Monday, September 16, 2019

Guesthouse Set For 2nd Annual Dinner To Remember

The Guesthouse of Warren cordially invites everyone to attend their 2nd Annual Dinner To Remember, September 18, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at 1105 Woodlawn in Warren.

Hospital Auxiliary Purchases New Chairs

Bradley County Medical Center Auxiliary  has purchased four new recliners for use on First Station. These will be used by the patients.  Just another way our Auxiliary is at work for our hospital. Handing over  the check is member Freddie Lipton to our new CFO Susan Daniels.

The Bolins to be in Concert at Cross Rpads Baptist Church

The Bolins, a Crossett-based quartet with over 60 years of sharing the good news through song, will be in concert Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Cross Roads  Baptist Church located at 1337 Highway 278 West, Waqrren, AR.  The concert begins at 6:00 p.m., and everyone is welcome.

Arrest Report: September 18, 2019

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Quinton Davis, 236 Wheeler St., Warren, AR, 9-7-94, arrested on warrant (9-9-19)

Brent Carter, 650 Rowell Rd., Rison, AR, 7-27-79, charged with aggravated assault x2, (9-10-19)

Markell Hammock, 433 Burnett Rd. #27, Warren, AR, 8-15-81, charged with criminal impersonation and criminal trespass (9-12-19)

Daniel Cooley, 103 Cemetery, Banks, AR, 11-17-76, arrested on warrant, (9-12-19)

Carl Shelton, 19 Oak Grove, Warren, AR, 1-29-72, arrested on warrant (9-13-19)

George Hall, 901 Halligan, Apt. 26, Warren, AR, 5-15-59, charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics (9-13-19)

Rhonda Sloan, 2477 Hwy. 8 South, Hermitage, AR, 11-30-71, charged with driving on suspended driver's license (9-13-19)

James Henry Land, 712 Bradley 33, Hermitage, AR, 1-7-86, charged with public intoxication (9-14-19)

Michael Martin, 101 Shay Gillespie Rd., Monticello, AR, 11-28-68, charged with battery 1st (9-14-19)

Summer Crisis Program Still Taking Applications

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation is still taking applications for the “FY 2019” LI-HEAP Summer Crisis Program only, until funds are depleted.  The program is designed to assist low-income households with home energy related emergency situations.  The following information is needed to determine eligibility:

Proof of total monthly household income for the month prior to application.
All household members birth dates, social security numbers and applicant ID.
Proof of an electric bill and gas bill or other energy related statement for Regular Assistance.

Applications will be taken from 8:30a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday (offices are closed from 12:00 – 1:00 and on Friday).  If you have any questions, please call your local Outreach Office.

Cindy Griever: 870/853-8606
109 W. Lincoln in Hamburg
Christina Harding:  870/226-4413
101 S. Martin in Warren
Simone Brown:  870/265-3379
Hwy 531 & 165 82 S., in Lake Village
Melvin Newman
200 N. First St., McGehee
DHS Building in Monticello

For additional information contact:  SEACAC Central Office LI-HEAP Program Director:  Carolyn Davis:  870/226-2668 ext. 307

Man Charged In Saturday Morning Shooting Near Blankenship Ct.

Official Press Release From the Warren Police Department:

During the early morning hours of September 14, 2019 Warren Police Officers responded to a shooting in the area of Blankenship Ct. Upon their arrival one subject was found in his home with gunshot wounds. During the course of the investigation a suspect was identified and later apprehended in Monticello with the assistance of the Monticello Police Department. Michael Martin (51) of Monticello is currently charged with Battery 1st. On Sunday, Judge Bruce Anderson conducted a First Judicial Appearance on Martin and his bond was set at $100,000. Martin is currently incarcerated in the Pulaski County Jail. This incident is still under investigation.

Friday, September 13, 2019

WPD Releases More Information About Thursday's Brunson Intruder

Markell Hammock, 38 of Warren, was arrested
Thursday for an incident at Brunson School
in Warren. Photo from the Warren Police Department.
Official Press Release from the Warren Police Department:

On the date of September 12, 2019 at approximately 10:38 a.m. the Warren Police Department received a call in reference to an unarmed subject coming onto school property identifying himself as a law enforcement official. The reporting party was able to give a description of the suspect and his vehicle. While in route members of the Warren Police Department observed the suspects vehicle off campus and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The suspect was identified as being Markell Hammock (38) of Warren. Hammock was arrested and transported to the Warren Police Department where he was later interviewed by officials. He is currently in custody awaiting a First Appearance on the charge of Criminal Impersonation (Impersonating a Law Enforcement Official). This case is still under investigation by the Warren Police Department with the cooperation of the Warren School District.

