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Sports | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:45am
It’s kind of surprising but University of Arkansas at Monticello head volleyball coach Kelly Burdeau is already preparing for her third season at the Cotton Blossom helm. After a 12-17 overall record a year ago, Burdeau is looking for better things this fall. Apparently, her peers are on the same wavelength. After picking the Blossoms 10th to start 2016, GAC coaches selected UAM eighth in this fall’s preseason poll, released last Thursday. Harding University, who in 2016 claimed a share of its...
News | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:43am
George Flowers, 67, of Monticello, formerly of McGehee, has been reported dead by the Drew County Sheriff’s Department.  Flowers was the victim of a July 18, assault from 38-year-old Jeremy Huskey.  Huskey allegedly beat Flowers at approximately 11:45 p.m. on that Monday. The DCSD responded to a call from Flowers’ residence on Midway Route. Flowers told the officers he recognized Huskey, even though his face was partially covered with a mask. Neighbors of Flowers reported seeing a truck similar...
News | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:41am
In the latest post-conviction attempt to overturn his case, Kenneth Isom’s request for Writ of Error Coram Nobis and Ancillary Motions was denied Friday by Circuit Judge Sam Pope. Isom, who was convicted of robbery, rape and murder in Drew County in 2001 and has been on death row since, filed a petition for Writ of Error Coram Nobis and Ancillary Motions on June 12, 2015. It is Isom’s claim that evidence in his most recent criminal case (the 2001 conviction) was withheld from him and his...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:40am
Dorothy Richardson, 86, of Wilmar passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello.  She was born on November 14, 1930 in Wilmar, to the late James R. “Jim” Bailey and Vonnie Stone Bailey.                She was a retired clerk for the city of Wilmar and a member of Wilmar Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Edward Harris and Justin Richardson; one son, Jim Harris; four sisters, Janie...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:38am
Jay Reed McGee, 20, of Monticello passed away early Saturday, August 12, 2017. He was born June 6, 1997 in Little Rock to Jason Brian McGee and Lindsey Echols McGee.  Jay loved nothing more than to be with his friends and family. He adored his niece and nephew and always looked forward to spending time with his beloved cousins, Elizabeth and Scout Echols and Stone Phillips. Jay was an incredibly kindhearted and loving man. He was bright and hardworking and had a wonderful sense of humor. There...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:38am
Betty Cater McDaniel, 69, of Monticello, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born January 23, 1948 in Drew County, to the late J. D. Cater and Arcola Robertson Todd. She was retired from Home Health, a Christian and member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one grandson, Dylan Dannehl. Survivors include her husband, Bobby McDaniel of Monticello; two daughters, Lisa (Bret)...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:37am
hief Master Sergent (ret.) Erica Elfreida Jackson, 54, of Monticello transitioned from labor to reward on August 14, 2017 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 20 at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello. Funeral serves will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 21 at First Baptist Church of North Little Rock, 811 S.A. Jones Drive with the body present at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery with full military...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:36am
*/ Michael John Gauthier, 64, of Monticello, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at his home in Monticello.  He was born October 5, 1952 in Boston, Mass. to the late Raymond Gauthier and Ruth Edgre Wilkinson.                                                     Michael was a Sales Manager for Ryburn Motor Company, a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War and attended the First United Methodist Church in Monticello. Other than his parents, his was preceded in death by one brother, Buddy...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 10:34am
Billy “Bill” G. Donham, 84, of Monticello, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation in Monticello. He was born May 4, 1933 in Drew County, to the late Jake Donham and Mattie Devine Donham. He was a retired co-owner/operator of Bill & Clara’s Hair Salon, United States Army veteran, serving in the Army Security Service in Germany in WWII, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and was a Christian. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 11:15am
Alexandria Lynn Parks, infant daughter of Megan Parks, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at her home. She was born May 16, 2017 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.  Survivors include her mother, Megan Parks of Monticello; her grandparents, Robert and Patty Parks and Christy and Michael Forrest, all of Monticello; of Monticello; her great-grandmother, Linda Hicks of Muldrow, Okla.; her great-grandfather, Johnny Pemberton Sr.; one aunt, Ashley Parks of Monticello; one uncle, Robbie Parks of Kansas...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 11:11am
Maggie Delphia Luper, 94, of Monticello, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello.  She was born June 14, 1923 in Corbin, Ky.  Survivors include one son, Randy (Cindy) Luper of Monticello; one daughter-in-law, Marie Luper of Copperas Cove, Texas; seven grandchildren, Bob Luper, Ryan (Natasha) Luper, Dominic (Haley) Carbonero, Brittany (David) Armstrong, Jessie Luper, Kelsey (Blair) Tucker and Tim Luper; and four great-grandchildren, David...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 11:09am
Van Austin Brown, 76, of Wilmar died Thursday, August 3 at the Bradley County Medical Center. He was born May 18th, 1941 in Warren, a son of the late Ollie Brown and Lura White Brown. He served his country in the United States Navy. He was also preceded in death by brothers James Ollie Brown, Ricky Don Brown and Roy Dwayne Brown, and a sister, Mammie Ilene Brown Harton. He is survived by one son, Bob Brown of Hermitage; three daughters Becky Hildebrand of Flora, Ill and Tonya Loveless and...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 11:07am
Geneva Sue Roberds Brown, 88, of Monticello died August 2, 2017 at her home in Monticello.  She was born on January 1, 1929 to the late William Roy Roberds and Laverta Howard Hopping.  Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Ray Brown; one daughter, Lillian Ray Brown; one son, James Richard Brown; two brothers, Marion Roberds and Junior Hice; three sisters, Betty Erwing, Irma Ruth Holdcraft and Margaret Hice. Survivors include two sons, Daniel Brown of...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 11:05am
Victor Benjamin Montgomery, 90, of the Rock Springs community passed away August 2, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 7, 1927 in Snyder, Texas to Joe Roy and Mary Evelyn Montgomery. He was a Mason and a member of Rock Springs United Methodist Church. He loved to tinker and woodworking. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lila Mae Collins; two daughters, Jo Carolyn Clampit and Vickie Lynn Montgomery; two grandchildren, Shannon Montgomery and Jamie Jo...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 11:04am
Patricia Ann Layne Hatfield, 66, of Star City died Tuesday at Lincoln Heights Healthcare in Star City. She was born October 5, 1950 in Monticello. She was a member of Overcoming Faith Worship Center in Star City and was a homemaker. Preceding her in death were her husband, John Hatfield Sr.; her father, Cecil Layne; three sons, Kenneth David Hatfield, Joseph Carl Hatfield and Floyd McMunn Jr.; and one daughter, Jennifer Lee McMunn. Survivors include her mother, Gay Cole of Monticello; two...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 11:03am
Zelda Ruth Lassiter Cooper, 92, of Monticello passed away Tuesday at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born June 27, 1925 in Ben Hur, Texas to the late William Edgar and Ruth Sansom Johnson. She was a member of Oaklawn Baptist Church in Bellmead, Texas and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a retired office manager for Shirey Corp. in Greenville, Texas. Also preceding her in death was her first husband, Jack Lassiter Sr., who passed...
