Friday, May 29, 2015

Hospital To Buy New X-Ray Machine

The Bradley County Medical Center Board meet May 28th for the regular monthly meeting.  The first order of business was to listen to a presentation by Rhonda Simmons who oversees data processing, billing and insurance.  She informed the board how the hospital bills, collects and deals with insurance, medicare, medicaid and other medical coverage.  She told the board she tries to help people find the best way to pay for their medical care.  According to Mrs. Simmons many families face a difficult time covering the cost of hospital care when insurance or other coverage is insufficient or non existent.

Brandon Gorman, the hospital CFO provided the financial report and updates on out patient care, surgeries and physical therapy.  He reported that surgeries are up for the past month and physical therapy has increased 13%.  Admissions were also up for the past month.  Overall the hospital experienced a net loss of 448,623.00 for April, 2015.  Mr. Gorman also gave the Home Health Care report.

The board voted to purchase a new state of the art digital portable X-Ray machine at a cost of around $145,000.00.  The unit will be paid for with hospital sales tax funds.  Prior to making the X-Ray purchase, the sales tax fund has a balance of just over 2.9 million dollars.

Board members were briefed by Keith Wright on plans to further renovate and improve hospital facilities. The work is planned for the western portion of the hospital and some outdoor improvements on the west side of the building.  The board voted to authorize CEO Rex Jones to work with the architect to prepare the project for bids.

Dr. Wharton made a motion to reappoint Vernon McClain, LPN for Dr. Scott Claycomb, for hospital privileges through May,2017.  The motion was approved.

Tiffany Holland, Chief Nursing Officer, gave her report.  She updated the board on staffing, training and discussions with SAU Tech concerning LPN students for clinical rotations.

Mr. Jones gave his executive update.  He reported on hospital week, the chaplain program and in-house rehab.  He stated the Hospital Foundation donated $26,000.00 to help purchase some equipment and the Hospital Auxiliary donated funds for the purchase of a vein finder unit.

The board heard other reports on patient satisfaction and held an executive session.  No personnel  actions were taken.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Marilyn Johnson Hired by Arch Ford Education Service Coop

Marilyn Johnson was hired Thursday, May 28, by the Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative as the Instructional Leadership Specialist.  She will begin in that position July 1.  Her role will be to provide assistance and support to the superintendents and principals throughout the Arch Ford region.

Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative was established at UCA in 1984 along with 14 other Education Service Cooperatives in Arkansas (also known as ESC's).  In 1988, it was relocated to the former Plumerville School District building located in Plumerville, AR.  The Cooperative serves seven counties including Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Pope, Perry, Van Buren, and Yell Counties and serves 26 school districts (in 1985, there were 35 districts), 97 school buildings, about 4500 teachers and administrators and over 47,000 students.  Its governing board is comprised of the serving school districts' superintendents.  It is one of the largest education cooperatives in the state of Arkansas and has a staff of approximately 150 employees.

Mrs. Johnson began her career in education in 1981.  She holds certifications in District Administration p-12, Curriculum Specialist K-12, Elementary Principal P-08, Mathematics 7-12, Reading 1-12, Early Childhood Education p-4, and Elementary K-6.

She began her professional experience in the elementary classroom and has worked her way up through administrative positions, positions with UAM, Assistant Director of TCC SEARK ESC, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Warren Public Schools.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Warren Announces Girls State and Boys State Delegates

Anahi Rostro, Shamiqua Pickett, and Samantha Satterlee have been selected to serve as delegates from Warren High School to Girls State which will be held on the campus of Harding University May 31st
through June 5.

Selected to represent Warren High School at Boys State is Sean Davis.  Boys State will be held May 31st through June 5th on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.


Words on a Shirt, a Warren business owned and operated by Jeff Goad, will sponsor the Pink Tomato Festival Quilt Show this year.

The annual quilt show previously held in the Bradley County Courthouse will be located in the shop adjacent to Goad’s business on Main Street.  This building, across the street from Warren Bank, and will be remembered as the former location of the men’s section of Martin’s Department Store, and will provide a large area for the display of quilts.

