Friday, April 24, 2015

Followup On Accident Of April 20th

The Warren Police Department has issued a report on the accident that occurred Monday April 20th near the entrance to Warren High School and North Myrtle Street (Hwy 63 B).  As reported Monday by, the driver of a car preparing to exit from the high school onto North Myrtle lost control and hit two other vehicles also trying to exit the school.  The car that lost control was a Dodge Charger driven by Destiny Taylor, who appeared to lose control due to a medical problem.  The Dodge hit a Chevrolet driven by Kaitlyn Barnes and a GMC driven by Tabitha Hampton.  All three vehicle received extensive damage but no one was seriously injured.  All parties agreed on the events that lead to the accident.  Ms. Taylor was transported to the local hospital.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DAR Members Visit Internment Camps in Southeast Arkansas

(L to R) Jennita Peek; Carol Rudder, Regent; Linda Kercheval; Edith Castleberry

Captain Robert Abernethy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently visited the Japanese-American Internment Camp sites at Jerome and Rohwer, Arkansas, and attended the WWII Japanese American Internment Museum Second Anniversary in McGehee.  Present at the museum ceremony were a number of internees who were placed in these camps in the early 1940’s.
The museum opened in 2013 and is housed in a portion of the McGehee Railroad Depot.  The exhibit entitled “Life Interrupted-Against Their Will” was created in 2004 by UALR  students and depicts the history of Jerome and Rohwer internment camps which together housed more than 17,000 Japanese Americans, making these towns the fourth and fifth largest in population in Arkansas at that time.
The trip to visit these sites was in keeping with DAR objectives of Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism.

Drug Take Back Day April 25

The Warren Police Department will hold a prescription drug take back day Saturday April 25th form 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M.  Drugs may be dropped off inside the Warren Emergency Services Center located at 200 Alabama Street.  Drop off is completely anonymous and no questions will be asked.  Medications may be returned in any container or removed from the original pill bottle.  Prescriptions over the counter medications, vitamins or other nutritional supplements will be accepted.

This opportunity is supported by the Warren Police Department, Office of Drug Director, DEA, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, the Arkansas Department of Health and many other agencies and community organizations.

A Drop off box is permanently located inside the ESC Building and another one is located inside the Bradley County Sheriffs Office at the Courthouse.  Anyone unable to deliver the drugs may call the Warren Police Department at 226-3703 and they will be picked up by an officer.

UAM Foundation Fund Board Welcomes New Members; Elects Officers

MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation Fund board of directors welcomed four newmembers to the board and elected officers during a meeting on the UAM campus recently.

          The four new members are Harrell Wilson of Rison, Randy Risher of Houston, Tex., Kristi Maxwell Prince of Monticello, and Jeff Owyoung of McGehee. Each will serve until their terms expire December 31, 2017. Those four replace outgoing board members Ken Mann of Jersey, Lesa Cathey Handly of Little Rock, Dr. Ed Bacon of Monticello, and Jeff Weaver of Hot Springs.
            New officers are Gregg Reep of Warren, chairman, and Nat Grubbs of Monticello, vice chairman. Reep replaces Scott Saffold of Monticello, who remains on the board, while Grubbs fills the position formerly held by Reep.
            Other board members are Bettye Gragg of Monticello, Mellie Jo Owen of Monticello, Dr. Sean Rochelle of West Fork, Lynn Rodgers of Crossett, Ted Thompson of Dumas, and ex-officio members Linda Yeiser, vice chancellor for advancement and university relations and secretary-treasurer of the board, and Jay Jones, interim chancellor.
            For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at (870) 460-1028.

Interview With Superintendent Marilyn Johnson sat down with Warren Superintendent Marilyn Johnson on Wednesday, April 22nd, less than 48 hours after she surprised the community with her decision to resign effective June 30th.  She submitted her letter of resignation to the school board in a called meeting April 20th, and it was accepted by the board.  Prior to visiting with Mrs. Johnson, src talked with two school board members, both of whom stated they were surprised, and that the board had not asked the superintendent to step down.  They said it was her decision.

Mrs. Johnson told src that she had indeed made the decision, and it was for personal reasons and not due to any issues with the board, the school staff or constituents of the district.  She indicated it was just time, and she wanted more time with family and had no future job plans at this point.  The superintendent spoke highly of the administrators and teachers of the Warren District and indicated that everyone from the school board to the teachers and staff are working hard to educate the students.

