Saturday, August 18, 2018

Carthen Doster To Perform Free Acoustic Show At Rob Reep Studio On Main Street Saturday Night

Come enjoy a night of acoustic sound and soul by local singer/songwriter and guitarist, Carthen Doster, brought to you for free by Rob Reep Studio, located at 225 S. Main St. in Warren.

With an eclectic selection of both original and cover renditions, Doster will be performing an hour long show from 7pm-8pm Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Join us from 6pm-7pm for pre-show refreshments and viewing of the art gallery and gift shop.

The show starts at 7pm. Some seating will be available, but arrive early to pick the best spot!

Poultry Testing Set for Fair

All poultry to be entered into the Bradley County Fair must comply with the poultry health regulations by being tested for Pullorum-Typhoid.  The Bradley County Agent, John Gavin, will test chickens at the Bradley County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, September 4th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  No Pullorum-Typhoid testing will be conducted during the Fair.  Contact the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-226-8410 to register your poultry to be tested.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

August 17, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Last year the Arkansas Economic Development Commission agreed to offer financial incentives for 133 new projects.

They will create an estimated 3,460 jobs with average salaries of $21.81 an hour. The companies that received financial incentives from the state will invest about $3.184 billion in Arkansas.

Legislation approved in 2001 requires the AEDC to submit regular reports to lawmakers detailing the effectiveness of the numerous tax incentives and financial assistance programs that state government uses to recruit industry. Also, the AEDC reports on the economic climate in Arkansas compared to neighboring states.

This Week in the House: Rep. Jeff Wardlaw

Do you know what goals your child should be setting for this school year?  Do you know what mental health services are available at your child’s school?

These are just a couple of topics that parents and teachers should be discussing in the first weeks of school.  But remembering to approach every topic while finding classrooms and gathering school supplies can be overwhelming.

That is part of the reason why the Department of Education began the “My Child/My Student” campaign.

Commodities to be Distributed

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will receive U.S.D.A food commodities.  Items available will be:  Apricot Halves, Cranberry Sauce, Raisins, Tomato Sauce in Jug, Grape Juice, Pollock Filet, Pasta Spaghetti, Boned Can Chicken, and Tomato Sauce in Can.  The rules for acceptance and participation in the U.S.D.A’s Temporary Emergency Program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national origin, political affiliation, or veteran status.  If your household’s income is at or below the federal poverty level, you may be eligible to receive surplus commodities.  Households must meet income guidelines, live in the county that you apply for commodities, and show some type of identification (driver’s license, or other photo identification, etc.)

You can pick up for ONE (1) other person beside yourself IF you are and authorized representative.  If you pick up for another person, you must bring ALL required information and a written note from that person stating you may pick up their commodities.  PLEASE BRING BAGS OR BOXES TO COMMODITY SITE WITH YOU.

Ashley County:  Monday, August 27, 2018
8:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Main St., Hamburg, AR.;  Contact Cindy Griever at 870-853-8606 or Carolyn Davis  870-226-2668 X 307.

Chicot County:  Tuesday, August 28, 2018
8:00 a.m. at the Expo Center, 1411 Park St., Lake Village, AR.; Contact Simone Brown at
870-265-3379 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Desha County:  Wednesday, August 29, 2018
8:00 a.m. at the Municipal Complex, McGehee, AR., Contact Annette Esaw at 870-222-3392 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Drew County:  Thursday, August 30, 2018
8:00 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, Building #2, 915 Hwy 425 N., Monticello, AR.; Contact Andrea Crowder at 870-460-0842 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Bradley County:  Friday, August 31, 2018
8:00 a.m. at the New National Guard Armory, 101 Industrial Park Drive.., Warren, AR.; Contact Christina Harding at 870-226-4413 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Warren School Transportation Director Reminds Drivers of School Bus Safety

Anyone convicted of passing a stopped school bus will face any combination of a fine of $250-$1000, up to 90 days in jail, driver’s license suspension of 21 days to 1 year, and up to 400 hours of community service. 

