Friday, July 3, 2020

878 more cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas in last 24 hours

The State of Arkansas broke another single daily record for positive COVID-19 cases Thursday, July 3, with the announcement by Governor Asa Hutchinson of 878 new cases found within the last 24 hours statewide.

With the new additions, there are now 6,098 active cases.  Two more people in Arkansas have died from the deadly virus, bringing the death total to 279.  Hospitalizations were down three to 272, but the Governor cautioned that would likely rise with such a high number of cases found within the last day.

"I would encourage everyone when you're out to wear a mask," said Hutchinson, with the Fourth of July gatherings playing a big concern for State officials.

"I do believe a large part of it is the increased testing we're doing," the Governor said in reference to the significant increase.

There is still no state mandate on wearing masks while in public, although the Governor is urging people to use self discipline to help slow the tide of positive cases.  This, while the State of Texas has officially put a mandate in place for the use of cloth face-coverings.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued that executive order Thursday.

To-date, there have been 22,075 Arkansans contract the deadly virus.

Two people in Bradley County have recovered, meaning the local Bradley County number of active cases has dropped to 16.

WSD Reopening COVID-19 Guidelines

Thursday, July 2, 2020

America Turns 244 Years Old

July 4, 2020 is the birthday of the United States of America.  The nation was officially born July 4, 1776, the day the Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence.  The congress had voted to draft the Declaration July 2.  The Declaration was largely drafted by Thomas Jefferson.  It was a number of years before July 4th was made an official holiday, although some states and cities began marking the occasion early on.  

Items of note that may be found interesting include the fact that John Adams and Thomas both died on the same day, July 4, 1826 exactly 50 years to the day from the adoption of the Declaration on Independence.  James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States died July 4, 1831.  President Calvin Coolidge was born July 4, 1872.  

West Point Military Academy opened July 4, 1802 and the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France July 4, 1884.  The famous baseball player, the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig retired from professional baseball July 4, 1939.

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation has the following position(s) available:

  • Human Resource Specialist (Partime) 
  • IT Technician ( Partime) 
  • Bookkeeper 1 ( Partime) 
  • Bookkeeper 2/ Payroll
  • LIHEAP Program Director
  • LIHEAP Administrative ( Data) 
  • CSBG Program Director
  • Secretary
  • Receptionist  
  • Maintenance/Warehouse Worker ( Janitor)
Qualifications and applications can be picked up at SEACAC Central office before 4:30 Pm. All applications can be dropped off at SEACAC Central office or mailed at ATTENTION: Carolyn Davis SEACAC- P O Box 312, Warren, AR 71671. 

All applicants offered a position must successfully complete and pass a pre-employment background check and drug test.

SEACAC is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer

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City/County 4th of July Schedules

The City of Warren will not pick up garbage on Friday July 3rd in celebration of the 4th of July.  The Municipal Building will be closed for business also.  The City Emergency Services Center will be open and fully staffed operating under covid-19 guidelines ( police and fire ).

Bradley County will officially close the courthouse on the third.  The County will pick up garbage routes normally scheduled for July 3 on July 2.

Hermitage City Council changes meeting time

The Hermitage City Council met June 26 to conduct several items of business.  During the meeting the members voted to set the time for regular monthly meetings  for the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm.  

In other business the council voted to apply for a loan from Communities Unlimited to cover the overage amounts for the purchase of a city police vehicle and a city generator.  A vote was also taken approving the lease of city property for a daycare and future business. 

Ordinance # 120 was adopted to fix the period within which referendum petitions may be filed.  The council was informed that the city has been provided two backpack leaf blowers, pumps and 10 wildlife suits and gloves by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.  

It was also reported that flashing beacons would be installed June 29 on the HWY 63 South Bypass both north and south of the 4-way stop.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Meet New Director of the Chamber and BCEDC, Ashley Foreman

Ashley Foreman has assumed the newly created job of Executive Director of both the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce and the Bradley County Economic Development Commission.
She is a native of Bradley County and comes to the job from the Monticello Mayor's Office.  She and her husband reside in Monticello.

Ashley recently visited with and talked about her plans for both organizations.  She indicated she has spent her first three weeks on the job trying to get oriented to the two offices and meeting with local business leaders.  According to Ms. Foreman she will be dividing her time between the two organizations.  

