being considered, is a nearby brush/leaf fire.

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6th Graders Reach Goal, Principal Fulfills Promise to Swim Across School Pond

March 28th, 2011 by

Spring break is over, and this is worth a re-post for the MMS students, who are returning to school today.

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Monticello 6th grade students raised $4,773 for World Vision, to provide a water well in an undeveloped country.

Principal Jerry Martens is shown in the video swimming across the school pond, like he agreed to, if the students reached $3,100.

Also, 4 teachers agreed to spend Thursday night at school if $3,000 was reached, including Blake Abbott, who spent the night in a tent on top of the roof.

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Monticello Memories – The Old Courthouse, on the Square

March 27th, 2011 by

The old Drew County Courthouse, on the Town Square

In light of Monticello’s recent improvements to the town square, my thoughts again turn to the old courthouse square and what a treasure it is for Monticello. I can’t help but regret the demolition of the old courthouse that once stood there though.

A brick from he "Old Courthouse on the Square."

Since the old courthouse was torn down in 1933, there are few Drew Countians who remember what a regal structure it was! Built in 1870, it proudly stood in the center of the Square and watched over daily activities in the growing city for 63 years. Its 110-foot tower held a four-faced clock and a large bell. (The clock is lost in antiquity, but the courthouse bell sits proudly by Weevil Pond on the UAM campus.)

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Crossett Murder / Kidnapping / Bank Robbery Suspect Gets Life Without Parole, 40 Years & 3 Life Sentences

March 4th, 2011 by

Peter Harvey is shown leaving the Drew County Courthouse after an earlier hearing for the Crossett Capitol Murder of Donna Woodberry, and the armed robbery of a First National Bank branch..

According to, 10th Judicial District Circuit Judge Sam Pope sentenced a Louisiana man to the maximum sentence for six felony counts in connection with the July 1, 2010, kidnaping and murder of Donna Woodberry and subsequent armed robbery of the North Crossett branch of First National Bank of Crossett in Ashley County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

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Memories from the Museum: Lodges & Organizations in Drew County

February 27th, 2011 by

At a recent meeting, the discussion turned to the membership of most organizations in Monticello and it was observed that most civic groups’ memberships are held by older citizens. The future of many organizations may become questionable unless more younger people can be recruited and become involved.

Again I was reminded that history repeats itself when I recalled a newspaper article in the December 17, 1907, which listed seven organizations, referred to as lodges, that were hale and hearty 103 years ago in Monticello. Today only two still thrive and the others’ names have been largely forgotten in today’s Drew County. Read the rest of this entry »

Mayor Discusses Needed Water Rate Increase & Mt. Zion Water Assn. with City Council

February 25th, 2011 by

Discussion of the need for a 3% water rate increase was brought before the Council by Mayor Allen Maxwell.

Because of an aging water system, maintenance, repairs and replacement costs are increasing significantly. It was pointed out that Monticello has some of the lowest water rates of any of the surrounding cities. Data for last year’s costs will be compiled and this matter will be discussed at upcoming meetings.

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Also in the meeting, the Mayor advised the Council about the circumstances surrounding the Mt. Zion Water Association. It was decided that no further action would be taken until representatives for Mt. Zion appear before the Council.

Crack Cocaine & Cash Seized After Search Warrant by SO & PD, 2 Men get $50,000 Bond

February 22nd, 2011 by

According to Sheriff Mark Gober, on Friday, February 18th, the Drew County Sheriff’s Department conducted a search warrant at 430 East Oakland Street located at the corner of East Oakland and Conley Street. Members of Monticello Police Department assisted in the search of the residence. When officers arrived, there were two suspects standing in the driveway and another two sitting in a car under the carport.

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Monticello’s “20 for the Future” Visiting Washington Delegation Today – Updated

February 17th, 2011 by

Members of Monticello’s 20 for the Future and MEDC are in Washington D.C., today. meeting with Congressman Mike Ross, Senator Mark Pryor, and Senator John Boozman.

The group includes Bennie Ryburn, Jack Lassiter of UAM, Scott Kuttenkuler of UAM, Michael Layfield (DMH CEO), Mayor Allen Maxwell, Tommy Maxwell of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Mike and Susan Akin,  Nita McDanie (MEDC Director), and David McDaniel of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring

Proposed funding needs to be addressed on the trip include projects for UAM, the city of Monticello,  Drew Memorial Hospital, The Ridgeway Hotel, and I-69 and I-530 construction, and the Yellow Bend Port.

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Rogers Inducted in Babe Ruth Southwest Region Hall of Fame

February 8th, 2011 by

At the South Arkansas State meeting held Saturday, at the new complex in Bryant, Joe Rogers, the South Arkansas State Commissioner, was inducted into the Southwest Region Hall of Fame.

Arkansas serves over 150 leagues of community based youth baseball. Three international Babe Ruth League Board members, James Wagoner, J. Hill, and Joe Featherston, the Southwest Regional Commissioner, were also present at the meeting.

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