Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hometown Health Coalition Donates $500 for Raised Gardens at Library

Warren Branch Library is very thankful, pleased, and excited to announce that the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition has donated $500 so we can build 2 raised bed gardens here at the library!! The YMCA Kids will be coming twice a week after school on Thursdays, starting in September, so they can be a part of this project, and learn all about gardening and healthy eating choices. On our first project day, tentatively set for Sept. 17 @ 4 pm, we will be building the raised bed gardens. If anyone is interested in helping please call us 870-226-2536.

Sheriff Rick Anders Speaks to Lions Club

Lions Club President Brandon Gorman, Sheriff Rick Anders, and Lion Tom Colvin
Bradley County Sheriff Rick Anders was guest speaker for the August 26th Warren Lions Club meeting.  He was invited by Lion Tom Colvin who introduced the Sheriff.  The meeting was conducted at Molly's in downtown Warren.

Sheriff Anders provided the club a history of his career in law enforcement beginning with the Bradley County Sheriff's office under the supervision of the late Raymond Johnson and continuing as a city police officer, a deputy in Jefferson County and finishing up with the Arkansas Highway Police before returning to the sheriff's office and being elected Bradley County Sheriff and Collector.  He stated he is serving his 4th two year term.

Bradley County Fair Schedule of Events


  • Junior & Queen Pageants (Cultural Center) 7:00 P.M.

  • Allotment of Booths 1:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • Enter Fair Exhibits 1:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

  • Enter Baked Goods & Fresh Flower Exhibits 8:00 A.M. – 9:30 AM
  • Judging of Fair Exhibits 10:00 A.M.
  • Opening of Fair Exhibits 2:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
  • Livestock Show (Beef, Swine, Goats & Sheep) 5:00 P.M.
  • Talent Show (Fairgrounds) 6:30 P.M.

  • Opening of Fair Exhibits 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
  • Senior Day (Age 55+) – Free Admission 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon
  • Livestock Premium Sale 11:30 A.M.
  • Kid Zone 6:00 P.M. 
  • Jackpot Playday (Bradley County Riding Club) 8:00 P.M.

  • Opening of Fair Exhibits 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
  • Chicken Cook-Off Begins 9:00 A.M. 
  • Fair Parade 10:00 A.M.
  • Music by DJ Jam A Lot ALL DAY
  • Antique Tractor & Farm Implement Show 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Antique Car & Truck Show 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • ATV & 4-Wheeler Show 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Motorcycle Show 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Kid Zone 11:00 A.M. 
  • Pony Cart Rides 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
  • Mud Volleyball Tournament 11:00 A.M.
  • Baggo Tournament 1:00 P.M.
  • Local Entertainment 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
  • Show Winners Announced 4:00 P.M.
  • Chicken Cook-Off Winner Announced 5:00 P.M.
  • Chicken Dinners Ready for Purchase 5:30 P.M.
  • Stone Aces Band 7:00 P.M.
  • Jackpot Playday (Bradley County Riding Club) 8:00 P.M.
  • Release Livestock 8:00 P.M.

  • Pick Up Exhibits 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

THV11 Reports On Bradley County 1903 Time Capsule Discovery

Military Contract Does NOT go to East Camden's Lockheed Martin

At 4:14 this afternoon, Arkansas Online reported the U.S. Army awarded a military vehicle contract to the Oshkosh Corporation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The Army said the total contract value is 6.7 billion dollars.  Lockheed Martin of East Camden, Arkansas was in the running for the project.  The State of Arkansas had proposed $87.1 million in bond money to bring the project to East Camden.  It had been estimated that they project would bring 600 jobs to the area.

On our other pages...