During the week of the tomato festival the lighted show windows facing Main Street will feature two quilts to be given away by the local quilters. Opportunities to win these quilts may be purchased during the quilt show and at Dolores’ Pharmacy.

The quilt show is merely a showing of quilts not a judging.  Anyone who wishes to display quilts during the show should take them to the show site on Friday, June 5, from 1-4 pm or Thursday, June 11, from 3-5 pm, or contact Joy Kitchens at 870 820-1354.

Hermitage School Bd. Conducts Called Meeting

The Hermitage School Board conducted a called meeting May 27th to take action concerning personnel.  The board meet in executive session prior to voting.

Board members voted to uphold the recommendation to terminate Amy Dickerson and accepted the following resignations:
Matthew Garrett
Jordan Hammett
Sandy Hollingsworth
Debbie Funderburg
Ronda Best
Those resigning were serving as teachers with Mrs. Hollingsworth working as a counselor.

The Board voted to hire Tara Hogue as a teacher and translater.

Healthy Kids Day & Flick-N-Float Cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Healthy Kids Day & Flick-N-Float, that were scheduled for Friday, have been cancelled. We will reschedule for a later date. We are still waiving the joining fee for this week only.


(L toR) Tabitha Herrington, Wanda Carr, Louise Atkins, Georgia Smith,  Barbara Webb,
and Judy Simmons

The Extension Homemakers Clubs from Warren and Banks recently presented the Senior Care Unit of Bradley County Medical Center and Chapel Woods Health and Rehabilitation with a number of activity mats constructed by club members.  These mats are designed to provide therapy for those with dementia and other memory losses.  This is one of the many service projects in which this groups is involved.
For information regarding this or other extension homemaker projects or becoming a member of this group, contact the Bradley County Extension Office or a club member.

Warren Superintendent Speaks to Lions Club

Warren School District Superintendent Marilyn Johnson was guest speaker for the May 27th Warren Lions Club meeting.  She talked about her history in public education and the need to make changes in the way students are taught and graded.

Mrs. Johnson stated she has worked in education for 34 years and at the end of June will be leaving the position of superintendent of the Warren District.  Her remarks covered the changes Warren is making in moving to a charter system in which each student will learn at their own pace with requirements to meet specific standards.  She indicated that change is not always easy but that the teachers and administrators within the Warren District are working hard and she believes the results will be positive.  She indicated that the new concept will experience a few bumps but the students will ultimately benefit.

The superintendent responded to the grades that have been issued by the state for all state schools and stated the grading is not indicative of the progress being made in some cases.  In Warren's case some of the results were skewed by one particular grade of children not testing well.  Other data indicates that all the Warren Schools are making progress. She stated more work is yet to be accomplished but she believes Warren is on the right track.

Mrs. Johnson thanked the Club for allowing her to speak and said she will always be pulling for the orange and black (Lumberjacks).

Intermodal Votes To Pay Bills

The Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority voted to pay over $714,800.00 in bills during their May 20th monthly board meeting.  The expenses included nearly $20,000.00 to the consulting engineer, just over $2700.00 in interest to Commercial Bank and Trust, over $1225.00 to an accounting firm and $150.00 for monthly accounting cost.  In addition the board approved $690,891.93 to pay on the contract to construct a water tank for the industrial park. Expenses are being paid by grants from the United States Economic Development Administration and the Delta Regional Authority.  In both cases the grants pay a portion of the construction cost and local matching funds must be utilized.
Over the history of the Intermodal the counties of Bradley and Drew and the the cities of Monticello and Warren have contributed to the local match.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hermitage City Council Meets

The Hermitage City Council meet in regular session Monday May 18th.  The members received a financial report and were provided reports on the water system, sewer system, city streets, police activities and the fire department.  There were no fire calls in April.

The aldermen voted to change the rental cost for using the community center.  The fee was increased to $250.00 for events and $200.00 for funerals or charity activities.