Sports | Posted 08/10/2017 - 11:01am
MYSA fall soccer registration is here The Monticello Youth Soccer Association is in the middle of fall soccer registration for girls and boys ages 3-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCloy City Park on four upcoming Saturdays. A player must be 3 and no older than 17 on Aug. 1. Cost is $50 per player and a sibling group of three or more living in the same household is $125. The remaining registration dates are Saturday and Aug. 19, both at the large pavilion. Cost includes the jersey, shorts, socks...
Sports | Posted 08/10/2017 - 10:58am
Numbers mean things to many people. For instance, the phase, “third time’s a charm” is very popular. Depending on the situation, the number 13 can be lucky or unlucky, according to superstitions. Then there’s the number 7. Seven is considered lucky by many people. There are seven days of the week, seven continents and even seven brides for seven brothers. In biblical terms, seven is the number for completeness and perfection. It just about doesn’t get any more complete and perfect than the...
Sports | Posted 08/10/2017 - 10:57am
At this time of year, football coaches are fond of telling their teams two things: “Everybody’s 0-0” and “Preseason polls aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.” Oh, and “The games are played on the field, not on paper.” The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Hud Jackson has likely used each of those coach-speak phrases in his seven-year tenure at UAM. They’ll come in especially handy after the Boll Weevils were selected eighth in the Great American Conference coaches’ preseason poll...
Sports | Posted 08/10/2017 - 10:52am
Three Monticellonians were among the 101 individuals who received permits for a chance at harvesting an alligator this year. Last Wednesday afternoon, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission finally announced those few from the thousands that applied. The permit draw was held up due to some unforeseen issues with the process, but Wesley Fletcher, William Lassiter and Mary Simon likely couldn’t care less. All three Monticello residents’ names were drawn for hunting gators in Zone 3 (private land...
News | Posted 08/10/2017 - 10:50am
Latisha Ann Allen of Monticello recently accepted a guilty plea to 32 counts of forgery in the second degree (a Class C felony) and one count of theft of property in the amount more than $25,000 (a Class B felony). Allen was the secretary at the Drew County Conservation District when she allegedly forged signatures of board members and endorsed checks. A total of $34,684 was missing when the forgeries were discovered. These forgeries allegedly took place between July 1, 2016 and Sept. 15,...
News | Posted 08/10/2017 - 10:49am
At the last Drew County Quorum Court meeting, a resolution was passed to begin discussions on a regional jail. The first was held at the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library, Monticello Branch last Thursday with Arkansas Department of Correction officials and county judges, sheriffs and lawmakers from Drew, Bradley, Lincoln, Chicot and Cleveland counties. Actually, according to to Drew County Judge Robert Akin, no Regional Correctional Commission—as the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement passed...
News | Posted 08/10/2017 - 10:48am
LITTLE ROCK—Unanimously, the members of the Arkansas State Medical Board voted to allow Dr. Jeffrey Reinhart to return to his Monticello medical practice last Thursday morning. The decision was made during the ASMB’s August meeting. Reinhart, who had been suspended because of an incident at Drew Memorial Health System since November 2016, was present in the boardroom for the meeting. It was not immediately known when Reinhart Family Healthcare would reopen, only that the Board had given him...
News | Posted 08/10/2017 - 6:43am
This week is a very special week in our house. This week we celebrate two very important birthdays: Jordan and Cameron. I cannot believe it’s been 17 years since I was introduced to Jordan Alexander Cason. In some ways, the day he was born seems like yesterday. Nonetheless, it’s been 17 years. It’s been a wild ride. Jordan came into this world via an emergency cesarean section at 12:03 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, and he’s been surprising us ever since. When he was a few months old, I was...
News | Posted 08/03/2017 - 8:14am
Dr. Jeffrey Reinhart, a Monticello physician who had been suspended since November 2016, was given clearance Thursday morning by the Arkansas State Medical Board to resume his practice. Reinhart agreed to resume practicing on a limited basis. Check out the full story in next week's Advance- Monticellonian.
Sports | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:50am
Just a week after placing 34 student-athletes on the Great American Conference winter/spring All-Academic team, the volleyball squad at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association academic excellence list. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-...
Sports | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:49am
Consistency in any sport, whether individual or team, is something for which to be sought. In a team sport that is made up of a bunch of individual performances, that stability shows over time. For the third straight year and fourth time in the last five seasons, the Monticello Marlins finished as summer-only runners-up in the South Arkansas Swim Association Championships Saturday at El Dorado in the HealthWorks Fitness Center’s indoor pool. With 35 swimmers scoring 694 points, the Marlins...
News | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:47am
T & T Construction, LLC’s bid was accepted by the Monticello City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting to perform the proposed street overlays. Drew County resident Tracy Rawls, owner of T & T Construction, LLC, presented a bid for $721,483.70 to complete the necessary street overlay project within the city limits of Monticello. The bids were opened Tuesday afternoon before the meeting Tuesday night; there were just two bids total. Rawls has previously done work for the city at the...
News | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:46am
Almost a year after his receiving an Emergency Order of Suspension of his Arkansas Medical License from the Arkansas State Medical Board, Monticello doctor Jeffrey Reinhart is scheduled to appear at an ASMB disciplinary hearing during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting in Little Rock Aug. 3-4. While the specific agenda for the August meeting has not yet been posted to the Board’s website (https://www.armedicalboard.org/public/meetings.aspx), ASMB Executive Assistant Juli Carlson told the...
News | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:44am
The old Drew County Post Office was packed Tuesday night at the July Monticello City Council meeting. It was the biggest public turnout in a long while. The reason: Last month, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission met with Monticello Mayor David Anderson to discuss possible draining of Lake Monticello. Representatives from AGFC were present at Tuesday night’s meeting—and after the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance—the AGFC gave a short slide-show presentation about their intentions for...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:36am
Frank Douglas Pearson Sr, 72, of Lake Village and the Lacey community in Drew County, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home in Lake Village.  He was born May 16, 1945 in Ashley County, to the late Frank H. Pearson and Edith Mae Downey Pearson. He was retired from Georgia Pacific, a United States Army Veteran, and a Southern Baptist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter,Phyren and one sister, Arline Lloyd. Survivors include three sons, Frank Douglas (...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:33am
Dwight Allen Hudspeth, 49, of Monticello, formerly of McGehee, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home. He was born March 27, 1986 to the late Bryan Hudspeth and Marnett Hudspeth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Beverly Ann Davis and Linda Hudspeth. Survivors include his wife, Brenetta Hudspeth of Monticello; two daughters, Tiffany Lee of Las Vegas and Treshai Hudspeth of Monticello; four grandchildren, Mariah Collins, Mekhi Collins, Macavia Collins and...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:32am
Genevieve Marie Fields Harris, 94, of Monticello died Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Woods Nursing and Rehab Facility in Monticello.  She was born in Kansas on November 29, 1922 to the late Lewis and Nora Fields. She was the widow of Delbert V. Harris, a homemaker and was of the Jehovah Witness faith. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Elaine Harris; a granddaughter, Amy Harris and a daughter-in-law, Janet Akiens Harris. Survivors include...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:30am
Dorice Grasper,  64, of Monticello died July 16, 2017 in Biloxi, Miss. She was born to August 14, 1952 to the late Pinky and Mose Grasper. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Marzell Grasper-Wimberly, Gloria Jean Grasper-Hubbard and Bennie Rose Grasper-Green. Survivors include one daughter, LaChendara Grasper of Biloxi; two sons, Marcus Davis of Hamburg and Terrance Davis of Monticello; one sister,  Bridgett (Keith) Ziegter of Deerfield, Ohio; one brother, Bryant (Monique) Edington of...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:29am
Evelyn Ruth Stewart, 83, of Monticello,  passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Texas.  She was born in Harrold, Texas on February 11, 1934 to the late Thomas and Jessie Maud Franklin and was raised in Ft. Worth.  She moved to Arkansas in 1959 where she made her life and raised her children, but Texas was always her heart and home. Evelyn worked at Commercial Bank & Trust for over 20 years in the Note Department where she enjoyed her job, co-workers and customers very much.  She was an avid...
News | Posted 07/27/2017 - 7:21am
This week marks my 19th wedding anniversary. Jimmy and I stood before our family, friends and God at 2 p.m. on July 25, 1998. It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since that day. But, as they say, time flies when you are having fun. Before I got married, I asked a coworker who had been married for 30 years what it felt like to be in a relationship with someone for that long. I’ll never forget what she said, “When you are married to the right person, whom you love, the time flies by quickly...
News | Posted 07/21/2017 - 8:00am
Following the heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service for thw Monticello area, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.   People suffering from heat stress may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting.  Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash, fainting or near-fainting spells, and a pulse or heart rate...
Column, News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:14pm
First, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Advance-Monticellonian team for their second-place General Excellence award presented to them by the Arkansas Press Association. For a number of years, the Advance has been an award-winning publication, and I am proud to have been a part of their success the last few years. Everyone loves to win awards. I have to say I have won my fair share of them. For me, it all started in my junior year in high school. I won my first awards during...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:54am
BREAKING GROUND Gov. Asa Hutchinson (center), along with commanders of the Arkansas State Police, broke ground Wednesday morning signaling construction to begin on a new $2.8 million Troop F Headquarters in Warren. Troop F, which serves Monticello, has been in the same facility for 74 years. The headquarters, originally designated District 4 in 1943, was among the first of four headquarters to be built following the 1935 Arkansas General Assembly session creating the Department of Arkansas...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:47am
Sidney F. White, 89, of Monticello, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home.  He was born February 11, 1928 in Monticello, to the late Henry Ellis White and Virgie Bailey White. He was a United States Army Veteran, a retired mechanic and was a Christian of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Grady, Wilfred, Garvin, Charles, Winfred and Nick White; and two sisters, Mary White and Thelma White.  Survivors include his wife of 62 years,...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:44am
Gay Youngblood Gladden,  75, of Monticello, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home. She was born July 19, 1942 in Drew County, to the late Ray Youngblood and Mattie Gibson Youngblood. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Parrish Gladden. Survivors include her husband, Gerald Gladden of Monticello; one son, Kim Gladden of Monticello; one daughter, Lisa Gladden Smith of Monticello; one brother, Lyrkie Youngblood of Dumas; one sister, June Brixie of Monticello;...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:43am
Gary Lynn Brewer, 61, of Monticello, formerly of Rison, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was born on November 2, 1955 in Pulaski County. He is preceded in death by his parents. Gary was the Chief of Police in Rison for 20 years. Survivors include three daughters and one son; Keri (Robert) Levecchia of Ward, Keli (Dana) Boykin of Monticello, Kyle (Melissa) Brewer of Rison, and Kacy (Jason) Bradshaw of Sheridan; nine grandchildren, Emerson...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:42am
                                                                        Barbara L. Morgan Manues Abernathy, 84, of Monticello passed away, Friday, July 14, 2017 at her home.  She was born August 26, 1932 in Attala Co., Kosciusko, Mississippi to the late Jessie Irby Morgan and Juanita Sweatt Morgan.                                               In addition to her parents and her husband, Harley Abernathy, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bethal York Sanders, her sister, Earlene Jones,...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:40am
Rev. Ronald “Shay” Gillespie, 61, of Monticello died July 15, 2017, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, surrounded by family. He was born August 10, 1955, in Little Rock to the late Ozelma Butler and James Gillespie Sr. Shay gave his life to Christ at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. T.S. Skipper. He preached his first sermon in March 2003 and was ordained as a minister in January 2005. In September 2010, he was installed as the proud pastor...
Sports | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:36am
Four months after a record-setting season ended, the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s men’s basketball team is still receiving awards. Only this time, it had nothing to do with the Boll Weevils’ play on the court.   Juniors Cobe Goosby, Tayte Kitts and Stephen Glassco Jr. were all named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for excelling in academics during the past season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the...
Sports | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:35am
Especially on the Division II and below, a student attends college and plays athletics, not the other way around—with very few exceptions. For that large group, the NCAA coined the term “student-athletes.” The Great American Conference, of which the University of Arkansas at Monticello is a charter member, announced a record 451 student-athletes on its 2016-17 winter/spring All-Academic team last week. Added to the record 350 recognized in the fall, that gives the GAC a whopping 801 student-...
Sports | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:33am
Webster would have trouble describing what the Monticello Marlins did at the Donald W. Reynolds Invitational in Warren last Saturday. Dictionary definitions for the three words that immediately come to mind pale in light of a Monticello swim team that got ready for this weekend’s South Arkansas Swim Association Championships in a a big way. All three definitions—of “dominate, “destroy” and “annihilate”—hit the edges of what the Marlins were able to accomplish at the YMCA pool in Monticello’s...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:30am
Monticello and Drew County have lost another pioneer. After a lengthly illness, Rev. Ronald “Shay” Gillespie passed away Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was 61. Known about town for both his community activism and his preaching, Gillespie was the current pastor of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmar as well as a co-owner with wife Sherrie of the Head of the Class Childcare and Learning Center, located at 119 South Boyd Street. He graduated high...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:22am
This year’s Log A Load for Kids banquet, benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will be Saturday, Aug. 5. The venue has changed, however. The 2017 banquet will be held at Pauline Baptist Church, 909 North Hyatt Street. Tickets are $20 per person. August’s gathering will be a fish fry and, once again, there will be both silent and live auctions. Some of the many items scheduled to be raffled off include a steer with processing and a freezer, a chance to win a gun each month, a 65-quart Yeti...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:21am
In the final meeting before school begins again Aug. 14, the Monticello School Board went over policies and procedures for the upcoming year in the July meeting Tuesday night at the MSD Central Office. Among discussing the district’s and each school’s handbook, one thing that caught everyone’s attention was the inclusion of corporal punishment as a deterrent to unruly behavior in all five handbooks. Actually, it was just a re-insertion; that form of discipline was a part of all schools in the...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 9:20am
After much deliberation Monday night, the Drew Central School Board voted to allow Mainline Health Systems to open a school-based health facility on campus. District Superintendent Billy Williams and the Health and Wellness Committee presented to the school board the need for a school-based health facility at a school board meeting earlier this year. Williams informed local healthcare providers of the intention to open an on-campus facility and allowed all interested parties to present a...
