Sunday, December 21, 2014

City Holiday Schedule Announced

The City of Warren Holiday schedule is as follows:

The offices of the City of Warren will be closed December 24, 25, and 26.

There will be no garbage pickup Wednesday, Thursday, nor Friday.  Regular garbage service will resume Monday, December 29.

Bradley County Holiday Schedule Released

The Bradley County Courthouse will be closed on December 24th, 25th, and 26th for Christmas and January 1st for New Year.

Bradley County Solid Waste Holiday Schedule

The Bradley County Solid Waste will be closed on Thursday December 25th and Friday December 26th, Thursday’s route will run on Wednesday December 23rd and Friday’s route will run on Monday December 29th. The Solid Waste will also be closed on Thursday January 1st. This route will run on Friday January 2nd. The Bradley County Landfill will be closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st.

Bradley County would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Bradley County Judge Keith Neely and staff

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Warren City Budget For 2015

The Warren City Council has set a budget for 2015.  Municipal fiscal years run on a calendar year, January through December.  Warren's total budget for the coming year is $6,528,583.00.  This includes the general fund, the street fund and other expenditures.  The budget covers city generated income as well as state funds received and federal grants made available.

The general fund budget consist of the following:
Law Enforcement-$1,035,718.00
Fire Dept.-$226,682.00
Sanitation (solid waste)-$599,628.00
Building Codes-$46,910.00
District Court-$83,049.00
Municipal Building-$36,980.00
Cultural Center-$32,975.00
Armory/Neighborhood Center-$15,300.00
Other General-$106,100.00

Street Budget:
Street Expenditures-$507,300.00

Other Accounts:
Other Expenditures-$3,351,380.00

The street budget is restricted by law and can only be used for street maintenance and improvements.  Grants and certain revenues can only be utilized as designated by law.  The budget provides for a 2% raise for all city employees except the Warren City Council. Expenses are reviewed monthly by the City Council.

Entergy: Stop the Scammers

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chamber of Commerce 3D Holiday Film

The above photos were taken by Chamber of Commerce volunteers. Left to right:  Snow in the Cultural Center, watcher wearing 3-D glasses, Elf Hayley plays around with a little Rudolph, train rides for the kids, more snow, and The Polar Express film in 3D.
The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a movie night Friday, December 12, at the Warren Cultural Center.  The movie shown was The Polar Express in 3D.  The children were treated to train rides.  Concessions were available, and yes, it snowed during the film.  It was a true holiday delight.

It was a KIDS FIRST Christmas

UAM BSN Nursing Students at KIDS FIRST to celebrate Christmas. They donated several large outside toys like scooters, John Deere ride-on cars, 2 John Deere tricycles, a couple of red-rider tricycles, and several other ride-on toys to assist with therapy and outside play. They also gave out very nice Christmas gifts to EACH AND EVERY child enrolled!! Santa and Rudolph also visited with each child.

Santa Makes Appearance at Warren Branch Library

Soon Santa will have to return to the North Pole to oversee his elves preparing of the sleigh before the big Christmas Eve trek across the world.  To get a last visit with the "big man"bring your children to the Warren Branch Library Saturday, December 20 from 10-12 to get their picture taken with Santa!

Attention, Early Childhood Professionals

If you are an earl y childhood professional, foster parent, or early childhood educator and want
to learn more about caring for young children, you may be interested in The Best Care. Sometimes it is difficult to find appropriate classes that are close to home and affordable. The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, is offering training for early childhood professionals. Classes are offered free of charge and is verified training through the Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways (TAPP) and supports the Better Beginnings Program.
The Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service has available a new, free set of

classes for early childhood professionals and others interested in learning more about young children. These classes are part of a program called The Best Care. Ten hours of lessons will be provided in a classroom setting on topics such as More Money in Your Pocket: Making the Most of Tax Credits, Making the Most of Your Health Care Dollar, Health Care: Private Option, Infectious Diseases in Early Childhood, Best Nutrition Practices for Healthy Kids, Arkansas Nutrition Myth Busters, Outdoor Learning Environments, Infant Care in Early Childhood, and Your Blueprint for Happiness (2 hours).
These classes will be held at the University of Arkansas Agriculture Building Auditorium on the following dates:  January 13, 20, 27, February 3, and 10, 2015.
For more information about The Best Care classes for early childhood professionals, contact

Michelle Carter or call 870-226-8410.  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.

