Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Warren School Board Accepts Resignations and Makes Hires

The Warren School Board met Monday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m.  After adopting the minutes of the June 9 and June 30 meetings, they heard a report Mr. Odom on the Warren High School Renovation project.  He told the board that "things are coming together."  The school is receiving a new roof, new ceiling tiles and grid, reworking of the wifi lines, new heat and air unites, new hardware (locks) for the doors, interior hall painting, updates to restrooms and additional restrooms, and new exterior doors.

The board moved into executive session for personnel and resignations and contracts.  Upon their return the voted to accept resignations form:

Sandra Caudle-Warren Middle School Science
Selena McDougald-Brunson Literacy
Gina Woodard-SEACBEC
Jennifer Smith - ABC ParaPro

They voted to approve a request for a leave of absence for up to two semesters for Becky Howard as Bruson Aide.

The board approved the following contracts for the 2014-15 school year:

Joan Harris, SpEd Self-Contained K-5 Classroom
Justin Beth Woodard, Middle School Science
Shelly Wolfe, SEACBEC Career Counselor Assistant & Recruiter
Belinda Langford, ADED Part-time Teacher
Jeanette Hooper, Bruson Literacy
Lt. Col. Curtis Craft - JROTC SAI (contingent upon teaching license)
Sgt. Robert Clements, JROTC AI (contingent upon teaching license)
ABC Staff

The board extended contract from 6 hours daily to 8 hours daily for Ryan Meeks, Custodian (Brunson 6 hrs/WMS 2 hrs.)

The bid for supplying bread to the school for the coming year was awarded to Flowers Bakery, and the milk bid was awarded to Highland Dairy.

In addition, the board approved the Dwight Jones as the provider for the Athletic Insurance Bid.  They locked in the price by approving the bid for two years.

Cuttin' It Right was awarded the mowing bid for the entire school district.

Superintendent Marilyn Johnson was approved as the designee for ACE Insurance Paperwork.

The sick leave and personal leave incentive program was extended for the 2014-15 school year.

A parent request by Rhonda Benton for a board to board transfer of her son from the Warren to the Hermitage School District was approved.

Mrs. Johnson presented the financial report and reviewed it with the board.  She also reported that she is in the process of obtaining more information on the replacement of tread on the visitors' side of the football stadium.

She reviewed a slide show, printed on paper, as ethics training for the board.

In the superintendent's report, Mrs. Johnson reported that a total of 123 students have enrolled in the district through school choice.  Two are coming from Hermitage, eight from Cleveland County, and three from Fordyce.  Seven will be attending Eastside, one will be at the Middle School, and five will attend the high school.  Due to the district's cap, one first grader's application is on hold to see if the district has room for another 1st grader.

She told the board that SubTeach will hold sub training in Warren Friday, July 25, from 9:00 - noon.

She reminded the board that Saturday, August 2 and Sunday August 3 will be the sales tax holiday in the state for school supplies and other school-related items such as clothing.

Administrators and instructional facilitators attended the 2nd annual customized learning summit last week to learn from and share with other districts across the nation who are working toward building a standards-based system focused on customizing instruction.  Several who attended shared briefly their experience at the summit.  WHS Principal Gary Jackson told the board that a teacher swap between SBE schools for 3 to 4 weeks had been discussed.  Mrs. Weaver pointed out that everyone may be doing things a bit differently but that all were learner focused.  She and the Eastside assistant principal have been asked to skype with other districts.

Michelle Castleberry Conducts Poetry Reading From Her Book, Dissecting Angels

Native author shares her poems at the Warren Library.
Michelle Castleberry, a Bradley County native who now resides in Georgia, returned home to share her love of poetry with friends and family at a poetry reading from her own book, Dissecting Angels.  In attendance to hear Miss Castleberry were three of her former teachers from her years at Hermitage:  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ferguson and Mrs. Beverly Reep.  Michelle's words were powerful, deep, and had vision into the lives and hearts of her subjects.  Following the reading, she autographed copies of her book and shared refreshments with those who attended.
Beverly Reep, Michelle Castleberry, Frank Ferguson, and Laura Ferguson share a long-overdue visit.

Bradley County Quorum Court Has Short Meeting

Eight of the nine Quorum Court members were present July 21st for the monthly meeting of the Court.  County Judge Keith Neely presided.  Normal business was conducted including review of the financial statement, the Sheriffs report and an update from the Judge concerning road work.  Judge Neely specifically informed the Justices that plans are underway to use the state aid program to pave about 4 miles of County Road #32.

The Judge told the Justices that a grant for $250,000.00 has been awarded the county to conduct repairs to the courthouse.  More money is needed and the county will have to make a decision as to the best use of the money to begin the repairs.  Judge Neely also talked about the need for the county to purchase another bushhog.

Ordinance #693 was adopted to purchase and finance a garbage truck.  The county will borrow about $74,600.00 form First State Bank of Warren.  A grant will pay the balance of some $23,750.00.

