Thursday, June 23, 2016

Emmaus Baptist To Host VBS

Emmaus Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School July 17-21 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and concluding at 9:00 p.m. each evening.  The theme for the VBS is Cave Quest.  Following Jesus: The Light of the World.

Harmony Free Will Baptist to Host VBS

Submerge - Vacation Bible School at Harmony Free Will Baptist Church at Rye will be held on July 11-15, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 PM each night.

If you need a ride you may call 870-820-1565 or 573-429-7807.

Heritage Grants Received By Chamber

Left to Right: Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, Stacy Hurst, Mayor Bryan Martin, Chamber President Joel Tolefree, and Gary Clements
Bradley County Chamber of Commerce President Joel Tolefree and Warren Mayor Bryan Martin were in Little Rock Thursday, June, 23rd to accept two grants from the Department of Arkansas Heritage.  One grant for $1000.00 will be used by the Warren Downtown Network to assist local businesses with upgrades to their building awnings, while the second grant for $59,602.00 will be used along with other grant dollars and additional funds raised, to renovate the Railroad Depot on Cedar Street.

The grant awards were handed out by Heritage Director Stacy Hurst and Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin.  The program was held at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.  A large crowd was on hand from communities and organizations from throughout Arkansas to accept their awards and to take part in a training session on how to utilize the grants.

Gary Clements of Clements & Ass. Architecture, Inc. was also present.  Clements will conduct the architectural work on the Depot project.
Left to Right:  Stacy Hurst, Joel Tolefree, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, and Mayor Bryan Martin

Tomato Festival Committee Thanks Sponsors

The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival wishes to thank the sponsors of the 2016 Festival for their generous support and help in making this year's festival a success.

Petit Jean Meats
Union Bank
The Hermit
Tomato Fair & Market
Warren Ladies League
Sonic Drive In
State Farm-Joey Cathey
Dr. Kerry Pennington
Deloris' Family Pharmacy
Mitchell Lumber
Frazer's Funeral Home
First State Bank
Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union
Shelter Insurance
Johnson's Hardware
Maxwell Hardwood Flooring
Warren Bank & Trust
Cash and Sons
Mallard Medical Supply, LLC
Dr. Karla Hughes
The Swap Shop
Warren Lions Club
Bradley County Medical Center
Cathey Insurance Agency
Bradley County Industrial Development
C & L Electric
4-M Foods
Townsend Flooring, Inc.
Haley, Claycomb, Roper, and Anderson
Ouachita Hardwood Flooring
Armstrong Flooring
City of Warren
Scott Claycomb
Dr. Bob Smalling
Timberlogistics, Inc.
Emrich and Scroggins, LLP
Bradley County Farm Bureau
Bryant Chiropractic Clinic
Warren Animal Clinic
South Arkansas Auto Sales
Lumberjack Yamaha
The Mane Event of Warren 
James Body and Glass
Robert C. Milton
Busy Bees
Dr. Dichelle George
Jennings Carpet Specialties
Ryburn Motor Company
George Motes
T & T Construction
Reep Professional Consultant
Carolyn Spraggins
Merchants and Planters
Trucks Heating and Air
El Palacio Mexican Restaurant
Robert A. Richardson
Sandine Body and Glass
E & M Tire and Lube
Cathey's Wrecker Service
ESCO-James Jones
Warren Woman's Club
John Wolfe
Robin Wood and husband
Funderburg Electric
John Gibson, Jr.
Super Valu
Dr. Ken Purvis
Tommy Maxwell
The Mad Butcher
Steamer's Carpet Care
Mike Nichols Auctions
Dr. Joe H. Wharton
Golden Girls
Bradley County
Tilco Construction
Gardner's Body & Glass

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

LifeShare Blood Drive Set for Monday

LifeShare will conduct a blood drive at the Bradley County Medical Center Out Patient Therapy Clinic located at 404 South Bradley St. on Monday, June 27, between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Sign up today.  Contact Tiffany Holland at or by calling 870-2263731.

Matthew Smith Interns in DC with CropLife America

Matthew Smith is spending his summer at our nation's capital where he's interning with CropLife America. Matthew is their governmental affairs intern where he has been doing legislative analysis on state bills that have been active in this year's legislature throughout the U.S.

So far this summer, Matthew has been attending meetings on behalf of CropLife America, going to hearings and seminars on the hill regarding agriculture and pollinators, and working with the CropLife Political Action Committee. He does research to keep his supervisors up-to-date on certain issues and has also helped develop the D.C. Ag intern Network which consists of interns across the city who are interning in an agriculturally related field.

