Arkansas State Treasurer and CALS to Offer Free Financial Education Series
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
Slate set for 2021 Weevils Football
Notice of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in Arkansas
Drew Central student must travel to Berlin, Germany for medical treatment
Drew Central student must travel to Berlin, Germany for medical treatment

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News | Posted 04/02/2021 - 8:00am
In recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month, Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan’s office is teaming up with the Central Arkansas Library System to host a free virtual financial education series. The partnership will feature four weekly sessions that begin Tuesday, April 20. The sessions will be presented by local financial experts. Topics will include budgeting, saving money on taxes, preparing for a child’s education, and navigating finances during major life challenges such...
News | Posted 04/02/2021 - 8:00am
Approximately 25% of children in Arkansas suffer from abuse, yet many of them are suffering in silence. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, held to shine a spotlight on abuses that often go unseen or without intervention.  “It’s sad to know that one in every four children you see is likely to be experiencing abuse in some fashion,” said Elizabeth Pulley, executive director of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. “Unfortunately, those cases probably grew during the isolation caused by...
Sports | Posted 04/01/2021 - 5:00pm
By Conner McGinnis uamsports.com Five home games, including a pair against two of the past three Great American Conference champions, and four games against either 2019 Division II playoff teams or bowl teams highlight the University of Arkansas at Monticello football schedule released Thursday. "We are excited about the upcoming season," Head Coach Hud Jackson said. "Getting some normalcy back in our life will be great. Our players and coaches have been working hard this off season and spring...
News | Posted 04/01/2021 - 5:00pm
By Ryan McGeeney U of A System Division of Agriculture As world markets slowly unfurl from the global knot of the COVID-19 pandemic, futures markets for both soybean and corn responded in a powerfully positive manner Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Prospective Plantings Report.  The report, conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, reflects producers’ intended acreage for crops across the country based on a survey of about 78,900 farm operations...
News | Posted 04/01/2021 - 2:48pm
While digging do you stop and think to call 811 to check for underground utilities? Even though it is state law and helps to prevent damage to underground utilities like natural gas, electric and water, damage to underground lines is still shockingly common. “Last year, we saw more than 8,500 damages to underground lines in our eight-state territory,” said Ashley Babcock, Director of Damage Prevention and Public Awareness for CenterPoint Energy. “By contacting 811 to have the underground...

News

News | Posted 04/02/2021 - 8:00am
In recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month, Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan’s office is teaming up with the Central Arkansas Library System to host a free virtual financial education series. The partnership will feature four weekly sessions that begin Tuesday, April 20. The sessions will be presented by local financial experts. Topics will include budgeting, saving money on taxes, preparing for a child’s education, and navigating finances during major life challenges such...
News | Posted 04/02/2021 - 8:00am
Approximately 25% of children in Arkansas suffer from abuse, yet many of them are suffering in silence. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, held to shine a spotlight on abuses that often go unseen or without intervention.  “It’s sad to know that one in every four children you see is likely to be experiencing abuse in some fashion,” said Elizabeth Pulley, executive director of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. “Unfortunately, those cases probably grew during the isolation caused by...
News | Posted 04/01/2021 - 5:00pm
By Ryan McGeeney U of A System Division of Agriculture As world markets slowly unfurl from the global knot of the COVID-19 pandemic, futures markets for both soybean and corn responded in a powerfully positive manner Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Prospective Plantings Report.  The report, conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, reflects producers’ intended acreage for crops across the country based on a survey of about 78,900 farm operations...
News | Posted 04/01/2021 - 2:48pm
While digging do you stop and think to call 811 to check for underground utilities? Even though it is state law and helps to prevent damage to underground utilities like natural gas, electric and water, damage to underground lines is still shockingly common. “Last year, we saw more than 8,500 damages to underground lines in our eight-state territory,” said Ashley Babcock, Director of Damage Prevention and Public Awareness for CenterPoint Energy. “By contacting 811 to have the underground...
News | Posted 02/24/2021 - 11:54am
By Melissa Orrell editor@monticellonews.net In June of 2020, Gavin Wear, a Monticello native and a lifelong baseball player, began to notice he was having trouble seeing the ball while playing baseball. This was a problem; he knew he needed glasses. “He was at baseball practice saying he needed to go see the eye doctor,” said Allison Wear, Gavin’s mom. “That he couldn't see the ball.” As Allison set up an appointment for Gavin to see an eye doctor, she could have never predicted that phone call...

