Monday, February 24, 2020

Carolyn Owens Speaks To Genealogy Society

Carolyn Owens was the guest speaker for the February 23rd meeting of the Bradley County Genealogy Society.  She made a presentation about the importance of our youth being taught our history so they understand where we all came from and what we went through in earlier time periods.  She discussed her book entitled "Timeless Wisdom" which is a collection of stories and sayings she learned as a young person from family members and other acquaintances.  It was most informative and enjoyable.

Black History Program Conducted At Bethel AME Church


A good crowd gathered Sunday afternoon, February 23rd to take part in a program about "Black History."  The program was as followers:
*Opening song
*Prayer by Rev. Jessie Washington
*Scripture by Bro. LeVell Foote
*Duet by Bro. Riley Hudson and Sis. Angela Russell
*Welcome by Sis. Cornelia Anderson
*Response
*Occasion by Sis. Candace Jackson
*Solo by Sis. Stephanie Farmer
*Offering/Reporting by Sis Doris Davis and Sis. Denisa Hammock
*Introduction of speaker by Pastor of Bethel Rev. Clarence Luckey
*Song by Rev. Eugene Jones
*Sermon by Minister Roosevelt Gray of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Warren

The program was well done and educational.  Minister Gray spoke on the subject "Looking Back to Move Forward."
Rev. Roosevet Gray

Southeast Arkansas Political Animals to Meet Thursday, February 27th

The Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club is pleased to announce that Talk Business & Politics' Roby Brock will be the featured speaker at the organization's next meeting. The event will be held at noon on Thursday, February 27th at the Monticello Western Sizzlin'. Mr. Brock will discuss the upcoming March 3rd primary and other topics related to Arkansas politics and policy.

There are no membership fees to join the Southeast Arkansas Political Animals, and all are welcome. You are only responsible for purchasing your lunch. If you are planning to attend, RSVP by emailing John Davis at searkpoliticalanimals@gmail.com or call (870) 460-1189.

Plea Agreements Reached in Three Cases

Three criminal cases entered plea agreements during a session of Bradley County Circuit Court Monday, February 24.  Judge Theresa French presided.

1. Wesley Cole Wolfe-Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, inhale
    Sentenced to 36 months unsupervised probation and must enter rehab.  Must pay fines and
    cost.

2. Melanie Lynn Davis-Charged with forgery I
    Sentenced to 72 months supervised probation.  Must pay fines and cost.

3. Ashley Marie McCombs-Charged with possession of meth with purpose to deliver, use of
    paraphernalia to manufacture and use of communication device in commission of drug
    offence.  Sentenced to 60 months in prison, with 24 suspended plus must pay fines and cost.

Plea agreements are reached by the defense and prosecution, with approval of the court.

February Busy Month for Fire Dept.

From February 10 through February 15, the Warren Fire Department was called out 10 times.  The calls were as follows:

*2-10, for extrication on Hwy 189 Bypass/Bradley 23

*2-11, assist street department

*2-11, assist street department

*2-11, fuel spill at Hwy 63/278 Bypass

*2-12, Hazmat, no spill

*2-12, Vehicle accident on Smith Rd.

*2-13, Smoke scare on E. Church Street, no fire

*2-13, Vehicle accident on York Street

*2-14, assist ambulance on Wheeler Street

*2-15, Vehicle accident on Lark Street

Arrest Report: February 24, 2020

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Shawn Holt, 150 Spring Branch Drive, Monticello, AR, 6-17-86, arrested on warrant (2-17-20)

Jveon Washington, 114 Turner St., Warren, AR, 6-11-01, arrested on warrant (2-18-20)

Sammier Davis, 600 Hwy. 160 E. D-13, Hermitage, AR, 9-17-80, charged with domestic battery III, driving on suspended license, unauthorized se of vehicle (2-22-20)

Mason Nichols, 1466 Midway Route, Monticello, AR, 6-26-99, charged with aggravated assault (2-23-20)

Caleb Dowda, 8400 Summerset Blvd., Apt. 2407, Dallas, TX, 8-7-01, charged with tampering of physical evidence (2-23-20)

