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 05/13/2020 - 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...
News | Posted 05/07/2020 - 11:10am
As Arkansas enters phase one of its reopening plan, customers and workers across the state will be returning to facilities that have experienced reduced water use in recent weeks. It’s critical that building operators take steps to address potential chemical and microbial health risks that can develop in water systems that have been idle. The Arkansas Department of Health recommends these actions: - Thoroughly flush the building’s plumbing system before fully reopening. Begin at the point of...
News | Posted 05/07/2020 - 11:06am
The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival Executive Committee has announced plans to hold the 64th annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival on the traditional date, the second full weekend in June. The date for this year is Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Due to the conditions our country is experiencing with the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee stressed that the festival this year will be “Safe and Minimal.”Many of the activities usually associated with the festival will not be possible....
News | Posted 05/07/2020 - 10:47am
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Now more than ever, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is committed to providing high-quality mental health care while keeping Veterans safe from exposure to the coronavirus.   In this time social distancing and isolation, be aware of Veterans who may be experiencing stress about the outbreak. If you encounter a Veteran in distress, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.  To help reduce the risk of infection at the...
News | Posted 05/07/2020 - 10:29am
In a University of Arkansas System board meeting Monday, May 4, trustees and leadership resolved to begin preparing System campuses to open for in-person classes in the fall semester. Campuses would work in conjunction with the System, including a new task force, in identifying next steps toward reopening campuses to faculty, staff and students. UAM Chancellor Peggy Doss was selected to serve on the System task force. "At UAM, we've begun to discuss the measures that would need to be...
News | Posted 05/07/2020 - 10:25am
Despite the statewide school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, student teams from 25 Arkansas schools and school districts managed to finish the Stock Market GameTM program to take top honors during the spring 2020 and year-long 2019-20 sessions. The state winner of this investment simulation competition facilitated each year by Economics Arkansas is Pinnacle View Middle School of the Little Rock School District. The second place winner for the year-long 2019-20 is Monticello Middle...
News | Posted 05/07/2020 - 9:58am
The much anticipated Market in the Park opening date is now set for Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m to 11 a.m.  With delays due to Covid-19 and the weather, our produce vendors are anxious to get started.  Arkansas Department of Health guidelines allow for only produce and food items at this time with plans to include craft vendors later this spring as allowed.   Pandemic guidelines issued by the ADH will temporarily give Market in the Park a different look this year.  The street closest to...
News | Posted 05/07/2020 - 9:41am
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is partnering with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide $309,172 in grants to 18 conservation districts across the state. The grants must be used to carry out natural resource enhancement, restoration, or protection activities.   Drew County received $8,600 for a Hydraulic Soil Probe. A list of all the conservation districts receiving grant awards may be found at static.ark.org/eeuploads/anrc/Conservation_District_Grant_Projects....
News | Posted 05/07/2020 - 9:34am
Farming isn’t anything new to Edward and Angela Schenk, as well as anyone can remember the family began farming with Edward’s grandfather sometime during the 1930’s. His father began farming on his own in Drew County in 1962 and Edward can’t remember when he began farming. He does remember riding the tractors from a young age and growing up on the farm. It is all he has ever even thought about doing. Now Edward and his family have been named the Drew County Farm Family of the Year for 2020...
Sports | Posted 05/01/2020 - 5:16pm
By Ben A. Matos Assistant Athletics Director for Athletics Communications The University of Arkansas at Monticello Blink and you could miss it. There may be Kelly Green and White running around, and they will not be on the typical playing field of Cotton Boll Stadium, or the hardwood of Steelman Field House, but this Saturday they could be at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs in the Arkansas Derby. They could also be running around at Churchill Downs in Louisville in September. Since early...

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