Mrs. Johnson discussed the recent grading system that assigns grades to schools throughout Arkansas and stated that it does not totally represent the quality of education being provided in the district.  She pointed out assessments that indicate Warren is doing well in most areas and grades.  According to Mrs. Johnson a lot of changes are being made on the state and federal level that will impact how schools are rated.  She said one grade at Eastside School caused the grading to be poor.  She stated that in her opinion progress is being made.  Mrs. Johnson also indicated that several of the grades given Warren schools were within a fraction of being rated higher.

src asked Mrs. Johnson the status of several projects that the district is working on jointly with the City of Warren.  She talked about the tennis courts on John Scobey Drive, the multi-purpose indoor facility and rennovation of Axley Field into a quality soccer facility.  Some of the work is completed while a portion remains to be finished.

Mrs. Johnson told src she had loved working for the district and had worked the only way she knows how by giving it her all.  She leaves with great appreciation for all those who worked with her and wishes the school district all the best.  It is her opinion that education is moving in the right direction at Warren.

Library Considering Offering Embroidery Class

Warren Branch Library is considering offering an embroidery class. Whether you are beginner, intermediate, or expert!  If you would be interested in participating please call Sandy Doss at 870-226-2536.

Warren Branch Library would like to thank everyone that has already donated books for our book sale and we are still accepting book donations for our Summer Book Sale June 3-13.  All proceeds will go towards our summer reading program, "Every Hero

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ashley Hensley Awarded Governor's Distinguished Scholarship

Ashley Elizabeth Hensley, a Warren High School senior has been awarded the a Governor's Distinguished Scholarship.

The minimum eligibility requirements are either a 32 composite score on a single ACT or 1410 combined math and critical reasoning score on a single SAT and either a 3.5 academic grade point average or selection as a National Achievement Finalist or national merit Finalist.

The scholarship is valued at $4000 per year and may be used at any accredited college in Arkansas.

Straight From the Driveway Dog Show

Straight From the Driveway Festival will host a Dog show- "Dog's on Parade Show"
Sponsored by Warren Animal Clinic
May 9th at 4pm
Hermitage Community Center

This year the proceeds of the festival will help the Hermitage High Travel Club take an educational trip to the Redwood Forest in California.

Entry forms can be completed day of or by requesting one by email:

* All dogs are qequired to be in good health and must be vaccinated for rabies, parvo, distemper and hepatitis (if applicable for the breed)
*All dogs over 16 weeks are required to show current rabies certificate before entry into the show
*Dogs are to be under the control of the handler at all times.  A dog showing aggression towards another animal or person will be asked to leave the grounds immediately
* $5 entry fee per category to be paid with contest entry
*Please clean up after your dog!
*Dogs must be on a leash at all times

City Tennis Courts Resurfaced

Tennis Courts, located in the city-owned park on John Scobey Drive, have been repaired and resurfaced.  New nets have been installed.  The work was accomplished utilizing a grant awarded jointly to the City of Warren and the Warren School District.  The courts are available to the public to use, and the Warren High School tennis teams use the courts for their home matches.

Mayor Bryan Martin and Superintendent Marilyn Johnson worked jointly to secure the grant fund through the "Joint Use Agreement", a program funded by tobacco tax money through the Arkansas Department of Education.  Plans call for the lights to be redone, and work has been completed to make the area handicapped accessible.

Other grant funds have been utilized to improve lighting in the Multi-Purpose indoor facility, which is used by Lumberjack athletics, the Warren Band program, and the general public.  Yet another grant will be used to build a new soccer field on Axley Field north of the gym on Seminary Street.

Ozark Mountain Poultry Provides Lions Club Program

Leah Acoach, Jeff Coffman, Gregg Reep, Ken Johnson, and Conya Goodman

Lead by Leah Acoach, the Director of Human Resources for Ozark Mountain Poultry, members of the management staff of OMP's Warren Plant, spoke to the Warren Lions Club during the club's regular meeting April, 22nd.  The program was scheduled by Lion member Gregg Reep.

On hand to discuss the state of the Warren facility along with Acoach were Ken Johnson, Plant Manager, Jeff Coffman, Facilities Manager and Conya Goodman, the Human Resource manager for the Warren plant.  Leah Acoach provided an overview of OMP and discussed the philosophy of the company starting with majority owner and CEO Dr. Ed Fryar.  She indicated that the company believes in the value of its employees and customers and producing a quality product at a reasonable price.  Ms. Acoach told the Lions that OMP started out as a small firm in Rogers, Arkansas, expanded into Batesville, Arkansas and now operates in Warren.  The company produces about three million pounds of poultry per week.  They provide healthy chicken free of antibiotics.

