Paige Chase seeking Democratic nomination for seat on Monticello City Council

  Monticello Alderwoman Paige Chase has announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the Ward 4, Position 2 seat on the Monticello City Council. Chase was recently appointed by the city council to complete her late husband’s unexpired term on the council. That term expires on December 31. She is seeking the Democratic nomination for the upcoming two-year term, beginning on January 1, 2017. Chase’s late husband, Dr. Tim Chase held the seat … Continued

Fundraiser set for Monticello man who underwent lung transplant

  A fundraiser benefiting Jackie Nowlen and featuring Pine Bluff entertainer Doug Scallion will be held on May 6 in Monticello. Nowlen, who worked in the radiology and nuclear healthcare profession at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello and Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, recently underwent lung transplant surgery. "The surgery was successful and Jackie is recovering," said Vicki Kelly, benefit organizer. "The average cost of a lung transplant is $550,000 which is only the … Continued

46th annual Armadillo Festival set for May 4-7

The 46th annual World Famous Armadillo Festival in Hamburg is set for May 4-7. Activities include the armadillo races, a carnival, Praise Fest, talent show, street dance, 5K Run, pet show, magic show, and other activities as well as live entertainment by Savin Dixon, Slik Nickel, Midnite Sun, Haley Creek Boys and the Cummins Prison Band. Activities get underway at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 with a carnival and conclude Saturday night May 7 following … Continued

Three arrested in Saturday night armed robbery at Monticello

Two Monticello men and a Monticello woman have been arrested in connection with a Saturday night aggravated robbery in Monticello, according to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton. The suspects are Willie Payne, 29, Demarius Blanks, 20, and Jessica Dodson, 19, all of Monticello. Around 10 p.m. Saturday, the alleged victim, whose name was not disclosed in a news release, called the Monticello Police Department saying he had been robbed at gunpoint at his home on … Continued

National Hospital Week puts spotlight on people

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2016 National Hospital Week theme “Health Care from the Heart.” The event theme, announced this week, is the … Continued

State of City Address

  After touting 2015 accomplishments in his State of the City address Thursday, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker identified four key focus areas for 2016: civic engagement,  workforce development, infrastructure improvements, and public safety. Civic Engagement "Public participation in local government, in my eyes, is most important to any municipality," Tucker said. "We can't begin to address issues like public safety, city infrastructure or job training without engaging the public for input, support, and volunteers." Tucker said … Continued

Monticello announces 2016 summer Movies in the Park schedule

  The City of Monticello will host the 2016 free summer movie series beginning in May at the McCloy Park amphitheater. The series will include 10 films including new releases Inside Out and Zootopia and classics like Space Jam and Hocus Pocus. This year's series will also include interactive programs related to the films. For example, the night Planes: Fire and Rescue is shown, children will have an opportunity to meet local fire & rescue … Continued

Monticello mayor to give ‘State of City’ address at local restaurant

Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker will deliver his second "State of the City" address on April 28 at a noon luncheon at Two Brothers Restaurant on the Monticello town square. The address will also be live streamed on the city's website. Tucker will discuss projects completed in 2015 as well as current projects. The luncheon is open to the public. Monticello residents and business owners are encouraged to attend.

One killed, three injured in 2-vehicle accident in Bradley County

A Crossett woman was killed and three Warren residents were injured Tuesday afternoon in a 2-vehicle accident in Bradley County, according to State Police. Charlene Mosley, 55, of Crossett was traveling southeast on Arkansas 8 in Bradley County, southeast of Warren, when her 2010 GMC veered to the left and crossed the center line. The vehicle entered the northwest traffic lane where the front left side struck the front left side of a 1992 International, … Continued

Mitchells named Drew County Farm Family of the Year

Five years ago, Rusty and Karla Mitchell decided it was time to retire, but instead of going home and living a life of leisure, the couple decided to go into the poultry farming business. Rusty, who retired from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said they grow chickens for Tyson Foods. “We get them when they are tiny babies and we keep them here for about seven weeks until they are ready to be picked … Continued