Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ASEA Volunteers Spruce Up Park

The Bradley County Chapter of ASEA volunteered to paint at the Warren City Park today. Thanks to Mayor Bryan Martin and his helper who got the paint/brushes/rollers, etc. for us and cleaned up the brushes after we finished. A big thank you to Katherine Harris, Glenda Andrews, Star Lattimore, Johanna Thrower, Nancy Davis, Terry Hopson, Martha Reed, and late arrival Ray (it's the thought that counts) for taking time out of their day to support ASEA and volunteer for this project. With this many people willing to help it only took around 45 minutes of our time. The ladies had a good time painting the see-saws and the stone picnic table. The goal of the group was to volunteer to make the park look pretty for the Tomato Festival...mission accomplished.  These women are making a difference.

Volunteers Put a Smile on the Festival Face

Time is getting closer...as evidenced by the painting of the Tomatoes on Cedar Street in front of the courthouse.  Tricia VanderZwalm West and Vicky Tapia labored long and hard to get the first of two done early this week.  According their posts on facebook, many in the community supported their effort.

These ladies should inspire all of us to pitch in not just during the festival time, but year round to make our home a better place.  Thanks ladies.

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School Board Conducts Business in Special Meeting

The Warren School Board met in a Special Called meeting Tuesday, May 24 with the first item of business being the refinancing of two school bond issues.  Mr. Jason Holsclaw with Stephens , Inc. was present to explain to the board how they could combine the two bond issues, refinance them, and save money.  He estimated that by refinancing the bond issues the district will save $232,000.  The board unanimously to authorize Stephens to proceed with the refinancing and to utilize the Friday Law Firm and bond counsel.

After returning from executive session the board approved the contracts for SEACBEC rehires as follows:

Jonalyn Reep (Adult Ed. Director, part-time)
Denecia Seller (Adult Ed. Bookkeeper part-time)
Suzanne Tucker (Full-time instructor)
Belinda Langford-(Part-time instructor)
Lois Hedger-(Full-time paraprofessional)
Coleman Dowda-(Full-time paraprofessional)
Jane Helton-(Full-time paraprofessional)
Kristen Weeks-(Full-time instructor)
Helen Frosh-(Full-time Paraprofessional)
TBH,Full-time-(Instructor Hermitage Site)

Contract for Brunson:

Veronica York-Brunson Parapro for 7 months

Contracts for Eastside New Vision Charter School:

Sarah Valntine-KG teacher
Elizabeth Brown-1st grade

Contract for Brunson

Brandi Green-Brunson Counselor

G/T Coordinator:

Justin Beth Woodard, Voluntary Transfer to District G/T Coordintor

WHS Contracts:

Maribeth Hicks-Business Instructor at WHS
Janet Harton-EAST Instructor for WHS

SEACBEC Adult Education Staff for Summer School-June/July

Suzanne Tucker-ADED Instructor
Belinda Langford-ADED Instructor
Kisten Weeks-ADED Instructor
Coleman Dowda-ADED Parapro
Helen Frosh-ADED Parapro

The board also accepted the following resignations:

Liz Richy-Middle School Teacher
Misty Davis - ESNVCS Teacher

The board received two bids for the heating and air condition unit at the Central Office.  The board voted to award the job to Cook Heating and Air for a cost of $12,122.75.

The board also finalized the agreement with Raptorproductions (salineriverchronicle.com) to livestream Warren school events.

After adjourning from the meeting, the board reconvened for the purpose of considering expulsions.

Genealogy Society Meets

Left to Right:  Sandra Gatling, Lana Pagan, and Kim Forrest
Kim Forrest, Sandra Gatling, and Lana Pagan spoke to the Bradley County Genealogy Club Sunday afternoon.  Mrs. Forrest spent time discussing the Daughters of the American Revolution while her sister-in-law talked about their Forrest family history.

The Daughters of the American Revolution was incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress.  Today, it has 175,000 members in the 3,000 chapters spread across the nation.  Mrs. Forrest explained how someone becomes a member of the organization.   She told them that a candidate for membership must be a woman of at least 18 years of age who can prove lineal descent of a patriot from the American Revolution.  

