Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lions Club District Governor Visits Warren

The Warren Lions Club welcomed Lions Club District Governor Cody Snider to Warren Wednesday October 22nd for the annual visit with the Warren Club.  Mr. Snider is a member of the Carlisle Lions Club and is District Governor for District 7-N.  District Governor Snider talked about the goals of Lions Clubs and stressed our motto,"We Serve."  He told the members that we need to strenthen our pride by leadership, communication and promotion.  He discussed ways to carry out the goals.

The District Governor handed out a 15 year service pin to Lion Tom Colvin and a 10 year pin to Lion Harold Mitchell.  He expressed his appreciation to the two members and the entire club for service  work in the Warren community.

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New Family Physician Locates Practice In Warren

Dr. Bryan Hoang and Teresa Foscue

Dr. Bryan Hoang, has purchased the Foscue Medical Clinic and began a family practice in Warren.  Dr. Hoang is a native of Monticello and a graduate of Monticello High School.  He has a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a BS in Biology also from UAM.  His medical degree was gained at the UAMS.  His internship and residency requirements were meet in the State of Arkansas.  He has been practicing medicine in Southeast Arkansas for the past two years.

The clinic will be operated under "Mindful Health Services, LLC.  The office will continue to be known as Foscue Medical Clinic.  Foscue Medical Clinic is located at 113 W. Cypress Street and can be reached by phone at 226-2844.  Dr. Hoang was approved for hospital privileges by Bradley County Medical Center during the hospital board's meeting October 23, 2014.

Dr. Hoang indicated that he looks forward to establishing a practice where he can continue his passion for medicine and his compassion for his patients.  He said he strongly believes in preventive medicine and sees patients from newborn to geriatric.  He is accepting new patients.

The Foscue Medical Clinic was originally constructed by the late Dr. George French Wynne and later served as the practice for Dr. David Foscue.  Dr. Hoang is at work and stated he is very pleased to be in Warren and is ready to serve the people of this community.

Mt. Carmel to Celebrate 148th Anniversary

Holocaust survivor to speak on Nov. 6

Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Inge Auerbacher, who spent three years imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, will speak in a free engagement at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the El Dorado Conference Center, part of the South Arkansas Community College Lecture Series.
Auerbacher and her parents were among the 1 percent who survived their ordeal in the camp in Czechoslovakia, where they were exiled after being sent from their native Germany. They were rescued by the Russian army on May 8, 1945. A year later they immigrated to New York; Auerbacher later became a U.S. citizen and ultimately, a chemist.
She has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award and a Long Island University honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, as well as two Medals of Merit and a Federal Cross of Merit from institutions in Germany.
Auerbacher also has penned six books about various aspects of her life and career, which have been translated into nine languages.
This appearance will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing. For more information call (870) 864-7156.

PHOTO: Auerbacher.

Miguel Sedano Among Those Awarded Scholarships at SouthArk

The South Arkansas Community College Foundation awarded several scholarships recently for the fall semester at the college.
Hunter Sullivan, a 2014 graduate of El Dorado High School and a nursing major at SouthArk, has accepted a E.W. Pickering Endowed Scholarship.
Nikisha Faulkner, a 1993 graduate of Mount Holly High School and a business major at SouthArk, has accepted a REACH Scholarship.
ShaiAndrea Blair, a 2011 graduate of Smackover High School and a business administration major at SouthArk, has accepted a James Family Endowed Scholarship.
Dawn Tucker, a 2004 graduate of Maranatha Baptist Christian School and an office occupations major at SouthArk, has accepted an Alpha Xi Scholarship.
Miguel Sedano, a 2010 graduate of Warren High School and a respiratory therapy major at SouthArk, has accepted a Living the Dream Scholarship.
Gabriela Wilson, a nursing major at SouthArk, has accepted a Lucy Ring Academic Excellence Endowed Scholarship.
JaQuetta Gaines, a 2011 graduate of Rison High School and an occupational therapy assistance major at SouthArk, has accepted a General Scholarship.
Crystal Emerson, a 1999 graduate of Taylor High School, has accepted a Lucy Ring Academic Excellence Endowed Scholarship.
Katelyn Wood, a 2011 graduate of Junction City High School, has accepted an El Dorado Jaycees Scholarship.
Tiffany Gray, a 2003 graduate of El Dorado High School, has accepted a Mable and Emon Mahony Endowed Scholarship.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

“Arkansas Champion Trees” Artist’s Reception Set For October 27, 5-6:30 p.m.

MONTICELLO, Ark. — A reception for artist Linda Williams Palmer, creator of the traveling art exhibit “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey,” will be held Monday, October 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Spencer Gallery of the University of Arkansas at Monticello Fine Arts Center.

