Thursday, October 8, 2015

Three Awarded Single Parent Scholarships

Left to Right:  Tandy White, Pat Rauls, Mildred Brazeel, Freddie Lipton, Bettye McGhee, Maria Cannon and her daughter, Kasey Fox and her daughter, Amanda West, Lacy Henwood, Beverly Chapel, Marsha Harton Cooper, Emily Van Der Zwalm, and Fran Van Der Zwalm
The Bradley County Single Parent Scholarship Committee Awarded scholarships to three local single parents Thursday, October 8, and held a reception to honor them.  Receiving scholarships were Kasey Fox, Maria Cannon, and Lacy Henwood.
Kasey Fox receives Entergy Scholarship from Tandy White.

Kasey was awarded the Entergy Scholarship which was presented by Tandy White of Entergy.  She is a double major in Accounting and Marketing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she is on target to graduate in December.  The ceremony was attended by Kasey's mother, Amanda West.
Maria Cannon receives scholarship from Mrs. Pat Rauls, President of the Bradley County Retired Teachers' Association.

Maia has already completed her Associate's degree and is working on her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
Lacy receives scholarship from Mrs. Pat Rauls of the Bradley County Retired Teacher's Association.  Other retired teachers in the photo left to right are Bettye McGhee, Mildred Brazeel, and Freddie Lipton.

Lacey is working toward a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  She has earned the President's Award twice by having a 4.00 GPA.

On hand for the presentations were members of the Bradley County Retired Teachers Association:  President Pat Rauls, Freddie Lipton-Scholarship Chairman, Bettye McGhee, and Mildred Brazeel.  The Retired Teachers donate to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

Members of the Single Parent Scholarship Committee present were Marsha Harton Cooper, Emily Van Der Zwalm, Fran Van Der Zwalm, and .

Field Director Beverly Chapel welcomed the guests and recipients and spoke about Single Parent Scholarships, explaining that money raised in Bradley County is awarded in Bradley County and is matched dollar for dollar.  She noted that the scholarship is also open to men.

Emily Van Der Zwalm told those gathered that the next fund raiser for the scholarship will be held at Easter when the committee sells Boston Butt Roasts.

HIPPY Meeting Focuses on Fire and Transportation Safety

Each month throughout the school year, the HIPPY program conducts an evening meeting for parents and students.  This month the theme was fire and transportation safety.  The program was well attended by HIPPY students and their parents as well as HIPPY workers and members of the Warren Fire Department and EASI ambulance service.

To see more photos of the monthly meeting click on the schools tab at the top of a page.


           An EH Club is a group of people who meet once a month to learn more about issues facing people today: personal and home safety; family relations and human development; foods and nutrition; the management of family resources; leadership; and clothing and textiles.  These clubs also volunteer their time to important activities like the All Tomato Luncheon and Bradley County Fair.  They donate time, goods and services to such worthy people and events as the Angel Tree, the Ronald McDonald House, making cancer turbans, and many others.
            In the past, Extension Homemakers Clubs have been known as FACE Clubs and Home Demonstration Clubs.  We have three traditional clubs in Bradley County.  Each month, a designated leader from each attends a county-wide leader training conducted by the Cooperative Extension Service.  These leaders then present the lesson to their fellow club members at their monthly meeting.  We also have two project clubs in Bradley County, the Bradley Block Builders (Quilting) Club and Scrapper’s 10 Club, which also meet once a month.

Happy 240th Birthday

Hermitage School Board Adopts Budget

The Hermitage School Board meet in a called meeting September 28th to consider the annual budget for the district.  In attendance were board members Russell Richard, Daniel Haigwood, Kevin Reep, Harold Hampton along with Superintendent Tracy Tucker, Principal Mistie McGhee and School Improvement Specialist Devin McDiarmid.

District bookkeeper Leslie Huitt went over the entire budget with the board.  By a vote of 4-0, the budget was adopted.  Additionally the board voted to approve the Act 1120 report.