School is back in session, and it is important that drivers pay attention to safety regarding school bus stops.  The transportation director of the Warren School District reported to that on Friday, August 17 nine violations occurred where people passed buses that had the stops signs deployed and flashing lights on.  Remember these are our children, and their safety is in your hands.

The following comes from the Taylor King law firm:

The law seems simple enough: When you see a school bus stopped on the road, you stop as well. Arkansas Code § 27-51-1004 (2015) is a bit more specific:
When a school bus stops and displays its flashing red lights, every driver coming from any direction must bring their vehicle or motorcycle to a complete stop before they reach the school bus. They must remain stopped until students have finished boarding or exiting the bus and the bus begins moving again.

Multi-Lane Highways and Medians

Now comes the tricky part: Another subsection of the code states that when busses are traveling on a multi-lane highway with a dividing strip or median that is at least 20 feet wide, opposing traffic is not required to stop, but should continue to exercise caution and be on the alert for children.

Emily Moseley Announces Candidacy for Warren City Council

Emily L. Moseley has announced her candidacy for Warren City Council, Ward 2, Position 2 subject to the November general election.

Moseley is a member of the First Baptist Church and serves on the Board of the Southeast Ark Fair and Market.  She has worked for GM Dealerships in Warren and Monticello and is currently employed in the Bradley County Sheriff and Collector's Office, where she has been employed for the past twelve years.

Moseley is married to Jimmy Moseley.  They have two sons Baker (Kim), Joe _Alarie) and one daughter Susanne (Steve).  They have 2 grandsons, Bryce and Brayden Moseley and four grandaughter, Caroline and Abby Moseley and Bailey and Zoey Herring.

I was born and raised in Warren.  My goal is to be here for the citizens and help our town to grow and prosper.

Deadline Expires for Municipal Races

The deadline to file to run for municipal office in the cities of Warren, Hermitage and Banks expired at 12:00 noon August 17th.  Following is a list of those who submitted petitions with sufficient legal signatures to qualify for municipal offices.  In the City of Warren, there are three wards and candidates for city council must live in the ward for which they run, and may run for position 1 or 2.
In Hermitage there are two wards and candidates run by position 1 or 2 while in Banks there are five positions on the council that run by position 1-5.   Municipal elections will take place on November 6, 2018 in conjunction with the general election for all state and federal offices. 





4A State Champion Lumberjack Soccer Club Receives Rings In Thursday Ceremony

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Police Investigating Aggravated Residential Burglary

On the date of August 15, 2018 at approximately 1:36 a.m. members of the Warren Police Department took a report in reference to an Aggravated Residential Burglary. The victim in the case stated that after he entered his residence on Blankinship Court he was assaulted by two unknown male subjects. The victim was later able to escape from the two suspects and run to a nearby residence and seek help. After making his escape the two suspects fled the area in the victim’s 2009 Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle was later recovered abandoned in the area of Hazel St. on August 15, 2018. The case is currently being investigated and the Warren Police Department is asking for the communities help in locating those responsible for this crime. If you have any information please call the Warren Police Department at 870-226-3703. You may remain anonymous and reward offered.

Police Make Arrest in Fraud/Theft Case

Since August 2, 2018 the Warren Police Department has been investigating a Fraud / Theft case in which a total of $13,000 stolen from a victim's accounts. It was alleged that on August 2, 2018 that the victim accessed his online banking information and noticed that $10,000 was missing from his business account. He then made contact with the Banking Institution and they noticed that the money was transferred from his account to another customers account. It was established that this was an unapproved transfer and the money was returned to the victim. Information and evidence was gathered in reference to this case and a warrant for arrest was issued for Brittany Harness (29) of Star City. In the later evening hours on the 2nd of August it was discovered that the victim’s personal account was compromised and this time $3,000 was transferred out of his account place into the account of Harness in which she immediately withdrew. Harness was located and arrested in Star City with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on August 3, 2018 and transported back to Warren. The investigation is still ongoing and information on two other suspects believed to be involved has been gathered. Sgt. Tim Nichols is working with authorities with the United States Army CID Division (Germany) and the Newington, New Hampshire Police Department.