Council members voted to change Stacy Ferrell's pay to an hourly rate.  It had been set as a salary.                                                                                                                                              
Mr. Frank Ford was in attendance for the meeting.  He had been contacted concerning his interest in being appointed to the Council to fill a vacancy.

Rotary Hears Program From Department of Arkansas Heritage

The speaker for The Warren Rotary Club for the May 19th meeting was brought to the club by Mayor Bryan Martin, and his speaker was Stacy Hurst from the Department of AR Heritage.

Arkansas Boys and Girls State Delegates

Hermitage High School announces its Arkansas Boys and Girls State Delegates for 2015.  These students were selected by their teachers for this honor.  Pictured left to right are Cody Vines, son of Lanette and Gary Vines, Salvador Matamoros son of Cerafin Matamoros, Ali Hollingsworth, daughter of Heather and Michael Hollingsworth, and Brooke McVay, daughter of Sheila and JP McVay.  Boys State will be held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Girls State will be at Harding University in Searcy on May 31-June 5.

Hope Place Fish Fry Fundraiser Set for June 5

HopePlace Warren will be hosting their Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser Friday, June 5th. All proceeds benefit HopePlace Warren Ministry. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time by contacting HopePlace Warren at 226-4456 or at the door. Tickets are $10.00 (Fish & Trimmings) 

Party Set to Honor Youngs

Phillip and Donna Young are selling the Broken Spoke in Rye after serving the community for the last 15 years.   There will be a Farewell party for Phillip and Donna from 1-3 Saturday May 30, 2015.  Everyone is invinted to come share memories with the Broken Spoke family. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Buy CAPTAIN Movie Premiere Tickets At 101 South Martin From 8am-5pm This Wednesday

Moviegoers who wish to attend the July 18 Warren Cultural Center premiere of Rob Reep's motion picture CAPTAIN can drop by the "old" National Guard Armory at 101 South Martin Street in Warren from 8am-5pm Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to purchase premiere tickets.

Tickets are limited in quantity and are being sold on a first come first serve basis.

CAPTAIN tells the story of the family of Hugh Bradley, after whom Bradley County is named.  It chronicles their trials throughout the War of 1812 and their epic quest during the westward expansion of the United States.

The film features a number of local actors, as well as actors from across Arkansas.  Filmed throughout Warren, Bradley County, Rison, rural Cleveland County, and Tennessee, the movie was a major project.  With over 150 cast members, you might just see someone you know in the film.

Tickets cost $5 and are going fast!  If you prefer not to wait till Wednesday to purchase your ticket, you can buy online anytime at

CAPTAIN staff will be taking pre-orders for DVD copies of the film as well on Wednesday from 8am-5pm.

Jaycee Benson Inducted Into Lambda Delta Honor Society

Jaycee Benson, daughter of Jim and Deannie Gardner of Hermitage was one of 47 freshmen inducted into the Lambda Delta Honor Society during a reception held in the Bevens Music Room in Brown Chapel at Lion College in Batesville on April 15.

Lambda Delta was established in 2011 to honor excellence in the freshman year.  In 2012, the Lyon chapter chartered with the national freshman honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta. The society recognizes early academic achievement, and in doing so identifies academic leaders to provide service to the College. Each member must be a first-time, full-time freshman student with a GPA of 3.5 and a ranking in the upper 20 percent of his or her class in the fall semester.

When Jaycee returns to Lion College in the fall, she will be a sophomore.

The following students were the 2015 inductees:

Bradley County Memorializes Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

Left to Right:  Harry Lee McCaskill and Jerry Neal prepare to lay a memorial wreath at the Bradley County Memorial Marker on the Courthouse Lawn.
Those who made the supreme sacrifice in service to our nation were honored throughout the country Monday, May 25, 2015.  Bradley County memorialized their servicemen who died serving the United States with a Wreath-laying Ceremony followed by a Memorial Day Service held inside the First United Methodist Church.
First United Methodist Church Pastor Gary Harrison delivers message to the audience at the Memorial Day Service.