Poet and Author Paul Jones To Make Warren Branch Library Appearance

Paul Jones, poet and author is going to be at the Warren Branch Library on Sept. 19 at 4:00 for a book review and signing. Please feel free to come and hear him. Sponsored by the Joy Book Club. You might want to join us. It’s interesting and joyous.

State Police Issues Statement On Road Tests

According to the Arkansas State Police. there will be no road tests given in Warren on Thursday 09/19/19. The written test will be given at the normal time.

Update on Thursday's Intruder at Brunson

According to the Warren Police Department, Markell Hammock was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation of law enforcement after an incident at Brunson Elementary Thursday.  Hammock is a resident of Warren.


Hasten Named President/CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.

Little Rock, Ark. — Sept. 12, 2019 — The boards of directors of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) have selected Vernon “Buddy” Hasten of Rogersville, MO. as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the organizations. He will assume the role on Nov. 1.

Prior to this position, Hasten served as vice president of engineering and construction for Associated Electric Cooperative in Springfield, MO. He has held leadership positions in the military, investor-owned and electric cooperative sectors over his 30-year career. He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. Hasten has also earned certificates from the Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During his 20 years of service with the United States Navy, he obtained a masters equivalent from Naval Nuclear Power School.

He replaces Bill Conine who served as the interim president/CEO of AECC and AECI as a nationwide search was conducted.

“I have had great respect for AECC and AECI over the years,” Hasten said. “I am honored to serve as the president and CEO of these organizations that are dedicated to serving Arkansas electric cooperative members.”

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

LITTLE ROCK – In 2017 the legislature approved the creation of four crisis stabilization units (CSU), where police officers can bring people who are experiencing a severe mental health episode.

In the past, many people undergoing a mental health crisis were locked up in a local jail. Their condition often worsened, because they were not getting treatment and did not have access to medication. Jail staff were not trained to respond to their needs.

With the opening of the Craighead County CSU in northeast Arkansas, the four units authorized by Act 423 of 2017 are now open. The new units were part of the governor’s legislative agenda.

Law enforcement officers in 20 northeast Arkansas counties can bring people to the Craighead County unit, which has 16 beds.

The state’s other three crisis stabilization units are in Washington County, Sebastian County and Pulaski County.

An important provision in Act 423 expands training of police officers in how to distinguish mental health problems, and how to respond. More than 500 officers have gone through crisis intervention training.

This week the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute is offering a nine-hour class to enhance officers’ understanding of Act 423. The institute keeps officer safety foremost when teaching policies and procedures. Completion of the class can be counted toward a degree.

Also, when new recruits are getting certified at the state’s Law Enforcement Training Academy, they take 16 hours of training in mental health crisis intervention.

The four CSU’s will alleviate some of the strain on the finances and staffing of county jails, city lockups and emergency rooms. Another goal is to decrease the number of repeat offenses among people with mental illnesses.

Teacher Retirement

The work of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Systems is watched closely by thousands of Arkansas citizens. For example, the committee recently met in Hot Springs and about 300 people attended.

Teachers and public employees wanted to know about the financial health of their retirement systems, and whether there are any plans to change their benefits.

The director of the Teacher Retirement System, the state’s largest with $17 billion in assets, told the audience that the system’s board had no plans to reduce benefits. Its board would wait a few years to assess the impact of past actions that affected benefits.

Last year the Teacher Retirement System paid an average of $23,478 in benefits to 46,824 retirees.

The other major public retirement system is for people who work for the state. The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System last year paid benefits of about $1,200 a month to 37,389 retirees.

State Revenue Report

In August state government collected $508 million in general revenue, which was $8.4 million more than budget officials had predicted.

The jump in revenue was attributed to higher than expected collections of sales taxes and individual income taxes. Tax rates have not changed, therefore the increase in collections indicates that more people are working and they are purchasing more.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Unarmed Intruder Apprehended After Leaving Brunson Campus

According to the Warren School District, an unarmed intruder arrived on the Brunson campus this morning.

The "person left the campus without incident and was later apprehended," said the WSD statement.  "The safety of our students and staff continue to be a top priority in our district," they concluded. is following this situation and will update our readers when more information is available.