It is currently unknown exactly how the suspect(s) were able to gain access into the victims account. However, it is being actively investigated by all agency's involved and we hope to make other arrest in this case in the very near future.

How To Subscribe To Watch Warren Lumberjack Games Online LIVE

The Lumberjack LIVE crew will once again be streaming the Lumberjack Football season live on the NFHS Network.

Fans will need an NFHS Network paid subscription to be able to watch games live.  There are three separate subscription options.  Viewers can purchase an "Annual Pass" for $50, which lasts for 365 days.  The second option is called the "Seasonal Pass," which is $30 and gives a viewer access to live broadcasts for 120 days.  The last option is called the "Monthly Pass," and it gives viewers access for 30 days, costing just $9.95.

To purchase a subscription to watch Lumberjack games live this football season, visit  A portion of the proceeds go to the Warren School District.

The first game is set for August 25 at 12 p.m. in North Little Rock.  Go ahead and pick up your subscription today.

Buy Your Tickets in Advance to Hooten's/Blue Cross Blue Shield Classic

Tickets for the first football game of the Lumberjack 2018 season are on sale now.  To learn more about his go to the sports page of  Click this link

Intermodal Still Battling Rail Issue

It has become somewhat like a broken record.  Every recent board meeting the Southeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Board discusses and re-discusses and then again talks about the railroad crossing within the intermodal park, which is located east of Wilmar on U. S. Highway 278.  The issue has been ongoing for some two years or more.

What is under discussion is the inability of the intermodel to complete a road crossing of the rail line that runs through the intermodal park.  The intermodal authority owns land on both sides of the railroad.  The problem, as outlined by the railroad, is that the crossing is too close to a switch.  The switch must be relocated or the road crossing moved.  In either case it will cost money and the question is, who will pay?  There has also been the discussion of whose fault it is that the crossing was began to be constructed too close to the existing switch.  The debate and effort to get the matter resolved has been going on and on with seemingly no results.  Some board members appear to blame the consulting engineer while others are put out with the rail companies.  ( It should be noted that the rail is owned by Union Pacific but is operated by a short line company.  It also should be pointed out that the short line operators have changed since the process began.)  The issue has at times been a little contentious and that showed during part of the discussion among board members and the county judges.

The board voted to authorize the consulting engineer to write a letter to one of the rail companies asking that the matter be accelerated.  There was lots of discussion on the wording of the letter and it was left pending some revised language even after the vote was taken.  There was  discussion on whose letterhead the letter should be written.  It was agreed to have the engineer send the letter on their letterhead.

It is estimated that the least expensive alternative is to relocate the switch.  That cost will be around $32,000.00.  There is apparently no additional grant money to pay for the work.

There was little other business dealt with.  The financial report listed the loan note payable by the authority at $64,147.19.  It showed the two counties and two cities owing the authority a total of $303,688.85.  Warren's share was listed as $59,161.31 and Bradley County's as $177,210.88.
Cash balances were listed as $9.838.76.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bradley County Block Builders Donates Quilt To Raise Money For WHS Band

Pictured L to R: Jodi Raines, Nicki Outlaw, Sue Wilson,  and Leslie Adams
At a recent meeting of the Warren Band Parents Association, the Bradley Block Builders Quilt Club presented the association with a quilt made by their group.  Made in the Warren school colors of black and orange, the quilt contains various music signs and symbols and will be used by the band parents to raise funds for the band.

The Bradley Block Builders is a project club of the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service and welcomes other quilters to join them in their service to the community.

Artist Mary Louise Porter Speaks To Warren Rotary

Pictured is (l-r) Porter and Rotarian Marnette George
On August 14, distinguished contemporary landscape painter Mary Louise Porter presented several pieces of her artwork to the Rotary Club of Arkansas. She spoke of the process she went through with each painting from inception to completion. The name of this painting is Wye Mountain. Please visit her website to view other works.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Moseley Sworn into Office

County Clerk Karen Belin swears in Emily Moseley as a newly appointed Warren City Alderman.

