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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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