WHS Choir Director Brent Miller and Elementary Music Teacher Katie King Kuhn Entertain Warren Rotary

The Rotary Club for December 16, 2014 had entertainment provided at the Christmas Meal by High School Choir Director, Brent Miller and Elementary School music teacher, Katie King Kuhn.  Mr. Miller played the piano while Mrs. Kuhn accompanied him with the flute.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WMS Teacher on Team that Has Research Published

Heather Peek Reynolds, an eighth-grade science teacher in Warren Middle School, received notifications that research in which she was involved as an undergraduate in the University of Arkansas at Monticello has been published in The Southwestern Naturalist, an online magazine.  The research was investigated by and approved for publication by BioOne a nonprofit, online aggregation of core research in the biological, ecological, and environmental science.  BioOne is a sustainable online platform for over 170 journals and books published by nonprofit societies, associations, museums, institutions, and presses.

The research by Ms. Reynolds as a team member with Matthew Connier, Douglcas Cagle, Christopher Ellington, and John L. Hunt is titled "Reproductive Cycle of Baird's Pocket Gopher (Geomys Breviceps) in Northern Louisiana, and may be accessed in The Southwestern Naturalist, 59 (1); 115-117, 2014.

The abstract for the research reads as follows:  "We examined the reproductive status of Baird's pocket Gophers in Union Parish, Louisiana, for 18 months in 2010 and 2011.  We found the pocket gophers were potentially reproductively active throughout the year, although the number of reproductively active gophers peaked during late spring through autumn.  Our results are similar to those of studies of Baird's pocket gophers in other states and of other pocket gophers in the genus Geomys."

Ms. Reynolds received a bachelor's degree from UAM in May, 2014, with a major in Biology and is in her first year of teaching in Warren Middle School.  She is currently enrolled in the Master's of Art in Teaching program at UAM and will receive her Master's Degree in May, 2015.  She lives in Rye, Arkansas.

APSRC Awards Digital Learning Grants to Local Districts

The Arkansas Public School Resource Center is pleased to announce that Warren Middle School and Brunson New Vision Charter School are recipients of the APSRC eResources Digital Learning Grant.  30 districts were chosen to receive funds to provide digital coursework to students.  A total of $358,000 will be distributed.

After the passage of Act 1280, districts have been working to offer digital learning opportunities to their students.  As part of this effort, APSRC created the eResources Digital Learning Portal on its website.  Through membership in APSRC, this online portal provides an opportunity for middle and high school students in Arkansas to enroll in high-quality digital courses at a reduced rate of cost.  Completed courses can be used for general credit, credit recover, or Advanced Placement credit.  Students may enroll in these courses for the 2015 Spring Semester.

The eResources Digital Learning grant covers the cost of those courses for students in the chosen districts.  This grant opportunity is available through a partnership with the Walton Family Foundation. Districts were required to complete an application and implementation plan in their request for the grant money.  Chosen districts were selected through a rigorous grants process which evaluated each application.  "We were impressed with the quality of the grant applications we saw," said APSRC Executive Director Scott Smith.

Smith continued, "It is clear to us that digital learning has become a focus for many of our districts across the state, particularly those in rural areas.  They see the opportunity for rigorous learning utilizing technology.  We're pleased to be able to partner with districts to provide the learning style to students across Arkansas."

Districts chosen to recive the grant will be required to participate and present in a "Best Practices" Conference hosted by APSRC in order to share their successes and allow other districts the opportunity to learn from them.  An additional round of funding will be available next year.

The two schools will work together to provide a digital Spanish Class to approximately 20 students who will study Spanish through 48 lessons.  The schools are currently working to develop a digital learning policy.

Work in Progress Installing Water and Sewer Lines

Work is ongoing on the City of Warren's installation of new water and sewer lines around the bypass.

