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 06/22/2020 - 9:32am
To my fellow Monticellonians and Monticello Merchants, Your senior citizen center needs your help! Our Monticello senior citizens have participated in the National Meals for Seniors fundraiser to benefit the meals program for our elderly.  This year, due to the Covid virus, this fundraising effort, was canceled. We have not been able to hold the usual fundraising programs. These donations stay to help our local center. Our state and federal funds are being reduced each year, this means...
News | Posted 06/22/2020 - 9:29am
Over the years of my life I have known many police officers. Some were great men and women who dreamed of being law enforcement since they were little and have gone into the profession for the noblest of reasons: to keep their community safe. Others fell into the role, many after serving in the military, the lack of a “band of brothers” evident in the civilian world but present in a police departments and other emergency response organizations. Others that I have known, haven’t been so great...
News | Posted 06/22/2020 - 9:26am
*/ What a difference six years can make. In 2014, Tom Cotton, then a Republican U.S. Representative, ran against Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, a two-term incumbent, former Arkansas Attorney General and son to one of Arkansas’s most prominent public officials in the 20th Century—former U.S. House of Representative, Governor, and U.S. Senator David Pryor. Given the strategic importance of the seat to Democrats seeking to hold their majority in the U.S. Senate, and the remarkable fundraising...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 10:29am
As the U.S. continues to get creative with ways to stay connected and safe from the dagers of COVID-19, The Old State House Museum is offering kids a virtual camp. From Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17, the Old State House Museum will host a virtual program called Camp Old State House that explores Arkansas art, music, architecture and history through hands-on activities and guided video tours of the historic building and grounds. Camp Old State House is for students entering second...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 10:26am
The COVID-19 outbreak has coincided with a demand for locally-sourced meat, according to Dr. David Fernandez, Extension livestock specialist and interim dean of graduate studies for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  Livestock producers who are planning their fall marketing strategy can consider selling their meat locally to take advantage of the opportunity to capture more of the retail dollar and develop customer loyalty that will last after the pandemic. “The pandemic has...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 10:25am
Good character and community service is what Betty Ann Findley believed was essential to an individual’s success. When a memorial scholarship was established in her name in 2019, good character and community service were the basis for the scholarship. Drew Central graduate Trenton Eubanks, son of Darren and Janine Eubanks, of the Possum Valley Community is the second recipient of the Betty Ann Findley Memorial Scholarship.  Findley, deeply loved Drew Central and was a 1949 graduate of the...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 10:12am
People interested in chasing an Arkansas alligator on public land and water this fall have until midnight June 30 to put their name in the hat. Applications for the 2020 Arkansas alligator season are available online at www.agfc.com.  Each permit authorizes the harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4 feet long. Alligator hunting is allowed 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise Sept. 18-21 and Sept. 25-28. Each permit holder may have up to three assistants with...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 10:09am
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. “The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact.  With the reopening of the...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 9:58am
Several local high school seniors have been awarded the Drew County Charity Alumni Basketball Scholarship.  Recipients of the 2020 Drew Counts Charity Alumni Basketball scholarship are Blaine Tumilson, Drew Central High School;  Zyunnia Edwards, Monticello High School; Allison Chambers, Drew Central High School; Felicia Schroeder, Monticello High School;   Kimberly de la Cruz, Drew Central High School; and  Kelli Jo Stain, Drew Central High School. The scholarship was created to encourage...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 9:56am
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock announces students who have made the Dean's and Chancellor’s List for the spring 2020 semester. UA Little Rock recognizes superior academic performance at the end of each semester. Nearly 900 UA Little Rock students were named to the Chancellor’s List and nearly 1,800 students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester. To be named to the UA Little Rock Chancellor’s List, a student must have completed at least nine credit hours and...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 9:54am
Monticello Police arrested Jackie Sharp, 36, on charges of Second Degree Battery after Sharp attacked an on duty campus police officer at a local gas station last week before fleeing the scene.  Sharp left the scene after the assault and was arrested by the Arkansas State Police in Lonoke County after a vehicle pursuit that same morning.  Sharp is being held in the Drew County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. In a separate incident, a Drew County man is facing multiple felony charges,...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 9:49am
Once upon a time, the phrase “coming to a screen near you” meant a new cinematic feat was on its way, either in movie theaters or, more cozily, your living room. Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of online video teleconferencing platforms such as Zoom, however, the phrase often heralds one’s best bet at contact, period. If it’s not coming to a screen near you, it’s probably not coming near you at all. Social distancing guidelines, along with the outright closure of many...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 9:42am
Raising his right hand during a virtual swearing in ceremony, Paul W. Keith, of Hamburg, was sworn in as the President of the Arkansas Bar Association on Friday, June 12. The swearing-in ceremony by Chief Justice Dan Kemp took place virtually during the association’s Annual Meeting Virtual Conference. Paul is an attorney with Gibson & Keith and serves as Hamburg’s city attorney. He has been actively engaged in the Arkansas Bar Association for many years, including serving as chair of...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 9:39am
The effect of COVID-19 on Arkansas’ unemployment rate in April varied by county, but also turned the typical rural versus urban unemployment rate trend on its head, according to a study released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.  Wayne Miller, extension economist for the Division of Agriculture, is author of the study, “The COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Unemployment in Arkansas Counties Differently,” can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/3hlksIG. The department’s...
News | Posted 06/19/2020 - 9:36am
In a show of solidarity within the community, the Monticello Police Department has implemented a safeguard to already existing use of force policies and procedures.  “We have a clear policy on use of force and we have a clear code of ethics we follow,” said Monticello Police Chief Jason Akers. “This particular policy addition clarifies and establishes a procedure that further inhibits the likelihood of excessive force and establishes a mechanism of tracking complaints made against an...

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