Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pleas Approved by Circuit Court

Several plea agreements were recently approved by Judge Porch in Bradley County Circuit Court.
1. Christina Hughes-Convicted of residential burglary and theft of property.  Sentenced to 60 months probation with credit for time served.  Pay restitution and court costs.

2. Russell Allen Fritts/John William White-Convicted of burglary, breaking and entering and theft of property.  Sentenced to 72 months probation and fine and court cost.

3. Donny Ray Brown-Convicted of burglary and theft.  Sentenced to 60 months probation, restitution and court fees.  Jail time to be credited.

4. Gerry Allen Lephiew-Convicted of possession of a controlled substance and other drug charges.  Sentenced to fines and court cost.

Plea agreements are approved by the prosecutor and the Circuit Judge.

No Quorum At Community Action

Tuesday, February 20th was the scheduled meeting date for the Board of the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Agency.  The Board usually meets the third Tuesday of each month in the conference room of the Agency Headquarters in Warren.  the meeting for the 20th failed to produce a quorum, therefore no meeting was conducted.

There was one report given on state policy prohibiting the use of certain drugs in safety sensitive jobs within the various state agencies.  No action was taken by the board due to the lack of quorum.

The board will meet in a special meeting to conduct February business or will combine the business with the regular meeting in March.

Warren PD Seeking Information About Shooting

Warren Police was called to York Street February 18th around 10;36 P.M. in reference to an unoccupied vehicle being shot.  There were no injuries.

Officers are seeking any information on who did the shooting, damaging the vehicle.  Anyone with information please call the Warren Police Department at 870-226-3703.  The matter is being investigated.

Arrest Made In Fake Money Transactions

Wednesday, February 7th, two reports were made by two different individuals who were advertising items for sale on line.  When making the transactions, both individuals were given fake money in the exchange.

Friday, February, 9th, a search warrant and authorization for arrest warrant was signed by Judge Bruce Anderson.  The search warrant was executed the same day at 510 Clio Street in Warren.  Items of evidence were located pertaining to the incidents.  The suspect, Jewan Tre'Shaun, age 18, was located inside the residence and arrested on both counts.


A  Vegetable Garden Workshop will be held Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the UAM Department of Agriculture.   Local Farmer's Market vendors, Master Gardeners, and UAM Agriculture Department faculty will present four major topics.  The subjects include Basics of Gardening, Types of Gardens, What to Grow, and Common Mistakes and Problems. Each area will offer tips and practical guidance as well as resources.  The workshop is free to participants.

Market in the Park Farmer's Market and More, the Monticello/Drew County Chamber of Commerce, University of Arkansas Monticello Agriculture Department, and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are again collaborating to present the workshop to take the mystery out of home gardening, inspire, and encourage more home gardeners.

For more information, call Drew County Extension office 870-460-6270.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

UAM Scholarship Deadline Set for March 1

            MONTICELLO, AR — Prospective and current students who plan to apply for either institutional or private scholarships to attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello next fall should do so by March 1, according to Tawana Greene, executive director of admissions and enrollment management.

          For scholarship consideration, prospective first-time or two-year college transfer students must submit an admissions application, test scores, a 6- or 7-semester transcript and proof of immunization to meet eligibility requirements.

          To apply for private scholarships, all students must complete an online application at https://uamont.academicworks.com/.  Access to the application is gained by using the official student login credentials. Any student encountering issues logging in, should visit http://www.uamont.edu/pages/resources/weevilnet/ for log-in assistance.

            Students who have received an offer but are interested in receiving an upgrade must have their higher score submitted by the March 1 deadline.  The February ACT administration is the last score report that will be accepted for scholarship purposes. Concurrent enrollment status may affect eligibility for scholarships.

For questions regarding Institutional and Private Scholarships or the application process, please contact Tyler Harrison at harrisonjt@uamont.edu or finaid@uamont.edu.  Students may also visit the Financial Aid office located in Harris Hall 300 or call 870-460-1050.

Open house for new adult education location

The adult education department at South Arkansas Community College will hold an open house at 3 p.m. on Feb. 27 at its newly-renovated Education Center in Warren at 204 Bragg St.
The event notes the relocation of adult education in Bradley County from its former location at the South East Arkansas Community-Based Education Center. SouthArk began delivering adult education services in Bradley County last summer.
The college has provided these services—which include high-school equivalency, Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy certification, and English as a Second Language instruction, among others—in Union County for many years.
“We have already been welcomed into the Warren community by many great leaders, partners and students,” SouthArk adult education director Amy Sturdivant said. “Our plan is to continue providing services to the community so adults have more educational and occupational opportunities.”
SouthArk’s Education Center in Warren is located inside of the Bradley County Medical Center Brunson Complex, which was renovated to provide additional classroom and office space in order to house adult education there.