She talked to SRC about the need to assist existing local business and industry to help them keep their business at the level it is and grow if possible.  She discussed the need to raise funds for both organizations and to restart the monthly job availability newsletter that the BCEDC had put out in the past.

Ms. Foreman stated she was happy to be in the new job and looked forward to working with the boards of both organizations.  She urged anyone with ideas or suggestions to contact her at one of the offices.  She will be happy to visit.

Outdoors: AGFC urges boaters to be safe and socially conscious during holiday weekend

LITTLE ROCK — Boating enforcement officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are working hard to keep our waters safe, and want to remind everyone to practice safe boating habits and social distancing recommendations as we head into the Independence Day holiday. They will be ramping up enforcement efforts this weekend as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign to reduce instances of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

WHS July 7 Graduation Covid-19 guidelines announced

Warren Fire Department responds to calls June 23 and 24

June 23 the Warren Fire Department responded to an accident on Main Street.  June 24 the department made two trips to Myrtle and Church Streets to assist the Warren Water and Sewer Department.  Fire Department personnel helped wash the street and clean up after an underground line was repaired.  None of the calls required volunteer firemen to be summoned.

Pastimes: The Glorious 4th of July Celebrations

By Maylon Rice
Now this Pastime is only a memory reflection of some of the grander Fourth of July celebrations held decades ago in Warren.

The 4th of July today,  seems is  a minor holiday. Sometimes, prior to the current virus pandemic, a city might hold an early evening fireworks display for even a late evening picnic.

However, most of the 4th of July celebrations today are family based. Often with a hand-cranked freezer of homemade ice cream, some fancy desserts and an occasional small family exhibition of fireworks.

A civic group will likely post the flags at businesses along the Main Streets of town. Or  a flag display on the courthouse square may be posted. There are few political speeches made on this date.  And a 4th of July parade – well that has usually been reserved for other cities in our state, not in Warren on the 4th of July.

But not always.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Another COVID-19 case reported in Bradley County

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, Bradley County has confirmed one more positive case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the County to 18 as of Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that 520 more cases have been found statewide.  There are now 5,976 active cases in Arkansas.  Since the pandemic began, 20,777 Arkansans have contracted the potentially deadly virus.  270 citizens in Arkansas have died.  Two of those deaths have been in Bradley County.

Currently, 67 people are on ventilators throughout the State, and 290 individuals are hospitalized.  Hospitalizations dropped by 10 in the last 24 hours.

The Governor continued to urge Arkansans to adhere to recommended guidelines such as wearing a face-mask while in public, but still refused to make that aspect of the recommendations a State mandate.  Some cities in Arkansas have already gone that far.

BCEDC full board meets in person for first time since pandemic began

Warren's current spec building in the Industrial Park will be
torn down soon due to construction of new private prison.
For the first time in four months, members of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission met in person to discuss business.  A quorum was present including one member by phone and one by zoom.  Board Chairman Dr. Bob Smalling presided.  Also present was newly hired Executive Director Ashley Foreman.  

The financial report was not available.  Numerous reports were given and discussed.  Chairman Smalling stated that the Executive Committee has been functioning while the full board has been unable to meet.

Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge drawdown expected this summer

Monday, June 29, 2020

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Bradley County up to seventeen active Covid-19 cases

Monday, June 29, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 439 new cases of Covid-19 in the State of Arkansas, bringing the total number of active cases to 5,926, and surpassing the 20,000 cumulative case number in the State since the pandemic began.

Warren arrest report for June 22-25, 2020

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Alvin Butler / 1023 E Church St, Apt 3, Warren, AR / DOB 5-14-54 / Warrant on 6-22-20

Ricky Johnson / 514 N Myrtle St, Warren, AR / DOB 5-15-63 / Possession of firearm by certain person, possession of controlled substance on 6-24-20

Willie McDiarmid / 272 A Bradley 8 Rd, Warren, AR / DOB 1-28-68 / Possession of drug para on 6-25-20

Marissa Perez / address N/A / DOB 8-20-97 / Possession of controlled substance and possession of drug para on 6-25-20

Warren School Board takes personnel action

In a special called school board meeting held June 25, 2020, the Warren School Board took action on several personnel matters.  The votes included accepting resignations, hiring employees and transferring funds.

