Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tommy Larance Completes 36 Years With Farm Bureau

Carolyn Larance watches as Tommy Larance receives plaque from Mike Zieman.

Tommy Larance, Lumberjack football great, UAM Boll Weevil star, former teacher and coach, and 36 year veteran with Farm Bureau officially retired March 31st.  He celebrated with a reception at the Bradley County Farm Bureau Office attended by family, friends and co-workers.  All in attendance enjoyed the fellowship and reminiscing.
Left to Right:  Jim Wisener, Tommy Larance, and Ronnie
McFarland enjoy Larance's retirement reception.

Tommy grew up in Warren and is often referred to as one of the best running backs in Warren's history.  He went on to great success at UAM, then Arkansas A & M.  He married Leslie Rabb and raised two wonderful children, Jeremy and Annslie.  After Leslie lost her long battle with cancer, Tommy married Carolyn Reynolds , a high school sweetheart from their days as Warren High School students.

Mr. Larance has long been active in Warren civic affairs.  He was a major pusher of the Warren Baseball/Softball facility and has always remained a major Lumberjack fan.  He has been a proponent for a progressive Warren and the Warren YMCA.

Among the many on hand for the celebration were former Lumberjack coach Jamie Raper and former Lumberjack and UAM great Ronnie McFarland.  His sister Karen and her husband Jim Wisener were also present.

Joe Herren and Mike Zieman with Farm Bureau presented Mr. Larance a plaque commemorating his service to the company.  Refreshments were provided.  The event was held from 2-5 P.M.

Mayor Martin attends Arkansas Economic Foundation Lunch

Kristi Prince and Mayor Bryan Martin at Arkansas Economic Development Foundation luncheon

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin was in attendance Thursday March 26 for a luncheon sponsored by the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization established in 1955 for the purpose of supporting economic development efforts in Arkansas.  The Foundation supports research, site visits, prospect entertainment and recruitment.  Its partner organization is The Arkansas Industrial and Economic Development Foundation which is a 501 (c) (3) organization set up to assist the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Several hundred people were in attendance to hear Governor Asa Hutchinson speak and introduce the new Director of the AEDC.  The Governor was introduced by Frank Thomas of Stephens Inc. who serves as Vice President of both foundations.  Governor Hutchinson talked about the need for jobs in Arkansas and what state government will be doing to help.

Mayor Martin was one of several attendees from Southeast Arkansas and was accompanied by Gregg Reep of Warren, who serves on the Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition which is a regional economic development group for the southeast five counties of Arkansas.  The Mayor sat with Kristi Maxwell-Prince who is CFO of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring of Monticello and part owner of Townsend, Inc. located in Warren. The luncheon was well attended by governmental and business leaders from throughout Arkansas as well as numerous individuals involved in recruiting jobs to Arkansas.

The City of Warren  is deeply involved in  trying to bring jobs to Warren and currently contracts with the Bradley County Economic Development Commission to recruit industry and the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce to recruit retail business.  Both contracts also call for providing assistance to existing business and industry to maintain and grow operations in Warren.

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Moro Bay Open for Business

                After a temporary closure due to flooding, Moro Bay State Parks’ Cabins, Campground, and Visitor Center are now open.  Though a little too late for Arkansas’ Spring Break, things are looking good now and for Easter weekend.   The Ouachita River Crested at 86.0 ft. on Friday March the 20th  and it has taken it this long to fall to the point where the water is no longer across the roads.  This flood was comparable to the average flood the Park gets about every 5 years or so.   The current river level at Moro Bay State Park is 83.80 (as of 8 am on 3-31-15).    That is still far above the summer normal which is 65ft.  The Low Water Trail, Ferry Exhibit, Day Use Area, and Playground south of the visitor center will still be inaccessible due to high water for the next few days.  However, the grass is green, the Mayhaws are blooming, and Bald Eagles have been seen near the park.  I have attached a few photos I took this past week (Bald Eagles, Mississippi Map Turtle, Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Henbit wildflowers, and Mayhaws blooming in the park).  Many of the old-timers say, “If the Mayhaws bloom in the Water, they will fall in the water”.  If you agree with this saying we will continue to have high water this spring.   In my 10 years at Moro Bay State Park I have seen that this is often true.  This is because Mayhaws usually bloom in March for our area and fall near the end of April through the first of May.  They get the name Mayhaw because they are usually ripe around the first of May and they are a member of the Hawthorne family.  It makes since that if the river is high in March when the Mayhaws are blooming, it will stay high as we receive our usual amount of rainfall in April and through the first of May when the fruits of the Mayhaws are ripe and falling.  Another thing I have noticed during my time here is that when we get a sizeable spring flood that last as long as this one has, the fishing in the late spring and early summer is excellent as the water recedes.   That being said our staff looks forward to a good season of camping, fishing, and boating at Moro Bay State Park as visitors return to enjoy time outdoors with their friends and families.   

