Cash Saver Food Outlet
Head of the Class
Johnson’s Showroom Furniture
South Arkansas Business Solutions
Ashley County Medical Center 2
Immanuel Baptist Church
Southern Quality Construction
Corner Express (O&M Oil Co.)
Lucky’s Of Monticello
Union Bank 1
Days Inn Monticello
War Eagle Boats
Pines Broadcasting Company
Gibson & Keith
UALR MidSouth Training Help Wanted
LifeShare No Date
Flu Shots Monticello Medical Clinic
Secure Storage 2
Frazer’s Funeral Home
Delta Memorial Dr. Holaday
Key Employment Inc
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.
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.
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……
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.
Ongoing issues with the city’s water system led to an indepth discussion at the August City Council meeting.
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.
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.
Among several items on the agenda, the monument honoring Albert William for his work on the early baseball fields and other features of Jordan Park were discussed.
Otherr items covered at last week’s Parks and Rec Committee meeting were………..
In the past year, the Parks and Recreation Committee has completed numerous projects, including revamping basketball courts, finishing the new pavilion at Western Pines Park, completing construction on the girls softball field, and putting in a press box for baseball field #2.
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.
The City Council voted unanimously to amend Ordinance 756 of the City of Monticello to assess fines associated with repeat nuisance property owners.
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.
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.
Dianna Andrews, a Fisheries Biologist in southeast Arkansas with the Game and Fish Commission, came to speak to the City Council on Bowfishing for Car at Lake Monticello.
Monday night, the Quorum Court approved an ordinance transfering operations of the hospital to Drew Memorial Hospital, Inc. The ordinance also approved a lease of the facilities to the board, which is made up of the current DMH board of directors. Also October 9 was set as a special election day for two DMH millage questions.
UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter gave an updated Community Center Planning Committee status to the Advertising and Promotion Commission, Monday night.
State Farm Mark Gray
Reggie’s Lock & Key
Ashley County Medical Center
Interfor Job Openings
NorthSide Baptist Church
Cass Martin Realty
Atlas Foundation Repair
Custom Truck / Spee-D-Lube
Union Bank 2
Jerry Cruce Stump Grinding
Drew Farm / Drew Outdoor & Casual Wear
The Computer Guys
The Guest House
Monticello Tire (Goodyear)
DMH Job Listing 1-3-17
Razorback Body Shop
Delta Memorial Dr. Foscue
Ray Ryburn Real Estate
Monticello Animal Clinic
Bradley County Medical Center
Wing Tip Gear Dumas, AR
Advertise With Monticello Live
Delta Memorial Dr. Chambers
Bone’s Auto Parts
Holiday Inn Express