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 06/15/2020 - 3:15pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR –The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announced today that the deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship has been extended to August 1 with modified eligibility requirements deemed necessary because of COVID-19.     Unlike in prior years, students who have a sufficient number of hours and have earned satisfactory academic progress before March 27 are automatically eligible for the scholarship for the 2020 fall semester.   “COVID-19 greatly disrupted our...
News | Posted 06/15/2020 - 9:58am
June is Men’s Health Month, Dr. Janette Wheat, Cooperative Extension Program specialist and professor of human development and family studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, said.  It is so important because, according to a 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  report, men in the United States on average now die five years earlier than women and die at higher rates from nine of the top leading causes of death. “During Men’s Health Month, encourage men to take...
News | Posted 06/15/2020 - 9:57am
We’ve witnessed a lot of frightening and discouraging scenes over the last few weeks. Already in the midst of a pandemic, our nation has been further gripped by turmoil and grief in the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others whose lives were cut short under tragic circumstances. The result has not just been private lamenting or muted pleas for change. Instead, we’ve seen protests, vigils and other actions in public settings that have caused many...
News | Posted 06/15/2020 - 9:53am
State revenues have gone down because of the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak, but not as much as Arkansas budget officials had feared. In early April the Department of Finance and Administration lowered its official forecast for Fiscal Year 2021 because so many businesses were required to close and so many Arkansas residents suddenly became unemployed. Later in April the legislature approved state agency budgets for Fiscal Year 2021 based on that revised economic...
News | Posted 06/15/2020 - 9:35am
Did you know you can search on a map of Arkansas to find free and publically assessable Wi-Fi?  The map shows what we in southeast Arkansas already know, that these spots are few and far between.  Still, this may be helpful to you in your work or travels: https://ar-wifi-map-uark.hub.arcgis.com. Another helpful map available to help find and access food during this pandemic can be found online at: www.upliftarkansas.com.  Specific information on food distributions across the state is...
News | Posted 06/12/2020 - 10:42am
Dear Citizens of Monticello: It has been my privilege to serve as your Alderman for Ward 4 position 2 for the past year.  I have filled an interim term for an Alderman who moved away from Monticello.  I want to thank my fellow citizens for supporting me and my family, and supporting the  University of Arkansas at Monticello while I worked there.  I am glad to have had the chance to serve on the City Council to try to give something back to our community which has been my home for over...
News | Posted 06/12/2020 - 10:36am
Arkansas is home to a diverse aquaculture industry. Federal and state guidelines implemented in response to COVID-19 have impacted some sectors of the industry harder than others. The Arkansas aquaculture industry, overall, has fared well. Baitfish producers have lost some revenue sources in northeastern states, Canada and Florida, but sales to central and southern states have remained strong as fishing has become a popular activity during the isolation period, according to Dr. Herbert...
News | Posted 06/12/2020 - 10:29am
Building on the success of “Arkansas AMI,” Arkansas PBS is working to keep families learning all summer long with Camp AR PBS, a collection of free, fun online resources, programming, newsletters and more to help prevent the “summer slide,” where kids can lose two to three months of learning progress between school years. “This summer is unlike any other, and we are here to help you make the most of it whether playing, exploring, creating or simply having fun as a family,” Arkansas PBS...
News | Posted 06/10/2020 - 3:24pm
Thursday: Beef tips, noodles, carrots, mandarin oranges, roll, cook’s choice dessert, milk Friday:  Fried catfish, hushpuppies, french fries, coleslaw, brownie, milk Monday:  Polish sausage on bun with peppers and onions, cabbage and carrots, mixed berries crisp, milk Tuesday: Taco salad, frito chips, banana, cookie, milk Wednesday: chicken fried steak, gravy, mashed potato, green beans with onion, peach cobbler, roll, milk The Senior Center serves curbside lunch Monday through Friday from 10 a...
News | Posted 06/10/2020 - 3:17pm
The application period for the 10th annual Arkansas Soybean Association Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge is officially open. All soybean producers in Arkansas are eligible to participate in this contest, which is funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, with crop management assistance provided by The University of Arkansas Extension Services. Participating producers from across the state compete for a chance to win a cash prize by producing the highest yield crop in their...
News | Posted 06/10/2020 - 3:07pm
Hospital business, better than expected revenue for the county and announcements about July’s Quorum Court meeting were the topics of discussion at the June regular meeting held Monday, June 8. During the meeting the court listened as Drew Memorial Health System Chief Executive Officer Scott Barrilleaux reported hospital volume was inching back up, however, some areas are more depressed than others. One reason for this is because people are avoiding coming to the hospital, as a result, the...
News | Posted 06/04/2020 - 1:03pm
The world watched as George Floyd slowly lost his life as a Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck. It struck a chord in the United States as U.S. citizens and residents left their homes to protest the death of Floyd. As protests, riots, and looters crowded streets, law enforcement in some parts of the country reacted with force. In Monticello, a young girl was moved by the scenes she saw and knew she had to do something. “People are still asking the question ‘Why, La...
News | Posted 06/03/2020 - 2:40pm
Thursday: Hot dog, macaroni & cheese, Brussels sprouts, mixed fruit, cookie, milk Friday: Chef salad, cottage cheese, fruit muffin, crackers, milk Monday: Oven fried chicken, mixed vegetables, pasta salad, fruit cup, rolls, milk Tuesday: Hamburger (lettuce, tomato, onion), potato wedges, coleslaw, peaches, milk Wednesday: Tuna salad, crackers, pea salad, fruit cup, oatmeal cookie, milk   The Senior Center serves those 60 years and older curbside lunch Monday through Friday from 10 a....
News | Posted 05/28/2020 - 12:38pm
Two new Dodge Durangos that have been ordered for the Monticello Police Department are not coming to Monticello. Monticello Police Chief Jason Akers addressed the Monticello City Council in its first in-person meeting since the arrival of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, during a finance meeting Tuesday, May 26 at the Sadie Johnson Memorial Building at Jordan Park.  Akers explained to the council that the temporary shutting down of automobile manufacturing plants due to the...
News | Posted 05/28/2020 - 12:30pm
Splashing in a pool is one of the activities that many look forward to in the summer months. In Monticello, worries over whether or not repairs would be completed in time, combined with restrictions due to COVID-19 had many wondering if the Timothy Chase Memorial Pool would be able to open at all this summer. In a stroke of luck, pool repairs have been completed just in time for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to issue directives for opening public pools. Opening day for the Chase pool is...

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