Monday, March 30, 2015

Reception to Honor Tommy Larance Upon His Retirement

Bradley County Farm Bureau will host a reception honoring Tommy Larance upon his retirement as a Farm Bureau Agent.  He has served the Bureau and his many clients for well over 30 years.  The reception is open to the public and will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. Tuesday March 31st at the Farm Bureau office located at 107 E. Central in Warren.

BCEDC Hears Comments and Asks Questions of OMP Managers

The Bradley County Economic Development Corporation Board met Monday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in the BCEDC board room.  After an invocation and the approval of the March 5 minutes, the board was introduced to Ozark Mountain Poultry's Plant Manager Ken Johnson and Facilities Manager Jeff Coffman by Mayor Bryan Martin.  Mr. Johnson told the board that the Warren facility at last payroll had 288 employees.  He said they are currently running four deboning lines.  He said finding applicants has not been a problem in the area.

Mr. Coffman told those present at the meeting that one need they have is qualified maintenance people. Mrs. Jonalyn Reep of SEACBEC told the OMP managers that SEACBEC can develop a training program based on the needs of the company.  Mrs. Donna Lawhon told the men about an industrial group that meets once a month and that maybe through this group common needs of local industries can be identified and that a training program could be developed based on all these needs.  Mrs. Reep said she wanted to set up a meeting with them and her staff.

Mr. Johnson reviewed the history of OMP pointing out its beginnings with Ed Fryar.  He said Mr. Fryar always seems to be ahead of the curve.  He began with 12 employees and now employes 1300.  Each of the plants and facilities of OMP specializes in one thing.  All the chickens harvested are antibiotic free.  The board was told that most of the chickens processed in the Warren plant are same-day harvested.

They told BCEDC that the "whole town has been good to us."  They said that one need they have found in the community is the need for housing.  "When we bring in management people, it is a struggle to find housing."  BCEDC and Mayor Martin acknowledged that this is an area where there is a real need.

Mrs. Donna Lawhon reported that the soil study has been done of the Griggs property which is under consideration as the site for the construction of a feed mill.  She said she is expecting a decision possibly in April.

Mayor Martin reported to the board that the water line on the bypass is 80% complete.  He said that the rain has held up some of the work and that when the company hired to run lines under driveways rather than disrupt them gets started, he expects it to take about two months.

John Lipton, Chairman of the BCEDC Board, told the board members that a public hearing will be conducted April 9 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Drew Central to discuss the design of Bypass 278 to the west toward Warren.  This bypass will be two of the four lanes of I-69.

Arrest Report: March 31, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Cody Green, 1009 Tate Street, Warren, AR., age 23, charged with driving on suspended license (3-22-15)

Torunsa Rideout, 409 Bryant Ct. #8, Warren, AR., age 36, charged with public intoxication (3-24-15)

Bryant Nelson, 404 Bryant Ct. #8, Warren, AR., age 32, charged with instrument of crime and arrested on parole warrant 93-24-15)

Stephanie Parker, 408 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 24, charged with shoplifting x2 (3-25-15)

Robert Cook, Jr. 608 Muraydale Ln., Monticello, AR., age 31, charged with driving on suspended license, arrested on warrant out of Monticello (3-26-15)

