'Big Game' Contest winner selected
Wanda Poole was the winner of the Advance's Big Game Contest held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. She won $100.00.
MEDC passes 2024 budget; approves audit findings
The Monticello Economic Development Commission met on Wednesday, February 7, at the Monticello Country Club. Commission Chair, Bennie Ryburn, III opened the meeting by stating that the lotto sales …
Future Farmers of America
A special publication is available this week to celebrate the local FFA organizations, who will celebrate National Future Farmers of America week next week. Grab your copy today and learn about what …
Commercial Bank & Trust Company appoints Joe Fakouri as Senior Vice President
Commercial Bank and Trust Co. is proud to announce the appointment of Joe Fakouri as Senior Vice President, effective February 1, 2024. In his new role, Fakouri will work towards providing …
Drew County students earn honors at South Arkansas College
SouthArk College in ElDorado has released its President’s List for the Fall 2023 term. To qualify for the President’s Honor Roll, the students myst carry at least a 3.75 GPA and be …
SEARK Reading Council presents writing contest winners
SEARK Reading Council hosted their second meeting of the year January 22, 2024 at Drew Central Middle School Library.  SEARK sponsored a writing contest for grades second through twelfth grade. …
LOCAL NEWS

Man Arrested for Sexual Indecency with a Child

On Tuesday, January 30, Michael Dustin Burns was arrested by the Monticello Police Department on a warrant for Sexual Indecency with a Child. The charges stem from an investigation by …

UAM-CTM EMT class achieves perfect pass rate on national exam

The Allied Health Department at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee (UAM-CTM) has announced that 100 percent of students in its fall 2023 Emergency Medical …

Let’s start a new tradition

It was only a few days ago that everyone's favorite weatherman, Punxsutawney Phil, made his yearly appearance. This year he did not see his shadow and supposedly predicted an early Spring. This led …

McDuffie returns to roots, joins Commercial Bank team as Chief Lending Officer

Bryan McDuffie is far from a stranger to Monticello. He was the third generation in the McDuffie family to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and he and his family made Drew …

Adrien Richard: Senior Art Exhibition “Deferred States”

Adrien Richard’s Senior Art Exhibition, “Deferred States”, will be held February 5 – 9 in the Glassblock Gallery in the Taylor Library at the University of Arkansas at …

City Completes Infrastructure Project

 The City of Monticello recently completed another much needed infrastructure project near Bowser Road. The project replaced the Bowser Sewer lift station, which by all available information was …

A&P Commission contemplates event center survey

The Monticello Advertising and Promotions (A&P) Commission held its first meeting of 2024 at noon on Monday, January 29. The room was packed and full of anticipation leading up to the discussion …

SPORTS
AUNESTI JACKSON shoots a three against Stuttgart. Jackson would finish her final contest of her Junior Season. leading the Lady Billies with 13 points.

Lady Billies defeat Stuttgart 55-24 to end season

The Monticello Lady Billies played their final game of the season on Thursday, February 15, hosting the Lady Ricebirds from Stuttgart.  It would be the end of the 2023-24 season for both …
KENNEDY COX makes contact during UAM’s contest at home against Delta State. Cox earned GAC Player of the Week honors in Week Two.

Kyle Lem records career win 100 with three wins over Delta State

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Blossom Softball team would split double-headers with Delta State University on Thursday and Friday.  On Thursday, the Blossoms would host the Lady …
QUAY RHODES would lead the Billies for the final time in his career at Monticello. Rhodes would score 16 points in the win over Stuttgart.

Billies season comes to an end with two point win over Stuttgart

Coming in the final regular season game of the 2023-24 season, the Monticello Billies would have to defeat the Stuttgart Ricebirds, who defeated the Billies in their first conference contest in …
WESLEY BOOKER goes up for two after driving the lane. Booker would finish with nine points and eight rebounds.

Weevils drop third straight contest with losses at Steelman

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils returned from a road trip through Oklahoma that saw the Weevils splitting their contests with a 68-57 win over the Southwestern Oklahoma State …
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Obituaries
Myretta Joyce Worley, 80
Myretta Joyce Worley, 80, of Greenhill died January 21, 2024. Her husband was Gary Worley   and parents were Milton and Ruby Gifford. Her survivors include her son Gary Wayne Worley (Elizabeth), …
Barbara Ann Hampton, 71
Barbara Ann Hampton was born August 6, 1952, in Port Hueneme, Calif. to the late Albert Jacobs, Sr. and Annie Mozell Phillips Jacobs. She departed this life on February 13, 2024, at Baptist Health …
Dennis Lamar Evans, 53
Dennis Lamar Evans, 53 of Johnsville, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born March 4, 1970 to the late Rufus Evans and Jeannie Davis. …
Larry Eugene Clements, 76
Larry Eugene Clements was born February 5, 1948, in Malvern, to Pauline Harrison and William Eugene Clements. He met his Savior face-to-face on February 14, 2024. Larry was saved and baptized under …
James Arliss Thomas, 79
James Arliss Thomas, 79, of Monticello, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at his home. He was born October 18, 1944, in Warren to the late Travis and Levon Jackson Thomas. He was a retired truck …
Terrell Leo Irons, 77
Terrell Leo Irons, 77, of Oden, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2024. He was born January 13, 1947, in Buckville,   to the late Thomas and Evelyn Coats Irons. He was a retired truck driver and …
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