Friday, May 26, 2017

Plans for Memorial Day Activities Outlined

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Monument on the Bradley County Courthouse Square to honor those who paid the ultimate price for their nation.  The ceremony will be followed by a Memorial Day Program at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 111 West Church Street in Warren.  The public is invited to attend.

Vendors Needed for Dallas County Farmer's Market

Vendors needed for the Farmers Market at the Dallas County Courthouse in Fordyce. We need growers with produce, homemade crafts, canned or baked goods. No charge for tables. Covered sheds with electricity available, May through August, Tuesday evenings at 4:30 pm and Saturday mornings at 7:00 am. For more information call Keith Gresham at the Dallas County Extension Office 870-352-3505 or Donna Ferguson 870-941-6015.

Hospital Posts Net Gain For Month

The Bradley County Medical Center Board meet for it's regular monthly meeting May 25th in the conference room of the hospital.  CFO Brandon Gorman provided the monthly and year to date financial report along with the update on the Home Health program.  He told the board that BCMC posted a net gain of $525,977.00 for the monthly of April, 2017.  He also informed the board that the home Health Care program is doing well and as of March, 2017 the hospital has $4,255,418.00 of sales tax revenue available.

Frazers's Granddaughter and Daughter-in-Law Escort Hillary Clinton as She Prepares to Speak


Left to Right:  Hillary Clinton, Wellesley President Mrs. Johnson, Corinne Frazer, and Madeline Frazer
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the commencement speaker at the 2017 graduation exercises at her alma mater Wellesley College in Boston, Massachusetts.  Pictured above are Mrs. Clinton, President of the college, Mrs. Johnson, along with Madeline Frazer, the granddaughter of John and Maribeth Frazer and their daughter-in-law, Corinne Frazer.  Corinne is employed by Wellesley where she is Director Summer Term and Special Projects Wellesley's Strategic Growth Initiatives.  Madeline was home from The Ohio State University for the summer and was attending the graduation ceremony.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

City of Warren/Bradley County Closed For Memorial Day

The City of Warren and Bradley County will close offices and most services Monday, May 29th in honor of Memorial Day.  The schedules are as follows:
*City of Warren-The Municipal Building will be closed and there will be no garbage pickup service.
All other days will follow the normal garbage pickup schedule.
All city emergency services will be fully staffed and operating.  The ESC will be open.

*Bradley County-The Court House will be closed and there will be no garbage pickup on Monday.
Monday garbage routes will be run on Tuesday along with regularly scheduled routes.

Memorial Services are set for a wreath laying on the Court Square at 10:30 A.M. and a Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church on Church Street in Warren.

Warren Branch Library Presents: Tim Kessler

The Warren Branch Library will present Tim Kessler, for an author book reading and book signing June 2, 2017 from 6;00 pm - 7:00pm.  The book is based on true events and is entititled
"A Long Road to Nowhere."

Mr. Kessler says the book is based on a number of trials he has covered over the length of his career.  He currently serves as editor of the "Eagle Democrat", a weekly newspaper located in Warren, Arkansas.

The public is invited to the reading and book signing.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Taco Salad Sale to be Held by Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 510 N. Walnut St., Warren, AR., will conduct a Taco Salad Sale Friday, May 26, from 10:00 a.m. until sold out.  A large taco salad will cost $6.00.  Delivery is availabe for orders of four or more.

Fundraiser For Sumpter Rural Fire Department

The Sumpter Rural Fire Department will be selling catfish plates " to go " June 3rd from 4:30 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. at the Sumpter Fire Department.  The money raised will go towards the benefit of the fire department.  The Menu will include, catfish, hushpuppies, beans, slaw, fries, pickles and dessert.  The cost is $10.00 per plate.

Everyone is invited to purchase a plate of catfish and help the Sumpter Rural Fire Department.

Lions Club Prepares for Gospel Jamboree

The Warren Lions Club meet Wednesday, May 24th at Simple Simon's Pizza for the Club's monthly business meeting.  In addition to discussing plans for the Pink Tomato Festival Gospel Jamboree to be held June 7th, the members were updated on eye screenings that have been sponsored by the club.  The vast majority of screenings have been conducted in the public schools and preschool programs throughout Bradley County.

According to information provided during the meeting, since late 2016 and to date 2017, the lions club has conducted 169 individual screenings and have determined that 26 of those screened need to have a professional eye exam.  Parents and guardians were notified in each case.

Treating and promoting good vision is a priority of the Lions International organization.  Warren Lions work to further that priority within our community and support other community projects.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Aviation Commission Conducts Meeting

The Warren Aviation Commission met Tuesday evening, May 23, 2017 in the Municipal Building Courtroom.  Dr. Joe Wharton, Chairman of the Commission presided over the meeting.  Mayor Bryan Martin gave a report of work completed at the airport, the resurfacing of the runway.  The total cost of the project was $645,072.00 which is being paid for by a 90% paid for federal grant with the city paying the remaining 10%.  The work has been completed.

The commissioned discussed applying for another grant for new equipment for the north end of the runway.  This equipment would assist airplanes from their approach on the north.