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UAM Sets Pre-registration Sessions for July 11-12

            MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will hold a pre-registration session for incoming freshmen July 11 and a second session July 12 for transfer students and re-admitted students, according to Tawana Greene, executive director of enrollment.
            The July 11 session for incoming freshmen begins at 12:30 p.m., in the Fine Arts Center. Only students who have applied for admission and have received mail notification may pre-register on this date. Letters of invitation were sent to each student with a request for a reply.  Limited places are available for each session.    
            Sessions for parents will provide information regarding the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), academic programs, financial aid, student programs and activities, residence life, campus safety and services, and information technology.            
            Transfer students may preregister for the fall semester in the Office of Admissions in Harris Hall on July 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transfer students who have received mail notification may pre-register at this time. Students who are being re-admitted to the university may also register during this time.          
            For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 844-1826 or(870) 460-1026.

NFHS Livestreaming Explained to Lions Club

Lions President Brandon Gorman and Lumberjack Live owner Rob Rep.
The Warren Lions Club met Wednesday, June 22, at noon in Molly's.  The topic for the program of the day was the changes to Lumberjack Live since owner Rob Reep has partnered with the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) and entered into a contract with the Warren School District to cover year-round sporting events.  Reep explained the advantages of the new partnership as:
   a.  the ability to cover playoff games
   b.  the school will financially benefit by receiving part of the revenue generated from the subscriptions
   c.  access not only to live games but also to re-play games on demand
   d.  access to other NFHS live-streamed games from other schools (live and on-demand)

Reep also explained that subscription rates are very reasonable and are available at different levels. For just $50 a year, patrons will be guaranteed at least 20 sporting events throughout the entire school year.  However, season rates are available as well as individual games.

After football season, Reep plans to livestream a game of the week, whether it is basketball, soccer, baseball, or softball.  He plans to try to cover as many away games as possible.

Bradley Co. Block Builders Put Together Project Book

The Bradley County Block Builders Extension Homemakers Club donated a quilt to Kim White when her house burned this past year.  As part of their work, the club put together a project book about the quilt to be judged at the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council Meeting in early June. Pictured is Linda Kercheval receiving the first place award for the book. 

Gavin Places 1st in District 4-H O'Rama

Weston Gavin, son of Sandy and John Gavin, recently competed at the District 4-H O’Rama held at Hope High School where he placed first in the Reel Into Sports Fishing Category.  Gavin is a member of the Superstars 4-H Club in Warren. 

Y Pool Updates

The summer is here and the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA has made lots of updates to the pool deck! We’ve added more seating and picnic areas than ever before.  We are also offering concessions throughout the day.

Pictured you will see swimmers playing with the newest addition: a basketball goal!

We look forward to the best summer yet at the YMCA! Join today so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Day Campers Pass Swim Test

Congratulations to these YMCA Summer Day Campers for passing their swim test! Before being permitted to get in the deep end of the swimming pool, swimmers of all ages are required to swim the length of the pool unassisted. Swimmers are then given an orange bracelet for lifeguards to easily identify them.  Way to go, guys!

Joyce Smith Awarded Paraprofessional of the Year Award

The Arkansas Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year Award recognizes an Arkansas Paraprofessional who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities. The Arkansas Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year is an outstanding member of the profession whose work exemplifies the best in special education. His or her work reflects significant educational success for students.

This year's Arkansas Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year Award was presented to Mrs. Joyce Smith, paraprofessional at Eastside New Vision Charter School.  Mrs. Joyce has worked in the Warren School District for 15 years. Throughout that time she has worked directly with students with special needs, including summers and school breaks.  She has dedicated herself to ensuring all students are valued, cared for, and progress toward their educational goals.  