WGFC Warren Woman's Club Announces Winners of "Light Up the Holidays"

Winners of the 2014 "Light Up the Holidays" home lighting contest sponsored by GFWC Warren Woman's Club were as follows:

First Place-Bill and Michelle Taulbee, 263 Bradley 16 ($100)
Second Place-Marguerite Vargos, 504 N. Myrtle St. ($75)
Third Place-Tracy and Tanya Rauls, 885 Highway 172 ($50)

Prize money was provided by Warren Bank & Trust, First State Bank,  Union Bank, and Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union  The homes were ranked by out-of-town judges with points based on lighting, trastefulness, and over-all-appearance.

The lighting committee encourages all residents of the area to drive around and view "Light Up the Holidays" homes to enjoy the beauty and glow of the holiday season.  GFWC Warren Woman's Club encourages Warren residents to participate in the next lighting contest in 2015.

Quorum Court Approves 2015 Budget, Honors Retiring Justices

Judge Keith Neely thanks and congratulates Melvin Mills for his service.

Judge Keith Neely thanks and congratulates Hugh Quimby for his service.
The Bradley County Quorum Court did something they have not done in a few years, they adopted a budget for the coming year instead of a continuing resolution.  The Justices took a proposed budget and with minimum discussion approved ordinance 696 which set the county budget for the calendar year 2015.  The budget was approved by a vote of 7-1 with the only no vote being cast by Justice Bobby Hargraves.  Justice Gwen Bullard was unable to attend.

Justice Hargraves asked several questions prior to the vote and seemed to be concerned the most by the 911 funding, especially the contract labor expense.  The budget calls for a 4% raise for all employees.

At the conclusion of the business Judge Neely presented a plaque to Justice Hugh Allen Quimby for 24 years service on the Court and another to Justice Melvin Mills for 6 years service.  Both men choose not to run for reelection.  Justice Quimby expressed his appreciation to the Court and indicated he had enjoyed his service but thought it was time to step down.  Justice Mills likewise thanked everyone for their thoughtfulness.

During the meeting the Court voted to send a letter of support for the appointment of Roger McClellan as Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard.

Monday, December 15, 2014

School Board Conducts Monthly Business

The Warren School Board met Monday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular monthly meeting.  After approving the minutes of the November 17, November 13, and December 1 meetings, the board approved an out-of-state trip request for Jonalyn Reep to travel to Tech Centers That Work National Forum in Pt. Clear, Alabama and an out-of-state trip request for Logan Harton, NaQuisha Newton, Sean Davis, Stephanie Graham, Mr. Williams to attend the 4 States Honor Band in Texarkana, Texas.

The board presented Lance Cobb and plaque in appreciation for his service on the Warren School Board.  They also recognized Dr. Kerry Pennington for reaching Master Board Status.

David King presented a fund-raising project to the board for consideration.  To raise funds for improvements to the Warren Cultural Center, Mr. King and others working with him, asked the board to consider renaming the Cultural Center in honor and memory of Mary Lou and Curry Martin.  He suggested that the committee hoped that renaming the center the Curry and Mary Lou Martin Center for  the Arts might encourage donations.  No action was taken.

The board moved into executive session following one-minute remarks from the individual building principals.  After returning, the board approved the hiring of Hayley White as an ABC Parapro and approved paying Tammy Sanders $45 per report as payment for the overflow numbers she has to handle.  It was noted that the district can not find another speech language pathologist to assist Mrs. Sanders.

The board approved the Change Order for Handicap Accessible Bathroom and Changing Area for Life Skills Classroom in the amount of $41,110.  6B Funds will be used.

The board approved the financial report and then heard the report of Superintendent Marilyn Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson noted that this is semester test week at the high school, that school will dismiss at 1:30 on Friday, December 19.  Teachers will return for professional development on January 5, students on January 6.

The senior girls will participate in a basketball tournament at Camden Fairview and the boys in the Strong Classic during the holidays.

Subscriptions to the schoolway app continue to increase.  The app is being used for a variety of notifications.  Superintendent Johnson expects the app to be a useful tool during bad weather days.

The school is continuing collaboration session via phone with partners from Lindsay Unified School District in California.

She reminded the board that the district has a website home page which has a school calendar.