The reception coincides with the Palmer’s exhibit being hosted by UAM through December 5. The exhibit is currently on display at two campus locations – the George H. Clippert Annex of the School of Forest Resources and the Spencer Gallery of the UAM Fine Arts Center. The exhibit, which is being hosted by the School of Forest Resources, is free and open to the public.

An Arkansas native, Palmer developed the exhibit over a period of five years, driving approximately 7,000 miles to document and artistically interpret selected Arkansas Champion Trees (the largest trees of their variety in the state as certified by the Arkansas Forestry Commission).
The exhibit, which was the subject of an AETN documentary first aired in March, was organized for travel by the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

For more information, contact the School of Forest Resources at (870) 460-1052.

Rotarians Hear Program About Southern Pine

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday, October 21, at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.

Linda Barrett was program chairman, and she presented Don Braggs with the USDA who gave a program on Southern Pine.

Warren Police Make Arrest

Warren Police Officers made an arrest Friday October 17th when they found a subject allegedly trying to steal a dump trailer from Lumberjack Yamaha.  Officers arrested Ray Anthony Lewis of Lonoke, Arkansas.  The investigation is ongoing.  The police believe others were involved in this attempted crime.

The police officer that discovered the incident taking place was Sgt. R. Ashcraft.  Assisting with the arrest was Officer Atkins.  Also helping with the investigation is CID Sgt. Don Hollingsworth and Patrolman Delassus.

The subject arrested in is jail under a $100,000.00 bond.

Library Thanks Callaway for Landscaping

Warren Branch Library would like to thank James Callaway with Superior Lawn & Landscape, LLC. for the exceptional job they did in getting our landscaping back into a neat, clean, and well-kept condition.  

Master Gardener Training Held In Warren

Janet Carson

Training session #3 for Master Gardeners of the Delta was held in Warren last week at the Warren Housing Authority.  Master Gardeners of the Delta encompasses Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties.  Each trainee is receiving 40 hours of instruction in topics related to gardening.  Classes consist of lectures with various teachers form throughout the state.  Janet Carson, Extension Horticulture Specialist, presented training on shrubs, perennial plants, annual plants and square foot gardening.  John Gavin, County Agent for Bradley County spoke about tomatoes in the home garden.  Randy Greer, form Crop Production Services and Amanda Greer, Plant Pathology Program Technician, SEREC, were also presenting topics.  Bradley County participants were trainees: Mike Weatherford, Nancy Weatherford, Cheery Cook, Hal Munford and Master Gardener of the Delta, Diane Purvis.

After receiving training,Master Gardeners have one year to complete 40 hours volunteer time with 20 hours involved in sanctioned projects and 20 hours of additional education.  After the first year, 20 hours of volunteer hours are required each year to obtain recertifcation.  Master Gardeners work on demonstration gardens, school projects, landscape work, and other projects.  They give talks to groups interested in horticulture and answer questions about lawn care.
Nancy and Mike Weatherford

The Master Gardener Program is open to all people and is conducted through the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.  For more information contact your local County Extension Agent.

Quorum Court Closes County Landfill On Saturdays

The Bradley County Quorum Court granted County Judge Neely the authority to close the county landfill on Saturdays beginning immediately.  It has been open several Saturdays per month for one half day.  Judge Neely told the Court that very few people have been using the Saturday service and the cost is more than is being taken in.  After some discussion the member told the Judge to not reopen on Saturdays till further notice.

In other action the Court voted to lease 5 new road graders at a cost of $7260.10 per month.  The graders will be under full warranty for parts, labor and travel at no cost to the county.  Bradley County may use each unit up to 1450 hours.  Insurance must be provided by the county.

Quorum Court members approve ordinance #695 approving a voting system grant.

Judge Neely reported on work on several county roads.

There was discussion about finding suitable land for use by the 4-H club shooting team to shoot 22 rifles.  Eight of the nine Justices were present.

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Arrest Report: October 20, 2014

Leonor A. Sanchez, 414 N. Martin St, Warren, AR., age 26, charged with no driver's license (10-16-14)

Ray Lewis, 264 Morris Lane, Lonoke, AR. age 50, charged with theft of property and breaking and entering (10-17-14)

Chasity Angle, 774 Bradley 22, Warren, AR., age 35, charged with residential burglary and breaking and entering, arrested on a warrant (10-18-14)

Hector Ramirez, 604 S. Main St., Warren, AR., age 37, charged with public intoxication, careless prohibited driving (10-19-14)

Warren Named Volunteer City Of The Year

The board of the Bradley Chamber of Commerce meet Monday October 20th and reviewed the Chamber's finances and talked about various projects underway.  Several students from East lab were present to hear the reports and offer their suggestions.  Janet Harton, the Facilitator for The East Lab that operates out of the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center, was also on hand.