Once again the court talked about looking into the possibility of building a new county jail.  Justice Pat Morman asked about the chances of going in with other counties to construct a regional facility or getting a private company to build a jail.  Judge Neely indicated his is looking at possible locations.  There was little comment made by the members and Judge Neely stated it appears the court desires to continue to gather information.  There was no specific request made for the type of information needed.

Warren Fire Department Responds To Three Call

July 12th the Warren Fire Department responded to a small fire on a vacant lot on Watts Street.  On the 15th of the month another grass fire was put out on lot at Packard and Howard Streets.  Both were caused by unknown sources but did little damage and were quickly extinguished by the fire department.

A single vehicle accident was the cause of the department's rescue truck being summoned also on July 15th.  Two men were injured after a car backed into a house and then hit a light pole.  One was seriously injured and transported to Bradley County Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle was Mr. James C. Phillips and his passenger was Mr. Henry Walton,Jr.  Mr. Walton was the most seriously injured.  The Warren Police Department investigated the accident.

Bradley County Sheriff Appeals Private Club Permit

Bradley County Sheriff Rick Anders has officially appealed the request for a private club license recently approved by the Director of the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board.  As a result of this action the full ABC Board will conduct a hearing to consider the appeal.  The date of the hearing is not yet known.

The Sheriff has indicated his objection is due to the county's lack of sufficient manpower and resources to provide law enforcement to the facility and surrounding area.

Rotary Welcomes District Governor

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  The cub members welcomed District Governor Ernie Encheimayer of Russellville who spoke on Rotary and brought greetings from Rotary International.

SEC Network Coming to CCC Cable Customers August 14

Local cable TV, Internet and Digital Phone provider, Community Communications Company, announced they will carry the SEC Network when it goes on the air August 14th.

“We are pleased to be able to provide SEC sports to all of our Basic Cable subscribers in Monticello, Warren, Wilmar, Eudora, Rison, Star City and Rosedale MS for no additional charge this fall,” said TJ Scott, Director of Operations, “It was clear to us that in our industry that this was the most important channel launch in many years, and that we should be on board to serve our customers with what most of them would want.”

CCC Cable’s new lineup already reflects SEC to be on channel 27 in standard definition, and 227 (or 80-2 without a box) in High definition.

“Dish network won’t have SEC Network on their top 120 package, and it’s still unclear if DirecTV where and even if they will have it…” Bill Copeland, president of Community Communications informed us.  “… so we recommend that they call us for new service today so their service will be installed in time before they miss their SEC football!”

CCC Cable’s toll free number is 1-800-272-2191, or you can visit online to see channel packages and lineups at www.ccc-cable.net.

Hospital Auxiliary Sale Postponed

The Hospital Auxiliary Sale scheduled for Friday, July 25th has been postponed until further notice.

Operation Patriotic Bradley County

Operation Patriotic Bradley County will again be flying American Flags on the Bradley County Court Square. The Robert Abernethy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has adopted this project and plans to fly the flags from the last week of August until mid November, including Veterans’ Day.

Flags may be purchased for $30 each in memory of or in honor of someone.  If you purchased a flag previously, and it is still in the box, we will be happy to fly it again. You may contact me at edcastle@sbcglobal.net, or call 226-3197. When the flags are taken down in November, they may be picked up or mailed to the person who purchased the flag.

Deadline to purchase a flag will be August 8, 2014.  To purchase a flag, pick up a form at one of the following locations:  Warren Branch Library, Bradley County Veterans’ Museum or Bradley County Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Arkansas Department of Heritage Awards Museum AHPP Grant

PHOTO CAPTION: From left: AHPP Director Frances McSwain, Governor Mike Beebe, Jenelle Lipton and Susan Saunders – Bradley County Historical Museum, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Martha Miller.
The Bradley County Historical Museum has been awarded an Arkansas Historic Preservation Grant in the amount of $24,567.00 recently.

The grant will be used to repair some structural damage to the house and to repair the railing on the upstairs porch along with replacing some deteriorating siding on the structure.  The 1860 building is listed on the National Register and is home to the Bradley County Historical Museum.  The museum's goal is to promote awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage of Warren and Bradley County..

Mayor Martin Hires New Street Foreman

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin has announced the hiring of Ricky Joe Davis as Street Foreman for the City of Warren.  Mr. Davis is 58 years old and has spent around 34 years in the private sector working for Potlatch and Georgia Pacific.  He was born in Warren and retains family in the city.

Mr. Davis officially began work July 21st.  He told SRC he is excited to be working for the city and looks forward to going to work to maintain and improve city streets, drainage and the overall transportation system for Warren.  Mr. Davis will report directly to the Mayor and operate under the budget and policy as approved by the Warren City Council.

Davis becomes Foreman after a vacancy occurred due to the retirement of Tommy Adams, the city's longtime Street Foreman.  Mr. Adams retired June 30th.

