Drew Central student must travel to Berlin, Germany for medical treatment
Drew Central student must travel to Berlin, Germany for medical treatment
Drew Central student must travel to Berlin, Germany for medical treatment
Cut-Off Creek and Seven Devils WMAs closed Feb. 22-27
Monticello discovers water leaks, warns of reduced water pressure
University of Arkansas at Monticello Vice Chancellor for Advancement Jeff Weaver, Mainline physician Dr. Kerry Pennington, UAM Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss, City Drug Pharmacist Nikki Hood, Mainline CEO Alan Nichols, and Prescription Pad Pharmacist Brian Smith pause during the COVID-19 vaccination clinics held at UAM.
UAM Vaccination Clinic
University of Arkansas at Monticello Vice Chancellor for Advancement Jeff Weaver, Mainline physician Dr. Kerry Pennington, UAM Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss, City Drug Pharmacist Nikki Hood, Mainline CEO Alan Nichols, and Prescription Pad Pharmacist Brian Smith pause during the COVID-19 vaccination clinics held at UAM.

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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...
News | Posted 02/20/2021 - 1:42pm
Cut-Off Creek WMA and Seven Devils WMA will be closed to daytime public access Feb. 22-27. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be conducting aerial operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the areas. The flights will be dependent on the weather.  To provide safety for the public and comply with USDA regulations, access will not be allowed during ongoing...
News | Posted 02/20/2021 - 1:35pm
Monticello Water Department has discovered two large leaks in the water system, one on the Selma System and one on the Lacy/Ladelle System, according to Monticello Mayor Paige Chase. The City of Monticello is currently working on the leaks and some citizens may experienced reduced water pressure. "They are working on helping them get those fixed now," said Mayor Paige Chase in a statement. "Those two systems will have their pressure reduced a lot in order for our system to recoup and make it...
News | Posted 02/18/2021 - 5:05pm
CenterPoint Energy is asking its Arkansas customers to continue temporarily conserving natural gas by lowering their thermostat settings at least through Monday, Feb. 22. Even though temperatures are beginning to warm up, the extreme winter weather and high heating demand across many parts of the U.S. during the past week have put pressure on natural gas supplies.  CenterPoint Energy is asking its customers, if possible, to keep their thermostat settings at 60-65 degrees during the day when at...
News | Posted 02/17/2021 - 5:56pm
Entergy Arkansas is asking all customers – including residential, commercial and industrial – to decrease their electrical usage from 5 to 10 p.m., due to direction from reliability coordinator Midcontinent Independent System Operator regarding critical power shortages.   There is the potential for mandatory forced outages in the next few hours if the demand does not decrease, and customers across the state should be prepared to have controlled outages for what we hope will be no more than 60...

News

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...
News | Posted 02/20/2021 - 1:42pm
Cut-Off Creek WMA and Seven Devils WMA will be closed to daytime public access Feb. 22-27. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be conducting aerial operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the areas. The flights will be dependent on the weather.  To provide safety for the public and comply with USDA regulations, access will not be allowed during ongoing...
News | Posted 02/20/2021 - 1:35pm
Monticello Water Department has discovered two large leaks in the water system, one on the Selma System and one on the Lacy/Ladelle System, according to Monticello Mayor Paige Chase. The City of Monticello is currently working on the leaks and some citizens may experienced reduced water pressure. "They are working on helping them get those fixed now," said Mayor Paige Chase in a statement. "Those two systems will have their pressure reduced a lot in order for our system to recoup and make it...
News | Posted 02/18/2021 - 5:05pm
CenterPoint Energy is asking its Arkansas customers to continue temporarily conserving natural gas by lowering their thermostat settings at least through Monday, Feb. 22. Even though temperatures are beginning to warm up, the extreme winter weather and high heating demand across many parts of the U.S. during the past week have put pressure on natural gas supplies.  CenterPoint Energy is asking its customers, if possible, to keep their thermostat settings at 60-65 degrees during the day when at...
News | Posted 02/17/2021 - 5:56pm
Entergy Arkansas is asking all customers – including residential, commercial and industrial – to decrease their electrical usage from 5 to 10 p.m., due to direction from reliability coordinator Midcontinent Independent System Operator regarding critical power shortages.   There is the potential for mandatory forced outages in the next few hours if the demand does not decrease, and customers across the state should be prepared to have controlled outages for what we hope will be no more than 60...

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 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...
Sports | Posted 02/11/2021 - 5:26pm
The Drew Central Lady Pirates have lost three consecutive games heading into the final week of play in the regular season before district play begins at Dumas on February 13. Traveling to Dumas on Tuesday, February 2, the Lady Pirates got out to a 12-10 lead after the first quarter, but Dumas would take the lead in the second quarter on their way to a 12-8 quarter to take a 22-18 lead at the half. Dumas continued to hold their lead after the third quarter with Drew Central being able to keep...

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