When asked about further expansion in Warren Ms. Acoach said the company is always moving forward and seeking growth.  She stated that OMP needs to make the two shifts in Warren strong and productive.  She went on to say it takes time and there are always challenges.  During her comments she told the Club there are 23 institutions of higher education in Arkansas and only two pure trade schools.  She stated there are many well paying job opportunities for trade skills in Arkansas and there needs to be an educational emphasis on the trades.

The entire staff agreed that the Warren facility is doing well and they expressed appreciation to Mayor Bryan Martin and the City of Warren for being supportive and helpful in locating OMP in Warren.  Club members thanked them for coming to Warren and for the jobs provided.

Acoach gave special recognition to Jeff Coffman for the role he played in connecting OMP to the Warren community.  She indicated the staff at the Warren Plant is doing a very good job.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rotary Hears From Teacher Cadets/Alor, Leaks, and Yepes Serve as Jr. Rotarians

Teacher Cadets
The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church. Warren School District Superintendent Marilyn Johnson was the program chairman for the day.  She introduced the Teacher Cadets from Warren High School.

Attending the meetings this period were WHS seniors serving as Jr. Rotarians, Ana Alor, Krissasiah Leaks, and Carlos Yepes.  The Jr. Rotarians will express their plans for the future with the club.

Ana Alor, Krissasiah Leakes, and Carlos Yepes

Quorum Court Approves State Audit

The Bradley County Quorum Court meet for it's monthly session Monday April 20th.  All nine Justices were present.  The Court reviewed all regular financial reports.

Judge Keith Neely informed the Justices that work on repairs to the courthouse will begin May 11th should be completed in 270 days.  He told them that offices would not have to be relocated as had been previously discussed.

In other business, the Judge stated that due to weather conditions the road department was primarily hauling gravel and working on washouts.  He said the sign naming a bridge for the late Rev. Verna Callum on County Road #56 will be installed very soon.

Warren School District Superintendent Resigns

Warren Superintendent of Schools Marilyn Johnson submitted her resignation, effective June 30th, to the Warren School Board during a called board meeting Monday evening April 20th.  According to Board President Jerry Daniels, Mrs. Johnson officially submitted the letter at the meeting and it was accepted by the board.  He also told that the process to hire a new superintendent will begin immediately.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Warren Students Perform Musical: The Adventures of Oliver Twist

The cast takes their final bow after the public performance.
The Warren High School drama club teamed up with students from Brunson New Vision Charter School and the Warren Middle School to perform The Musical Adventures of Oliver Twist.  The
The set was created by Mrs. Laura McKinney's art classes.
musical was directed by Anne O'Neill, Brent Miller, and Katie Kuhn.  The performance had a cast of over 50 and a crew of at least ten.  Mrs. Laura McKinney served as art director with her students painting the elaborate sets for the musical.

The musical is an adapted version of the classic novel by Charles Dickens.  The music and lyrics are by Scott DeTurk.

The students held four performances:  Eastside, Brunson, Middle School, High School, and a public performance.

Police Investigate Three Vehicle Accident at High School Entrance

As Warren High School let out Monday afternoon, the driver of a vehicle traveling east on the loop in front of the high school appeared to suffer a medical condition and hit two other vehicles.  The car came to a stop once it entered North Myrtle Street.  A passenger in the vehicle tried to get control of the car.  All three cars involved sustained substantial damage.  It appeared that no one was seriously injured.  The driver who appeared to suffer the medical condition was transported by ambulance to Bradley County Medical Center.  The police are investigating the accident.  The City of Warren Rescue Truck was on the scene but was not needed.  City Police, EASI Ambulance, and the Bradley County Sheriff's office were also on hand.

Arrest Report: April 20, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

David Jay Douglas, 6257 Dollarway Rd., Pine Bluff, AR., age 24, arrested on warrant (4-13-15)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Firemen Respond to Fire on Parks Street

The Warren Fire Department was called out on April 14 to a fire on Parks Street where an outbuilding was on fire.  Twelve firemen and one engine responded to the call.  The structure was severely damaged.  The cause of the fire at this time is unknown.