City of Warren Building Codes Annual Report

During 2017 the City of Warren 31 building permits.  Four were sold for commercial construction and nine for major remodeling with a total construction value worth $1,125,000.00.  Three new residents were built and 36 electrical and 76 plumbing permits were issued.  During the year, thirty-nine letters were sent out concerning properties identified as being in violation of city ordinances.

Thirty-one properties were brought into compliance by property owners and six structures were razed by the city and liens filed.  In each case, the city council voted to take action.

The Building Codes Department worked with the Warren Planning Commission to review zoning matters, mobile home request and general planning.

Hit and Run Reported

The Warren Police Department usually investigates a number of accidents each week.  Most are fender/bender type wrecks, but it takes time to investigate and prepare a report.  Sometimes a citation is issued and at other times, based on the circumstances, no one receives a ticket.

On February 3, 2018, a report was submitted to the police indicating a hit and run occurred on Boyd Street.  A vehicle traveling west on Boyd was swiped by another vehicle traveling east.  There was damage to the car reporting the incident, but there were no injuries.

According to the driver who reported the matter, the car that hit him was a black Cadillac.  Anyone with information should contact the Warren Police Department at 226-3703.

MACS board of directors elects officers for 2018

Tanya Jones Johnson was elected secretary.
February 19, 2018 (Lansdale, PA)-The board of directors of the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide met during the 2018 Training Event and Trade Show and elected officers.

Andy Fiffick of Rad Air Complete Car Care, Cleveland, OH will serve as MACS chairman and CEO.  Steve Sunday of Sunair, Ft. Worth, TX will serve as MACS vice chairman. David Jack from DENSO Aftermarket Sales, Long Beach, CA was elected as MACS association treasurer, and Tanya Johnson of Johnny’s Radiator, Warrren, AR will be MACS secretary.

The MACS Board of Directors has thirteen members: four members representing service and repair, four members representing distribution and four members representing manufacturing and the past chairman.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Repairs to Main St. Building Underway

Work to assure the building on Main Street adjacent to the now vacant lot on the corner of Main and Cypress Streets is underway.  During the removal of the "Words On A Shirt" building, after it burned, there was concern that the building to the south might not be stable.  The City braced the building to assure the front would not fall and began researching ways to make permanent repairs.  The contractor conducting renovation construction on the Rail Road Depot is working on the building with the assistance of an architect.   The city hopes to have the building in a safe condition very soon and have the braces removed. 

The "Words On A Shirt" building was ordered removed and cleaned up after the owner failed to take any action.  The city had to pay for asbestos removal and to tear down and clean up the site.  The cost was over $150,000.00.  A lien has been filed on the site to recover the expenses.

The city is working on several lots and structures throughout the city limits to get the owners to cleanup or repair the properties.  If the problems are not corrected, the city council may take action to order the sites cleaned up or repaired. If the owners fail to act, the city may have the work done and bill the owner.  If the bill is not paid a lien may be place on the property.  A number of properties have been acted upon by the city the past several years, but more are in line for action.

Arrest Report: February 19

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

John Andrew Jackson, 2120 Loyd St., Little Rock, AR., age 43, charged with driver's license suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, drinking on highway (2-15-18)

Alicia Anette NaQuin, 1950 Parker Loop, Rison, AR.,  age 47, arrested on Monticello warrant (2-18-18)

Darvius Santwann Dixon, 1816 Mt. Zion Rd., El Dorado, AR., arrested on Hermitage warrant (2-16-18)

Pamela Meyers, Sheridan, AR., age 54, charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, (2-17-18)

Donald Hargraves, 21 Oak Grove Rd., Warren, AR., age 27, arrested on Drew County warrant (2-18-18)

Frederick King, 608 S. Main St., Warren, AR., age 42, charged with DWIm running stop sign, drinking on highway (2-18-18)

Essie Mae Lewis, 1292 US Highway 63, Warren, AR., age 46. arrested on BCSO warrant (2-18-18)

Movie Night at YMCA

The Bradley County Health Coalition will be sponsoring a family oriented movie night Saturday, February 24th at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County, located on Main Street in Warren.  Bring your blankets and chairs.  It will be a fun event for the entire family.  The movie will run from 4-6 P.M.