October 12th is the next regularly scheduled board meeting date.  It is set for 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WHS Announces Homecoming Court and Schedule

Seated:  2015 Warren Lumberjack Homecoming Queen Jordan Jones.  Standing Left to Right:  Kimberly Aguilar, Destiny Jones, Lauren Payton, Madison Howard, Hayley Cooper, Anahi Rostro, Loren Johnson, Nakasha Nealon, Jordyn Rose, and Carlye Mitchell.
Senior Jordan Jones was recently elected 2015 Warren Lumberjack Homecoming Queen by the student body in grades 10-12.  Queen Jordan is the daughter of Mr. Jay and Jennifer Jones.  She will be crowned during the Homecoming Coronation which will be held Friday, October 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the Warren Cultural Center.  Queen Jordan will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior D’Angelo McCoy.  D’Angelo is the son of Mr. James McCoy and Ms. Jessica Duncan.  In the halftime presentation, Queen Jordan will be escorted by her father.  Attendants for the queen are Ryan Spears, son of Mr. and Mrs. Josh Spears and Ella Grace Green daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Green.  Serving in the queen’s court are ten senior maids.

Maid Kimberly Aguilar is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Torres.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Demarquis Hall.  Demarquis is the son of Mr. Mark Hall and Mrs. Denise Sims.  In the halftime presentation, Kimberly will be escorted by her stepfather.

Maid Hayley Morgan Cooper is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cooper.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Oscar Armstrong. Oscar is the son of Mr. Carlos Armstrong and Ms. Carolyn Davis.  In the halftime presentation, Hayley will be escorted by her grandfather, Mr. Renious Harton.

Maid Madison Neely Ann Howard is the daughter of Mr. Marty and Mrs. Stephanie Howard.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Jason Miranda.  Jason is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Miranda.  In the halftime presentation, Madison will be escorted by her father.

Maid Loren Madison Johnson is the daughter of Mary Ann Johnson.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Franklin Delenore Roosevelt Gilmore, III.  Franklin is the son of Mr. Franklin Gilmore, Jr. and Mrs. Shawana Bosewell.  In the halftime presentation, Loren will be escorted by her mother and brother, Spencer Johnson.

Maid Destiny Darrinique Jones is the daughter of the late Curtis Burks and Ms. Sholonda Burks.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior George Turner.  George is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Turner.  In the halftime presentation, Destiny will be escorted by her uncle, Lavell Neely.

Maid Carlye Rae Mitchell is the daughter of Mr. Brent Mitchell and Ms. Lou Anne Mitchell.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Amaru Brantley.  Amaru is the son of Ms. Pearl Brantley.  In the halftime presentation, Carlye will be escorted by her father.

Maid Nakasha Nealon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Nealon.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior football player Ar’Darius Harding.  Ar’Darius is the son of Mr. Melvin Harding and Ms. Katina Moore.  In the halftime presentation, Nakasha will be escorted by her father.

Maid Lauren Elizabeth Peyton is the daughter of Mr. Byron Peyton and Ms. Dana Peyton.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Peyton Hargis.  Peyton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bart Hargis and Ms. Maria Haygood.  In the halftime presentation, Lauren will be escorted by her father.

Maid Jordyn Rose is the daughter of Mr. Danny Rose and Ms. Michelle Baggett.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Marquis Moore.  Marquis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Moore.  In the halftime presentation, Jordyn will be escorted by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rose.

Maid Anahi Rostro is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joaquin Rostro.  She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Dakota Herron.  Dakota is the son of Mr. Javier Perez and Ms. Rebecca Dominguez.  In the halftime presentation, Anahi will be escorted by her mother and father.

The coronation ceremony will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.  The doors will be closed at 12:20, and all people planning to attend need to be seated by that time.

Following the coronation, the parade will be held at 2:00 p.m. and will begin on North Main Street at the corner of Bond Street.  It will travel south to Church Street and will then turn west for one block before turning north on Myrtle Street. A community-wide pep assembly will be held in the grassy area behind Molly’s Diner.

The football game will kick off at 7:00 p.m., and Queen Jordan and her royal court will be presented to the fans at halftime.