Hermitage School Bd. Approves New Hires

The Hermitage School Board met September 9th and conducted the District's monthly business.  The following business was completed:
*Approved financial report
*Heard reports from Mistie McGhee, Rosalynda Ellis, Jade Huitt and Superintendent Dr. Tucker
*Approved AMI plan
*Approved federal programs statement of assurance
*Approved MOU with Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center to allow
 Hermitage to pay a portion of the contract for internship instructor for Hermitage Students
*Approved minority recruitment plan
*Approved out of state travel for basketball
*Approved child nutrition rates-$2.20 for breakfast, $3.74 for lunch
*Removed Leslie Huitt from card granting permission to access safety deposit box
 and added Kelly Hargis
*Approved 2019-2020 budget
*Changed Selena Jurado's title to Migrant Coordinator
The board then took the following personnel actions:
*Hired for high school 21st CCLC-Tracie Richard, Ginnie Sellers, Alicia Avery, Christy Rowell, Yulouda Thomas, Madison McGhee and Edwin Martinez
The board also hired employees for healthy living and science projects.

In other personnel actions the board voted to hire Roxanna Clay and Joanna Poole as subs for child nutrition.  They then voted to hire Lacy Hollingsworth as a bus driver and concluded the meeting by hiring Tim Whitney, Chase Ellis and Greg Mauldin as part time drivers for the Johnsville route.

Henry Elected WHS Student Body President

The following students were elected to Warren High School's Student Council for 2019-2020; Mark Hairston and Diego Roman, senior representatives; Ruth Jaimes and Brooklyn Solis, junior representatives; Keller Bigham and Lucy Woodard, sophomore representatives; Anissa Henry, president; India Young, vice president; Ella Gardner, secretary; Kailey Henry, treasurer; Landon West, reporter; Paris Wright and Raven Harris, freshman representatives.

UAM Athletic Director Addresses Lions Club

Guest Speaker for the Warren Lions Club during their September 11th meeting was Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Padraic McMeel.  Mr. McMeel updated the Lions Club on the various sports UAM participates in and went into detail on the challenges and opportunities for smaller colleges like UAM.  He told the members that the Boll Weevils take part in the Great American Conference, which consist of six schools in Arkansas and six schools in Oklahoma.

According to Mr. McMeel UAM is allowed 35 scholarships per year in football but may grant partial scholarships and combine them with other type scholarships in order to sign a larger number of players.  He also discussed the need to upgrade football and athletic facilities in general in order to attract athletics.  He went on to say UAM has outstanding coaches who work hard to win but also to develop and graduate successful students.

The Athletic Director invited the members to attend athletic events and support the various programs.  After the meeting he visited Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium and the Warren Baseball/Softball Complex.

WHS Elects Class Officers

Class officers include Kelsie Harris, senior class president; Iyania Smith, senior class vice president; Iyahna Wells, senior class secretary/treasurer; India Young, junior class president; Precious Thomas, junior class vice president, Jamia Meeks, junior class secretary/treasurer; Solis, sophomore class president; Leah Wolfe, sophomore class vice president; Jacey Ashcraft, sophomore class secretary/treasurer; Delfino Rivera, freshman class president; Paris Wright, freshman class vice president; and Maddox Lassiter, freshman class secretary/treasurer.

Partnership Announced

McGehee High School in Partnership with Arkansas Rural Health Partnership Selected to Participate in teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot Program

The school was one of 35 selected by the National Council for Behavioral Health with support from Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation

Contact: Heather Perry, or 870-820-1167.
McGehee, Arkansas, (September 9, 2019) – McGehee High School in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) is participating in the country’s expanded teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) pilot program in January 2020, in McGehee, Arkansas. The school will train more than 100 students next spring. The training is the first of its kind developed for high school students in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to introduce teen Mental Health First Aid to our community,” said Heather Perry, Project Director and tMHFA Instructor at Arkansas Rural Health Partnership. “The program will teach high school students to recognize and respond when their friends are experiencing the early stages of a mental health or addiction problem.”

tMHFA is an in-person training designed for high school students to learn about mental illnesses and addictions, particularly how to identify and respond to a developing mental health or substance use problem among their peers. Similar to CPR, students learn a 5-step action plan to help their friends who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis, such as suicide.

The course specifically highlights the important step of involving a responsible and trusted adult. To ensure additional support for students taking the training, ARHP will also train 30 members of school staff in Mental Health First Aid for Adults Working with Young People.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Opportunity for Rural Volunteer Fire Departments

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division is now accepting applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant for Wildfire Suppression Kits until October 4, 2019.