Carolyn Morman, 249 Bradley Rd. 105, 10-11-00, charged with tampering with physical evidence (2-23-20)

Keith Allen Davis, Jr., 903 York St. Warren, AR, 6-7-93, arrested on a warrant (2-23-20)

Willie McDiarmid, 2272-A, Bradley 8 South, Warren, AR, 1028-68, charged with possession of meth (2-24-20(

Carolyn Owens Speaks To Genealogy Society

Carolyn Owens was the guest speaker for the February 23rd meeting of the Bradley County Genealogy Society.  She made a presentation about the importance of our youth being taught our history so they understand where we all came from and what we went through in earlier time periods.  She discussed her book entitled "Timeless Wisdom" which is a collection of stories and sayings she learned as a young person from family members and other acquaintances.  It was most informative and enjoyable.

Intermodal Conducts Board Meeting

IThe monthly board meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority was conducted February 19 in Monticello.  The board rotates its meetings annually between Warren and Monticello.  The 2019 meetings were held in Warren and all 2020 meetings will be conducted in Monticello.

The board went over its basic regular  business and was informed work is still on going to finalize the longstanding issue of building a crossing over the rail line within the intermodal park.  It was reported the crossing site will have to be moved to comply with railroad regulations.

The financial information as reported was as follows:
*Cash on hand-$120,408.19
*Accounts shown as receivable;
-City of Monticello $16,550.51
-City of Warren $12,061.16
-Drew County-Has a credit of $840.85
-Bradley County-$145,953.81

The board consist of twelve members, three each appointed by Warren, Monticello, Drew County and Bradley County.

Community Calendar

At salineriverchronicle.com, we are always striving to make our site better.  This week we are making a big change to our Community Calendar. We will no longer run a full page with a month of events.  Each Monday, we will post a weekly calendar of events.

 If you have an event you want listed, email it to salineriverchronicle@gmail.com.

Monday, February 24


BCEDC, 7:)) a.m., Molly's
Bradley County Democratic Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Courthouse
BCEDC Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Board Room
NAACP Meeting, 7:00 p.m, Municipal Courtroom


Tuesday, February 25


Rotary meeting, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Community and Economic Development Committee, City of Warren, 4:30 p.m. Municipal Building
4-H Banquet, 6:00 p.m.,  Immanuel Baptist Church, sponsred by Warren Bank and Trust

Wednesday, February 26

ASH Wednesday
Lions Club meeting, noon, Simple Simon's
City of Warren Ways and Means Committee, 4:30 p.m., City Hall

Thursday, February 27, 2020


Southeast Political Animals, noon, Western Sizzlin'
Hospital Board Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
Regional Tournament Basketball, Warren boys(5:30 p.m.) and girls (7:00 p.m.)
Census Awareness meeting, 5:00 p.m., Municipal Courtroom


Friday, February 28, 2020

Saturday, February, 29, 2929

Sunday, March 1, 2020


Friday, February 21, 2020

ECONOMICS ARKANSAS FOUNDATION TO RECEIVE $50,000 GIFT FROM R.E. LEE WILSON TRUST FOUNDATION

LITTLE ROCK–The Economics Arkansas Foundation will receive a $50,000 gift from the R.E. Lee Wilson Trust Foundation of Little Rock, as was announced at the quarterly board of directors meeting today. The gift serves as a matching gift to kick off a three-year, $3 million legacy campaign to endow the Foundation, the fundraising division of Economics Arkansas, a nonprofit educational organization.

“We are deeply thankful for this generous gift from our longtime friend Perry Wilson and the Wilson family,” said Ray Hobbs, chair of the Economics Arkansas Foundation board of directors. “This contribution launches a first-of-its-kind campaign in the history of our organization that will make a huge difference to Arkansas teachers and students.”