WHS Class of 1970 Holds Reunion

Warren High School Class of 1970 held their 45th class reunion at Charlotte Denton's home on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Those in attendance were and from left to right:
Front row:  Robert Dale McClellan
Second row:  Susan Forrest Whitten, Kathy Jolley Tucker, Martha Pickens Forrester and Mary Pickens Neeley
Third row:   Shirley McKinstry Stover, Ruth Hargis, June McKinney Clark
Fourth row:  Nancy Castleberry Willett, Denisa Clanton Pennington
Fifth row (On Porch):  Pam O'Neal Wharton, Jane Hedrick Beachboard, Joan Burch Ratliff, Judy Thorton Wynne, Jane Lipton, French Wynne, Cindy Marsh Smith, Harriet Ashcraft Brazell, Larry Burns, Jerry Clay, Brenda Sanders McDougald, Donna Harton Ursy, Sherry Glennon Starks, Charlotte Denton, Charlotte Daniel, Billy Forrester, Auddy Doss, John Dees and David Chadwick.  Not pictured, Jimmy Lawrence.

The following classmates that have gone before us remain in our hearts and memories forever:  Jimmy Craig, Ray Pruitt, Lamar Smith, Buddy White, Billy Weaver, Mark Griggs, Mackie Dale Forrest, Arla Rawls Piper, Marilyn Cosby York, Debbie Garner Hayes, John Hampton Hays, Nancy Williams Grissom, Mary Ruth Carter Carpenter, Joline James Lee, Bob Roddey, Tom McBee, Janet Kimbrell Gavin, Ralph Hayes, and David McVay.

Rotary Hears Assistant Athletic Director and Welcomes Jr. Rotarians

Left to Right:  Matt Whiting and Bob Milton
The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church at noon.  The speaker of the day was Matt Whiting, the Assistant Athletic Director at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  He was invited to speak by Rotarian Bob Milton.

Also attending the meeting were the Jr. Rotarians from Warren High School for the weeks of October 6, 13, and 20.  They are Breanna Deshay Burch, the daughter of Constance and A.P. Burch; Kelsey Morganne Parker, daughter of Wade and Stacy Parker; and Anahi Rostro, daughter of Jovita and Joaquin Rostro.
Left to Right:  Kelsey Parker, Anahi Rostro, and Breanna Burch

Beginning Of Louisiana Purchase Survey To Be Commemorated October 17

           MONTICELLO, AR — The School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is one of six organizations sponsoring the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase Land Survey, which will include events at three venues in Lee and Phillips Counties on October 17.
            UAM is home to the state’s only accredited four-year baccalaureate program in land surveying and has taken an active role and interest in commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase survey, which had its beginnings in the delta of eastern Arkansas.
            The bicentennial observance will take place at Mississippi River State Park near Marianna, Louisiana Purchase State Park near Holly Grove, and at the confluence of the St. Francis and Mississippi Rivers near Helena. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will experience life in an 1815 living history village, discover the importance of land surveying field notes and make their own survey field book, watch living historians recreate the 1922 survey of the original Louisiana Purchase baseline and a reenactment of the 1926 dedication of the survey monument, watchliving historians portray 19th century surveying practices, and see the Aux Arc, a 40-foot keelboat replica.
            UAM is currently observing the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase survey by displaying an exhibit on loan from the Department of Arkansas Heritage which tells the history of the Louisiana Purchase and the survey that had its beginnings in the Arkansas delta.
            For more information, contact Dr. John Dennis, assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources by calling (870) 460-1594.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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Groundbreaking Held for Outdoor Fitness Area at Warren City Park

The Warren Woman's Club and City Officials break ground for the future Outdoor Fitness area of the Warren City Park.
A good crowd was present Tuesday, October 6th at the Warren City Park on Martin Street to break ground for the installation of ten pieces of outdoor fitness equipment to be placed in the park for public use.  The addition to the park is a joint venture of the Warren Woman's Club and the City of Warren.  A large contingent of the Woman's Club membership was present for the ceremony along with city officials and local business leaders as well as other interested citizens.
Jan Smalling addresses the crowd on behalf of the Woman's

Jan Smalling made remarks on behalf of the Woman's Club and Warren Mayor Bryan Martin spoke for the City of Warren.  Present representing the city were Alderman Dorothy Henderson, Alderman Marty Reep and Chairman of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission, Angela Marshall.  Renious Harton , Director of the city's parks department and park custodian Jackie Harding were also on hand.