Column, News | Posted 07/09/2017 - 12:33pm
It’s good to be back A year has come and gone since I wrote my last column as a reporter for the Advance-Monticellonian. In the last 12 months, my life has changed in ways I never imagined. On Aug. 1, 2016, I became a teacher. I walked into the first day of new teacher orientation for my school district and I quickly learned I was not ready for the task to teaching children English. It wasn’t long before I was overwhelmed. But, because God had sent me on this mission, He also sent me...
News | Posted 06/27/2017 - 7:47am
According to Drew County Sherrif Mark Gober, Rosie Berryman has been found and is in fair condition. Parties are still searching for Teri Frasure at this time.   The two Drew County women left a home in the Rock Springs community after dark Sunday evening and did not return. They were reported missing by Teri Farsure's husband at approximately 10 a.m. Monday morning. Law enforcement officers from Drew, Ashley and Chicot counties along with members of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision and...
News | Posted 06/20/2017 - 6:58am
Robert Woodard, a 46 year old caucasion man, approximately 6'1" 226 pounds has reportedly escaped custody around 8:20 Tuesday. Woodard was working in a cornfield near the Delta Regional Unit in Dermott. He is believed to have stolen a 2013 F-250 pick-up truck from a gas station in Dermott. Drew County Sheriff's Deputies are assisting Arkansas State Police in the search, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.
Monticello school district, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 12:19pm
State Sen. Eddie Cheatham (far right) presented Mrs. Bennie Vincent a Senate citation at the regular May Monticello School District School Board meeting as part of the board’s tribute to Vincent and the Monticello Male and Female Choir. The choir won the 2017 Class 4A state championship for “Best in Class” by earning the highest Superior fi rst-division ratings. The MHS Female Ensemble made history by becoming backto- back 4A champions. Choir members also took part in the ceremony in the MHS...
Edward Wells, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 12:17pm
Monticello and Drew County have lost a pioneer. One of the first African-Americans to serve both entities, Edward Eugene Wells, passed away Sunday. He was 88. Wells, who retired after nearly 38 years of service on the Drew County Public Facilities Board in August 2013, was born April 15, 1929, in Drew County and served his country as a member of the U.S. Army both domestically and during the Korean Conflict as a member of the Quartermaster Corps, Artillery, Signal Corps and from a cadre unit....
Extension Homemakers, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 12:07pm
HOT SPRINGS—Two Extension Homemakers Clubs in Drew County have earned state recognition. The groups are among the 111 clubs and county councils being honored today during the awards luncheon at the annual Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council state meeting at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The clubs are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. They are state project book winners. The state council is a volunteer organization associated with the University...
News, Yard of the Month | Posted 06/08/2017 - 12:06pm
Drew County/Monticello Chamber of Commerce Director Glenda Nichols (right) honored Susan Musick this morning as the winner of the Town and Country Garden Club and the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce Yard of the Month award for June. Musick lives at 553 Rebecca Circle.
Charles Henry Dobbins III, Hunter Laney, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 12:04pm
Charles Henry Dobbins III will appear in court at 1 p.m. Monday, June 19 for a hearing on motions filed by the defendant. Dobbins is charged with the murder of Hunter Laney on Oct. 29, 2016. Dobbins and Laney were both at The River Restaurant on the night of the incident. Upon leaving the establishment, an argument broke out and the two were asked to leave the club. They allegedly drove to the near by Valero gas station on U.S. Highway 278 West were Dobbins allegedly shot Laney. Dobbins is...
MEDC, Monticello Economic Development Commission, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 12:01pm
Not long ago, a meeting was held in Monticello between representatives of fi ve Arkansas counties and five Louisiana parishes with one come goal in mind—the economy of the region and how to improve it. The fi ve Arkansas counties are Drew, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot and Desha. The five Louisiana parishes are East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Richland and West Carroll. At the center of their discussion is a rail line that would help businesses in both states get their products to Mississippi River...
Lake, Lake Monticello, Nature Trail, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 11:48am
The Allen Maxwell Nature Conservation Trail was offi cially open for nature lovers in January 2017. Signs were erected at both ends of the trail by former Mayor Zack Tucker. The trail begins at the end of the levee on the southeast side of the lake and offi cially ends on the Windy Hills access by the Harold West Mini-Park. The trail is approximately fi ve feet wide and was funded completely by the state. The future plans include making the trail go around the entire lake, according to...
News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 10:48am
The 61st Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival activities will offi cially begin this weekend and run through Saturday, June 10th. The festival began in 1956 as a one-day event and has grown into a weeklong celebration. Celebrated as the oldest continuously running festival in the state, the event draws over 30,000 visitors from many states each year. Activities are planned to attract attendees of all ages. From beauty pageants to turtle races, there is something for everyone. Top names in...
News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 10:41am
Dr. Kate Stewart, a professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been selected as one of two 2017 Outstanding Alpha Chi Sponsors nationwide. The award was presented at the Alpha Chi Annual Convention held recently in Louisville, Ky., and was based on outstanding service to the UAM Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national collegiate honor society. Stewart has served as faculty sponsor of the UAM chapter of Alpha Chi for 20 years. Under her leadership, the organization has...
Memorial, News, Rodney Shelton Foss | Posted 06/06/2017 - 10:37am
Members of Ensign Rodney Shelton Foss’ family, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1545 and American Legion Post 2 conclude the 2017 Drew County Memorial Day ceremony by dedicating a county park to Foss, considered to be the first U.S. military casualty of World War II. The park is located north of the Drew County Courthouse by the railroad tracks on the site of the home where Foss was born. The annual Memorial Day ceremony, to remember the fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast...
News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 10:33am
For the third time, David Anderson will be sworn in as Mayor of Monticello after having won Tuesday’s runoff election 554-508. Democrat Anderson, who was already serving as Interim Mayor, defeated Independent Joe Rogers. The runoff was necessary because of the first mayoral election involving Independent Ronny Carr on May 9. At that time, Anderson also was the top vote-getter, but no candidate received a majority of votes cast. “I want to say thank you to my wife and family for putting up with...
monticello mayoral history, News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 10:25am
With the special mayoral election runoff less than a week away now, likely not too many voters realize that whichever candidate they choose will join a short list of people who have served the city on multiple occasions. Both Democrat David Anderson and Independent Joe Rogers already grace that list, Anderson having served from Jan. 1, 2003 to Dec. 31, 2006 and again since Jan. 17 as interim mayor, and Rogers following him in offi ce from Jan. 1, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2010 and as in 2014 to fi ll...
monticello high school graduation, News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 10:16am
Graduates of Monticello High School listen intently to a speaker at commencement ceremonies Tuesday night in Dan Coston Field House. The gymnasium, which was used because of inclement weather, was packed with family and friends of the seniors. Jeff Carmical and Destiny Buckley were the top graduates.