The gift will match initial donations to the Economics Arkansas Foundation as part of the Legacy Campaign, which is designed to raise $3 million through 2022. This amount would boost the current endowment of the Foundation from $2 to $5 million, benefitting Economics Arkansas programs. The organization provides economic and personal finance education to Arkansas teachers and students, training more than 2,800 teachers and impacting approximately 175,000 students each year. With increased contributions from the Foundation, Economics Arkansas could expand staff and resources to offer professional development training and support to more Arkansas educators.


“It is my honor and privilege to be associated with an organization as great as Economics Arkansas, and to be in a position to offer some help,” said Perry Wilson at the board meeting. “My father was involved with Economics Arkansas for many years before he passed away, and he instilled in me a passion for education. It’s a personal and professional goal of mine to see economic education taught in all grades, starting in Pre-K and continuing through high school. With this gift, I challenge my peers to support that goal. Knowing how to thrive in our free-market economy and how to budget money could be the key to solving many of the problems folks are facing these days.”

CCMA Holds Candidate Forum

Sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Monticello Area ( CCMA ), a forum was held Thursday, February 20 allowing the candidates running for 10th Judicial District Circuit Judge, Division I and Division II opportunity to speak and answer questions.  A good crowd was on hand and participated in the forum.

The meeting was called to order by Joe Britton, President of the CCMA Executive Board.  Paul Byers, a member of the CCMA Executive Board introduced the moderator, Velinda Woodard.  All six candidates running for the open judgeships were present.  Each candidate was given time to make an opening statement and then questions were allowed from the audience.  Closing statements were then made.  The event ran some 90 minutes in length.  Upon conclusion of the forum, candidates mingled with those attending and visited in person.

Also in attendance was District Judge Bruce Anderson, who is running unopposed for reelection.  State Representative Leanne Burch and State Senator Eddie Cheatum were in attendance and gave greetings.  Both will face opposition in the November general election.

Candidate for Circuit Judge, Division 3, Robert Bynum Gibson, III was present and spoke briefly.  Mr. Gibson is unopposed.

Acknowledgements were given by Mrs. Demetria Taylor and remarks by Mrs. Janice El-Amin.  Tommy Daniels closed with prayer.

Election day is March 3rd in Arkansas.  Early voting is underway in all counties.

Mayor Denisa Pennington passes League certification program

The Arkansas Municipal League congratulates Mayor Pennington, who has achieved her status as a Certified Municipal Official through the League’s Voluntary Certified Continuing Education Program.
The certified municipal officials were honored during the opening night banquet at the League’s 2020 Winter Conference, held Feb. 12-14 in Little Rock.

Numerous municipal officials representing cities and towns from across the state completed 15 core Level 1 hours and six continuing education hours of study in subjects such as budgeting, personnel management and methods of effective leadership. To maintain certification, graduates must complete six hours of continuing education workshops each year.

The program continues in 2020 with workshops held throughout the year at the League’s North Little Rock headquarters and in June at the League’s Annual Convention in Little Rock. The League is also expanding its certification program this year, offering Advanced Level 2 workshops for those who have achieved Level 1 status in addition to offering a new Certified Municipal Personnel designation for key municipal personnel such as department heads and finance directors.

The Arkansas Municipal League is a service and advocacy organization for the municipalities of Arkansas. The League offers its programs and services to 500 cities and towns in Arkansas and was created in 1934 to assist cities with information and representation in the public affairs of our state and nation. To find out more, please visit www.arml.org.

Fifth Annual Marks Cemetery Event to be Held March 7

The fifth annual Marks Cemetery nature trail and picnic area clean -up is scheduled for March 7 at 9:00 a.m. at the cemetery.   Participants are asked to bring gas blowers, rakes, and yard brooms.   Re-New-ing Edinburg is once again sponsoring this event as a part of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful campaign which takes place each spring from March through May and is the nation’s largest community improvement effort. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this community activity.  For additional information about the Marks Cemetery event contact Roger McClellan at 870-643-0150 or Patricia at pcmcclellan13@gmail.com.