Kentrell Davis, 2035 Bradley St., Warren, AR., age 44, charged with no proof of insurance, driving on suspended license (3-27-15)

Stefan Jones, 1283 Bradley Rd. 1N, Banks, AR., age 19, charged with possession of controlled substance and no driver's license (3-27-15)

Erica Smiley, 13 Railroad Ave., Warren, AR., age 25, arrested on warrant out of Springdale/Sebastian County (3-27-15)

County Announces Holiday Schedule

In order to celebrate the Easter Holiday the Bradley County Solid Waste will not run on  Friday April 3, 2015. Friday's route will be picked up on Thursday April 2, 2015

Hairston Advances to National History Bee in Louisville, Kentucky

Local Warren Middle School student Mark Hairston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hairston, traveled to Memphis this past weekend to compete in the Regional Finals of The National History Bee.  Mark finished in the top ten and qualified to advance.  He will compete in the National event in Louisville, Kentucky in May.

Give to Single Parent Scholarship on ArkansasGives Day

The Bradley County Single Parent Scholarship Fund will be accepting donations from 8 a.m to 8 p.m on Thursday, April 2 for Arkansas Gives Day, sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation. All donations will receive a percentage match from the foundation along with a dollar for dollar match from Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. Visit www.ArkansasGives.org to make your donation.
Donations are used to fund college scholarships for single parents in Bradley County. To apply for summer scholarships, visit www.aspsf.org.


Mayor Martin Speaks To Genealogy Group

Mayor Martin points out plans for the shooting range which is nearing completion.

The Bradley County Genealogy Society meet for their monthly meeting Sunday March 29th at the Bradley County Veterans Museum.  Speaker for the meeting was Warren Mayor Bryan Martin.  He reported to those in attendance about several city projects underway that are historically significant.

Mayor Martin talked about improvements that have been made to the city park on Martin Street and the enlargement of the park when the city purchased the Martin Estate property that is located between the original park and the Railroad Depot.  The park itself is historical and the Mayor talked about improvements that have been made and plans for additional improvements including adult exercise equipment.  He discussed the fact that the city is working with the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce to renovate and utilize the Railroad Depot, which is on the historic register.  Restoration of the historic locomotive in the park has been a major success.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hospital Board Meets

The Bradley County Medical Center Board of Directors met Thursday, March 26, for their regular monthly meeting.

Mr. Bill Couch gave an audit presentation to the board in which highlights included the $595,000 profit of the home health care program.  He noted that home health rose from 28,000 to 41,000 home health visits due partly to expanded therapy services.  He reviewed the number of patient days, outpatient services, the impact of medicare and medicaid as well as "charity care".  Following his presentation, the board voted to accept the audit report.

The minutes of the previous month's meeting were approved, and Brandon Gorman gave financial report.

Dr. Joe Wharton made the following recommendations:  Reappointment of Sangeeth Samuel, M.D., ER/Family Medicine to February 2017; move Ronald Exum, M.D., ER/Family Medicine to inactive status, and Amir Qureshi, M.D., Pain Management move to inactive status.

Hospital Administrator Rex Jones gave an executive update to the board.  He told them that he had met with Dr.'s Ross-Lee and Speights and Jason Penry of the ASU DO program to discuss where Bradley County Medical Center will fit in to their plans to establish the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at ASU in Jonesboro.  He said that they remain excited about having their Medical Students rotate through the BCMC.  He said they recognize the importance of having physicians exposed to the practice of rural medicine and that BCMC affords them the opportunity to gain valuable experience in multiple areas.  He said they will go for their licensing board request int he next 30 days.

He told the board that he had taken a group of managers to meet with members of the Baptist Health Organization to see what resources they have that Warren could tap into to improve quality and efficiency.

Mr. Jones siad the hospital continues to work on the changeover of the reference lab contract, and that he has asked the Anesthesia group from Little Rock to come and speak to the Medical staff in regards to potentially providing anesthesia services at BCMC.  He noted that the Hospital Foundation has agreed to purchase a heating and cooling unit for the dietary department and updated the board on the progress.