Admission is free.  By bringing a new or used book to donate, you will be eligible for a door prize.  Concessions will be available and you may bring your own snacks.  Each person attending will be given one free smoothie as supplies last.

The Bradley County Health Coalition is made up of individuals, businesses and agencies from the Bradley County/Warren area working to promote good health in our community.

Johnson's Quick Lube Back Open After Repairs

After a recent accident that damaged Johnson's Quick Lube , repairs have been made and the company has now reopened for business.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

February 16, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Some observers may think that fiscal sessions of the legislature lack drama, because of the lack of controversy. Lawmakers focus on budgets and revenue projections.

But a glimpse at one day’s work in the Arkansas Senate offers a revealing perspective on the numerous services provided by state government.

On the final day of the session’s first week, the Senate approved a long list of appropriations, which authorize spending by state agencies and institutions of higher education for next year.

They included budget bills for the State Police that allow the agency to replace aging equipment and upgrade its computer and radio systems. Another spending bill authorized the Department of Community Correction to renovate facilities and equipment. The department operates minimum security lock-ups, halfway houses and specialty courts such as drug courts. It hires officers who supervise offenders who have been released on probation or parole.

Hermitage Superintendent Speaks to Rotary

On February 13th, Dr. Tracy Tucker, Superintendent of the Hermitage School District, spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren. She spoke of the three main goals that the schools are striving for: better communication, better attendance, and a commitment to teaching kids to read.

Pictured are Rotarian Waymann Mann and Dr. Tucker

Rotary Inducts New Members and Hosts Jr. Rotarians

On February 13th, the Rotary Club of Warren installed two new members, Rev. Clarence Lucky, pastor of Bethel A.M.E., and Lynn Blaylock, director of the Bradley County Economic Development Center.

Attending the meeting were the Jr. Rotarians for this period. Left to Right:  Kennth Puterbaugh, Bruana Bailey, Santiago Garcia, and Davis Pennington.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Paul Cash Appointed to Petroleum Gas Board

Governor Asa Hutchinson has recently appointed Paul Cash of Warren to the "Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board."  The appointment runs through January 14, 2022.  Cash is associated with Gresham Petroleum Company, which has facilities in Warren.

Friday, February 16, 2018

LIVE Basketball: Watch Tonight On Facebook

"For tonight's games, we are testing some new equipment, so we are doing a trial stream on salineriverchronicle.com's Facebook fan page.  The link below will carry you to our facebook page, and the live stream of each game will be available on that page.  You may have to scroll down some on that page."-Rob Reep, Owner of salineriverchronicle.com
Estimated Game Start Time: 5:30pm CST.
When you reach our facebook page, we will have a post that will be live streaming.

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From State Representative Jeff WardlAW

In the first week of the 2018 Fiscal Session, the House passed more than 30 appropriation bills.

The appropriations passed are for various boards and commissions and do not include any increases in funding.

The Governor presented his State of the State address in the House Chamber on the first day of the session.  He outlined many of his requests for the upcoming fiscal year which include increases in funding for the Department of Correction, Department of Community Correction, and Department of Human Services.  We will be addressing funding for those agencies in the weeks ahead.

City Closed For Presidents Day

The Warren Municipal Building will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents Day.  There will be no city garbage pickup and the city transfer station will be closed.

The City of Warren Emergency Services Center, including the Warren Police Department and the Warren Fire Department will be open and fully staffed.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Body Found Near Beech Creek Believed to be Missing Woman

According to authorities a body fitting the description of 38-year old Shannon Ridener who has been missing for more than a month from Crossett,  was found near Beech Creek south of Hermitage, AR on U.S. Highway 63 Thursday, February 15..  The body was discovered by an off-duty Game and Fish officer.  The investigation is ongoing.

Cindy Wagnon Announces Candidacy For Fifth Term As Circuit Clerk

Circuit Clerk Cindy Wagnon has announced her candidacy for a fifth term.

She is a member of the National Center for State Court an institute for Court Management.  She has completed over 80 hours of continuing education during her tenure as clerk.  She also has been appointed as a District Director of The Arkansas Circuit Clerk's Association.

She is married to Jackie Wagnon.  Their children are Jacqueline and Trapper Denton, Kyle and Haley Wagnon and Kali Wagnon.  She has five grandchildren Jackson and Lucy Denton, Cooper and Ace Wagnon and Maddox Wagnon, who are her pride and joy.