More than 80 Wildfire Suppression Kits will be awarded this year across the state to rural volunteer fire departments.  More than 300 kits have been distributed since 2014.

Volunteer Fire Departments are the Forestry Division’s primary partner in wildfire response and suppression.  The kits will provide volunteer fire departments the specialized equipment needed for safe suppression, including up to ten wildfire-resistant coveralls, ten pairs of wildland gloves, two backpack leaf blowers, two collapsible backpack water pumps, and six leaf rakes.

Rural volunteer fire departments interested in applying may submit an application to their District Forester. Applications are scored according to specific criteria to include the population of the fire district, the number of square miles covered, the average number of wildfires a department responds to annually, and other factors. The selected departments will be notified in October, and kits will be delivered in in March of 2020.

The program is administered by the Forestry Division’s Rural Fire Protection office, with funding provided by the United States Forest Service. Additional information and the application can be found at

Contact Kathryn Mahan-Hooten at or (501) 679-3183 with questions or to be added to the Rural Fire Program email distribution list.

The AAD is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.

The Arkansas Agriculture Department offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Flu Shots to be Given at Bradley County Health Unit

On Wednesday, September 25, the Bradley County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will offer flu vaccinations at [Bradley County Health Unit from 8:00AM to 6:00 PM. On Monday, September 30th, the Bradley County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will offer flu vaccinations at Hermitage Community Center from 2:30pm to 6:00 pm.  People should bring their insurance cards with them to the flu vaccine clinic however no deductible will be required.  If they do not have insurance, or the insurance does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge.

A Day to Remember

Miss Two Rivers Pageant to be Held Saturday

The first Miss Two Rivers Pageant will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Bradley County Fairgrounds.  The new scholarship pageant will be a highlight of this year’s Bradley County Fair, scheduled for September 11-14.

Contestants competing for the title and the scholarships are:  Ashton Gorman, 17 year old daughter of Mike and Rhonda Gorman of Warren; Lauren Van Dee, 19 year old daughter of Keith and Brandy Van Dee of Wilmar; Garianna Grace Booker, 20 year old daughter of Gary and Amy Booker of Monticello; Adriana Jade Baggett, 17 year old daughter of Laura Steadman of Banks; Jade Watson, 17 year old daughter of Tremaine and Sha’Freda Watson of Warren; Emily Wells, 17 year old daughter of James and Cheryl Wells of Warren and Madison Elizabeth McGhee, daughter of David and Mistie McGhee of Hermitage.

Come out on Saturday to support these outstanding young women and be a part of the first annual Miss Two Rivers Scholarship Pageant in Southeast Arkansas.

The Little Mister Two Rivers and Little Miss Two Rivers will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and will feature children 2-6 years of age.

There are many other activities planned for the 2019 Bradley County Fair this weekend, come out and enjoy. 

For additional information, you may call:  870-226-8410 or 501-416-7882. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Retired Teachers Hear Program About Teacher Cadet Program

Left to Right:  Leah McIntyre, Bayleigh Ellis, Gwen Sledge, India Hudson, Peyton Sledge
The Bradley County Retired Teachers met Monday in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.  They were joined by a number of retired educators from Drew County.

After their lunch, they heard a program about the Teacher Cadet Programs at both Hermitage and Warren.  Leah McIntyre, the instructor for Teacher Cadet at Hermitage explained how the two-year program works.  She explained that after completing the second year of the program, the students receive three hours of college credit.  Bayleigh Ellis, a Hermitage Teacher Cadet spoke about her experience in the program.  Warren's Teacher Cadet instructor Gwen Sledge shared details about the program at Warren, which is a one-year program.  The students also receive concurrent college credit. India Hudson spoke about what she learned through the program, which she completed last year.  Peyton Sledge also spoke about the value of the program to her and its role in her returning to teach math at WHS.  Gwen Sledge said she is very excited to have 22 students in the program.  She also told the group that four of the five in the first Teacher Cadet program at Warren are currently working as teachers or in positions that care for children.

Following the program, the retirees conducted a business meeting.

The next meeting will be held the first Monday in October with JeNelle Lipton presenting a program on the number of schools that used to be in Bradley County.

School Purchases Land With Goal of Building New Eastside in the Future

Warren School Board met Monday night, September 9, for their regular monthly meeting. After adopting the minutes from August, the board heard "Minute Messages" from the administrators before going into executive session.

