Arts & Science Center Brings Theater to Viewers with ‘Clue: Stay at Home’
Craft beer & the law: Webinar to discuss legal considerations for breweries
Arkansas PBS to broadcast Supreme Court hearings
Arkansas Feral Hog Handbook Available Now
Health Department urges safety as storm brings flood risk
Update from Entergy
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...
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...

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