On Your Mark, Get Set...Read

The Warren Branch Library began pre-registrations Monday, May 23 and will continue through June 6 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for the Summer Reading Program.

You are invited to “On Your Mark, Get Set…., READ!!” as we explore all things sports and fitness this summer!! Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and much more. The Reading Program starts June 9th and is for children ages 3 – 12.  Call the library at 870-226-2536 or come by to sign your child up for our Fitness, Health, & Wellness theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set…, READ!!!”  The age groups are 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 years.  Inquire at the library for date of each program.

New Edinburg Farmers' Market Holds Grand Opening

The New Edinburg Farmers' Market held its Grand Opening in the historic downtown commercial district Saturday, May 21 with nine vendors selling produce, bird houses, cottage food items, refurbished furniture, handmade jewelry and cedar wood work.  Beginning Friday, May 27, the market will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. throughout the summer.  The market is located at 6350 Highway 8.  Interested vendors may contact Linda Boyter at 501-687-3242 for additional information.

The first annual Farm to Market 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run was held Saturday prior to the Farmers Market opening.  Seventy-one registered runners and walkers participated in the event with approximately 30 bystanders which included workers, family members, Arkansas State Trooper Randy Rawls,  Deputy Sheriff Major McClellan,  Deputy Sheriff Jimmie Billings plus Pumper 1 of the New Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department driven by volunteer fireman, Chris Thompson.  First Place Male Runner was Madison McClellan with a time of 25.12, First Place Female Runner, Melissa Hopson with a time of 25:20, First Place Female Walker, Cheryl Moring with a time of 43.34 and First Place Male Walker, Keith Cheney with a time of 44.25.  First Place Male in the one mile was Jake Puterbaugh and First Place Female was Pamela Nichols.  A drawing was held for prizes and winners included Melissa Hopson, Cindy Lash, Daniel Bryant, Renea Morgan, Shelby Siqufus and Jack Bryant.  FBT Bank & Mortgage and Warren Bank and Trust Company were sponsors of the race event.

Diane Clement, County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences for Cleveland County provided healthy snack options before and during the race plus distributed nutritional information. Gwen Paul, Administrator/HHI Leader and Sarah Sturgis, Personal Care RN, provided blood pressure checks and passed out information on various health concerns including stroke prevention, nutrition, diabetes, cancer awareness, and other fitness and nutritional guides.

Several area residents held a community wide garage sale throughout the downtown area Saturday morning.  All three activities were organized through the efforts of the community wide re-New-ing Edinburg group.

Katelynn Dunaway to Lead 2016-17 WHS Beta Club as President

Left to Right:  Julissa Villareal, Nicole Tinoco, Katelynn Dunaway, Estaphy Roman, and Melanie Canuto
Warren High School Beta Club elected officers recently for the 2016-17 school year.  Leading the club whose membership is based on academics will be Katelynn Dunaway as President.  Nicole Tinoco will served the club as Vice President.  Estaphany Roman will keep the records as Secretary. Melanie Canuto will serve the members as their Treasurer.  The club elected Hannah Watt to be their fund-raising chairperson and Julissa Villarreal to be the Publicist.

Miller Elected to Lead WHS Student Body

Left to Right:  Kristen Best, Kacie Cooper, Payton Ashcraft, Nicole Tinoco, Jakyra Miller, Jaye Saunders, Katelynn Dunaway,  Estaphany Roman, and Emmalee Goad
The Warren High School student body recently voted for the 2016 Warren High School Student Council officers and representatives.  Senior Jakyra Miller was elected to lead the student body as their president.  Nicole Tinoco, a junior, will serve as Vice President.  Sophomore Jaye Saunders was elected secretary, and Katelynn Dunaway was elected Reporter.

Elected to serve the senior class as representatives was Payton Ashcraft and Alexis Dunaway.

The representatives elected to voice the opinions of the junior class were Emmalee Goad and Estaphany Roman.

Chosen to represent the sophomore class was Kristen Best and Kacie Cooper.