Chamber President David King updated the board and students concerning ongoing efforts to restore and utilize the railroad depot, the Bryant Furniture building on Main Street, The New Zion AME Church on North Myrtle Street and promotional efforts to benefit tomato farmers.  he also talked about the desire to upgrade and improve the Warren Cultural Center.

Board Chairman Gregg Reep appointed himself, Dorothy Henderson and Danny Herring to the nominating committee to prepare a list of new board members and officers for the coming year.

Holiday plans were detailed for the coming months.  Some of the activities are as follows:
Christmas open houses-November 9th, 1-5 P. M
Veterans Program-November 10th
Warren Christmas Parade-December 4th,6:00P.M.
Hermitage Christmas Parade-December 6th, 6:00 P.M.
Santa Train-December 13th, 9:00 A.M. at rail depot
Tour of Homes-December 14th
New Years Eve Downtown-December 31st, hosted by Warren Forward

Mr. King also indicated that Buck Fever will be held November 9th in Banks.

Board members talked about the various businesses operating in Warren and the upswing in the Warren economy.

David King informed the members that Warren has been selected as a "Volunteer City of the Year" in Arkansas and will receive the award during the Arkansas Municipal League meeting in early 2015.  Warren is the only city in south Arkansas to receive the designation this year.

Hermitage School Board Elects Officers

During the October 13th school board meeting the Hermitage Board elected the following to service as officers for the coming school year:

President-Russell Richard
Vice President-Daniel Haigwood
Secretary-Mary Hamilton

Superintendent, Dr. Tracy Tucker, gave her report on various school subjects.  She informed the board they now have a new bus approved previously, and that 80 kids are participating in the 21st century grant program at the elementary school.  The program makes an evening meal available to all students age `18 of under.

The annual report to the public was presented and it will be sent to the media.  In other actions the boards approved the minority recruitment plan and the statement of assurances that must be provided the state department of education.

In personnel matters the board hired Matthew Garrett to serve as assistant boys basketball coach.  Mr. Garrett currently teachers and is an assistant football coach.

Warren Fire Department Responds To House Fire On S. Martin

Warren firemen responded to a fire at 912 South Martin Street Sunday morning around 9:42 A. M.
The home belongs to the Jurado family.  Twenty one firemen and three fire engines arrived to put the fire.  According to fire department personnel there was extensive damage estimated at $60,000.00.

During the past week the fire department  was called to #37 Rea Circle on October 15th and to 1515 West Pine on the 19th.  There was no major damage at either location.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Life Touch Hospice Seeks Volunteers for Training

Volunteer Training

You can experience the joy of making a difference in someone’s life by touching the lives of patients and their families in our community. You contribute based on your unique interests, skills, and talents. A short visit, a listing ear, reading a book, assisting in the office, or a simple walk - no matter what the activity, the gift of time leaves a lasting impression.

Join us at the Life Touch office:
205 North Martin St #A Warren, AR 71671 Dates & Time: November 12th & 13th 9:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

For more information or to RSVP please call Melissa Henley, Volunteer Coordinator at 862-0337 or toll free 866-378-0388.

Let kindness be the legacy you leave behind.

Your Pharmacist Can Assist You - Get a Handle on Your Health

October 2014

Dear Editor,
Your pharmacist can assist you in getting a handle on your health.

Pharmacists can be the most accessible source of medical knowledge and serve as the link between the patient and their physician, and they are here to serve you.

Today in healthcare, pharmacists in the United States must complete a Doctorate of Pharmacy program at an accredited institution. They must also be licensed by their respective state board of pharmacy. Safely dispensing medications and checking for possible mistakes or drug interactions is part of their daily task, but they are available to do so much more! They provide information about medications, both prescribed and over the counter. If the patient has questions or concerns about possible side effects, proper dosage or cost the pharmacist is there to assist.

Pharmacists are playing a more active role in improving the health and wellbeing of the patient. Most community pharmacies now offer immunizations, including seasonal flu shots. Administering the immunizations at the pharmacy can be more convenient for the patient and allows the pharmacist to become more involved in improving the community's health.

Your pharmacist has a wealth of knowledge. Through medication therapy the pharmacist may analyze a particular patient's current medication regimen and optimize it through recommendations to the patient's doctor. These recommendations may include discontinuing or changing ineffective medications, switching to more cost affordable medications, changing to newer and more therapeutically superior drug forms, and more. This results in a more effective and cost efficient situation for the patient.