Bradley County Fair Has Fun Events Planned

Bradley County Fair for 2018 has an array of fun events planned for all ages.  The annual activity is set for September 12-September 15 at the fair grounds between John Moss Dr. and N. Bragg Street in Warren.  There will be a livestock show, rib cook-off, pageants, antique car and truck show, motorcycle show, kids demolition derby ( K-3rd ), baggo tournament and entertainment.  A variety of games will be available.

Applications for the rib cook-off are available in the office of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce.  There is an entry fee of $100.00.  Winners are awarded as follows:
*1st place-$1,000.00
*2nd place-$300.00
*3rd place-$200.00
Cooking begins at 8;00 A.M. on Saturday, September 15th.  Winners will be announced at 5:00 P.M. on the 15th.  For more information contact Ken Simmons  at 870-820-0144.

Applications for the pageants and other activities are also available at the Chamber Office.

Court Pleas Entered

Bradley County Circuit Court recently approved two guilty pleas voluntarily entered.

In the first case, Mohammed Islam plead  guilty to "criminal use/laundering, gambling charge" and was given 72 months of supervised probation.  Fees were also accessed.  These charges stemmed from improper use of game machines.

The second case was a guilty plea by Steven Shane Sivils, Jr. for possession of "drug paraphernalia
to ingest or inhale."  The sentence consisted of 24 months incarceration plus payment of fees and a fine.  Another 120 months was suspended.

Monday, August 13, 2018

State Denies Partnership Funding of New Gym But Approves Eastside

The Warren School Board met Monday, August 13 for their regular monthly meeting.  After approving the minutes of the July 9 regular meeting and a special called meeting July 26, the board heard minute messages from each of the administrators before moving into executive session.

Upon returning they made the following personnel changes:
Accepted the resignations of Francine Shelton as Special Education Paraprofessional at Eastside and Priscilla Vincent WHS Food Service.

Rehired Lois Hedger part time computer lab facilitator

Classified Hire:  Margaret Marshall WHS Food Service (replacing Priscilla Vincent), Ellie Satterlee fulltime bus driver, and Carolyn Pate-full time Bus Driver

A contract between the school district and South AR Rehabilitation was approved.

The board approved the purchase of a new handicapped bus to replace the one ruined in an accident.  Superintendent Cornish told the board that the insurance settlement had come in.

They also approve the lease of a new bus for three years.

The financial report was approved.

In the Superintendent's report it was noted that some structural issues were found during the work on the tract.  He also noted that the ABC grant had come through, and new speed bumps have been put in place around the campuses.  Partnership funding was denied by the state for the building of a new gym but partnership funding for a new Eastside was approved.  This does not mean the funds are guaranteed but that Eastside is still in the running.   Any future approved funding will not be available until 2020.

Chamber Board Meeting

Members and guest of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board met Monday, August 13th in the conference room of the Bradley County Medical Center to conduct the monthly business of the chamber.  The minutes of the previous meeting and the current financial statement were approved.

The board voted to purchase a new fax machine and to buy an ad in the Eagle Democrat for the football addition. 

Leah St, John gave a report on the "Make Warren Shine" endeavor.  She stated that to date some 40-50 volunteers have worked on the project with more work to come.  She said sufficient funds have been raised to complete the work to date but future funding will need to be secured.  She then showed a 7 minute slide show highlighting the work of the organization so far. 

Debbie Spencer gave a brief report on plans for a "Trunk or Treat' activity planned for the downtown area October 31st.  It will take place on Main Street from 6:00-8:00 P.M.  The event will be the first annual Bradley County Family Fall Festival.  Volunteers and donations are still needed.  Contact the Bradley County Chamber at 870-226-5225 for more information or to volunteer.

Donations needed include: treat sacks, bottled water, pumpkins, candy, fruit, pencils, bouncy balls kid games, popcorn, hot dogs, anything for kids, fall decor and items for prizes.  Volunteers are needed to hand out candy, work games, decorate and provide safety.  This is planned as an annual event in Warren.  According to Mrs. Spencer, plans for a Christmas parade and activities on December 2, 2018 are also in the works.

