Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Six Receive Single Parent Scholarship Awards

Left to Right - Seated:  Jessica Jones, Maria Cannon, Katrina Saunders, Keesa Glen, Kasey Fox, and Staci Frisby.  The recipients shared this moment with their children.  Back Row Left to Right:  Board members Marsha Cooper, Emily Van Der Zwalm, Fran Van Der Zwalm, Tricia Wilkinson, and Marily Johnson
The Single Parent Scholarship Board and District Director awarded a total of $3,700 in scholarship funds to six single parents Tuesday, at 4:00 p.m. in the administration room of the Warren School District.  Those who were awarded the scholarships introduced themselves and told families and friends of the recipients about the academic endeavors.

Jessica Jones is attending LPN school and expected to graduate in December 2015.  After completing her LPN degree, she plans to continue her education in pursuit of an RN degree.

Maria Cannon told the crowd that she is studying criminal justice and will complete her associate degree in April.  Her plans include continuing her education to earn a bachelor's degree.

Katrina Saunders is majoring in education/history and is on schedule to graduate in 2017.

Keesa Glen is working toward her two-year degree in Early Childhood.  She plans to reach this goal in December 2015 or possibly May 2016.

Kasey Fox told the group that she is double majoring in accounting and marketing.  She is on target to graduate in December 2015.

Staci Frisby is working on a degree in respiratory therapy with plans to graduate in May of 2018.

The award program began with incoming board chairman Fran Van Der Zwalm welcoming everyone and introducing Beverly Chapel, the District Director.  The board was introduced to the recipients.  They include Mrs, Van Der Zwalm, Tricia Wilkinson, Marsha Cooper, Emily Van Der Zwalm, and Marilyn Johnson.  They are all volunteers for this cause.

The Single Parent Scholarship program is a non profit organization.

The scholarships are open to both male and female single parents who have custody of their children.  The application process and forms are online.

The board works to raise funds for the program.  They match dollar for dollar funds that are donated.

It was noted that April 2 is the Arkansas Community Foundations Day of Giving.  Persons wishing to donate during 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. drive, patrons may use a debit or credit card to give to their favorite charities.  Persons wishing to donate the the Single Parent Scholarship should specify that the funds are for Bradley County.  The funds donated that day are doubled by matching funds.

Truck Hits City Pool Building

City Pool building damaged in accident.
On February 25, the icy conditions on the road contributed to a number of motor vehicle accidents in the area.  One accident caused damage to the building at the City Swimming Pool.  The 17-year old driver of a blue and grey 1991 Chevrolet truck lost control of the vehicle while traveling south on North Rock Street at approximately 6:20 p.m.  The vehicle struck the bicycle rack and City Pool Building causing some damage.  Two of the three passengers, all minors, in the vehicle went to the hospital but were released. 

Rotarians Hear Program on How SouthArk Benefits Bradley County

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  Rotarian Linda Barrett was the program chair for the meeting.  She introduced as her guest Dr. Barbara Jones, President of South Arkansas Community College.  Dr. Jones shared with the Rotarians how SouthArk benefits Bradley County.

Photo at right:  Dr. Barbara Jones and Rotarian Linda Barrett

Also in attendance at the meeting were the Jr. Rotarians for this period:  Austin Emanuel, Josalyn Phillips, and Emmanuel Castillo.  At the end of their period of service, each of these Warren High School seniors will express to the Rotary Club members the plans for the future.  In order to serve as a Jr. Rotarian, the seniors must maintain high academic standing and character.

Photo Below:  Austin Emanuel, Josalyn Phillips, and Emmanuel Castillo

Monday, March 2, 2015

Kathy Hall, RN Presents Program to GFWC Warren Woman's Club

Kathy Hall, RN at Bradley County Medical Center, presented the program on Heart Health at the February meeting of GFWC Warren Woman’s Club. She is pictured with program chairman, JoAnn Rawls.