A parade honoring the 2014 State 4A Football Champions, the Warren Lumberjacks, will be held Thursday evening at 6:00.  It will begin at the Post Office and conclude at the Old Post Office.  Fundraising has begun to purchase championship rings.  Over $3,300 was raised Monday by the ball players at a one-hour road block.  Mrs. Johnson explained the law to the board about how much school money can be spent ($100 per student per sport) for awards.  This included the purchase of letterman jackets, trophies, blankets, etc.  Other championship teams have raised funds to purchase rings in the past.

Mrs. Johnson noted that the football players enjoyed the time they spent accepting donations today as people honked, waved and congratulated them.  It was a way the community could relay their happiness and support.

Arrest Report: December 15, 2014

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Tyvonte Clary, Blankenship Court, Warren, AR., age 23, arrested on warrants from Monticello and Warrem (12-9-14)

Roger Lee Boswell, 1970 Tolefree Road, New Edinburg, AR., age 52, charged with DWI and driving on suspended license (12-12-14)

Angela Hollis, 1240 Hollis Road, Rison, AR., age 41, arrested on warrant (12-13-14)

Warren Bands Present Concert

The Warren Lumberjack Beginner, Jr. Jack, and Senior High Band presented The Sounds of Christmas 2014 Concert Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Warren Cultural Center.

The program began with the three pieces from the Beginning Band:  Good King Wenceslas, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, and Jingle Bells.  Members of the beginner band are Julienne Kelley, Abby Merales, Perla Reynosa, JaQuan Cross, Mary Grace De'Armond, Teddy Gregory, Marsayla Haltiwanger, Maddie Hoffman, Elizabeth Jackson, Markia Moore, Lauren Perry, Perla Sosa, Jesus Tinoco, Jose Alejandre, Madelin Barnes, Cecil Contreras, Dylan Ferguson, Greg Hoskins, Andres Jacinto, Kia Lewis, Elaina Reddin, Jazzlynn Spears-Barnes, Jamiyah Thompson, Jose Torres, Ty Juan White, JaQuez Boyd, Jendy Martinez, and Noesha Neal.

Following the Beginner Band, the Jr. Jack Band performed Jingle Bells Remixed, Frosty the Snowman, and Feliz Navidad.  The Jr. Band members are Diana Castillo, Adrian Crappeli, Wendy Duran, Paulina Estrada, Katie Green, Erin Hampton, Kelsie Harris, Y'Unique Phillips, Jordan Pruitt, Alyssa Reed, Selema Allen, Jahaira Angeles, Cheyenne Blankinship, Jennifer Castillo, A'Maura Davis, Kayti Goad, Jesiah Kamau, Delanie Kilpatrick, Yesenia Macias, Barbara Miller, Elijah Pascual-Cortes, Alex Perez, Leticia Resendiz, Emily Rodrigues, Seremity Smith, Iyahna Wells, Brianna Williams, Anne Yepes, Janzee Hooper, Samantha Hoskins, Matthew Howard, Pierce Mead, Junior Pacheco, Cherish Poole, Iyania Smith, Brittany White, Xitlaly Gonzalez, Sabria Trotter, Kendall Pope, Gracie Adams, Bryan Angeles, Beau Castleberry, NaQualo Dominguez, Quavon Dominguez, Evan Forrest, Jake Gray, Josh Hampton, Thomas Lephiew, Josh McClain, Hanna McDougald, Jackson Perry, Alex Raines, Seth Rangel, Sylvester Ridgell, Emily Wells, Ashton Gorman, Aubrey Tarleton, Jahiem Avery, Mark Hairston, Andrew Raines, Cameron Cobb, Jacob Shipp, Lily Warren, Jacob Ashcraft Lain Millerd, Brayan Resendiz, Ethan Stanley, Gentry Stephens, Jade Watson, and Ryan Womack.

