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 04/16/2020 - 9:29am
As any former and current Junior and Senior in High Schools across the United States knows, the American College Testing, can determine a lot about one’s future, from the amount of scholarships that will be available to them, to if they get accepted into college, for one local family, the ACT wasn’t a problem for their student. Kathleen “Kate” Jackson, daughter of Stuart and Christy Jackson of Little Rock, and granddaughter of Mary Emily and the late Frank Jackson of Monticello, and a...
News | Posted 04/16/2020 - 9:24am
Severe weather with straight-line winds and tornados tore across the southern United States Sunday, April 12, leaving over one million people without electricity, over 128,000 in Arkansas. Drew County suffered along with the rest of the states with the storms knocking power out and leaving over 5,770 customers still effected as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. As residents left their houses Monday, April 13, debris and power-lines littered the streets and gas was a hot commodity as only a...
News | Posted 04/16/2020 - 9:11am
Ninety-three new Arkansas foster families from 32 counties participated in The CALL’s first-ever online training to prepare to accept children removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Since 2007, the faith-based nonprofit has helped 2,400 families open their homes to foster or adopt through the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services. The CALL recruits, trains and supports foster and adoptive families in 52 counties. With face-to-face trainings cancelled because of the...
News | Posted 04/13/2020 - 9:41am
As over one million people across the south wake up with severe storm damage and no power, linemen are getting busy to restore electricity to everyone as soon as possible. Entergy Arkansas has a few requests of their customers as the work to safely restore power to the area as quickly as possible. “Customers should refrain from approaching utility workers, especially during the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. Interruptions will slow workers’ progress under normal conditions, but the...
News | Posted 04/10/2020 - 4:27pm
For some students the end of the school year hit a little harder than for others, especially those who were in their senior year of high school and college. Spring sports, proms, graduation ceremonies, all disappeared overnight. In an effort to recognize those students who are missing out on so many of American society's milestones, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello High School and Drew Central High School will be honoring the graduating class of 2020 by turning all stadium...
News | Posted 04/09/2020 - 3:07pm
Kalkomey, the online source for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Hunter and Boating Education programs, is offering a special 25 percent discount on online courses for Hunter Education and Boating Education certification for two weeks in response to the coronavirus and the cancellation of in-person courses.  From April 8-22, anyone taking Arkansas Hunter or Boating Education courses may visit the following websites and enter these codes for their discount: Boating Education Course (www....
News | Posted 04/09/2020 - 11:39am
Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Alan McClain today released the following statement reminding Arkansans who may have recently lost job-based health insurance that they are eligible for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in a Health Marketplace qualifying health plan (QHP):   “The loss of job-based insurance is considered a ‘qualifying life event’ under the Affordable Care Act and triggers a special enrollment period for a Marketplace plan.  The Arkansas Insurance Department has a toll-free...
News | Posted 04/09/2020 - 10:26am
Last week’s closure of the Buffalo National River closes all use of the Buffalo National River Wildlife Management Area until further notice. This includes a closure to angling in this section of the Buffalo, as well as turkey hunting within this WMA during the upcoming season. “All other WMAs remain open to turkey hunting at this time,” said Brad Carner, chief of wildlife management for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “However, many of the larger WMAs are owned by other entities, and we...
News | Posted 04/09/2020 - 9:27am
Families around the United States are having to figure out how to teach their children at home or come up with alternate plans as schools across the country are closed until next fall. For one family in Monticello, the novel coronavirus and the pandemic it is causing has given them a perfect excuse and reason to pull closer together while further strengthening their relationships.  Cristi Wessel, clinical dietician at Drew Memorial Health System, as such, this is not the time she can take...
News | Posted 04/01/2020 - 4:36pm
A local college professor thinks he’s discovered a fruity treasure in Southeast Arkansas in the form of a rare tomato plant. UAM Agriculture Professor Dr. Paul Francis met Master Gardener Edna Ballard nearly a decade ago at a garden workshop in McGehee, AR. That is where he obtained a few of her, “special” seeds. Ballard provided Dr. Francis seed samples of what Francis believed to be a variation of an Indian or Purple Tomato. “Those seeds had been handed down through family generations.”...
News | Posted 03/25/2020 - 10:50am
A Monticello man was arrested Tuesday, March 24, for child pornography by the Monticello Police department, according to a MPD press release. Russ Langley, 63, was arrested after a search warrant was issued at Langley’s residence by the MPD, according to a press release by Chief Jason Akers. Langley was arrested for one count of computer child pornography, a class B felony. His bond was set at $20,000. */
News | Posted 03/25/2020 - 10:44am
A $25,000 reward is being offered as the Drew County Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police continue to investigate and ask for any information regarding the death of 26-year-old Wilmar man Marquis Martin.  Marquis was last seen on video surveillance Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Murphy USA gas station in Monticello shortly after leaving work at the local McDonalds. Marquis was then believed to have left Murphy’s and was driven to his home in Wilmar and dropped off at his residence.  On...
News | Posted 03/20/2020 - 10:46am
Arkansas Community Foundation is accepting proposals for $1,000 mini-grants for organizations responding to the immediate needs of vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will help organizations maintain their operations and respond to increased demand from clients during this first phase of pandemic relief. Nonprofit organizations with 501c3 status, churches, hospitals, schools or government entities based anywhere in Arkansas are eligible to apply. Priority will...
News | Posted 03/13/2020 - 9:44am
The Monticello McDonald’s restaurant, 369 Highway 425 North, will donate 10% of proceeds on Monday, March, 16 to help support the family of employee Marquis Martin. Martin’s body was discovered on Saturday, March 7, after a nearly month long search. He had been missing since Sunday, Feb. 9, and the investigation into his death is still underway. Donations will support Martin’s family, including his four-year-old son and help cover funeral expenses. “Marquis’ disappearance, the search and...
News | Posted 03/11/2020 - 4:55pm
*/ It’s time to cut loose at the 2020 Weevil Stampede!   This week top notch college cowboys and cowgirls from eight states will meet at the Drew County Fairgrounds to match skills in rodeo events.  The rodeo runs From Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 14.  UAM Coach Rusty Jones says this marks the 15th year for the Drew County Event. He says more than 220 men and women will be participating.   The UAM Rodeo Team is consistently competitive at both the regional and national level...

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