Mayor Martin informed the commission that the fuel tank has been repainted and that mowing will begin on a regular basis for the summer months.

Commissioner Rick Stracner suggested that the commission look into securing a courtesy car for the airport.  This would be a vehicle that would be kept available for people who fly into Warren on business who need transportation.  He noted that many smaller town airports maintain courtesy cars. Mayor Martin will look into the possibilities.

Present at the meeting was Rick Stracner, Raymond Colen, H. Murry Claycomb, and Dr. Joe H. Wharton.

Gospel Jubilee to Feature Haley Creek Boys June 4

The Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a gospel jubilee featuring the Haley Creek Boys on the Town Square June 4th at 6:00 p.m.  you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs while some bleacher seats will also be available.

Cutest Dog Contest Information Released

Do you have the cutest dog in South Arkansas?  Plan to enter your favorite dog in the 2017 Pink Tomato Festival Cutest Dog Show on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 pm at the Warren City Park.

The dogs will be judged in several categories:  0-6 months; 0-20 pounds; 21-50 pounds; over 50 pounds.  Other categories are the dog with the: Best Trick; Best Costume, People’s choice and Kids Choice.

Each contestant may enter 1 category and the cost to enter the Dog Show is $10.00.
The contest is sponsored by the Humane Society of Bradley County and friends.  You may pick up entry forms at Warren Animal Clinic or you may register on site at 6:00 pm on the day of Show. 

Rotarians Hear About 2017 Tomato Festival

Rotarian and City of Warren Mayor Bryan Martin invited Joel Tolefree, President of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, to speak to the Rotary Club about some plans for the festival and an outlook for the tomato crop this year.

Pictures are (l-r): Joel Tolefree and Mayor Bryan Martin




Monday, May 22, 2017

Bryan Cornish Hired to be WSD Superintendent

The Warren School Board met Monday night in a called meeting to discuss personnel matters.  The following actions were taken:

Bryan Cornish was hired as Superintendent with a three-year contract.

Andrew Tolbert was hired for one year as consultant/mentor.

Catrina Robinson was transferred from Federal Program Secretary to Superintendent's Assistant to replace Janice Lawrence.

Kayla Riels was hired as Eastside kindergarten teacher to replace Haley McKinney.

Kayla Gates was transferred from Middle School 7th grade science to Brunson 4th grade science.

The following resignations were accepted:
Samantha Jo Inman who was hired as a kindergarten teacher but changed her mind.
Samantha McAlpin-Middle School 6th grade literacy
Sarah Spradlin-High School Biology teacher

Classified:  Elia Rodriguez as ABC Food Service Worker effective June 1, 2017.

Arrest Report: May 2, 2017

Sedric Griddine, 408 N. Maple St., Monticello, AR, arrested on warrant and charged with aggravated assault (5-15-17)

Joshua Coats, 590 Bradley Rd. 1 South, Jersey, AR. age 30, arrested on warrant (5-15-17)

Shareka Jackson, 21 Oak Grove Cir., Warren, AR., age 37, charged with driving on suspended license and no child safety (5-17-17)

Brian Williams, Jr., 803 West Pine, Warren, AR., age 35, arrested on warrant (5-18-17)

Thomas F. Bradbury, Jr., 405 Elm St., Warren, AR., age 33, charged with driving on suspended license (5-18-17)

Alex L. Hampton, 230 Oak Grove Cir., Warren, AR., age 32, charged with driving on suspended license (5-18-17)

Donovan Clary, 1414 Old Monticello Hwy., Warren, AR., age 23, charged with carrying a weapon (5-19-17)

Christian Wilder, 43 Pinewood Dr., Warren, AR., age 22, arrested on warrant (5-19-`17)

Elton Reed Evans, 2810 Crossroads Rd., Kingsland, AR., age 38, charged with driving on suspended license and expired vehicle tags (5-29-17)

Christopher Oliver, 421 S. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 44, charged with driving on suspended license, expired tags, and no insurance (5-29-17)

Anthony Larone Brown, 906 Hwy. 8 N., Warren, AR., age 44, charged with driving on suspended license (5-20-17)

Patricia Bowie, 190 Avery St., Kingsland, AR., age 39, charged with driving on suspended license and defective equipment (5-21-17)

James D. Miller, 1516 S. Main St., Warren, AR., age 22, charged with driving on suspended license, expired tags, fictitious tags (5-21-17)

Warren Bank Issues Alert

Due to recent calls using spoofed local business numbers, Warren Bank and Trust Co. would like to remind our customers that we will never call and ask for any private information.

Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition Awarded Grant

The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) has approved up to $1,000 total to the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition for their community’s work with Community and School Gardens.

ArCOP  had a large number of applicants apply for funding and were not able to fund every community and every project at 100%. They based their decision to fund the project/s was based on many factors. 

Truck Show to be Held During Tomato Festival

The 2017 Valiant Reunion Truck Show will be held June 10 from noon until 6:00 p.m. during the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.  The location for the event will be 106 West Church St. Registration for the event is $20.  For more information on entering the show call 870-820-8916.