Returning from executive session, the board approved the following personnel matters:

Iyahna Wells-WHS Intern at the Parent Center
Vincent Steppes-WHS Intern at WHS (Cafeteria Worker)
Janzee Hooper-WHS Intern at WHS (Cafeteria Worker)

The board approved a Statement of Assurance.  They also approved a Resolution of Review of 5% Employee Increase which is required by law.

The board voted to pay for a one-time background check of the employees who were hired before the law was passed in 2009 requiring background checks on all personnel.

The board voted to purchase land on North Martin that already adjoins school property.  It was stated that this was in preparation to eventually build a new Eastside.

They approved the Assurances for Programs Under the ESEA Act of 1965 and an MOU between Head Start and the Warren ABC Preschool.

They set October 7 and the date for the Annual Report to the Public.

In his report, Superintendent Bryan Cornish stated that the work on the track has been completed.  He also told the board that the state has approved five AMI days for the school.

One citizen attending the meeting addressed the board encouraging them to do what they can to prevent youth vaping.

Mayor Reports That Bryant's Building Has Been Purchased By The City of Warren

The Warren City Council met Monday, September 9 for their regular monthly meeting with five of the six council members present.  After approving the minutes from the August meeting, City Clerk Helen Boswell gave the financial report which was approved.  In her report, it was noted that due to a glitch in the system that was being used at the time, former Mayor Bryan Martin was overpaid for vehicle allowance a sum of approximately $200.    Council members asked if he had been made aware of this.  It was again pointed out that the over payment was in no way the fault of Mayor Martin.

Mayor Denisa Pennington presented a Resolution honoring Alice J. Henderson who recently passed away at the age of 103.  The resolution, which noted her service to her community, was presented to her family.

The council approved a renewal of the 5 mill property tax levy.  This is not a new tax.  It is not a tax increase.

Police Chief Shaun Hildreth presented his report to the council pointing out that the department is at full staff currently.

The council voted to levy a 5% tax on alcohol sales by private clubs within the city limits.

Acting Fire Chief Mike Ashcraft reported to the council the ages of fire department vehicles.  He pointed out that Engine 3 is 41 years old and the ladder truck is 35.  Council Members questioned the cost of replacing them.  The Chief informed them that they could purchase a used ladder truck for approximately $100,000 and a new pumper truck for $350,000.  Chief Ashcraft also told the council that the department had responded to 35 calls last month and a total of 198 for the year.  He informed the council that the Department had collected one $500 payment from a home owners's insurance company for responding to a fire call.

Sanitation Manager Mike May reported that the department is adhering to the policy of picking up no more than three items for the special pick up service.  Sanitation Committee Chairman Angela Marshall reported that a sanitation advisory committee has been formed and has met.  Manager May reported that several reports from the committee members have resulted in the cleanup of some properties.

Mayor Pennington reported that the City has purchased the Bryant's Building on Main St. as of  August 5.  The purchase had previously been authorized by the council.

Street Foreman Ricky Joe Davis told he council that some culverts on Cedar Street are in need of replacing which will be expensive.  He reported that the city is still waiting on the paving construction company to resurface streets that have been authorized.

Council Member Dorothy Henderson, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, reported that she has requested assistance with the development of a "request for qualifications" for economic development services.  Council Member Henderson is a member of the Community and Economic Development Committee.  The Community and Economic Development Committee is working on plans for a revised economic development program.

Mayor Pennington informed the council that the City has received a grant for Phase II on the restoration of the railroad depot. The $45,000 grant comes from the Arkansas Department of Heritage.

During the meeting reports were provided on all city departments and boards and commissions.   The council completed the meeting by voting to pay all bills for the month of August, 2019.

The next scheduled council meeting is set for October 14th at 5:30PM.   The Agenda meeting will be conducted Thursday, October 10th at 7:00 AM.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Dr. Kristen Dent to Begin Practice In Warren

Dr. Kristen Dent is scheduled to begin her medical practice in Warren September 23rd in the Family Practice Clinic on Central Street, just across the street from Bradley County Medical Center. Dr. Dent and her husband Brian have moved to Warren and are looking forward to living and working in the Warren/Bradley County area.

During a recent interview with, Dr. Dent said she grew up in the rural community of Woodville, Mississippi.  She attended school there before finishing up high school at the Mississippi School of Math and Sciences.  She attended college at LSU and then medical school at Ole Miss.  Dr. Dent was then in residency in Memphis.  She jokingly stated she was a Southeastern Conference girl and is now living in Razorback country.  She was informed she is also in Lumberjack Country.  She laughed and stated that had already been pointed out.

