Rice acreage may cushion economic impacts of COVID on Arkansas farms
Attoney General Alert: Watch for seeds; do not open them
Arkansas Department of Agriculture Issues Reminder about Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Animal Movement Restrictions in Arkansas
Sewer repairs underway; watch for letters
City Council improves meetings; two departments affected by COVID-19
News | Posted 07/31/2020 - 5:41pm
Growing rice may provide some insulation from the economic impacts of COVID-19 for Arkansas farms, but cotton growers are likely to be harder hit through 2023, according to a model run by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.   The study did have an upside: the negative effects from COVID-19 on 2019 commodity prices will likely be offset by payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance program, or CFAP. Since program enrollment began in late May, Arkansas ag producers have...
News | Posted 07/30/2020 - 2:07pm
Owners of hooved animals are being urged by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture to closely monitor their animals and comply with all animal movement restrictions issued in response to the recent confirmed finding of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus infection in three horses on a premise in Benton County. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture issued an alert and implemented animal movement restrictions immediately after federal confirmation of the VSV infection on Monday, July 27. The viral...
News | Posted 07/30/2020 - 11:46am
Monticello residents may have noticed smoke coming from the ground, pipes and houses around town on and off since August as Monticello Water Works and the Arkansas Rural Water Association were busy searching for defects in the sewer lines in town with a smoke machine that would show them where the defects were. Arkansas Rural Water Association, with help from money provided by the United Stated Department of Agriculture, provides free technical assistance to help public utilities cut down on...
News | Posted 07/30/2020 - 11:41am
The Monticello City Council upgraded their technology for the Tuesday, July 28, regularly scheduled board meeting in the Sadie Johnson Building with the room equipped with microphones for each member and speakers so members of the public could better hear and understand what was being discussed during the meeting. The new setup saw the council spread out, as it has been since resuming in-face meetings. The public area had less chairs, spaced farther apart than before. With the new equipment the...
News | Posted 07/17/2020 - 1:32pm
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will reopen its doors to public access for the first time since March beginning Wednesday, July 15. All buildings will have limited public access as part of the state’s reopening process. “We’ve been working diligently to address the safety of our staff and the public as we begin the reopening process,” AGFC Director Pat Fitts said. “This will mean some changes from what we were used to, but with the right precautions in place we feel that we can reopen...
News | Posted 07/16/2020 - 4:06pm
An executive order mandating the use of face masks in all public places where physical distancing is not possible will go into effect Monday, July 20, according to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson during his daily Coronavirus briefing, Thursday July 16. Violations to the mandate will be charged as misdemeanors and will carry a fine between $100 and $500, Hutchinson stated, however first-time violators will be given a verbal and written warning. The mandate excludes children younger than...
News | Posted 07/16/2020 - 3:59pm
A stolen truck and violence has kept Monticello Police Department busy in the passed week.  Within minutes of a Monticello City employee’s truck being stolen near McCloy Park inside a gated area, an arrest of a Pine Bluff man was made.  Larry Peifer, 50, of Pine Bluff, was arrested after a MPD Detective observed the stolen vehicle parked roughly a mile away at a local business during a search for the vehicle. After speaking with citizens at the business, the detective identified the last...
News | Posted 07/16/2020 - 3:49pm
Two Dermott residents are behind bars and facing charges after the shooting death of a 49-year-old man last week. According to Arkansas State Police, 27-year-old Mario Milton has been charged with first degree murder, terroristic threatening and first degree battery.  Alicia King, 24, is charged with hindering apprehension/prosecution. Arkansas State Police said Dermott Police were called to 925 Skipper Bridge Road around 12:22 a.m. Friday morning.  Just 45 minutes earlier, officers had...
News | Posted 07/15/2020 - 2:33pm
Cases continue to rise in the United States, as well as in Arkansas and in Drew County.  As of Tuesday, July 14 Arkansas had a total cumulative case count of 29,733 with 6,558 active recoveries. Drew County in the past week had a rise of 16 cases. Five new cases were reported on Thursday, July 9, the biggest increase of the week with the rest of the days ranging from no positive cases reported Friday, July 10, four reported Saturday, July 11, three cases reported for each day Sunday and...
News | Posted 07/15/2020 - 2:30pm
In an effort to quiet rumors surrounding the ongoing investigation in the death of Wilmar resident Marquis Martin, the Tenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office released the official cause of death in the case. According to the State Crime Lab medical examiner report, the cause of death was a gunshot wound with the manner being listed as a homicide. As rumors took over social media, speculation over the cause of death, along with suspects in the case grew.  “A lot was put out...
News | Posted 07/15/2020 - 2:26pm
Two Monticello residents have been charged with breaking or entering and theft of property from the Drew Central Concession stand during a basketball tournament held at the end of February. Drew Central employee, April Irons, 35, and parent volunteer Steven Stain, 50, have been charged separately, in unrelated incidents that occurred the same nights. According to documents from the Arkansas State Police and Drew County Sheriff’s Department, a surveillance video camera was placed in the...
News | Posted 07/13/2020 - 10:21am
Ouachita Baptist University has named more than 400 students to its Spring 2020 Dean’s List. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must compile at least a 3.5 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours and have no incomplete or failing grade for the semester. Ouachita Baptist University, a private liberal arts university in Arkadelphia, Ark., is entering its 134th year as a Christ-centered learning community. Its seven academic...
News | Posted 07/13/2020 - 10:19am
Arkansas State University has released the list of students who completed degree requirements to graduate at Spring Commencement. While the degree conferral date was Saturday, May 16, the Spring Commencement ceremony was postponed to Saturday, Aug. 8, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The university awarded diplomas at the associate, bachelor, master and doctoral levels, along with various program certificates, through the various colleges: Agriculture, Neil Griffin College of Business,...
News | Posted 07/13/2020 - 10:12am
How did you celebrate our nation’s birthday?  I hope you found a few minutes to reflect on what it means to be an American, and said a prayer and thanks for all those that went before us to make it possible for us to live, work, worship and speak freely.  I spent part of my holiday on a radio talk show hosted by State Senator Kim Hammer.  Senator Hammer is a Missionary Baptist pastor and hospice chaplain in Benton, who represents Senate District 33. His other guests were my friend, State...
News | Posted 07/13/2020 - 9:53am
University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced appointments for a new system-wide task force that will consider issues around racial equity at the campuses, divisions and units within the UA System. The UA System Task Force on Racial Equity is the result of a proposal made by John Goodson, chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, at a special meeting of the board on June 17, when he announced plans to appoint a task force to address racial...

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