Record Contingent Of El Dorado Students To Attend UAM

            MONTICELLO, AR — The 2016 graduating class at El Dorado High School will be well represented at the University of Arkansas at Monticello this fall.
            A record-setting contingent of 20 students have accepted El Dorado Promise Scholarships to attend UAM, according to Chancellor Karla Hughes.  “This is wonderful news and we are excited that such a large group of students from one high school have chosen to come to UAM,” said Hughes. “The El Dorado Promise Scholarship Program is providing a lasting legacy for that community and we are pleased to share in the results.”
            The 20 El Dorado Promise Scholars who will attend UAM this fall are Halvin Boone, Krysten Charles, Sierra Creer, Donna Eads, Ciarra Fetterly, Yasmine Finley, Jesse Fite, Olivia Fricks, Imperial Gill, Ismael Gonzalez, Caderius Moore, Sakaia Noble, Henley Perry, Macy Reames, Vashantae Sapp, Davione Shutes, Kuvacya Steward, Kayla Vickery and Erik Washington.
            The El Dorado Promise Scholarship Program was created in 2007 by a $50 million gift from the Murphy Oil Corporation to allow graduates of El Dorado Public Schools to earn college degrees tuition-free. Since its inception, 1,588 students have received Promise scholarship funding.
            The amount of the scholarships is based on the highest amount charged at an Arkansas public college or university per semester for 15 hours, or per quarter for eight hours. Students must attempt a minimum of 12 hours each semester and complete 24 credit hours each academic year with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to remain eligible.
            For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.

Hermitage Receives 4-Star Municipality Award

Arkansas State Governor Hutchinson is pictured with City of Hermitage's Council Member Tonya Kendrix and Recorder Kim Thomas. The City of Hermitage received a Four Star Municipality Award from the Ar. Municipal League. 

Officials of Warren And Hermitage Attend Municipal Meeting

Municipal officials from throughout Arkansas meet in Little Rock June, 15-17 for the 82nd annual Arkansas Municipal League Convention.  Included in the number were officials from the cities of Warren and Hermitage.  The three-day program included speeches from numerous state elected officials, workshops and training sessions.  The League is an association of the approximately 500 Arkansas cities and towns ranging from big cities like Little Rock to small incorporated towns of less than a 100.  The organization provides training and education for municipal employees and elected officials.  It also lobbies on behalf of local governments and operates self insured services for health care, workers compensation and other insurance needs.  The insurance programs save the cities of Arkansas millions of dollars.

Attending from Warren were Mayor Bryan Martin, Alderman Dorothy Henderson and Alderman Joel Tolefree.  Mayor Martin serves on the Worker's Compensation Trust Board and Alderman Henderson is a member of the First Class Cities Advisory Council.  Attending from the City of Hermitage were Alderman Tonya Kendrix and Recorder Kim Thomas.

Among the workshops attended by Mayor Martin and Alderman Tolefree was a training session entitled "legal tools to keep your city clean."  City Attorney Jason Carter of North Little Rock spoke on the legal procedures that must be followed to force the cleanup of private property and the best methods to use in enforcing the law.  A manual of sample procedures and ordinances was provided each one in attendance.  Mayor Martin noted that Warren has ordinances on the books and has been active in tearing down dilapidated structures, but feels that a review of city laws and procedures would be wise and may help move the process along faster.  Both the Mayor and Alderman indicated that cleaning up old structures and junked up properties must be a priority for the city.  The workshop had a full house in attendance and every community in the state indicated that the need for cleanup is a serious problem. 

Quorum Court Discusses Land Purchase/Jail Status

After reviewing the minutes of the previous meeting, approving the monthly financial statement and studying other reports from elected county officials, the Bradley County Quorum Court discussed other issues of interest.  The meeting was held in the third floor courtroom of the Courthouse Monday, June, 21st.

Judge Neely talked to the Justices about the possibility of buying land adjacent to the county park, off the Old Camden Road.  Over 100 acres is available and he asked the Court if they were interested in trying to purchase some of the property.  Quorum Court members instructed the Judge to talk to the owner and negotiate a potential price.  He will report back to the Court for a final determination.

In other business the Judge informed the Justices that the building recently bought on Cedar Street for county Rescue equipment, has a few leaks that need to be addressed.  He offered three options to consider: patch at a price of $1650.00, resurface entire roof at cost of $6750.00 or install metal roof for a cost of $12,540.00.  After a good deal of discussion, the Court asked the Judge to conduct more research.