It was announce that the Chamber's Executive Committee is working up a job description for the position of Chamber President, and plans to advertise the job soon.  Denisa Pennington is currently serving as interim President without pay, until a permanent hire is made. 

City Council Fills Vacancy

The Warren City Council meet in regular session Monday evening, August 13th in the Council Chambers of the Warren Municipal Building.  Five of the six council members were present.  After being called to order and approving the minutes of the previous meeting, the City Clerk, Mrs. Helen Boswell, presented the monthly and year to date financial report.  All were approved by the council members.  The clerk reported that city sales tax revenues are up 3% over 2017 and the city's share of the county-wide sales tax is also up.  She called attention to the District Court monthly report, in the council members' packets. 

After hearing from a citizen during the public comment section of the agenda and the Bradley County Economic Commission, the members voted to accept the resignation of Council Member Jimmy Moseley, Ward 2, Position 2.  Mr. Moseley has been battling health issues and felt it was appropriate to step down.  The council then voted to appoint Mrs. Emily Moseley, the wife of Mr. Moseley, to fill out the remainder of the term, which runs through December, 31, 2018.  Upon being sworn in, Mrs. Moseley will take her seat on the council. 

Representative of Volunteer Council Working At SuperValu

Pictured are Clara Palmer and Dana Harvey, representing the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center Volunteer Council working at SuperValue in Warren, Friday, August 11th.  They, along with other volunteers, handed out fruit cup samples and provided information about the Volunteer Council and the garden projects ongoing on the campus of the Human Development Center. 

The Volunteer Council works to raise money to assist the clients and their families who are served by the Center.  They also support the employees of the HDC.  Any individual or company desiring to help should contact the superintendent's office at the HDC at 870-226-6774.  Any money contributed is tax deductible.

Members of the Volunteer Council and the staff of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center express their appreciation to SuperValue for the stores' continued support of the Center, the clients and the staff.  SuperValue always helps and contributes.  Thank you!

Also pictured are Superintendent Mark Wargo and Business Manager Al Peer.  

Two Rivers Outdoors Open For Business

Two Rivers Outdoors is now open for business.  Owner Shannon Wilkerson invites all his regular customers and everyone desiring or needing to purchase outdoor hunting equipment and clothing to stop by and visit.  Two Rivers Outdoors will have an expanded inventory of clothing, including women's clothing.  The newly remodeled store is located on Central Street, on the corner of Wise and Central.  There is plenty of onsite parking.

Stop by and visit with Shannon and his staff.  the store is a wonderful addition to the Warren business community.  

April Harris-Jackson

April Harris-Jackson is Warren's newest APRN.  She has joined our practice for general medicine in the new Bradley County Medical Center’s Family Care Clinic located at 304 East Central across from the hospital.  She will begin seeing patients on Monday, August 6, 2018.  Her office hours will be Monday – Thursday, 8am to 4:30pm and Friday 8am to 12Noon.

Ms. Harris-Jackson is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She later received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University in August 2017. She graduated with Honors in Sigma Theta Tau and is a member of the National Honor Society of Nursing. April received her board certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in November 2017 as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

April and her family are lifelong residents of Warren and she is ecstatic to offer her assistance and serve her community as a member of Bradley County Medical Center Family Care Clinic.

For an appointment call: 226-8636

Walk-ins Welcome!

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Kristen Harvey, APRN

Kristen Harvey is Warren's newest APRN.  She has joined our practice for general medicine in the new Bradley County Medical Center’s Family Care Clinic located at 304 East Central across from the hospital.  Ms. Harvey takes Medicare, Medicaid and other insurances.  Her office hours will be Monday – Thursday, 8am to 4:30pm and Friday 8am to 12Noon.

Mrs. Harvey received her Masters of Science in Nursing at Simmons College in February 2018 with honors in Sigma Theta Tau and the National Honors Society of Nursing. She received her board certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in March 2018.  She received her Associates and Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Mrs. Harvey resides in Monticello with her husband and their two young children. She feels like this is a community where she can do some good and looks forward to serving our community.