SEACBEC Students Earn OSHA Certification:  schools page

Razorback News:  Sports Page

Lumberjacks Win Scrimmage With McGehee:  Sports page

Forestry Commission and Fire Fighters:  Outdoors page

Fair Queen Deadline: August 29

Deadline for entries for the Bradley County Fair Queen and Junior Fair Queen will be this Saturday, August 29, 2015.  Contestants may pick up applications at the Bradley County Extension office at 101 1st Street, the Bradley County Economic Development office at 110 North Myrtle Street or by contacting JeNelle Lipton at 108 South Walnut Street.
The County Fair Queen pageants will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Warren Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m.  Winners in both pageants will compete for the state title in Little 
Rock in October.  The Fair Queen contestants must be between the ages of 17- 21 and the Junior Queen contestants must be 13-16 years of age.
A Scholarship to the University of Arkansas at Monticello will be presented to the winner of the Bradley County Fair Queen by the University.
For more information on the pageants, please call JeNelle Lipton at 226-5457, Glenda Cross at 226-5758 or Robin Hollis at 226-8410.

Arkansas Forestry Commission Invites Statewide Firefighters to Return to Annual Rural Fire Show, Oct. 31

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. –  It’s here again! Statewide fire departments are invited to join us again at the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) Rural Fire Protection (RFP) Program Fire Show on Saturday, October 31st.  Firefighters and families should plan to gather at the RFP headquarters office in Greenbrier from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The mission of the annual Fire Show is to recognize and thank statewide fire personnel for their partnership in the suppression and prevention of wildfires throughout the year.

This casual event is free to all attendees and is family-friendly; lunch will be provided. Attendees may plan to tour a variety of fire service vendors, enjoy a hot BBQ lunch, network with crews from across the state, connect with new partners/agencies/grant opportunities, and register to win door prizes tailored for firefighters and children - to be awarded throughout the event. A grand prize giveaway will conclude the show at 2:00 p.m. Attendees must be present to win.

Murray Claycomb Speaks to Rotary

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday if last week in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.  Murray Claycomb gave his own program.  He gave a very informative speech.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Things of Interest on Other Pages

Warren School District Job Listings - Classified page

60-Day Duck Season - Outdoors page

SEARK Concert Association News - Features page

Arrest Report: August 24, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Rickey Johnson, 514 N. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 52, charged with disorderly conduct (8-18-15)

Fankie L. Thomas, 1014 Bradley 57, Warren, AR., age 64, charged with stop sign violation, DWI, no proof of insurance, refusal to test, and no seatbelt (8-2018)

Randy McKinney, 109 Allis, Warren, AR., age 61, charged with DWI, driving left of center, improper turn (8-22-15)

Dec. Howard Butler, Sr. Memorial Book Fund

Mrs. Jimmie Butler  Continues to Honor Her Husband's Work.
A large crowd gathered at the Community Room of the Warren Housing Authority Saturday August 22nd to fellowship, raise funds to help young people and to celebrate the life of the late Howard Butler, Sr.  The theme of the day was, :Empowering Young Minds For A Brighter Future."  The biblical verse used was Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengths me."  The mistress of ceremony was Mr. Butler's granddaughter Sabrina Flood.  A memorial candle was lighted by Mrs. Jimmie Butler and the children of Mr. Butler.

Prayer was rendered by Rev. Franklin Furlough and scripture was read by Kolby Hadley.  An instrumental solo was performed by Jalen Flood and words of inspiration were spoken by Lady Helen Matheney.  A mime dance was performed by Titonia Flowers and a blessing on the meal was given by Elder Freddy Flood.  Another solo was provided by Dorothy Butler and encouraging words were spoken by Lady Shaneil "PJ" Yarbrough.  Elder Samuel Butler graced the audience with a solo and Viki Wanye provided the keynote address.  Rev Rodney Matheney provided closing remarks and Mother Jimmie Butler thanked all who contributed and took part.  A wonderful meal was served.

Howard Butler was an outstanding citizen of Warren having took part in civic affairs for his entire adult life.  He was a pillar of the Power House Church of God in Christ.  Known as a hard worker and loving family man, Bro. Butler was an advisor to several Warren Mayors and always provided sound and godly advice.