WHS Students Receive Scholarships

Several members of the Warren High School class of 2016 were recognized at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 17th at the Warren Cultural Center receiving scholarships. Many seniors received the Academic Challenge Scholarship valued at $14,000.

Scholarships that were awarded to WHS Honor Graduates and their values include: UAM University Scholarship, valued at $41,000, and the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Valedictorian Jordan Jones; the Arkansas State University Thompson Minority Scholarship, valued at $8,000, the FUMC Garner Scholarship, valued at $2,500, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Krystal Brown; the UAPB Chancellor’s Scholarship, valued at $69,676, the Dr. and Mrs. H. A. Dew Scholarship, valued at $6,000, and the  Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Daniel DeLeon; the SAU Achievement Award, valued at $8,000, the Bradley County Farm Bureau Scholarship, valued at $400, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Kelsey Parker; the SouthArk Freshman Recognition Scholarship, valued at $3,000, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Leslie Peek; the Allyn Watson Memorial Scholarship, valued at $250, and the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Shamiqua Pickett; the 2016-2017 Cohort 10 of the Engineer Career Readiness Program at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering, valued at $30,000, the University of Arkansas Razorback Bridge Scholarship, valued at $14,000, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Anahi Rostro; SAU University Scholarship, valued at $36,000, the Carthel Raines Scholarship, valued at $500, the Kimmey Scholastic Scholarship, valued at $500, the WHS Beta Club Amber Wilson Scholarship, valued at $250, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Samantha Satterlee.

Other scholarships that were awarded and their values include: the Union Bank & Trust Scholarship, valued at $1,000, was awarded to Brian Alba; the UAM Leadership Scholarship, valued at $4,000, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Jonah Barbara; the Montgomery GI Bill, valued at $56,448.00, was awarded to Amaru Brantley; the Warren Ladies League Scholarship, valued at $1000, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Kaitlyn Barnes; the SouthArk Freshman Recognition Scholarship, valued at $3,000, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Mary Brice; the UAM Weevil Excellence Scholarship, valued at $6,000, the Coca-Cola Scholarship, valued at $500, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Breanna Burch; the Montgomery GI Bill, valued at $56,448.00, the UAM Leadership Scholarship, valued at $4,000, the Academic Challenge Scholarship, and the Thomas C. Brunson award were awarded to Sean Davis; the UCA University Scholarship, valued at $12,000, the Warren School District Scholarship, valued at $2,000, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Taylor Domineck; the Weevil Excellence Scholarship, valued at $6,000, a UAM Choir Scholarship, valued at $8,000, and the Jimmy Don Duprey Scholarship, valued at $200, were awarded to Jazzmine Gaines; the OBU Ouachita Collegiate Scholarship, valued at $20,000, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Kaitlyn Green; the Academic Challenge Scholarship was awarded to Shaniece Harris; the Academic Challenge Scholarship was awarded to DeMarquis Hall; the UAM College of Technology- Crossett Tuition Scholarship, valued at $3,145, and the Academic Challenge were awarded to Dillon Helms; the UAM Leadership Scholarship, valued at $4,000, was awarded to Madison Howard; the Academic Challenge Scholarship was awarded to Loren Johnson; the OBU Collegiate Scholarship and OBU Grant, valued at $20,000, and the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Jaye McMillian; the Upward Bound Scholarship and the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Jason Miranda; the UAM Leadership Scholarship, valued at $4,000, was awarded to Carlye Mitchell; the Academic Challenge Scholarship was awarded to Genesis Morgan; the UAPB Dean’s Academic Tuition Scholarship, valued at $18,120, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Nakasha Nealon; the UAPB Dean’s Scholarship, valued at $18,120, the UAPB New Era Scholarship, valued at $3,000, the Junior Auxiliary of Warren Scholarship, valued at $2,000, and the Academic Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Destini Owens; the UAM Weevil Excellence Scholarship, valued at $6,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Lauren Peyton; the Henderson Red & Gray Scholarship, valued at $11,000, the Lorrie L. Baker Honorary Scholarship, valued at $1500, and the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship were awarded to Mya Radford; the OBU Collegiate Scholarship, valued at $12,000, was awarded to Alex Ramirez; the Academic Challenge Scholarship was awarded to Maria Ramirez; the Academic Challenge Scholarship was awarded to Alejanda Resendiz; the UAM Leadership Scholarship, valued at $4,000, was awarded to Kyana Sloan; and the Academic Challenge Scholarship was awarded to Dylan Wesson. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Warren Rotary Supporting Imagination Library