News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 11:24am
The Monticello Occupational Education Center Machine Tool program received a $10,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The Haas Cooperation is one of the largest CNC manufacturers in the world. It have invested several million dollars in the education at the high school and college level. The cooperation is based out of Oxnard, Calif. The grant money can be used for scholarships for student to further their education in the field as well as training for high school students during class time...
Drew Central, Drew Central School Board, Health Center, News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 11:22am
Drew Central’s School District’s School Board and all its school principals heard a lengthy presentation from representatives of the Mainline Health Systems in a school board meeting Thursday night. The presentation was about the potential of opening a schoolbased health center on the DC campus. After the roll was called and the previous month’s meeting minutes were approved, the board recognized the May Students of the Month from the middle school. Middle School Principal Patti Smith presented...
GAC tournament, UAM, weevils, Sports | Posted 05/19/2017 - 11:19am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils captured their second consecutive Great American Conference Baseball Tournament championship Sunday with a 6-1 win over Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. With the victory, UAM assured itself of making the third trip to the NCAA Central Region Tournament in four years.
Monticello school district, News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 11:16am
At last night’s Monticello School District School Board meeting—the fi nal one of this school year—the board approved the new personel sheet for the 2017-2018 school year. Monticello High School Assistant Principal Susan White was named as next year’s High School Principal. “I am excited to have the opportunity to be Monticello High School’s next principal and to continue the positive direction this district has maintained over the years,” White said. “I look forward to another rewarding year...
graduation, News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 11:15am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello held two commencement ceremonies last Friday in the Steelman Field House, while the Drew Central High School Class of 2017 graduated Tuesday night in the Drew Central Gymnasium. The third of the three local schools, Monticello High School, has its graduation set for next Tuesday night at Hyatt Field, weather permitting.
News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 10:56am
Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton said this afternoon his department is conducting interviews with Monticello High School students about a “senior prank” that “went too far.”  MHS officials discovered graffiti on the three buildings this morning. Deaton said there were a couple of curse words but really nothing else to speak of. He also noted there was no building broken into.
News | Posted 05/18/2017 - 11:58am
Monticello Middle School Art and EAST students will be celebrating veterans Saturday. The students have worked all year interviewing veterans, editing footage, creating artwork for the 28 veterans to be honored, and creating the documentary and slideshow. Their work will be on display, along with a luncheon and entertainment for those veterans. The students ask everyone to join in on the day of honoring all our veterans and active service within our community. SCHEDULE 10:30 a.m.: Parade...
Bennie Ryburn, News | Posted 05/12/2017 - 10:11am
Southeast Arkansas has lost an icon. Bennie Franklin Ryburn Jr. passed away Monday. He was born July 26, 1934 to Bennie Ryburn Sr. and Virginia Ryburn. Until he was 12 years old, Ryburn lived with his parents in Rison. In 1946, after World War II ended, he and his parents moved to Monticello and his father purchased what is now Ryburn Motor Co. Upon graduating college from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (then Arkansas A&M College) in the late 1950s, Ryburn partnered with his...
mayoral election, Mayoral Race, News | Posted 05/12/2017 - 10:04am
captured a majority of the votes cast for Monticello Mayor in Tuesday’s special election, there will be a runoff election May 30. Unofficially, Interim Mayor David Anderson, who was running on the Democratic ticket, received 456 votes, Independent Joe Rogers received 389 votes and Independent Ronny Carr received 206 votes. Between early voting and the votes that were cast on Tuesday, there were a total of 1,051 votes. Anderson secured 43 percent and Rogers 37 percent. These two former Mayors of...
Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Kiwanis, News | Posted 04/29/2017 - 8:36am
The Monticello Kiwanis Clubs, using the display as a means of community service and to honor our military at the same time, adorned the downtown square and the front lawn of the Drew County Court House (with the assistance of Boy Scout Troop 67 and Cub Scout Pack 69), with American fl ags Monday. Flags may be purchased for $30 for two people per fl ag and $2 per name over two. To order a fl ag or for more information, contact Connie McKiever at 870-460-6470.
Joe Rogers, Mayoral Candidates, Mayoral Race, News | Posted 04/29/2017 - 8:35am
This week, the Advance-Monticellonian concludes its three-part series about the candidates for the city’s special mayoral election on Tuesday, May 9. Democrat David Anderson, who is currently serving as Interim Mayor, and Independents Ronny Carr and Joe Rogers are vying to serve the remainder of former Mayor Zack Tucker’s term. Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public records. The person elected next month will serve until December 2018....
drug take back, monticello police department, News, prescription drugs | Posted 04/29/2017 - 8:28am
If expired or unused prescription drugs are in the house, mark Saturday on the calendar. Twice a year, Arkansas organizations partner to host a statewide Drug Take Back event— and educate the public about the dangers misused prescription medications can pose. Arkansans are encouraged to utilize one of more than 200 collection sites in The Natural State to turn in those type drugs this weekend. Residents in Drew County can bring their unwanted or outdated prescription medication to the...
Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, Governor Hutchinson, News | Posted 04/29/2017 - 8:25am
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson launched the ACT Work Ready Community initiative in an address Tuesday morning at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. A full house in the Green Room of the John F. Gibson University Center was welcomed by UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes. She expressed her appreciation to the governor and the legislators for helping get this initiative “up and running.” Opening remarks were made by Sen. Eddie Cheatham. He welcomed his fellow legislators, educators and the group of...
News, Parkridge Apartments, Quorum Court | Posted 04/21/2017 - 12:13pm
The Drew County Quorum Court met Monday night to discuss consolidating rural polling places, a potential $5 addition to yearly property tax to insure stray animals are spayed and neutered and an update on the county lawsuit regarding the Parkridge Apartments’ consideration for cutting their property taxes by more than 50 percent. Election commissioner Sonya Ryburn spoke to the court about potentially consolidating some of the rural polling places in Drew County in hopes to save money. “We need...
Mayoral Race, News, Ronny Carr | Posted 04/21/2017 - 12:04pm
Again, before Monticello’s special mayoral election May 9, the Advance-Monticellonian is helping voters know more about the candidates. Democrat David Anderson, who is currently serving as Interim Mayor until the special election, and Independents Ronny Carr and Joe Rogers are vying to serve the remainder of former Mayor Zack Tucker’s term. Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public records. The person elected in May will serve until December...