Your pharmacist is available and waiting to help you.

P. Leanne Brown

Early Voting To Begin Monday the 20th

Early voting for the November general election begins Monday October 20th.  All early voting takes place at the Bradley County Clerks Office.  Hours are 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturdays.  On November 3rd, the day before election day, votes can be cast 8:00 A.M. till 5:00 P.M. also in the Clerks office.  You may vote November 4th at your normal voting site.

On the ballot will be numerous state races and a number of local city and county contests.  There are also four proposed constitutional amendments and one proposed act to be considered.

After a ruling by the Arkansas State Supreme Court, voters will not be required to provide photo ID's.
All individuals voting must be legal registered voters.

Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition Meets

The monthly meeting of the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition was held Wednesday October 15th at the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center in Warren.  The group present heard a number of reports on health related programs and projects.

Those in attendance were informed the organization hosted a booth at the county fair.  Blood pressure screens were conducted, food was collected for those in need, resource guides for insurance were passed out and other information health related was provided.

It was announce that an "insurance enrollment event" is scheduled for November 18th from 4-7 P.M. at SEABEC.  Trained insurance enrollers will be on hand to assist those needing insurance.

Also announced was the fact that Bradley County Health Department will have a limited supply of Tdap Vaccine available for adults older than 65 years. This will be on hand when the mass flu clinic is conducted sometime in November.  The date will be made public.

Information on a county health survey was made available and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event called "Spookin Out Cancer Fest" for October 25th at the Warren City Park was announced.  There will be a number of activities at the event including food, costume contest for kids age 5 and under, 6-10, 11-16 and age 17 and up.  A DJ will be on hand and prizes will be available.  For more information contact Sonya Davis at 870-820-1800.

Possum Valley Fun Day Set for Saturday

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Keller Bigham Wins Southeast Regional Dance Solo Award at State Fair

Keller Bigham won the Southeast Regional Dance Solo Award Thursday night at the State Fair. She will compete in the finals on Saturday night. She is the 10yr old daughter of Doug and Gail Bigham of Warren and the granddaughter of Mike and Judy Bigham of Warren and Bettye McGhee and the late Bobby McGhee of Hermitage. Keller is a student at Monticello Dance Academy.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Mayor Proclaims Domectic Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Bryan Martin joined with members of the Warren Woman's Club on October 14th to proclaim October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in Warren.  He signed the proclamation in front of the Warren Municipal Building under a sign calling attention to this very important issue.

The proclamation points out that this is an issue that affects women and children all across our nation throughout all cultures and income groups.  It is the goal of the Woman's Club to make people aware of the problem and that help is available for victims.  The Warren Woman's Club supports shelters in our area for those in need.

County Officials & Employees Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

Women elected officials and employees of Bradley County wore their shirts Thursday October 16th to promote the awareness of breast cancer and the need to practice prevention and early detection.  They urge all women to have regular checkups and seek medical care quickly.

City Will be Able to Pave Three More Streets Than Originally Planned

The Warren City Council met in regular monthly session Tuesday, October 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal court room with Mayor Bryan Martin presiding and five of the six aldermen present.  After approving the minutes of the September 8 regular meeting and the September 22 called meeting, the council heard and approved the financial statement.

The council accepted a bid on street paving from Riley Paving Company of Hamburg at $107 per ton.  Mayor Martin noted that this price is $7 higher per ton from the previous year.  Alderman Zachary Burks, chairman of the Street Committee, announced that three additional streets will be paved due to available funds.  Added to the list previously approved were Central Street from Van to Myrtle, St. James from McCauley to Rock, and the Old Monticello Road to Cloverdale.

During the public comment segment of the meeting, Bradley County Chamber of Commerce President David King handed each alderman a report from the Downtown Network and addressed the council about Warren Forward plans.  He told the council that a Saturday cleanup day had been scheduled for Saturday, October 25 and explained the concept of small teams of 3-5 working in the future to continue cleanup of the city.  The teams will log in hours and compete for a steak dinner.  In addition, Mr. King told the council that many have expressed a desire to rename the Warren Cultural Center in honor of Mr. Curry and Mrs. Mary Lou Martin and hoped that alumni would support improvements of the center financially.  The building is jointly owned by the City of Warren and the Warren School District, and it was noted the school district would have to be on board with this.  Alderman Joel Tolefree, who also serves on the school board, noted that the school has a policy not to name facilities after people.  (The school's policy can be read on the Warren School District website.)  Mayor Martin said the matter would be looked into.  King continued with his report saying that Warren has once again been named a Volunteer Community of the Year and will be honored in the January Municipal League meeting.  Warren is the only city to receive this honor in this region of the state.