For an appointment call: 226-8636

Walk-ins Welcome!

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Warren Police Department Arrest Report For August 6-12, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Jerry R. Cater / 216 Reaves Circle, Warren, AR / DOB 6-17-85 / Warrant Monticello on 8-6-18

Keith Allen Davis, Jr. / 903 York Street, Warren, AR / DOB 6-7-93 / Bench Warrant on 8-6-18

Laron A. White / 915 W. Shelton, Monticello, AR / DOB 8-31-62 / No tags, No insurance, driving on suspended license, and possession of controlled substance

Jordan R. Hampton / 830 Henry St., Warren, AR / DOB 5-23-89 / Warrant for failure to appear on 8-16-18

Rivelino Lopez / 707 S. Myrtle St., Lot #23, Warren, AR / DOB 10-14-94 / No driver's license on 8-12-18

Cornerstone Coalition/Congressman Hold Transportation Round Table

August 9th, some twenty people gathered in the conference room of the Monticello Economic Development Commission office to welcome Arkansas 4th District Congressman Bruce Westerman and conduct a round table discussion on transportation needs in Southeast Arkansas.  I-69 was a focal point of discussion as well as state highways and county roads and city streets in general.

Most of the meeting was taken up with comments about the needs for highway improvements and new projects.  Again and again the topic turned to the needed fiances required to make the improvements desired.  The Congressman was supportive of the needs but not encouraging about the future availability of funds to construct the roads.  Without substantial federal investment, the I-69 project will likely never be completed.  It will also require state matching funds, which do not now exist.

Present for the meeting was Dan Flowers, former director of the Arkansas Highway Department, who is working with the organization that is promoting I-69.  He made a strong case for the project and urged the congress to move ahead to improve infrastructure in America.  He urged local and state officials in Arkansas to be ready if any opportunity arises to help push I-69 forward.

Great Service at Bethel AME

A large crowd was on hand Sunday, August 12th as Bethel AME Church of Warren conducted a service commemorating 150 years of ministry in Warren.Dr. Clarence Lucky is Pastor.  The program consisted of praise and worship, outstanding singing and a proclamation issued by Warren Mayor Bryan Martin, making Sunday, "Bethel AME Church Day" in Warren.  The occasion was presented by Sister Carol Hooper.  The Word was preached by Bishop Michael L. Mitchell, Presiding Prelate of the 12th Episcopal District.  Dr. Dorothy Henderson, 12th Episcopal District Lay President recognized guest and past and current pastors.

Bethel AME Church was organized in 1868.  Based on available information, it appears the Rev. James McFadden was one of the organizers of the church.  The church was once located in the area of Union Cemetery, just North of the present church facility.  After relocating, the structure burned in 1912 and anew building was constructed.  It was completely renovated in 1927.  The current church building was completed in 1974.  The first service was held on the first Sunday of April.  Rev. G. T. Blackman was the Pastor and served Bethel for 14 years.

Bethel has been the home church to many of the leading citizens of Warren throughout its history.  It is the current home to Warren Council Member Zachary Burks, the senior member of the Warren City Council.  Retired educator Raymond Colen, who serves as a member of the Warren Aviation Commission and has served in other important positions within the community is also an active member.

Attending the 150 year celebration was Mrs. Cordella Mitchell, Episcopal Supervisor and Dr. James R. Hooper, Presiding Elder.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Lumberjacks and SEACBEC’s HOSA partner to “AX out Hunger”

The Lumberjacks kick off the 2018 Football season with a scrimmage against McGehee on Thursday, August 16th, at Hurley Football Stadium. Admission will be charged but we are also asking for fans to bring non-perishable food items for the backpack program. This program helps provide weekend meals for needy students in our district.

There will be drop off boxes at the gate. Some items needed include: peanut butter crackers, cheese and crackers, Pop-tarts, breakfast bars, pull top cans of ravioli, Spaghetti O’s, vienna sausage, fruit cups, pudding, fruit snacks, etc.