LeAnne Burch, News, Sheilla Lampkin, State Representative | Posted 04/21/2017 - 11:55am
Playing catch up in anything is stressful but for LeAnne Burch, the circumstances with which she was faced made it even tougher. Following a local legend, Burch just completed her first General Assembly as District 9 representative in the Arkansas legislature. A retired Army Brigadier General, Burch would likely not even be in the public eye had it not been for the untimely death of former Rep. Sheilla Lampkin, a much-beloved local icon and member of the Arkansas House since 2011—or at least as...
monticello mayor, News, tucker, zack tucker | Posted 04/21/2017 - 11:43am
ashIn the ongoing case with former Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson denied Tucker’s request for an $8,327.28 credit Monday, stating that Tucker had charged multiple expenses to a personal credit card, and the former Mayor will have to pay the entire $22,500 in restitution— and $165 in court costs. Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public record in regards to his dealings with the 2015 Forestry Festival. A plea bargain...
DMH, Drew Memorial Hospital, News | Posted 04/13/2017 - 10:55am
Drew Memorial Hospital is getting a facelift—all around. Along with a $31 million renovation project currently under construction on Scogin Drive, DMH unveiled a new brand identity, which includes an updated logo and identity system for the service lines within the hospital. That major milestone was celebrated recently during a topping-off ceremony of the 51,000-squarefoot expansion of the hospital. “The new identity refl ects our commitment to bringing Drew County and its residents the best...
david anderson, mayoral election, News | Posted 04/13/2017 - 10:51am
Before Monticello’s special mayoral election May 9, the Advance- Monticellonian is helping voters know more about the candidates. Democrat David Anderson, who is currently serving as Interim Mayor until the special election, and Independents Ronny Carr and Joe Rogers are vying to serve the remainder of former Mayor Zack Tucker’s term. Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public records. The person elected in May will serve until December 2018....
Farm Family, McGregor Family, McGregors, News | Posted 04/13/2017 - 10:44am
Since 1994, the Mike McGregor family has raised cattle. Just more than a decade ago, the family added a turnkey fertilizer operation, servicing some 50,000 farmers in the Delta. For those reasons, and others, the McGregors have been selected as the 2017 Drew County Farm Family of the Year. As the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program celebrates its 70th anniversary, the Drew County honorees join other families across The Natural State vying for eight district Farm Family awards and, in July...
Alvy Early, News, record breaking, sports, UAM, Sports | Posted 04/13/2017 - 10:38am
ARKADELPHIA—When Alvy Early and Norm DeBriyn were playing fastpitch softball together in the early 1970s, it’s a good bet neither was thinking far enough down the road to envision what happened last weekend. DeBriyn, who coached the University of Arkansas to 1,161 baseball wins in a 33-year career, held the record for collegiate coaching victories in The Natural State—at all levels—until Saturday. That’s when Early, his longtime friend, passed him. As what had been a back-andforth softball...
camp, Health camps, News | Posted 04/07/2017 - 8:26am
When the majority of people see the letters M*A*S*H, it’s not unlikely for them to immediately think of Hawkeye, Hot Lips, Trapper John and Radar (not to mention Klinger)—and chuckle at the memories. For Arkansas high school juniors and seniors interested in healthcare-related vocations, though, it’s no laughing matter. It’s a possible career move. Beginning in early June, Arkansas Farm Bureau will again co-host summer M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps with 32 medical...
charities, charity, Junior Auxiliary, News | Posted 04/07/2017 - 8:19am
Generations of Monticellonians have been helped by an organization deservedly in the spotlight this week. April 3-7 is National Junior Auxiliary Week. The Junior Auxiliary of Monticello, a nonprofi t organization now in its 79th year, is celebrating along with other clubs around the state and nation. The Arkansas House of Representatives recently recognized the work of JA chapters in The Natural State by proclaiming Monday as Arkansas Junior Auxiliary Day. “The Junior Auxiliary of Monticello...
Debate, News, UAM, University of Arkansas at Monticello | Posted 04/07/2017 - 8:06am
By winning the season-long varsity debate national championship presented by the International Public Debate Association, the debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has completed the 2016- 17 season in style. UAM finished no lower than second place in five categories based on the competitive results of IPDA debate tournaments throughout the academic year. In addition to the varsity division national title, UAM placed second in team debate, second in junior varsity debate, won...
Census, Drew County, News | Posted 04/07/2017 - 5:52am
Of the seven counties which most people consider “Southeast Arkansas,” only Drew County showed an increase in population in the latest estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s not surprising at all, both Drew County Judge Robert Akin and Interim Monticello Mayor David Anderson agreed. Comparing the 2010 census with July, 2016 predictions, Drew County has grown by 142 people, a 0.8 percent increase, according to the most recent offi cial fi gures available, released late last month....
Alpha Chi, News, UAM, University of Arkansas at Monticello | Posted 03/30/2017 - 12:15pm
Three University of Arkansas at Monticello students have been selected as program presenters during the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society annual convention in Louisville, Ky., April 6-8. Cody Bijou of Crosby, Tex., Reagan Dobbs of Dayton, Texas, and Bronte Pearson of Monticello will present original research as part of a convention that highlights student research and creative presentations from across the nation. Bijou, a senior communications and political science double major, will...
drunk driving, monticello high school, News | Posted 03/30/2017 - 12:02pm
Monticello High School students were shown a mock wreck this morning to show how serious the eff ects of distracted driving can be. Students were portrayed to have been in a vehicle collision and members of the Monticello Fire Department, Southeast Emergency Medical Services, the Arkansas State Police, Air-One emergency response and Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home were present to show the students what happens in a real life wreck situation.
Interim Mayor David Anderson partnered with the Monticello Senior Citizen Center to deliver meals to local seniors. Pictured above (from left to right) are Lisa Lloyd, Mayor Anderson, Cindy Villarreal and Felecia Harrell.
Meals on Wheels, News | Posted 03/30/2017 - 11:32am
Meals On Wheels America is celebrating the 15th annual March for Meals fundraiser, which is designed to rally communities nationwide around the vulnerable seniors. Countless seniors rely on the safety net of Meals On Wheels to remain healthy and independent in their own homes. The Monticello Senior Citizen Center holds the meals for seniors fundraiser during the Spring to help fund the local meal program for the year. The main purpose of the local Senior Center is to help the elderly live...
Monticello school district, News, substitute, SUBTeach USA | Posted 03/30/2017 - 10:17am
On Monday, March 20, substitute teacher Kristi Meek, 32, of Drew County was arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with an 18-year-old student. Meek has been a substitute teacher at both the Monticello and Drew Central school district campuses. At the time, she was subbing at the district’s shared Alternative Learning Environment campus. According to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton, the sexual act did not take place on any school campus.  Although neither Deaton nor the...
News | Posted 03/22/2017 - 6:51am
Jim Hall was arrested Monday by Drew County Sheriff's deputies after a court order was received by Sheriff Mark Gober from the Arkansas Court of Appeals denying Hall's latest motion. He has been sentenced to serve 90 days behind bars.