The proposal to install the equipment in the park came up in 2014 during a meeting between Woman's Club member Diane Purvis and Mayor Martin and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Maribeth Frazer.  Mrs. Purvis said the idea came to her while spending time at the park with her five year old grandson.  She thought the park needed more activities for adults while utilizing the facility.  Part of the purpose is to use the park as a weapon to fight the obesity epidemic.
Fitness Equipment is in storage ready for installation.

The entire project will cost around $12,000.00.  The Woman's Club is donating $5000.00 and the City of Warren through an appropriation by the City Council will put in $7000.00.  The equipment will be installed in the near future.

Also attending the ground-breaking was Chase Emerson with United State Senator John Boozman's office.  Mayor Martin indicated that further improvements to the park are planned as the city secures funding.

Right:  Mayor Martin and Jackie Harding at the Ground-breaking ceremony

Beta Club Members Help With Cleanup Day

Left to Right:  AV Student John Rogers, Beta Members: Shamiqua Pickett, Landon Jolley, Anahi Rostro, Logan Adams, Austin Hammons, Krystal Brown, Sydney Broome, Samantha  Satterlee, and Emmalee Goad.
Several students from the Warren High School Beta Club logged in service project hours Saturday as they volunteered to help clean the Depot in conjunction with a Warren Forward cleanup day of the property inside and out.  The Beta Club members who donated their time were Logan Adams, Sydney Broome, Austin Hammons, Anhi Rostro, Krystal Brown, Shamiqua Pickett, Landon Jolley, Emmalee Goad, and Samantha Satterlee.  They were joined with a number of people from the community including David King, Rev. and Mrs. Gary Harrison, Rob Reep, Tim Kesler, Gregg Reep, and Beverly Reep.    The workers filled a dump truck as the cleared out old carpet, old drapes, and debris caused from vandalism.  The AV Class a SEACBEC will be working with Rob Reep in the near future to complete a short film about the depot as a part of a fun-raising effort.  One AV student came and filmed some of the cleanup.  The AV class is under the facilitation of Mrs. Janet Harton.


The Bradley County 4-H clubs are reorganizing and seeking new members.  The purpose of these clubs is to give youth an opportunity to participate in the youth development educational program of the University of the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.  Youth in 4-H clubs will learn life skills, enhance leadership skills, increase self esteem while serving in a number of community service projects.  Youth in 4-H clubs have an opportunity to compete in a number of competitive activities, attend camps and earn scholarships for education.  The following is a list of the Bradley County 4-H clubs with their leaders and meeting times.

Club Meeting Time         4-H Leader
Superstars Club 2nd Monday – 4:00 p.m. Michelle Carter
Forestry Club Varies Taylor Gwin
Livestock Club Varies Taylor Gwin
Sewing Club 3rd Thurs. – 4:00 p.m. Michelle Carter
Rusty Spurs Club Varies Bettina Bryant

Unit membership in these clubs and their program benefits are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  The Cooperative Extension Service is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information about meetings, 4-H club membership or program benefits, contact John Gavin or Michelle Carter at the Bradley County Cooperative Extension office located at 100 East First Street in Warren, AR, or call 870-226-8410.

Hermitage Board to Meet October 12

Dr. Tracy Tucker, Superintendent of Hermitage Public Schools has released the following tentative agenda for the Monday, October 12 school board meeting which will begin at 6:00 p.m.