Board members accepted the resignations of the following:
*Rachel Nichols-Brunson instructor
*Gregory Roberson, Jr.-WHS 10th grade history

The board voted to hire the following:
*Dalton Weatherly-WHS Math
*Michael Brown-WHS Math
*Trent Wilson-Head Baseball Coach/Health instructor
*Vandarias Brown-Brunson Science instructor
*Cheyenne Wilson-Computer lab facilitator/Registrar at SEACBEC
*Wendy Dawkins-Paraprofessional at ABC Preschool
*Norma Yepez-Paraprofessional at ABC Preschool

The board then voted to transfer $1,000,000.00 from the operating account to the building fund.

Bradley County Health Department provided free tests for Covid-19 Saturday

Free tests were provided for Covid-19 Saturday, June 27 on the parking lot of the Bradley County Health Department.  Employees of the Health Department were available to help administer the test to anyone who drove through.  The testing was conducted from 9:00am till 1:00pm.  Warren Police were on hand to manage traffic.

SEBCWD former office building in Hermitage to go on sale

Southeast Bradley County Water District will offer for sale at auction its former office building in Hermitage, Arkansas on Saturday, July 11, 2020.  Interested parties can view the building on the date beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the auction beginning at 10:00 a.m.  There will be a Seller's reserve of $3,000.00.  Terms are "AS IS", with no warranties by the Seller, either express or implied.  A successful bidder must pay cash on day of sale or have an approved bank letter of credit for the amount of the successful bid.  The successful bidder must remove the building from the Southeast Bradley County Water District's property within thirty (30) days of the sale date.

Any buyer by a bank letter of credit must pay in full within ten (10) days after the date of the sale.

Any questions should be directed to the Southeast Bradley County Water District at (870) 463-2750.

Friday, June 26, 2020

New Edinburg historical markers installed Friday

Re-New-ing Edinburg received a grant for an historic marker and the dedication was set for March 28.  However, due to the virus the dedication was canceled. The markers were instead installed Friday morning, June 26, 2020.  Thanks to Larry Waldrop, David Kemp, Marion Calvert and Roger McClellan for the install.

(LITTLE ROCK) – The New Edinburg Commercial Historic District, located along the north and south sides of Highway 8, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 4, 2001, as a representative collection of Craftsman-style architecture reflecting the history of commerce in a small rural community from the 1890s to the 1940s. Eleven buildings comprise the district: the new Edinburg Hotel built in 1879 by Tom Clements and now a private home, Stewart Cash Store, Hamaker-Hearnsberger Store, Cathey CafĂ© & Barbershop, Parham Store, Parrot Grocery Store, Lash Store, Haskins Blacksmith Shop, Frey Store, Smith Service Garage and one non-commercial building – the Gill Residence.

“I am so happy to welcome New Edinburg to the Arkansas Marker Program,” said Stacy Hurst. “It’s 
always exciting to see a community come together to recognize the importance of telling their own story.” 
This marker is the 12th to be placed since the program was introduced last year. To participate in the 
program, markers must commemorate a historic person, place or event, and significance must have been
attained at least 50 years ago. Markers must be sponsored by civic groups and organizations, such as chambers of commerce, historical societies, or individuals partnering with these organizations.

The cost of the markers will be split 50/50 between the Division of Arkansas Heritage and the 
sponsoring organization. The total costs are $1,950 for a one-sided marker or $2,050 for a two-sided marker, with a one-time maintenance fee of $200. A designated historical marker program review committee has final approval on marker eligibility and text, and all markers are manufactured by a vendor selected by the Division of Arkansas Heritage.

A detailed description of the program and the application process is available on the Division of 
by calling Program Coordinator Stephanie Haught Wade at (501) 324-9150.

Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism is committed 
to the discovery, preservation and presentation of our state’s natural and cultural heritage. The division 
accomplishes its goals through the work of eight individual programs and museums: Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.

Notice: Covid-19 testing available

Saturday, June 27, 2020
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bradley County Health Department
N. Bragg St.

Re-New-ing Edinburg June 16, 2020 meeting minutes

The following are the full minutes from the June 16, 2020 Re-New-ing Edinburg meeting:

President Trenna Kemp opened the meeting.  The minutes of the March meeting were emailed previously and copies were distributed to those present.  Linda Hornaday made a motion to accept minutes as presented, 2nd by Brenda Triplett and motion passed.

Linda Hornaday passed out copies of the financial statement and with no questions, the statement was submitted for audit.

