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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...
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 10:20am
Amy James, a senior at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has been selected to receive a 2020 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. The national award is given to medical students who are public health champions advancing the U.S. Public Health Service mission to “protect, promote and advance the health and safety of our nation” and who are helping address public health issues in their community. The...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 12:12pm
The anger and frustration brought on by the horrific deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of those charged with protecting the public have pointed a spotlight on the need for reform. We need to ensure all Americans have faith in law enforcement. President Trump took the first step by signing an executive order that directs more attention and resources toward best practices in police training, recruiting and community engagement. The President’s executive order will direct...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 12:08pm
These are uncertain, divided times for our nation. Unemployment is at mind-boggling levels, a virus we still don’t fully understand is stifling the course of ordinary life, many businesses are struggling, nationwide protests continue against systemic and deep-seated racism, and local policy makers face rising questions about policing and public safety. It’s no surprise that this is one of those rare moments of national reflection about our future course.  It’s also a moment of great...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 12:02pm
As Arkansas began Phase Two of its gradual reopening of businesses and social activities, the governor issued three executive orders related to the coronavirus outbreak. The first provides immunity from civil liability for businesses and employees, to protect them from frivolous lawsuits alleging they were responsible for someone’s contracting Covid-19, the potentially severe illness caused by the coronavirus. A second executive order declares that health care staff are considered...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 11:58am
Last Friday during the Arkansas Legislative Council meeting, we considered reports of 15 standing subcommittees, heard the May 2020 monthly General Revenue Report and considered communications from 10 different state department entities.  Like most every meeting at the Capitol, it was live-streamed and is still available for viewing on the Arkansas House website  You can also check out the legislative calendar for upcoming meetings, by going to
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 11:54am
As Arkansas continues to struggle through the COVID-19 health crisis and subsequent economic recession, Arkansans’ views on the job performances of some of its most notable leaders are worth reflecting upon. Last week, the results of a poll conducted by Arkansas Talk Business and Politics and Hendrix College were released. The findings from the poll—conducted by a reputable operation with sound methodology and a solid track record—found that Governor Hutchinson’s overall job approval was at...


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