A crowd gathered at 10:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn at the Memorial Marker to honor deceased from World War I to the present.  The program began with RDeWayne Banks leading those gathered in the singing of the National Anthem.  After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, veterans Jerry Neal and Harry Lee McCaskill placed a wreath at the Memorial Monument.  Mr. Banks then led the audience in singing "God Bless America".  The program concluded with TAPS.
Carol Rudder, Regent of DAR

At 11:00 a.m., an even larger crowd gathered inside First United Methodist Church for a Memorial Day Program.  Pastor Gary Harrison welcomed the attendees and directed them to join in a moment of silence.  Paster Harrison spoke Memorial Day remarks to the congregation.  The audience sang "My Country Tis of Thee" before Caol Rudder, Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Bradley County spoke to those gathered about the work of the DAR.  After singing "God Bless America, Pastor Harrison gave a closing prayer followed by the playing of TAPS.

Arrest Report: May 25, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Neil Anderson, 301 West Union, Monticello, AR., age 50, arrested on warrant (5-19-15)

Wanson Belcher, 511 WAtts, Warren, AR., age 28, charged with diving on suspended license and possession of controlled substance (5-20-15)

Gina Patton, 307 West Chestnut, Warren, AR., age 47, charged with battery 3rd, peace bond, disorderly conduct (5-21-15)

Jacqueria Miller, 801 Pierson, Warren, AR., age 45, charged with battery 3rd, pace bond, disorderly conduct (5-21-15)

Jessie W. Baker, 6770 Champagnole, El Dorado, AR., age 37, arrested on warrant (5-21-15)

Keith Cochran, 3801 Woodruff, (?), age 32, arrested on warrant out of Crawford County (5-21-15)

Jason Alexander, 1117 N. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 32, charged with driving on suspended license (5-23-15)

Juan Batista, 318 Pine St., Warren, AR., age 35, charged with no driver's license (5-22-15)

Ashley Emmerson, 402 Wise St., Warren, AR., age 23, charged with driving on suspended license (5-23-15)

Ashley Emmerson, 402 Wise St., Warren, AR., age 23, charged with shoplifting (5-23-15)

Kervin Sumler, 2559 Highway 273, age 32, charged with driving on suspended license (5-23-15)

Delvin Neal, 600 S. Walnut, Apt C$, Hermitage, AR., age 30, arrested on warrant, charged with driving on suspended license, no insurance, fictitious tags, failure to register vehicle (5-23-15)

Survivors Banquet Held

Left to Right:  Sharon Registre, Dr. Rosalyn Matthews, and Sonya Davis.
Immanuel Baptist Church was the site Saturday evening for the "Survivors & All of You" banquet held to honor those who have survived cancer and those that have cared for those fighting the disease. Close to fifty people were in attendance for the elegant dinner organized and hosted by Mrs. Debra Fisher.  Taking part in the program was Kim's dance Factory with speakers being Sonya Davis of the Bradley County Cancer Ass., Sharon Registre of Breast Cancer Inc. and Dr. Rosalyn Matthews.  The fellowship hall was beautifully decorated and the food was wonderful.
Hostess Debra Fisher and attendees at the banquet

Mrs. Fisher said she wanted to do something special for those who have battled the disease and for those that have cared for them.  There was no charge to attend the dinner.

The invitation read, "You are invited to a celebration of Life" and printed at the bottom was "make every day count."  All in attendance stated their appreciation to Mrs. Fisher for her concern and hard work.

Harmony Freewill Baptist Church to Host VBS

Harmony Freewill Baptist Church will host "Camp Discovery" Vacation Bible School June 15-19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  The closing program will be held Friday, June 19th.

Anyone needing a ride to VBS, call 1-870-820-1565 or 1-573-429-7807.

City Announces Holiday Schedule

The City of Warren Municipal Office will be closed Monday to observe Memorial Day.  There will be no garbage pickup Monday.

