UA Trustees name facility after Lassiters
DC Gearheads win big at UALR and Russellville
UAM tight end named first-team All-American
Pirates complete sweep of arch rival Owls
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:40am
Larry Clark Tucker, 75, of Wilmar went to his heavenly home on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Chapel Woods Nursing Center with his family by his side. Larry was born November 29, 1943 in Monticello to the late Otis and Bama Lee Tucker. He married Beatrice (Bea) Lester on August 12, 1978 in Crowell, Texas. He was a Christian and loved the Lord; he was a member of Wilmar Baptist Church, where he served on several different committees. Larry loved his church family—and especially the children in the...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:35am
Opal Marie Anders Wright went to be with her heavenly Father on Monday, March 4, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. Opal was born on September 1, 1930 in Bradley County to Travis and Eunice Files Anders.  She married L.F. (Junior) Wright June 19, 1948. Together they raised their three sons, Gerald, Robert (Bubba) and Cecil. Opal doted on her sons and later on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchild. They all reciprocated that admiration to her.  Opal was a dedicated...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:33am
Larry Richard Hoover, 72, of Conway passed away on January 7, 2019. He was born Richard Lawrence (later changed to Larry R. Hoover) to the late Paul Richard Hoover and Annie Peacock Hoover in Dermott on May 19, 1946.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Annie Hoover, and sister Pauline (Daugherty) Brady. Larry is survived by his son, L. Wayne (Stefanie) Hoover; his grandchildren, Brittany Hoover and great-grandchild Eden, Brett Hoover, Greg Hoover and Payton Hoover; his sister, Gay...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:26am
Virginia Grice Riley, 97, of Little Rock was called home Friday, March 8, 2019. Mrs. Riley was a native of Ashley County, a resident of Little Rock for most of her life, and a former resident of Hamburg and Monticello.  Mrs. Riley was a wonderful and caring nurse, having worked in the operating room at Baptist Health Medical Center for 29 years. She was a strong, committed Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. She very rarely said goodbye without adding, “I love you” or...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:26am
Audrey LeBlanc Phillips, 92, of Monticello died Thursday, March 7, 2019 at her home. She was born December 29, 1926 in LeBlanc, La. to the late Francis Belzair LeBlanc and Kate Robertson LeBlanc. In addition to her parents and husband, Rodney Phillips, she was also preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers. Survivors include one son, Eric Phillips of Monticello; two daughters, Suzanne (Steve) Cochrane of West Helena and Karen (Richie) Derryberry of Monticello; five grandchildren,...
Obituaries | Posted 03/14/2019 - 11:24am
Shirley Ann Wells Wilson, 81, died Thursday, March 7, 2019. She was born February 21, 1938 to the late Loveless and Nancy Wells. Survivors, all of Monticello, include her husband, Charles Wilson; her daughters, Karen (Tony) Coleman, Doris Wortham and Jacklyn Brown; her son, Ronnie Bassett-Wilson; eight grandchildren, Latrice, LaToya, LaShawna Canty, Veronica Lewis, Kristie, Constance, Whitney and Joshua Wortham; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Andrew Wells; and two sisters, Nancy (Leon)...
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:32am
Marlee Hope Pack, 12, of Missouri City, Texas passed away February 23, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born October 27, 2006 in San Antonio to Bill and Shelly Pack.   Marlee is survived by her parents; a sister, Meredith Pack; maternal grandmother Sharon Gunter Martin of Mount Pleasant, Texas; paternal grandmother Paula Raley Pack of Monticello; uncles Les Pack of Monticello and Jeff (Brittany) Martin of Paris, Texas; cousins MacKenzie Walker and Molly Martin, both...
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:31am
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Otis Caldwell Sr., 67, died February 17, 2019. He was born May 4, 1951 in Star City to Earl Sr. and Restee Caldwell. In addition to his parents, his mother-in-law, Amy Gonder; his father-in-law Paul Gonder; three brothers, Earl Jr., Thomas (T.J.) and Franklin; and one sister, Mary, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Caldwell; his two children, Otis Jr. (O.C.) and Andrea; a daughter-in-law, Candice; six grandchildren, Portia, Jasmine, Jaeden, Caleb, Olivia and Jackson;...
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:29am
Jacqueline F. Reverand Jones, 55, of Warren died March 1, 2019. She was born July 7, 1963, a daughter of Willie Sr. and Margaret Reverand. Survivors include her husband, Casey Jones; one son, Shawn Robinson; two grandchildren, Ramos Tucker III and Kingston Allen; six sisters; and four brothers. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the Revival Center Church Of God In Christ, 311 South Pine Street. Arrangements are by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren.
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:28am
Vicki Lephiew McCartney, 57, of Warren died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born June 22, 1961 in Warren to the late Thomas L. Lephiew and Patsy Crawford Lephiew. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Regina McCartney. Survivors include one son, Kelley McCartney of Warren; one daughter, Heather Pickle of Warren; four brothers, Thomas (Erma) Lephiew of Star City, Calvin (Charlotte) Lephiew of Hermitage,...
Obituaries | Posted 03/07/2019 - 10:27am
Ethel Mae Summit Spears, 93, of Monticello died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was born in Sims (Montgomery County) to the late Charlie Summit and Pairlee West Summit. In addition to her parents and husband, Arl Clayton Spears, she was also preceded in death by a son, Clayton Spears; one sister, Bessie Mullins; and three brothers, James Summit, Virgil Summit and Kirby Summit. Survivors include two sons, Arlie Spears and Dennis (Hilda)...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 12:12pm
Marilyn Irene Saleska Bickford, 83, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at her home in Monticello. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 5, 1935 to late Amil and Irene Saleska. She was a housewife and of the Assembly of God faith. Survivors include her husband, Eugene Norman Bickford of Monticello; five children; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family received visitors at the home of Don and Mindy Bickford, 338 South Bowser Road, on Friday, February 22, 2019....
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:19am
Betty Ann Knowles Findley, 87, of Monticello went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Drew Memorial Health System. She was born June 13, 1931, in Drew County to the late Albert Knowles and Servilla Harrison Knowles. She was a homemaker and member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Jewel Bohannan. Mrs. Betty loved being outdoors and working in her flowers. She had a special love of helping others any...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:17am
Terry Glen Hawkins, 66, of Dumas passed away on February 24, 2019 at Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas. He was born July 10, 1952 in Great Bend, Kan. and was the son of the late Martha Jane Ballard Hawkins and Homer Glen Hawkins. He was a member of the Dumas First United Methodist Church. Terry was a Monticello native, graduating in 1970 from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn. and earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1974. He held...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:09am
Charles Michael (Mike) Staten, 66, of Lake Village entered into eternal rest in the presence of family at home after a stoic, lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was born January 10, 1953, in Shreveport, La. to the late Charles Hewel Staten and Treby Lindsey Staten. Mike was an avid outdoorsman who valued God’s creation and made it his career to leave this world a better place. He truly valued hunting, fishing and conservation. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Louisiana...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:03am
Doyle R. “Dobber” Collins, 82, of Monticello died Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born August 22, 1936 in Drew County to the late Marshall Collins Sr. and Lillie Pace Collins. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Olean Collins; and three brothers, Hubert Collins, Marshall Collins Jr. and Cecil Collins. Survivors include two sisters, Macel (Foy) Kuhn of Little Rock and Susie (Jimmy) Henry of Monticello. Funeral services...
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:02am
Jerry Lee Davis, 66, of Monticello died Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at his home. He was born July 30, 1952 in Lacey. Funeral services were Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial following in Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.stephensondearman.com.
Obituaries | Posted 02/28/2019 - 11:01am
Virginia Orlean Shook, 93, of Hoschton, Ga. died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Bell Minor Home surrounded by her family. She was born July 7, 1925 in Baxter (Drew County) to the late Ira Ab and Alma Belle Davis Funeral services were held in Hoschton, Ga. at Celebration Church. A small service/viewing was held Friday, February 22, 2019 at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Shook; her parents; and nine siblings. Survivirs include a son, John (Cissy)...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 12:00pm
Mary Lou White Henderson Akin, 85, of McGehee passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  Mary Lou was born in Drew County on August 24, 1933 to the late Virgil Levi and Velma Glennon White. She was a foster grandparent, a McGehee Hospital Auxiliary volunteer and was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association. Mary Lou was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church of McGehee. She was preceded in death by her parents.  Survivors include her sons, Ricky Don (Sandy) Henderson of...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 11:58am
Virginia Nell Hughes Johnston, 90, of Monticello passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born May 6, 1928 in Drew County to the late Copeland M. Hughes and Virda Gilliam Hughes. She was the widow of Harrell Johnston, a retired teacher and librarian and a member of Rose Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She received a bachelor’s degree in Education from Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 11:55am
Peggy Calhoun Lasiter, 70, of Wilmar passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. She was born August 10, 1948 in Monticello to the late A.L. Calhoun and Thelma Miles Calhoun. She was a retired supervisor at Burlington Industries and of the Baptist faith, attending Pauline Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one son, Alan Dewayne Lasiter, and one brother, Johnny Calhoun. Survivors include her husband,...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 11:54am
Nellie Jo Millen Bostian, 77, of Monticello died Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born February 15, 1942, in Drew County to the late Joe Millen and Mildred Calhoun Millen. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Hammock; a sister, Barbara Millen; and a great-grandson, Ridley Bostian. Survivors include one son, Don (Teresa) Bostian of Monticello; one daughter, Bettye (Tommy) Judkins of...
Obituaries | Posted 02/21/2019 - 11:53am
Mrs. Martha Lee Fisher, 76, died Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born January 23, 1943 in Monticello, a daughter of the late Winston and Lucille Gardner. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Pierce, Erma Cotton and Melba Williams; and one brother, Ira Gardner. Survivors include four children, Ronald Gardner of Monticello, Stephanie Fisher-Dietrich (Boris) of Golden Isles, Ga., Dorsey Fisher of Atlanta and Dalton Maurice...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 12:04pm
Rev. James W. Beck, 95, of Monticello passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born March 12, 1923 in Tuckerman to the late Sam Beck and Stella Hunter Beck. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 76 years, Mildred Thompson Beck;  one sister, Gracie Stone; and two brothers, Owen Beck and Earl Beck. Rev. Beck was a retired Assembly of God minister, a United States Army Veteran of World War II and a member of First Assembly of...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 12:03pm
We lost the patriarch of our family, David “Spuds” Hospodor, on February 5, 2019 after a brief battle with brain cancer. David was born in Johnson City, N.Y., on November 14, 1942, to Verna and Andrew Hospodor. He joined Elle and Andy with Robert to follow. Elle enjoyed being David’s caretaker on a daily basis until she went away to college when he was seven years old. Dave attended Union Endicott High School, where he excelled at all sports but especially football, being named to the...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 11:49am
Laron “Son” Tucker was born September 9, 1933 in Monticello to Lee Vester and Della (Youngblood) Tucker. He was raised in Monticello where he accepted Christ into his life and was baptized at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He eventually became a Sunday school teacher and deacon. Later in life, he became a member and deacon at St. Ollie Missionary Baptist Church, where he loved worshipping throughout his final years. He enjoyed sports throughout his youth and school...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 11:34am
Billy “Mike” Michael Alderman, 62, of Monticello died Tuesday February 5, 2019. He was born on July 24, 1956 in Louisiana to Billy and Jowea Alderman.  He served with the 2nd Infantry Combat Division in South Korea, as well as a deployment to Germany. Survivors include his daughter, Maylissa Dawn Alderman (Steve) Russell of Sarasota, Fla.; his son, Michael Ryan Thomas Alderman of Hoodsport, Wash.; his granddaughters, Hadley Renee Alderman and Victoria “Tori” Brooke Russell; his great-grandson...
Obituaries | Posted 02/15/2019 - 11:32am
Delton Otis “Fish” James, 62, of Monticello died February 2, 2019 in Monticello. He was born May 4, 1956, the 11th child of the late Ebenezer and Willie Mae Block James. Survivors include his wife, Ella Mae Jones; five daughters, Telicia Harrell and Relonda (Tim) Batts, both of Monticello,  Gina James of Jacksonville, Mae Jean James of Little Rock and Belinda Powells of Las Vegas; four sons, Deltue James of Monticello, Josh James and Johnny (Antoinette) James, both of Little Rock and Joe Lee...
News | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:29pm
Last Thursday, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the University of Arkansas at Monticello Indoor Practice Facility after the school’s former chancellor and his wife, Dr. Jack and Judy Lassiter. The request was made by Chancellor Karla Hughes and the UAM Board of Visitors after the board’s meeting held on Oct. 25, 2018. Cliff Gibson of Monticello, a UA Board trustee, made a motion to rename the facility during the Board’s meeting after Hughes presented the...
News | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:26pm
On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Drew Central Gearheads competed in their first robotics tournament of the year at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Gearheads won the Design Award, which means that the judges scored them well on their robot design and engineering notebook. The team made several adjustments during the tournament after losing their first two matches. Drew Central rebounded and won its next four qualification matches. In the quarterfinals of the elimination rounds, the...
Sports | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:20pm
This past football season, the University of Arkansas at Monticello accomplished several “firsts.” Junior tight end DeAndre Washington made sure UAM’s tradition contiunued in another area. Washington, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, earned an All-America nod following a 36-reception, 615-yard, six-touchdown campaign in 2018. The Boll Weevils’ seventh first-team All-American, Washington was recently honored by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette. The Shreveport, La. native joins defensive...
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With three games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Drew Central basketball teams hosted Class 3A, District 8 rival McGehee last Friday. The Junior Pirates were first to hit the floor against the Junior Owls. DC got out to a good start in the first quarter as Jayden Golden and Antonio Remley each scored six points as the hosts outscored McGehee 16-13 in the period. Drew Central’s output was not the same in the second quarter, though, as the junior squad scored only two points....
Sports | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:14pm
The Monticello Lady Billies traveled to Magnolia last Friday, attempting to avenge an earlier nine-point loss to the Lady Panthers on Jan. 8. Magnolia got out to a six-point lead in the first quarter of play, doubling the Lady Billies’ output on the scoreboard, taking a 12-6 lead. But Monticello overtook Magnolia in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Panthers 14-4 behind a nine-point quarter by Shania Smith. Monticello took a 20-16 lead into the half. The Lady Billies extended the lead...
Sports | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:12pm
Coming off a long road stretch that saw the University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils drop their last five contests, UAM opened a home stand against Northwestern Oklahoma State University last Thursday, looking to get back into the win column in the Great American Conference. UAM scored the first points of the contest, a three-pointer by K.J. Lesure. The Weevils maintained the lead until 57 seconds remaining in the half when Northwestern’s Cole Jones tied the contest at 28. A.J. Jones...
Sports | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:11pm
After dropping their last two road games, the University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms returned home to face the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Lady Rangers last Thursday. The Lady Rangers got on the board first after an early foul by UAM put Presley Payahsape on the line to shoot a pair of free throws. Connecting on both with 8 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter, she gave Northwestern a 2-0 lead. UAM took the lead with 6:26 remaining in the quarter with a...
Sports | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:10pm
In an effort to raise support for the University of Arkansas at Monticello Athletics Department, the UAM golf teams will be hosting a team scramble/captain’s choice tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Harbor Oaks Country Club in Pine Bluff. The event, which costs $70 per golfer, will be open to the first 20 teams and/or 80 players to sign up. Golfers will play 18 holes and a cart will be furnished. Lunch before play begins starts at noon, with the tournament getting underway at 1 p.m. with...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:02pm
Louise Herring Donham, 91, of Pine Bluff passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019. Born January 19, 1928 in Monticello, she was reared in the Montongo community in Drew County and graduated from Monticello High School. Her parents were the late Leslie Herring and Sallie Raines Herring. Louise married James Edward Donham on August 14, 1948, and they moved to Pine Bluff in 1953. Mr. Donham predeceased her on January 5, 1996. Also preceding her in death are a son, William Richard “Dicky” Donham;...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 1:01pm
Rose Marie Willis, 78, of North Little Rock went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday morning, January 30, 2019. She was born June 26, 1940 in Monticello to the late Thomas Wesley Willis and Mary Bob (Tuggle) Willis of Monticello. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jane (Willis) Burchfield of Crossett.   She is survived by her brother-in-law, Jackie Burchfield, of Crossett; one nephew, Barry (Dawn) Burchfield of Sterlington, La; one niece, Jennifer Burchfield of North...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:57pm
Nellie Ivon Douglas Chambers, 87, of Monticello died Monday, February 4, 2019 at her home. She was born December 5, 1931 in Mountain Home to the late Jesse Douglas and Mary Eva Cunningham Douglas Brands. In addition to her parents and husband, D.W. Chambers, she was also preceded in death by a son, James Roderic Dye Sr.; two sisters; and one brother. Survivors include four daughters, Nancy (James) Trantham and Sue Taylor, both of Monticello, Karan Mathis of Vilonia and Jane (John) Coleman of...
Sports | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:56pm
Mary Kathleen Jackson, 82, of Monticello died Monday, January 28, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born August 31, 1936 in Drew County to the late Bryan Cox and Hazel Griffin Cox. In addition to her parents and husband, Bert Jackson, she was also preceded in death by one brother, James V. Cox. She is survived by one son, Billy David Moore Jr. of Monticello; one daughter, Brenda Lytle of Monticello; two grandchildren, Cathy (Randy) Edley of Asheboro, N.C. and...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:55pm
Charity Ann Miller, 67, of Star City died Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born April 1, 1951, to James Weldon and Precious Jewell Blair Ridgell in Monticello. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her four brothers, Travis Ridgell, Troy Ridgell, Leon Ridgell and Evans Ridgell: and three sisters, Narvis Harris, Maudell Ridgell and Willie Mae Ridgell. Survivors include her husband, Carl; her son, Mark; and nine brothers, Chris...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:55pm
Bobby Edward Parker, 72, of Rowell died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at his home. He was born December 30, 1946 in Bradley County to the late Clarence Parker Sr. and Gertrude Alberta Parker. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Parker Jr.; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Parker; two sons, Bobby Edward Parker Jr. and Billy Wayne Parker; and one grandson, Brandon Wayne Parker. He was a United States National Guard veteran. Survivors include his wife of 52...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:53pm
Milton Remley Sr., 60, of Monticello died on January 28, 2019 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He was born to the late Willie Jean Remley and Robert Brooks. Survivors include his wife, Denetra Foster-Remley; a daughter, Amelia Remley; a son, Milton Cyrus Remley Jr.; three brothers, Kenneth Remley of Hot Springs, Otis (Barbara) Remley of Wilmar and Darrell Remley of Gould; three sisters, Carolyn Swift of Fort Polk, La., Gwendolyn (Kenneth) Scott of Little Rock...
Obituaries | Posted 02/07/2019 - 12:52pm
Angela Hoover Wallace, 56, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from injuries in a house fire. She was born November 21, 1962 in Dermott to the late George H. Hoover and Claireece Leonard Hoover. Survivors include three sons, Joshua Wallace of Monticello, Corey M. Wallace and Kyle (Stephaney) Wallace of North Little Rock; one grandson, William Wallace; one granddaughter, Anna Belle Wallace; and three brothers, Jim Hoover of California, Tim Hoover Sr. of Monticello and Kevin Hoover of...
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There is an old expression that “the wheels of justice move slowly.” Because Tenth Judicial Circuit Judge Sam Pope recused himself from her case, Stephanie Lynn Hill Rogers wasn’t in court as scheduled Monday morning. Instead, she’ll make an appearance at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 in front of new Circuit Judge Quincey Ross to answer information against her at an arraignment hearing. Her attorney, Patrick Benca of Little Rock, has also filed a motion for bond reduction, which will also be...
News | Posted 01/31/2019 - 10:20am
RISON—For anyone looking to unload some “junk” from around the house and make a few bucks doing it, the organizer of the Historic Highway 35 Junk Hunt said the perfect opportunity is just around the corner. This year’s Highway 35 Junk Hunt will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, along about a 100-mile stretch of Arkansas Highway 35 extending from Benton to Monticello. The route covers four counties—Saline, Grant, Cleveland and Drew—and passes through the cities of Benton, Sheridan,...
News | Posted 01/31/2019 - 10:19am
When it comes to robotics, it appears Southeast Arkansas is the place to be. Monticello, in alliance with a team from Lonoke, qualified for a state and a national tournament slot by winning the tournament champion award at the Winter Classic Robotics Tournament at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Jan. 18-20. Drew Central High School received the design award, McGehee High School received the Judges Award during the senior high competition, and Crossett Middle School received the...
Sports | Posted 01/31/2019 - 10:04am
Barely seven months after the University of Arkansas at Monticello bid farewell to the greatest women’s basketball coach in school history, perhaps the greatest men’s basketball coach in UAM annals has passed away. Gary Allen Sharpe Sr. died peacefully at his home in Brunswick, Ga. last Thursday. He was 70. In 1985-86, Sharpe’s first year in Monticello, he led the Boll Weevils to the precipice of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship. His 26 victories...
Sports | Posted 01/31/2019 - 10:02am
The Monticello Billies returned to action after a week off the court hosting the Crossett Eagles, Lady Eagles and Junior Eagles last Friday. Tipping off first, the Monticello Junior Billies were edged out in the first quarter of play, 4-3, by the Junior Eagles. Monticello came back to take the second quarter 13-11, taking a 16-15 lead into the locker room at the half. Ked Anderson’s five points led the way for the Junior Billies in the third quarter, but Crossett kept pace behind Dewayne...
Sports | Posted 01/31/2019 - 10:01am
Coming off a shocking overtime loss to a team which they should have handled easily, the Drew Central Pirates took out their frustrations at Rison last Thursday. DC pummeled the Wildcats 80-48; unfortunately, there was a Tuesday trip to Dumas on the schedule. Always tough at home, the Bobcats handed DC its third loss in five games, 85-67. With the split, Drew Central now stands at 17-6 overall and 8-3 in Class 3A, District 8 action. Behind 20 points from Trenton Eubanks, 18 from Nicky Barnard...
Sports | Posted 01/31/2019 - 10:00am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils continued their three-game road trek last Thursday, with the second stop on the trip at Bethany, Okla. to face off against Great American Conference-leading Southern Nazarene University Crimson Storm. In the contest, Southern Nazarene scored the first points of the contest, a three-pointer by Jhonathan Dunn. UAM’s Keelin Jackson tied the game at three at the 17-minute, 57-second mark with SNU taking the lead back a few seconds later....
Sports | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:59am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms made the second stop of a three-game road trip in Bethany, Okla. to take on Southern Nazarene University last Thursday. UAM and Southern Nazarene traded the lead throughout the first quarter of play with UAM’s Berniezha Tidwell getting the Blossoms on the board first with a jumper at the 9-minute, 32-second mark. Neither team scored a basket for around two minutes until SNU’s Madeline Schroepfer tied the contest with 7:24 on the clock....
Sports | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:58am
Monticello’s Brian Early, son of the late Alvy Early, was recently named defensive line coach at the University of Houston after five seasons in the same position at Arkansas State University. In all five of Early’s seasons at A-State, the Red Wolves ranked among the top 41 teams in the nation in both sacks and tackles for loss, and he also tutored at least two all-conference selections on the defensive line each year.  Arkansas State made five straight postseason appearances at the 2014...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:49am
Janice Annette Willis Taylor died January 26 in Little Rock at the age of 83. Born November 4, 1935, at Sand Springs, Okla., she is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Fred Taylor of Little Rock, and sons—Gregory (Danielle) Taylor of Little Rock and Bradley Taylor of Little Rock. She has three grandchildren—Andrew Taylor, Jackson Taylor and Lindsey Taylor, daughter of Bradley and Marsha Taylor of Little Rock. She graduated from Sand Springs High School in 1953. She received a bachelor’s...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:48am
Ruth Barrett Brown, 88, of Monticello passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born August 25, 1930 in Warren to the late James Burney Barrett and Lucy Beard Barrett. She was the widow of T.H. Brown, her husband of 64 years, a housewife and a member of First Baptist Church of Monticello. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Claudia Barrett Brown and Louise Barrett Bartley; and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:46am
Frances G. Kelley, 91, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born December 4, 1927 in Dermott to the late Gordon Gober and Lena Moore Gober. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Spencer Kelley; one sister, Mildred Prater; and four brothers, G.L. Gober, Eugene Gober, Jim Gober and Basel Gober. She was a housewife, retired nurse, member of the Eastern Star and was of the...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:44am
Jay R. Manes, 91, of Monticello passed Sunday, January 27, 2019. Mr. Manes was the 11th child of 14 children born to George Washington Asberry-Manes and Kizzy Runnells Manes of Collinsville, Okla. on June 22, 1927. Mr. Manes originally lived in Dumas before living in Monticello. He was a retired farmer who described by his family as free-hearted and loving—always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. He loved to play dominos, card games and the harmonica. On Sept. 9, 1946, he married Febbie...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:42am
Robert Franklin Poe III, 69, of Gould died January 18, 2019 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was born Dec. 28, 1949 in Beaumont, Texas, a son of the late Robert Franklin Poe Jr. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Steed Poe; his mother, Marguerite Fern Poe of Selma; a son, Robert F. (Dustin) Poe IV; a stepson, Joseph R. (Jody) Hardin Jr.; two brothers, Toby and Michael Poe; four sisters-in-law, Celena Poe, Paulette Smith, Beth Foster, Brenda Steed; two brothers-in-law,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:35am
Donald Paul Birks, 52, of Monticello died Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. He was born August 5, 1966 in Salem, Ore. to the late Paul Birks and Elaine Birks. Survivors include one son, Tyler Birks of Maumelle; one daughter, Sarah Birks of Maumelle; one sister, Sharon (George) Brown of Mulberry, Mo.; one nephew, Gary Brown of Missouri; and the mother of his children, Kathy Donaldson of Maumelle. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:35am
Larry W. Brunston, 64, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019. He was born on April 22, 1954 in Thornton (Calhoun County) to the late Joe and Blanchie Brunston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, James Brunston, Joseph Brunston, Johnny Brunston, Robert Brunston and George Brunston; two sisters, Martha Brunston and Darlene Brunston; and one daughter, Melanie Brunston. Survivors include his wife, Loretta Ingram Brunston of Monticello; two daughters, Tequile Lee of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:34am
Dimitri Lee Johns, newborn son of Lee Johns and Michaela Dunham, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. Survivors include his mother and father, Michaela Dunham and Lee Johns of Monticello; two brothers, Bentley Gosswiler and Elijah Johns; his grandparents, Bobby Johns of Monticello, Shannon Golmon of Columbus, Miss., James Dunham of Hampton and Brenda Morton of Monticello; and his great-grandparents, Danny Mack and Lola Graves of Monticello, Kathy Morgan of Monticello...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:33am
William H. (Dub) Phillips, 81, died Friday, January 25, 2019. He was born January 10, 1938 in Plainview, Texas to the late Harvey and Opal Sherrill Phillips. Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Clary Phillips of New Home community (Cleveland County); two sons, Russell (Shirley) Phillips of Hot Springs and Randy (Julie) Phillips (Julie) of Monticello; a daughter, Lorri (Donald) Myrick of Star City; a brother, Jerry (Betty) Phillips of Star City; two sisters, Wanda (Loyd) Owen of Star City...
Obituaries | Posted 01/31/2019 - 9:32am
William Foster Smith, 87, of Warren died Sunday, January 27, 2019, at his home. He was born January 1, 1932, in Harrisburg (Poinsett County), a son of the late William Henry Smith and Dellar Britnell Smith. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Clanton Smith; two sons, Greg (Rachelle) Mann of Monticello and Jeff Smith of Warren; two grandchildren, Joseph (Allison) Smith and Gabby Mann; and one great-grandchild, Eli Smith. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m....
News | Posted 01/30/2019 - 6:59pm
Monday, the Drew County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a home on Midway Route being burglarized. The homeowner had a list of items that had been taken from his residence. That same day, deputies went to 280 Midway Route to make contact with Aaron Pamplin, a 24-year-old resident of Drew County. As they and Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober pulled into the residence, the suspect ran from the area. Deputies were able to find Pamplin hiding in an abandoned trailer, upon which time he was...