Book Signing, Go West, Jeremy Sparks, News | Posted 02/24/2017 - 4:49pm
  Fountain Hill native and author Jeremy Sparks signs a copy of his new book, "Go West: 10 Principles that Guided My Cowboy Journey",  for high school friend Paula Amos of Fountain Hill Friday night at the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library in Monticello. Sparks spoke the the crowd and answered question for about an hour then signed books and took photos with attendees.  Sparks told the group that he launched the book here because "this is about South Arkansas having a celebration, we wanted...
News | Posted 02/16/2017 - 7:21am
In what was likely the shortest meeting any of them could recall, members of the Demoratic Party of Drew County nominated Interim Monticello Mayor David Anderson to be the party’s candidate in the May 9 special mayoral election. Anderson and Independent Ronny Carr have now declared their intentions to fill out Zack Tucker’s unexpired term. Tucker, who was charged in late 2016 with abuse of office and tampering with public records, resigned as mayor in January as part of a plea bargain. DPDC...
News | Posted 02/07/2017 - 11:27am
A Drew County Sheriff's Deputy was terminated Thursday after being arrested for soliciting and abuse of office. See tomorrows Advance for more details.
News | Posted 02/01/2017 - 5:51am
The Drew County Democrats and Republican parties have set dates to meet and choose their candidates for Mayor. The Republican party will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 7 at the Chamber of Commerce building on Gaines St. in Monticello. The Democratic party will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the Drew County Court House.
News | Posted 01/25/2017 - 6:33am
In last nights City Council meeting, Mayor David Anderson presented retired councilman Raymond Hubbard with a plaque honoring his many years of service. See todays Advance for a tribute story.
Sports | Posted 01/24/2017 - 3:37pm
News | Posted 01/24/2017 - 6:26am
The Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2016 Man and Woman of the Year. The winners will be announced at the annual Chamber/MEDC awards banquet on February 21. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office at 335 East Gaines St. or by calling 870-367-6741. The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday Feb. 7.
News | Posted 01/18/2017 - 5:22am
In a 5-2 vote by the Monticello City Council, David Anderson was appointed last night as interim Mayor for the city. See this week's Advance for the full story.
News | Posted 01/17/2017 - 7:39am
News | Posted 01/17/2017 - 6:51am
After an early morning pre-trial, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker will resign his seat following a guilty plea. After significant negotiations with the state, Tucker has been offered two alternatives in a plea deal. At this time, it is unclear which option Tucker will take; however, he will be resigning as Monticello's Mayor at a point yet to be determined. See this weeks Advance for the full story.   As of 5:30 p.m. today, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker will officially resign as Mayor according to...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2017 - 6:13am
John Grantier died peacefully in his home in Monticello on January 4, 2017. He was born in Kentucky to Kenneth and Edna Grantier on May 30, 1939, who are now deceased. He was the fourth child born out of their six children and was preceded in death by his sisters Donna and Rebecca. He is survived by siblings Connie, Richard Lowell and Ann. He lived most of his life in the state of Arkansas, choosing Monticello to be his home. He lived in Monticello for 22 years with his second wife, Marilyn,...
News | Posted 01/13/2017 - 11:58am
Martin Lurther King Jr. was an inspiration to countless Americans. Drew county will hosts several events over the weekend to honor his memory. See the Jan. 11 edition of the Advance-Monticellonian newspaper for a full list of events taking place and be sure to pick up a copy of next weeks paper for pictures and info.
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 9:18am
If this is a dream, it’s likely Kyle Tolin and his now No. 22-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball Boll Weevils never want to wake up. After two more victories last week, UAM has established a new school record for best start to a season at 10-0. Thursday, the Weevils matched the 9-0 beginning to a season Mike Newell’s 2008-09 squad accomplished with a 74-61 win over Southern Nazarene University. Saturday, this year’s team put that mark in its rear-view mirror with a 74...
Ashley Foreman reporter@monticellonews.net, News | Posted 01/12/2017 - 9:16am
In January, the Drew County Quorum Court has met twice so far and has approved raises, county budgets and the county attorney. According to Drew County Clerk Lyna Gulledge, full-time county employees will receive a 6.25 percent raise this year. When the court met on Jan. 2, they approved the county budget for 2017 and reinstated Cliff Gibson as county attorney for this term. The QC also gave Drew County Judge Robert Akin authority to handle the Contract of Obligation with the Arkansas...
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 9:12am
Billies come from behind to claim hard-fought win In a game where neither team deserved to lose, Monticello fought back from a 15-point halftime deficit to post a 70-67 victory over Drew Central Tuesday night at Drew Central Gymnasium—and win the Showdown In M-Town Trophy in the process. With the Arkansas Activities Association’s experiment with blended conferences in place during this basketball season, the trophy had to be decided differently. In years past, the two crosstown rivals played...
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 9:05am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team has been picked sixth overall in the 2017 Great American Conference preseason poll, released by the conference on Tuesday. The Blossoms are coming off a 30-28 (24-20 GAC) finish a season ago, with a fifth place regular season finish in the GAC. UAM was defeated in the GAC Championship Tournament during the first round after losses to Harding University and Southern Nazarene University. UAM has 11 returners to the 2017 squad, including...
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 9:03am
Coaches and athletes expect to go through highs and lows during a season. It’s just not very often they occur two days apart. The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball pendulum swung from very low—an 82-65 drubbing at the hands of Southern Nazarene University last Thursday—to very high—an 89-86 overtime win over Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday—that left the Cotton Blossoms at 5-5 overall, 2-4 in Great American Conference play.   And it doesn’t get any easier for the...
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 9:00am
Drew Central’s athletics department plans to honor the accomplishments of its 1986-87 Class 2A girls’ state basketball champion Lady Pirates later this month, DC Athletics Director Michael Goad has announced. This year is the 30-year anniversary of that title. Former DC girls’ coach Barbara Gilliam-Harris, who was on the bench for that state championship, as well as Goad, the current Lady Pirate coach, have begun a campaign to find every member of the 1986-87 girls’ team, including managers....
Arts & Science, Bartholomew, Bayou, News, Photography | Posted 01/11/2017 - 7:49am
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is hosting a juried photography exhibition, Bayou Bartholomew: In Focus, to celebrate this hidden treasure. Twenty-three photographs highlight the natural beauty and cultural significance of Bayou Bartholomew. The exhibition opens January 19th and continues through April 22, 2017. Juror, Margo Duvall, selected the images that capture the natural beauty and historical importance of this waterway. Photographers include Julie Caple, Mark Cater,...
News | Posted 01/03/2017 - 8:15am
Lindon “Trey” Grey, 14, ran from Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home in Monticello about 11:30 p.m. Monday. He is a white male, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 150 pounds with short brown hair. He is autistic. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray shirt with “I Don’t Care” on the front. According to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton, Arkansas State Police said Grey does not meet the Amber Alert criteria so no such alert was issued. The State Fusion Center sent out an alert from their agency to...