County Announces Holiday Schedule

Bradley County Solid Waste will not run on Memorial Day Monday May 25th.  Monday’s route will be picked up on Tuesday May 26th.
The Bradley County Landfill will be closed on, Monday 25, 2015.

 The Bradley County Courthouse will also be closed on Monday 25, 2015.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Retired Teachers Assn. Announces Scholarship Opportunity

Bradley County Retired Teachers Association is pleased to announce the late Anna Lee Galloway established a $1500 scholarship for Bradley County students.  The applicant must be an education major currently enrolled in their junior or senior year in an Arkansas College.  They must maintain a grade average of B or above.
Contact Pat Rauls for information at 870-226-5205 or e mail
        Application deadline is July 1, 2015.

WHS Graduation Announcement

Thursday's WHS Graduation ceremony will take place at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

58th All Tomato Luncheon

It’s Pink Tomato Festival time once again in Warren, Arkansas!  As part of the Pink Tomato Festival, the annual All Tomato Luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 13th, at 12:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Activities Center.  Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce or Bradley County Extension Office.  The Bradley County Extension Homemaker’s Clubs started the All Tomato Luncheon one year after the first Pink Tomato Festival.  The All Tomato Luncheon has grown over the years and is now one of the highlights of the Pink Tomato Festival.  The EHC ladies plan and prepare the menu which includes a tomato product in each item served.  This year’s menu consists of Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomato, Tomarinated Carrots, Tomato Bean Salad, Tomato Basil Crackers, and Heavenly Tomato Cake.  Tickets are limited so make plans to attend this year’s All Tomato Luncheon!

Health Coalition Discusses Future

Members of the Bradley County Health Coalition meet Wednesday May 20th at SEACBEC and discussed future plans and the type endeavors the organization needs to pursue to improve health care in the county.  Alicia Outlaw presided over the meeting.

Members were reminded of the mission and vision of the group.
Mission-The Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition will empower its citizens to take
             responsibility for their individual health through education, advocacy and access
             to resources.

Vision-The Bradley county Hometown Health Coalition envisions a Bradley County where all citizens
           will have access to those services that will lead to physically, socially and emotionally
           healthy lifestyles.

Kimber Knight led in a discussion of projects and programs to be pursued.  Securing food for those in need and education of the public on ways to better access health care and individual health care records was a large part of the discussion.  Ways to promote injury prevention was also a topic of consideration.  Ways to seek grants to improve health and to better communicate with the public were also talked about.

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Antique-Rod-Custom-Car Show Set for Festival

The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival Antique-Rod-Custom-Car Show will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Warren City Park on the corner of Church and Martin Streets.  Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   Registration for the event will cost $15 before the show and $20 the day of the show per vehicle.  Registration includes lunch for entrants.

Custom trophies and specialty awards will be given as well as door prizes throughout the day.

There will be many classes including:  Restored, Muscle Car, Classic Truck, Hotrod, Sports Car, Street Rod, and Sports Truck.

The event is presented by Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union and Garryck's Quick Lube and Signs for Jesus.

For more information call Garryck Reep at 870-308-2401 or the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce at 870-226-5225.

Arkansas Children’s Program Administrator Certificates Awarded

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Morrilton, AR (May 1, 2015)   Hajime White recently received the Arkansas Children’s Program Administrator Certificate.  White is director of CAPCA Hermitage Migrant Seasonal Head Start.

White earned the certificate after completing 60 hours of training.  Topics included organizational management, supervision, legal and financial management, and family and community relations.

Eighteen children’s program administrators from across the state were recognized during a leadership banquet at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Tonya Williams, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education Director, and Geania Dickey, A-State Childhood Services Program Coordinator, presented the certificates.

The certificate program increases the knowledge and skills of children’s program administrators in Arkansas.  The training course supports administrators in their continued efforts to educate and care for children.  Licensed Child Care programs provide essential services for families and communities throughout the state.

A-State Childhood Services coordinates the certificate program.  The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education provides funding for the program.