The Warren Rotary Club is a major supporter of the Imagination Library project in Bradley County. The program provides a free book per month to children age 0-5 years old with the purpose of helping them learn to read as early as possible and assisting families in teaching the children to read.  In order to participate, families must register the child to receive the book.

Currently there are 198 young children taking part in the program from Bradley County.   There are an estimated 700 eligible.  To apply for a child, go online at:  imaginationlibrary.com or pick up a form at the Bradley County Library or the Bradley County Medical Center.

The books are provided by the Dollywood Foundation, created by country singer Dolly Parton and are purchased for $2.00 a piece by local sponsors.  The Warren Rotary Club contributes to the project and helps raise funds to cover the cost.  All contributions are tax deductible.

According to Carlton Davis of the Warren Rotary Club, the first book kids receive is, "The Little Engine That Could."  The last one is entitled, "Lookout Kindergarten, Here I Come."

The Rotary Club has a fund raiser planned for Saturday June, 11th, in conjunction with the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, to raise money for the purchase of books.  The event will consist of a pancake breakfast to be held at the First United Methodist Church running from 7:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.  Everyone is invited.  Cost is $8.00 per ticket and may be purchased at the door or in advance from any Rotarian.  Everyone is invited to come by, eat, and help support the Imagination Library.  For further information contact Carlton Davis at 870-820-2822.

BETA and HOSA Hold Sock Drive to Benefit Residents of Long-Term Care

Front Row:  Hannah Richey, Shelby Gardner, Alexis Dunaway, Alaina Glover, Johanna Lasiter, Julissa Villareal, Josie Smith, Blain Morman, Abby Torres.  Second Row:  Haliey Hudson, KaNiyia Grant, Kevina Marshall, Payton Ashcraft, Katelynn Dunaway, Sydney Broome, Kasey Kellum, Reese Morman, Hannah Watt.

The WHS Beta Club and HOSA recently joined together and held a sock drive.  They collected 114 pairs of socks that will be donated to residents of long-term care facilities in Warren.  After promoting the sock drive to Health Science students at SEACBEC, members asked to team up with WHS Beta Club to make the drive an even bigger success.  WHS Beta sponsors and members were eager to help.  Both WHS Beta Club and SEACBEC HOSA are actively involved in giving back to our community.  Between the two student organizations, members have participated in countless community service projects.

WHS Beta Club sponsors are Kala Thornton and Brandi Green.  SEACBEC HOSA sponsors are Kasey Reep and Emily Harton.

Civil Service Commission Promotes Hollingsworth and Hires Moore

The Warren Civil Service Commission met Monday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor's Office Conference Room.  The Commission promoted Donald Hollingsworth to the position of Lieutenant and hired Nathan Moore as a full-time fireman to fill a vacant position.  Moore was a volunteer fireman. The Lieutenant position was open as a result of the hiring of Shaun Hildreth as Police Chief.  The Civil Service Commission also promoted Michael Sharp from patrolman  to corporal.

Arrest Report: May 23, 2016

Aviva Thomas, 309 Bailey St., Warren, AR., age 29, arrested on warrant (5-16-16)

Thomas Bradbury, Jr., 247 Cowboy Rd., Warren, AR., age 33, charged with violation of order of protection (5-17-16)

Deltue James, 739 E. Oakland, Monticello, AR., age 36, charged with driving on suspended license (5-17-16)

Jareco Childs, 853 Bradley Rd. 1N, age 19, charged with possession of controlled substance (5-18-16)

Felipe Marguez, 117 Shelby St., Warren, AR., age 29, charged with driving on suspended DL, ran stop sign (5-18-16)