Relay For Life Raises Funds to Help Battle Cancer

Survivors lap opens the 2015 Relay for Life event.
The Bradley County Relay for Life event was held Friday night in the Warren School Gymnasium.  It began at 6:00 p.m. with the traditional first lap being made by Bradley County survivors, followed by the lap made by Caregivers.  A number of teams took part in the relay as well as hosted food vendor booths, game booths, face painting, and bouncy house booth, etc.  Throughout the past few months, teams such as those from BCMC, Chapel Woods, and others have been hosting events such as auctions to raise funds for the event.  The funds raised are used to support cancer research.
Caregivers made the second ceremonial lap in the Relay.

Health Expo Once Again a Success

Mr. Huey Furlough was among the many who attended the Health Expo.
The Bradley County Health Expo was held Saturday, April 18, at the Brunson Medical Complex, the Health Department, and Kids First.  The event featured many informational booths and some that provided free health checks such as blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.

Job Fair Big Success

City officials and personnel of the Department of Human Services meet in front of the SNAP van.
The Bradley County Job Fair was held as advertised April 16th at Immanuel Baptist Church in Warren.  There was a good turnout and a large number of companies, state agencies, nonprofits,  educational institutions, laws enforcement agencies and other organizations seeking employees were on hand to provide information and interview prospects.  Numerous individuals and students took part seeking jobs and information on training and educational opportunities.
Dorothy Henderson welcomes
everyone to the Job Fair

Bradley County DHS Administrator and City Alderman Dorothy Henderson gave the welcome.  Mayor Bryan Martin, DCO Area Director Ruthie Brown and Bradley County Chamber President David King welcomed all in attendance and made remarks.  Matt Overall of Immanuel Baptist Church also welcomed the crowd.

The  Job Fair Committee consisted of Chairperson Dorothy Henderson, David King, Geneva Curry, Charla Morgan and Donna Lawhon.  A number of Warren businesses and indiviuals helped sponsor the fair.  Lunch was served to the exhibitors.

Company officials told that jobs are available in the Warren area.  some need particular skills and some require very little with the businesses willing to train.  Special training and educational options are also available.  For those unable to attend the fair, contact the Arkansas Workforce Services Office at 870-224-7075.  There is an office in Warren open on most Tuesdays located in the Old National Guard Building at 101 South Martin Street.
Member of the WHS Soccer team who are seniors found the job fair interesting.

Warren High School Seniors Trent Broughton, Jeremy Towery, Drake Reynolds and Zach Adams take in all
the Job Fair had to offer.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hermitage Issues Intent to Apply for 21st Century Grant

As part of the planning process for the 2015-16 school year, Hermitage High School faculty and staff are excited to announce that Hermitage High School is applying for a 21st Century Grant for their afterschool program.  Hermitage High School, in collaboration with partners and advisors, will apply for $150,000 21st Century Afterschool Grant for students in grades seven through twelve.  This grant will allow students to receive help with homework, academic enrichment, STEM-related enrichment, and recreational classes.  The grant will also provide classes and enrichment opportunities for parents.  Anyone who is interested in assisting in the development of this grant, or anyone who would like to become a Hermitage High School 21st CCLC Partner should contact Alicia Mann, Hermitage High School Site Coordinator, at 870-463-2235.  Community support is appreciated!
As part of the planning process for the 2015-16 school year, Hermitage High School faculty and staff are excited to announce that Hermitage High School is applying for a 21st Century Grant for their afterschool program.  Hermitage High School, in collaboration with partners and advisors, will apply for $150,000 21st Century Afterschool Grant for students in grades seven through twelve.  This grant will allow students to receive help with homework, academic enrichment, STEM-related enrichment, and recreational classes.  The grant will also provide classes and enrichment opportunities for parents.  Anyone who is interested in assisting in the development of this grant, or anyone who would like to become a Hermitage High School 21st CCLC Partner should contact Alicia Mann, Hermitage High School Site Coordinator, at 870-463-2235.  Community support is appreciated!

Intermodal Meeting Turns Into Regional Jail Discussion

After dealing with regular business including financial and project reports, the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board spent a large portion of their meeting listening to and discussing ideas concerning the construction of a regional jail that would hold county and state prisoners.  The concept was brought up by Drew County Judge Robert Akin and Bradley County Judge Keith Neely.