Dr. Dent indicated she choose to locate in Bradley County because she always planned to stay in the south and after visiting Warren and meeting the hospital staff, including CEO Steve Henson, she found the fit that she and her husband were looking for,  They both desired a rural type setting and community in which to live and work.

The doctor stated she originally planned to pursue a career in pediatric medicine but decided after she got into medical school that she wanted to deliver babies and treat both children and adults.  She plans to practice family medicine and deliver babies in Warren.

Dr. Dent will practice in the new modern clinic constructed by the Bradley County Medical Center.  Also continuing to practice in the Clinic will be two Nurse Practitioners and Dr. Worley.

We welcome Dr. Dent and Brian Dent to our community!  She stated she is anxious to serve the people of Warren, Bradley County and the surrounding area.

Extension Serice Hosts Open House at New Location

An open house was held Friday, September 6th from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon in the new offices of the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service on N. Bragg Street.  John Gavin, Michelle Carter and Robin Hollis have offices in the facility.  There is a small conference room.

John Gavin serves as County Extension Agent-Staff Chair, Michelle Carter is County Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences and Robin Hollis is the Administrative Specialist.  the building also houses offices for the L'Aigle Creek Conservation District.

Arrest Report: September 9, 2019

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

William Emerson, Bradley 33, Warren, AR, 8-19-92, arrested on warrant from BCMC (9-4-19)

Melonie Davis, #2 Kings Square East, Warren, AR, 10-29-62, charged with forgery (9-4-19)

Bivian Lambart, 322 Birch St., Hermitage, AR, 4-20-63, charged with residential burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia (9-4-19)

Devonte Sterling, 119 W. Church St., Warren, AR, 8-17-90, arrested on warrant (9-5-19)

Amario Blueford, 1114 Pierson St., Warren, AR, 9-17-88, charged with domestic battery 3rd (9-6-19)

Santiago Salvader Romero, Hermitage Apartments, A29 S. Myrtle, 5-24-90, charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication, (9-7-19)

Jalen Young, 780 Hwy 189, New Edinburg, AR, 9-25-94, charged with possesion of Schedule I Narcotics (9-8-19)

Inmates Clean Town Branch

You may have noticed inmates from the Arkansas Department of Correction in town recently on work detail.  They cleaned out the town branch.

People moving up and down Main Street the past week, near the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County have likely noticed a bus from the Delta Regional Correctional Institute along with horses and trailers.  Supervised work crews from the state prison system have been in Warren cleaning the Town Branch along Ash Street from the YMCA to Pine Street.  The labor is provided at no cost to the city, except for providing lunch to the workers.   The crew is bused in early in the morning, work, are feed, work some more and bused back to the prison.  They work on public right of way and property or a site the city has legal access to conduct work on.

The workers are guarded and supervised at all times while work is ongoing and while they are in the city.  The service is very helpful to communities and state agencies.  Work crews recently helped tear down and clean up the old State Police building in Warren.

Warren Municipal Government has to request the assistance for each project.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

This Week in the House: Representative Jeff Wardlaw

In the United States, someone dies by suicide every 11.1 minutes. In Arkansas, someone dies by suicide, on average, every 14 hours.

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone.  By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.

The second week of September has been declared Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.  Suicide prevention is a priority for our nation and our state.

In 2017, the legislature passed Act 811 which mandated that calls made from Arkansas to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline be operated by the Arkansas Department of Health.  This has allowed callers in crises to be able to speak to someone who has a strong understanding of resources available nearby.

In the 2019 Regular Session, the legislature passed Act 551 which requires the House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs and the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs to examine veteran issues within Arkansas, including the occurrence of suicide among the veteran population in Arkansas. The act also requires the committees to file a written report with Legislative Council by December 1, 2020.

This General Assembly also passed Act 962 which creates the offense of encouraging the suicide of another person and makes the offense a Class D felony.

In the United States, the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts is more than double among young adults aged 18-25 than it is among adults 26 years and older. In Arkansas, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34 years of age. An important component for the suicide prevention program is improving continuity of care and follow-up for youth identified at risk. That is why the suicide prevention program in our state is implementing integrated networks of care for community populations to ensure that follow-up care and evidence-based treatments are in place.

If you are in crisis now, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans can access the Veteran Crises line by calling the number and pressing 1.

Anyone can also text the crisis line by sending TALK to 741741, or chat online at