Mr. Jones presented CNO Update from Tiffany Holland.  The report included a report on staffing, OB assessment, AR Saves Education, MASH program update, and Meaningful Use update.

The board approved the Auxiliary Bylaws update.

In new business, they heard a review of the hospital's 401K.

SEACAC Seeking Donations on Arkansas "Give Day"

Ozark Mountain Poultry Seeking Employees

Ozark Mountain Poultry is advertising for employees for its Warren facility.  The ad is currently on the front page of the salineriverchronicle.  The company needs a variety of jobs filled including both skilled and nonskilled. The pay is good and benefits are available.  Anyone needing a job should check out the ad and apply.  If you know someone, from anywhere, that is seeking employment or may wish to return to south Arkansas, please make them aware of these opportunities.  Jobs are available in Warren as we experience our local economy growing.

Fatal Crash Takes Life of Warren Woman

According to the Arkansas State Police Preliminary Fatal Crash Summary, a resident of Warren, Lindsey Denton Watson, age 31, was killed in a two vehicle accident at 1:43 a.m, Saturday, March 28, on U.S. Highway 63 north of Pine Bluff in Jefferson County.   The report states that a 1998 GMC driven by Jamon A. Brewster, age 25 of Clarendon crossed the center line striking Ms. Watson's 2012 Nissan traveling on U.S. Highway 63.  The road condition was listed as dry and the weather condition was listed as clear.  Brewster was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center.  

Genealogy Society to Meet Today

The Bradley County Genealogy Society will meet Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Bradley County Veteran's Museum.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Firemen Battle Fire at Former Curry Martin Home

Firemen are on the scene battling a house fire at 411 Cherry Street in Warren.  Family members of the occupants told salineriverchronicle.com that the family, which has three children, was not at home and were on their way home from out of town.  Firemen responded with two trucks and were on the roof sawing through to try to get to the fire which appeared to be in the attic.  The house is well known to many in the community as the former "Curry Martin house".  salineriverchronicle.com will have a full report as soon as it is available.

Immanuel Baptist Set to Perform Easter Cantata

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Monticello to host inaugural Forest Festival

The Monticello Festival and Events Association’s Board of Directors is making final preparations for the inaugural Forest Festival are being made by the association’s board of directors.
The Forest Festival will be held April 3-4 in McCloy Park in Monticello. The weekend of events is scheduled to kick-off fundraising efforts for the planned state-wide forestry festival, Arkansas Forest Fest, to be held in April 2016.
The festival will include the Miss Arkansas Forestry Pageant, which will include contestants ranging in age from birth to 18 years old.
Association President Zack Tucker said the pageants will be held at Earl Willis Auditorium on the campus of Drew Central.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Plans Are Set For Holy Week Services

The schedule for Holy Week services has been released for the week of March 30th through April 3rd in Warren.  Services will begin each day at !2:00 noon at the respective church with a meal to follow.  Efforts will be made to conclude the activities by 1:00 P.M. or shortly thereafter in order for participants to return to work or other endeavors.

Location for services each day are as follows:
Monday (March 30) - First United Methodist, Warren
Tuesday (March 31) - First Baptist , Warren
Wednesday (April 1) - Immanuel Baptist, Warren
Thursday (April 2) - Union Hill Baptist , Warren
Friday (April 3) - First Assembly of God, Warren

The public is invited and urged to attend.

Water Department Flushes Lines

The City of Warren Water and Sewer Department flushed lines to clean out minerals and deposits from the water system.  These deposits occur naturally.  The department gave citizens early notice that they would be doing this work this week.  The procedure causes water to have a brownish tint for a short period of time.

Warm Temperatures Draw Crowd at City Park

The warm temperatures this week have drawn people to one of Warren's favorite spots- the City Park on Martin Street.  Children were playing all over the park.  People were enjoying picnics.  Walkers were out in force.  Some just soaked up the day sitting on a park bench or the gazebo.  