Andrew Deal, 22 Southern Ct., Warren, AR., age 44, charged with battery 3rd and disorderly conduct (5-20-16)

Angel A. Deal, 22 Southern Ct., Warren, AR., age 44, charged with battery 3rd and disorderly conduct (5-20-16)

John W. Smith, 121 Bradley 7 Rd. N, Warren, AR., age 48, charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct (5-20-16)

Angela Crook, 1244 E. Watt St., Monticello, AR., age 38, charged with battery 3rd, criminal trespassing (5-20-16)

Jerome Casey, 509 N. Vine St., Stuttgart, AR., age 40, charged with driving on suspended license, arrested on warrant (5-21-16)

Fredrick Stallings, 1414 Bellaire St., Warren, AR., age 42, charged with driving on suspended license (5-21-16)

Craig S. Bryant, 408 Oak st., Warren, AR., age 45, charged with driving on suspended DLx4, no tags, fictitious tags (5-22-16)

Paul Grice, Cummins Unit, age 38, court, (5-22-16)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

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Warren Spanish Club Members Assist at Free Dental Clinic Which Serviced Over 1500

Warren Spanish Club member Abby Torres translates at the ARMOM Dental Clinic this past weekend.
The Arkansas Mission of Mercy provided over 1500 people with free dental care this past Friday and Saturday on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

ARMOM is an annual two-day free dental clinic started by the Arkansas State Dental Association for underserved Arkansans.  All services are provided free of charge by members of the Arkansas State Dental Association assisted by a host of volunteers.  ARMOM hosts a number of events throughout the state.
Union Bank feeds the volunteers.

On Friday night, Union Bank sponsored a barbecue dinner for the volunteers and doctors taking part in the clinic.  It was held at the Drew County Fair Grounds.

The Warren High School Spanish Club attended the Arkansas Dental Association’s Arkansas Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic held on Friday, May 20 at UAM. Spanish club members offered their services translating at the clinic. Two of the club members, Jacqueline Villarreal and Estephany Roman, assisted the pediatric dentists and their patients with translation. Members Abby Torres and Rosa Bautista translated for patients at the dental surgery station. Victor Xharicata and club sponsor Hector Castillo translated for patients who were completing paperwork. Over 700 patients were seen during Friday’s clinic. Several club members plan to volunteer at Saturday's clinic.

Intermodal Board Hears Audit Reports

A good portion of the board meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority, conducted May, 18th, was taken up being briefed by Emrich & Scroggins concerning the recent audit of the authority.  The audit covered 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Stacy D. Scroggins, CPA, made the presentation to the board and covered the various sections of the audit.  The audit consisted of financial reports and compliance matters.  According to Mr. Scroggins, the finances were in very good  order and three compliance issues were noted.

While important to note, the compliance issues were considered minor.  The audit was late being conducted, there was a matter of complying with federal guidelines on auditing federal grant funds and the procurement of consulting services was mentioned.  The auditor was unable to find documentation as to how the consulting engineer was hired to comply with state law.  Some members of the board felt that procedures had been followed but documentation was not located.  The board voted to approve the audit and then voted to hire Emrich & Scroggins to conduct the 2015 audit wihich is due later this year.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May is Older Americans Month

Warren, AR-Older Americans Month celebrated older adults as they play growing and increasingly vital roles in communities all across the country.  This year's theme "Blaze a Trail" emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.  Experience Works, a national nonprofit organization, dedicates year-round programs and services that are helping them do just that.

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Its largest program, the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Senior Community Service Employment Program or SCSEP, provides assistance to low-income older adults needing help transitioning back into the workforce.  Operating in 30 states and Puerto Rico, including 62 Arkansas counties participants like 62 year-old Helen Frosh of Banks, Arkansas build confidence, update job skills through a wide range of community service opportunities, and access customized training as a stepping stone to employment.

YMCA Summer Day Camp Early Bird Special

Campers registered and paid for the first week of camp by Thursday, May 26th will receive a 50% discount off of the first week's fee.  Don't miss out on this special! (Scholarship recipients do not qualify.)