Her parents are J.G. and Mary Howsen.  She is an active member of Pleasant Valley FWB Church.  "It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Bradley County and ask for your continued support."

City Closed For Presidents Day

The Warren Municipal Building will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents Day.  There will be no city garbage pickup and the city transfer station will be closed.

The City of Warren Emergency Services Center, including the Warren Police Department and the Warren Fire Department will be open and fully staffed.

Multi-County Forestry Workshop for Private Landowners

If you’ve ever been curious about the value of the timber in woodlands, learn the skills you need to get into timber marketing at the Multi-County Forestry Workshop on Feb. 27 at Thornton.

The evening workshop begins at 6 p.m. at the Chambersville Volunteer Fire Department, 17168 Calhoun 72 in Thornton. A meal will be served. There’s no charge to attend, but attendees are asked to register by Feb. 23 so organizers can get a head count for the meal.

Hermitage Approves Hires and Resignations

After an executive session at the end of the regular board meeting, the Hermitage School Board voted to take the following personnel actions during the February 12th meeting:
*Hired LaTisha Sykes for 21st CCLC
*Hired Shelby Breedlove for 21st CCLC
*Hired Joe Don Greenwood for FFA Coach
*Hired Becky Greenwood as Long Term Substitute
*Accepted the resignation of Parker Raley
*Accepted the resignation of Amy York
*Accepted the resignation of Taylor Gwin

In other board business, Superintendent Dr. Tucker reported on several things the district is looking into, including buying a bus that runs on propane, the Imagination Library as sponsored by the Warren Rotary Club and the consideration of eight man football that is being reviewed by the AAA.

The board then voted to amend the cheerleading policy.  It was then reported that Hermitage has been granted two additional days of AMI to deal with bad weather.

The board then voted to approve a liability insurance policy in the amount of $4465.00.  They also voted to purchase some new kitchen equipment.

Sim McCoy Announces For Re-election as Constable

Sim McCoy is announcing his intention to seek re-election to a third term as Constable of Pennington Township.  He has served faithfully as Constable and works closely with the Bradley County Sheriffs Office.  He works as a Deputy Sheriff and carries out his constitutional duties as a constable with common sense in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office.

The term for constable is two years.  A constable has broad authority under the Arkansas Constitution.

Lions Club Learns About Ash Wednesday and Lent

Rev. Gary Harrison and Randy Rauls
The Warren Lions Club received some theology education during their February 14th regular club meeting conducted on Wednesday, February 14th.  One of the Club's own, Lion Rev. Gary Harrison presented the program.  He talked about the history and purpose of Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Holy Week and Lent.  Each event revolves around a teaching related to Christianity.

Rev. Harrison is the Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Warren and is an active member of the Warren Lions Club.  He talked about the fact that Lent is a demonstration of self-denial and sacrifice.

The Warren Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  On the second Wednesday, the club meets at Molly's Diner and enjoys a meal and program.  On the fourth Wednesday, the club meets at Simple Simons for a meal and conducts business.  The club is open to men and women and is active in sight preservation.

The members were informed that this year, the Warren Lions Club has screened 126 young children for eye problems.  Those found with vision issues were referred to an eye doctor for an exam and treatment. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Warren Fire Department Annual Report

The Warren Fire Department consist of four full time fireman and 32 volunteers, when all positions are filled.  In 2017 the department responded to 238 calls.  This was an increase of 18% over the previous year.  Calls included structural fires, vehicle fires and grass fires.  The department conducted ten extractions, utilizing the rescue truck, and answered 186 miscellaneous calls. 

Firefighters trained all year securing over 1000 hours of training.  Fire prevention materials were provided to all students in elementary schools and local daycare facilities.  Fire hydrants and fire hydrant markers were inspected. 

The department operates a manned central station and one unmanned substation located on N. Etheridge Street on the Westside of the City. 

Diane Wesson Seeking Re-election for Bradley County Treasurer

Diane Wesson is seeking re-election as the Bradley County Treasurer.  She has been working in the treasurer’s office for 15 years.  She was Deputy Treasurer from 2003 – 2008, and has served as the Bradley County Treasurer from 2009 – the present.
She is a life-long resident of Bradley County, and is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Warren.  She has been married to Wayne Wesson for twenty-two years and they have two daughters, Autumn, 21 and Kaylee, 14.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Bradley County all of these years.  I want to thank the citizens for giving me the opportunity to serve as their treasurer, and ask for their support in the upcoming election,” says Wesson.