Beginner Quilting Class to be Held at Warren Branch Library

The Warren Branch Library will sponsor a Quilt Construction class for beginner quilters.  There will be a $20 supply fee for the class, and the class size is limited.  If you are interested call 870-226-2536 to sign up.  The classes will be held March 31, April 7, 14, and 21.  Class time will be from 10:00 a.m. till noon.

Wanted: Used Books for Book Sale

The Warren Branch Library is getting ready for their yearly Pink Tomato Festival Book Sale, June 3-13, and are now accepting book donations.  Clean out your bookshelves and closets and donate them for this sale.  Please bring all donations, paperback and hardback, to the library.  All proceeds will towards the Summer Ready Program "Every Hero Has a Story".

Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock 9 to Speak at Southark

Perhaps the best-known member of the Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green was among the first black students to integrate Central High following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation in public schools illegal.

Now he will tell his story to audiences at South Arkansas Community College at 7 p.m. on March 12 at the El Dorado Conference Center, part of the annual Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

After graduating from Central, Green went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in sociology. He also has honorary doctorates from three colleges.

He is a partner at Matrix Advisory, an institutional asset management firm with offices in New York and Washington, and has held several presidential appointments. He was the chairman of both the African Development Foundation and the Historically-Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board under former President Bill Clinton. He was the assistant secretary of labor for employment and training under former President Jimmy Carter.

Arrest Report: March 2, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Jeffery Ingram, 36 Pinewood, Warren, AR., age 42, body attachment and residential burglary (2-24-15)

Alonzo Mateo, 400 S. Main, Warren, AR., age 24, charged with public intoxication (2-25-15)

Gerry Lephiew, 1314 Bradley Rd. 25N, Warren, AR., age 41, charged with batter 3rd (3-1-15)

Bill Lephiew, 1314 Bradley Rd. 25N, Warren, AR., age 44, charged with battery 3rd (3-1-15)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

UAM Receives State Approval To Offer District Level Administrator Endorsement Program

            MONTICELLO, AR — The School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has received approvalfrom the Arkansas Department of Education to offer the District Level Administrator Endorsement Program, which meets ADE requirements for a public school superintendent’s license.
            The program is completely online and requires 21 credit hours of study. For admission to the program, candidatesmust have a master’s degree in education with an overall grade point average of 3.0 in graduate coursework. Candidates must also hold current Arkansas Building Level Administrators licensure and have at least one year of experience as a building level administrator. The coursework will begin in the 2015 fall semester.
            To apply or receive additional information, contact Dr. Jeff Longing or Dr. Donna Hunnicutt at the UAM School of Education at (870) 460-1063 or email Hunnicutt@uamont.edu<mailto:Hunnicutt@uamont.edu> or longing@uamont.edu<mailto:longing@uamont.edu>

UAM School of Agriculture To Host National Collegiate Soil Judging Competition

            MONTICELLO, AR — Soil judging teams from colleges and universities across the country will travel to the University of Arkansas at Monticello April 19-24 for the 2015 National Collegiate SoilJudging Competition. The event is sponsored annually by the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.
            Twenty-two teams are expected to participate in the competition after qualifying for the national contest atregional competitions held during the fall semester. The teams are comprised of top students in soils, agronomy, geology, earth science and related majors. The event coincides with the 68th General Asembly of the United Nations declaration of 2015 as the “International Year of Soils.” The top four finishers at the national competition will represent the U.S. at the International Field Course and Soil Judging Contest in Gödöllö, Hungary in September.

Warren Named 4th Most Affordable Place to Live in Arkansas

A new study from SmartAsset ranked the most affordable places to live in Arkansas. The following cities secured their ranking due to their relatively low property taxes, homeowner's insurance fees and mortgage payments when measured against the local median income.