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Shooting Range Lodge Moved To Site

The lodge constructed by the building trades class of the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center, for use at the new shooting range being constructed by the City Of Warren, was
Mayor Bryan Martin observes as movers set the building in place.
moved to its new home July 21st.  Marks House Moving & Leveling of Stuttgart, Arkansas moved the building from the location where it was built on the Warren High School campus to the shooting range property located on County Road #38 south of Warren.  The building materials were purchased by the city and will remain owned by the city.  Work on the actual shooting stations will be started soon.  Dirt work and land development have been underway for some time.

Mayor Bryan Martin and City Parks and Recreation Director Renious Harton were on hand to view the move and setting up of the lodge.

Camp Discovery

Eastside New Vision Charter School
Camp Discovery
When: Wednesday, July 30 & Thursday, July 31 
Where: Eastside New Vision Charter School
Time: 7:30-11:30
  • If you have not already enrolled in Camp Discovery please do so by Monday, July 28. 
  • For those that have already registered for Camp Discovery can just show up.

Warren Hires New Police Officer

The Warren Civil Service Commission has hired Anthony Atkins as a city police officer.  Mr. Atkins is a certified officer and previously worked for the City of Warren before leaving for another law enforcement opportunity.  He reapplied to the Warren force and was quickly rehired.

Chief Randy Peek indicated he was pleased to welcome Mr. Atkins back.  He stated Anthony had done a very satisfactory job and the city is happy to have him working again.

At this time the city continues to have one vacancy in the patrolman ranks and is seeking qualified applicants.  Any one interested should contact Chief Randy Peek at 226-3703.

Arrest Report: July 21, 2014

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Zachery Wilder:  1110 Phillips, Warren, AR., 53,  charged with sexual indecency with a minor, public sexual indecency-indecent exposure and fleeing (7-17-14)

Percy Gavin, 149 Bradley Court, Warren, AR., 56, pickup order 2 days jail time (7-17-14)

Anthony Cooper, 713 George St., Warren, AR., 44, charged with shoplifting (7-17-14)

Thomas Bradbury, 1194 N. Martin, Warren, AR., 31, four days jail time (7-18-14)

Bobby Judkin, 1194 Hwy. 138, Monticello, AR., charged with DWI 2, DULS, carless and prohibited driving (7-19-14)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Johnsville Private Club Permit Approved

According to Bradley County Sheriff Rick Anders, he received a letter from the Alcohol Beverage Control Director, Michael Langley, Friday, July 18, indicating that a private club permit has been approved for a facility in Johnsville, Arkansas.  ABC regulations allow for an appeal to be made within 15 days of notification.

WIRED Relocates

Danny Herring, owner of WIRED, has relocated his business in the Old Post Office Building as of July 21.  Mr. Herring recently purchased the building from the City of Warren.

Chapel Woods Hosts Health Fair

Chapel Woods conducted a health fair at Super Valu Saturday.  Patrons received free blood pressure and blood sugar checks along with information about their health.

Judge Glover Approves Two Plea Arrangements

Circuit Judge Don Glover heard two plea agreements during a session of Bradley County Circuit Court Friday July 18th.  In each case the Judge spent time explaining to those charged concerning their right to a jury trial and assuring they fully understood the pleas being considered.  In each case the defendent agreed and plead guility.

The first case was a charge of negligent homicide, aggravated assault and driving on suspended license against Armando A. Roque.  The charges stemmed from a wreck that occurred December 25, 2013 that resulted in the death of Karen Henry.  Mr. Roque was determined to be intoxicated at the time. He was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with and additional sentence of 36 months suspended if he complies with a number of conditions.  These include: do not commit further felony, not associate with a felon or any one planning a crime, remain employed after release from prison, not own or purchase firearms, not possess, buy or consume alcoholic or illegal drugs, and to pay appropriate fines and fees. Payments must include victim restitution.  After sentencing Mr. Roque apologized to the family.  Family members present were given a chance to speak and had been consulted by the prosecutor concerning the plea arrangement.  Mrs. Henry's daughter told the defendent she forgave him.  She told the Judge she was satisfied with the sentence.  It was a very emotional expression.

A second case relating to charges against Brandon Martin was then considered.  Mr. Martin was charged with first degree battery, felon in possession of a firearm and several counts of delivery of methamphetamine or cocaine.  Mr. Martin was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections and ordered to pay $10,231.01 for victim restitution, medical bills and ambulance services along with court fees. Other conditions were also imposed such as not allowing possession of firearms, staying away from felons,drugs alcoholic and being available for random drug and alcohol testing.  Most of the conditions are for the time when he gets out of prison.

Both defendents were represented by attorneys.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Astronomy Fest Cancelled Due to Rainy Forecast/Will Be Rescheduled

The Warren Astronomy Fest which was set to take place at the Warren City Park Friday evening has been cancelled due to the forecast of clouded skies and rain Friday evening.  Event organizers say they will try to reschedule it for sometime in August.  That information will be posted on salineriverchronicle.com as soon as the new date is set.