In addition to this event, Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears is once again support a county wide clean up by providing garbage bags to all volunteers and arranging for trash to be picked up in designated areas around the county.  To get bags, groups should call the county judge’s office at (870) 325-6214 to make arrangements.   He is encouraging the justices to reach out to churches, fire department, school clubs, youth groups and other groups within their district to organize individual cleanup efforts.   Residents are encouraged to pick up trash along the roads around their homes. 

Malinda Berry is the coordinator of the Keep Cleveland County Clean and Beautiful Spring Campaign and for more information on the county wide cleanup, she can be reached at (870)357-8242 or (520)490-5903.

Business And Industry Advisory Meeting Held

Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center conducted the Business and Industry Advisory meeting Thursday, February 20th at SEACBEC on the Warren High School Campus.
A good crowd of students, faculty, business and industry and community leaders were present.

The welcome was given by SEACBEC Director Devin  McDiarmid.  She talked about the programs provided by the Center and had several students make comments.  Linda Rushing, Vice Chancellor of UAM College of Technology located in Crossett introduced Steve Sparks who works for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.  Mr. Sparks talked about the "Future Fit Training" program and the need for better and improved workforce skills to fill existing jobs in Arkansas.  He pointed out these are good paying jobs. 

Ms. McDiarmid encouraged those present to visit classes and tour SEACBEC.  Lunch was provided by Willies of Warren. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Hermitage School Board Meets

The Hermitage Board of Education met in regular session February 10,2020.  Minutes of the January 13 meeting and the financial reports were approved.

Superintendent Dr. Tucker gave her report.  The board then approved "educator liability insurance and general liability insurance. ASBA partnered with BXS to provide the insurance at a cost of $4900.00.

Next the board approved changes to the cheer constitution. The change consisted of demerits to be given for fractions involving incomplete uniforms.

After going into executive session, the members reconvened in public and accepted a letter of resignation from Kashif Kincaid.  Another motion was adopted hiring workers for the 21st CCLC after school program.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bradley County Quorum Court Holds February Meeting

Karen Rawls attends her first meeting as a Justice of the Peace.
All nine members of the Bradley County Quorum Court were present Tuesday, February 18 for the regular monthly session of the court.  Included among the nine was newly appointed Justice of the Peace Karen Rawls.  She has been appointed by the Governor to fill out the term vacated by the resignation of Mike Gorman, who has relocated from Bradley County.

Normal reports were approved and Judge McKinney gave reports on road work and other county matters.

More Races on the March 3 Ballot

In addition to the Presidential primaries to be voted on during the upcoming March 3rd election, there are other races with more than one candidate running:

Republican Primary
State Senate District 26-Bill Dunklin, Ben Gilmore

Nonpartisan Judicial Races
State Supreme Court Assoc. Justice, Pos. 4-Barbara Womack Webb, Judge Morgan "Chip" Welch

Court of Appeals Assoc. Judge, District 5-Court of Appeals Judge Mark Klappenback
                                                                   James McMenis

Circuit Judge, District 10, Div.1, SubDist.,10.2
City Attorney James A. Hamilton
Crews Puryear
Tim Leonard

Circuit Judge, District 10, Div., 2, At Large
Priscilla Copelin-Abernathy
Frank Spain
Laurie Bridewell

All unopposed candidates in the nonpartisan judicial election and the Democratic and Republican primaries will be listed on the ballot.  School millages will be on the ballot.  There are no increases being proposed in Bradley County.  

Civil Service Commission Hires Police Officer

The Warren Civil Service Commission met Tuesday, February 18 to consider the hiring of a police officer.  After reviewing applications and background checks, the commission voted to hire James Wesley Kleiser to fill a position as a patrol officer for the Warren Police Department.

Mr. Kleiser will be required to undertake training.

Bradley County Extension Hosts Dinner

Michelle Carter
The Bradley County Extension Council held its annual interpretive event for the Bradley county Quorum Court and other guest Tuesday, February 18 at the Warren Senior Center located on North Etheridge Street.  Members of the Bradley County Extension Homemakers planned and prepared the meal.  Presentations were made by John C. Gavin, County Agent-Staff Chair and Michelle Carter, County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences.  Reports were given by committees on Agriculture, Economic and Community Development, Family and Consumer Sciences/EHC and 4-H/Youth Development.  County Judge Klay McKinney gave remarks.


