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Emergency / Weather Warning System with 30 Sirens Becoming a Reality

Posted on September 19, 2012

This early map of siren locations has been revised for better siren coverage, but presents the general areas of population concentration. The new map will be available soon.

The members of the Drew County Quorum Court came together the night of Sept. 17 for their monthly meeting to discuss the warning system for county, the disposal of county trash and the hospital report.

The Drew County Office of Emergency Coordinator Bill Horn presented the members with the updated news regarding the early warning storm system, which just rounded its third year of progress. The county looks to install 30 sirens all together and received a three-year time frame to complete the project.

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DMH Report to Quroum Court

Posted on September 18, 2012

Michael Layfield, chief executive officer of the Drew Memorial Hospital, presented the court with the hospital budge for the month. He said the numbers weren’t in just yet but he forecasted a $70,000 to $100,000 profit for the month.

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Hurricane Isaac – Left Over Photos & Thoughts

Posted on September 1, 2012


With Hurricane Isaac’s final clouds leaving Drew County, Friday, all we have left of the storm is the memory of 4-8 inches of rain,
and French Toast (since we all buy milk, bread, and eggs whenever there is a storm coming).

There are a few photos left to post, like the “white-capping waves” at Lake Monticello, and

several large trees down, like this one that fell on Rose Hill Cut-Off Road,

some casuing power outages. These out of state power crews were on HWY 278 West, Friday.

Seval homes, roofs, and out buildings sustained wind damage, like this barn on Pine Creek lane.
Thanks to the MLive readers who sent in photos.

MPD Chief Eddy Deaton and Captain Carlos Garcia dressed in rain gear,

and Thursday’s MPD dispatchers found “fashion rubber boots” in style.

Since I posted the last two photos, I promised them I’d include this one.
“The MonticelloLive Guy” in his “Weather Channel Moment”.

Now its time to pick up the limbs out of the yard……

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Insecure Home Security Salesmen Invade Monticello

Posted on August 29, 2012

Recently, a young door-to-door salesman came to my home, representing the “cutting edge” home security firm Vivint. I heard his sales pitch and promises, along with his list of satisfied customers.  I’m glad I didn’t purchase his promises, since the next day I asked the MPD officer he described as a “satisfied customer” with Vivint, and he told me he had never met (or done business) with them.

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City Records 449 Water Leaks Since 2007, Considering “New Main & Meters” Project

Posted on August 28, 2012

Ongoing issues with the city’s water system led to an indepth discussion at the August City Council meeting.

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More Alligators Captured in Area

Posted on August 27, 2012

In June, the Game & Fish Commission were called to help capture a live alligator on Alma Street, in the western portion of Dermott, not far from the Drew County line.

Mark Barbee and Michael Shepherd, both of Monticello, of AG&F are shown here restraining the gator, to transport it to a “safer” area.

This video of an alligator being captured, taken near Lake Wallace in May, 2011, has been views almost 3,000 times.

 Another alligator was found in August near Tillar.

Alligator Caught by AG&F in Drew County in May from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Hospital Report – “Millage Extension is Not a New Tax” – Local Coverage Criticized by JP – Other DMH News

Posted on August 21, 2012

DMH CEO Mike Layfield addressed the Quorum Court, Monday night, and emphasized “the misconception that proposed millage extension has been referred to as a new tax.” 

The Quorum Court last month approved the hospital board’s request to hold a special election on October 9 to ask county voter’s to approved the continuation of the existing hospital millage to be used to help fund the new Surgery Center, which is estimated to employ an additional 25 employees.  Layfield compared performing surgery in the current facility to “driving a 35 year old car.”Supporters of the millage extension will be visiting interested groups and organization to discuss the proposed extension. 

JP Jimmy Potter also criticized a local editorial calling the proposal “a new tax.”  It was also commented that the October 9 election will not be paid for by the county.

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Dr. Jack Lassiter’s Toast & Roast for Historical Society

Posted on August 4, 2012

Judge Sam Bird Roasts Lassiter from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Richard Reinhart Reminises from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Mark McElroy Introduces Mike Layfield from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

DMH CEO Layfield Diagnoses Dr. Lassiter from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Leigh Lassiter Counts, “My Dad” from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Mayor Maxwell Toasts Lassiter’s Accomplishments from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Dr. Jack Lassiter Responds to Roasters from MonticelloLive on Vimeo.

Trophies —- MLive Stories Hit ESPN, Last Week – CNN, Last Month

Posted on July 23, 2012

MonticelloLive.com’s Friday court photo and story about an NFL player’s Drew County DWI charge earned national attention. Phone calls came in from Detroit to Houston.  Google shows the story was picked up and carried on sites from Oakland to Chicago to New York.  The story was also covered by ESPN.   

Recently, MLive coverage of a DWI 3, 4, & 5 case earned a “bottom crawl” from CNN’s Headline News Channel.

In January, CNN networks contacted MLive’s Joe Burgess about use of the “Bear & Deer” video.  He quickly granted them permission.

Aside from the national attention the local website has drawn, Burgess considers the “Business of the Year” award, presented last December by the Monticello – Drew County Chamber of Commerce, the businesss’ highest honor.

“Monticello’s Daily News” is expected to reach 3 million pageviews in 2012.

Airport Improvements for Runways Planned

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During the airport report to the City Council, Benji Ryburn told the Council that people landing in heavy and fast moving aircraft are complaining of a dip and a hump on the runway. He stated that he “made some calls and asked for additional funds…and got confirmation that FAA will provide additional funds, up to $141,794, to do work to the runway.”

The money comes from a 100% grant so the City will not be required to provide any funding. The Council voted to apply for the grant and bid out the project.

City Council Votes to Buy 3,000 Residential Trash Dumpsters

Posted on July 20, 2012

The Monticello City Council passed a resolution authorizing the acceptance of a bid by Toter, Inc for the purchase of 3,000 rollout trash carts. The bid by Toter was the low bid and came in at $134,700.00.

The City will purchase one can per residence, and a second can may be purchased by an individual for $55-$60.

Trash pickups will be moved to once a week, per ward, once the new cans are in place.

Friday Night Jam Session on the Square

Posted on July 9, 2012

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