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News | Posted 01/25/2019 - 12:14pm
News | Posted 01/25/2019 - 12:07pm
At Tuesday’s Monticello City Council meeting, the Miracle League of Southeast Arkansas was recognized for having won the Trendsetter Award from Arkansas Business magazine for cities from 5,000 to 20,000 in polulation—the only organization south of Little Rock to be mentioned. The Trendsetter City program is designed to honor cities which are leaders in innovative programs and initiatives for improvement and growth. Being a Trendsetter City is an honor that speaks to the commitment by city...
News | Posted 01/25/2019 - 12:04pm
Elementary school second nine weeksSecond gradePrincipal’s list: Tyler Colbert; Thomas Duncan; Aiden Jordan; Jaycie Foster; Chase Knowles; Gram Pace.Pirate’s pride: Trinity Butler; Cheyenne Chapman; Noah Copes; Lauryn Cox; Suzie Gonzales; Kamille Freeman; McKenzie Goudy; Jaci Hammil; Aquira Johnson; Jayda Jones; Anesia Lucas; Chelsie Pennington; Cole Reed; Jaggar Stewart; Mallori Veasey; Alexa Sosa·Pahuamba; Nate Wood; Kolton Woods.Pirate’s merit list: Easton Jones; Sophie Sivils; Alexa...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2019 - 11:50am
Drew Central was on the road last Friday to take on Dollarway. The Lady Pirates took an early 11-3 lead before ending the half with a 22-9 lead. DC continued to extend its lead in the third quarter, outscoring Dollarway 16-4 to take a 38-13 lead into the fourth quarter. Scoring three points in the fourth, a made three-point shot by Jordan Watson, Drew Central sealed the game as Dollarway scored two points in the quarter to set up the final score of 41-15. Darbee Forte led the way for Drew...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2019 - 11:49am
The Monticello Billies hoped to keep their momentum going after defeating Hamburg on the road as the Warren Lumberjacks visited Dan Coston Field House last Friday. Getting things started was a 17-15 victory by the seventh-grade Junior Lady Billies over the seventh-grade Junior Lady ’Jacks. The Monticello Junior Billies tipped off the second game of the night against the Warren Junior Lumberjacks. Playing an even first quarter, the Junior Billies scored eight points in the quarter led by Ked...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2019 - 11:48am
Going into last Thursday’s contest against Southern Arkansas University, the University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms had dropped their previous two contests, and were even in the Greast American Conference with a 4-4 record. The Blossoms got on the board first with the first two buckets made by Nina Kizzee to give UAM a 4-0 lead. SAU gained their first lead in the contest with 7 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in the first quarter after a jumper by Lena Maledon. UAM regained the...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2019 - 11:47am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils went into Steelman Field House last Thursday looking to rebound after dropping their second Great American Conference contest to East Central University the previous Saturday. Hosting conference rival Southern Arkansas University, the Weevils held a marginal lead, with the largest being three points, until SAU overtook UAM with 15 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the first half. SAU’s Aaron Lucas gave the Muleriders the 9-8 lead with a made...
News | Posted 01/25/2019 - 11:45am
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:13am
Stella Bullock Judkins, 88, of Monticello passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019, at her home. She was born June 16, 1930 in Dallas County to the late Lucious Samuel Bullock and Ida Hathcock Bullock. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, James Robert Judkins; and a sister, Sammye Edwards. She was a retired school teacher, member of the Retired Teachers Association, past president of the Drew County Extension Homemakers Club and a member of the Drew Memorial...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:12am
Ted T. Rial, 88, of Hamburg died Sunday, January 20, 2019.  Mr. Rial was a native of Ladelle and a resident of Hamburg for the past 63 years. He served in the Arkansas National Guard for 26 years, having retired in 1973. Mr. Rial worked as the produce manager for Kroger for 27 years, was a bailiff for Ashley County and was a former president of the Lone Sassafras Cemetery Association. He was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church for 55 years and loved his church and church family. Mr. Rial...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:11am
Kelley D. Grubbs, 88, of Monticello passed away Monday, January 14, 2019, at Drew Memorial Health System. He was born December 28, 1930, in the Possum Valley community to the late Nat Grubbs and Ida Bell Knowles Grubbs. He was a self-employed businessman, United States Air Force Veteran and a member of the First United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Rose Curry Grubbs; a granddaughter, Madeline Grubbs; three brothers, Travis, Russell...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:09am
Ernest Green, 73, of Monticello died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 28, 1945 to John A. Green and Atlee Lambert Green. Funeral services were Friday, January 18, 2019 at Holy Divine Spiritual Church. Visitation was one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial followed in Lacey Cemetery.
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:09am
Dowell Wayne “Home Grown” Russell, 68, of Warren died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born October 27, 1950 in Wilmar to the late Woody Dowell Russell and Mildred Crawford Russell. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, George Waymon Russell; one sister, Jannie Gail Russell; and his mother-in-law, Marjorie Adair. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Sutton Russell of Warren; one son, Richard Wayne (Carolyn)...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2019 - 10:08am
Rozell Kelley Webb, 87, of Monticello died Saturday at the The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born January 22, 1931, in Ashley County to the late Walter Washington Kelley and Lela Pink Roark Kelley. In addition to her parents and husband, Willie Eugene Webb, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Wesley Kelley of Wilmot, Artrue Lee Kelley of Bastrop, La. and Arvie Clinton Kelley of Houston; and three sisters, Girlie Mallory of Waverly, N.Y. and...
News | Posted 01/17/2019 - 11:35am
News | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:42am
New Year’s Day is a day when many changes are made. One change in 2019 is that, as of Jan. 1, hospitals were required to post their price lists online in an effort to increase price transparency and empower consumers to make informed choices about their care. That mandate stems from the Inpatient and Long-Term care Hospital Prospective Payment System final rule, released in August 2018, in which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services included the requirement for hospitals to update...
News | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:33am
If sportsmen in Drew County have ever occurred a fine while hunting or fishing, know the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has put the money to good use. Last Wednesday afternoon, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Rural Services has awarded grants totaling $531,602.23 to promote wildlife education and improve school conservation programs to 253 schools and conservation districts in 71 Arkansas counties. The grant program is funded by the AGFC through fines collected...
News | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:30am
Sports | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:13am
For the first time in recent memory, both Drew Central and Monticello will have to hit the road for virtually all postseason play this winter and spring. After the district tournaments, all of which will be played locally, the Billies, Pirates and supporters of both schools will be traveling. After welcoming Class 3A basketball to Drew Central Gymnasium a year ago, the defending state runner-up Pirates, and Lady Pirates, will have to go north should either hardwood team advance that far. The...
Sports | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:10am
One season removed from back-to-back Great American Conference baseball tournament championships, the University of Arkansas at Monticello—the 2018 GAC regular-season champions—were voted third in the 2019 GAC preseason coaches’ poll. In softball, UAM didn’t earn quite as much respect. The Cotton Blossoms, facing the first season without the all-time winningest coach in Arkansas history in the late Alvy Earlty, were selected 11th of 12 schools in the softball poll. The Boll Weevils picked up...
Sports | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:08am
After both suffering road losses at Class 4A, District 8 Camden Fairview last Friday, the Monticello Billies and Lady Billies earned much-needed victories Tuesday night at Hamburg. Fairview, a 5A school who was dropped to 4A in all sports other than football in the latest reclassification of leagues by the Arkansas Activities Association, had its way with both Monticello teams last weekend, beating the Billies 66-64 and the Lady Billies 53-46. It was a different story at familiar foe Hamburg...
Sports | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:07am
Hosting Lake Village Lakeside last Friday, Drew Central swept its visitors at Drew Central Gymnasium. Visiting West Helena Central on Tuesday for an early Class 3A, District showdown between undefeated league squad, the Pirates weren’t quite so lucky. West Helena, normally a 4A school but placed in DC’s 3A conference for all other sports than football, needed extra time to get past Drew Central but kept its 8-3A mark unblemished with a 76-74 victory in overtime. The Lady Pirates also came...
Sports | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:06am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils were able to have four players score in double digits as they held off the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm 68-60 to improve to 6-1 in the Great American Conference and post their eighth consecutive win last Thursday. During the first half of play, each team saw their biggest lead of five points, with UAM holding a five-point lead twice in the half. Southeastern gained a five-point lead with 14 minutes, 56 seconds...
Sports | Posted 01/17/2019 - 10:05am
Hosting the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm at Steelman Field House last Thursday, the University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms struggled throughout the first half of play, scoring seven points in the first quarter and eight in the second. Southeastern Oklahoma raced to a 15-0 lead before UAM’s MacKenzie Johnson scored the Blossoms’ first points of the game, connecting for two from under the basket, with 5 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the opening quarter....
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:59am
Richard Aubrey “Dick” McKinstry Jr., 92, of Hoschton, Ga., went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, January 12, 2019, shortly after midnight. He had suffered a stroke two days after Thanksgiving 2018 and quietly passed away at home with a smile on his face, surrounded by his family who had lovingly cared for him during his last years. Dick was born in Stuttgart on June 30, 1926. Shortly afterwards, his family moved to Wilmar, where he grew up. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:58am
Cleo Franklin “Cotton” Padgett, 92, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Monticello, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at his home. He was born January 16, 1926 in Lamar, Okla. to the late Andrew Padgett and Lilly May Haney Padgett. He was a retired welder and truck driver, and loved playing dominoes and was a Believer. He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II, decorated with two Bronze Stars for his meritorious performance of military duty at the Rhine River and in the European Theater of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:31am
Nadine Cranford, of Madison, Miss., formerly of Monticello, died on January 14, 2019. She was born on January 10, 1928 in Fayetteville, as the only child of Virgil Ray and Opal Lierly Ray. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1949 and did graduate work at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in French. In 1955 she married Cornelius “Buddy” Cranford of Horatio. Early on, she was a full-time homemaker, setting up housekeeping at the many stops along Buddy’s career,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:30am
Larry Richard Hoover, 72, of Conway passed away on January 7, 2019. He was born Richard Lawrence (later changed to Larry R. Hoover) to the late Paul Richard Hoover and Annie Peacock Hoover in Dermott on May 19, 1946. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Annie Hoover; and a sister, Pauline (Daugherty) Brady. Larry is survived by his son, L. Wayne (Stefanie) Hoover; his grandchild, Brittany Hoover; and his great-grandchildren, Eden Hoover, Brett Hoover, Greg Hoover and Payton Hoover...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:29am
Faye Boyd Sartor, 58, of Collierville, Tenn. passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at the Methodist Hospice Center in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Dermott on Aug. 19, 1960, to the late Horace G. Boyd Jr. and Billie Dickson Boyd. She lived in many places in her lifetime but her growing-up years were spent in Arkansas, including Portland, Dermott, McGehee, Monticello, Batesville, Little Rock and Hamburg. She graduated as valedictorian of her class at Hamburg High School in 1979. After high...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:29am
Velma Lee Jones, 77 of Monticello died Monday, January 7, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born August 4, 1941 in the Lacey community of Drew County to the late Erwood Jones and Lula Durham Jones. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, James E. Jones. Survivors include a niece, Susan Young of Little Rock; and a nephew, Kenneth Jones of Little Rock. Funeral services were held at Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Stephenson-Dearman...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:27am
Raymond R. McGaughey, 79, of Monticello died Saturday, January 12, 2019.  He was a veteran of the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Ruohs and Thelma Daniel McGaughey; and two stepsons, Ninuel “Jr.” Lay and Kenny Avery. Survivors include his wife, Sonja Patricia Smith McGaughey of Monticello; his daughters, Jeanette (Jerry) Smith of Sherwood and Ramona S. (Michael) Standridge of Greenbrier; his grandchildren, Michelle Hamilton of San Antonio, Jeremy Smith of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2019 - 9:25am
Bobby Ray Wood Sr., 62, of Dermott died Sunday, January 13, 2019 at McGehee-Desha County Hospital in McGehee.  He was born June 8, 1956 in Hampton to Rosie Marie Lambert Wood and the late Chester Ray Wood. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by one son, James Garland Wood; and one brother, Earl Wood. Survivors include two sons, Bobby Ray (Ashley) Wood,Jr. and Donald (Shelby) Dofflemyer, both of Dermott; two daughters, Edith (Justin) Faulkner of Oklahoma and Barbara Steel...
News | Posted 01/11/2019 - 11:07am
News | Posted 01/11/2019 - 11:00am
News | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:57am
It’s time again for the annual Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce/Monticello Economic Development Commission community service awards. Nominations are now open for 2018 Man and Woman of the Year. The chamber is seeking those recommendations and anyone can submit names—in written form only—to the chamber of any Monticellonian he or she deems worthy by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. For forms (the only way to nominate a person for either award), drop by the chamber office at 335 East...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:37am
STAR CITY—The Monticello Billies traveled to Star City last Friday to play a three-game set against the Class 4A, District 8 rival Bulldogs. Tipping off first was the Junior Lady Billies against the Junior Lady Bulldogs. Monticello got off to a slow start in the first half as Star City outscored Monticello 11-2 in the first quarter and 13-7 in the second quarter to take a 24-9 advantage into halftime. The Junior Lady Billies outscored Star City in the third quarter 10-9 but fell short in the...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:34am
What a difference a year makes. Last season, McGehee gave Drew Central four of its five losses en route to defeating the Pirates in Hot Springs for the Class 3A boys’ basketball championship. Tuesday night, DC earned some measure of revenge as the Pirates used a strong second half to beat the Owls 65-57 at McGehee. Trailing by one point at halftime, Drew Central scored 41 of its 65 points in the third and fourth periods. Junior Travarus Shead led the way with a game-high 28 points—25 coming...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:33am
With the exception of a select few NCAA Division I programs, roughly one-fourth of any collegiate basketball player’s experience is on a bus. There’s always the classroom—which should be foremost to any student-athlete; games—which players enjoy the most; practices—which are necessary for success; and road trips—which not many eagerly anticipate. As a general rule, the longer the trip, the less both players and coaches look forward to traveling. Returning home with two wins doesn’t make the...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:31am
Riding eight hours one way to play basketball games of course means a team will have to ride eight hours back home. Winning one of those games—particularly the one before boarding the bus for the trip home—makes the entire trip seem easier. That’s exactly what happened to the University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms last weekend. Thursday, UAM a 79-53 decision to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla. but bounced back Saturday with an 88-70 victory over...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:30am
Saturday GIRLS Game 1: Drew Central vs. Dermott, 11 a.m. Game 3: Star City vs. Dermott, 1 p.m. Game 5: Star City vs. Fordyce, 3 p.m. Game 7: Drew Central vs. Fordyce, 5 p.m.BOYS Game 2: Dermott vs. Camden Fairview, noon Game 4: Monticello vs. Parkers Chapel, 2 p.m. Game 6: Star City vs. Fordyce, 4 p.m. Game 8: Drew Central vs. Hamburg, 6 p.m.Next Wednesday GIRLS Game 9: Fordyce vs. Dermott, 4:30 p.m. Game 11: Drew Central vs. Star City, 6:30 p.m.BOYS Game 10: Dermott-Camden...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:21am
Charlie William Belknap, 85, of Cartersville, Ga., formerly of Monticello, passed away on January 3, 2019 at his home in Cartersville. He was born July 25, 1933 in Blytheville to the late Raymond Otto Belknap Sr. and Louise Ross Belknap. In addition to his parents, his wife, Patsy Ruth Bartholomew Belknap, preceded him in death. Charlie also had two brothers, Raymond Otto Belknap Jr. and Eugene Belknap, that preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons and one daughter, James Steven (...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:17am
Robert W. Crain passed away December 23, 2018 in Albuquerque, N.M. shortly before his 97th birthday. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Liz), sons Bob Jr. and partner Judy Ducharme of Albuquerque and Jim and wife Sylvia of Santa Fe, N.M., as well as sister Marnelle Van Cleave of Monticello. He grew up in Monticello and met Elizabeth at Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello). They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in February 2018. They married in...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:14am
James Monroe Dodson Sr. passed away December 30, 2018 at Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas. He was born April 24, 1935 in Clark County to the late Rufus Earl and Della Crews Dodson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Pete Dodson; a sister, Daisy Mae Russell; and three infant siblings. He was a retired construction worker, United States Army Veteran and member of the American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:12am
Yvonne Mosley Morgan, 83, of Ingalls (Bradley County) died Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Bradley County Medical Center in Warren. She was born April 5, 1935, in Loxley, Ala, the youngest of eight children born to Thomas and Alice Mosley. Yvonne was a homemaker, a member of Antioch Primitive Baptist Church and the widow of Charlie Bertram Morgan, who died June 24, 2010. They were united in marriage March 31, 1951 in Lucedale, Miss. Survivors are one son, John Thomas Morgan of Warren; two...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:06am
James J. Walter, 93, of Fountain Hill, a former resident of Hamburg and LaMarque, Texas, was born September 14, 1925 in Rosedale, Pennsylvania to James Edward Walter and Mary Edith Macrum Walter. He left this world Wednesday morning, January 2, 2019. Jim was a proud veteran of the Army Air Corps and the Army Signal Corps and he served in both World War II and the Korean War. He flew to Washington in September as a guest of Honor Flight DFW in celebration of his service to our country. In his...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 10:04am
Norma Jean Graves Wheeler, 78, of Pine Bluff passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born July 19, 1940 in Drew County to the late Ira Homer Graves and Willie Emma Turner Graves. She was a retired retail store manager and was a member of Green Meadow Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Ira Doyel (Pete) Clampit, and one sister, Evelyn Faye Carpenter. She enjoyed...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:59am
Donald Gene Barrett, 76, of Monticello died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at his home. He was born March 8, 1942 in Monticello to the late Irvin Barrett and Mildred Hackney Barrett. He was a United States Army Veteran. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, Donald Anthony Barrett. Survivors include three stepchildren, Curt Barrett, Cammie Lopez and Dana Priest, all of California; and one sister, Ann Shockey of California. Graveside services were Thursday,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:56am
Betty Jo Wigley Bennett, 83, of Wilmar died Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Drew Memorial Health System. She was born September 25, 1935 in Monticello to the late Bunyon Wigley and Annie Lane Wigley. In addition to her parents and husband, Bobby Lee Bennett, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Wigley, Buster Wigley and Jimmy Wigley; two sisters, Margie Hill and Mary Jones; and two sisters-in-law, Faye Wigley and Carolyn Wigley. Survivors include three sons, Bobby (Felecia)...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:55am
Billy Ray Booker, 59, of Monticello died Friday, December 28, 2018 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born March 25, 1959 in Little Rock to the late Sammy Edward Booker and Cinderella Parnell Booker. Survivors include his wife, Anita Forrest Booker of Monticello; four children, Donna Norris, Scott Booker, Keith Booker and Craig Booker, all of Monticello; one brother, Larry Booker of Monticello; one sister, Tresea Smith of Monticello; nine grandchildren; and one great-...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:54am
Rose Marie Wilkinson Goza, 69, of Wilmar died Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. She was born January 14, 1949 in Wilmar to the late W.D. Wilkinson and Evelyn Lloyd Wilkinson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce Goza. Survivors include two daughters, Charlie (Jimmy) Sandage and Monie Ethridge; one brother, Lawrence “Buddy” (Teresa) Wilkinson of Wilmar; six grandchildren, Hunter Reaves, Keaton Sandage, Ariel Sandage, Joe Helm, Lanie Helm and Jake Helm;...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:53am
Mary Francis Deal Hudgens, 89, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born February 16, 1929 in Crossett to the late Frank Deal and Mary Susie Akin Deal. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Randall Deal, and two sisters, Polly Meeks and Betty Deal. Survivors include four daughters, Debra (Wayne) Andrews of Monticello, Melissa (Joe) Sepahrom of Cleburne, Texas, Sharon (Steve)...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:53am
Dironda Faye Moore, 97, of Monticello died Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at McGehee-Desha Hospital. She was born December 19, 1921 in Marked Tree to the late Earnest Turnbow and Fannie Roy Turnbow. In addition to her parents and husband, R.B. Moore, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Buddy Turnbow, and two sisters, Melba Burnett and Dorothy Faulkner. Survivors include one daughter, Jo Ann May King of Monticello; one brother, J. D. Turnbow of Beaumont, Texas; one sister, Margie Whitmire...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2019 - 9:52am
Cory Shepard, 50, died December 30, 2018. He was born December 6, 1968 in Drew County to the late David Shepard Sr. and Ruby Shepard. Survivors include two sons, Cory (Tiffany) Smith of Benton and Tory Shepard of West Memphis; one daughter, Shatorya Shepard of Little Rock; two granddaughters, LeeAnn Henson of Dumas and Sa’Coya Smith of Benton; one sister, Velma (Samuel) Leonard of Selma; and two brothers, David (Linda) Shepard of Monticello and Jonathan (Lashannon) Shepard of Olive Branch,...
News | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:37am
Monticello has its first female mayor. Paige Chase, who took the seat Tuesday, is the first woman elected to that office. City Clerk Andrea Chambers has served as acting mayor on two occasions but only for a total of 11 days—until an interim mayor could be appointed. “This is not something that I ever thought I would have done,” said Chase, who ascended to the mayoral spot after serving on the Monticello City Council since 2016. “But, life created opportunities for me to explore new things...
News | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:33am
Sports | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:16am
Competing in the Commercial Bank Southeast Arkansas Holiday Basketball Tournament, the Drew Central Pirates faced off with the Fordyce Redbugs last Thursday in their opening-round game. The Pirates cruised to an early 16-7 advantage in the first quarter of play being led by Zeb Trantham’s seven points in the period. Drew Central outscored Fordyce again in the second quarter of play as Trantham scored seven more points in the quarter to help edge the Redbugs 15-13. The Pirates were able to...
Sports | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:13am
Drew Central hosted the annual Commercial Bank Southeast Arkansas Holiday Basketball Tournament during the Christmas Break last Thursday through Saturday and—while neither host squad did as well as they would have liked—both earned third-place trophies. On the girls’s side, the Lady Pirates opened their tournament play facing Kilbourne, La. In the contest, DC exploded to a 28-0 first-quarter lead behind Olivia Young’s nine points. It didn’t get much better for the Lady Hawks in the second...
Sports | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:12am
It’s a well-known fact among basketball coaches that teams either live or die by by the three-point shot. Monticello’s Billies overcame 17 treys against them to finish as the consolation champions of the Beebe Holiday Tournament last weekend in Beebe. In just one of the three games played did Monticello actually have more made three-pointers than did its opponent, but the Billies’ scrappiness helped them to a 2-1 tourney mark to finish the 2018 portion of their schedule at 8-4 overall. A 77-...
Sports | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:07am
It wasn’t exactly Destin, Fla., as the schedule said, but Monticello’s senior girls did take a holiday trip south and east after Christmas. Because of circumstances beyond their control, the Lady Billies didn’t participate in the prestigious Hilton Sandestin Beach Basketball Blowout, but instead played in the annual Pepsi Jackson Public Schools Holiday Basketball Tournament in Jackson, Miss. Monticello faced two of the better JPS girls’ squads and fell in both games. Last Wednesday, the Lady...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:02am
Jesse O. Lowery, 75, of Collins died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at his home. He was born June 24, 1943 in Amite City, La. to the late Jesse Lowery and Larkie Cutrer Lowery. A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, he was preceded in death by one son, David D. Lowery. Survivors include his wife, Lydia Warnock Lowery of Collins; two daughters, Lee Ann (Jerry) Rotten of Jacksonville and Leslie (Edward) Estes of Collins; five grandchildren, Kristen, Jessica, Ashly, Sara and Emma; one sister,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 11:01am
Esther Mary “Marian” Cotham Bowden, 94, of Monticello died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at the Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born February 10, 1924 in Arkansas City to the late John H. Cotham and Emma Clayton Cotham. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Bowden; one sister, Martha Dayton Miller; two brothers, Richard and Louis Cotham; and a son, Lynn Bowden. She was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:59am
Robert S. Barnett, 54, of Monticello died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at his home. He was born September 14, 1964 in Monticello to James S. Barnett and Dawn Barnes Barnett. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lois O’Conner, and his paternal grandparents, Unis and Eva Lasiter Barnett. Survivors include his father and mother, James S. Barnett and Dawn Barnes Barnett of Monticello; two sisters, Traci (Steve) Holland and Jamie (Matt) Clark, both of Monticello; a niece, Lauren (...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:58am
Raymond Dale Fulcher, 61, of Haleyville, Ala., formerly of Banks, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at his home. He was born on Oct. 17, 1957 in East Bernard, Texas to Sterlin William and Ada May Swanson Fulcher. During his life, Raymond worked in the oil field industry in Texas, as a contract logger in Southeast Arkansas and as a truck driver throughout the continental United States. With his wife of 35 years, Raymond raised four children, and loved and influenced others through his life and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:58am
Margaret “Marge” Beck Neel, 94, died peacefully after a brave battle on Monday, December 17, 2018 at home with her family in Monticello. She was born on June 29, 1924 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana to Charles Earnest Beck and Bertha Graves Beck. She graduated from San Angelo, Texas Senior High School in 1941. She worked for several years as a telephone operator. It was in that job that Marge met and later married the love of her life, Bill Neel, on December 12, 1948 in San Angelo, where he was...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:56am
Edith “Faye” (Fleming) Beard, 89, of Monticello went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Monticello. She is survived by her children, Van Beard of Monticello, Pamela Mencer of Lake Village and Monica Blakely of Bryant; her grandchildren, Stephanie Gladden, Leslie Beard, Alex Beard, William Mencer, Josef Mencer, Raven Hefner and Adrianna Denay; her great-grandchildren, Addison Bradshaw, Asher Gladden, Natalie Beard, Madilyn Beard, Cole Hefner and Roan Hefner; her nephew, Gary...
Obituaries | Posted 01/03/2019 - 10:55am
Michael Leon “Mickey” Arrington, 72, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at his home in Monticello. He was born December 31, 1945 in Monticello to the late Norman Arrington and Lola Brown Arrington. He was a United States Army Veteran, retired owner and operator of Arrington Roofing and was a member of Pauline Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Hale Arrington; one brother, Johnny Arrington; two sisters, Norma Warren...
News | Posted 12/15/2018 - 12:39pm
Friday afternoon, Tenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen filed formal charges of first-degree murder solicitation (two counts) against Stephanie Lynn Hill Rogers, according to court documents received by the Advance-Monticellonian via email from Deen’s office. Rogers, the longtime president of the Monticello Youth Soccer Association and the wife of former Monticello Mayor Joe Rogers, had been arrested and  accused of conspiracy to commit capital murder and solicitation to...
News | Posted 11/14/2018 - 10:04am
In a surprising turn of events, Southeast Arkansas saw snow in mid November. Send your snow day pictures to the Advance-Monticellonian so we can share them on our website and social media.
News | Posted 11/09/2018 - 11:17am
Known for bringing friends and family together and its commitment to the community, Huddle House in Monticello is showing respect and support for those who have and continue to protect our country by offering a FREE order of "Sweet Cakes" to all active duty, retired and veteran military members today through Monday.   To show respect and express our thanks for our nation’s active duty, retired and veteran military members, many of whom have put their lives on the line to...
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UP-TO-THE-MINUTE NEWS The Advance-Monticellonian received an email at 9:17 a.m. today (Monday) from the 10th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's office confirming several details in the case of Stephanie Hill Rogers which had widely been publicized on the Internet and on social media but were not yet confirmed. The affidavit for warrant of arrest stated that Rogers did indeed plan to kill 2018 mayoral candidate Joe Rogers and his ex-wife, Debbie Rogers. It is simply the report of...
News | Posted 10/08/2018 - 9:20am
All interested Drew County voters:   There will be a “Meet the Candidates” gathering at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Living Word Fellowship Church, 181 U.S. Highway 425 South. All candidates for opposed county positions will be available for open questions.   Early voting for this election begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 at the Drew County Courthouse, 210 South Main Street, and at the Ethel Hawkins Life Center at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, 5427 East McCloy...