  1. Minutes
  2. Financial Report
  3. Reports
Dr. Tracy Tucker, Superintendent
Mistie McGhee, K-12 Administrator
Devin McDiarmid, School Improvement Specialist
Tara Hogue, ESL Coordinator/Pre-K Director
Personnel Policies Committees
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Annual Report to the Public
  6. Minority Recruitment Plan
  7. Selection of date for the District Facilities Meeting  
  8. Proposal for welding booths in Ag building
  9. Executive Session

Union Bank Progressing with New Building

Union Bank and Trust is making great progress on their new building located on the corner of North Martin and Sturgis Streets.

Monday, October 5, 2015

More News on Other Pages

Eastside New Vision Charter School news articles can be found on the School's Page.

Warren Lumberjack News can be found of the Sports Page.

Warren School District Job Listings are on the Classified Page.

Ozark Mountain Poultry Celebrates One Year In Warren

Ken Johson, Plant Manager, cooks for the employees, staff, and their families.
To celebrate the company's one year anniversary in Warren, Ozark Mountain Poultry hosted a fun day of games, food and softball at the Warren Baseball Softball Complex Saturday October 3rd.  All OMP employees and their families were invited and a large number attended.  There was a lot of food, a dunking booth and lots of door prizes.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.
CEO Ed Fryar spent time on the serving line.

Dr. Ed Fryar, the CEO of Ozark Mountain Poultry was at the event to thank the employees for making the Warren plant a reality and encouraged them about the future. Awards were presented to those you have been with the company since it started up in Warren and two employees were given plaques for not missing even one day of work during the entire year.  A plaque was given to Plant Manager Ken Johnson and Facilities Manager Jeff Coffman for getting the plant started and helping make it successful.  OMP employs 320 people in Warren. They are headquartered in Rogers, Arkansas and have a plant in Batesville, Arkansas.

During his remarks, Dr. Fryar told the employees it takes teamwork to be successful and that OMP's customers make the company possible.  He demonstrated his knowledge of Warren when he said " the business requires teamwork just like what it took for the Warren Lumberjacks to defeat Star City Friday night".  Dr. Fryar told that the company is very pleased to be in Warren and that the plant is functioning in a productive manner.
Facilities Manager Jeff Coffman pitched during the softball game.
According to a company spokesman, OMP remains interested in hiring employees.  For any one interested contact:
DWS Office-477 S. Main St., Monticello AR or call 870-367-2476

Bradley County recently ranked 3rd in the state for employment growth.  This statistic is largely due to the entrance of OMP in the county.
The above employees were awarded for not missing a day of work in the past year.

OMP honored employees for a variety of reasons.

OMP wanted employees to know they are appreciated.

GLOW 5K Run/Walk and Street Soccer Set

Warren Forward will host a Halloween Glow Run/Walk 5K, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.  Walkers and runners may register at the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce.  Those registering by October 19 will receive a free tee-shirt.  The entry fee is $25.

In addition to the 5K, other glow events will be held such as Glow Street Soccer which will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Teams of 5-7 may register for $15 per person.  Registration deadline is October 16.

All Glow events will be held near the Warren Main Street.

Questions may be referred to 870-226-5225.

All proceeds go to Warren Forward Downtown Network to Restore Warren's Unique Train Depot.  

Arrest Report: October 5, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Deven Green, 225 Smith Road, Apt. #1, Warren, AR., age ?, charged with disorderly conduct (9-28-15)

Paul D. Grice, 617 McCauley St., Warren, AR., age 37, charged with aggravated assault (9-28-15)

Jimmy thompson, 1335 West Central, Warren, AR., age 34, charged with battery 3rd, arrested on warrant (9-28-15(

Timothy Grice, #11 Lura Lea Lane, Warren, AR., age 35, charged with battery 3rd and criminal trespassing (9-28-15)

Jonathan Corcules, 610 Bond St., Warren, AR., age 19, charged with driving on suspended license (9-29-15)

Fire At Bragg/Kelly Streets

Warren Fire Fighters were called to a mobile home located at the intersection of Bragg and Kelly Streets on October 1st.  An electrical fire was the cause and fortunately the damage was minor. There were no injuries.