Former Warren Mayor Gregg Reep spoke of his friendship with and appreciation for Bro. Butler and what the Butler family has meant to him.  District Judge Bruce Anderson was present and thanked the Butlers for their love of young people and support for helping them receive an education.

Due to the large crowd there was talk of having to hold future memorials in a bigger venue. 

Louisiana Purchase Exhibit On Display In School of Forestry and Natural Resources

(From left) Dr. John Dennis, assistant professor of surveying and spatial information systems, and Tom Jacobs, surveying instructor, with part of the Louisiana Purchase display.
           MONTICELLO, AR — In 1815, a land surveyor named Prospect Robbins began walking north from the mouth of the Arkansas River. At the same time, a second surveyor, Joseph C. Robbins, began a trek west from the mouth of the St. Francis River.
            The two met at what is now the corner of Lee, Phillips and Monroe Counties in the delta of eastern Arkansas. That meeting point became known as the point of beginning for the land survey of the Louisiana Purchase.
            To commemorate the bicentennial of this historic event, the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is 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.
            The display is free and open to the public and may be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. nowthrough mid-December in the Clippert Forestry Annex.
            The point of beginning, or initial point, is marked by a stone monument and located in the middle of a swamp in the Louisiana Purchase State Park south of Brinkley on U.S. Highway 49. Theinitial point is accessible by boardwalk.
            “This display is about more than just a land survey,” explained Dr. John Dennis, assistant professor of surveying and spatial information systems. “It’s a history of the Louisiana Purchase, the ecology and natural resources of the area.”
            For more information, contact the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052.

Warren Fire Department Week Of August 17-23

The Warren Fire Department responded to five calls August 17-23.  One grass fire, two accidents and two fires made up the five call.

On August 17th the department was called to a grass fire at the intersection of Outlaw and Baker Streets.  One engine and nine firemen attended and there was no serious damage.  The city rescue truck was on hand to assist in a two vehicle wreck on Martin Street August 19th.  Four firemen responded.  There were injuries.  On August 20th a fire occurred at 410 Burnett Rd. to an apartment.  There was little damage as two engines and 19 firemen handled the call.  On August 21st a single vehicle accident on Highway 63 North resulted in the rescue truck and one fireman assisting.   The final call was to 204 Womble Street on August 23rd.  One engine and one fireman attended what turned out to be a smoking meter loop.  There was no major damage.

Warren fire personnel continue to train monthly and equipment is checked daily by the full time department employees.   

Community Baby Shower

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Improving Retention And Graduation Rates The Goal of New Three-Part Program at UAM

MONTICELLO, AR — Improving retention and graduation rates is a challenge faced by all colleges and universities, particularly those with open admissions policies.
            The University of Arkansas at Monticello does not require a minimum ACT score for admission, making it open to all high school graduates regardless of their preparedness. This makes the challenge of increasing retention and graduation rates a daunting task, according to Dr. Jimmie Yeiser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
            To improve both, UAM has recently begun a three-part program to identify at-risk students and risk factors contributing to student failure and to institute programs to assist those students.
            The program, which focuses primarily on first-time freshmen and transfer students, includes
E-Mentoring to teach students how to use campus computer resources; The First Four Weeks to capture student interest and engage them in learning; and The First-Year Experience to identify the skills all incoming freshmen need to succeed.

Main Street Design Consultants In Warren

Susan Shaddo, Mason Toms, and David King
On Thursday, August 20th, Susan Shaddox and Mason Toms, who are Main Street Arkansas Design Consultants, were in Warren to visit with interested business owners to provide design assistance to those located within the Warren Forward Downtown Network.  The service is available at no cost to the businesses.  This is provided to help building owners design renovations and improvements to their facilities.

The businesses eligible must be located within a 1.7 mile radius of the center of town.  The boundaries are Martin to Church, Church to Myrtle, Myrtle to Pine and Pine to Martin.