Summer Day Camp will be offered for children grandees kindergarten through 6th grade each week of summer excluding the week of July 5th-8th for children grades kindergarten through the fifth gar.  This year during camp, we will have a different theme each week.  Campers will have the opportunity to participate in community summer reading programs, daily fitness activities, walking field trips, learning from guest speakers, completing art and science activities, scavenger hunts, and much more.  Daily swimming, songs, and choice of computer lab and games are favorites of the campers.  Sign up now to reserve a spot for summer 2016.

Scholarships are available.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Your Festival Donations are Needed

Funding a festival requires contributions of both large and small donations.  Most of these donations come from local sources: businesses and individuals.  It is not too late to support the 2016 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.

This festival is one of the oldest in the South and brings in thousands of people to Bradley County each June.  This generates much-needed revenue for the area.

Any business or individual that wants to make a contribution and get a "tomato sign" on the court square may call the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce at 870-226-5225.  Time is drawing near, and these donations need to be made as soon as possible.

Quorum Court Approves Appropriation Ordinance

After approving monthly reports, the Bradley county Quorum Court, meeting on May,16th,  adopted an appropriation ordinance in the amount of $11,400.00 for the Bradley County Rural Fire Department.  The money was received from the state of Arkansas via the General Improvement Fund.

The Court also adopted a resolution authorizing the County Judge to apply for a grant on behalf of the Bradley County Rural Fire Department for equipment for a pumper truck.  The grant will be submitted to the Arkansas Rural Development  Commission.

Another resolution was passed in support of the ACT Work Ready Community Initiative, a program aimed at improving the workforce of Bradley County and creating additional employment.

County Judge Neely provided a monthly update on various county activities.

Job Fair Held To Assist Former OMP Employees

The Family Life Center of Immanuel Baptist Church housed the job fair.
 In an effort to assist employees affected by the closure of the OMP plant in Warren, Arkansas, Arkansas Workforce and Bradley County Economic Development Corporation joined forces to hold a job fair May, 17th at Immanuel Baptist Church.  A good number of local and area employers were on hand to talk with those seeking jobs.  There were private sector businesses and various agencies and service providers on hand to explain available jobs and to provide information on pay and benefits. There was information available about educational opportunities also.

BCMC representative talks with Michael Harding of
Arkansas Workforce Development Office.
Among those on hand seeking employees were Bradley County Medical Center, Area Agency on Aging, Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center, State Department of Corrections and some private companies. UAM was also present.

One potential employee told SRC that he had job offers out of state but hoped to find a suitable job in the Warren Bradley County area because this is where he desires to live.  A good number of individuals attended, seeking employment.

UAM was well represented at the Job Fair.

Sheila Smith represented the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center at the Job Fair.

Community Action Board Meeting

Althea Dallas, Interim Director Community Action
Members of the southeast Arkansas Community Action  Agency Board of Directors meet May, 17th in the conference room of the agency headquarters, for the organization's monthly meeting.  The board meeting seemed to be better organized and productive as a result of better planning and instruction provided by the State of Arkansas Department of Human Services.

A quorum was approved and minutes of the April, 19th board meeting were approved after a close review and some corrections.  The board was told that the review of the status of board members was still underway.  The staff had been ordered to conduct a review of the procedures followed in selecting board members to assure that all are legally on the board.  Later in the meeting, staff of the state office told the staff an extension would be honored if requested in writing, but the review must be completed.

Committee reports were requested and a report was given by the Executive Committee. Then program updates were provided for LiHeap, Head Start and CSBG.  The financial statement was then reviewed and adopted as was the credit card activity report.  The Interim Director gave an administrative report on agency operations.  During public comments Gregg Reep with salineriverchronicle.com ask that information be provided on purchases made utilizing credit cards.  Amounts were provided but the items bought were not included.