News | Posted 10/05/2018 - 9:32am
Earlier this year, Advance-Monticellonian Publisher Tom White was named President of the Arkansas Press Association. In the third quarter Arkansas Publisher magazine, Tom and the entire staff at the Advance is featured in the publication. Take a look at your hometown newspaper! https://issuu.com/arkansaspress/docs/issue_3__18?e=33171693/64916198
News | Posted 09/18/2018 - 10:10pm
Billy Williams, superintendent of the Drew Central School District, has died, the Advance-Monticellonian confirmed with DCSD School Board President Mike Pennington. Pennington said Williams was working hay on his farm near Monticello when he suffered an apparent heart attack about 6 p.m. Tuesday. See Wednesday’s Advance for more details.
News | Posted 08/29/2018 - 9:20am
The Monticello City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor David Anderson at 6:02 p.m. Tuesday night and the minutes from last months meeting were approved. Nita McDaniel, Executive Director of the Monticello Economic Development Commission was out of town on business so, City Property Inspector Brian Rodgers told the council her report was in their packet and stated that he was working on a few Ordinance #630 violations. Dr. Joe Miles addressed the council members with a request to build...
News | Posted 08/10/2018 - 8:17pm
In the early morning of Aug. 10, several car break-ins were reported in the area, and the Monticello Police Department and Drew County Sheriff's Office are working jointly on the case.   Monticello Police Dispatch received a call from one of the victims that a white Dodge Charger was seen in their yard and two people broke into one of their vehicles. Officers searched the area until DSCO Deputy Dan Garrison located a car matching the description.   The car had an...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2018 - 10:39am
Ethel Mae Adams Newton, 94, of Monticello, passed away Monday, June 25,  at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation. She was born July 28, 1923 in Collins, to the late George Adams and Effie Anderson Adams Ogles. She was the widow of Arthur Lee Newton, Sr., retired from Burlington Industries and was a member of East Side Missionary Baptist Church. Her passion in life was the Relay for Life. Having had cancer herself in 1986, she supported and was involved in that endeavor. She and...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2018 - 10:38am
Dorothy Ann Willingham, 77, of Dermott passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. Ann was born on December 31, 1940 in Dermott to the late Doyle “Red” Davis and Dorothy Marie Brewster Davis. She was a 1959 graduate of Dermott High School. Ann was a member of Red Hat Society and the Dermott Chamber of Commerce. She was the class reunion coordinator for many years. Ann loved to travel and loved Elvis Presley. She dearly loved working at Griffin-Culpepper...
Obituaries | Posted 07/05/2018 - 10:36am
Syble Wright Vinson, 85, of Rye, died Saturday, June 23, at her home.  She was born October 7, 1932 in Jefferson County, to the late Clyde Wright and Mary Esker Adair Wright. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Jones; a granddaughter, Becky Vinson; three brothers, W. C. Wright, Richard Wright and Carlton H. Wright; and one sister, Virginia Wright Sullivan. Survivors include three sons, Mark (Vickie) Vinson  and Jeremy (Angila) Vinson all...
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According to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, the skeletal remains found on March 26 have been identified by the Arkansas State Crime Lab as Clyde Lee Robinson. Robinson was reported missing in July 2017. See this week's copy of the Advance-Monticellonian for the full story.
News | Posted 03/28/2018 - 10:31am
In today's edition of the Advance-Monticellonian newspaper, the annual publication of the Reflections magazine with be in the paper. Make sure you pick up a copy to admire the progress in Drew County over the last year.
Sports | Posted 03/09/2018 - 3:51pm
Beginning of the second quarter: Drew Central in the lead, 19-14   Half time score: 29-25 McGehee   3:26 Update: 35-33 McGehee   End of 3rd quarter: 38-37 Drew Central   5 Minutes left: 43-40 McGehee   3 Minutes left: 45-44 Drew Central   2 Minutes left: 47-45 Drew Central   13 seconds left: tied at 49   Final score: 52-49 McGehee
News | Posted 03/01/2018 - 5:20pm
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Greg Tiner If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 03/01/2018 - 12:23pm
Monday night was a star-studded, at least in terms of Monticello dignitaries, gala at the annual Monticello/Drew County Chamber of Commerce-Monticello Economic Development Commission banquet. Highlight awards were presented to the Man, Woman, Business and Industry of the Year. Rev. Alford Branch, pastor of Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, was named Man of the Year. Community activist Charlotte McKiever was named Woman of the Year. Mainline Health Systems, Inc. and Interfor Corporation were...
News | Posted 03/01/2018 - 12:18pm
In an almost four-hour meeting that included two expulsion hearings Monday night, the Monticello School District School Board put their stamp of approval on an agreement with the Drew Central School District to refund $339,856.18 in misplaced ad valorem tax revenue to DCSD. The problem arose when the Drew County tax assessor erroneously assigned the revenue collected from the real estate and personal property tax of Hood Packaging Corporation, 1829 Arkansas Highway 35 South, as though it was...
News | Posted 03/01/2018 - 12:17pm
In Tuesday night’s Monticello City Council meeting, the members present voted to pay the $630.34 bill for sales tax for the new water billing system and to open up the bidding process to sell the 1996 pumper fire truck. Alderman Joe Meeks and Alderwoman Beverly Hudson were absent but Mayor David Anderson declared a quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. Whit Barton, the Monticello city attorney, was not present due to obligations with the Monticello School Board...
News | Posted 03/01/2018 - 12:16pm
RISON—If feedback is any indication, this year’s Historic Highway 35 Junk Hunt set for March 8-10 is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest one yet. Jennifer King of Rison, the catalyst behind the first Junk Hunt three years ago, said she is hearing that there will be several more vendors participating this year and that more people will be coming for the first time this year. “I’ve had a phone call from one lady in Mississippi and another from Louisiana wanting to know how to get here, where...
News | Posted 03/01/2018 - 12:09pm
With recent school shootings happening nation wide, the safety of our children is a hot topic. New safety measures are being taken in classrooms to try to help prevent more tragic events like the most recent Parkland, Fla. school shooting and hopefully, bring parents some peace of mind. “Drew Central School District has taken several steps to guide and assist its personnel on how to respond in an organized and effective manner when an emergency or crises occurs,” Billy Williams, District...
Sports | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:55am
Facing nemesis Star City for the second time in a week, Monticello had only to best the Lady Bulldogs to win the Class 4A South Region Tournament at Dan Coston Field House Saturday and enter the 4A State Championships as the top seed from 4A South. Easier said than done but the Lady Billies accomplished exorcised that Star City demon again with a hard-fought if not improbable 47-45 victory. Monticello had gotten past the Lady Bulldogs 60-52 in the semifinals of the 4A, District 8 tournament en...
Sports | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:51am
Somehow, Drew Central has got to figure out how to solve its arch-rival. Sure, the 26-4 Pirates have beaten the Owls once this season but of DC’s four losses, three have come at the hands of McGehee. The last one hurt the most, a 55-44 defeat in the championship game of the Class 3A, Region 4 Tournament at Fordyce Saturday night. Still, the Pirates enter this week’s 3A State Championships—on their home floor—as the No. 2 seed from 3A Region 4 and still have a chance to play for the ultimate...
Sports | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:51am
Just three years removed from winning the Class 4A state boys’ basketball championship, Monticello’s 2017-18 season ended abuptly way sooner than anyone expected or dreamed. With a 51-46 loss to Ashdown in the first round of the 4A South Region Tournament last Wednesday night, the Billies didn’t even advance to the state tournament this year. The loss ended Monticello’s season at 13-16, and was the Billies’ third straight defeat. Despite their up-and-down season, they hadn’t lost three in a...
Sports | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:50am
When Drew Central qualified for the Class 3A, Region 4 Tournament as the No. 4 girls’ seed from 3A, District 8, the Lady Pirates knew a chance to play on their home floor at this week’s State Championships was on the horizon. DC also knew it had a big hill to climb. Last Wednesday afternoon, Drew Central came tantalizingly close to achieving that goal at FBT Redbug Arena in Fordyce—but it was not to be. Despite getting close to scoring more points in the fourth quarter alone as they had in...
Sports | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:48am
Arguably among the best advertising campaigns of all-time, the NCAA has a way of making fans understand playing sports is only a small part of the college experience for anyone on a team. The classroom has a much bigger impact on the majority of them. A record 20 student-athletes from the University of Arkansas at Monticello were a part of the fall portion of the Great American Conference Academic All-Conference team, taking the NCAA’s message to heart about the importance of sports to many....
Sports | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:45am
After a rocky up-and-down season that likely no one expected, the University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team is suddenly 0-0 again. And that’s good news for the defending Great American Conference  regular-season champions. Picked to literally run away with the 2017-18 season, the Boll Weevils rode a roller coaster all season long and finished 17-11, 12-10 in league action. A rough final week saw UAM go 2-1, winning at Harding University 75-71 last Thursday and losing at...
Sports | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:44am
Another weeklend, another Great American Conference sweep. For the second consecutive league series, the University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils served notive to the rest of the GAC they’re not willing to give up their conference championship without a fight. Moved to Melissa, Texas because of the weather in both Oklahoma and Arkansas, UAM took three games from Southeastern Oklahoma State University Sunday and Monday.  The Diamond Weevils won both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader, 12-5...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:37am
Karlee Rose Whittemire, infant daughter of Megan Ferrington and Randy Whittemire III of Wilmar, died Monday, February 12, 2018 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Survivors, other than her mother and father, include grandparents Roy “Pokey” and Johnnie Ruth Ferrington of Wilmar and Randy and Ashley Whittemire Jr. of Monticello; great-grandparents Ernest and Eloise Summerford of Monticello, and Cecil Birchfield of Monticello and Christine Capps of McGehee; aunts Tonya and Tracy...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:36am
Gene Browning Sullivan, 80, died Feb. 25, at Audrey’s Special House in Hamburg.  He was born Oct. 15, 1937 in Boise, Idaho to the late Floyd Sullivan and Marie Browning Sullivan. Sullivan was a retired United States Air Force Master Sgt. and was retired from the Pentagon. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, El Roy Sullivan, Douglas Sullivan and Marshall Sullivan, Sr.; and his stepmother who raised him from a baby, Mamie Overton Sullivan. Survivors include his...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:36am
Gloria Shaw Hicks, 72, of Monticello, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 16, at her home. She was born September 28, 1945 to the late Kyle Shaw and Martha Banks-Shaw. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter Jacayla Hicks and a brother Augustus Shaw. Survivors include her children, Eric (Pam) Hicks, Brenda Hicks Trotter, Shawn Hicks and Kevin (Renae) Hicks all of Monticello; six sisters; Evelyn Dorrough, Martha Coleman, Mary (Sanders) Hootsell, Brenda Shaw...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:35am
Ione D. Gibson, 92, of Milan, Tenn., formerly of Olive Branch, Miss., died Tuesday, February 13, 2018. She was born on August 7, 1925 in Fountain Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dexter M. Gibson; one daughter, Joy Lunati; two sisters and one brother. Survivors include one daughter, Kae (Pat) Haney of Hernando, Miss.; one son, Dee (Sherry) Gibson of Milan; six grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Visitation and funeral...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:34am
Julius M. “Mert” McClain, 91, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018, at home while surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on June 14, 1926 in Fountain Hill to Wesley and Bessie (Reynolds) McClain. Mert served proudly in the United States Army from September 1944 to July 1946. He was stationed in the European Theatre. Mert bravely fought in The Battle Rhineland during World War II. He received the EAME Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Occupation Medal and the...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:33am
Joan Holland Adcock, 84, of Monticello, passed away Friday, Feb. 23, at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation in Monticello. She was born April 9, 1933 in Arkansas City, to the late Joel Wright Holland and Gladys Leodis McCormick Holland. She was the widow of John Adcock, a homemaker, member of Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church, had a degree in Cosmetology and worked as a hair stylist briefly. She was a long time member of Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. In addition to her...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:32am
Melissa Ann Cayton Forrest, 35, of Monticello, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  She was born August 3, 1982 in Little Rock, to Teddy C. Cayton, Sr. and Shelia Troy Cayton Holstead. She was a graduate of Jefferson School of Nursing, a Registered Nurse employed by Arkansas Hospice and was a Christian of the Pentecostal Church of God faith.  She was a very loving wife, daughter, mother and nurse being very devoted to her job and clients.  She was...
Obituaries | Posted 03/01/2018 - 11:32am
Thomas Edward Brown, 82, of Monticello, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, at Drew Memorial Health System.  He was born Oct. 2, 1935 in Center, Texas to the late William Lawton Brown and Mary Estelle Williams Brown.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two daughters, Sandy Craig of Monticello, and Brenda Brown of Newport Tenn.; and one brother, Roger Brown of Pine Prairie, La. He was a retired rig manager for Pool Arabia in Saudi Arabia where he worked for many years, a...
News | Posted 03/01/2018 - 9:05am
Recent rains have pushed the Saline River in far western Drew County to near record levels. The water reached 30.22 ft. Wednesday on the gage near Rye before dropping to less than 30 ft. later in the day. Flood stage at the Rye gauge is 26 ft. The forecast for more rain in the watershed has prompted the National Weather Service Hydrologic Prediction Service to set a new crest of 30.50 ft. for tomorrow through Friday. The forecast levels do not fall below 29.60 ft. through March 5th. The highest...
News | Posted 02/16/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Paul Pace Jody Brannen Alisa Hopper Connie McKiever Alicia Ratliff Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Mark & Kathy Tucker If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/16/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Paul Pace Jody Brannen Alisa Hopper Connie McKiever Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Mark & Kathy Tucker If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/15/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Linda Huffman Bessie Roark Lacresha Sheperd Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Robert & Sandra Young If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/14/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Haley Nicole Burnett Debbie Hashem Renee Thames Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Ron & Teresa Echols Glen & Joy Barnhill If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/13/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Val Stanton John Jackson Leonard Johnson Arthur Stivison Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Russell and Kacie Wallace If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/12/2018 - 5:36pm
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Jarrett Barnhill Russell Wallace Mike Hancock Sharon Meier If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/12/2018 - 5:35pm
Happy Belated Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Sarah Karnes Jack Morgan Pace Geneva Byrd Lindsey Echols Karen Hubbard Sivils Joy Gibson Sills Barbara Baker Fiona Eloise Carson Fallon Rutherford If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/12/2018 - 5:34pm
Happy Belated Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Leisha Atkins Parker Adam Ed Brewer Liz Smith If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/09/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Courtney Price Paula Hooks Raxanne Karnes J.D. Pennington If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/08/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Stephen A Trana Christin Harrison Audrey Howard Hohn Frank Gibson Charlotte Ply Cindy Coggins Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Barbara and Val Stanton If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/07/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Hilda Garrett Randi Kay Atkins Cam Wilson Luke Frost Linda Chapman Jim Baker Robin Chapman Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Houston and Camille Berryman If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/06/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Ericka Densmore Rebecca Haskins Buck Henderson Austin Clay Hopper Jon Leggett Callie Payne Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Hoover Mr. and Mrs. Bill Whiting If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/05/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Anne Goodding Jason Hogue David Ray Matthew Spencer Carl Barnett Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Ramona and Ronald Jaggers If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/04/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Don Hogue Richard Sanders Ruth Langley Donald McKiever Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Tommy and Emily Ashley If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/03/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian John Frost If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/02/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Josh Brown Lee Wells Lindsey Woodall Larry Yount If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 02/01/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Marilyn Hogue Courtney Stain Peyton Fletcher Cleo Young Mrs. Clifton Bond Jim Eoff Don Koen Happy Anniversary Johnny and Mary Donaldson If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/31/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Meri Whitney Zieman J.D. Durham John Ware Thomas Leggett Jere Johnston Michael Efird Keith Pace Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Jim Adcock Ray and Pam Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. Brent Wilkins If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  

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News | Posted 01/30/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Betty Attebury Charles Hathaway Dwight Witcher Lynne Thompson Elizabeth Drew Echols Blake Huffman Cynthia Eppinette Happy Anniversary Jimmy & Sue Orrell If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/29/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Dorothy Sharp Samantha Walker If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/28/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian C.J. Harris Lacey Harris Katie Rosegrant Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian A.W. & Hilda Garrett Bruce & Darline Kizer If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/27/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Dale Edward Pace Alan Napier If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/26/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Susan Frost Larry Don Long Eugene McNeese Chad Gibson Kevin McEntire Joe Nowlen If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/25/2018 - 12:52pm
In a lengthy first Monticello City Council meeting of 2018, the members accepted Alderwoman Carolyn Brown’s resignation letter and voted to fill her seat with Craig McRae for the remainder of her term. Brown served in Ward 2, Position 1; her term was scheduled to end Dec. 31. Brown gave her letter of resignation to Mayor David Anderson last Wednesday, effective immediately. Per Arkansas Statute 14-45-103, it was then the remaining council members’ duty to replace her at the next meeting, which...
News | Posted 01/25/2018 - 12:50pm
Some Drew County employees benefited from, of all things, an ordinance that was passed by the Drew County Quorum Court Monday night to purchase two garbage trucks. “The ordinance includes some pay slot increases,” Drew County Judge Robert Akin said after the regularly scheduled meeting. “It’s a great way to start the new year.” In an unrelated matter, the QC also decided to remain with Air Vac for county employees and elected officials. Air Vac is a helicopter ambulance service that serves...
News | Posted 01/25/2018 - 12:48pm
CORRECTION In our print edition Wednesday, the Advance-Monticellonian erroneously reported that Monticello attorney John F. Gibson Jr. had announced his retirement. Gibson, 77, has not announced that he will retire. In a prepared statement, Gibson said in recent years he has limited his practice to primarily criminal defense work, and "that (his retirement) all depends on his ability to continue to serve his many clients and those who will need him." We apologize for our mistake, and regret...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:56am
In a week where second-year Monticello’s Bobby Lewellan won his 300th game as a girls’ basketball head coach, there’s a strong possibility he would give a few of those victories back to avoid what happened to his Lady Billies Tuesday night at Dan Coston Field House. Beginning a stretch where six of the seven outings remaining count toward Monticello’s seeding in the upcoming Class 4A, District 8 Tournament, the Lady Billies were upset on their home court by arch-rival Warren, 65-62. That loss...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:42am
Another week, another two wins for the Drew Central senior boys. Despite having to play without leading scorer Montiel Daniels for much of the time (the senior did see action in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game), the Pirates extended their win streak to 13 with an 89-74 victory at Lake Village Lakeside last Friday and a 61-49 thrashing of Smackover Tuesday at Drew Central Gymnasium. DC is now 18-1 overall, 12-0 in th Arkansas Activities Association’s “blended” Class 3A-4A, District 12 and...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:41am
Sports | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:38am
Over the last six games, Drew Central head girls’ basketball coach Michael Goad has to be frustrated with his Lady Pirates’ off-again, on-again play. DC was on again Tuesday night, though, in a 68-53 victory over Smackover at Drew Central Gymnasium that evened the Lady Pirates Class 3A, District 8 record at 2-2. That is what’s most important now, as DC’s mark against the 8-3A schools in the Arkansas Activities Association’s “blended” 12-3A4A mega-league will determine seeding for the upcoming...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:36am
This is probably not the way University of Arkansas at Monticello head men’s basketball coach Kyle Tolin envisioned his Boll Weevils finishing the first half of the 2017-18 Great American Conference season. After all, UAM went into the winter as the defending co-champions of the regular season and were the runaway preseason pick to win the league this year. Stuff happens, though. After a surprising 69-68 upset loss to rival Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia Tuesday night, UAM sits at 6...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:35am
RUSSELLVILLE—University of Arkansas at Monticello forward Derylton Hill has been named the Great American Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this winter, it was announced Monday by the league office. Hill, a senior, averaged 28 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 74 percent from the floor to help lead UAM over GAC opponents Arkansas Tech University and Harding University at home this past week. He also shot 10-for-11 from the free-throw line, along with five assists,...
Sports | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:34am
No coach or player likes to lose. When a team loses six games in a row, a victory is desperately needed. In the midst of playing five of six games at home, it was on the road that the University of Arkansas at Monticello got that much-needed “W.” In a game postoned by last week’s snowstorm, UAM downed rival Southern Arkansas University 66-56 in Magnolia Tuesday night. That somewhat soothed the otton Blossoms’ collective feelings after losing three state at home. Lasy Thursday, Arkansas Tech...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:08am
Edna Lavearn Ballard, 82, of Dermott passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Monticello. Edna was born in Rison, a daughter of the late Ted Clarence and Alma Josephine Cranford Laws. She was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a major in business education and a minor in art. She taught school at Parkdale Schools and was also the principal there. Edna worked at the Adult Education Program in Eudora for many years. She...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:07am
Jonathan Isaac Hartley, 34, of Monticello passed away Monday, Jan. 15. Born July 23, 1983 in Little Rock, he was the only child of Andrea Stanley Hartley of Hunter and the late John Charles Hartley. He was reared and educated in the Pine Bluff area and graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 2001. Jonathan furthered his education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he earned and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Forestry. He worked in the School of Forest Resources at UAM...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:05am
Ronald “Ronnie” David Woodall, 62, of Rison passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at his home. He was born September 16, 1955 in Bradley County to the late Howard T. Woodall and Minnie Myers Woodall. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Woodall. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran and worked many years for SeaArk Marine in their IT Computer Department. Ronnie was a very private man. He enjoyed woodworking, electronics, building computers and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:02am
Bobby Lee Green, 50, of Monticello died Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his home. A son of the late George and Helen Green, he was born September 18, 1967. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Green; his children, Taquita Green and Emmanuel Green; his siblings, Cheryl Green, Joe Green and James (Lisa) Green; his step-grandmother, Estelle Franklin Lemon; and four granddaughters. Funeral services were January 20 at Brooks Chapel Baptist Church in Monticello. Burial followed in Union Cemetery in...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:01am
Linda Kay Bassett Johnson, 61, of Monticello died Friday, Jan. 12, at her home. She was born April 9, 1956 to the late Chester Bassett and Verline Phillips Bassett. Survivors include her husband, Earl Johnson of Monticello; a sister, Velester Meads of Little Rock; and two brothers, W.C. Bassett of West Covina, Calif. and Cornelius Ray (Debra) Bassett of Monticello. Funeral services were Saturday, January 20 at First Missionary Baptist Church with burial following in Oakland Cemetery. ...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 11:00am
William Edward Marvin Spears, 9 months, of Monticello died Monday, January 15, 2018 at his home. He was born April 10, 2017 in Monticello to Jacob Spears and Brittney Davey Spears. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Kelly Davey; and two great-grandfathers, Marvin Spears and Edward Davey. Survivors include his mother and father, Brittney and Jacob Spears of Monticello; his grandfather, Albert Davey of Monticello; his grandfather and grandmother, William Spears and Stacy Spears of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 10:59am
Sybil Wilson Sulephen, 80, of El Dorado, formerly of Monticello, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Arkansas Hospice St. Vincent’s in Little Rock. She was born June 25, 1937 to the late John “Bud” and Vera Rhodes Waites. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Joe Wilson and Harold Bo Sulephen; a brother, John A. Waites; a sister, Rachael White; a daughter, Rhonda Shackelford; a son-in-law, Gary Shackleford; and grandsons, Caleb Carroll and Michael Wilson....
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 10:58am
Marlene Waldrup Tucker, 81, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born August 29, 1936 in Desha County to the late Noah Joshua Waldrup and Ozie Jones Waldrup. In addition to her parents and husband, Bobby Tucker, she was also preceded in death by one son, Raymond Tucker; one brother, N.D. Waldrup; and one sister, Gladys Waldrup. Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn (Chuck) Hoover of Monticello; two grandchildren...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 10:54am
Dallas Youngblood, 73, of Monticello died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born January 1, 1945 in Pine Bluff to the late Dallas Youngblood Sr. and Cora Pittman Youngblood. Survivors include one brother, Bernard (Dianne) Youngblood of Lake Village; one niece, Lea Ann McIntyre of Crossett; and one great-nephew, Nathan McIntyre of Fayetteville. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Buddy Lemons...
Obituaries | Posted 01/25/2018 - 10:54am
Deontra Montrell Ollison Sr., 29, of Monticello died Thursday, January 18, 2018. He was born on April 3, 1988 to JoLynn Jordan and Gregory Ollison. Survivors include his mother and father, JoLynn Jordan and Greg Ollison, both of Monticello; his children, Deontra Ollison Jr., Chanel Ollison, Lauryn Jackson and Paisley Ollison; his siblings, Greg (Caitlin) Ollison Jr. of Haughton, La., and Donterrious Ollison and Jordan Ollison, both of Monticello; his aunts, Molly Thompson, Tommie Mae Berger,...
News | Posted 01/25/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Shannon Fletcher David A. Henry Justin Witcher Joe Griffith Whitney Dottley Howard Zach McClendon Jr. Bruce Kizer If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/24/2018 - 9:35am
The Monticello City Council accepted the resignation of Ward 2 Alderman Carolyn Brown at last night's meeting. As per Arkansas law, it was the duty of the current members to replace Brown at the next meeting. Two Monticellonians were nominated to fill the vacancy. Claudia Hartness nominated Craig McCrae and Al Peer nominated JoAnn Trotter. After some very heated discussion from Alderman Cedric Leonard and Alderman Joe Meeks about the process, it was voted that Craig McCrae would serve the...
News | Posted 01/24/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian McKenzie Zieman Kate Allyn Brown Tim Smith Chris Gray Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian James & Martha Schenk If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/23/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Calvin Murphy Nicholas Smith Frost If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/22/2018 - 9:39am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Mary F. Lomax John Bullock Kelsey Freeman Happy Anniversary from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Jerry & Belinda Akin If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:27am
Much-anticipated snow days shut down all schools in Drew County this week. Monticello School District, Drew Central School District, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Monticello Christian Academy all closed yesterday and today to allow students to enjoy the winter weather and hopefully avoid unsafe driving conditions. Monticello and Drew Central Schools declared the snow days Alternative Methods of Instruction days. Act 862 of 2017 allows a public school district and open-...
News | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:27am
Friday, Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson signed an order for murder suspect Camron King to undergo a criminal responsibility examination after King admitted to investigators he beat Roxanne Best to death with a 2x4 on Jan. 4. Thomas Deen, the prosecuting attorney for the Tenth Judicial District, formally charged King with first-degree murder last Wednesday afternoon. The Class Y felony is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 10 years nor more than 40 years or life. Joseph Mazzanti, the chief...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:25am
Especially in the lower classifications where the Arkansas Activities Association has so many schools from which to choose, this opportunity comes along maybe once in a student’s athletic life. Of all the seasons for it to happen locally, 2017-18 was the year—and it has. Drew Central was selected as host for the early rounds of the Class 3A Basketball State Championships by the AAA Board of Directors at its winter meeting in Little Rock last Thursday. “It’s a huge honor to be chosen,” Drew...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:21am
While Drew Central cornered the market on the big news this winter with the Class 3A State Championships, Monticello has not been left out. The Billies, who generally host at least one regional or state tournament in some sport every year, have been awarded the 4A South Region basketball tournament in 2018. The announcement was made during the Arkansas Activities Association Board of Directors winter meeting in Little Rock last Thursday. The top four teams, both boys and girls, from 4A,...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:20am
After Friday’s performance at home against Crossett, there’s a pretty good chance Drew Central head boys’ basketball coach C.J. Watson didn’t mind Tuesday’s snow that postponed the top-ranked Pirates’ game at Fordyce. The postponement will give his now 16-1 charges more practice time, which Watson said after a tougher-than-expected 70-65 victory over the Eagles at Drew Central Gymnasium they desperately need. “I thought we struggled on defense,” Watson said of the five-point win which gave...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:16am
Toiling in the shadows of their top-ranked male counterparts all season, it seems, Drew Central’s Lady Pirates just may have broken into the light Friday night. Despite having only five players score, DC blasted Crossett 45-33 at Drew Central Gymnasium. The win lifted the Lady Pirates to 7-10 overall and 4-6 in the Arkansas Activities Association’s “blended” Class 3A-4A, District 12. Fortunately for the Lady Pirates, the Crossett game was the last they have to worry about some made-up league...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:15am
Even front-line players on a good team can learn something. Monticello found that out the hard way in the first half Friday night at Lake Village Lakeside. Luckily for the Lady Billies, they learned their lessons well. After intermission, the superior talent wearing blue and white took over in a 56-29 victory over the Lady Beavers that improved Monticello to 15-4 overall, 9-1 in Class 3A4A, District 12.    “Midway through the first quarter,” second-year girls’ head coach Bobby Lewallen...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:12am
This has been a season to forget in many ways for Monticello, but a 79-54 blowout win over Lake Village Lakeside on the road Friday might have changed that. The Billies drew within two games of the .500 mark for the first time all winter at 8-10—and have won four of their last five outings in preparation for the stretch run. Seniors Jase Whitfield and Devario Ballard paced Monticello to the Desha County win with 19 and 16 points, respectively. A planned trip to Junction City on Tuesday to...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:11am
All coaches agree on one thing: It’s not where a team starts, it’s where that team finishes. From being picked seventh before the 2016 season to being selected second prior to last year to being tabbed fourth in this spring’s Great American Conference baseball coaches’ preseason poll, the University of Arkansas at Monticello—through it all—has posted back-to-back GAC Tournament Championships.  “Being picked to finish fourth is about what we expected,” UAM head baseball coach John Harvey said...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:10am
For many, roller coasters are enjoyable. For University of Arkansas at Monticello head men’s basketball coach Kyle Tolin, it’s a good bet he’s looking for a way to get off. The Boll Weevils, the runaway pick to win the Great American Conference regular season before the year began, continued their up-and-down play, losing 82-78 at Ouachita Baptist University last Thursday before rebounding to stop Henderson State University 82-72 Saturday at Steelman Field House. Yet another split of GAC...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:08am
It’s almost as if Arkadelphia has ganged up on the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball program the first time through the Great American Conference schedule. Thursday, the Cotton Blossoms dropped a game 63-52 at Ouachita Baptist University then, two days later, came home to face Henderson State University—only to fall again, 69-47, at Steelman Field House.   The losses left UAM’s women at 5-8 overall and 1-7 in league play. And Mother Nature stopped the Blossoms’ chances...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:07am
Members of the Monticello Regional Office Wildlife Division staff of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission joined Cpl. Mac Davis of Waldron in being recognized for their commitment to conservation and outdoor traditions at the annual State Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Arkansas Chapter held at the Benton Event Center in Benton recently. Mark Hooks, Mark Barbee, Bubba Groves, David Luker and Michael Shepherd received the Arkansas NWTF 2017 Partnership...
Sports | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:06am
Monticello woman named 2017 USTA Arkansas Hall of Fame inductee Crystal Noble of Monticello will be inducted into the Arkansas Tennis Hall of Fame Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn in North Little Rock. Noble started playing tennis in Monticello with her sister when she was 16 years old. She played on the first Monticello High School girls’ team as a senior in 1975. A year later, she played on the first women’s team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where she was regional runner-up in...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:04am
Donald Leo “Don” Pace, 76, of the Green Hill Community, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, at his home.  He was born November 3, 1941 in Drew County, to the late Woodrow Wilson Pace and Blanche Molly Piper Pace. He was a contractor, business owner, United States Army Veteran and a member of Green Hill Baptist Church.  Some of Don’s favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, cooking and entertaining others, and raising exotic animals.  He loved to make people laugh and his personality...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:03am
Anna Jo Palmer Rash, 93, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born on April 29, 1924 to parents Charles and Lona Palmer. She was the last surviving sibling from a family of 15 children. Anna Jo grew up in Monticello where she met Lewis Carlton Rash in elementary school. They were married on May 26, 1944 and lived in Monticello for ten years before moving to Lake Village to raise their children. During World War II, Anna Jo worked for Western...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:01am
Louise Case Sipes, 82, of Monticello, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, Jan. 13, at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello.  She was born December 1, 1935 in Star City, to the late James Carl Case and Beadie Mae McKinzie Case.  She was the widow of Travis Sipes, a retired teller at Commercial Bank and was a long-time member of Second Baptist Church.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister,...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 8:00am
Bro. Larry Eugene Wilkerson, 67, of Tyro, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, at Baptist Health Center in Little Rock.  He was born January 12, 1951 in Monticello to the late Herschell Eugene Wilkerson and Martha Nell Collins Wilkerson. He was a Pastor currently serving with Anderson Chapel Baptist Church.  Bro. Larry’s hobbies included playing baseball and softball, hunting, fishing, and serving as a volunteer fireman with the Monticello Fire Department and rescue unit.  However, his greatest love...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 7:58am
Fleta Madden Collins, 71, of Monticello died Saturday, Jan. 13, at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born October 3, 1946 in Plain Dealing, La. to Leon Madden and Gertrude Warren Madden. Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Susie Henry of Monticello, Macel Ruhn of Bryant and Flosteen Collins of Bismark; two brothers-in-law, Doyle Collins and Larry Etheridge of Monticello; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 7:57am
Gerald Wayne Gladden, 75, of Monticello, died Friday, Jan. 12, at his home in Monticello. He was born March 12, 1942 in Hamburg, to Jewell Jordan Hargis and the late Delton Gladden. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Gay Youngblood Gladden; a son, Parish Gladden; and a sister, Susan Herring. Survivors include one son, Kim Gladden of Monticello; one daughter, Lisa Gladden of Monticello; his mother, Jewel Jordan Hargis of Monticello; two brothers, Billy Gladden and Dennis Gladden both of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/22/2018 - 7:56am
Johnny Graves, 76, of Monticello, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello.  He was born May 17, 1941 in Ashley County, to the late Guice Graves and Earlene Wigley Graves Myrick. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Tiner and Patricia Hunter; four brothers, Billy Ed Graves, John Clyde (Bobo) Graves, Gary Glenn (PeeWee) Graves and David Graves; his step-father, Tarver Myrick and step-mother, Betty Jean Holland Graves....
News | Posted 01/21/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Andrea Vejtorp Jeff Rawls Genella Henry Joe Bonfanti Buddy Carson Anthony Milhollen Happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Harold Tilley Larry & Shirley Fisackerly Marty Lee & Hollie Wardlaw If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/20/2018 - 8:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Andrew Thomas Wall James Schenk Daniel Labro Rhonda Huffman If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/19/2018 - 2:03pm
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Emily Grubbs Edith Chisom Tiffany Stringfellow Steve Knott Tina Harrison Larry Hopkins Haley Dearman Harold Mitchell If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/18/2018 - 5:00am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Jayson Reed Jason Carson Dr. John Hunt If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/17/2018 - 9:30am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Jerry Hughes Stephanie Norris Ryan Smith Edward Schenk Seth Lemons If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.  
News | Posted 01/16/2018 - 11:15am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Haley Woods, David Kilcrease, Michelle Haskins and Stephanie Fearer. Happy Anniversary to Eddie & Michelle LaFever. If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.
News | Posted 01/16/2018 - 9:56am
As of 8:45 a.m., Hyatt St. by Save A Lot is blocked because of a semi truck in the Winter weather. Stick with the Advance for the most up to date and accurate information.
News | Posted 01/16/2018 - 7:43am
Judge Sam Pope’s docket day in Drew County Circuit Court has been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 18, due to the inclement weather, according to Circuit Clerk Beverly Burks. Cases that were on the 9:30 a.m. docket have been moved to 11 a.m., and cases that were set for 1 p.m. have been moved to 2 p.m.   Judge Bruce Anderson also said he is canceling Monticello District Court today because of bad weather. Persons with cases that were scheduled today will receive notice of a new court date,...
News | Posted 01/16/2018 - 7:02am
All schools in Monticello—Monticello and Drew Central high schools, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Monticello Christian Academy—have closed today because of snow. Check to see if daycares are open, if you have to go to work. Stay with the Advance-Monticellonianian for further updates.
News | Posted 01/15/2018 - 10:19am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Mark Hooks, Kyle Berryman, Barbara Newton, Sara E. Todd, Bob Weih, Sr. Happy Anniversary to Leonard & Nola Johnson and Ken & Jamie McBride. If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.
News | Posted 01/12/2018 - 9:42am
Happy Birthday from the entire staff at the Advance-Monticellonian Candi Lawson Maria King Jessica Barnes Stuart Ferguson Jan West Greg Mitchell Cecil Wright Don Bickford Ryan Copico If you have someone you would like to add to our birthday list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.
News | Posted 01/11/2018 - 12:03pm
Cameron King, 32, of Monticello was arrested last Friday in connection to an alleged beating death at Turtle Creek Apartments, 130 West Oakland Avenue—the city’s first homicide of 2018—according to the Arkansas State Police. Roxanne Best, 32, also of Monticello, was identified as the victim. Her body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the exact manner and cause of death. Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton said the ASP was requested to assist in the...
News | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:59am
While it’s unknown if any other state colleges joined the University of Arkansas at Monticello, UAM is ahead of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s curve. In an open letter sent to the presidents and chancellors of the state’s four-year universities Tuesday, Hutchinson challenged them to freeze in-state tuition at its current levels for the 2018-19 academic year. According to Jim Brewer, UAM’s Director of Media Services, the local college had already done that. UAM did not raise tuition this year....
News | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:58am
LITTLE ROCK—Friday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his intent to grant 12 pardons, two firearm rights only and one commutation—and a Monticello man was included in the list. Robert A. Stout was on the governor’s list of intent to pardon. In 1992, Stout was convicted of aggravated assault (a Class  D felony) in Lonoke County. According to the press release, the governor’s decision “is issued based on the date of conviction, the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:56am
With one minute, 35 seconds remaining in Tuesday night’s Monticello-Drew Central senior boys’ basketball game at Dan Coston Field House, one side of the gym resembled a ghost town—and it wasn’t the visitors’ stands. Where the building had been rocking only moments before, it’s a good bet not many Monticello fans wanted to see the end of what was a 64-52 Pirate victory on the “road.” What most missed was two straight steals and layups by DC’s Trenton Eubanks and Montiel Daniels, capping a...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:54am
It’s a shame, really. Drew Central’s young Lady Pirates were definitely in the woing place at the wrong time facing a mad Monticello senior girls’ squad—and it showed in a 64-41 Lady Billie victory Tuesday night at Dan Cotson Field House that not only put Monticello back on the winning track but secured the “Showdown In M-Town” Trophy between the two crosstown rivals. Monticello, still smarting from an “embarrassing” 44-31 loss Friday night at Fordyce, improved to 14-4 overall and 9-1 in the...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:52am
Save for the first quarter, Monticello and Drew Central played pretty evenly in the junior boys’ portion of the “Showdown In M-Town” Tuesday night at Monticello’s Dan Coston Field House. That opening six minutes, though, propelled the Junior Billies to an easy 50-26 win over the Junior Pirates in the first game of the night, setting the stage for Monticello to retain the crosstown rivalry trophy. The hosts exploded for nearly half their points in the first period in a 50-26 victory....
Sports | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:46am
Sometime soon, University of Arkansas at Monticello head men’s basketball coach Kyle Tolin said, he hopes to see his Boll Weevils exhibit the panache that last year’s record-breaking squad managed. With all the players except onae returning, it’s not a far-fetched notion. Unfortunately for UAM, the 2017-18 Weevils just haven’t been able to get over the proverbial hump. Last week, the Kelly Green and White slipped past Southeastern Oklahoma State University 82-73 on Thursday in Weatherford,...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:44am
Rebuilding seasons are no fun for any coach—or player, for that matter. On its longest road trip of the winter, the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team suffered two more losses, dropping the Cotton Blossoms to 1-5 in the Great American Conference. Last Thursday, UAM did give No. 17 Southwestern Oklahoma State University all it could handle—and then some—but the Bulldogs prevailed 85-80 in Weatherford, Okla. Two days later, the Blossoms seemed spent at Northwestern...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:40am
Coming off a 34-23 season that saw longtime coach Alvy Early become Arkansas’ winningest collegiate coach at any level, the University of Arkansas at Monticello has been picked to finish fifth in the Great American Conference Preseason Softball poll.   “You know what most coaches think about preseason polls,” said Early, who currently has 1,168 coaching wins in 38 years of college coaching, “but it is sometimes interesting reading and makes for discussion. I will say that, other than the top...
Sports | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:39am
LITTLE ROCK – Chronic wasting disease, detected in Arkansas almost two years ago, has been found in three more counties. Four white-tailed deer in Benton, Washington and Sebastian counties recently tested positive for the deadly disease, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The deer in Benton County were a 2.5-year-old doe near Decatur and a 5.5-year-old doe near Springtown. The Sebastian County deer was an adult buck near Lavaca, and the one from Washington County was a 1.5-...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:35am
Evelyn “Lucille” McLure Burroughs, 83, of Buhl, Ala. died December 27, 2017, at Hospice of West Alabama. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Lora McLure, Early Brooks Ferguson and seven siblings. Survivors include her husband, John Edward Burroughs; daughters Judy McLure, Shelley Johnson and Diane Proffitt; sons Jimmy Braden and John Edward Burroughs Jr.; a sister, Virginia Robinson; a brother, Fain McLure; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Born near the Prairie Grove...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:34am
Robert E. “Bob” Cockrell, 90, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock. He was born October 14, 1927 in the Green Hill community to the late Earl Cockrell and Vera Ray Cockrell. He was owner/operator of Bob’s Shoes, a World War II United States Army Veteran and a longtime member of Second Baptist Church where he served as usher and Sunday school secretary for 40 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and will be...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:29am
Hattie Grace Davis, daughter of Bryan and Brandy Davis, went to be with her Lord Friday, January 5, 2018 at the the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She was born January 4, 2018 in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Donald Davis and Mary Davis Kitchel, and a great-grandmother, Austie Johnson. Survivors include her parents, Bryan (B.K.) and Brandy Johnson Davis, her brother, Drake Davis, and her sister, Olivia Davis, all of Monticello; her...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:28am
Robert Devon Marter, 85, of Collins passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born July 17, 1932 in Monticello to the late James Ezra Marter and Gertrude Jane Griffith Marter. He was retired from Burlington Industries and a member of the Dermott Assembly of God Church. Mr. Marter played several musical instruments and loved music and singing his favorite hymns. He was a very loving husband, daddy and papaw, was a friend to many and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:27am
Billie Fern Nelms Reinhart, 76, of Monticello passed away peacefully with her family at her side Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born July 23, 1941 in Monticello to the late Jess Nelms and Bonnie Doss Nelms. She was the widow of James Lewis Reinhart, a retired employee of Drew Memorial Hospital and a member of Oak Grove Assembly Of God Church. Survivors include her son, Dr. Lewis King of Dallas; a daughter, Theresa Burnett of Little Rock; one...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:24am
Gene “Bear” Veazey Jr., 58, of Monticello died January 4, 2018 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born in Houston on November 8, 1959 to Gene Lavoy Veasey Sr. and Betty Lawson Veazey. He was a United States Marine veteran. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Sarah Veazey, and one sister, Janet Castle. Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Veazey and Hannah Veazey, both of Monticello; the mothers of his children, Angela Lewis of Monticello and Paula Veazey of...
Obituaries | Posted 01/11/2018 - 11:23am
Addie Bea Lamb Washington, 89, of Monticello died on January 2, 2018 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Gracie Lamb. She was the widow of Newt Washington Sr. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, James and Edward Washington; a grandson, Anthony “Tony” Watson Jr.; a great-grandchild, Anthony Watson III; three sisters: Lillie Washington, Georgia Washington and Mary Christian; and one brother, Terry...
News | Posted 01/11/2018 - 9:22am
Everyone at the Advance-Monticellonian would like to wish the following people a very Happy Birthday on Thursday, Jan. 11. Terry Erwin Justin Lee and Hannah Moss If you would like to add someone to our birthday calendar, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net
News | Posted 01/10/2018 - 11:02am
Everyone at the Advance-Monticellonian would like to wish the following Monticello and Drew County citizens a Happy Birthday! Ben Tiner Ruth Ann Chapman Rebecca Copico Dr. Ed Bacon and Janice Majors. If you would like a name added to our birthday or anniversary list, please email the name and date to reporter@monticellonews.net.
News | Posted 01/05/2018 - 3:09pm
Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton said the Arkansas State Police has been requested to assist in the investigation of a homicide reported Thursday night by MPD officers.  Special Agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division have been assigned to the case. Local police officers responded at approximately 6 p.m. to Turtle Creek Apartments, 113 Oakland Avenue. Inside an apartment, police found the body of a woman who appeared to have been beaten to death. At 2:39 p.m. Friday,...
News | Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:52am
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Seasoned law enforcement officer Tim Nichols has announced his candidacy for Drew County Sheriff in the upcoming 2018 election in an email sent Monday. Nichols, who is running for the position currently held by Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, has been working in law enforcement since 2007, but has been around the field his entire life. “My father was sheriff in Chicot County and being the Drew County Sheriff has been a dream of mine since I was young,” Nichols said. Over the past 10 years,...
News | Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:46am
Sports | Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:37am
Playing three days in a row is tough for any basketball team. Playing that brutal schedule while hosting a tournament and having to face higher classification opposition is nearly impossible. Playing that many days in a row, going up against larger schools each day and entertaining seven other squads with a relatively young team is…well, it’s the situation in which Drew Central’s Lady Pirates found themselves last week in the Commercial Bank Southeast Arkansas Holiday Basketball Tournament....
Sports | Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:33am
Until the final desperation three-point heave found nothing but air, Drew Central head boys’ basketball coach C.J. Watson said he was unsure of the outcome of Tuesday night’s home game with defending Class 4A, District 8 champion Warren. As it was, the shot fell harmlessly on the Drew Central Gymnasium court nowhere near the intended destination and the Pirates held on for a 43-41 win that kept DC’s win streak alive and improved the hosts to 13-1 for the season. “It was kind of a weird game...
Sports | Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:32am
Unless it’s the University of Connecticut or maybe the University of Tennessee, women’s basketball generally takes a back seat to men’s basketball at colleges across the country. If the teams play on the same night, the women’s game leads off followed by the men’s game. With the record-breaking season enjoyed by the Boll Weevils last winter—and all but one member of that team returning—that surely has been the case recently at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Saturday, though, the...
Sports | Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:31am
When a team is struggling to find itself, the best thing to do is play, most coaches agree. Practice can certainly help but until athletes get in game-type situations, neither they nor their coaches know how they’ll react. This season, Monticello just suffered through a forgettable 2017 on the basketball court. A victory in the last game of last year coupled with a good beginning to 2018, though, just might have the Billies headed in the right direction. Monticello totally destroyed Augusta...
Sports | Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:30am
Taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Monticello’s senior girls enjoyed a late Christmas present last weekend. While it didn’t produce the results any of them would like, the Lady Billies proved they could hold their own with some of the nation’s top teams—and that experience could prove to be priceless. It may just translate into Monticello advancing even further in the Class 4A State Championships than a season ago when the Lady Billies were within one game of making the trip...
Sports | Posted 01/04/2018 - 11:29am
Taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Monticello’s senior girls enjoyed a late Christmas present last weekend. While it didn’t produce the results any of them would like, the Lady Billies proved they could hold their own with some of the nation’s top teams—and that experience could prove to be priceless. It may just translate into Monticello advancing even further in the Class 4A State Championships than a season ago when the Lady Billies were within one game of making the trip...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:56am
Sterling Oliver Atkins Sr., 88, of Hamburg passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017. Mr. Atkins was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg. He was a 1947 graduate of Hamburg High School. Mr. Atkins began working as an electrician for the Crossett Company in 1949 and retired from the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1979. He joined the Hamburg First United Methodist Church in 1955 and was a 1950s Gold Club member. A 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Promise Land Masonic Lodge #652, he was a...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:54am
Harold Wayne Cooper passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the age of 86 years. He was preceded in death by his father, William B. Cooper; his mother, Bernice Cooper; and his brothers, James Cooper and Travis Cooper. Wayne is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara Cooper. They were married in Dallas on June 5, 1959. He is also lovingly remembered by his sister, Janice (Seth) Daniel of Hernando, Miss.; two sons, Bennett (Jackie) Cooper of Platte...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:52am
Flarrie Estelle “Flo” Willis, 92, of Redfield, formerly of Monticello, died Saturday, December 30, 2017. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6 at Cranford Funeral Chapel of White Hall. Burial will follow in Union Ridge Cemetery at Monticello. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday. Online guestbook: CranfordFH.com. (Paid obituary)
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:50am
Judy Diane Bostian, 79, of Arkadelphia, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 at her home. She was born March 26, 1947 to the late Marzel Prince and Mildred Johnson Anthony. Judy worked in the Food Service department at Henderson State University for many years. She always enjoyed visiting with people and never met a stranger. Survivors are her children, Tina (Tim) Johnson and Bryan Bostian, both of Bismarck, and Teresa (Jason) Hixon of Midway; a stepson, Kenneth Bostian of China; nine...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:49am
Sandra “Sandy” Brown Craig, 56, of Monticello passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Baptist Health Care in Little Rock. She was born January 4, 1961 in Houston to Thomas Brown of Monticello and the late Etta Chadwick Brown Hughes. She was a homemaker and was a Christian of the Baptist faith. In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Brown and Melonie Hughes. Survivors include one son, Steven Craig of Wilmar; one daughter, Anna Craig of Monticello;...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:48am
Steve Block, 52, of Monticello died December 23, 2017 at his home in Monticello. He was born January 25, 1965 in Monticello to the late Theodis Block and Betty Sawyer Block. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three grandchildren. He is survived by two children, Brittany Block of Monticello and Stevia Block of Arkadelphia; four sisters, Linda (Jerry) Vincent, Gloria Oates, Ladonna (Eddie) Jones and Elaine Ingram, all of Monticello; and two grandchildren, Christian and...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:47am
Donald R. Geise, 58, of Monticello died Monday, December 18, 2017 at his home. He was born on February 6, 1959 in Chicago to the late Richard Andrew Geise and Carol Ann Spinney Geise. Survivors include two daughters, Natasha Geise of Wisconsin and Sarah Geise of Las Vegas; two brothers, Ronald Geise of Appleton, Wis. and Ricky Geise of Chicago; three stepdaughters, Jennifer, Angela and Rebecca; and 10 grandchildren, Dominic, Drayk, Lillyian, Anthony, Alex, Hank, David, Blane, Chase and Heaven...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:47am
Annie Mae Griffen, 85, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Monticello, died December 12, 2017 at Integris Hospice in Oklahoma City. She was born in Drew County on July 9, 1932 to William Griffern and Jewel Jackson Griffen. Survivors include her daughters, Eleanor Ann McNeary, Clifton Ann Keaton, Jenny McDaniel and Yetter McNery, all of Oklahoma City, and Janet Michelle Dew of Fargo, N.D.; and one son, Van William McNeary of Oklahoma City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017...
Obituaries | Posted 01/04/2018 - 10:45am
Kathryn Coslin McCrory, 70, of Monticello died Monday, December 25, 2017 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born March 9, 1947 in Monticello to the late Herman Coslin and Freddie Mae Owens Coslin. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one son, Brandon McCrory, and one brother, Larry Coslin. Survivors include her husband, Phillip “Phil” McCrory of Monticello; one daughter, Misty McCrory (Damon) Wilhite of Monticello; three grandchildren, Reese,...
News | Posted 12/01/2017 - 10:41am
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News | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:51pm
Monticello’s Hope Bragg, a 4-H agent and Staff Chair with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension in Desha County, has been recognized for the archeological programs she has implemented across the state with the Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award. That annual honor is bestowed upon a program that meets the highest standard of quality and innovation. Bragg received her accolades at the recent National Association of Extension 4-H Agents’ annual meeting...
News | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:45pm
In a brief meeting Tuesday night, members of the Monticello City Council voted to update mobile home ordinances No. 480 and 785. The newly amended ordinance, that took affect immediately, states that no mobile home shall be moved into the city limits of Monticello unless a permit of compliance has been obtained from the city of Monticello. The permits will cost $85. All mobile homes must have been constructed after Oct. 25, 1994 to be granted access into the corporate limits of the city. This...
Sports | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:44pm
For any athletic team, it’s always good to play at home. For Monticello, Tuesday night must have felt like heaven. After suffering through four losses to open the 2017-18 basketball season, the Billies got their Dan Coston Field House season started the right way with a 67-55 victory over Smackover. It was technically a conference game, as both are members are the Arkansas Activities Association’s Class 3A4A, District 12. This winter will be the last, at least for a while, for the Billies to...
Sports | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:43pm
Save for a hiccup at Jacksonville in their second game, Monticello’s Lady Billies would be undefeated. The squad that set a new school record for wins last season with 30, though, may be well on the way to duplicating—or betting—that feat. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving (because of early holiday deadlines, the Adcance-Monticellonian was unable to report on that contest), Monticello fell victim to the one two three-pointers the Lady Red Devils made all night in a 71-65 loss on the road....
Sports | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:41pm
At Drew Central Gymnasium FRIDAY 4 p.m. — Valley Springs vs. Woodlawn (girls) 5:15 p.m. — Valley Springs vs. Smackover (boys) 6:30 p.m. — Alpena at Drew Central (girls) 7:45 p.m. — Alpena at Drew Central (boys)SATURDAY 10 a.m. — Monticello at Drew Central (seventh-grade girls) 10:45 a.m. — Monticello at Drew Central (seventh-grade boys) 11:15 a.m. — DeWitt vs. Woodlawn (boys) 12:30 p.m. — Alpena vs. Woodlawn (girls) 3 p.m. — Alpena vs. Star City (boys) 4:15 p.m. — Valley Springs at...
Sports | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:36pm
All coaches will take an “ugly” win over a “pretty” loss. Drew Central head boys’ basketball coach C.J. Watson finds himself in that position today. The Pirates kept their 2017-18 record unblemished at 3-0 with a 67-57 victory at defending Class 4A, District 8 champion Warren Tuesday night that Watson said was anything but textbook basketball. “I don’t think we played well at all (Tuesday) night,” Watson said. “We did play well down the stretch, though. I thought, at times, different...
Sports | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:35pm
So far in 2017-18, the same thing that bugged Drew Central head girls’ basketball coach Michael Goad about last winter has reaed its ugly head again. “We had too many missed shots,” Goad lamented after a 45-36 loss at Warren got the Lady Pirates’ Class 34-4A, District 12 season underway Tuesday night. “We didn’t play well at all. We missed a ton of layups and free throws.” Dropping DC to 2-1 on the young season, the Lady ’Jacks charged back from a four-point halftime decifit and held their...
Sports | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:33pm
“This loss could be good for us—if we will use it to learn and get tougher and better,” University of Arkansas at Monticello head men’s basketball coach Kyle Tolin said of his Boll Weevils after Southern Nazarene University finished a double-digit upset of UAM on Nov. 18. Message received—loud and clear. The Weevils opened a four-game Steelman Field House home stand with two blowout wins of their own, 110-59 over Texas College the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and 95-62 over Philander Smith (...