Mason Toms is an exterior design consultant and helps with building facades and signs and planning.  Susan Shaddox helps with interior design including interior spaces, window and merchandise display, conceptual design and research for building projects.

Any business owner located within the Downtown Network area is urged to contact the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce to take advantage of this free service to help improve the downtown business community.  Feel free to call 226-5225.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

UAM Narrows Chancellor’s Search To Two Finalists

           MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello has narrowed its search for a new chancellor to two candidates, according to Mary Whiting, director of admissions and chair of the campus search committee.
            The finalists are Dr. Ty Handy, president of Northwest Florida State College inNiceville, Fla., and Dr. Karla Hughes, executive vice president and provost of the University of Louisiana System in Baton Rouge. Both candidates will visit the UAM campus in September. Dates will be announced later, according to Whiting.
            UAM has been without a chancellor since Jack Lassiter retired January 5. Lassiter became UAM’s 11th chief executive officer on July 1, 2004. Jay Jones, vice chancellor for finance and administration, has been serving as interim chancellor.
            The finalists were selected from a pool of eight applicants. Those not selected as finalists were:
            • Dr. Thomas Corti, vice president for student affairs at Farmingdale State College of the State University of New York in Farmingdale, N.Y.;
            • Dr. Michel Delorme, associate dean for graduate and undergraduate studies and faculty at ESDES, the business school of Universite` Catholique de Lyon in Lyon, France;
            • Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott, president of North Arkansas College in Harrison;
            • Dr. Malcomb Frisbie, professor of biological sciences at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky.;
            • Jay Jones, UAM’s interim chancellor;
            • Ashley Scott, a blogger on The 50 Co-op.
            For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.

Craig O'Neill Interviews Captain's Filmmaker

Rob Reep and Craig O'Neill on set at KTHV.
Rob Reep was a featured guest of Craig O'Neill on KTHV Channel 11's Morning Show Saturday morning, August 22.  Reep was interviewed about his film, Captain, set to be played at the Studio Theater as part of the Made in Arkansas Series.  The film will be shown Wednesday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m.

In order to be featured in the Made in Arkansas Series, 75% of the film must be shot in Arkansas. Reep's film which is about Captain Hugh Bradley, was invited to be a part of this special series.

Criminal Justice Class Off to Great Start at SEACBEC

Kirsten Emmerson, a WHS junior, participated in the
demonstration provided by the Warren Fire Department.
The Southeast Arkansas Community-based Education Center is excited to kick off a new program of study this fall.  Criminal Justice is being taught by Jessica Herrington and has proven to be very popular with 101 students enrolled in the classes.  Ms. Herrington says, I've enjoyed getting to know my students in our first week of classes."  She added, "It means so much to me to have several of our officers from the Warren community in my Criminal Justice classroom to help provide real-life examples of what law enforcement officials encounter on a daily basis."

Ms. Herrington is excited to be teaching in her area of interest.

She teaches three classes of Introduction to Criminal Justice and four classes of Foundations of Law Enforcement.  In the Foundations of Law Enforcement classes this past week, students have been learning about PPE, HAZMAT, ERG, OSHA, CDC, and EPA.  They have learned the proper protocol of how to respond to an emergency situation involving hazardous materials;  including the proper use of personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of pathogenic microorganisms that could cause harm to themselves or others.  They have also learned this week about how the EPA protects the environment and human health while the CDC establishes preventative measures all workplaces must enforce to control the spread of diseases. They also discussed the standards that Occupational Safety and  Health Administration enforces in order to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for all. The students also conducted an activity this week that taught them how to properly apply and remove gloves in the event they encounter bodily fluids in a law enforcement position.
Instructor Jessica Herrington, Sgt. Donald Hollingsworth,
Corporal Everett, and Fire Chief Howard Edwards.