Barbara Findley Speaks About the Rotary Foundation/King Named Paul Harris Fellow

Vol Ford was the program chairman for the Warren Rotary Club meeting held Tuesday, March 24th in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.  Mr. Ford introduced as his guest Barbara Findley who spoke on Rotary Foundation and her
trip to Ethiopia and discussed polio, vaccinations and eradication of polio.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.

Bruce Anderson presented David King with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957.

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

4-H Bake Sale Set for Friday

The Bradley County 4-H is having a Bake Sale on Friday, March 27th, starting at 8:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn.  A variety of baked goods will be offered.  Come out and support the 4-H youth of Bradley County.   The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs 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, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Spaghetti Supper at Bradley County Historical Museum

The Bradley County Historical Museum board members will be hosting a Spaghetti Supper at the local Museum on Friday, April 17, 2015.  The take-out meals will include homemade spaghetti, French bread, salad and dessert and will be available for pick up from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Museum, located at 200 West Ash Street.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $7.00 and will be sold prior to the event by the BCHM board members.  If you would like to purchase a ticket or get more information about the Spaghetti Supper, you may contact JeNelle Lipton at 870-2265457 or Susan Saunders at 870-226-2777.

Proceeds from the event will be used for continued efforts to gather and preserve the history of Bradley County for future generations.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Youngster Playing On Train Gets Trapped

Monday, March 23rd, around noon a youngster playing on the old locomotive in the city park on Martin Street, some way got trapped and could not get himself free.  The Warren Fire Department Rescue Truck was called and the young man was removed safely.  He was transported to the local hospital to be checked out.  Responding to the scene in addition to the Warren Fire Department was the Warren Police department, city Parks and Recreation personnel and the Bradley County Sheriffs Office.

The youngster trapped was playing around the front bottom of the engine.  He had tried to crawl through a small space between parts of the train.  Once he was safely removed, city staff were investigating if some type additional protection is needed to make sure children playing are unable to get in the same situation in the future.

The old Southern Mill train has been a fixture at the Warren Park for many years and is a popular attraction.

Cooperative Extension Service to Offer Financial Management Session

Pine Bluff, AR – The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is offering the Financial Management session on Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Jefferson County Office located at 500 South Idaho Street in Pine Bluff.
Cost of the class is $20 and it is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Trustee as a financial education program. The course complies with the laws enacted under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA).  A Certificate of Debtor Education will be presented to bankruptcy filers who bring picture identification and their bankruptcy case number.  Budget Development, Money Management, Wise Use of Credit, and Consumer Protection will be taught.
County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agents, Michelle Carter, Bradley County, Diane Clement, Cleveland County,  Jane Newton, Lincoln County, and Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County will present the sessions.
To register for the money management course, contact Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033 or e-mail  HYPERLINK "mailto:mkizer@uaex.edu" mkizer@uaex.edu.  Additional information on money management can be found at  HYPERLINK "http://www.arfamilies.org" www.arfamilies.org.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs 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, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Bradley County Rural and Pleasantville Fire Departments Respond to Grass Fire

The Bradley County Rural Fire Department  and the Pleasantville Fire Department responded to a grass fire at 420 Bradley 7 S on Wednesday, March 18 at 1:09 p.m.  The property was owned by Jim Rhodes and was used for livestock production.  According to the fire report, the land owner was burning a brush pile when fire escaped and burned about fifteen acres of pasture land.  A barn and a corral was throated by the fire.  According to a neighbor, he and Mr. Rhodes fought the fire for close to an hour before the fire department was called.  The fire line had grown long and was not easily extinguished because of solve soil conditions in the filed.

This is the 8th fire Bradley County Rural Fire has responded to this year in only two and one half months.


On Wednesday, March 25, Warren Water & Sewer will begin flushing of the water mains through the fire hydrants.  The water may be discolored for a short period of time; should you encounter serious problems, call Warren Water & Sewer.   This procedure is necessary to flush out mineral deposits that have accumulated during winter and minimum usage months.  Flushing annually is necessary to provide the best quality of water.  Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.