The program concluded with three selections from the Lumberjack Band:  Cartoon Christmas, The Christmas Song, and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.  The senior high band members are Mikaela Jenkins, Brenisha Boswell, Anna Gilbert, Breanna Thomas, Martheli Gonzalez, McKenzie Baldwin, Estacheana Davis, Braley Sanson, Destini Owens, Shaniee Harris, Bre'Auna Bailey, Brianna Goffe, Anahi Rostro, Neyleea Gonzalez, Cindy Gonzalez, Brittany Miller, Destinyu Neely, Meggan Cortes, Ke'Aunah Ridgell, Tatyana Newton, Stephanie Graham, Ocean Paul, Logan Harton, Logan Adams, Landon Jolley, Kristen Benefield, Maggie Sanders, Brandon Resindiz, Roosevelt Pena, Vanessa Aguilera, Charlie Gonzalez, Carlos Yepes, Maria Castillo, Brandon Alonzo, Marcelino Castillo, DaQuan Marshall, Dominic Walsh, Mark Garcia, John Rogers, Froylan Macias, Jonathan Merales, Cole Wolfe, Scott Pennington, Sergio Yepes, Breanna Burch, Kaitlyn Green, NaQuisha Newton, Ginnie Outlaw, Gaby Gonzalez, Ethan Ward, Carlie Abraham, Sean Davis, Levi Rogers, Valerie Heintzleman, Justin Freeman, Holden Shipp, and Jordan Neely.

Callaway Achieves National Board Certification

Terri Callaway, Counselor at Eastside New Vision Charter School has been named as a National Board Certified Teacher int he content area of Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/School Counseling.  Board certification is one of the highest marks of professional accomplishment.  The process to become certified allows teacher to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a non partisan, nonprofit organization in the United States, dedicated to promoting excellence in education.  Founded in 1987, NBPTS improves teaching and student learning by enhancing overall educator effectiveness and recognizing and rewarding highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. NBPTS develops and maintains advanced standards for educators and offers a national, voluntary assessment.  Mrs. Callaway has been employed by the Warren School District for 29 years and is currently in her 16th year as counselor at Eastside.

Thomas Earns Master Degree

In recent commencement exercises held on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the University of Central Arkansas, Eddie Thomas received his Master of Arts in Teaching Degree; maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout his coursework. Thomas attended UAM and completed his Bachelors of Arts degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Ashford University in 2012. He entered the MAT program in July 2013 and recently completed. He also is a graduate of the Cornerstone Leadership Development Institute of UAM.

Mr. Thomas is a former employee of the Warren School District (SEACBEC) and is now employed by Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District as Area Manager for Arkansas Workforce Centers.

Thomas is the son of Muriel Jane Thomas and Rev. & Mrs. Eddie Hampton.

Children Turn Out to See Santa and BCMC

The children were lined up out the door at the Bradley County Medical Center for a Monday night visit with Santa.  Each child took his or her turn telling Santa what they hoped for as a Christmas gift.  Assisting Santa were two of his special elves from the North Pole.  While the children visited with Santa, RN Kathy Hall offered a safety seat demonstration for parents.  The event had a huge turnout.
Elf Hayley and Elf Josie enjoyed their trip to Warren with Santa.

Nurse Hall spoke to parents about safety seats.

Lumberjacks Thank The Warren Community For Their Support

The following message was sent to from the 2014 Warren Lumberjack Football Team:

The Warren Lumberjacks sincerely thank the community for their support and their contribution toward the 4A State Championship ring fund.  The team collected approximately $3,400 through their road block Monday afternoon.

Fireman's Ball Around the Corner

The Warren Fire Department will be having it annual Fireman's Ball, Saturday, January 24, 2014, at the Warren Country Club.  Dinner at 7:00 followed by awards and dance with the band, Alize.  Tickets are $25.00.

Lumberjack 4A State Championship Parade to be held Thursday

A parade will be held this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to honor our State Champion Lumberjacks. The parade route will begin at the new post office and end at the old post office. In addition to honoring the 2014 Lumberjack Champions, Former Lumberjack State Champions and Former Lumberjack State Championship MVPs are also being asked to participate.

The parade is being coordinated through Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, the Lumberjacks will be asking for donations today, Monday, December 15, from 2:35-3:35 for Championship Rings. They will be holding out their helmets for donations at various city intersections. Donations will also be taken at the district bookkeeping office. Help Support our Champions!