Under old business, David King informed the group that the New Edinburg documentary production was progressing and thankfully was ahead of schedule prior to the virus outbreak.  Katie Kuhn stated that over 3,000 photos and documents were scanned in March and research was completed at the state archives.  Hopefully, in-person interviews can be completed in July and the documentary can be completed in September as scheduled.   The digital copies of the New Edinburg annuals were received in March and Katie will begin making copies on CDs plus USB drives so those will be available for distribution shortly at a cost of $5 each.  Motion was made by Roger McClellan to require an additional $5 for postage and shipping plus $10 for the USB drives, seconded by Don Triplett and motion passed.

In March, Dewey and Wanda Carter had donated a hand-made swing to the community center and donations were accepted for the chance to win the swing.  Katie Kuhn drew the ticket of David Kemp as the winner of the swing.  Thanks to everyone who made a donation as all proceeds of the drawing went to the New Edinburg Community Center.  

Roger McClellan stated that 297 veterans’ bricks have been purchased to date with 17 ready to install in the next week or so.  This is a project that will continue indefinitely and everyone is encouraged to contact him at or 870-643-0150 for additional information or to request a brick order form.

SEACAC to re-open facility to general public July 1

Official press release:

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will re-open to the general public being July 1, 2020.  When entering any of the SEACAC offices please wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing.  SEACAC serves Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew Counties. Thank you in advance.

Numerous Warren and Hermitage grads make Southark 2020 Spring Dean's list

Mask wearing controversy takes center stage as Covid-19 cases continue to spike in Arkansas, including one new case in Bradley County

Questions are starting to mount as to why Arkansas continues to avoid putting in place a statewide mandate for citizens to wear masks in public, all amid another worrisome surge of 687 positive Covid-19 cases in just the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active positive cases in the State to 5,695, with two more deaths reported June 25, 2020.

242 Arkansans have now lost their life due to the potentially deadly virus, including two citizens of Bradley County.  Locally, Bradley County now has one new active case, bringing the total active to 6 according to the Arkansas Department of Health.  A total of 39 people in Bradley County have contracted the virus since the outbreak began.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

June Hospital Board Meeting report

Members of the Bradley County Medical Center Board met June 25 in the conference room of the Brunson Medical Complex located on N. Bragg Street.  Minutes of the May board meeting were approved and a detailed financial report was presented by Leslie Huitt.  She went in-depth into the state of hospital finances.  As expected hospital usage for May, 2020 was down considerably from May, 2019 due to covid-19.  Volumes were up for May, 2020 over April, 2020 but there was still an operating loss of over $911,000.00.  Ms. Huitt went on to say that the receipts of revenue usually take 35-45 days.  
The report indicated that cash remains fairly strong thanks to stimulus funds received from the federal government.  It was also reported that the county has submitted a grant for state funding and it is believed the money can be used however the hospital board thinks is best.  

The following medical staff recommendations were approved:
*Heath Reep-reappointed as APRN for Dr. Joe Wharton
*Benjamin Brtnicke, M.D., RAPA, reappointed
*Karl Schultz, M.D.,RAPA, reappointed
*Jeanine Trevillyan, M.D.,ER, reappointed
*Margaret Tremwell, M.D., ARSAVES, reappointed
*Miles Ritter, M.D., RAPA, appointed
*Gregory Morris, M.D., RAPA, appointed

Members then voted to remove Rhonda Simmons from the signature cards and safe deposit box and to add Leslie Huitt.  The board next approved a compliance plan to prevent fraud. This plan is part of the Rural Health Clinic Policy and Procedure document.  

The next meeting of the board is set for July 23.

Postcards Encouraging Households to Respond to 2020 Census Sent to P.O. Boxes

JUNE 24, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau is sending postcards between June 24 and July 3 to an estimated 1.3 million post office boxes in communities where P.O. boxes are the only mailing address available. The postcards alert households that a census taker may drop off census invitations soon or will visit later to interview them. The postcards also provide information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone.

Households are encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census as soon as they receive their invitation packet. Households that receive mail in P.O. boxes should provide their street address (not their P.O. box number) when responding to ensure their response is associated with the physical location where they live, not where they receive mail.

Households can respond online in English or 12 other languages, by phone using the Census ID included in the packet or by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire delivered to them.

For more information, visit  or  call 844-330-2020.