During the week the department issued a verbal warning for illegal burning on S. Main Street and fire and police personnel attended an arson school to receive updated training.  Warren fire department fulltime and volunteer firemen will conduct local training October 5th.

Remember, the fire danger is high.  A burn ban remains in place for Bradley Coiunty.

UAM Announces 2015 Homecoming Court

            MONTICELLO, AR — Twelve students have been selected to the 2015 homecoming court at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

            The court will be introduced during pregame ceremonies beginning at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium. The homecoming queen, chosen by a vote of the student body, will be announced at the conclusion of the ceremony.
            Members of the court are:
            • Morgan Densmore Calhoun of Monticello, a senior agriculture business and plant and soil science doublemajor and the daughter of Shawn and Kim Densmore;
            • Carly Curry of Sheridan, a junior modern languages major and the daughter of Randy and Laura Curry;
            • Allison Foret of Sheridan, a junior P-4 education major and the daughter of Audie and Julie Foret;
            • Jacey Jones of Monticello, a senior communications major and daughter of UAM Interim Chancellor Jay and Karyn Jones;
            • Aliyah Kennedy of Hot Springs, a senior exercise science major and the daughter of Henry Green and Kellie Kennedy-Green.
            • Julia Martin of Kingsland, a junior natural science major and the daughter of Rickey and Tootie Spencer;
            • Noelle McDaniel of Monticello, a senior general studies major and the daughter of William and Joy Skipper;
            • Merrell Elizabeth Miles of Marianna, a senior English and modern languages double major and the daughter of William and Kimberly Miles;
            • Kali Piha of Bentonville, a junior accounting and marketing double major and the daughter of Aaron and Shelli Piha;
            • Kelsey Schrimpf of Russellville, Mo., a junior criminal justice and chemistry double major and the daughter of Derek and Marianna Schrimpf;
            • Cedteria Thompson of Monticello, a junior criminal justice major and the daughter of Joyce and Frederick Lewis and the late Cedrick Thompson;
            • and Danielle West of Monticello, a senior biology and biochemistry (pre-medicine) double major and the daughter of Julie and Daniel West.
            For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.

Learn to Manage Your Kidney Health at Warren Branch Library

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Warren Native Sworn in as United States Magistrate

A large crowd, including a contingent of Warrenites, were present October 2nd at the Richard Sheppard Arnold Federal Courthouse in Little Rock for the investiture of The Honorable Patricia S. Harris as United States Magistrate Judge.  The event took placed in the Judge Moody Courtroom.

Judge Harris is a graduate of Warren High School who went on to the Bowen School of Law and has practiced private law and served as an assistant United States Attorney.  She will serve as a Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

All the Judges of the Eastern District were present. The Colors were presented by the Quapaw Area Council Boy Scouts of America led by Scott Harris, son of Judge Harris.  The invocation was given by the Rev. Dari Rowen former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren.  Opening remarks were made by Edwin L. Lowther,Jr.  Other speakers included The Honorable James M. Moody and Jane W. Duke.  The oath was administered by The Honorable James M. Moody, Jr.  Judge Harris then spoke expressing her appreciation to all in attendance and all who helped her reach the position of Magistrate Judge.

The colors were then retired and a reception was held in the atrium of the Courthouse.

Some of the individuals attending from Warren included: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Covin, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cross, Mr. and Mrs. Don McWilliams, Mr. and Mrs. Scott White, Mayor Bryan and Dr. Sue Martin, R. Gregg Reep, and former Warren residents Hunter Johnson, Randi Henley, Suzanne Rotton O'Donnel, and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Spraggins.