To wrap up the meeting Mrs. Beverly Buchanan with the state Human services department, spent some time training the board, which has been an ongoing process for several months.  She told the board they should be promoting programs and seeking ways to help individuals and families get out of poverty, not just continue to receive services.  She indicated each program should be operated with that intention in mind. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hartons Named Bradley County Farm Family of the Year

Mike and Kim Dorrough Harton have been named the 2016 Bradley County Farm Family of the Year.
The Hartons have been in the farming business for 33 years and currently farm 544 acres of land.  160 acres of this land are where they grow hay as their major crop.  They produce three tons per acre.

The major livestock and other enterprises of their business consists of crossbred cattle, 100 Moma Cows who currently have 71 calves.  The Hartons sell their calves locally and out of state. Mike notes that he has been blessed to grow in numbers and acreage over the past few years and that his goals for his cattle business is to keep the cattle healthy, continue improving the herd, and continue improving pastures and grasslands.  He also has built seven ponds for added water supply and stocked them with fish.  He has also planted hardwood and pine trees in low areas to slow erosion.

Mike has been in the timber business for 26 years.  The family has 181 acres of timberland.  Wood harvested from the timberland is sold locally and in surrounding areas.  He also buys and sells timber from private landowners.  A logging crew of approximately seven work for the Hartons.

McVay and Hollingsworth Honored at Governor's Mansion

Governor Asa Hutchinson and the First Lady hosted Scholastic Honors Day at the Governor's Mansion on April 30th.  Scholastic Honors Day is held annually to recognize the academically top-performing seniors from each high school in Arkansas.  Representing Hermitage High School were Brooke McVay and Ali Hollingsworth.

Left to right—Holley McVay (sister), Sheila McVay (mother), Gov. Hutchinson, Brooke McVay, Mrs. Hutchinson, and JP McVay (father)

Left to right—Cassidy Hollingsworth (sister), Heather Hollingsworth (mother) Gov. Hutchinson, Mrs. Hutchinson, and Emma Maxwell (grandmother)

Hermitage Students to Attend Girls State and Boys State

Ariel Belin and Alexis Davis will represent Hermitage High School at Arkansas Girls State May 29-June 3.  Ariel is the daughter of Keshia Wiley and Alexis is the daughter of Mary Smith.

TJ Hoskins will represent at Arkansas Boys State on the same dates.  TJ's parents are Ron and Pam Hoskins.

Arkansas State Trooper Speaks to Rotary

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday, May 17, at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  Rotarian Linda Barrett introduced as her program speaker Trooper Shawn Mitchell who spoke to the Rotarians about the history, current duties, divisions and qualifications to be a trooper.

Right:  Trooper Shawn Mitchell and Rotarian Linda Barrett

UAM Sets Pre-registration Dates for Incoming Freshmen

            MONTICELLO, AR —  The University of Arkansas at Monticello will hold two pre-registration sessions for incoming freshmen June 13 and 14, according to Mary Whiting, director of admissions.
            Both sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center.  Only students who have applied for admission and have received mail notification may preregister on those dates. Letters of invitation were sent to each student with a request for a reply.  Limited places are available for each session.    
            Sessions for parents will provide information regarding the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), academic programs, financial aid, student programs and activities, residence life, campus safety and services, and information technology.          
            New fall transfer students who have completed the admission process may preregister for the fall semester in the Office of Admissions in Harris Hall on June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transfer students who have received mail notification may pre-register at this time. Students who are being re-admitted to the university may also register during this time.          
            For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 844-1826 or(870) 460-1026.

WHS Announces Commencement Exercises

WHS 2016 Valedictorian
Jordan Taylor Jones
Warren High School announces that commencement exercises are set for 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2016 at James E. Hurley, Jr. Field.  In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held in the Warren Cultural Center.

The senior awards assembly will be held Tuesday, May 17, in the Warren Cultural Center at 10:00 a.m.  That evening at 7:00 p.m., a baccalaureate ceremony will be held.

Leading the class of 2016 as valedictorian is Jordan Taylor Jones, daughter of Mr. Jay and Mrs. Jennifer Jones.

