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
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Health Department urges safety as storm brings flood risk
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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...
News | Posted 05/13/2020 - 3:28pm
A broken window was one of the signs a local pharmacy had been burglarized in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 12. Evidence left behind inside and outside the pharmacy was another sign. One that has helped the Monticello Police Department in their investigation. According to Monticello Police Chief Jason Akers, the early morning burglary happened around 4:30 in the morning and the suspects were in store for less than a minute. However, since then the MPD has spoken to witness and...
News | Posted 05/13/2020 - 3:22pm
Beef and pork processing rebounded last week after dropping sharply, while wholesale beef prices continued rocketing to new record highs, according to an analysis done by John Anderson, economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Anderson is head of the agricultural economics and agribusiness department, with a joint appointment in the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences. His analysis was drawn from the May 8 Estimated Daily Livestock...
News | Posted 05/13/2020 - 3:17pm
Meeting face-to-face for the first time since Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered targeted shut downs across the state in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Drew County Quorum court spent most of the meeting discussing grant opportunities for Drew Memorial Health System and the lack of reliable Internet access available to many local children. The Justices of the Peace sat in a circular formation around a table with County Clerk Lyna Gulledge in the middle and County Attorney...
News | Posted 05/11/2020 - 5:25pm
District Judge Bruce Anderson has announced that, due to a recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the District Court building will not reopen on May 18 but will continue to be closed to the public until further notice. During the closure, court staff will be available to assist the public by telephone. The court office number is 870-367-4420.  Questions may also be submitted by email to MDC28dc@gmail.com. Judge Anderson reminds those who owe fines that payment of fines can...
News | Posted 05/08/2020 - 10:23am
Little Rock, AR -- The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is reminding Arkansans that they must ensure any livestock they purchase or receive from other states meets the State and Federal import requirements. The Department of Agriculture’s Livestock and Poultry Division can offer assistance to ensure the animals have the proper documentation to allow movement into Arkansas. “We appreciate the efforts of Arkansans to help alleviate challenges that animal agricultural producers have encountered...
News | Posted 05/08/2020 - 10:10am
Little Rock, AR— May 5, 2020 — Each May since 1988, National Foster Care Month has raised awareness of the needs of children and teens in foster care across Arkansas.   When children cannot stay with their families due to crisis, neglect or abuse, they enter the foster care system needing safe homes to take them in and care for them. With approximately 4,400 children and youth currently in the foster care system in Arkansas and only 1,500 homes to care for them, there is an urgent need for...

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