Warren Police Work Motorcycle Accident

The Warren Police Department and the Arkansas State Police worked a motorcycle accident Saturday, May 20th near the intersection of S. Main Street ( HWY 63 B ) and Burks Street.  It was a one vehicle accident and the rider was transported to the hospital.  There is no word on the extent of any injury.  The Warren Fire Department also responded.  The investigation remains underway.

Show & Tell at Genealogy Meeting

The Bradley County Genealogy Society met for their monthly meeting Sunday, may 21st in the conference room of the Bradley County Veterans Museum.  A small crowd was on hand on the rainy afternoon but several members brought some interesting items to look at.

An old toaster, an old telephone, a cigar holder and a scrap book where among the items to enjoy viewing.  Tim Kessler reported on the status of his new novel, due out shortly and his plans for a book signing June 2nd at the Warren Branch Library.

The Genealogy Society normally meets the last Sunday of each month at 2:00 P.M.  The meeting for May was a week early due to Memorial Day.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sports: Jacks Finish State Soccer 4A Runner-up(Full Article+Pics and Video)

Clanton Farms Brings in the First Box of Tomatoes

Rhett and Westin Clanton pictured with the first box of tomatoes brought in for the 2017 season.  They are the sons of Randy Clanton, Jr. and Skye Clanton.
Clanton Farms brought in the first box of tomatoes to the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Friday, May 19, 2017.  According to Skye Clanton, the farm harvested 50 boxes of tomatoes on Thursday.

State Championship Soccer Game Live Updates

With 20 minutes left in the first half, neither team, Dardanelle nor Warren has scored.
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Dardanelle scored with 17:15 left in the first half.  They lead Warren 1-0.
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Dardanelle scored again with only 9:52 left in the first half.  They lead 2-0.
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Warren scored late in first half cutting Dardanelle's lead to 2-1.
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Halftime:  Dardanelle 2, Warren 1
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Second half is underway... Go! Jacks!
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With 33 minutes left in second half, Dardanelle scored again bringing the score to 3-1.
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Dardanelle leads 4-1. 30 Minutes remaining.
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Dardanelle leads 5-1.
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21 Minutes left...Dardanelle leads 5-1.
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5 minutes remaining.  Dardanelle leads 5-1.
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Dardanelle scores again, 6-1.
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FINAL Dardanelle 6, Warren 1.



Friday, May 19, 2017

UAM Confers 405 Degrees During May 12th Commencement

The University of Arkansas at Monticello held commencement Friday, May 12th inside the confines of Steelman Fieldhouse on the UAM Campos.  A 10:00 A.M. ceremony was followed by a 2:00 P.M. ceremony.  Between the two, 405 degrees were awarded.  They included masters degrees, undergraduate degrees and University of Arkansas System eVersity degrees.

Taking part in the program were UAM Chancellor Dr. Karla Huges, Jeremy Woodall, Director of Baptist Collegiate Ministry, C.C. "Cliff" Gibson, member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, President of the University of Arkansas System.  Also particiapting were Dr. Peggy Doss, UAM Vice Chancellor Academic Afairs, Jay Hughes, UAM Vice Chancellor University Operations and Student Affairs.  Present for the graduation were UAM Board of Visitors members Bettye Gragg and Chairman Gregg Reep.

Trinity's Treasures Open House

Trinity's Treasures a preschool and kindergarten readiness care facility for children, located at 614 N. Martin Street in Warren, is sponsoring an open house and play time Saturday, May 20th from 10;00 A.M. to noon.  There will be food and fun and the public is invited to attend and bring their children. There will be a number of activities for the kids and a chance for parents to see the facility and talk to the director.

For information call 870-466-5111.

It should be a fun few hours, weather permitting.  

60th All Tomato Luncheon

It’s Pink Tomato Festival time once again in Warren, Arkansas!  As part of the Pink Tomato Festival, the annual All Tomato Luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 10th, at 12:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Activities Center.  Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce.  The Bradley County Extension Homemaker’s Clubs started the All Tomato Luncheon one year after the first Pink Tomato Festival.  The All Tomato Luncheon has grown over the years and is now one of the highlights of the Pink Tomato Festival.  The EHC ladies plan and prepare the menu which includes a tomato product in each item served.  This year’s menu consists of Chicken Salad with Sliced Tomatoes, Tomarinated Carrots, Tomato Bean Salad, Tomato Basil Crackers, and Heavenly Tomato Cake.  Tickets are limited so make plans to attend this year’s All Tomato Luncheon!  The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Summer Reading At the Warren Branch Library


Armstrong Will Not Run Saturday

Thursday, May 18, 2017

No Graduation Livestream Due To Technical Difficulties

Due to technical difficulties, we will not be able to live stream the 2017 WHS Graduation Ceremony.  We sincerely apologize for the malfunction.  If you purchased a one time subscription to watch the graduation ceremony, please contact the NFHS Network directly for refunds.  To see their full refund policy, please CLICK HERE.

Their number is (877) 978-2311.