The honor graduates are as follows:
Krystal Amoir-Marie Brown
Daniel Francisco Deleon
Kelsey Morganne Parker
Leslie Faith Peek
Shamiqua De'Shun Pickett
Anahi Rostro
Samantha Renee Satterlee
Sierra Dawn Simpson

The graduates are as follows:

Acuapa Jeronimo, Maria Elena
Aguilar, Kimberly
Alba Cortes, Carlos Brian
Alonzo Chavez, Brandon
Armstrong, Oscar Rayshon
Baggett, Jessica Rose
Barbara, Johnah Roel
Barnes, Kaitlyn Ann
Barrett, Jefferson Taylor
Brantley, Amaru Jehan-Joseph
Brice, Mary Jane
Brown, Kennedy Tyler
Burch, Breanna Deshay
Clary, Colin Ian
Collins, Kaliyah Nicole Clariese
Cooper, Chrstion De'Annte
Cooper, Hayley Morgan
Corcules Cortez, Jonathan Alonso
Cortes, Kevein Jair
Cortes, Pamela Meggan
Couto, Geraldo
Crain, Ariel La'Sha
Davis, Denise Lacole
Davis, Sean McKenzie
Dean, Alex Riley
Dodds, Christofor Tylae
Domneck, Taylor Jo'Ri
Farmer, Pamela Elaine
Franklin, RaShun Marquel
Gaines, De'Andre Treveon
Gains, Jazzmine Taylor
Gilmore III, Franklin Delenore Roosevelt
Gonzalez, Cindy Irene
Gonzalez, Babreila Isamar
Gorgonio Tinoco, Carmela
Green, Kaitlyn Renee
Hall, Demarquis Stevon
Hampton, Marcedes Sommone
Hampton, Tiara La'shea
Harding A'Lexus Azhiana
Hargis, Peyton
Harris, Shaniece Lashay
Haynes, Ryan Joseph
Helms, Joseph Dillion
Herron, Dakota Juvenal
Howard, Madison Neely Ann
Jacob, Amia Nicole
Johnson, Loren Madison
Jones, Destiny Darrique
Jonio, Justus Dane
Laws, Allison Sue
Lawson Daquez Travon
Lile, Dijion Marquez
Martin, Sandra Gabriela
McCoy, D'Angelo Quantez
McHenry, Patrick Locklin
McMillan, Jaye Lenzi
Miller, Brittany JoAnn
Miller, Danesha Lashay
Miller, Ja-Vone Marquis
Miranda, Jason Anthony
Mitchell, Carlye Rae
Moore, Marquis Lajuann
Morgan, Genesis Danielle
Nealon, Nakasha Najae
Owens, Destini Dyanna
Padilla, Oscar
Padilla, Sergio
Patton, Laporsha Tyshawna
Peyton, Lauren Elizabeth
Poole, Talia Rochelle
Radford, May Nashaun
Ramirez, Luis Alejandro
Ramirez, Maria Janet
Resindiz, Alejandra
Robinson, Salih Lavarges
Rose, Jordyn Baleigh
Sanders, Serrina Elexus
Simon, Maria Lizbeth
Sloan, Ky'Ana TaShae
Thomas, Marcus Devontae
Thornton, Kailey Renee'
Tidwell Davis, Stephanie Kaye
Tillman, Tori Dechajlove
Turner, George Montrell
Walton, Ja'Nasha TyShunna
Washington, Jamerial D'Essence
Washington, Ja'Nerrica Dejinae
Wesson, Michael Dylan
Williams, Cody Lewis
Winters, Todd Michael

Serving as graduation attendants are: Logan Adams, Magnus Gray, Payton Ashcraft, Israel Sanchez, Sydney Broome, Hayden Lassiter, Melanie Canuto, Blaine Morman, Reese Morman, Dennis Daniels, Nathan Hairston, Austin Hammons, Katelyn Dunaway, Landon Jolley, Krista Sparks, Luke Barbara, Hannah Watt, Alexis Dunaway, Kevina Marshall, Haliey Hudson, Drake Lathan, Destiny Neely, and Greyson Ashcraft.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Check Out the All-Sports Reception and Hall of Fame Inductions at WHS

To see a complete list of the 2015-16 athletic awards and Lumberjack Hall of Fame Inductions go to the Sports Page.