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MMS Scores 80%, Principal Gets Head Shaved

March 13th, 2009 by

6th grader Sam Pelkki is shown here shaving Monticello Middle School Assitant Principal Jerry Martens’ head.

Martens’ promised the student body to shave his blond locks if 80% of the MMS student body met their Accelerated Reader (AR) goal this 9-weeks grading period. In the end, 81% of the 6th-8th grade students met their goal by the March 6th deadline.

The top 4 student “point-earners”, including Pelkki, also had the opportunity to take turns shaving some of Martens’ hair. The AR program is a reading program in which students earn points by reading both fiction and non-fiction literature and taking and passing tests based on books read.

Backhoe Cuts Gas-Phone-Cable TV Lines Saturday

March 10th, 2009 by
Repair crews are seem working the Saturday's damaged undergound wiring and natural gas supply lines.

Repair crews are seen working Saturday on the damaged underground phone, cable TV, and natural gas supply lines

Saturday morning, around 11 o’clock, normal activities of cooking lunch, while watching TV, and talking on the telephone to friends came to a quick stop for many Monticello residents.

That is approximately the time that a Robin Hood Drive resident had a backhoe operator reportedly working on replacing a sewer line, in the residence’s back yard. Read the rest of this entry »

“MonticelloLive Guy” Turns 45

February 27th, 2009 by

Joe Burgess, of, complied with unofficial police dept. requests today and posted his own birthday on

After several readers pointed out, “if you posted my birthday, you ought to put your own out there for everyone to know about”, he agreed.

Shown here are Lt. Steven Stain, Burgess, and Sgt. Jerald Clarke.

Local Man Arrested For DWI, After Driving to Police Dept.

February 25th, 2009 by

James Daniels, age 23 of Monticello, drove to the Monticello Police Dept, with the intention of filing a police report.  Upon arrival, Daniels was arrested and charged with DWI, after failing a field sobriety test.

He also admitted to the officer, during the test, that he had recently “smoked a blunt”.

Daniels’ vehicle was towed, and he was transported to the Drew County Detention Facility.

Building Available for Sale or Lease

January 30th, 2009 by

Steel framed building with 35′ x 50′ bays, a total of 50,088 square feet under a standing seam metal roof system. A glass storefront has been installed to accommodate an interior office, or provide an attractive entry.

Decorative split-faced block has been utilized on the front and street sides of the building. Footing and foundations have been built; the floor remains to be poured thereby allowing the owner to establish specifications.

For more information contact the Monticello Economic Development Commission, P.O. Box 1890, Monticello, AR 71657 or see our web site at

In Memory of Sgt. Larry Smith

January 11th, 2009 by

After many fund raisers, enough money was raised to purchase the monument for Sgt Larry D. Smith of the Monticello Police Department.

His monument was set on December 23, 2008 which was Larry’s 51st Birthday.

There is no way his Police Department family could ever express our appreciation to everyone that helped from purchasing a ticket to making a donation and or physically helping during each fund raiser that we had, therefore those of you that did help please know we appreciate each and everyone of you. Larry very much deserved this beautiful monument.

We also would like to give a special thank you to Lyle & Kim Welch & all employees of Southeast Emergency Ambulance Service for everything you did to help make this possible. Larry is and forever will be missed but will Never be forgotten.

We Love you Larry. 1902 10-7 10-42 God Speed.

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Man & Woman, Business & Industry of the Year Awards

December 10th, 2008 by

Tuesday night the Chamber of Commerce and MEDC held their annual awards banquet, at the UAM University Center.

The winners are:

Monticello teacher of the year; Jennifer Touchstone, MMS science teacher, also awarded regional teacher of the year.

Drew Central teacher of the year;  Rose Ann Adcock, DCMS 6th grade teacher.

Industry of the year: UAM.  “UAM’s impact includes millions of dollars into the local economy.  More than buildings and books,” quoted from Truman Hamilton during the presentation.

Business of the year; Head of the Class Child Care and Learning Center, Sherrie and Shay Gillespie-10 years with 40 employees now.

Woman of the year;  Betty Lindsey, president of Drew Memorial Hospital auxiliary-recruited 12 new auxiliary members in last 2 years. Awarded state “auxiliary member of the year”.

Man of the year; Drew County Judge Damon Lampkin.



Drew County Farm Family of the Year; Jeremy & Michael Oltmann families.

1,000,000 Hits On MonticelloLive in 2008

November 19th, 2008 by

According to, the internet’s authority on website usage, achieved our 1 millionth pageview (hit) last week, for the calendar year 2008.

Click on the weekly graph to the left to enlarge it, and see the steady growth the “Monticello’s Community Wesite” has achieved.

Website owner/operator, Joe Burgess, wants to thank the loyal readers, as well as the many contributors that helped bring this level of success with reach. 

A special “THANK YOU” goes out to the sponsors that help make this milestone possible.  Make it a point to tell them…….”I say your ad on MonticelloLive.”

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