News | Posted 1 hour 19 min ago
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 - 9:48am
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 - 8:15am
News | Posted 11/15/2017 - 9:33am
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 - 3:40pm
Head of the Class, News | Posted 10/27/2017 - 12:40pm
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 - 11:37am
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 - 10:05am
News | Posted 10/26/2017 - 10:03am
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 - 10:00am
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 - 9:59am
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 - 9:58am
Sports | Posted 10/26/2017 - 9:52am
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 - 9:51am
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 - 9:50am
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 - 9:48am
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 - 9:45am
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 - 9:43am
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 - 9:24am
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 - 9:22am
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 - 9:22am
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 - 9:21am
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 - 9:20am
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 - 9:19am
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 - 9:18am
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 - 9:16am
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 - 9:56am
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 - 9:52am
News | Posted 10/12/2017 - 9:46am
News | Posted 10/12/2017 - 9:38am
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 - 9:37am
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 - 9:35am
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 - 9:26am
“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 - 9:24am
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 - 9:22am
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 - 9:19am
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 - 9:17am
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 - 9:13am
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 - 9:10am
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 - 7:53am
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 - 7:51am
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 - 7:48am
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 - 7:33am
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 - 7:27am
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 - 7:25am
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 - 7:21am
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 - 7:20am
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 - 7:17am
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 - 7:15am
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 - 6:28am
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 - 6:27am
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 - 6:25am
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 - 6:23am
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 - 6:04am
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 - 11:44am
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 - 9:12am
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 - 9:10am
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 - 9:09am
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 - 9:05am
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 - 9:03am
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 - 9:01am
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 - 9:00am
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 - 8:57am
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 - 8:56am
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 - 8:56am
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 - 8:55am
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 - 8:54am
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 - 8:53am
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 - 8:52am
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 - 8:47am
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 - 1:41pm
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 - 1:35pm
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 - 1:27pm
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 - 1:13pm
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 - 1:11pm
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 - 1:09pm
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 - 1:07pm
“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 - 1:05pm
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 - 1:03pm
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 - 1:02pm
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 - 1:00pm
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 - 12:59pm
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 - 12:57pm
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 - 12:54pm
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 - 12:53pm
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 - 6:56am
News | Posted 09/14/2017 - 10:15am
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 - 10:12am
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 - 10:11am
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 - 10:10am
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 - 10:05am
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 - 10:01am
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 - 9:58am
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 - 9:57am
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 - 9:53am
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 - 9:52am
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 - 9:50am
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 - 9:49am
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 - 10:47am
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 - 10:44am
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 - 10:42am
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 - 10:40am
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 - 10:36am
“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 - 10:30am
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 - 10:27am
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 - 10:25am
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 - 10:24am
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 - 10:22am
                                                                                                                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 - 10:20am
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 - 10:18am
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 - 10:15am
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 - 12:28pm
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 - 12:11pm
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 - 12:10pm
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 - 12:08pm
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 - 12:06pm
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 - 12:05pm
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 - 12:03pm
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 - 12:02pm
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 - 12:01pm
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 - 12:00pm
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 - 10:11am
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 - 10:45am
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 - 10:43am
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 - 10:41am
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 - 10:40am
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 - 10:38am
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 - 10:38am
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 - 10:37am
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 - 10:36am
*/ 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 - 10:34am
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 - 11:15am
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 - 11:11am
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 - 11:09am
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 - 11:07am
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 - 11:05am
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 - 11:04am
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 - 11:03am
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 - 11:01am
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 - 10:58am
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 - 10:57am
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 - 10:52am
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 - 10:50am
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 - 10:49am
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 - 10:48am
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 - 6:43am
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 - 8:14am
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 - 7:50am
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 - 7:49am
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 - 7:47am
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 - 7:46am
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 - 7:44am
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 - 7:36am
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 - 7:33am
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 - 7:32am
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 - 7:30am
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 - 7:29am
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 - 7:21am
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 - 8:00am
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 - 1:14pm
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 - 9:54am
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 - 9:47am
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 - 9:44am
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 - 9:43am
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 - 9:42am
                                                                        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 - 9:40am
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 - 9:36am
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 - 9:35am
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 - 9:33am
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 - 9:30am
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 - 9:22am
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 - 9:21am
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 - 9:20am
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 - 12:33pm
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 - 7:47am
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 - 6:58am
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 - 12:19pm
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 - 12:17pm
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 - 12:07pm
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 - 12:06pm
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 - 12:04pm
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 - 12:01pm
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 - 11:48am
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 - 10:48am
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 - 10:41am
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 - 10:37am
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 - 10:33am
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 - 10:25am
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 - 10:16am
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 - 11:24am
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 - 11:22am
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 - 11:19am
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 - 11:16am
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 - 11:15am
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 - 10:56am
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 - 11:58am
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 - 10:11am
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 - 10:04am
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 - 8:36am
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 - 8:35am
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 - 8:28am
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 - 8:25am
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 - 12:13pm
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 - 12:04pm
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 - 11:55am
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 - 11:43am
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 - 10:55am
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 - 10:51am
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 - 10:44am
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 - 10:38am
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 - 8:26am
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 - 8:19am
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 - 8:06am
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 - 5:52am
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 - 12:15pm
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 - 12:02pm
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 - 11:32am
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 - 10:17am
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 - 6:51am
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 - 4:49pm
  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 - 7:21am
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 - 11:27am
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 - 5:51am
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 - 6:33am
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 - 3:37pm
News | Posted 01/24/2017 - 6:26am
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 - 5:22am
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 - 7:39am
News | Posted 01/17/2017 - 6:51am
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 - 6:13am
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 - 11:58am
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 - 9:18am
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 - 9:16am
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 - 9:12am
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 - 9:05am
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 - 9:03am
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 - 9:00am
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 - 7:49am
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 - 8:15am
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 - 12:40pm
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 - 11:30am
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 - 11:22am
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 - 11:06am
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 - 11:01am
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 - 10:55am
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 - 10:44am
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 - 12:00pm
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 - 11:17am
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 - 11:15am
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 - 11:15am
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 - 11:13am
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 - 7:23am
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 - 5:57am
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 - 5:51am
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 - 5:48am
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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