Friday, the Warren Fire and Safety & Warren Police Department brought their equipment to demonstrate how they use personal protective equipment on their jobs and how they (as first responders) conduct a HAZMAT emergency situation. Sgt Hollingsworth and Corporal Everett explained and demonstrated to the students what equipment they must wear as a police officer daily and what to wear and expect in an emergency. They also gave handcuff/leg restraint simulation and gave tour of police car, lights, radio, camera, etc. Howard Edwards - Fire Chief and James Camp - Fireman demonstrated the use of the HAZMAT suit, SCBA, and tour of fire trucks.

The classes were thrilled to have them in their classroom!

Ms. Herrington said, "We are so grateful to have such great first responders working in our community!"

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Burn Ban Lifted

The Burn Ban which has been in place in Bradley County has been lifted due to recent rains.

Firemen Respond to Fire in Apartment on Burnett Road

Smoke can be seen coming from the exhaust ventilator on the roof of the apartment in which the stove fire began.
The Warren Fire Department responded to a call in the 400 block of Burnett Road late Thursday afternoon.  Upon arrival, they discovered a stove fire in the kitchen of an apartment.  Approximately a dozen firemen responded with two trucks.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  There were no injuries.

David Richey Named as New CEO of YMCA

The Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren & Bradley County is pleased to announce David Ritchey as its new CEO. Richey will take over the role of CEO on September 1st.

Joey Cathey, Chairman of the Board for the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren & Bradley County, said, "We are pleased to have David as our new CEO. Our CEO Search Committee was very deliberate and thorough during this process. We were intent on selecting a CEO who understood the mission of the YMCA and who could craft a long-term vision for our organization. With David's leadership, I am confident that our YMCA will rise to meet new challenges and will become even stronger than it is today."

Richey, an Arkansas native, has resided in Bradley County since 2008.  Prior to his position with the YMCA he was pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Warren.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Poultry Testing For Fair

All poultry to be entered into the Bradley County Fair must comply with the poultry health regulations by being tested for Pullorum-Typhoid.  The Bradley County Agent, John Gavin, will test chickens at the Bradley County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, September 1st, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  No Pullorum-Typhoid testing will be conducted during the Fair.  Contact the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-226-8410 to register your poultry to be tested.

Health Coalition To Assist Library With Garden

Eastside New Vision Charter School Assistant Principal Mrs. Gathen and Warren Branch Library Director Sandy Doss
The Bradley County Health Coalition voted during its regular monthly meeting to contribute $500.00 to help the Bradley Library create a community garden on the Library grounds.  This program will be managed by the library staff and young children will be recruited to take part in the preparation and cultivation of the garden.  The garden will consist of two raised beds with protection against wild animals.

In other business the coalition members voted to have a booth at the upcoming county fair.  Good and improved health will be the focus of the booth.

The Bradley County Health Coalition meets monthly to discuss and promote health issues for the community.

Intermodal Chairman Tells Engineer, Must Get Work Completed

Kevin Phillips
During a meeting devoted primarily to getting to know the new owner operator of the local shortline railroad, Intermodal Chairman John Lipton told the organization's consulting engineer more than once during the meeting that the construction work being done on the intermodal site, must be completed very soon in order not to risk the loss of federal Delta Regional Authority grant money.  Funds from several grant sources are being used to pay for the work along with matching funds that have to date come from Monticello, Warren and Drew and Bradley Counties.  At this time the Authority has a bank note in the amount of $508,732.18 owed to Commercial Bank of Monticello.  The financial report showed the two cities and two counties owing a total of $703, 271.50 as of August 19th.
Ryan Atkins

After several minutes of discussion, the authority board voted to draw down all Delta funds as soon as possible to cover the future cost of retainage.  There was a general discussion as to what construction is left to complete.  The board was informed there is about $33,000.00 remaining in the DRA fund and around $280,000.00 of EDA money left in the grant.  There will be a balance left for the Intermodal Authority to pay when all work is completed.