Obituaries | Posted 12/28/2016 - 12:40pm
Janet Kay Treadwell Allen, 62 of Monticello passed away Christmas Eve with loved ones surrounding her at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.  Janet was born on February 5, 1954 in Dermott to the late Wesley Euin and Vivian Treadwell.  She graduated from Desha Central in 1974 and later earned her nursing degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  Her nursing career ended too soon after being diagnosed with lupus. Janet is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Billy Thomas...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 11:30am
Patty Jean Wolfe Nelson, 76, of Hamburg, died Sunday, December 25, 2016 in Hendersonville, Tenn. Nelson was a native of Monticello and a resident of Hamburg for the past 53 years.  She moved to Hendersonville, four months ago to live with her daughter.  She was a homemaker and was a daycare provider in her own home for 13 years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Her parents, Jesse and Hazel Mullins Wolfe and an infant sister preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of...
Bookman, Israel, News | Posted 12/26/2016 - 11:22am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement related to the U.N. Security Council's passage of a resolution criticizing Israel for its construction of settlements in the West Bank: “I am deeply disappointed in the United Nations Security Council's vote condemning Israel. More concerning is the failure of President Obama to use the United States’ veto to stop this attack. The United States has long maintained that any viable solution to the Israel-Palestine...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 11:06am
Dana K. Brown Dean, 65 of Monticello died Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home in Monticello.  She was born on August 27, 1951 to the late Bassie Brown and Edna Hawkins Brown. In addition to her parents and husband two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. She was the widow of Larry Dean, a cashier at Ryburn Motor Company, and a charter member of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Monticello. Survivors include two sons, Kenny Davis (Michelle) and Lance Davis all of...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 11:01am
Patrick Wayne Lloyd, age 38 of Monticello passed away December 19, 2016 at his home.  He was born January 12, 1978 in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. to Judith Grant Kelly and the late Robert Barton Lloyd. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth and Shyanna Lloyd;  the mother of his children Amy Hogue Lloyd; his mother Judith Grant Kelly and stepfather Steve Kelly; two sisters, Mandy Lloyd  and Jennifer Thompson (Kevin); one brother Stephen Kelly all of Monticello....
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 10:55am
Shirley Armbrewster Martin, age 83 of Monticello, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.  She was born June 6, 1933 in Rochester, N.Y. to the late Joseph and Florence Armbrewster. She was a retired owner/operator of a day care, a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.  In addition to her parents, her first husband, Daniel Martin; one grandson, Carl Anderson; and one granddaughter, Tracey Thurman, also preceded her in death. Survivors include...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 10:44am
Jackie Phillips Prehm, age 70 of Monticello, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock.  She was born April 14, 1946 in Manila, Ark. to the late Roy Phillips and Alberta Corneilson Phillips.She was the widow of James A. “Jim” Prehm, a homemaker and a member of New Life Assembly of God Church.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Glenda Staggs.Survivors include one son, Mark Chapman and wife Patsy of...
art, guachoya, News | Posted 12/25/2016 - 12:00pm
A reception will be held at Guachoya Cultural Art Center honoring Jimmy Barrett on January 5th.  Barrett is a scroll saw artist and also makes other woodwork items. The reception will be from 6 till 7:30 p.m. It is free of charge and the public is invited. The exhibit will be up from January 5th to January 30th. Barrett was raised in Eudora and spent 34 years as a letter-carrier with the Eudora Post Office. He and his wife, Martha Ann, a retired school counselor, moved to McGehee in 1995. He...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 11:17am
Marion Hill McCormick, 70, of Monticello died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at her home. She was born December 23, 1945 in Sheerness Sheppey, Kent, England to Sylvia Newell Hill and the late Clayton Henry Hill. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her son, Stephen Paul McCormick and one grandson, Johnathan McCormick. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Harold McCormick of Monticello; her mother, Sylvia Newell Hill of Monticello; one brother, Kenneth (Linda) Hill of...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 11:15am
Dana K. Brown Dean, 65, of Monticello died Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home. She was born August 27, 1951 in Harrisburg to the late Bassie Brown and Edna Hawkins Brown. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Survivors include two sons, Kenny (Michelle) Davis and Lance Davis, both of Monticello; one daughter, Staci (Brian) Gregory of Texarkana; the father of her children, Cotton Davis of Monticello; her mother-in-law,...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 11:15am
Martha Graves Kirby, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, began her life on April 4, 1942 in Hamburg. On May 27, 1960, her parents, Horace and Nadine Handley, gave Martha in marriage to Ted Kirby Sr. Martha and Ted resided in Fountain Hill until 1967, where Martha was a homemaker and piano teacher. Thier children—Sandy (Mike) Morman, Ted Kirby Jr. and Mandy (Doug) Meador—were born in nearby Monticello. Martha later taught music in the Prescott (AR) School District and Ted and...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 11:13am
Betty Jo “Jody” Hammock Cogar, 65, of Monticello passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home. She was born March 23, 1951 in Monticello to the late James Pell Hammock and Polly Pauline Gregory Hammock. She was the widow of Clint Cogar, co-owner and vice-president of CC Cabinets in Houston, a business that she and her late husband, Clint Cogar started. They began their business in a shed in their backyard, which went on to become a very successful and thriving business that ended up in a...
News | Posted 12/08/2016 - 7:23am
Simmons Bank donates a check for $25,000 to Karen Connelly, and members of the Miracle League board. The $25,000 grant from Simmons First  Foundation,  be used to provide bleacher covers for the new Miracle League field
News | Posted 10/18/2016 - 5:57am
Predicted rain and cooler temperatures should decrease wildfire danger and some of the current burn bans may be lifted, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland and Desha counties in Southeast Arkansas are among the 14 counties in Arkansas under burn bans as of noon on October 13. The wildfire danger is high in Southeast Arkansas and moderate elsewhere. Updated Wildfire Danger and Burn Ban Maps: Latest wilfire danger map for Arkansas Latest  
Sports | Posted 10/18/2016 - 5:51am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team was taken down by Great American Conference opponent #15 Henderson State University on the road Saturday afternoon.   Final score in this match-up was 45-17 in favor of the Reddies.   The Weevils (2-5, 2-5 GAC) struggled offensively in the opening half of the contest as despite posting similar statistics to the hosting #15 Reddies of Henderson State (6-1, 6-1 GAC), UAM could not translate that yardage into points. HSU led Arkansas...
Sports | Posted 10/18/2016 - 5:48am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team was taken down by Great American Conference opponent #15 Henderson State University on the road Saturday afternoon.   Final score in this match-up was 45-17 in favor of the Reddies.   The Weevils (2-5, 2-5 GAC) struggled offensively in the opening half of the contest as despite posting similar statistics to the hosting #15 Reddies of Henderson State (6-1, 6-1 GAC), UAM could not translate that yardage into points. HSU led Arkansas...

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