Sports | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:32pm
Tanya Ray has got her University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blosoms playing like anything but what her peers in the Great American Conference picked them to finish in the preseason. With two wins last week, the Blossoms stand 4-2 entering this week’s GAC play, where they were picked 11th of 12 teams. The latest two triumphs were on the road, 42-40 over old Gulf South Conference rival Christian Brothers (Tenn.) University last Tuesday and at home, 81-68 over Paul Quinn (Texas) College on...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:29pm
Christon Laron Sheets, 20, was born November 13, 1997 at Drew Memorial Health System to Shavon James and Carlos Sheets. He died November 15, 2017, at Drew Memorial Health System. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Shirley Sheets; great grandparents, Charles and Nettie Sheets, Ollie Beatrice Avery and Willie Lee Tilman; his maternal great-grandparents, Adam and Maxine Stanley, Lexi Hicks Stanley and Ebenezer James, Sr. Survivors include his mother, Shavon James of...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:28pm
Sadie Haynes, 86 of Monticello died Saturday, November 18 at her home. She was born October 25, 1931 to the late Thomas Benjamin Sessions and Ada Hodges Sessions in Thornton. Preceding her in death was her husband, Johnny Haynes; a sister, Ora Cathey; and an infant brother. Survivors include two sons, Mark (Connie) Haynes of Monticello and Blake (Gemma) Haynes of Dallas; a brother, Roy Wesley Sessions of Fordyce; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 22...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:27pm
Rev. Daniel L. Franklin, 75, of Monticello died Friday, November 17, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born December 19, 1941, to the late William McKinney and Matilda Miller Franklin of Longview. He was preceded in death by his parents, William McKinney and Matilda Miller Franklin; his brother, John W. Franklin, Sr.; and his grandchildren, Fredon Teamer and Travis Skaggs. Survivors include his wife, Helen D. Franklin, daughters, Shirley Franklin of Milwaukee, Lynn Skaggs...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:25pm
Joshua “Josh” Randall Thompson, 38, of Cameron, N.C., formerly of West Monroe, La., passed away on November 21, 2017. He was born in Jackson, Miss., on November 8, 1979, to Keith and Sue Thompson. He served his country in the United States Army. Josh was a great father and a Christian. He loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed coaching baseball, football and softball and making everyone laugh. Josh was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Crenshaw. Josh is survived by his...
Obituaries | Posted 11/30/2017 - 1:23pm
Caryl Hawkins Palmer, 70, of Monticello, passed away Friday, November 24, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  She was born September 24, 1947 in Texas to the late James Blake Hawkins and Ruby Haynes Hawkins Loveless. She was employed by Phillips Management and was a Christian of the Baptist faith.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry Coslin; and one brother, Dudley Hawkins. Survivors include two daughters, Traci Coslin of Monticello...
News | Posted 11/30/2017 - 12:35pm
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News | Posted 11/22/2017 - 1:06pm
Recently, Drew County experienced two homicides within 12 hours of each other. Arnold LaRon White Sr., 55, of Monticello was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of Harold Miller Jr., 54, also of Monticello. Monticello Police Department officers responded to a shooting incident around noon on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 513 West Shelton Street where the officers found Miller dead. Miller’s body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. White appeared in Drew...
News | Posted 11/22/2017 - 1:05pm
After nearly a year of ruffled feelings, the case of the missing Drew County Museum money has finally come to a close. But it’s not the closure most people following the case or friends of the musuem wanted or expected. Terri Wolfe, 56, who served as Treasurer of the Drew County Historical Society from Jan. 1, 2011 to her resignation on Sept. 8, 2015, allegedly misappropriated $182,446 by writing checks to herself and family members out of the museum’s account to pay for fictitious work done...
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 1:02pm
Deer hunters start young in Arkansas, especially those in and around Drew County. Colton Mitchell has given those local preteens something else for which to shoot now. Mitchell, 11, has earned the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Triple Trophy Award this season by harvesting a whitetail deer with a bow, a muzzleloader and a modern gun. Of more than 330,000 licensed deer hunters, according to the AGFC, only a “handful” each year accomplish this feat. The Triple Trophy program began in 1984...
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 1:00pm
Shifting sports gears from outside to inside, Monticello and Drew Central have begun their basketball campaigns in a big way. The Lady Billies got things rolling with a victory at Marmaduke on Nov. 11—and five days later, the three other high school varsity teams joined them. Drew Central’s senior boys got what could possibly be a year to remember started with a 77-75 win over always-tough Dermott last Thursday night at Drew Central Gymnasium. The Pirates followed that with an 84-41...
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:58pm
When anyone moves on from something that has been a big part of their life, it’s tough. For Rob Cox—and now Marty Davis—both said those decisions have come only after some gut-wrenching discussions with family members and themselves. First, Cox resigned his head football coaching position at Drew Central to become a youth pastor. Now, Davis has resigned the same post at Monticello to concentrate and being Dean of Students for Monticello High School. Administrations and school boards at both...
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:58pm
When anyone moves on from something that has been a big part of their life, it’s tough. For Rob Cox—and now Marty Davis—both said those decisions have come only after some gut-wrenching discussions with family members and themselves. First, Cox resigned his head football coaching position at Drew Central to become a youth pastor. Now, Davis has resigned the same post at Monticello to concentrate and being Dean of Students for Monticello High School. Administrations and school boards at both...
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:57pm
There may have been some as good—after all, there have been 24 either first-, second or third-team All-Americans recognized in the 106-yard history of University of Arkansas at Monticello football—but, arguably, there has never been anyone better to wear the Kelly Green and White than Jalen Tolliver. The record-breaking wide receiver, who himself is already among the 35 All-America honorable mentions the school has had, is likely to top them all when it comes to postseason awards this winter....
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:52pm
Coaches have various ways to deal with early season losses. For the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Kyle Tolin and his Boll Weevils, that hiccup might prove to be the most advantageous thing that happens in the Great American Conference regular season. And for the rest of UAM’s conference opponents, that can only be scary. UAM, picked to run away with this year’s GAC race by the conference coaches, stumbled 91-74 at Southern Nazarene University Saturday after opening its 2017-18 league...
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:51pm
For a team picked to finish next-to-last in this year’s Great American Conference, the University of Arkansas at Monticello sure didn’t begin the conference season that way. The Cotton Blossoms ripped Oklahoma Baptist University 74-66 last Thursday before falling by only 10 points, 59-49 on the road at Southern Nazarene University on Saturday. The split gives UAM a 1-1 early conference record and a 2-2 overall mark. Head coach Tanya Ray is no doubt looking for more of the same in UAM’s next...
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:47pm
In anticipation of the hunting/fishing pictures that annually begin showing up about this time, readers are reminded the Advance-Monticellonian will be more than happy to publish any and all game pictures received during hunting and/or fishing seasons—at no charge. Contributors are simply asked to follow these simple steps: • First, the photograph be taken with a digital camera. If a cell phone camera is used, it must be at the largest file size possible. If possible, the photo should be...
Sports | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:46pm
We’d all love to have several thousand acres to hunt, but it’s just not affordable for everyone. Most hunters are crowded onto small leases with too many hunters. Others may have to settle for hunting on public lands and deal with the crowds there. Instead of looking for a big hunting lease, you might be better off talking to a neighbor who has 40 acres of woods or thicket, or even a pasture with some thick brush around the edge. One of the best spots for a big buck is a patch of sumac in a...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:43pm
Virginia Wright Sullivan, 93, of the Rock Springs community in Drew County, died Tuesday, November 14.  She was born November 8, 1924 in Rye, to the late Clyde Wright and Esker Adair Wright. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, John D. Sullivan. Survivors include one son, C. L. (Kim) Sullivan of Columbia, Tenn.; one sister, Syble Vinson of Rye; one brother, Daymon Wright of Rye; grandchildren, Kathy (Tom) Spirito of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Jennifer (Bill...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:43pm
Annie M. Jacobs, 89, of Monticello died Tuesday, November 14, at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation. She was born April 2, 1928 to the late Jasper and Lillie Bell Phillips. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Hubbard and Dorothy Phillips and one brother, Osman Phillips. Survivors include one daughter Barbara (Melvin) Hampton of Pine Bluff, her sons, Carl (Brenda) Jacobs of Monticello and Albert D. Jacobs, Jr. of Sacramento, Calif...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:42pm
Jimmy David McWhorter, 70, of Star City passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home in Star City.  He was born on December 3, 1946 to the late Howard Fred McWhorter and Lula Virginia Burns McWhorter. He was a retired supervisor for Anthony Timberlands and a member of Yorktown Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Fred McWhorter and a daughter, Teresa Renee McWhorter. Jimmy went to work straight out of high school...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:41pm
Susan Annette Marter, 49, of Dermott, passed Wednesday, November 15, at Dermott City Nursing Home in Dermott. She was born November 2, 1968 to Ava Hollinger Marter and the late Harold Marter. She taught school in the Montessori School in West Helena and was a Christian of the Baptist Faith. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Marjorie Hollinger and paternal grandparents, Homer and Callie Marter. Survivors include one daughter,...
Obituaries | Posted 11/22/2017 - 12:40pm
William Bruce Clemons, 78, of Monticello, passed away Thursday, November 16, at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was born March 26, 1939 in Camden, to the late Guy Williams Clemons and Imogene Silliman Clemons. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Robert William Clemons; along with several aunts and uncles. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Monticello. Survivors include his wife, Gwyn of Monticello; two sons, Robert “Bob” (Vonda) of Monticello and...
News | Posted 11/21/2017 - 9:09am
According to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, Dominez Figures was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Dermott in connection with the Christon Sheets murder. See this weeks addition of the Advance Newspaper for full details. Jarell Terry is also being held in the Drew County Detention Facility without bond in connection to the Sheets murder.
News | Posted 11/16/2017 - 1:48pm
LaRon White had his first appearance in court this morning. A $30,000 bond was set and he is currently being held at Drew County Detention Facility. As of right now, the charges have remained at Manslaughter.
News | Posted 11/16/2017 - 12:15pm
News | Posted 11/15/2017 - 1:33pm
As today’s Advance-Monticellonian was going to press, it was reported a 4-year-old preschool student in the Drew Central School District was found with a gun in his backpack on the bus Tuesday. DCSD Superintendent Billy Williams said no one was harmed but that district policies prevented him from releasing any other information. Stay with the Advance on the web and Facebook for more information.
News | Posted 10/30/2017 - 7:40pm
Head of the Class, News | Posted 10/27/2017 - 4:40pm
Children at Head of the Class were treated to a fun day today as the center hosted a Trunk or Treat for Halloween. Seen in the pictures are decked-out trunks, staff, and children proudly sporting their Halloween costumes.
commercial bank, News, robbery | Posted 10/26/2017 - 3:37pm
Mahli Arrington, 20, of Monticello was arrested in relation to the Commercial Bank robbery that occurred around 7:55 a.m. At this time, he is being charged with aggravated robbery and felony in possession of a firearm. Arrington had an active warrant in Jefferson County. The cash and weapon were recovered. The Advance will post more information as soon as it is available.
News | Posted 10/26/2017 - 2:05pm
News | Posted 10/26/2017 - 2:03pm
In a unanimous decision by the five members present Tuesday night at the regular October Monticello City Council meeting, South Boyd Street—from West Jackson Avenue to West Railroad Avenue—is to be renamed Shay Gillespie Street. A resolution that was introduced by Alderman Al Peer to rename a section on South Boyd Street that the Head of the Class Childcare and Learning Center, founded by the late Gillespie and his wife Sherrie, occupies was amended to clarify that both sections of North Boyd...
News | Posted 10/26/2017 - 2:00pm
The Drew County Branch of the NAACP is sponsoring its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 in the Green Room of the John F. Gibson Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Dr. Charles E. Williams will be the guest speaker for the evening. The cost for the event is $250 for an eight-seat table. Individual tickets can be purchased for $30 each. Advertising space is available in the souvenir booklet. To purchase tickets, ad space or to donate, contact Peggy...
News | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:59pm
This Saturday, there will be a statewide prescription drug take-back day. Local law enforcement officers from the Drew County Sheriff’s Department and the Monticello Police Department will be set up in the Fred’s Pharmacy parking lot, 406 U.S. Highway 425 South, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ready to assist anyone who wants to bring in unwanted or expired prescription drugs. At any time in Drew County, through, residents can take unwanted prescription drugs to the Sheriff’s office. In the city, the...
News | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:58pm
Sports | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:52pm
Finishing games is something Hud Jackson has preached to his football teams since he arrived at the University of Arkansas at Monticello in time for the 2011 season. This fall, Jackson and his staff are seeing the fruits of the labors recognized on the field. The Boll Weevils are playing in rarefied air indeed. Only once in Jackson’s tenure as head coach—and only four times in the 21st century—has UAM enjoyed the success in which it currently revels. After a 35-23 Homecoming victory over...
Sports | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:51pm
Just 12 months after being picked last in the Great American Conference preseason men’s basketball coaches’ poll, the same group has overwhelmingly tabbed the University of Arkansas at Monticello to win it all in 2017-18. Not that the Boll Weevils, returning every player but one off a 23-7 team, gave Kyle Tolin’s peers much of a choice. UAM enters this winter after finishing with a 17-5 GAC record during the 2016-17 season—good enough for a first-place tie in the regular season with East...
Sports | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:50pm
As senior high athletes, none of Monticello’s football players had ever got the better of Warren before last Friday. They still haven’t. The defending Class 4A state champion and 4A, District 8 front-running Lumberjacks stopped the Billies’ two-game win streak in its tracks in a 37-0 shutout of Monticello at Jim Hurley Jr. Sports Stadium to keep the 148-pound Saline River Shootout Trophy right where it has resided for the past few years.   Despite the road loss, though, the Billies maintained...
Sports | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:48pm
In any sport, how a team starts a game is only surpassed by how it ends the same contest. Lessons about that are sometimes painful, as Drew Central discovered Friday at Fordyce’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Stadium. Playing in their third Homecoming game in a row (theirs, Genoa Central’s and Fordyce’s), the Pirates hung with the preseason favorite in Class 3A, District 6 for 24 minutes. Unfortunately for DC, high school football gates last 48 minutes. Following its worst loss of 2017 (56-14 at Genoa...
Sports | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:45pm
Billie Boosters set annual barbecue The 2019 annual barbecue chicken lunch, sponsored by the Monticello High School Billie Football Boosters, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 317 South Main Street. Tickets are $10 and includes a half chicken, potato salad, bread and a brownie. Tickets may be purchased  from any MHS football player, Misty Morgan at 870-377-0695, Alicia Whitaker at 870-222-7013, Union Bank, Commercial Bank, or the offices at MHS,...
Sports | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:43pm
The average hunter spends years learning to spot game and properly identify animals and birds in the field. It can be critical to make a positive identification on ducks, geese and other waterfowl—or even judge the antlers on a buck’s head. There is a difference in seeing the game and a full identification. It’s interesting that most novice deer hunters, youngsters or adults, seem programmed to look for a complete deer. They have a photo from a magazine in their brain and seem to be searching...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:24pm
Wanda R. Williams, 76, of Hermitage died October 19, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born November 16, 1940 in Warren to the late Ray Jackson and Ruthie Mae Hargis Jackson. Also preceding her in death were three brothers, Wayman, Wallace and Winford Jackson. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Arnold Williams; two sons, Jeff (Rhonda) Williams and Kenny (Kerry) Williams, both of Warren; one daughter, Brenda (Jason) Pennington of Hermitage; six grandchildren, Justin Beth...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:22pm
Lawrence Johnson, 82, died October 16, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabiitation and Care Center in Monticello. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Saturday October 21, 2017 at the Bethel Cemetery in Wilmar. Visitation was from 9-10:30 p.m. at The Great I Am Temple in Monticello. Arrangements were by Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett.
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:22pm
Audis O’Neal Goss, 85, of Monticello died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at her residence in Monticello. She was born September 13, 1932 in Itta Bena, Miss. to the late James Robert O’Neal and Nola Whinery O’Neal. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Goss, and one sister, Elouise Goss. Survivors include her daughter, Sarah Goss (Jack) Paden of Monticello; one brother, Bob (Diane) O’Neal of Tupelo, Miss.; three sisters, Dean Tucker of Aberdeen, Miss.,...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:21pm
Billy Wayne Etheridge, 42, of Monticello died Friday, October 20, 2017 at his home. He was born February 20, 1975 in Little Rock to Susan Mays Etheridge Morgan and the late Gary Don Etheridge. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Callie Mays; a grandfather, Wilson Etheridge; and a great-grandmother, Susie Fuqua. Survivors include the love of his life, Kim Cobb of Monticello; his mother, Susan (James) Morgan of Monticello; two sisters, Stacy (...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:20pm
Marvin David Crook, 63 of Monticello, died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at his home. He was born April 12, 1954 in Monticello to the late Donald Leroy Crook and Mattie Virginia Lane Crook. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Danny Crook and Donald Crook; two twin sisters, Brenda Adams and Linda Crick; and one great-grandson, Gauge. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Haynes Crook of Monticello; four daughters, Becky (Keith) Caldwell, Angela Crook and...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:19pm
David Lee Clyburn Jr. died on October 16, 2017 in Monticello. He was born on November 26, 1955 in Newport News, Va. to David L. Clyburn Sr. and Mary Clyburn. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lilly Mae Clyburn. Survivors include his two children, Jonylah and Bryson; the love of his life, Tabitha; his mother, Mary; his stepfather Carnell; his father, David Sr.; two brothers, Christopher (Santana) and Nicholas; three sisters, Delisa, Tianna and Latoya; his grandparents, Teresa (Joe)...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:18pm
Ira Carroll Lagrone, 75, of Monticello passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home. He was born October 26, 1941 in Monticello to the late Ira Lagrone and Ruby Stevers Lagrone. He was a retired shipping clerk for Georgia Pacific, cattle farmer, United States Army Veteran and was a Christian and member of North Side Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin sons Terry and Thomas Carroll Lagrone. Carroll was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed fishing, hunting...
Obituaries | Posted 10/26/2017 - 1:16pm
Ralph Edward Chastain Jr., 81, of Monticello passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at his home. He was born November 8, 1935 in Rossville, Ga. to the late Ralph E. Chastain Sr. and Ella Walker Chastain. He retired from SeaArk Marine after many years of service, served in the United States Army Reserve and was of Baptist faith. His hobby was photography and he could always be found with a camera or two in his truck or hand. His interests were reading and keeping up with world news and events...
News | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:56pm
Drew Memorial Health System is not only finishing an expansion project to its building on Scogin Road, it will benefit from a $750,000 grant awarded to Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (formerly Greater Delta Alliance for Health, Inc.) to fight the opioid use crisis in Drew County. ARHP was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive the Health Resources and Service Administration Rural Health Opioid Grant this year. The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership project was funded for $750,...
News | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:52pm
News | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:46pm
News | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:38pm
For all civic, church and neighborhood groups—and good citizens—in the Monticello and Drew County area, the Monticello Economic Development Commission and the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to Keep Drew County/Monticello Beautiful. Those groups are issuing a cleanup challenge for the area starting Saturday and lasting until Nov. 18. The group which collects the most trash—and submits a photograph of your group with the collected trash—will receive recognition at the...
News | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:37pm
Tailgate parties, reunions, a golf tournament, parade and football game highlight a wide variety of events and activities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello as the Boll Weevils celebrate Homecoming 2017 Oct. 14-21. The festivities begin this Saturday with the UAM Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament, a four-person scramble at DeSoto Golf Course in Hot Springs Village. The entry fee is $300 per team or $75 per player and includes green fees and cart. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. with...
News | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:35pm
Kanikka Jenkins, 26, of Monticello, had her first appearance in the Drew County District Court last Thursday, where she is being charged with first-degree murder of her 19-month-old child. Jenkins, formerly of Dumas, is currently in custody at the Drew County Detention Facility. Her bond has been set at $100,000. According to an autopsy performed by the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the child suffered from broken ribs, a broken collarbone, a perforated bowel, cuts on the inside of the lips and...
Sports | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:26pm
“Unreal.” One word was all it took for University of Arkansas at Monticello head football coach Hud Jackson to sum up his feelings after a back-and-forth 46-45 victory over then-No. 24 Arkansas Tech University Saturday afternoon at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. After suffering 15 close losses in his seven years at UAM (four to Tech), Jackson said it was pretty sweet to be on the winning side of that ledger for a change. Junior quarterback Cole Sears scored his seventh rushing...
Sports | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:24pm
It was an “up” week for Monticello. The 3-3 Billies have lost, won, lost, won, lost—and now won again. Head coach Marty Davis said he is hopeful that roller coaster stays steady for a while. Monticello proved it belongs in the upper echelon of Class 4A, District 8 with a 30-8 win at Dollarway last Friday night. In the past, a trip to Pine Bluff to face the Cardinals was pretty much akin to a black hole. That tradition-rich program was always talented—and big—and had at least one NCAA Division...
Sports | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:22pm
Coaches everywhere say there’s no such thing as “moral victories.” A team either wins or it loses. After the last five years, though, Drew Central head coach Rob Cox admitted the separation between the Pirates and the top teams in Class 3A, District 6 is shrinking. One of those top teams has traditionally been Smackover. Unfortunately, every other year, the schedule falls where DC has to play the Buckaroos in its Homecoming game. Friday was no different—but Cox saw a different Drew Central...
Sports | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:19pm
Saturday, both Monticello and Drew Central cross country runners competed on historic ground. The 53 local athletes who ran in the Jordan Murphy Memorial Cross Country Meet at the Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett just might have made some history of their own, too.    For Monticello’s Caleb Clair, his senior boys’ individual race victory was quite likely another stepping stone to a Class 4A state title early next month. Clair was timed over the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 44...
Sports | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:17pm
LITTLE ROCK—Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Jeff Crow will be stepping down effective Feb. 28, 2018. Crow made the announcement Tuesday afternoon during a staff meeting. He has been the agency’s director since July 1, 2016. He replaced Mike Knoedl. Crow is the agency’s 17th director in its 102-year history.   Commission Chairman Steve Cook said Crow continued to build on Knoedl’s foundation. “He was able take what Mike did and develop it,” Cook said. “He was instrumental in the...
Sports | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:13pm
The first opportunity for hunters to go after deer with a modern rifle this fall will take place with the early hunt for antlerless deer on private lands. The special season will open on Saturday, and runs through next Wednesday. Hunters are encouraged to harvest antlerless deer early in the season for a variety of reasons. A balanced harvest helps produce a balanced deer population. Removing older, dominant and often barren females early in the season removes them from the nutrition equation...
Obituaries | Posted 10/12/2017 - 1:10pm
Laura Lee Stephenson Dearman, 78, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was born July 27, 1939, in Monticello, a daughter of the late Raymond Earl Stephenson Sr. and Frances Raoul Stephenson. Growing up in Monticello, she was a graduate of Monticello High School and attended Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello), where she was a member of Phi Sigma Chi sorority and 1957 Homecoming Queen—which was a title she held in common with her mother....
News | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:53am
One of Monticello’s finest has now been recognized as one of Arkansas’ finest. Wayne Wesson was named Drew County’s Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year on Tuesday, joining only 74 other officers around the state in receiving county awards. Wesson, a 24-year veteran of law enforcement, is a School Resource Officer for the Monticello Police Department assigned to Monticello School District. He received his award from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge at the 2017 Arkansas Law...
News | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:51am
After receiving new grants to expand services, opening a school-based clinic at Drew Central and getting ready to open a new facility, Mainline Health Systems, Inc.’s snowball just keeps rolling. The organization’s executive director, Allan Nichols, was recently honored by Community Health Center of Arkansas with the Jack Geiger Vision Award. This award goes to an honoree who has contributed to Geiger’s vision for the health center in a meaningful way. Dr. Jack Geiger and colleague Dr. Count...
News | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:48am
Several Drew County residents have recently been victims of a phone scam operation. People posing as employees of Drew Memorial Health System have contacted multiple residents, attempting to sell them credit cards and obtain personal information. This practice is a form of telemarketing that impersonates a local phone number that does not reflect the original caller’s location. In this instance, DMHS’ administration has been made aware of calls to local numbers which show up on caller ID as...
Sports | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:33am
Most college coaches—the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Hud Jackson included—are fond of wearing out the old cliche, “On any given Saturday, … .” The majority of them are talking about their teams, not individual athletes. After Saturday, though, Jackson could very well apply that phrase to one Jalen Tolliver.   A weekend after having one of his worst games in a Boll Weevil uniform (one catch for no yards), the All-American wide receiver had his best game in Kelly Green and White...
Sports | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:27am
New local soccer league forming The Southeast Arkansas Futbol Club will debut in October at the Monticello Sports Complex soccer fields. The club is affiliated with the Arkansas State Soccer Association, will feature coaches and officials trained through the state Association and will play by Arkansas State Association rules. The season will begin on Saturday, Oct. 21 and will run through Nov. 18. Although there is seasonal overlap, there will be no game conflicts for children who want to play...
Sports | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:25am
In this time of state and county fairs, Monticello has one request: Stop the roller coaster, the Billies would like to get off. Their up-and-down struggles continued Friday night with a 16-6 loss to Hamburg. Halfway through the 2017 season, Monticello has gotten into an all-too-familiar pattern of following up pretty good outing with a not-so-masterful performance. So far, it’s been lose one, win one.   “This was a disappointing loss, for sure,” Monticello head coach Marty Davis said after...
Sports | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:21am
By the time Caleb Clair gets to the Class 4A State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3, the Monticello senior will have experienced just about every race situation. That should bode well for the Billies at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. Clair was again the top 4A finisher in a big race, finishing 35th in the senior boys’ open division of the Chile Pepper Cross Country Invitational at the University of Arkansas’ Agri Park Saturday. Alone that might not mean much, until it’s understood the last...
Sports | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:20am
Sometimes, it just happens “that” way. A team will play  game where its opponent can seemingly do no wrong. For Drew Central, “that” contest was Friday night. Unfortunately, the opponent was arch-rival McGehee. Usually when these two schools meet in any competition, records can be tossed out. Not so much last weekend. The Owls had their way with the Pirates, winning 46-14 and dropping DC to 2-3 overall.       “McGehee came out firing,” Drew Central head coach Rob Cox said, “and we were...
Sports | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:17am
In anticipation of the hunting/fishing pictures that annually begin showing up about this time, readers are reminded the Advance-Monticellonian will be more than happy to publish any and all game pictures received during hunting and/or fishing seasons—at no charge. Contributors are simply asked to follow these simple steps: • First, the photograph be taken with a digital camera. If a cell phone camera is used, it must be at the largest file size possible. If possible, the photo should be...
Sports | Posted 10/05/2017 - 11:15am
Spending time outdoors is usually best when the temperatures are pleasant, which means two seasons in Arkansas. The balmy days of fall are perfect, as are the first warm weeks after a long winter. Some discover the pleasures of winter camping are worth the effort due to the variety, lack of pests and other factors. Overall, though, the first crisp days of fall are one of the most preferred times to enjoy camping. Weather is generally more stable and predictable in fall, with fewer storms. The...
Obituaries | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:28am
Dorothy Wilkes, 68, of Atlanta, formerly of Monticello, passed away September 28, 2017 at her home.  She was born June 12, 1949 in Monticello, to the late Smedia Wilkes, Sr. and Mary Wilkes. Her last employment was at Morehouse College of Atlanta.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death two brothers, Smedia, Jr and Vance; and one sister, Linda. She leaves to cherish her memories; her son, Lionel Wilkes; one grandson, Tre McQueen; her brothers, Garnett, Cleolen, Leonard (Sonja...
Obituaries | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:27am
Paul Watson, 83, of Selma passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital in Little Rock.  He was born May 15, 1934 in Selma to the late Charles Kenneth Watson and Aileen Dickson Watson. He was a retired Chief Engineer for Union Mechlin, a member of Selma United Methodist Church and also attended Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. After graduating from Selma High School in 1952, he started working for Mechlin at age 18 and continued working...
Obituaries | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:25am
Mary Jayne Smith Sark, 78, of White Hall passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017. She was born October 2, 1938 in Springfield, Ohio, daughter of the late Franklin and Myra Young Smith. Mary was reared and received her education in Springfield, Ohio. She was a member of Victory Christian Fellowship Church, where her husband was the pastor for several years. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Samuel Sark; a son, Stephen Sark; and a brother, Bud Smith....
Obituaries | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:23am
Della Leah Herrington McBee, 93, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2017 while in the care of Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born in Bruno (Marion County) on January 18, 1924 to the late Patrick Henry and Nevil Pyle Herrington. She lived in many places in Arkansas during her life, including Huntsville, Perryville, Yellville, Flippin, Warren and Monticello. In recent years, she resided in Rogers with her daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Steve Langton,...