Judge Harris spoke of her father. who died when she was one and Robert Newton, her step father whom she said never treated her any way but as a daughter.  She thanked her mother Mrs. Pat Newton and her three sisters, Lisa Sievers, Hope Cain, and Carrie Johnson, as well as the Wright Law Firm and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the role the all played in her career.  She also acknowleged her husband, Jim Harris and their son Scott.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Samantha Clanton Exhibits Third Place Overall at SE District Fair

Samantha Clanton exhibited the third place overall market goat at the SE District Fair yesterday at Pine Bluff.  Samantha also won the Senior division of the market goat showmanship.  Samantha is the 15 year old daughter of Kristi Clanton and Sam Clanton of Hermitage.  Her agri instructor is Taylor Gwin.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Prayers and Help Needed for Local Girl

The following is a post on a "Go Fund Me" account.  Justice Rogers and her  mother, who has been by her side throughout her illness need our community's support.  Read the post and if you have the means, do what Warren people do well, support each other with prayers, financial aid, and contributions.  Justice is a 2015 Warren High School graduate.

"Eighteen year old Justice had big plans for her future. She graduated from high school in May 2015 and had plans of joining the military, but her plans were cut short after she was diagnosed with HLH. HLH is a rare life-threatening disease that causes damage to the spleen, liver, kidney and brain.
Justice has been battling with HLH since August 2015. She stayed in the hospital for about a month before being discharged. Justice was only home for a week before getting sick again. She was admitted back into the hospital on September 17, and is currently in the ICU due to multiple seizures and high blood pressure. She is non-responsive and according to the doctors, her length of stay could be expanded to over two months. Her mother has been by her side throughout the entire process and has been unable to work. As a result of this, her mother is experiencing financial hardship. All prayers and donations will be greatly appreciated."

You can contribute through the gofundme account set up for her.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Library to Host Fall Festival

The Warren Branch Library will host its Fall Festival, Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. in celebration of  National Book Month.  The Library invites you to come dressed as your favorite book character.  There will be food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages.

Economic Development Group Meets At Witt Plant

Left to Right:  Marty Ree, Environment, Health & Safety Manager; Bob Smalling, John Lipton, and Rev. Gary Harrison
The monthly meeting of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission was held Monday September 28th in the board room of the Armstrong Witt Plant in Warren.  Minutes of the last meeting were approved and Bob Milton presented the monthly and year to date financial report.  The board then voted to contribute $100.00 to the Buck Fever festival for 2015.
Mayor Bryan Martin, Chamber President David King,
State Representative Jeff Wardlaw

Marty Reep, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager for the Witt Plant presented a program on the status of the plant's operation and staff.  He showed a power point that provided information about Armstrong, the Witt Plant and personnel.  The management staff for Witt is as follows:
James Cooper-Plant Manager
Marty Reep-EHS
Human Resources-Keith Van Dee
Production Manager for the Mill-Gary Trussell
Production Manager Finish-Jorge Miranda
Lumber Procurement-John Hamaker
Lumber Yard Kiln Manager-Tim Butler
Quality Manager-Ed Gates
Purchasing-Patsy Watson
Lean Leader-Steve Ellis

Mr. Reep informed the group that Armstrong was founded in 1860 and is headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and operates 34 manufacturing facilities with 20 located in North America.  The company works 9000 employees.  The local Witt Plant sets on a 90 acre site and produces around 25 million square feet of flooring per year.  Witt works 250 people and runs two shifts.  The annual payroll is 10 million dollars.  Flooring is made form Oak, Hickory and some Ash lumber.  The average hourly wage is $14.88 per hour with substantial benefits available such as insurance and retirement.  Keith Van Dee, Human Resource Manager told those present that 60-70 percent of the employees working at the plant have been with Witt for ten years or more.

Marty Reep talked about the commitment to safety the company practices and said their slogan is "if you can't work safe, you can't work here."  He showed the BCEDC a video produced by  Raptor Productions of Warren that is shown to all new employees before they are allowed on the plant site.  The video promotes safety and informs the new workers that they must have a mine set for safety from the beginning of their working career at Witt and at all times they are on the mill property.

The program was completed with a visit to the plant's quality control room where flooring is randomly selected weekly to be inspected by company employees to assure they are happy with the product being turned out by the Witt facility.  They are asked, "would you buy this flooring for your home or business?"  The second shift was on the job while the BCEDC meeting was occurring.