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 07/10/2020 - 9:21am
*/ Friday:  Baked fish, potato au gratin, cabbage, seasonal fruit, brownie, roll, milk Monday: Breaded beef cutlet, mashed potatoes, white gravy, mixed veggies, peach crumble, roll, milk Tuesday: Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, fruit, chef’s choice dessert, milk Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, tomato gravy, carrots, banana pudding, roll, milk The Senior Center serves curbside lunch for citizens 60 and older for $2 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
News | Posted 07/08/2020 - 2:59pm
Safety at the polls and everyone feeling comfortable enough to vote is the goal of the Drew County Election Committee during a presidential election year complicated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure the safety of citizens during the vote, the commission met Tuesday, June 9, to plan. “How to provide safe and sanitary voting,” said Lyna Gulledge, Drew County Clerk, when asked about the meeting. “We want the voters and the public to understand we do care about them and we...
News | Posted 07/08/2020 - 2:55pm
“Our first concern as a university is always the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff,” said University of Arkansas at Monticello Chancellor Peggy Doss in her email message to campus Wednesday, July 1. It is because of this concern, she says, that a plan has been devised by a pandemic response committee to prioritize the safe reopening of all three UAM campuses for the fall 2020 semester. Classes will resume August 19 in person, with social distancing measures in place. The...
News | Posted 07/08/2020 - 2:40pm
Life long Drew County resident, John Carter, has announced his candidacy for the Monticello City Council, Ward 4.  Carter is a father, husband and member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He has served his community as a Monticello fireman and city police officer as well as Supervisory Agent of the 10th Drug Task Force.  “My decision to run for City Council stems from my love of Monticello,” says Carter. “I went to school here, my children go to school here and I care about my community. I want...
News | Posted 07/08/2020 - 2:30pm
Discussion over the barring of Drew County Collector Tonya Loveless and her staff from the Drew County Courthouse was the reason for a special call meeting of the Drew County Quorum Court Monday, July 6, at 6 p.m. in the Courthouse courtroom. Loveless, who appeared via zoom with attorney Brian Johnson of Hot Springs representing her, will be allowed to return to the Courthouse and her office on Friday, July 10, following a motion by Justice of the Peace Rene Knowles.  The meeting began with...
News | Posted 07/06/2020 - 10:48am
Help for homeowners and renter affected by the severe storms and straight-line winds on Sunday, April 12, in Drew County may be available through the State of Arkansas. Homeowners and renters in Cleveland, Drew, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lincoln, Ouachita and Phillips Counties affected by the severe storms and straight-line winds may be eligible for disaster assistance through the State of Arkansas Individual Assistance program.   Individuals whose primary residence was destroyed or...
News | Posted 07/06/2020 - 10:44am
A global health crisis and its attendant economic impacts, unusually wet weather and an ongoing trade dispute with China had a discouraging effect on Arkansas growers’ acreage decisions for some key crops in 2020, even as farmers went all in on others. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its annual Acreage report Tuesday, revealing planting decisions that are measured not only against those of previous years, but against growers’ stated...
Drew County Collector, Loveless, News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 4:12pm
A special call meeting has been scheduled for Monday, July 6, at 6 p.m. in the Drew County Courthouse to address the closure of the County Collector Tonya Loveless' office following her decision for her and her staff to quarantine for 14-days and refusing to take a COVID-19 test.  In a response Wednesday, July 1, to the Advance Monticellonian, Loveless cited several reasons for her decision regarding the health and safety of her employees, accuracy of the tests after potential exposure to the...
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 12:21pm
The Arkansas Bar Association and Arkansas Bar Foundation honored C.C. (Cliff) Gibson III of Gibson & Keith, Monticello, with the James H. McKenzie Professionalism Award in recognition of sustained excellence through integrity, character and leadership to the profession and the community. The award was presented virtually during the association’s annual conference on June 11, 2020. Mr. Gibson is the founding member of Gibson & Keith, PLLC in Monticello, having established the firm in...
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 11:20am
The Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association and guests enjoyed meeting outside, under the trees at Town & Country Feed and Trailer Store on Hwy 425 South of Monticello, June 18.  President Jason Meier welcomed those present and asked the blessing for the meal.  The group enjoyed a delicious Fish supper sponsored by Drew County Farm Bureau.  The association greatly appreciates the support of Drew County Farm Bureau.   The speaker for the meeting was David Goodman with Desha County FSA office...
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 11:10am
Both local school districts, Monticello and Drew Central, have released information on the return to school on Thursday, Aug. 13, as originally scheduled and the options parents and students have between the traditional in-classroom model or a virtual school model. The schools have each released guidance on their websites that answer questions about returning to school in the fall, including information about the virtual school option, offered by both districts, use of masks and social...
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 11:04am
Along with most of the state of Arkansas, Drew County saw a sharp increase in cases in the past week with an increase of 58.5% in cases. From Thursday, June 25 through Monday, June 30, the county added 23 cases, 10 of those on Sunday. This brought the cumulative number of cases up to 65, with 32 still active. There have been no additional deaths caused by the virus since the one death earlier in the pandemic. According to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health...
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 10:48am
Refusal to take a COVID-19 test by Drew County Collector, Tonya Loveless, and her employees, has resulted in Drew County Judge Robert Akin barring Loveless and staff from the Drew County Courthouse. In a letter written Tuesday, June 30, and sent via text message to Loveless, Akin informed the Collector that her and her staff’s refusal to take the tests had resulted in her office being closed. “The refusal of you and your staff to be tested has resulted in the closure of your office,”...
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 10:39am
Showing appreciation to local law enforcement was the goal of Shady Grove Baptist Church who hosted a fish fry Wednesday, June 24, for the Monticello Police Department and Drew County Sheriff’s Office. The church wanted to let law enforcement know they are supported and appreciated, according to David Jacks, Shady Grove Baptist Church pastor.  The church set up to fry fish in the parking lot of the Monticello Police Department and provided officers with a lunch of fried fish, onion rings...
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 10:26am
  Thursday:  Hamburgers, lettuce tomato onion, french fries, fruit, pea salad, brownie, milk Friday:  Closed in observance of Independence Day Monday:  Turkey croissant, lettuce tomato, carrot slaw, fruit, oatmeal cookie, milk Tuesday: Orange chicken, herb rice, oriental veggies, mandarin oranges, milk Wednesday: Meat loaf, tomato gravy, mash potato, candied carrots, applesauce, roll, poke cake, milk The Senior Center serves curbside lunch for citizens 60 and older for $2 Monday through...

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