June Dinner: celebrating freedom and tradition
In the small town of Wilmar, there is a tradition that has continued for 150 years. Juneteenth, or June Dinner as its residents call it, is the longest-running celebration in the state. Each year …
Senior and Junior Billies attend Cheer camp
The Monticello High School and Monticello Junior Billies Cheerleaders attend National Cheerleaders Association Camp June 3-6 in Hot Springs.  The squads received superior ribbons for the …
The doctor is in…
Dr. Jeffrey Reinhart started seeing patients in his new office in the Allegiant Medplex on Monday, June 10. Dr. Reinhart’s new office is the second phase of opening the Medplex, as Dr. …
Quorum Court discusses broadband funding
The Drew County Quorum Court held its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 10. The meeting opened with County Attorney Cliff Gibson leading an invocation and County Judge Jessie Griffin leading …
Open and Ready to Serve
1st Choice Home Care had their ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7. Staff members, employees from Arkansas Hospice, and Chamber members were on site for the occasion. They also had hot dogs …
MEDC talks sales tax numbers; honors Barnes for years of service
The Monticello Economic Development Commission held its June meeting at noon on Wednesday, June 5. Chairman Bennie Ryburn, III called the meeting to order and presented the minutes from the May …
LOCAL NEWS

DCE teacher selected as IMPACT Arkansas Principal Fellow

Hope Caruthers, a kindergarten teacher at Drew Central Elementary, was recently selected as an IMPACT Arkansas Principal Fellow . IMPACT is a University of Arkansas-based program that has been …

Open to the public

Several local fishermen taking advantage of the fact that Lake Monticello was recently re-opened to the public. The City of Monticello officially opened the lake at 8 a.m. Friday, May 31. All are …

Under construction

Progress on Wilmar’s Dollar General is coming along nicely. Keep reading for updates as they progress.

Pre-Teen Little Miss Arkansas Crowned in Hot Springs

Arabella Wood, was crowned Pre-Teen Little Miss Arkansas on May 25, 2024, in Hot Springs.  She is the 10-year-old daughter of Matt Wood and Christina Roque of Monticello.  She is the …

Grand Opening

Dr. Jay Connelley officially opened his office in the Allegiant Medplex on Monday, June 3. Thanks to Dr. Connelley and staff for taking a moment out of their hectic day for this photo op.

UAM hosts inaugural Jazz Week, honors Les Pack

The Division of Music at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) hosted its inaugural UAM Jazz Week from April 8 to April 10. The event featured workshops and lessons guided by jazz experts, …

Rushing joins UAM CFANR as communications director

Traci Rushing was born to work in agriculture . Rushing started May 20 as director of communications for the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, at the University of Arkansas …
SPORTS

Monticello Soccer and Baseball announce postseason awards

The Monticello Billies baseball and soccer programs, along with the Lady Billie soccer program recognized their postseason award recipients for the 2024 season.  All three teams qualified …
CHAZ POPPY connected for two home runs in the final contest against Arkansas Tech to help the Weevils win the GAC Championship Tournament.

Weevils defeat Arkansas Tech 8-5 to win GAC Championship

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils finished the regular season in a three-way tie for the Great American Conference Championship of Harding and Arkansas Tech and after comparing …

Billies, Lady Billies enter 4A State Tournament

The Monticello Billies and Lady Billies will both enter the Class 4A State Championship Tournament in Gravette as the second seeds from the 4A South Region.  For the Billies, they entered …
KIRK WOOLF looks back after scoring the Weevils first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning in game one. Woolf would finish the game 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Weevils advance in GAC Championship Tournament

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils have advanced in the Great American Conference Championship Tournament after eliminating Oklahoma Baptist in a best of three series, two games to …
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Obituaries
Opal B. Tucker Ward, 85
Opal B. Tucker Ward, 85, of Monticello,   passed away Sunday, June 16, 2024, at her home. She was born October 21, 1938 in Cornerville to the late Guy Tucker and Myrtle Bostain Tucker. She …
Dewayne ''Buddy Ruff'' Rash, 70
Dewayne ''Buddy Ruff'' Rash, 70, of Monticello, went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born February 5, 1954, in Drew County to …
J.R. Martin, 75
J.R. Martin, 75, of Monticello, passed away Monday, June 10, 2024, at his home in Monticello. He was born May 17, 1949, in Mississippi. He enjoyed the outdoors working in his garden, sitting on his …
Kennon Charles ''KC'' Knobloch, 35
Kennon Charles ''KC'' Knobloch, 35, of Monticello, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2024, at Baptist Health in Little Rock. He was born October 21, 1988, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello to …
Karen Annette Boseman, 57
Karen Annette Boseman, 57, of Crossett, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Little Rock. She was born on August 14,1966, to her parents, Harry Ferguson, Sr. and Mary Sue Forrest Ferguson, was …
Leta Paulette White Sutton, 81
Leta Paulette White Sutton, 81, of Sheridan, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2024. The daughter of Clyde Paschall White and Effie Lee Cox White of Drew County, she was born on February 14, 1943. A …
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