Obituaries

Obituaries | Posted 02/12/2021 - 7:08pm
Arceola “A.C.” Simpson, Jr., 70, was born on April 30, 1950 in Drew County. He died Jan. 31, at Baptist Medical Hospital in North Little Rock. Simpson was a retired Head of Department and Supervisor of Burlington Industries for 33 years. He started as an auxiliary officer with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office in 1985 and became full time in 2001, advancing to position of sergeant. He was president of the local bowling league and was recently inducted to the Arkansas Bowler’s Hall of Fame. He...
Obituaries | Posted 02/12/2021 - 7:07pm
Cindy G. Neighbors Forrest, 57, of Monticello, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at her home. She was born Sept. 13, 1963, in Hot Springs to Mary Sue Miller and the late Don Milton Neighbors. She was a Baptist. She is preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann; a son, Brandon Holdcraft, her step mother, Ernestine Tina Neighbors; a daughter, Tabitha; and a grandson, Kenneth Gean Harrison. She is survived by her husband, Travis Samuel Forrest of Monticello; one son, Bobby Lee Forrest, of Monticello...
Obituaries | Posted 02/12/2021 - 1:05pm
Michael James Childress, 29, of Monticello, died Tuesday Feb. 02, 2021. He was born March 26, 1992 and was a native of Monticello and a former resident of Crossett, White Station Community. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Rev. James and Verna Childress. Michael loved listening to music and watching court television. He is survived by his mother Angela Childress of Monticello and his father Danny Derrell Todd of Pike Road, Al. and a host of...
Obituaries | Posted 02/12/2021 - 9:59am
Jennifer A. King, 57, passed away Feb. 4, 2021.  She was born on April 4, 1963 to the late Freeman and Ida Courtney King.  She is also preceded in death by sisters, Armilla Courtney Thomas, Joyce Courtney Jiles and Brenda Courtney; and nephews, Alex Courtney and Anthony Wright. She was a cosmetologist and later became a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She was a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello. She is survived by her husband, Roosevelt King, her son, Darius Smiley, of...
Obituaries | Posted 02/12/2021 - 9:54am
Dorothy Jean (Clampit) Heald, 88, of Danville, Ind. passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 after a short illness with Covid-19 Pneumonia. She was born Jan. 21, 1933 in the Prairie Grove Community, Drew County, Arkansas. Her parents were Calvin Ernest Clampit and Scottie Myrtle (Thurman) Clampit. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Maurice Heald; her parents; brothers, Willard Clampit, J.C. Clampit and Ira Doyle "Pete" Clampit. She is survived by her son, Darwin Heald, of Hot...

Sports

Sports | Posted 04/01/2021 - 5:00pm
By Conner McGinnis uamsports.com Five home games, including a pair against two of the past three Great American Conference champions, and four games against either 2019 Division II playoff teams or bowl teams highlight the University of Arkansas at Monticello football schedule released Thursday. "We are excited about the upcoming season," Head Coach Hud Jackson said. "Getting some normalcy back in our life will be great. Our players and coaches have been working hard this off season and spring...
Sports | Posted 02/11/2021 - 5:47pm
The Monticello Billies traveled to Magnolia on Friday, February 5 to face the conference leading Panthers in an 80-30 loss. Magnolia outscored Monticello in the first quarter 24-9 and 19-12 in the second to take a 43-21 lead at the half. The Billies came back to play the Panthers even in the third 15-15 but Magnolia came back in the fourth to outscore Monticello 23-14 in the final quarter to take the 80-50 win. Ked Anderson led the way for Monticello with 17 points followed by Nick Smith with...
Sports | Posted 02/11/2021 - 5:46pm
The Monticello Lady Billies put up their best performance of the season on Tuesday, February 9 against the Lady Lions of Hamburg. Coming into the contest, the Lady Billies had lost at Hamburg on February 3, 42-27, followed by a 52-24 loss at Magnolia on Friday, February 5. Returning home to face Hamburg, the Lady Billies scored the first basket of the contest with 6:20 remaining in the first quarter after a basket by Shariah Singleton. Hamburg would score two threes in the quarter to take a 6-2...
Sports | Posted 02/11/2021 - 5:30pm
The Drew Central Pirates fell behind in the first quarter at Dumas on Tuesday, February 2 after the Bobcats got out to a 20-9 start. The Pirates came back to outscore Dumas in the second quarter 18-16 with Dumas maintaining a 36-27 lead at the half. Drew Central bested Dumas in the third 20-19 with Dumas outscoring Drew Central by the same margin in the fourth to secure a nine-point, 75-66, victory. The Pirates had two players scoring in double digits with Tristian Butler scoring 17 followed by...
Sports | Posted 02/11/2021 - 5:28pm
The Drew Central Junior Pirates returned to action on Friday night, February 5 hosting the Junior Owls of McGehee. McGehee got out to a 7-4 lead after the firs quarter of play with Drew Central coming back to out score McGehee 12-10 in the second quarter to finish the half trailing by one point, 17-16. McGehee opened their lead in the third quarter after holding the Junior Pirates to three points in the quarter, outscoring Drew Central 16-3 in the quarter to take a 33-19 into the fourth quarter...

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