Check out the full list below including the stats that placed the cities in the top 10:

Judy Adams Retires As Human Development Center Superintendent

Friday February 27th was the final day on the job after 34 years for Human Development Center Superintendent Judy Adams.  She retired after serving the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center for 23 years as Director of Nursing and 11 years as Superintendent.  She indicated the job was always a labor of love.  The employees told SRC that it had been an honor to work with and for her.

The Warren facility currently serves almost 90 clients and employs around 280 people.  The unit is one of Arkansas most modern centers and provides outstanding services to the mentally disabled.  Families and guardians rave about the care provided for their loved ones.

Linda Scales has been named Interim Superintendent.  She has been serving as Assistant Superintendent and will mange the facility while decisions are made about a permanent superintendent.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Awards Handed Out at Annual Chamber Gala

Walt Coleman
The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Gala Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center of Immanuel Baptist Church.  The keynote speaker for the event was NFL Referee Walt Coleman.  Mr. Coleman resides in Little Rock and is a sixth generation of the Coleman Dairy family (now Hiland Dairy).  He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 following in the footsteps of his father who was inducted in 1994.  Mr. Coleman spoke to the crowd about positive attitudes and how they make a difference.

Chamber President David King issued the welcome to the crowd and was followed by Rev. Daniel Haigwood, pastor of Hermitage Baptist Church who gave the invocation.

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After revealing the People's Choice Awards, President King announced the major awards of the evening.

Warren Jr. Auxiliary was named Civic Club of the Year.

Warren Rotary Club earned the award for Project of the Year with their Dolly Parton's Imagination Library which gives 150 books to children age 5 and under each month in the county.  Erika Spears accepted the award on behalf of the club.

2015 UAM Collegiate Farm Bureau Competition

Pictured from left are Harry Willems, Farm Bureau state director of organization andmember programs, Justin Calhoun, John David Farabough, Dr. Bob Stark, Collegiate Farm Bureau faculty sponsor, John Erickson, Amanda Kelley, Kaitlyn Wilson, and Steve Stroh, Farm Bureau southeast district director of organization and member programs.

            MONTICELLO, AR — Justin Calhoun of Star City took first place in the 2015 Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet held recently at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
The competition is modeled after the statewide Young Farmer & Ranchers Contest sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau.  Participants discuss a current agricultural issue in a committee meeting format.  Points are given for analysis of the topic, problem solving and implementation, a cooperative attitude, and general delivery.  Each participant makes individual opening and closing statements of their own composition with allparticipants engaging in a general discussion period. The question discussed was “The farm bill crop insurance provisions offer a safety net for crop loss due to natural disaster and/or price risk.  Should a safety net for livestock producers be developed, and what provisions might it include?”

Rural Fire Department Responds to Chimney Fire

On Thursday, February 19 at 10:43 p.m., a passerby noticed fire coming from a chimney at 559 US Highway 63 N and notified authorities.  The Bradley County Rural Fire Department responded.  Upon arrival, they discovered that the fire had mostly burned out except for several large embers present on the roof.  The embers had cooled, and it was determined that they were no longer a threat.  The occupant was notified and the two trucks that responded returned to the station.  The property was owned by Patricia Williams.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

School Closings for Thursday, February 26

Warren School District - closed Thursday

Cleveland County School District - closed Thursday

Hampton School District - closed Thursday

Star City School District - closed Thursday

Drew Central School District - closed Thursday

Monticello School District - closed Thursday

Hamburg School District - closed Thursday


The Bradley County Hospital Board meeting has been cancelled which was originally scheduled for Thursday, 12:30 p.m.

The Bradley County Medical Center Women’s and Surgery Clinics will be closed Thursday morning due to inclement weather.

Post Your Cancellations

Any church or business needed to notify people of a cancellation may email it to salineriverchronicle@gmail.com.  We will get it on as soon as possible.

Snow Day Photos Rolling In

Check out the fun snow day photos by going to the feature page.

The photo below was discovered on Glenda Johnson Schwebel's facebook page.
The photo below was found on Toni M. Miller's facebook page.  What a great representation of the City of Warren in the snow.