Bradley County Extension Council Members include:
Joel Tolefree, Chairman
Hardy Herrington
Luther Dangerfield
Catrina Roberson
William Briant
Irma Baldwin
M.J. Bradley
John Gavin
Kim Forrest
Vicky Tapia
Monty Balentine
Judy Simmons
Wanda Carr
Josh Hays
Judge Klay McKinney

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Forestry Club Field Day Held at UAM

Why wait for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July? It's time for the 2020 Forestry Club Field Day on the UAM campus.  If you're into outdoor timber sports, students will roll up their sleeves and test their athletic ability.  On February 22, students of the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources will gather at the tailgate lot across from Weevil Pond. Students will compete for team roster positions to represent UAM at this year's Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Annual Conclave to be held later this spring. Events include Axe Throw, Knife Throw, Pole Fell, Chain Throw, Bowsaw for men and women, Cross Cut for men and women, Pole Climb, Log Chop, and Log Birling. The public is welcome to watch the students compete.

Competition at the Southern Forestry Conclave tests students in a number of physical events in addition to technical events such as wood identification, volume estimation and dendrology.   This year’s 2020 competition will be hosted by the University of Tennessee Forestry Club. The event will be held March 19-22 at the Clyde York 4-H Training Center in Crossville Tennessee.  The University of Arkansas at Monticello last hosted the competition in 2010 and is scheduled to hold the event again in 2025.

The UAM Forestry Club has a rich history with the Southern Forestry Conclave. Initially launched in 1958 at the University of Georgia, The UAM Forestry Club has won the championship trophy 31 of 62 competitions. 

Band to Host Fundaiser


Monday, February 17, 2020

Class of 1980 Announces Reunion Plans

The Class of 1980 will have their 40th Reunion on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the BrINN in Warren.  We had to reserve all 8 rooms at the BrINN, and they will be available on a first come first serve basis.  If you wish to reserve a room, the cost will be $60 per night plus tax.  If you would like a room, please call Robin at 870-352-4105 or Jamie at 903-806-3560.  More specific details on the reunion will be coming soon.

Celebrating 100 Years of Life!!!

This Thursday marks a milestone in the life of Mary "Kat" Wolfe's life.  She will be celebrating her 100th birthday.  Her family and friends will gather this Saturday, February 22,  between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. at Willoughby Freewill Baptist Church located at 157 Bradley 16 Rd. in Warren to share this celebration  with her.  If you plan to attend, check out the invitation on facebook.

Debut of New Weekly Community Calendar

At salineriverchronicle.com, we are always striving to make our site better.  This week we are making a big change to our Community Calendar. We will no longer run a full page with a month of events.  Each Monday, we will post a weekly calendar of events.

 If you have an event you want listed, email it to salineriverchronicle@gmail.com.


Monday, February 17, 2020

President's Day
Fundraiser at Simple Simon's Pizza to assist Warren Lions Club for Diabetic Care Program (870-226-2222)
BCEDC, 7:00 a.m., Molly's
Courthouse and Municipal Building closed
Hermitage City Council, 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Early Voting Begins
Rotary Club, noon, First United Methodist Church
Community Action Board meeting, 1:00 p.m., Warren
Super Healthy Gardners (K-6th grade), 4:00 p.m., Warren Library
Bradley County Quorum Court, 6:00 p.m.
Warren v. Monticello basketball @ Monticello


Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Southeast Economic Development District and Solid Waste Board, noon Hamburg
Quilting and Knitting at the Warren Library, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Book Joy Book Club, 4:30 p.m., Warren Library
Common Folk, a folk band from Mountain View, will present a free concert from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rob Reep Studio.