According to the Judges, there has been a meeting and discussion about the possibility of building a 150 -200 bed jail that would serve Bradley, Cleveland, Drew and Lincoln counties.  The facility would be built in a location easy for all four counties to access and the intermodal site or land close to the site has been talked about.  There will be a need for 10-20 acres with full utility services available.  No final decisions have been made and no financial plan has been approved or put in place.

School to Meet in Called Session

The Warren School District Board of Education meeting will be held on May 18, 2015, at 7 pm in the administration office meeting room located on 408 Cherry Street, Warren, AR 71671.

Relay For Life Location Changed

The location for the 2015 Relay For Life has been moved to the Warren High School Gymnasium due to the possibility of rain.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rotarians Hear Program from Sonya Davis

Sonya Davis of the American Cancer Society spoke to the Warren Rotary Club during their noon Tuesday, April 14.
She spoke about the upcoming Bradley County Relay for Life which is set for Friday night at the Bradley County Court Square.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Curtain will Rise for Oliver Twist Thursday Night

The multi-school cast held dress rehearsal earlier this week.
The Warren High School 2015 musical, Oliver Twist, will be presented to the public Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The cast is comprised of students from Brunson New Vision Charter School, Warren Middle School, and Warren High School.  It is under the direction of Mrs. Anne O'Neill, Mr. Brent Miller, and Mrs. Katie Kuhn.

The theatrical production will be performed for all the schools in the Warren District in the coming days.

Come out and see the talent and enjoy the show.
All smiles as dress rehearsal wraps up.

The set was designed and painted by Mrs. Laura McKinney's art students.

Hear the Gospel Cowboy Style

Bradley County Health Coalition Gives to Relay For Life

Alicia Outlaw, Diane Sipes, and Kimber Knight
During it's monthly meeting, the members of the Bradley County Health Coalition voted to contribute $100.00 to the Relay for Life activity set for Friday April 17th.  The event will be held at the Warren High School Gym on Seminary Street.  The opening ceremony is to begin at 6:00 P.M
Relay for life is an annual event to help raise money and awareness for cancer research, assistance to patients and education.

The speaker for the meeting was Ms. Kimber Knight with the Arkansas Health Department.  She presented a program on the health rankings of the seventy five counties of Arkansas and pointed out the status of Bradley County in the various categories.  The county ranks near the middle of the pact in most areas.  This means we are better than many counties but not as well off as a number of others from a health perspective.

Information was given out providing specific functions of the Arkansas Health Department and data on services provided in Bradley County.  The attendees were given a list of services and activities to be provided during the Health Fair scheduled for Saturday April 18th on North Bragg Street.  A reminder of the Job Fair set for Thursday April 16th was handed out.

There was considerable discussion about how to make health care in Bradley County more accessible and improve health outcomes.  It was noted that Warren and Bradley County have an excellent group of doctors and other health care professionals and outstanding facilities.

Experience Works State Director Visits Warren

Left to right: Arkanss State Program Manager Christy Manning and
 Employment and Training Coordinator Sharon Morgan
The Arkansas State Program Manager of Experience Works, an organization that assist older workers with job opportunities, was in Warren Tuesday April 14th visiting the Warren office located in the Old National Guard Armory Building.  Christy Manning spent the day in the Warren office reviewing records and discussing the program with local staff.  Sharon Morgan is the Employment and Training Coordinator who works in several counties and operates out of the Warren Office.  The organization has helped many older workers find jobs and improve skills and has been an asset to businesses and agencies in the region.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Looking For A Job: Show Up!

Dorothy Henderson and David King prepare for the Job Fair.

The 2015 Bradley County Job Fair will be held Thursday April 16th beginning at 10:00 A.M. and running till 2:30P.M.  Dorothy Henderson is the chief organizer and may be reached at 870-226-5879, ext. 136.  Her email is  The event will be conducted at Immanuel Baptist Church's Activity Center located at 701 West Pine Street.

Individuals seeking employment, training, assistance, career counseling, resume preparation and students seeking summer jobs should attend.  There will be at least 41 employers looking for workers on hand to provide information and discuss job opportunities.

Numerous local businesses are contributing to the expenses of the job Fair.  Among those helping are: Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union, Bradley County Farmers Coop, Chapel Woods, Freds, Department of Human Services, First State Bank, Mad Butcher, Mike Nichols Auctions, Super Value,  Walgreens, Warren Bank and Trust, Warren Wholesale and Union Bank.

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce and the Bradley County Economic Development Commission are assisting in putting on the fair.  Anyone needing a job should be on hand.  There are opportunities in Warren and the surrounding region.