News | Posted 10/05/2017 - 10:04am
On Wednesday at approximately 1:30 p.m., officers from the Monticello Police Department and Arkansas State Police arrested Kannika Jenkins, 26, of Monticello for murder in the first degree. This investigation started on Aug. 30 with the suspect's 19-month-old child being brought to Drew Memorial Health System. The child died shortly after arrival. The body was sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy to find out the manner of death. After several interviews and the findings of...
American Pickers, News | Posted 10/03/2017 - 3:44pm
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Arkansas and plan to film episodes of the hit series Amerian Pickers throughout the region in mid-October and November 2017! Amerian Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections...
News | Posted 09/29/2017 - 1:12pm
After a rather lengthy regular meeting concerned mainly with budgets, Monticello School District Superintendent Sandra Lanehart presented the highlights of the district’s annual report to the public to members of the Monticello school board Tuesday night. “I’m happy with the report this year,” Lanehart said as she began her presentation. “We’re not where we want to be in some categories but we’re above the state average—and that’s good.” Lanehart did mention the annual report to the public no...
News | Posted 09/29/2017 - 1:10pm
Jay Hughes has announced his retirement as vice chancellor for university operations and student affairs at the University of Arkansas at Monticello effective Oct. 31. Hughes and his wife, Laura, UAM’s director of counseling, testing and career services, are leaving the university to spend more time with family. “UAM has been an important part of my life from the time I first strapped on a helmet to play for the Boll Weevils in 1979,” said Jay Hughes. “Laura and I met here as undergraduates...
Sports | Posted 09/29/2017 - 1:09pm
It’s a fact a football team cannot go undefeated in conference play if it doesn’t win its first league game. Monticello head coach Marty Davis can cross that goal off the list now. A week after suffering a disappointing six-point loss to an opponent in a lower classification, the Billies rebounded with a 25-22 victory over Star City at Hyatt Field that got their Class 4A, District 8 season off on the right foot. Improving to 2-2 overall, Monticello joined the other 8-4A home teams in the win...
Sports | Posted 09/29/2017 - 1:05pm
hAll week before Drew Central entertained Lake Village Lakeside, Pirate head coach Rob Cox said he was concerned about No. 18. He had reason to be. Aaron Kilgore, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior quarterback, wears that jersey number for the Beavers. After the Class 3A, District 6 opener at Mike Pennington Stadium Friday night, it’s not likely any member of DC’s 2017 squad will forget those two digits anytime soon. Kilgore accounted for five touchdowns—four on the ground and none fewer than 15...
Sports | Posted 09/29/2017 - 1:03pm
When a team’s All-American wide receiver, one who’s on the cusp of breaking several school records, catches one pass for no yards, that squad is usually in for a long afternoon of football—regardless of the opponent. So it was for the University of Arkansas at Monticello Saturday afternoon. Senior Jalen Tolliver was completely shut down by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, resulting in a 41-21 Boll Weevil loss. UAM fell to 2-2 this fall while watching the Savage Storm remain undefeated...
Sports | Posted 09/29/2017 - 1:01pm
LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously voted to ban the transportation of live, wild-caught baitfish from one water body to other watersheds in an attempt to prevent the spread of invasive species, such as Asian carp and zebra mussels at last Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting. After listening to public comments, the Commission decided to delay the regulation’s effective date until Oct. 1, 2018, to enable commercial baitfish producers time to grow shad large enough...
Sports | Posted 09/29/2017 - 1:00pm
The fall season arrived Friday as the equinox split the hours fairly evenly between day and night. In addition, those watching the sun’s pilgrimage from the northern sky witnessed it march into the southern latitudes as it rose near due east Friday. As the season progresses, it will continue southward a bit farther every day until it bottom’s out at the solstice, which occurs about Dec. 21. From there, it will reverse course and climb back toward the equinox at due east, which occurs around...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:57pm
Genice Jones, formerly of Monticello, died Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. She was born to Joe Lynn Jones and Calvin White on November 27, 1960. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lula Mae Jones. Survivors include her mother, Joe Lynn Jones of Monticello; her father, Calvin White of Gary, Ind.; two daughters, Kamesha Jones of Atlanta and Dyetra Jones of Monticello; a granddaughter, Kamauri Trotter of Monticello; four sisters, Jeannie Jones and Barbara Jones, both of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:56pm
John W. “Johnny” Carpenter, 70, of Snyder (Ashley County), died Monday, September 25, 2017 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelia Carpenter Jones; a granddaughter, Nikki Carpenter; his parents, Clem and Doris Rowe Carpenter, four sisters; and a brother. Survivors include his wife, Edna Jones Carpenter of Snyder; two sons, John William Carpenter Jr. of Fountain Hill and Joe Winters of Snyder; two daughters, Marilyn Carpenter Hall of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:56pm
Lillie Early Ashmore, 89, of Monticello, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation.  She was born March 29, 1928 in Okemah, Okla., to the late Henry Houston Early and Ruby Newell Early. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William “ Bill” Ashmore; five brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include one son, Randy (Sandy) Ashmore of Monticello; one daughter, Cathie Swartz of Yuba City, Calif.; three grandchildren,...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:55pm
Loretta Boyd Harmon, 80, of Monticello, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home.  She was born October 8, 1936 in the Cornersville community in Lincoln County to the late Floyd Boyd and Ruby McBride Anderson. She was a homemaker and a member of First Free Will Baptist church.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Becky Kay Williams. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Paul Harmon of Monticello; one daughter, Shelia (Bruce) Harris of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:54pm
William Curtis Andrew Rogers, formerly of Monticello, died September 20, 2017 in Little Rock. He was born on February 4, 1984 to the late Dwight Rogers and Gwendolyn Anderson Rogers. He was preceded in death by his father, Dwight Rogers; and his grandparents, E.A. and Louise Rogers and Jimmy Ray and Deloris Anderson. Survivors include his mother, Gwendolyn Rogers; his sister, Natasha Rogers; his fiancé, Ketrina Green; and his son, Andrew Rogers. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:53pm
Bobby N. Reep, 73, of Monticello, formerly of Warren, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  He was born July 10, 1944 in Warren, to the late Roy Reep and Era Pinckard Reep. Bobby was employed by Johnsville Company, a United States National Guard veteran, a Christian and member of Calvary Baptist Church in Warren. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his second wife, Ruby Daughtery Reep. Survivors include his wife...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:52pm
LeRoy Alexander, 85, of Lake Village passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 at his home.  LeRoy was born October 3, 1931 to the late Albert B. and Louise Mangrum Alexander in Eudora. He was a member and Deacon of Portland Baptist Church in Portland.  He served in the United States Army and was a 33rd degree Mason in the Masonic Lodge located in Hamburg. He was always eager to serve the Scottish Rite Temple.  He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved to hunt, fish, or just simply enjoy the outdoors...
Obituaries | Posted 09/29/2017 - 12:47pm
William J. (W.J.) McKiever, 81, of Monticello passed away September 19, 2017. W.J. was born the youngest child into the loving home of George William and Bessie Lee Jordan McKiever on July 20, 1936 in the Prairie Grove community.  W.J., nicknamed “Jay” by his parents and siblings, attended Prairie Grove School through the seventh grade until he transferred to Drew Central. He graduated with honors in 1954, lettering in baseball, basketball and track. In the ninth grade, W.J. found a part-time...
News | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:41pm
In Tuesday’s Monticello City Council meeting, six alderman were present to discuss the City’s mobile home ordinance. Mayor David Anderson opened the unfinished business section of the meeting with asking the council members if they wanted to create a committee of four, one council member from each ward, or if they wanted to discuss the mobile home ordinance as an entire council. After some debate, it was unanimously agreed upon to discuss the issue as a whole council. The ordinance in...
News | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:35pm
After a fairly heated debate that included an impassioned outburst from a member of the gallery, the Drew County Quorum Court voted not to purchase the University Center Arena in its regular meeting Monday night. In the absence of an ill Drew County Judge Robert Akin, Justice of the Peace Tommy Gray was unaminously chosen to lead the meeting. County Attorney Cliff Gibson suggested to the court it wait until October for Akin to be present but a vote to table the matter failed. The question...
News | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:27pm
Student success and making the University of Arkansas at Monticello a model open-access institution are the cornerstones of a new strategic plan for UAM approved recently by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. The plan, entitled “2021 Vision—Breaking Boundaries: Creating Access, Success, and Growth in Arkansas and Beyond,” is the culmination of campus-wide effort spearheaded by Chancellor Karla Hughes to articulate a vision for UAM’s future. During the 2016-17 academic year, groups...
Sports | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:13pm
Use whatever word comes readily to mind, but the 2017 Drew Central football team seems to be destined to make a mark at the school that will not be soon forgotten. The program was resurrected after a 57-year absence in 2008, and those that had the foresight to push for that decision just might be rewarded this fall. Drew Central has put together back-to-back wins only once in school history after the revival of Pirate football a decade ago. With a 61-13 shellacking of Hermitage at Mike...
Sports | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:11pm
While he obviously didn’t think of football when he wrote his famous song “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Bob Dylan’s 1960s protest movement lyrics—or at least the title—could very well apply to the Great American Conference gridiron in 2017. After three weeks, defending league champion Harding University is winless, preseason coaches’ pick Southern Arkansas University already has one loss and a group of contenders—including the University of Arkansas at Monticello—is threatening to turn the...
Sports | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:09pm
This time last season, Jeremy Jackson was trying to find a way to dodge cornerbacks in the open field. Now, he is one. The 5-foot-8, 200-pounder made the transition from running back to the defensive backfield for his senior season at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. It didn’t take long for his efforts to be recognized by the Great American Conference. For the second week in a row, the league has honored a Boll Weevil. Last week, it was Cole Sears as co-Offensive Player of the Week....
Sports | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:07pm
“We are disappointed but not discouraged,” Monticello head football coach Marty Davis said after his Billies fought back from a 16-point deficit only to fall 30-24 to Class 3A Fordyce in Monticello’s home opener Friday night at Hyatt Field. With the loss, the Billies are now 1-2—and not where Davis wanted them to be after the non-conference portion of their schedule at all. Monticello has been in this position before, though, and rebounded to salvage the season.   “I thought we played well...
Sports | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:05pm
Races were not as crowded as they had been a week before in Little Rock but the results were every bit as pleasing to the head coaches at the annual Los Toritos Cross County Invitational at Cane Creek State Park Saturday. Monticello’s runners was competing in its second meet of the season and Drew Central joined them in its season opener. Led by an overall first-place finish by senior Caleb Clair, the Billies finished fourth in the 18-team senior boys’ division while the Pirates ran eighth....
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:03pm
Patsy Green Winchester, 67, of Monticello, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her home.  She was born December 29, 1949 in Beedeville, to the late Earnest Green and Reathy Allen Green. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her two husbands, Danny Winchester and Donnie Baty; and one brother, Earl Green.  Survivors include one son, Danny (Charlotte) Winchester of Rohwer; three daughters, Sandra (Mark) White of Farmington, Kami Winchester, and Debbie Baty of Rohwer; one...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:02pm
Cherie Kellum Prince, 63, of Monticello, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation.  She was born March 24, 1954 in Monticello, to the late Charles Edward “Ed” Kellum and Pasty Ruth Barnett Kellum.                            In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ricky Kellum and Jamie Kellum. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Dennis Prince of Monticello; one son, David (Kim) Prince, of Monticello; one...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 5:00pm
Horace Junior, 77, of Monticello passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitiation and Care Center in Monticello.  He was born on July 12, 1940 in Lacey, to late Robert and Verlie Miller Junior. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Junior.                                                Survivors include two sons, Gregory and Marvin Junior of Monticello; one daughter, Reginia Junior of Crossett; one brother, Kenny Ray...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 4:59pm
Mary Bernice Carter, 83, of Sheridan, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Arkansas Hospice-St. Vincent’s in Little Rock.  She was born August 23, 1934 in Crossett, to the late Joseph James Hall and Bessie Mae Wallace Hall. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one son, Randall Carter. Survivors include six daughters, Brenda (David) Watson of Sheridan, Audrey McKenzie of North Little Rock, Cathy (Dean) Owens, Mary Frances (Tony) Pezullo, Charlotte (Pat) Fisher...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 4:57pm
Irene Herring Sealy, affectionately known to many as “Miss Irene”, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at her home, at the age of 90. She was born in Centerpoint, on July 23, 1927 to the late Wesley and Della Shoops Phillips. She was a survivor of the tornado that decimated her small community of Centerpoint in 1939, killing over 40 people, many of whom were members of the Phillips family. The event was one that impacted her life. She and two of her first cousins became student nurses,...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 4:54pm
Joe T. Huskey, 76, of Wilmar, went to his heavenly home on September 13, 2017 at his home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born May 13, 1941 in Drew County,  to the late Roy and Reba Montgomery Huskey. He was a Christian and member of Green Hill Community Baptist Church. Joe was a pipeline foreman and equipment operator for over 35 years until his retirement in 2003. Survivors include his wife, Linda McCullough Jones Huskey of Wilmar, to whom he married on December 5, 1994...
Obituaries | Posted 09/21/2017 - 4:53pm
Susan Johnson Burns, 65, of Pine Bluff passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at her home. She was born April 22, 1952 in Drew County, to the late Troy Thomas Johnson and Margaret Graves Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, James Troy Johnson and a sister-in-law, Iris Johnson. Susan was a Christian, a member of Summit Baptist Church in Pine Bluff and was retired from the Pine Bluff Commercial after 33 years of service in sales and advertising....
Sports | Posted 09/19/2017 - 10:56am
News | Posted 09/14/2017 - 2:15pm
Monticello is now home to its first cardiologist. Dr. Trace Garner has joined the CHI St. Vincent team and opened his cardiac practice at 366 South Main. He began seeing patients Monday. “I am so excited to be able to serve the people of Monticello,” Garner said. “When I was first introduced to Monticello about 11 years ago, I knew this was the type of place I wanted to live and work. I was recruited here and it all fell in to place; St. Vincent was a huge supporter of opening a cardiac...
News | Posted 09/14/2017 - 2:12pm
On Thursday, Aug. 31, Drew County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Garrison made a traffic stop on a vehicle with no license plate and having no working left tail light. As Garrison approached the vehicle, the drivers window was not rolled down. Garrison announced his presence and the driver rolled the window down and Garrison was able to see a rifle in the front seat. The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle for the safety of him and the deputy. Upon further investigation, Garrison discovered...
News | Posted 09/14/2017 - 2:11pm
The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Drew County, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials. The purpose of this project is to pave 8.6 miles of the Monticello Bypass (Interstate 69) and construct embankments at each end. The improvements will extend from U.S. Highway 425 to U.S. Highway 278. Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company of Pine Bluff was awarded the contract at $16,197,356.29. Construction is scheduled to begin...
Sports | Posted 09/14/2017 - 2:10pm
It’s finally over—again. Few people at Drew Central’s Mike Pennington Stadium likely were even born when Terry Jacks climbed to No. 1 on the pop music charts in 1974 with his one-hit wonder “Seasons In the Sun,” but all could have have sung along with the line “We had joy, we had fun …”   The Pirates stood out on the football field Friday night, broke a 17-game losing streak and gave second-year head coach Rob Cox his first victory as DC pounded Woodlawn 41-13. On Sept. 15, 2015, seniors on...
Sports | Posted 09/14/2017 - 2:05pm
It certainly wasn’t easy, but the University of Arkansas at Monticello found a way to do at least three things Saturday night: • Win 37-35 over Great American Conference opponent Northwestern Oklahoma State University; • Win on the road at Alva, Okla., giving head coach Hud Jackson just his second road victory in his tenure at UAM; and • Even its GAC record at 1-1, which is vitally important in a league that Jackson insists is anybody’s for the taking. It’s just a shame for Jackson and...
Sports | Posted 09/14/2017 - 2:01pm
Should Monticello be involved in too many more games like last Friday, the school might ought to consider changing its nickname to the Cardiac Kids (as in Billies). A week after suffering one of the worst defeats in recent memory, Monticello squeezed out a 28-27 win at Magnolia. That evened the Billies’ record at 1-1 with always-tough Fordyce looming as the last non-conference test for Monticello. It’s also the Billies home opener after two weeks on the road. Kickoff at Hyatt Field is set for...
Sports | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:58pm
Beginning with the late Henry “Hank” Thompson, Monticello High School has has a long and storied affiliation with the University of Arkansas baseball program. Another chapter is about to open—in the spring of 2021, that is. Nick Griffin verbally committed to play for the Razorbacks last Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound lefthanded pitcher/outfielder becomes the fourth member of the 2020 graduating class to pledge to Dave Van Horn’s Diamond Hogs. “I was born and raised in Arkansas and it has...
Sports | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:57pm
Distance running has been a staple at Monticello High School for years, both in cross country and track and field. If this season’s opening cross country race is any indication, that fact will hold true for some time to come. Led by senior Caleb Clair’s 19th-place finish (out of 330 runners), the Billies were the top Class 4A school in the senior boys’ division at Saturday’s Minuteman XC Invitational, while the Lady Billies were bested only by Joe T. Robinson among 4A teams in the senior girls...
Obituaries | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:53pm
James Curtis Barnard Jr. died on September 7, 2017 at his home in Monticello. He was born August 25, 1975 to James and Marsha Barnard. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors are his mother, brother Steven Barnard, and several aunts and uncles. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Monticello Christian church. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Arkansas Cremation (www.ArkansasCremation.com).
Obituaries | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:52pm
Vincent Franklin “Papa” Adair, 73, of Mena, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Stroud Medical Center in Stroud, Okla.  He was born August 28, 1944 in Dermott, to the late Frank T. Adair, and Linnie Milholland Adair of Monticello.                                               Adair was a United States Army Veteran addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carole Ann Adair. Survivors include four brothers, Timothy, Titus, Michael and Frank Carol; and three sisters, Jerilyn...
Obituaries | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:50pm
Winfred Everett Thurman, 91, died Saturday, September 2, 2017, at his home in Booneville, Miss. He was born October 17, 1925, to Charlie Allen and Elma Pearl Wells Thurman in the Prairie Grove community of Drew County. He served two years in the U.S. Army in 1945-46. He was an employee of Houston Light and Power in Houston from 1948 until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the Booneville Civitan Club. He was a member of Park Memorial Baptist Church in Houston. He and his wife, Bernice...
Obituaries | Posted 09/14/2017 - 1:49pm
George Horace Ballow Jr., 97, passed away Sunday September 3, 2017, at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. He was born January 1, 1920 in Seymour, Texas to the late Cora (Tipton) and George Horace Ballow Sr. He graduated from Sam Houston Junior High School in Amarillo, Texas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served nine years in World War II in Korea and occupied Germany. He then worked in the public sector until his retirement in the 1950s, after which he...
Sports | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:47pm
CROSS COUNTRY Drew Central Sept. 16 at Los Toritos Invitational, Cane Creek State Park, Star City (junior girls, junior boys, senior girls, senior boys) Sept. 30 at Hamburg Lion Invitational, Hamburg (all four teams) Oct. 7 at Jordan Murphy Memorial Meet, Arkansas Post National Memorial, Gillett (all four teams) Oct. 28 at Southeast Arkansas Cross County League Championships, University of Arkansas at Monticello (all four teams) Nov. 4 at Class 3A State Cross Country Championships,...
Sports | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:44pm
By far, the busiest team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has been third-year head coach Kelly Burdeau’s volleyball Cotton Blossoms. They started their regular season before any UAM team (Aug. 31) and have already played seven matches. The last two got the Blossoms over the .500 mark heading into Great American Conference play, beginning at Ouachita Baptist University next Tuesday. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. UAM will enter conference play on a two-match winning streak, thanks...
Sports | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:42pm
LITTLE ROCK—Seeing good things in practice is one thing. Under the lights on Friday night, though, those good things need to transfer to the playing field. For the senior-laden Drew Central Pirates, the first game of the 2017 season had to sting a little bit more than any game last year. Opening against 1-9 Episcopal Collegiate, second-year head coach Rob Cox looked to right the ship coming off an 0-10 season a year ago. The Pirates were able to demonstrate several things throughout the...
Sports | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:40pm
It’s the stuff of which dreams are made. Unfortunately for Monticello, those few seconds turned out to be the Billies’ worst nightmare. Ashdown senior Anthony Nelson gathered in the kickoff to open the football season Friday night and, 82 yards later, had taken all the wind out of Monticello’s sails in a game that turned ugly pretty quickly. Giving up 41 unanswered points before they could finally find the end zone, the Billies dropped the non-conference game 48-7 on the road. “You never what...
Sports | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:36pm
“To finish.” Two simple words which, by all accounts, imply completion of a task. For the University of Arkansas at Monticello, that has been more way difficult than football coach Hud Jackson would have liked in his tenure as head Boll Weevil. When Southwestern Oklahoma State University spoiled  UAM’s home opener by blocking a potential game-winning field goal with mere seconds remaining to hold onto a 20-19 win, it marked the 15th time in the seven years Jackson has led the Kelly Green and...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:30pm
Scott Lavon Richards, 43, of Hermitage, died Saturday, September 2 at his home.  He was born December 4, 1973 in Warren,  a son of the late Wilson Richards and Linda Payne Richards.  He is survived by a sister Kelly Richards of Rye and one niece Madeline Beaty of Rye. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 5 at Union Hill Cemetery with Rev. Tim Saunders officiating. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:27pm
Nancy Lee Vondrak Clayton, 73, of Warren, died Wednesday, August 30, 2017, in Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born August 31, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., a daughter of the late Edward Victor Vondrak and Rose Komarek Vondrak. She is survived by her husband, Clifford Wayne Clayton; two daughters, Donna (Pat) Rich of Ogden, Utah, and Laura (Fred) Eady of Carrollton, Ga.; two sisters, Barbara Allen of Palos Park, Ill., and Cynthia Mills of Berwyn, Ill.; a brother, Edward Vondrak of...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:25pm
Kassie “Ann” Birchfield Temple, 37, of Monticello passed away Monday, August 28, 2017 at her home. She was born in McGehee, on June 17, 1980 to Cecil Birchfield and the late Rose Carver Birchfield. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by her grandparents, D.W. and Vesta Eubanks Birchfield and her grandfather, Paul Capps. Survivors include three sons, Nicholas Brown, Brandon Brown and Samuel Temple all of Monticello; one...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:24pm
Samuel Thomas “S.T.” Roark, 95, of Wilmar, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017 at his home in Wilmar. He was born December 19, 1921 in Warren to the late Samuel Oslin Roark and Eunice Allison Roark. Also preceding him in death was the love of his life, Robbie Lee Shepherd Roark when at the time of her death on December 31, 2010, they had been married 63 years. He was retired from Mississippi River Transmission Corporation and was a United States Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. S.T. was a...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:22pm
                                                                                                                Wayne Lane, 74, of Monticello, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.  He was born August 4, 1943 in Monticello, to the late Cordis Lane and Phenton Chambers Lane He was a retired building contractor, a veteran of the United States Army National Guard and was a Christian of the Baptist faith In addition to his parents, he was also preceded...
Obituaries | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:20pm
Harry E. Crossett Sr., 91, of Monticello died September 4, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born on June 6, 1926, in Pine Bluff. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Thelma Crossett and brothers, Richard and Andy Crossett. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Floy Mae of Monticello; one sister, Mamie Carter of Dardanelle; three sons, Harry, Jr. (Becky) of Batesville, Jim (Cookie) of Monticello, and Randy (Kathy) of Bryant; one daughter, Brenda (Ron)...
News | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:18pm
It’s never too early to begin thinking of those in need at Christmas. Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church will once again serve as a relay center for Operation Christmas Child during National Collection Week, which this year will be Nov. 13-20. Every year, Shady Grove MBC collects shoe boxes and toys and packs them together for underprivileged children. It is their belief that a small shoebox can have a big impact. “What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal,”...
News | Posted 09/07/2017 - 2:15pm
Mainline Health Systems, Inc. has been awarded $138,674 in grants, along with several awards from the Department of Health and Human Services for Health Center Quality Improvement. Health clinics in the state of Arkansas were awarded a total of $1,177,894 in grant funding. Mainline was awarded six grants and awards: • $10,500 and the Electronic Health Record Reporter Award; • $7,669 and the Clinical Quality Improvers award; • $27,620 and the Health Center Quality Leaders award; • $10,500...
Sports | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:28pm
Football fanatics, the time has come. All three area schools kick off their regular seasons this weekend but only one plays at home. Monticello visits Ashdown in a classic Class 4A matchup, Drew Central travels to Episcopal Collegiate in a game where the Pirates have a legitimate opportunity to grab their first win in 17 outings and the University of Arkansas at Monticello hosts Southwestern Oklahoma State University in a highly anticipated—since the Boll Weevils have the vast majority of...
Sports | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:11pm
In her third season already, University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball coach Kelly Burdeau is looking for marked improvement in her Cotton Blossoms. She’ll get a chance to find out early, as UAM opens the 2017 season on the road against Lyon College in Batesville at 7 p.m. Thursday. Then, the Blossoms travel to Memphis, Tenn. to participate in the Christian Brothers University Invitational Friday and Saturday. On Friday, UAM faces Assumption (Mass.) College and Tiffin (Ohio) University...
Sports | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:10pm
Some decisions in life are what are called “no-brainers.” Such a conclusion has been reached by those who vote on the University of Arkansas at Monticello Sports Hall of Fame. In one of the best classes in recent memory, four All-Americans in three different sports and an Arkansas high school coaching legend have been selected for induction to the UAM Sports Hall. Softball All-American Kayla Jackson, football All-Americans Tommy Graf and Melvin Patrick, women’s basketball All-American Carolyn...
Obituaries | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:08pm
Audrey Denise Hill Cessor, 50, of McGehee, died Friday, August 25, 2017 at her home in McGehee.  She was born August 10, 1967 in Drew County, to the late Monroe E. Hill and Audrey Anita Strickland Hill. Survivors include her husband Travis Cessor of McGehee; one son, Brandon Cessor of McGehee; one daughter, Sarah Hill of Monticello; three grandchildren, Savannah Evans, Steven Evans, Jr., and Skylar Evans all of Monticello; one brother, Jimmy Don (Teresa) Hill of Dumas; brother and sister, Judy...
Obituaries | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:06pm
Benjamin Jack Bourland, 80, passed away August 22, 2017 at his home in Monticello. He was born July 17, 1937 in Drew County to the late Isaac Don Bourland and Kathryn Roberts Bourland. Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Constance Louise Tibbs Bourland. Survivors include one daughter, Suzanne Lorraine Bourland of Monticello; two sons, Benjamin Jack (Nancy) Bourland III of Pahrump, Nev. and Louie Granger Bourland of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Nita (David)...
Obituaries | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:05pm
Timothy Allen BradenTimothy Allen BradenTimothy Allen Braden, 29, of McGehee, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Monticello. He was born April 21, 1988 in Bastrop, La. to John and Connie Trigleth Braden. Timothy attended Overcoming Faith Worship Center in Star City and was a veteran of the Arkansas National Guard. He was a deputy sheriff for the Drew County Sheriff’s Department since February and had been a police officer with the McGehee Police Department for 3 years. He was a past...
News | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:03pm
Monticello and Drew County offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day, according to sources at both City Hall and the Drew County Courthouse. For Monticello, the transfer station will also be closed. Monday trash route will run next Wednesday. For Drew County, the road department will also be closed. Monday’s trash route will run on Tuesday along with that day’s regular route. All other routes will run on their normal days. The local governments join virtually all others...
News | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:02pm
In one of the most talked about, if not the most anticipated, events of Monticello Mayor David Anderson’s still short term in office, the drawdown of Lake Monticello began about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday morning to make repairs on the levee. Anderson, along with City Council members Joe Meeks and Paige Chase, were present as the water began to drain. Monticello Fire Chief Kelly Reid opened the drain valve on the spillway located next to the levee and the water began rushing out of the long pipe...
News | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:01pm
Samuel Vincent, 24, of Monticello is being charged in the death of Drew County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Braden following last week’s crash. Vincent is being charged with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count of fleeing; and one count of first-degree murder. All those charges are felonies. According to court documents, approximately 1:35 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Braden called the Monticello Police Department to tell...
News | Posted 08/31/2017 - 4:00pm
Early last Thursday morning, Drew County lost a sheriff’s deputy in a vehicle accident. Officer Timothy Braden, 29, was in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle heading west on Barkada Road when he lost control of his car and crashed into trees. Braden was taken to Drew Memorial Health System, where he was pronounced dead. Braden’s funeral was Sunday. A large turnout was present at the Star City High School auditorium with Rev. Don Borland, pastor of Overcoming Faith Worship Center in Star City—where...
News | Posted 08/24/2017 - 2:11pm
Drew County Sheriff's Deputy Timothy Braden was pursuing Samuel Vincent on Barkada Road at approximately 1:35 a.m. Thursday morning, when his patrol car crashed and he was killed. Samuel Jerrod Vincent, 24, of Monticello was arrested later that morning and is being held in the Ashley County Jail. Vincent is being charged with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count of fleeing and one count of first degree murder. All...
Sports | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:45pm
It’s kind of surprising but University of Arkansas at Monticello head volleyball coach Kelly Burdeau is already preparing for her third season at the Cotton Blossom helm. After a 12-17 overall record a year ago, Burdeau is looking for better things this fall. Apparently, her peers are on the same wavelength. After picking the Blossoms 10th to start 2016, GAC coaches selected UAM eighth in this fall’s preseason poll, released last Thursday. Harding University, who in 2016 claimed a share of its...
News | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:43pm
George Flowers, 67, of Monticello, formerly of McGehee, has been reported dead by the Drew County Sheriff’s Department.  Flowers was the victim of a July 18, assault from 38-year-old Jeremy Huskey.  Huskey allegedly beat Flowers at approximately 11:45 p.m. on that Monday. The DCSD responded to a call from Flowers’ residence on Midway Route. Flowers told the officers he recognized Huskey, even though his face was partially covered with a mask. Neighbors of Flowers reported seeing a truck similar...
News | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:41pm
In the latest post-conviction attempt to overturn his case, Kenneth Isom’s request for Writ of Error Coram Nobis and Ancillary Motions was denied Friday by Circuit Judge Sam Pope. Isom, who was convicted of robbery, rape and murder in Drew County in 2001 and has been on death row since, filed a petition for Writ of Error Coram Nobis and Ancillary Motions on June 12, 2015. It is Isom’s claim that evidence in his most recent criminal case (the 2001 conviction) was withheld from him and his...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:40pm
Dorothy Richardson, 86, of Wilmar passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello.  She was born on November 14, 1930 in Wilmar, to the late James R. “Jim” Bailey and Vonnie Stone Bailey.                She was a retired clerk for the city of Wilmar and a member of Wilmar Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Edward Harris and Justin Richardson; one son, Jim Harris; four sisters, Janie...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:38pm
Jay Reed McGee, 20, of Monticello passed away early Saturday, August 12, 2017. He was born June 6, 1997 in Little Rock to Jason Brian McGee and Lindsey Echols McGee.  Jay loved nothing more than to be with his friends and family. He adored his niece and nephew and always looked forward to spending time with his beloved cousins, Elizabeth and Scout Echols and Stone Phillips. Jay was an incredibly kindhearted and loving man. He was bright and hardworking and had a wonderful sense of humor. There...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:38pm
Betty Cater McDaniel, 69, of Monticello, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello. She was born January 23, 1948 in Drew County, to the late J. D. Cater and Arcola Robertson Todd. She was retired from Home Health, a Christian and member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one grandson, Dylan Dannehl. Survivors include her husband, Bobby McDaniel of Monticello; two daughters, Lisa (Bret)...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:37pm
hief Master Sergent (ret.) Erica Elfreida Jackson, 54, of Monticello transitioned from labor to reward on August 14, 2017 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 20 at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello. Funeral serves will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 21 at First Baptist Church of North Little Rock, 811 S.A. Jones Drive with the body present at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery with full military...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:36pm
*/ Michael John Gauthier, 64, of Monticello, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at his home in Monticello.  He was born October 5, 1952 in Boston, Mass. to the late Raymond Gauthier and Ruth Edgre Wilkinson.                                                     Michael was a Sales Manager for Ryburn Motor Company, a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War and attended the First United Methodist Church in Monticello. Other than his parents, his was preceded in death by one brother, Buddy...
Obituaries | Posted 08/17/2017 - 2:34pm
Billy “Bill” G. Donham, 84, of Monticello, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation in Monticello. He was born May 4, 1933 in Drew County, to the late Jake Donham and Mattie Devine Donham. He was a retired co-owner/operator of Bill & Clara’s Hair Salon, United States Army veteran, serving in the Army Security Service in Germany in WWII, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and was a Christian. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:15pm
Alexandria Lynn Parks, infant daughter of Megan Parks, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at her home. She was born May 16, 2017 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.  Survivors include her mother, Megan Parks of Monticello; her grandparents, Robert and Patty Parks and Christy and Michael Forrest, all of Monticello; of Monticello; her great-grandmother, Linda Hicks of Muldrow, Okla.; her great-grandfather, Johnny Pemberton Sr.; one aunt, Ashley Parks of Monticello; one uncle, Robbie Parks of Kansas...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:11pm
Maggie Delphia Luper, 94, of Monticello, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello.  She was born June 14, 1923 in Corbin, Ky.  Survivors include one son, Randy (Cindy) Luper of Monticello; one daughter-in-law, Marie Luper of Copperas Cove, Texas; seven grandchildren, Bob Luper, Ryan (Natasha) Luper, Dominic (Haley) Carbonero, Brittany (David) Armstrong, Jessie Luper, Kelsey (Blair) Tucker and Tim Luper; and four great-grandchildren, David...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:09pm
Van Austin Brown, 76, of Wilmar died Thursday, August 3 at the Bradley County Medical Center. He was born May 18th, 1941 in Warren, a son of the late Ollie Brown and Lura White Brown. He served his country in the United States Navy. He was also preceded in death by brothers James Ollie Brown, Ricky Don Brown and Roy Dwayne Brown, and a sister, Mammie Ilene Brown Harton. He is survived by one son, Bob Brown of Hermitage; three daughters Becky Hildebrand of Flora, Ill and Tonya Loveless and...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:07pm
Geneva Sue Roberds Brown, 88, of Monticello died August 2, 2017 at her home in Monticello.  She was born on January 1, 1929 to the late William Roy Roberds and Laverta Howard Hopping.  Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Ray Brown; one daughter, Lillian Ray Brown; one son, James Richard Brown; two brothers, Marion Roberds and Junior Hice; three sisters, Betty Erwing, Irma Ruth Holdcraft and Margaret Hice. Survivors include two sons, Daniel Brown of...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:05pm
Victor Benjamin Montgomery, 90, of the Rock Springs community passed away August 2, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 7, 1927 in Snyder, Texas to Joe Roy and Mary Evelyn Montgomery. He was a Mason and a member of Rock Springs United Methodist Church. He loved to tinker and woodworking. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lila Mae Collins; two daughters, Jo Carolyn Clampit and Vickie Lynn Montgomery; two grandchildren, Shannon Montgomery and Jamie Jo...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:04pm
Patricia Ann Layne Hatfield, 66, of Star City died Tuesday at Lincoln Heights Healthcare in Star City. She was born October 5, 1950 in Monticello. She was a member of Overcoming Faith Worship Center in Star City and was a homemaker. Preceding her in death were her husband, John Hatfield Sr.; her father, Cecil Layne; three sons, Kenneth David Hatfield, Joseph Carl Hatfield and Floyd McMunn Jr.; and one daughter, Jennifer Lee McMunn. Survivors include her mother, Gay Cole of Monticello; two...
Obituaries | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:03pm
Zelda Ruth Lassiter Cooper, 92, of Monticello passed away Tuesday at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born June 27, 1925 in Ben Hur, Texas to the late William Edgar and Ruth Sansom Johnson. She was a member of Oaklawn Baptist Church in Bellmead, Texas and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a retired office manager for Shirey Corp. in Greenville, Texas. Also preceding her in death was her first husband, Jack Lassiter Sr., who passed...
Sports | Posted 08/10/2017 - 3:01pm
MYSA fall soccer registration is here The Monticello Youth Soccer Association is in the middle of fall soccer registration for girls and boys ages 3-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCloy City Park on four upcoming Saturdays. A player must be 3 and no older than 17 on Aug. 1. Cost is $50 per player and a sibling group of three or more living in the same household is $125. The remaining registration dates are Saturday and Aug. 19, both at the large pavilion. Cost includes the jersey, shorts, socks...
Sports | Posted 08/10/2017 - 2:58pm
Numbers mean things to many people. For instance, the phase, “third time’s a charm” is very popular. Depending on the situation, the number 13 can be lucky or unlucky, according to superstitions. Then there’s the number 7. Seven is considered lucky by many people. There are seven days of the week, seven continents and even seven brides for seven brothers. In biblical terms, seven is the number for completeness and perfection. It just about doesn’t get any more complete and perfect than the...
Sports | Posted 08/10/2017 - 2:57pm
At this time of year, football coaches are fond of telling their teams two things: “Everybody’s 0-0” and “Preseason polls aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.” Oh, and “The games are played on the field, not on paper.” The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Hud Jackson has likely used each of those coach-speak phrases in his seven-year tenure at UAM. They’ll come in especially handy after the Boll Weevils were selected eighth in the Great American Conference coaches’ preseason poll...
Sports | Posted 08/10/2017 - 2:52pm
Three Monticellonians were among the 101 individuals who received permits for a chance at harvesting an alligator this year. Last Wednesday afternoon, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission finally announced those few from the thousands that applied. The permit draw was held up due to some unforeseen issues with the process, but Wesley Fletcher, William Lassiter and Mary Simon likely couldn’t care less. All three Monticello residents’ names were drawn for hunting gators in Zone 3 (private land...
News | Posted 08/10/2017 - 2:50pm
Latisha Ann Allen of Monticello recently accepted a guilty plea to 32 counts of forgery in the second degree (a Class C felony) and one count of theft of property in the amount more than $25,000 (a Class B felony). Allen was the secretary at the Drew County Conservation District when she allegedly forged signatures of board members and endorsed checks. A total of $34,684 was missing when the forgeries were discovered. These forgeries allegedly took place between July 1, 2016 and Sept. 15,...
News | Posted 08/10/2017 - 2:49pm
At the last Drew County Quorum Court meeting, a resolution was passed to begin discussions on a regional jail. The first was held at the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library, Monticello Branch last Thursday with Arkansas Department of Correction officials and county judges, sheriffs and lawmakers from Drew, Bradley, Lincoln, Chicot and Cleveland counties. Actually, according to to Drew County Judge Robert Akin, no Regional Correctional Commission—as the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement passed...
News | Posted 08/10/2017 - 2:48pm
LITTLE ROCK—Unanimously, the members of the Arkansas State Medical Board voted to allow Dr. Jeffrey Reinhart to return to his Monticello medical practice last Thursday morning. The decision was made during the ASMB’s August meeting. Reinhart, who had been suspended because of an incident at Drew Memorial Health System since November 2016, was present in the boardroom for the meeting. It was not immediately known when Reinhart Family Healthcare would reopen, only that the Board had given him...
News | Posted 08/10/2017 - 10:43am
This week is a very special week in our house. This week we celebrate two very important birthdays: Jordan and Cameron. I cannot believe it’s been 17 years since I was introduced to Jordan Alexander Cason. In some ways, the day he was born seems like yesterday. Nonetheless, it’s been 17 years. It’s been a wild ride. Jordan came into this world via an emergency cesarean section at 12:03 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, and he’s been surprising us ever since. When he was a few months old, I was...
News | Posted 08/03/2017 - 12:14pm
Dr. Jeffrey Reinhart, a Monticello physician who had been suspended since November 2016, was given clearance Thursday morning by the Arkansas State Medical Board to resume his practice. Reinhart agreed to resume practicing on a limited basis. Check out the full story in next week's Advance- Monticellonian.
Sports | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:50am
Just a week after placing 34 student-athletes on the Great American Conference winter/spring All-Academic team, the volleyball squad at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association academic excellence list. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-...
Sports | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:49am
Consistency in any sport, whether individual or team, is something for which to be sought. In a team sport that is made up of a bunch of individual performances, that stability shows over time. For the third straight year and fourth time in the last five seasons, the Monticello Marlins finished as summer-only runners-up in the South Arkansas Swim Association Championships Saturday at El Dorado in the HealthWorks Fitness Center’s indoor pool. With 35 swimmers scoring 694 points, the Marlins...
News | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:47am
T & T Construction, LLC’s bid was accepted by the Monticello City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting to perform the proposed street overlays. Drew County resident Tracy Rawls, owner of T & T Construction, LLC, presented a bid for $721,483.70 to complete the necessary street overlay project within the city limits of Monticello. The bids were opened Tuesday afternoon before the meeting Tuesday night; there were just two bids total. Rawls has previously done work for the city at the...
News | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:46am
Almost a year after his receiving an Emergency Order of Suspension of his Arkansas Medical License from the Arkansas State Medical Board, Monticello doctor Jeffrey Reinhart is scheduled to appear at an ASMB disciplinary hearing during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting in Little Rock Aug. 3-4. While the specific agenda for the August meeting has not yet been posted to the Board’s website (https://www.armedicalboard.org/public/meetings.aspx), ASMB Executive Assistant Juli Carlson told the...
News | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:44am
The old Drew County Post Office was packed Tuesday night at the July Monticello City Council meeting. It was the biggest public turnout in a long while. The reason: Last month, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission met with Monticello Mayor David Anderson to discuss possible draining of Lake Monticello. Representatives from AGFC were present at Tuesday night’s meeting—and after the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance—the AGFC gave a short slide-show presentation about their intentions for...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:36am
Frank Douglas Pearson Sr, 72, of Lake Village and the Lacey community in Drew County, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home in Lake Village.  He was born May 16, 1945 in Ashley County, to the late Frank H. Pearson and Edith Mae Downey Pearson. He was retired from Georgia Pacific, a United States Army Veteran, and a Southern Baptist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter,Phyren and one sister, Arline Lloyd. Survivors include three sons, Frank Douglas (...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:33am
Dwight Allen Hudspeth, 49, of Monticello, formerly of McGehee, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home. He was born March 27, 1986 to the late Bryan Hudspeth and Marnett Hudspeth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Beverly Ann Davis and Linda Hudspeth. Survivors include his wife, Brenetta Hudspeth of Monticello; two daughters, Tiffany Lee of Las Vegas and Treshai Hudspeth of Monticello; four grandchildren, Mariah Collins, Mekhi Collins, Macavia Collins and...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:32am
Genevieve Marie Fields Harris, 94, of Monticello died Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Woods Nursing and Rehab Facility in Monticello.  She was born in Kansas on November 29, 1922 to the late Lewis and Nora Fields. She was the widow of Delbert V. Harris, a homemaker and was of the Jehovah Witness faith. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Elaine Harris; a granddaughter, Amy Harris and a daughter-in-law, Janet Akiens Harris. Survivors include...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:30am
Dorice Grasper,  64, of Monticello died July 16, 2017 in Biloxi, Miss. She was born to August 14, 1952 to the late Pinky and Mose Grasper. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Marzell Grasper-Wimberly, Gloria Jean Grasper-Hubbard and Bennie Rose Grasper-Green. Survivors include one daughter, LaChendara Grasper of Biloxi; two sons, Marcus Davis of Hamburg and Terrance Davis of Monticello; one sister,  Bridgett (Keith) Ziegter of Deerfield, Ohio; one brother, Bryant (Monique) Edington of...
Obituaries | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:29am
Evelyn Ruth Stewart, 83, of Monticello,  passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Texas.  She was born in Harrold, Texas on February 11, 1934 to the late Thomas and Jessie Maud Franklin and was raised in Ft. Worth.  She moved to Arkansas in 1959 where she made her life and raised her children, but Texas was always her heart and home. Evelyn worked at Commercial Bank & Trust for over 20 years in the Note Department where she enjoyed her job, co-workers and customers very much.  She was an avid...
News | Posted 07/27/2017 - 11:21am
This week marks my 19th wedding anniversary. Jimmy and I stood before our family, friends and God at 2 p.m. on July 25, 1998. It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since that day. But, as they say, time flies when you are having fun. Before I got married, I asked a coworker who had been married for 30 years what it felt like to be in a relationship with someone for that long. I’ll never forget what she said, “When you are married to the right person, whom you love, the time flies by quickly...
News | Posted 07/21/2017 - 12:00pm
Following the heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service for thw Monticello area, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.   People suffering from heat stress may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting.  Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash, fainting or near-fainting spells, and a pulse or heart rate...
Column, News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 5:14pm
First, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Advance-Monticellonian team for their second-place General Excellence award presented to them by the Arkansas Press Association. For a number of years, the Advance has been an award-winning publication, and I am proud to have been a part of their success the last few years. Everyone loves to win awards. I have to say I have won my fair share of them. For me, it all started in my junior year in high school. I won my first awards during...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:54pm
BREAKING GROUND Gov. Asa Hutchinson (center), along with commanders of the Arkansas State Police, broke ground Wednesday morning signaling construction to begin on a new $2.8 million Troop F Headquarters in Warren. Troop F, which serves Monticello, has been in the same facility for 74 years. The headquarters, originally designated District 4 in 1943, was among the first of four headquarters to be built following the 1935 Arkansas General Assembly session creating the Department of Arkansas...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:47pm
Sidney F. White, 89, of Monticello, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home.  He was born February 11, 1928 in Monticello, to the late Henry Ellis White and Virgie Bailey White. He was a United States Army Veteran, a retired mechanic and was a Christian of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Grady, Wilfred, Garvin, Charles, Winfred and Nick White; and two sisters, Mary White and Thelma White.  Survivors include his wife of 62 years,...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:44pm
Gay Youngblood Gladden,  75, of Monticello, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home. She was born July 19, 1942 in Drew County, to the late Ray Youngblood and Mattie Gibson Youngblood. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Parrish Gladden. Survivors include her husband, Gerald Gladden of Monticello; one son, Kim Gladden of Monticello; one daughter, Lisa Gladden Smith of Monticello; one brother, Lyrkie Youngblood of Dumas; one sister, June Brixie of Monticello;...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:43pm
Gary Lynn Brewer, 61, of Monticello, formerly of Rison, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was born on November 2, 1955 in Pulaski County. He is preceded in death by his parents. Gary was the Chief of Police in Rison for 20 years. Survivors include three daughters and one son; Keri (Robert) Levecchia of Ward, Keli (Dana) Boykin of Monticello, Kyle (Melissa) Brewer of Rison, and Kacy (Jason) Bradshaw of Sheridan; nine grandchildren, Emerson...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:42pm
                                                                        Barbara L. Morgan Manues Abernathy, 84, of Monticello passed away, Friday, July 14, 2017 at her home.  She was born August 26, 1932 in Attala Co., Kosciusko, Mississippi to the late Jessie Irby Morgan and Juanita Sweatt Morgan.                                               In addition to her parents and her husband, Harley Abernathy, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bethal York Sanders, her sister, Earlene Jones,...
Obituaries | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:40pm
Rev. Ronald “Shay” Gillespie, 61, of Monticello died July 15, 2017, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, surrounded by family. He was born August 10, 1955, in Little Rock to the late Ozelma Butler and James Gillespie Sr. Shay gave his life to Christ at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. T.S. Skipper. He preached his first sermon in March 2003 and was ordained as a minister in January 2005. In September 2010, he was installed as the proud pastor...
Sports | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:36pm
Four months after a record-setting season ended, the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s men’s basketball team is still receiving awards. Only this time, it had nothing to do with the Boll Weevils’ play on the court.   Juniors Cobe Goosby, Tayte Kitts and Stephen Glassco Jr. were all named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for excelling in academics during the past season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the...
Sports | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:35pm
Especially on the Division II and below, a student attends college and plays athletics, not the other way around—with very few exceptions. For that large group, the NCAA coined the term “student-athletes.” The Great American Conference, of which the University of Arkansas at Monticello is a charter member, announced a record 451 student-athletes on its 2016-17 winter/spring All-Academic team last week. Added to the record 350 recognized in the fall, that gives the GAC a whopping 801 student-...
Sports | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:33pm
Webster would have trouble describing what the Monticello Marlins did at the Donald W. Reynolds Invitational in Warren last Saturday. Dictionary definitions for the three words that immediately come to mind pale in light of a Monticello swim team that got ready for this weekend’s South Arkansas Swim Association Championships in a a big way. All three definitions—of “dominate, “destroy” and “annihilate”—hit the edges of what the Marlins were able to accomplish at the YMCA pool in Monticello’s...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:30pm
Monticello and Drew County have lost another pioneer. After a lengthly illness, Rev. Ronald “Shay” Gillespie passed away Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was 61. Known about town for both his community activism and his preaching, Gillespie was the current pastor of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmar as well as a co-owner with wife Sherrie of the Head of the Class Childcare and Learning Center, located at 119 South Boyd Street. He graduated high...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:22pm
This year’s Log A Load for Kids banquet, benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will be Saturday, Aug. 5. The venue has changed, however. The 2017 banquet will be held at Pauline Baptist Church, 909 North Hyatt Street. Tickets are $20 per person. August’s gathering will be a fish fry and, once again, there will be both silent and live auctions. Some of the many items scheduled to be raffled off include a steer with processing and a freezer, a chance to win a gun each month, a 65-quart Yeti...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:21pm
In the final meeting before school begins again Aug. 14, the Monticello School Board went over policies and procedures for the upcoming year in the July meeting Tuesday night at the MSD Central Office. Among discussing the district’s and each school’s handbook, one thing that caught everyone’s attention was the inclusion of corporal punishment as a deterrent to unruly behavior in all five handbooks. Actually, it was just a re-insertion; that form of discipline was a part of all schools in the...
News | Posted 07/20/2017 - 1:20pm
After much deliberation Monday night, the Drew Central School Board voted to allow Mainline Health Systems to open a school-based health facility on campus. District Superintendent Billy Williams and the Health and Wellness Committee presented to the school board the need for a school-based health facility at a school board meeting earlier this year. Williams informed local healthcare providers of the intention to open an on-campus facility and allowed all interested parties to present a...
Column, News | Posted 07/09/2017 - 4:33pm
It’s good to be back A year has come and gone since I wrote my last column as a reporter for the Advance-Monticellonian. In the last 12 months, my life has changed in ways I never imagined. On Aug. 1, 2016, I became a teacher. I walked into the first day of new teacher orientation for my school district and I quickly learned I was not ready for the task to teaching children English. It wasn’t long before I was overwhelmed. But, because God had sent me on this mission, He also sent me...
News | Posted 06/27/2017 - 11:47am
According to Drew County Sherrif Mark Gober, Rosie Berryman has been found and is in fair condition. Parties are still searching for Teri Frasure at this time.   The two Drew County women left a home in the Rock Springs community after dark Sunday evening and did not return. They were reported missing by Teri Farsure's husband at approximately 10 a.m. Monday morning. Law enforcement officers from Drew, Ashley and Chicot counties along with members of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision and...
News | Posted 06/20/2017 - 10:58am
Robert Woodard, a 46 year old caucasion man, approximately 6'1" 226 pounds has reportedly escaped custody around 8:20 Tuesday. Woodard was working in a cornfield near the Delta Regional Unit in Dermott. He is believed to have stolen a 2013 F-250 pick-up truck from a gas station in Dermott. Drew County Sheriff's Deputies are assisting Arkansas State Police in the search, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.
Monticello school district, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 4:19pm
State Sen. Eddie Cheatham (far right) presented Mrs. Bennie Vincent a Senate citation at the regular May Monticello School District School Board meeting as part of the board’s tribute to Vincent and the Monticello Male and Female Choir. The choir won the 2017 Class 4A state championship for “Best in Class” by earning the highest Superior fi rst-division ratings. The MHS Female Ensemble made history by becoming backto- back 4A champions. Choir members also took part in the ceremony in the MHS...
Edward Wells, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 4:17pm
Monticello and Drew County have lost a pioneer. One of the first African-Americans to serve both entities, Edward Eugene Wells, passed away Sunday. He was 88. Wells, who retired after nearly 38 years of service on the Drew County Public Facilities Board in August 2013, was born April 15, 1929, in Drew County and served his country as a member of the U.S. Army both domestically and during the Korean Conflict as a member of the Quartermaster Corps, Artillery, Signal Corps and from a cadre unit....
Extension Homemakers, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 4:07pm
HOT SPRINGS—Two Extension Homemakers Clubs in Drew County have earned state recognition. The groups are among the 111 clubs and county councils being honored today during the awards luncheon at the annual Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council state meeting at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The clubs are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. They are state project book winners. The state council is a volunteer organization associated with the University...
News, Yard of the Month | Posted 06/08/2017 - 4:06pm
Drew County/Monticello Chamber of Commerce Director Glenda Nichols (right) honored Susan Musick this morning as the winner of the Town and Country Garden Club and the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce Yard of the Month award for June. Musick lives at 553 Rebecca Circle.
Charles Henry Dobbins III, Hunter Laney, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 4:04pm
Charles Henry Dobbins III will appear in court at 1 p.m. Monday, June 19 for a hearing on motions filed by the defendant. Dobbins is charged with the murder of Hunter Laney on Oct. 29, 2016. Dobbins and Laney were both at The River Restaurant on the night of the incident. Upon leaving the establishment, an argument broke out and the two were asked to leave the club. They allegedly drove to the near by Valero gas station on U.S. Highway 278 West were Dobbins allegedly shot Laney. Dobbins is...
MEDC, Monticello Economic Development Commission, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 4:01pm
Not long ago, a meeting was held in Monticello between representatives of fi ve Arkansas counties and five Louisiana parishes with one come goal in mind—the economy of the region and how to improve it. The fi ve Arkansas counties are Drew, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot and Desha. The five Louisiana parishes are East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Richland and West Carroll. At the center of their discussion is a rail line that would help businesses in both states get their products to Mississippi River...
Lake, Lake Monticello, Nature Trail, News | Posted 06/08/2017 - 3:48pm
The Allen Maxwell Nature Conservation Trail was offi cially open for nature lovers in January 2017. Signs were erected at both ends of the trail by former Mayor Zack Tucker. The trail begins at the end of the levee on the southeast side of the lake and offi cially ends on the Windy Hills access by the Harold West Mini-Park. The trail is approximately fi ve feet wide and was funded completely by the state. The future plans include making the trail go around the entire lake, according to...
News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 2:48pm
The 61st Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival activities will offi cially begin this weekend and run through Saturday, June 10th. The festival began in 1956 as a one-day event and has grown into a weeklong celebration. Celebrated as the oldest continuously running festival in the state, the event draws over 30,000 visitors from many states each year. Activities are planned to attract attendees of all ages. From beauty pageants to turtle races, there is something for everyone. Top names in...
News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 2:41pm
Dr. Kate Stewart, a professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been selected as one of two 2017 Outstanding Alpha Chi Sponsors nationwide. The award was presented at the Alpha Chi Annual Convention held recently in Louisville, Ky., and was based on outstanding service to the UAM Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national collegiate honor society. Stewart has served as faculty sponsor of the UAM chapter of Alpha Chi for 20 years. Under her leadership, the organization has...
Memorial, News, Rodney Shelton Foss | Posted 06/06/2017 - 2:37pm
Members of Ensign Rodney Shelton Foss’ family, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1545 and American Legion Post 2 conclude the 2017 Drew County Memorial Day ceremony by dedicating a county park to Foss, considered to be the first U.S. military casualty of World War II. The park is located north of the Drew County Courthouse by the railroad tracks on the site of the home where Foss was born. The annual Memorial Day ceremony, to remember the fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast...