Breaking News: Accident on Highway 278 West and City Sees One Accident

While snow is beautiful and kids enjoy time out of school, the weather can cause treacherous driving conditions.  salineriverchronicle.com was sent this photo of a wrecker towing a car that fell victim to the elements on Highway 278 West towards Banks.  The accident was worked by the Arkansas State Police.  No further details are available at this time.

In addition, in the Warren City limits, a car slid off the road on South Main St. Wednesday morning.

salineriverchronicle.com encourages everyone to remain at home if possible.

Send Us Your Snow Pictures

salineriverchronicle.com wants you to send us your snow pictures:  kids playing, simply breathtaking, snowfalling, gathering on limbs, etc.  We will be putting them on our feature page.  Send the photographer's name and any information you want included with the pictures.

Construction Work Coming to Courthouse

Bradley County Judge Keith Neely informed the Quorum Court that plans are proceeding to conduct major repairs to the Bradley County Courthouse later this year.  Structural repairs to the south side of the building are required and plans are ready to move forward subject to grant funding availability.  The county currently has a grant for $250,000.00 to utilize and expects to receive another $217,000.00 from the state historical preservation agency.

Two bids have been received for the repairs work:
Western Millwright-$496,500.00
Ideal Construction-$467,500.00

The Court agreed to award the work to Ideal as low bidder.

Courthouse Closing

The Bradley County Courthouse will be closing at noon Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Basketball Tournament Update

Please go to the sports page to see the latest update on the Regional Basketball Tournament Schedule which has been affected by inclement weather.

Lions Club Meeting Canceled for Wednesday

The Warren Lions Club meeting scheduled for noon Wednesday at Molly's has been cancelled for today.


GFWC Warren Woman’s Club members are gathering “Pop Tabs” to be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock.  The tabs will be delivered next month and the club is asking for local residents to assist in this effort.  Tabs can be pulled from drink cans, soup cans, pet food cans or any can with a pop tab.

For several years, GFWC Warren Woman’s Club members have been collecting and donating “Pop Tabs” to the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock.  The tabs are used by the facility for fundraising efforts for this wonderful organization.
Ronald McDonald House provides housing for patients and their families seeking treatment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  Arkansas is very fortunate to have both these facilities located in our state.  Many Bradley County residents have been recipients of the services of Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in the past.

Warren Woman’s Club members are extremely thankful to the many local residents who collect the tabs and contribute to the project each year.  

If you have tabs to donate, you may leave them at 108 South Walnut Street or call 870-226-5457 for more information or to have the tabs picked up.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten Closed Wednesday

First Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten will be closed tomorrow 2/25/15 as the Warren School District is closed because of tomorrow's expected round of wintry weather making driving conditions unsafe and the Winter Weather Watch has been upgraded to Winter Weather Warning.

Hermitage Schools Close Wednesday

According to Hermitage School District Superintendent Dr. Tracy Tucker Hermitage Schools are  dismissed on Wednesday because of the forecast for inclement weather tomorrow. stay safe and warm! 

Warren Schools Will Be Closed Wednesday.

Due to anticipated wintry weather causing possible hazardous driving conditions, WSD will remain closed tomorrow. The forecast has upgraded from winter weather watch to winter weather warning through late afternoon on Wednesday. We will continue to monitor the weather and driving conditions through Wednesday before making a determination of possible closing or delayed start time on Thursday.

The safety of our students and staff will continue to be the number one priority. It is our hope that this decision will not only keep our families off the roadways, but also allow adequate time to make alternate arrangements for child care.

Plea Agreed To In Circuit Court

A plea agreement was entered into in Bradley County Circuit Court on Thursday February `19th in the case of Angel Ortega Ramirez.  Mr. Ramirez plead guilty to a Battery II charge and received 72 months probation and was ordered to pay $54,343.29 in restitution.  The restitution is to cover medical expenses for the individual that was the recipient of the battery.