Community Action Meeting Suspended For Lack of Quorum

After conducting a good amount of the business listed on the agenda, the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Agency had it's meeting suspended due to concerns that it lost a quorum when one member had to leave.  Prior to the suspension, the board revised seven sets of board minutes dating back to April, 2014, approved the minutes of May, 17th, listened to a training session provided by DHS officials and voted by secret ballot for three new board members, who had been chosen by interested parties in Desha, Chicot and Bradley Counties.  Before the results of the vote were announced, the meeting was suspended and no action was taken by the board to seat those selected.  A representative of asked that the results of the vote be announced so that everyone present and the public would know who was selected for the board.  The chairman would not do so but stated the ballots would be left in the hands of state officials.  Action will be required at the next board meeting to confirm the appointments.  While a quorum was in effect, the board voted to approve a grant application for CSBG funding for 2016-2017.  Also Tony Baines was selected to represent the board on the Head Start Policy Council.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Chamber Receives $59,602.00 For Depot

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce has been notified that a grant in the amount of $59,602.00 has been awarded for use in the renovation of the railroad depot located on Cedar Street near the east side of the city park.  The funding will be used to make repairs to the depot building to protect it and help get it usable for private and public purposes.

Chamber and City of Warren Officials will meet with Department of Heritage personnel Thursday, June 23rd to discuss the project and make plans to proceed.  Another grant and other funding is being sought to complete the full renovation.

The Depot was donated to the Chamber by the railroad company to be used to develop economic and recreational opportunities.  

Arrest Report: June 20, 2016

The following are those arrested and booked through the Warren Police Department and may not reflect persons arrested that are booked through other facilities such as units which house women. They are innocent until proven guilty.

Jeremy Chancellor, 100 Jacob Lane, Minden, LA, age 45, arrested on warrant x2 (6-13-16)

Terrance York, 606 West Central, Warren, AR., age 39, charged with domestic battery (6-15-16)

Tyrone Butler, 203 Bradley St., Warren, AR., age 51, charged with disorderly conduct (6-15-16)

Maxly Parker, 801 S. Nebraska, Pine Bluff, AR., age 37, arrested on warrants from Jefferson and Pulaski Counties (6-16-16)

Rashad Lambert, 619 McCauley, Warren, AR., age 23, charged with driving on suspended driver's license (6-17-16)

Vincent McManus, 1100 Garrett Rd., Monticello, AR., age 44, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession on controlled substance-marijuana (6-18-16)

Brett Odom, 427 Burnett Rd., Warren, AR., age 23, arrested on warrant x3 (6-18-16)

Johnny Carver, 197 Turner Rd., Lake Village, AR., age 61, charged with driving on suspended driver's license, DWI, expired tags (6-18-16)

Steven Ray Rice, 299 Bradley 30, Banks, AR., age 24, charged with driving on suspended driver's license *6-18-16)

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Three Lucky Ones Win $100 from First State Bank

Johnny Johnson was one of the patrons who took part in the hospitality of First State Bank during their PTF Open House.
First State Bank held an Open House during the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival on Friday, June 10 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m..  Patrons of the event were allowed to register at all three locations for $100 prizes which were given away at each bank.  The winners of the three prizes were: Betty Edwards, Zeletha Turner, and Eugene Domineck.

Debbie Gavin Wins $500 at Warren Bank Open House

Mrs. Opal and her sister Mrs. Jacki fix quite a spread for the Warren Bank Open House. 
During the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, Warren Bank and Trust held an Open House at its Main Bank in downtown Warren between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Patrons who visited the Open House placed their names in a drawing for $500.  The winner of the prize was Debbie Gavin.

Union Bank Celebrates Tomato Festival

Union Bank celebrated the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival with an Open House on Friday, June 10 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The many visitors who came by enjoyed getting a grand tour of the new facility located on North Martin Street.

Mrs. Robbie Ashcraft enjoyed the refreshments served at the Open House.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

News from the Warren Branch Library

We had another great summer reading program today for the 3-5 year old group. A huge thank you to Michelle Carter with the Bradley County Extension Office, for presenting our program today! Mrs.
Michelle showed the kids how to make Uncooked Strawberry Jam. She showed them how mash the strawberries, how to measure and mix the sugar together, and then while she let it stand for 10 minutes, the kids sang along to "Old McDonald had a farm and grew strawberries on the farm", and then she read the book "Give the Moose a Muffin", and Mrs. Michelle received hugs from all the kids!! :) Next, she added the lemon juice and pectin and then they all got to taste the fresh strawberry jam. Afterwards, they all went outside to see the strawberry plants in the library garden. We also did door prizes and 4 lucky people got to take fresh jam home!! Again, thank you Michelle Carter for taking your time to come out and do a program for us! Also a big thank you to Laura Napier for running our registration table and getting all the kids signed in and book logs done, and Hayley Woodard for taking pictures for us!

The children were mesmerized by Mrs. Carter's presentation.

Mrs. Carter received hugs from some who loved the program.