News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 2:33pm
For the third time, David Anderson will be sworn in as Mayor of Monticello after having won Tuesday’s runoff election 554-508. Democrat Anderson, who was already serving as Interim Mayor, defeated Independent Joe Rogers. The runoff was necessary because of the first mayoral election involving Independent Ronny Carr on May 9. At that time, Anderson also was the top vote-getter, but no candidate received a majority of votes cast. “I want to say thank you to my wife and family for putting up with...
monticello mayoral history, News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 2:25pm
With the special mayoral election runoff less than a week away now, likely not too many voters realize that whichever candidate they choose will join a short list of people who have served the city on multiple occasions. Both Democrat David Anderson and Independent Joe Rogers already grace that list, Anderson having served from Jan. 1, 2003 to Dec. 31, 2006 and again since Jan. 17 as interim mayor, and Rogers following him in offi ce from Jan. 1, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2010 and as in 2014 to fi ll...
monticello high school graduation, News | Posted 06/06/2017 - 2:16pm
Graduates of Monticello High School listen intently to a speaker at commencement ceremonies Tuesday night in Dan Coston Field House. The gymnasium, which was used because of inclement weather, was packed with family and friends of the seniors. Jeff Carmical and Destiny Buckley were the top graduates.
News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 3:24pm
The Monticello Occupational Education Center Machine Tool program received a $10,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The Haas Cooperation is one of the largest CNC manufacturers in the world. It have invested several million dollars in the education at the high school and college level. The cooperation is based out of Oxnard, Calif. The grant money can be used for scholarships for student to further their education in the field as well as training for high school students during class time...
Drew Central, Drew Central School Board, Health Center, News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 3:22pm
Drew Central’s School District’s School Board and all its school principals heard a lengthy presentation from representatives of the Mainline Health Systems in a school board meeting Thursday night. The presentation was about the potential of opening a schoolbased health center on the DC campus. After the roll was called and the previous month’s meeting minutes were approved, the board recognized the May Students of the Month from the middle school. Middle School Principal Patti Smith presented...
GAC tournament, UAM, weevils, Sports | Posted 05/19/2017 - 3:19pm
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils captured their second consecutive Great American Conference Baseball Tournament championship Sunday with a 6-1 win over Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. With the victory, UAM assured itself of making the third trip to the NCAA Central Region Tournament in four years.
Monticello school district, News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 3:16pm
At last night’s Monticello School District School Board meeting—the fi nal one of this school year—the board approved the new personel sheet for the 2017-2018 school year. Monticello High School Assistant Principal Susan White was named as next year’s High School Principal. “I am excited to have the opportunity to be Monticello High School’s next principal and to continue the positive direction this district has maintained over the years,” White said. “I look forward to another rewarding year...
graduation, News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 3:15pm
The University of Arkansas at Monticello held two commencement ceremonies last Friday in the Steelman Field House, while the Drew Central High School Class of 2017 graduated Tuesday night in the Drew Central Gymnasium. The third of the three local schools, Monticello High School, has its graduation set for next Tuesday night at Hyatt Field, weather permitting.
News | Posted 05/19/2017 - 2:56pm
Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton said this afternoon his department is conducting interviews with Monticello High School students about a “senior prank” that “went too far.”  MHS officials discovered graffiti on the three buildings this morning. Deaton said there were a couple of curse words but really nothing else to speak of. He also noted there was no building broken into.
News | Posted 05/18/2017 - 3:58pm
Monticello Middle School Art and EAST students will be celebrating veterans Saturday. The students have worked all year interviewing veterans, editing footage, creating artwork for the 28 veterans to be honored, and creating the documentary and slideshow. Their work will be on display, along with a luncheon and entertainment for those veterans. The students ask everyone to join in on the day of honoring all our veterans and active service within our community. SCHEDULE 10:30 a.m.: Parade...
Bennie Ryburn, News | Posted 05/12/2017 - 2:11pm
Southeast Arkansas has lost an icon. Bennie Franklin Ryburn Jr. passed away Monday. He was born July 26, 1934 to Bennie Ryburn Sr. and Virginia Ryburn. Until he was 12 years old, Ryburn lived with his parents in Rison. In 1946, after World War II ended, he and his parents moved to Monticello and his father purchased what is now Ryburn Motor Co. Upon graduating college from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (then Arkansas A&M College) in the late 1950s, Ryburn partnered with his...
mayoral election, Mayoral Race, News | Posted 05/12/2017 - 2:04pm
captured a majority of the votes cast for Monticello Mayor in Tuesday’s special election, there will be a runoff election May 30. Unofficially, Interim Mayor David Anderson, who was running on the Democratic ticket, received 456 votes, Independent Joe Rogers received 389 votes and Independent Ronny Carr received 206 votes. Between early voting and the votes that were cast on Tuesday, there were a total of 1,051 votes. Anderson secured 43 percent and Rogers 37 percent. These two former Mayors of...
Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Kiwanis, News | Posted 04/29/2017 - 12:36pm
The Monticello Kiwanis Clubs, using the display as a means of community service and to honor our military at the same time, adorned the downtown square and the front lawn of the Drew County Court House (with the assistance of Boy Scout Troop 67 and Cub Scout Pack 69), with American fl ags Monday. Flags may be purchased for $30 for two people per fl ag and $2 per name over two. To order a fl ag or for more information, contact Connie McKiever at 870-460-6470.
Joe Rogers, Mayoral Candidates, Mayoral Race, News | Posted 04/29/2017 - 12:35pm
This week, the Advance-Monticellonian concludes its three-part series about the candidates for the city’s special mayoral election on Tuesday, May 9. Democrat David Anderson, who is currently serving as Interim Mayor, and Independents Ronny Carr and Joe Rogers are vying to serve the remainder of former Mayor Zack Tucker’s term. Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public records. The person elected next month will serve until December 2018....
drug take back, monticello police department, News, prescription drugs | Posted 04/29/2017 - 12:28pm
If expired or unused prescription drugs are in the house, mark Saturday on the calendar. Twice a year, Arkansas organizations partner to host a statewide Drug Take Back event— and educate the public about the dangers misused prescription medications can pose. Arkansans are encouraged to utilize one of more than 200 collection sites in The Natural State to turn in those type drugs this weekend. Residents in Drew County can bring their unwanted or outdated prescription medication to the...
Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, Governor Hutchinson, News | Posted 04/29/2017 - 12:25pm
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson launched the ACT Work Ready Community initiative in an address Tuesday morning at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. A full house in the Green Room of the John F. Gibson University Center was welcomed by UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes. She expressed her appreciation to the governor and the legislators for helping get this initiative “up and running.” Opening remarks were made by Sen. Eddie Cheatham. He welcomed his fellow legislators, educators and the group of...
News, Parkridge Apartments, Quorum Court | Posted 04/21/2017 - 4:13pm
The Drew County Quorum Court met Monday night to discuss consolidating rural polling places, a potential $5 addition to yearly property tax to insure stray animals are spayed and neutered and an update on the county lawsuit regarding the Parkridge Apartments’ consideration for cutting their property taxes by more than 50 percent. Election commissioner Sonya Ryburn spoke to the court about potentially consolidating some of the rural polling places in Drew County in hopes to save money. “We need...
Mayoral Race, News, Ronny Carr | Posted 04/21/2017 - 4:04pm
Again, before Monticello’s special mayoral election May 9, the Advance-Monticellonian is helping voters know more about the candidates. Democrat David Anderson, who is currently serving as Interim Mayor until the special election, and Independents Ronny Carr and Joe Rogers are vying to serve the remainder of former Mayor Zack Tucker’s term. Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public records. The person elected in May will serve until December...
LeAnne Burch, News, Sheilla Lampkin, State Representative | Posted 04/21/2017 - 3:55pm
Playing catch up in anything is stressful but for LeAnne Burch, the circumstances with which she was faced made it even tougher. Following a local legend, Burch just completed her first General Assembly as District 9 representative in the Arkansas legislature. A retired Army Brigadier General, Burch would likely not even be in the public eye had it not been for the untimely death of former Rep. Sheilla Lampkin, a much-beloved local icon and member of the Arkansas House since 2011—or at least as...
monticello mayor, News, tucker, zack tucker | Posted 04/21/2017 - 3:43pm
ashIn the ongoing case with former Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson denied Tucker’s request for an $8,327.28 credit Monday, stating that Tucker had charged multiple expenses to a personal credit card, and the former Mayor will have to pay the entire $22,500 in restitution— and $165 in court costs. Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public record in regards to his dealings with the 2015 Forestry Festival. A plea bargain...
DMH, Drew Memorial Hospital, News | Posted 04/13/2017 - 2:55pm
Drew Memorial Hospital is getting a facelift—all around. Along with a $31 million renovation project currently under construction on Scogin Drive, DMH unveiled a new brand identity, which includes an updated logo and identity system for the service lines within the hospital. That major milestone was celebrated recently during a topping-off ceremony of the 51,000-squarefoot expansion of the hospital. “The new identity refl ects our commitment to bringing Drew County and its residents the best...
david anderson, mayoral election, News | Posted 04/13/2017 - 2:51pm
Before Monticello’s special mayoral election May 9, the Advance- Monticellonian is helping voters know more about the candidates. Democrat David Anderson, who is currently serving as Interim Mayor until the special election, and Independents Ronny Carr and Joe Rogers are vying to serve the remainder of former Mayor Zack Tucker’s term. Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public records. The person elected in May will serve until December 2018....
Farm Family, McGregor Family, McGregors, News | Posted 04/13/2017 - 2:44pm
Since 1994, the Mike McGregor family has raised cattle. Just more than a decade ago, the family added a turnkey fertilizer operation, servicing some 50,000 farmers in the Delta. For those reasons, and others, the McGregors have been selected as the 2017 Drew County Farm Family of the Year. As the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program celebrates its 70th anniversary, the Drew County honorees join other families across The Natural State vying for eight district Farm Family awards and, in July...
Alvy Early, News, record breaking, sports, UAM, Sports | Posted 04/13/2017 - 2:38pm
ARKADELPHIA—When Alvy Early and Norm DeBriyn were playing fastpitch softball together in the early 1970s, it’s a good bet neither was thinking far enough down the road to envision what happened last weekend. DeBriyn, who coached the University of Arkansas to 1,161 baseball wins in a 33-year career, held the record for collegiate coaching victories in The Natural State—at all levels—until Saturday. That’s when Early, his longtime friend, passed him. As what had been a back-andforth softball...
camp, Health camps, News | Posted 04/07/2017 - 12:26pm
When the majority of people see the letters M*A*S*H, it’s not unlikely for them to immediately think of Hawkeye, Hot Lips, Trapper John and Radar (not to mention Klinger)—and chuckle at the memories. For Arkansas high school juniors and seniors interested in healthcare-related vocations, though, it’s no laughing matter. It’s a possible career move. Beginning in early June, Arkansas Farm Bureau will again co-host summer M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps with 32 medical...
charities, charity, Junior Auxiliary, News | Posted 04/07/2017 - 12:19pm
Generations of Monticellonians have been helped by an organization deservedly in the spotlight this week. April 3-7 is National Junior Auxiliary Week. The Junior Auxiliary of Monticello, a nonprofi t organization now in its 79th year, is celebrating along with other clubs around the state and nation. The Arkansas House of Representatives recently recognized the work of JA chapters in The Natural State by proclaiming Monday as Arkansas Junior Auxiliary Day. “The Junior Auxiliary of Monticello...
Debate, News, UAM, University of Arkansas at Monticello | Posted 04/07/2017 - 12:06pm
By winning the season-long varsity debate national championship presented by the International Public Debate Association, the debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has completed the 2016- 17 season in style. UAM finished no lower than second place in five categories based on the competitive results of IPDA debate tournaments throughout the academic year. In addition to the varsity division national title, UAM placed second in team debate, second in junior varsity debate, won...
Census, Drew County, News | Posted 04/07/2017 - 9:52am
Of the seven counties which most people consider “Southeast Arkansas,” only Drew County showed an increase in population in the latest estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s not surprising at all, both Drew County Judge Robert Akin and Interim Monticello Mayor David Anderson agreed. Comparing the 2010 census with July, 2016 predictions, Drew County has grown by 142 people, a 0.8 percent increase, according to the most recent offi cial fi gures available, released late last month....
Alpha Chi, News, UAM, University of Arkansas at Monticello | Posted 03/30/2017 - 4:15pm
Three University of Arkansas at Monticello students have been selected as program presenters during the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society annual convention in Louisville, Ky., April 6-8. Cody Bijou of Crosby, Tex., Reagan Dobbs of Dayton, Texas, and Bronte Pearson of Monticello will present original research as part of a convention that highlights student research and creative presentations from across the nation. Bijou, a senior communications and political science double major, will...
drunk driving, monticello high school, News | Posted 03/30/2017 - 4:02pm
Monticello High School students were shown a mock wreck this morning to show how serious the eff ects of distracted driving can be. Students were portrayed to have been in a vehicle collision and members of the Monticello Fire Department, Southeast Emergency Medical Services, the Arkansas State Police, Air-One emergency response and Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home were present to show the students what happens in a real life wreck situation.
Interim Mayor David Anderson partnered with the Monticello Senior Citizen Center to deliver meals to local seniors. Pictured above (from left to right) are Lisa Lloyd, Mayor Anderson, Cindy Villarreal and Felecia Harrell.
Meals on Wheels, News | Posted 03/30/2017 - 3:32pm
Meals On Wheels America is celebrating the 15th annual March for Meals fundraiser, which is designed to rally communities nationwide around the vulnerable seniors. Countless seniors rely on the safety net of Meals On Wheels to remain healthy and independent in their own homes. The Monticello Senior Citizen Center holds the meals for seniors fundraiser during the Spring to help fund the local meal program for the year. The main purpose of the local Senior Center is to help the elderly live...
Monticello school district, News, substitute, SUBTeach USA | Posted 03/30/2017 - 2:17pm
On Monday, March 20, substitute teacher Kristi Meek, 32, of Drew County was arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with an 18-year-old student. Meek has been a substitute teacher at both the Monticello and Drew Central school district campuses. At the time, she was subbing at the district’s shared Alternative Learning Environment campus. According to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton, the sexual act did not take place on any school campus.  Although neither Deaton nor the...
News | Posted 03/22/2017 - 10:51am
Jim Hall was arrested Monday by Drew County Sheriff's deputies after a court order was received by Sheriff Mark Gober from the Arkansas Court of Appeals denying Hall's latest motion. He has been sentenced to serve 90 days behind bars.
Book Signing, Go West, Jeremy Sparks, News | Posted 02/24/2017 - 8:49pm
  Fountain Hill native and author Jeremy Sparks signs a copy of his new book, "Go West: 10 Principles that Guided My Cowboy Journey",  for high school friend Paula Amos of Fountain Hill Friday night at the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library in Monticello. Sparks spoke the the crowd and answered question for about an hour then signed books and took photos with attendees.  Sparks told the group that he launched the book here because "this is about South Arkansas having a celebration, we wanted...
News | Posted 02/16/2017 - 11:21am
In what was likely the shortest meeting any of them could recall, members of the Demoratic Party of Drew County nominated Interim Monticello Mayor David Anderson to be the party’s candidate in the May 9 special mayoral election. Anderson and Independent Ronny Carr have now declared their intentions to fill out Zack Tucker’s unexpired term. Tucker, who was charged in late 2016 with abuse of office and tampering with public records, resigned as mayor in January as part of a plea bargain. DPDC...
News | Posted 02/07/2017 - 3:27pm
A Drew County Sheriff's Deputy was terminated Thursday after being arrested for soliciting and abuse of office. See tomorrows Advance for more details.
News | Posted 02/01/2017 - 9:51am
The Drew County Democrats and Republican parties have set dates to meet and choose their candidates for Mayor. The Republican party will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 7 at the Chamber of Commerce building on Gaines St. in Monticello. The Democratic party will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the Drew County Court House.
News | Posted 01/25/2017 - 10:33am
In last nights City Council meeting, Mayor David Anderson presented retired councilman Raymond Hubbard with a plaque honoring his many years of service. See todays Advance for a tribute story.
Sports | Posted 01/24/2017 - 7:37pm
News | Posted 01/24/2017 - 10:26am
The Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2016 Man and Woman of the Year. The winners will be announced at the annual Chamber/MEDC awards banquet on February 21. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office at 335 East Gaines St. or by calling 870-367-6741. The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday Feb. 7.
News | Posted 01/18/2017 - 9:22am
In a 5-2 vote by the Monticello City Council, David Anderson was appointed last night as interim Mayor for the city. See this week's Advance for the full story.
News | Posted 01/17/2017 - 11:39am
News | Posted 01/17/2017 - 10:51am
After an early morning pre-trial, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker will resign his seat following a guilty plea. After significant negotiations with the state, Tucker has been offered two alternatives in a plea deal. At this time, it is unclear which option Tucker will take; however, he will be resigning as Monticello's Mayor at a point yet to be determined. See this weeks Advance for the full story.   As of 5:30 p.m. today, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker will officially resign as Mayor according to...
Obituaries | Posted 01/17/2017 - 10:13am
John Grantier died peacefully in his home in Monticello on January 4, 2017. He was born in Kentucky to Kenneth and Edna Grantier on May 30, 1939, who are now deceased. He was the fourth child born out of their six children and was preceded in death by his sisters Donna and Rebecca. He is survived by siblings Connie, Richard Lowell and Ann. He lived most of his life in the state of Arkansas, choosing Monticello to be his home. He lived in Monticello for 22 years with his second wife, Marilyn,...
News | Posted 01/13/2017 - 3:58pm
Martin Lurther King Jr. was an inspiration to countless Americans. Drew county will hosts several events over the weekend to honor his memory. See the Jan. 11 edition of the Advance-Monticellonian newspaper for a full list of events taking place and be sure to pick up a copy of next weeks paper for pictures and info.
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 1:18pm
If this is a dream, it’s likely Kyle Tolin and his now No. 22-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball Boll Weevils never want to wake up. After two more victories last week, UAM has established a new school record for best start to a season at 10-0. Thursday, the Weevils matched the 9-0 beginning to a season Mike Newell’s 2008-09 squad accomplished with a 74-61 win over Southern Nazarene University. Saturday, this year’s team put that mark in its rear-view mirror with a 74...
Ashley Foreman reporter@monticellonews.net, News | Posted 01/12/2017 - 1:16pm
In January, the Drew County Quorum Court has met twice so far and has approved raises, county budgets and the county attorney. According to Drew County Clerk Lyna Gulledge, full-time county employees will receive a 6.25 percent raise this year. When the court met on Jan. 2, they approved the county budget for 2017 and reinstated Cliff Gibson as county attorney for this term. The QC also gave Drew County Judge Robert Akin authority to handle the Contract of Obligation with the Arkansas...
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 1:12pm
Billies come from behind to claim hard-fought win In a game where neither team deserved to lose, Monticello fought back from a 15-point halftime deficit to post a 70-67 victory over Drew Central Tuesday night at Drew Central Gymnasium—and win the Showdown In M-Town Trophy in the process. With the Arkansas Activities Association’s experiment with blended conferences in place during this basketball season, the trophy had to be decided differently. In years past, the two crosstown rivals played...
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 1:05pm
The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team has been picked sixth overall in the 2017 Great American Conference preseason poll, released by the conference on Tuesday. The Blossoms are coming off a 30-28 (24-20 GAC) finish a season ago, with a fifth place regular season finish in the GAC. UAM was defeated in the GAC Championship Tournament during the first round after losses to Harding University and Southern Nazarene University. UAM has 11 returners to the 2017 squad, including...
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 1:03pm
Coaches and athletes expect to go through highs and lows during a season. It’s just not very often they occur two days apart. The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball pendulum swung from very low—an 82-65 drubbing at the hands of Southern Nazarene University last Thursday—to very high—an 89-86 overtime win over Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday—that left the Cotton Blossoms at 5-5 overall, 2-4 in Great American Conference play.   And it doesn’t get any easier for the...
Sports | Posted 01/12/2017 - 1:00pm
Drew Central’s athletics department plans to honor the accomplishments of its 1986-87 Class 2A girls’ state basketball champion Lady Pirates later this month, DC Athletics Director Michael Goad has announced. This year is the 30-year anniversary of that title. Former DC girls’ coach Barbara Gilliam-Harris, who was on the bench for that state championship, as well as Goad, the current Lady Pirate coach, have begun a campaign to find every member of the 1986-87 girls’ team, including managers....
Arts & Science, Bartholomew, Bayou, News, Photography | Posted 01/11/2017 - 11:49am
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is hosting a juried photography exhibition, Bayou Bartholomew: In Focus, to celebrate this hidden treasure. Twenty-three photographs highlight the natural beauty and cultural significance of Bayou Bartholomew. The exhibition opens January 19th and continues through April 22, 2017. Juror, Margo Duvall, selected the images that capture the natural beauty and historical importance of this waterway. Photographers include Julie Caple, Mark Cater,...
News | Posted 01/03/2017 - 12:15pm
Lindon “Trey” Grey, 14, ran from Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home in Monticello about 11:30 p.m. Monday. He is a white male, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 150 pounds with short brown hair. He is autistic. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray shirt with “I Don’t Care” on the front. According to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton, Arkansas State Police said Grey does not meet the Amber Alert criteria so no such alert was issued. The State Fusion Center sent out an alert from their agency to...
Obituaries | Posted 12/28/2016 - 4:40pm
Janet Kay Treadwell Allen, 62 of Monticello passed away Christmas Eve with loved ones surrounding her at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.  Janet was born on February 5, 1954 in Dermott to the late Wesley Euin and Vivian Treadwell.  She graduated from Desha Central in 1974 and later earned her nursing degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  Her nursing career ended too soon after being diagnosed with lupus. Janet is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Billy Thomas...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 3:30pm
Patty Jean Wolfe Nelson, 76, of Hamburg, died Sunday, December 25, 2016 in Hendersonville, Tenn. Nelson was a native of Monticello and a resident of Hamburg for the past 53 years.  She moved to Hendersonville, four months ago to live with her daughter.  She was a homemaker and was a daycare provider in her own home for 13 years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Her parents, Jesse and Hazel Mullins Wolfe and an infant sister preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of...
Bookman, Israel, News | Posted 12/26/2016 - 3:22pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement related to the U.N. Security Council's passage of a resolution criticizing Israel for its construction of settlements in the West Bank: “I am deeply disappointed in the United Nations Security Council's vote condemning Israel. More concerning is the failure of President Obama to use the United States’ veto to stop this attack. The United States has long maintained that any viable solution to the Israel-Palestine...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 3:06pm
Dana K. Brown Dean, 65 of Monticello died Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home in Monticello.  She was born on August 27, 1951 to the late Bassie Brown and Edna Hawkins Brown. In addition to her parents and husband two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. She was the widow of Larry Dean, a cashier at Ryburn Motor Company, and a charter member of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Monticello. Survivors include two sons, Kenny Davis (Michelle) and Lance Davis all of...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 3:01pm
Patrick Wayne Lloyd, age 38 of Monticello passed away December 19, 2016 at his home.  He was born January 12, 1978 in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. to Judith Grant Kelly and the late Robert Barton Lloyd. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth and Shyanna Lloyd;  the mother of his children Amy Hogue Lloyd; his mother Judith Grant Kelly and stepfather Steve Kelly; two sisters, Mandy Lloyd  and Jennifer Thompson (Kevin); one brother Stephen Kelly all of Monticello....
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 2:55pm
Shirley Armbrewster Martin, age 83 of Monticello, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.  She was born June 6, 1933 in Rochester, N.Y. to the late Joseph and Florence Armbrewster. She was a retired owner/operator of a day care, a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.  In addition to her parents, her first husband, Daniel Martin; one grandson, Carl Anderson; and one granddaughter, Tracey Thurman, also preceded her in death. Survivors include...
Obituaries | Posted 12/26/2016 - 2:44pm
Jackie Phillips Prehm, age 70 of Monticello, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock.  She was born April 14, 1946 in Manila, Ark. to the late Roy Phillips and Alberta Corneilson Phillips.She was the widow of James A. “Jim” Prehm, a homemaker and a member of New Life Assembly of God Church.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Glenda Staggs.Survivors include one son, Mark Chapman and wife Patsy of...
art, guachoya, News | Posted 12/25/2016 - 4:00pm
A reception will be held at Guachoya Cultural Art Center honoring Jimmy Barrett on January 5th.  Barrett is a scroll saw artist and also makes other woodwork items. The reception will be from 6 till 7:30 p.m. It is free of charge and the public is invited. The exhibit will be up from January 5th to January 30th. Barrett was raised in Eudora and spent 34 years as a letter-carrier with the Eudora Post Office. He and his wife, Martha Ann, a retired school counselor, moved to McGehee in 1995. He...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 3:17pm
Marion Hill McCormick, 70, of Monticello died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at her home. She was born December 23, 1945 in Sheerness Sheppey, Kent, England to Sylvia Newell Hill and the late Clayton Henry Hill. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her son, Stephen Paul McCormick and one grandson, Johnathan McCormick. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Harold McCormick of Monticello; her mother, Sylvia Newell Hill of Monticello; one brother, Kenneth (Linda) Hill of...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 3:15pm
Dana K. Brown Dean, 65, of Monticello died Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home. She was born August 27, 1951 in Harrisburg to the late Bassie Brown and Edna Hawkins Brown. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Survivors include two sons, Kenny (Michelle) Davis and Lance Davis, both of Monticello; one daughter, Staci (Brian) Gregory of Texarkana; the father of her children, Cotton Davis of Monticello; her mother-in-law,...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 3:15pm
Martha Graves Kirby, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, began her life on April 4, 1942 in Hamburg. On May 27, 1960, her parents, Horace and Nadine Handley, gave Martha in marriage to Ted Kirby Sr. Martha and Ted resided in Fountain Hill until 1967, where Martha was a homemaker and piano teacher. Thier children—Sandy (Mike) Morman, Ted Kirby Jr. and Mandy (Doug) Meador—were born in nearby Monticello. Martha later taught music in the Prescott (AR) School District and Ted and...
Obituaries | Posted 12/23/2016 - 3:13pm
Betty Jo “Jody” Hammock Cogar, 65, of Monticello passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home. She was born March 23, 1951 in Monticello to the late James Pell Hammock and Polly Pauline Gregory Hammock. She was the widow of Clint Cogar, co-owner and vice-president of CC Cabinets in Houston, a business that she and her late husband, Clint Cogar started. They began their business in a shed in their backyard, which went on to become a very successful and thriving business that ended up in a...
News | Posted 12/08/2016 - 11:23am
Simmons Bank donates a check for $25,000 to Karen Connelly, and members of the Miracle League board. The $25,000 grant from Simmons First  Foundation,  be used to provide bleacher covers for the new Miracle League field
News | Posted 10/18/2016 - 9:57am
Predicted rain and cooler temperatures should decrease wildfire danger and some of the current burn bans may be lifted, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland and Desha counties in Southeast Arkansas are among the 14 counties in Arkansas under burn bans as of noon on October 13. The wildfire danger is high in Southeast Arkansas and moderate elsewhere. Updated Wildfire Danger and Burn Ban Maps: Latest wilfire danger map for Arkansas Latest  
Sports | Posted 10/18/2016 - 9:51am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team was taken down by Great American Conference opponent #15 Henderson State University on the road Saturday afternoon.   Final score in this match-up was 45-17 in favor of the Reddies.   The Weevils (2-5, 2-5 GAC) struggled offensively in the opening half of the contest as despite posting similar statistics to the hosting #15 Reddies of Henderson State (6-1, 6-1 GAC), UAM could not translate that yardage into points. HSU led Arkansas...
Sports | Posted 10/18/2016 - 9:48am
The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team was taken down by Great American Conference opponent #15 Henderson State University on the road Saturday afternoon.   Final score in this match-up was 45-17 in favor of the Reddies.   The Weevils (2-5, 2-5 GAC) struggled offensively in the opening half of the contest as despite posting similar statistics to the hosting #15 Reddies of Henderson State (6-1, 6-1 GAC), UAM could not translate that yardage into points. HSU led Arkansas...

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