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 05/28/2020 - 12:24pm
The Honorable Judge Bynum Gibson presided over court Tuesday, May 26, as the Drew County Courthouse opened back up to the public with some restrictions.  Defendants were brought to the court room with no more than two allowed inside at a time. Temperatures were taken as anyone entered the courthouse to attend hearings.  Russ Langley, accused of possessing computer child pornography, appeared for his first hearing entered a not guilty plea by way of attorney Tim Leonard and has his next...
News | Posted 05/28/2020 - 12:18pm
Sounds of gunfire rang out around 10 p.m. Friday, May 22, on Hillcrest Street, when a domestic disturbance turned violent. Now, a Monticello man is facing four counts of battery in the first degree after the shooting that left four injured. Tyvion Shaw, 23, was arrested after turning himself in. Police received a call reporting the incident shortly after 10 p.m.  “The shooting stemmed from a domestic disturbance,” stated Akers in a press release Saturday, May 23. “Four shooting victims...
News | Posted 05/28/2020 - 12:09pm
Arkansas Children’s has a message for families striving to protect their children during the COVID-19 pandemic: The best thing they can do is stay on top of vaccines, routine check-ups and preventive health care for their kids. A national trend indicates many children are skipping annual check-ups and vaccines that keep them healthy as cautious families postpone doctor’s visits. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock and Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) in Springdale have...
News | Posted 05/27/2020 - 3:24pm
Wednesday: Homeade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, candied carrots, frosted gelatin poke cake, wheat bread, milk Thursday: Chicken spaghetti, tossed salad, peaches with whipped topping, garlic sticks, milk Friday: Fish sandwich, french fries, broccoli salad, blondie brownie, milk Monday: Breaded beef cutlet, mashed potatoes and cream gravy, peach crumble, roll, milk Tuesday: Roast pork, yams, zucchini, frosted cake, wheat bread, milk   The Senior Center serves curbside lunch Monday through Friday...
News | Posted 05/27/2020 - 1:12pm
The attached ordinace relating to solid waste rates being raised was on it's second reading at the Tuesday, May 26, Council meeting. It will go before the Council again during the June regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 24
News | Posted 05/27/2020 - 1:08pm
The proposed ordinance to raise sewer rates is attached. The ordinance was on the third reading but was also tabled along with the water rates ordinance until the next Council meeting.
News | Posted 05/27/2020 - 1:04pm
The attached ordinance is the proposed ordinace for raising water rates. Discussion of the ordinance as well as suggestions for changes are still being made. Even though it was on it's third reading during the Tuesday, May 26, Monticello City Council meeting, the ordinance was tabled until changes could be made.
News | Posted 05/27/2020 - 12:58pm
The Burn Ordinance has been hotly debated both times it has been read and discussed during City Council meetings. Several changes were made to the ordinance at the Tuesday, May 26, Council meeting. They include:  Striking section 1 paragraph three requiring citizens to call the Fire Department before burning.  Remove section 2 subsection C paragraph 5 that sates no burning allowed on less than an acre Remove section 2 subsection E paragraph 5 stating ceremonial and bonfires do not need a permit...
News | Posted 05/23/2020 - 4:01am
Four individuals were shot during a domestic violence incident in Monticello near Hillcrest Road the night of Friday, May 22. According to Monticello Police Chief Jason Akers, the suspect turned himself in and has been charged with four counts of battery in the first degrees. The firearm used, along with an SKS rifle was located near the suspects property. All victims were stable at the time of this report. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
News | Posted 05/20/2020 - 3:59pm
According to Monticello Police Chief Jason Akers, a Monticello man is facing felony domestic battery charges as well as aggravated assault on a family member. According to Akers, MPD arrested Treveian Antonie Jackson, 27, after officers responded to a call for service from the victim stating the alleged assaults included a firearm. Jackson left the scene of the incident and with the help of the Arkansas State Police and Drew County Deputies, he was arrested by MPD officers at a residence...
News | Posted 05/20/2020 - 3:29pm
Dozens of Arkansans have been on the lookout for Asian giant “murder hornets” after seeing numerous media reports about the invasive species in the United States. The bad news is that Asian hornets indeed are in the United States. They arrived late last year in Washington state and are becoming active again with warming spring temperatures. The good news is that the giant insects have not appeared in Arkansas, though several extension agents in the state have received calls from homeowners...
News | Posted 05/19/2020 - 2:05pm
LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is accepting applications from rice field owners to enroll in its expanded Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program. Landowners may receive as much as $150 per acre annually while still maintaining the current production of rice fields by following post-harvest guidelines and allowing permit-based hunts during waterfowl season on their properties. The program is aimed at enrolling rice fields within 10 miles of many AGFC...
Sports | Posted 05/13/2020 - 3:47pm
The University of Arkansas at Monticello athletic department named Markell Cox the head coach of the women’s basketball program, Director of Athletics Padraic McMeel announced Monday. “We are excited to announce Markell as the next Head Women’s Basketball Coach of the Cotton Blossoms,” said McMeel. “We are happy to get Markell to campus and continue building on the legacy of Blossoms Basketball.” Cox is known as a recruiting specialist, with strong ties in the United States and...
News | Posted 05/13/2020 - 3:38pm
The University of Arkansas at Monticello hosted its commencement May 8, just as originally scheduled for their spring graduation event. However, in accordance with the UA System and Arkansas Department of Health guidelines, it was held in a virtual format. A first for the institution, the event followed the ceremonial schedule, and as of Friday afternoon, it had been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and YouTube. “We look forward to the day when we can hold an in-person event. In the...
News | Posted 05/13/2020 - 3:30pm
We are now 2 months into Arkansas’ response to COVID-19 so I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a perspective on what the Arkansas Foodbank is seeing during these unprecedented times.  Not only has our distribution model been different due to COVID-19, but the people seeking assistance have been very different than those we have seen prior to COVID-19.  While this pandemic immediately affected those in the hospitality and retail industry, those affects have radiated out into some...

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