Juneteenth Big Event In Wilmar

The parade is a highlight of the Juneteenth celebration each year.
Every year the people of Wilmar spearhead a celebration of June, 19th in honor of the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the document signed by the nation's 16th President Abraham Lincoln freeing slaves.  The celebration  draws a huge crowd and has a festival-type atmosphere.  A number of events occur over a several-day time period.

Saturday a parade was held.  It consisted of pageant winners, four wheelers, trucks, horses and people running for elected office.  It was a large parade, and a great crowd was present. Many booths were set up selling merchandise and food.  There was a lot of music.

The parade route is lined with patrons and booths.

Political Candidates Campaign for votes during the celebration.

Wilmar Mayor Curly Jackson works to make the Juneteenth Celebration a Success.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jennifer and Brad Biggers Complete Doctorates

Siblings, Jennifer and Brad Biggers, recently both obtained their doctorates.  They are the children of Delois and Kevin Kitchens of Warren and Ricky and Kathy Biggers of Hampton.  They are the grandchildren of John and Betty Daniell of Hampton and James and Joy Kitchens of Warren.

Brad is a 2006 graduate of Hampton High School.   After graduation he attended Lyon College in Batesville, AR and in May 2010 received a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  He then went on to complete his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, graduating in May 2014.  He is currently finishing his third and final post doctorate year at Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency in Bryan/College Station, TX.  After completion in July 2017 he will be returning to Warren, AR to set up a full spectrum family medicine practice associated with Bradley County Medical Center.

Jennifer is a 2002 graduate of Hampton High School.  After graduation, she attended the University of Arkansas and in May, 2006 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.   In 2008, she began attending Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, and in 2010 earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. She recently graduated from the Wright Institute with a Doctorate of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology. Since June 2015, Jennifer has been in Lakeland, Florida completing her predoctoral internship at a private practice conducting psychological evaluations with children and adults, which will be completed in July 2016. In August 2016, she will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia employed at a private practice, completing psychological evaluations with children and adolescents.

Intermodal Discusses I-69 & Yellow Bend Port

After covering the normal monthly business of the Authority, members of the Board of the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority and guest spent most of the meeting talking about the need to get I-69 moving in Arkansas and the urgency of getting a rail line into the Mississippi River Port at Yellow Bend.  Both projects have been years in the discussion and will require millions to make a reality.

The discussion about I-69 was prompted by a meeting held June, 9th at the Delta Resort near McGehee.  The completion of I-69 and the 530 Connector that will run from U. S. Highway 278, near the Intermodal Park, to Pine Bluff would be a major economic boost to South Arkansas and the Intermodal facility.  Both projects require millions of dollars in federal funds to make a reality.  The cost to get rail into Yellow Bend is less extensive but will require several million dollars also.  It will provide direct access to the river by the intermodal park making freight cost very attractive to business and industry.

During the meeting, Intermodal Chairman John Lipton told staff members present form Senator  Cotton's office and Congressman Westerman's Office that the delegation needs to help secure grant funds to assist with both projects as well as support highway funding to make I-69 become a reality.  Staff members indicated their bosses support grants.  Senator Cotton's representative told SRC that the Senator is concerned about interfering with the grant process.  The Senator typically will not right letters of support for Arkansas grants projects.  Congressman Westerman's aide indicated his boss would be actively supporting the grant effort.

Available grant funds, if approved, will make only a minor dent in securing sufficient funding for the over all I-69 endeavor, but it would keep something going.  The I-69 project is a multi billion dollar undertaking.

The intermodal board voted to pay $15,528.23 in bills due.  The organization currently owes $509,147.19 through a loan with Commercial Bank of Monticello.  Local governments continue to be listed as owing for the local match requirements of the overall construction of the intermodal park.  The amounts listed are as follows:
City of Monticello-$133,259.15
City of Warren-$134,606. 69
Drew County-$181,701.89
Bradley County-$251, 598.40

Construction on the intermodal park is nearing completion. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Woods Wins Her Division in Cutest Baby Contest

The Warren Ladies League held their annual Cutest Baby Contest during the Bradly County Pink Tomato Festival.  Jacelynn Wood, daughter of Cindy and Jacob Wood of Hermitage won Queen 0-6 months girl. will post results when we receive them.  Look forward to seeing them.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tolar Takes Home Trophies and $500

Larry Tolar won Best of Show in the car show held during the Pink Tomato Festival with his 1969 Plymouth GTX.  He took home two trophies and a $500 cash prize.