Also under public comments, Mr. John Jacobs addressed the council with two concerns.  First, he issued his concern about the number of deer in the city limits and indicated they needed cleaning out.  Mr. Jacobs then told the council that in the building behind the Pastime Theater, he had seen five raccoons coming in and out of it.  The city will look into these matters.

Mrs. Donna Lawhon reported to the council from the BCEDC stating that they are currently experiencing interest from three good prospects for businesses to locate in Warren.  She also discussed the need and progress toward a job training program through SEACBEC that would graduate career ready and employable workers.

The council reviewed reports from the departments and commissions of the city.

Jim Wheeler's appointment to the Cultural Center Commission was approved.

It was announced that a 2015 budget meeting will be held near the end of October.

It was noted that the Verizon tower which it to be built behind the concrete plant now meets height requirements and that the plan to build has been approved by the Aviation Commission.  The plan will now advance to the Planning Commission for approval.

Under new business, the council voted to approve Resolution 585 to renew the property tax levy which is a required action each year for the city.  It was noted that no increase in the millage was a part of this resolution.

The next meeting for the council will be Monday, November 10.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hermitage Announces Homecoming Royalty and Schedule of Events

Front Row (left to right): Football Sweetheart Josie Huntsman, Queen Emily Kidwell, Maid of Honor Doresha Lewis
Back Row (left to right): Junior Maids Crystal Arce, Jordan Smith, and Allie Reep; Senior Maids Kheyla Villegas and Jamie Wall; and Sophomore Maids Alexis Davis, Janette Gonzalez, and Cheyenne Burch

Hermitage Homecoming Schedule:
Friday, October 24, 2014
1:30 p.m. Parade
2:00 p.m. Coronation at football field 
6:00 p.m. Presentation of the queen and her court at football field
7:00 p.m. Hermitage Hermits vs. Hampton Bulldogs

 Queen –Emily Madison Kidwell, daughter of John and Angie Kidwell 

Attendants: Sarah Huitt, daughter of Matt and Leslie Huitt, and Cash Forrest, son of Kenny Forrest and Jill Ferrell

Afternoon Escorts: Senior Kentrez Davis, son of Kenya Davis and Christina Marshall, and Senior Baxter Harrod, son of Matt Harrod and Brandy Harrod

Football Sweetheart – Josie LeAnn Huntsman, daughter of Clay and Karen Lowry and Alan Huntsman 

Attendant: Christopher Wilson, son of Jason and Raynette Wilson
Afternoon Escorts: Senior Travis Williams, son of Pete and Linda Williams, and Senior Corbin Sistrunk, son of Clay and Karen Lowry 

Maid of Honor – Doresha Ashante’ Lewis, daughter of Kim Boswell-Hooper and Lee Charles Lewis 

Afternoon Escorts: Senior Nick Marshall, son of Janet Marshall and Marcus Childs, and Junior Jeremiah Belin, son of Rosemary Wiley and Patrick Patton 
Senior Maid – Kheyla Prisilla Villegas, daughter of Miguel and Lina Rodriguez

Afternoon Escorts: Senior Colton Franklin, son of Benji and Diane Franklin, and Junior Umberto Morales, son of Jose Alberto Morales and Maria Garcia

Senior Maid – Jamie Lynn Wall, daughter of James and Sherry Wall

Afternoon Escorts: Junior Justin Duhon, son of Darla Grice and James Gardner, and Junior Cody Vines, son of Gary and Lanette Vines

Junior Maid – Crystal Arce, daughter of Johnny and Esther Arce

Afternoon Escort: Senior Bailey Harrod, son of Matt Harrod and Brandy Harrod 

Junior Maid – Allie Swayde Reep, daughter of Kevin and Laneisa Reep

Afternoon Escort: Junior Santiago Duran, son of Daniel and Patricia Duran

Junior Maid – Jordan Nicole Smith, daughter of Sambo and Wynoka Smith 

Afternoon Escort: Senior Bradly Day, son of Charles and Tara Thomas

Sophomore Maid – Cheyenne Marie Burch, daughter of Leanne and Todd Burch

Afternoon Escort: Senior Jr Uribe, son of Placido and Mary Uribe

Sophomore Maid – Alexis Eloise Davis, daughter of Weldon Davis and Mary Smith

Afternoon Escort: Junior Terrence Pickett, son of Tamika Davis and Kenneth Davis

Sophomore Maid – Janette Gonzalez, daughter of Lorenzo and Imelda Gonzalez

Afternoon Escort: Senior Ira Saunders, son of Todd and Christy Saunders