After the meeting, SRC visited briefly with Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker and Drew County Judge Robert Akin about how much the two entities have budgeted to the intermodal.  The Mayor indicated Monticello has not budgeted any for this year but has funds available to help pay.  Judge Akin stated Drew County has $40,000.00 budgeted for this year.  From past interviews SRC has learned that the City of Warren budgeted $30,000.00 for 2015 and will pay that amount.  Bradley County has stated they have no funds available but are willing to help with inkind work on the site.  It should be noted that cities and counties can only budget one year at a time unless they issue bonds or borrow money and there are limits on financing.

A resolution was presented to the family of the late Sandra Brown who had served on the Intermodal Board for several years.  She was a dedicated and hard working member who attended each meeting and actively participated in the boards efforts.

Near the beginning of the meeting, Chairman Lipton introduced Dr. Robert Smalling as a newly appointed board member.  He was appointed by Mayor Martin and confirmed by the Warren City Council to represent the City of Warren on the Authority.  Each governmental entity has three appointees serving on the Intermodal Board.

Most of the meeting was spent with the board listening to representatives of Genesee & Wyoming the owner and operator of the shortline railroad that services Warren and areas of southeast Arkansas.  Kevin Phillips and Ryan Atkins spoke on behalf of the company.  They introduced the railroad to those present and offered their support for economic development in the area.  Board members were allowed to ask questions.  Dr. Smalling asked if speed was being enhanced as a result of improvements being made to the lines in our area.  Mr. Atkins responded that the speed has been as low as 5mph due to track conditions and may be improved to as much as 20mph.  He said that may seem slow but the increase makes a lot of difference.

According to Mr. Phillips Genesee & Wyoming was formed in 1899 and operates 120 shortline railroads in 41 states.  Each line is part of a region and all decisions are made by the regional and local management.  The company stresses safety. Mr. Phillips told the board that the company would keep in touch with industry in the region and will work with the intermodal authority. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Check the other pages...

A day at the shooting sports complex:  Sports Page

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to be Opened in Southeast Arkansas:  Outdoors Page

Lakeport Speaker Announced:  Features Page

Logan Adams Wins High Point Award:  Sports Page

One-vehicle Accident Results in Fatality Sunday Afternoon

A one-vehicle accident on Highway 8 North of Bradley Road 18 East on Sunday afternoon, resulted in one fatality.  At approximately 4:45 p.m., 71 year old Arlee Turner of Fordyce was driving a Ford ZX4 when he left the road to the southbound ditch, hit a tree, and overturned resulting in his death.

Quorum Court Approves Purchases Of Equipment

During the August 17th monthly Quorum Court meeting the Bradley County Justices approved the purchase of two items of equipment.  They voted to buy a used truck and dump trailer at an estimated cost of $160,000.00.  The Court also agreed to buy two new garbage compaction boxes at a price of around $8500.00 each.  In the case of the truck and dump trailer the Justices approved granting  the County Judge the authority to purchase the equipment at a cost not to exceed $160,000.00  with no requirement to come back to the Court for further action.  The same was approved for the garbage boxes with approval to spend up to $18,000.00 without further Court action.  Judge Neely indicated the county had available cash to make the purchases.  He also stated the county had recently sold surplus equipment at auction and revenue from the sale will help with the expenses.

During the discussion, JP Eddie Parnell asked about the ability to cover the cost.  He stated that in the not too distant past the county had been in a very tight fiscal condition.  Judge Neely responded that the road fund and solid waste fund would be utilized to make these purchases and that both could currently handle the expense.

Regular reports were presented to the Court and Judge Neely reported that the county had been notified that funds were made available by the state to replace a bridge on County Road 18 W.  He said the total project will cost $87,710.00 and the county will receive $43,855.00 in grant funds from the state.

The County Judge updated the members on the courthouse repair work and told them about the time capsule that was discovered from 1903.

Happening at the Warren Branch Library