Friday, February 21,2020

Community Pep Rally, 5:30, for Basketball Teams, playing Magnolia
Warren v. Magnolia basketball


Saturday, February 22, 2020

100th Birthday Celebration honoring Mary "Kat" Wolfe 2:00-4:00 p.m., Willoughby Freewill Baptist Church

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Genealogy Society meeting, 3:00 p.m., Veterans' Museum

Arrest Report: February 17, 2020

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Joshua Roberts, 872B Bradley 16, Warren, AR, 6-19-83, arrested on warrant batter 1st, charged with aggravated residential burglary (2-12-20)

Charles Patton, 603 Boyd St., Warren, AR, 3-14-47, charged with driving on suspended license, arrested on warrant (2-24-20)

Bruce David Baker, Jr., 411 N. Martin, Warren, AR, 1-9-87, charged with public intoxication, arrested on warrant (2-15-20)

Willie McDiarmid, 272A Bradley 8, Warren, AR, 1-28-68, charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, arrested on warrant (2-15-20)

Sammier Davis, 600 Highway 160 E., D-13, Hermitage, AR, 9-17-80,  arrested on warrant x2 (2-16-20)


Dr. John Davis Talks Politics

By John C. Davis

The Arkansas Preferential Primary Election and Nonpartisan General Election will be held on March 3rd. According to the most recently released Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College Poll, Democrats in the state are virtually split between former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (19.6%), former Vice President Joe Biden (18.5%), U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders (16.4%), and former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (15.5%).  The poll asked 496 likely Democratic primary voters who they preferred in the upcoming primary election.

The results are not so much telling us who is most favored, but how tight the field of candidates is (the margin for error in the poll is +/- 4.3%) and how fluid preferences are with 11% of respondents stating that they are undecided. Furthermore, 2% of those polled indicated a preference for Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who has since dropped out of the race.

Yang’s departure from the field is a reminder to political observers that the field of candidates continues to winnow and may become smaller still, prior to March 3rd. Given the timing of the poll (conducted on February 6-7), I expect to see considerable movement in Arkansans Democrats’ preferences between now and March 3rd as observers continue to consume media coverage and analysis of the New Hampshire Primary results and will soon watch returns from the Nevada Caucuses and the South Carolina Primary.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Presidential Candidates On Ballot For March 3rd

Democratic Primary:
For President
Tulsi Gabbard             Amy Klobuchar
Elizabeth Warren        Andrew Yang
Julian Castro              Marianne Williamson
Steve Bullock             Michael R. Bloomberg
John K. Delaney        Joseph R. Biden
Michael Bennet          Kamala Harris
Bernie Sanders          Mosie Boyd
Pete Buttigieg            Cory Booker
Joe Sestak                Tom Steyer

Republican Primary
Roque "Rocky" DeLaFuente
Bill Weld
Donald J. Trump

It should be noted that several candidates have suspended their campaigns and are no longer actively running.  Among those who have suspended their campaigns are:
Julian Castro, Steve Bullock, John K. Delaney, Michael Bennet, Andrew Yang, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker

Friday, February 14, 2020

St. James to Host "100 Women in Red" Program

St. James A.M.E. Church , 915 St. James Street,Warren, AR  71671
where the Elder James R. Hooper is the Pastor 

will be celebrating the
"Annual 100 Women In Red Day" 

program on 
Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 4:00pm.  The speaker will be 
 Rev. Tracey Turner, Pastor of Cothran Christian Methodist Episcopal Church,
 Prescott, AR.  Our theme is "Praise Him At All Time".  Come join us and lets praise the Lord together.

Louisiana Governor Named 2020 DRA States' Co-chairman


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell announced today Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has been named the 2020 DRA States’ Co-Chairman.

DRA’s Board of Governors annually elect a States’ Co-Chairman to work directly with the Federal Co-Chairman on economic development and growth in the Delta region.

“Governor Edwards has demonstrated a lifetime of leadership and service, and his track record of economic growth in Louisiana will be a tremendous asset to the entire DRA region,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell.  “I look forward to working with Governor Edwards as we continue our mission of strengthening infrastructure, job growth, and economic development across DRA’s eight-state region.”

Governor Edwards was sworn in as the 56th Governor of Louisiana in January 2016 and was sworn into his second term on January 13, 2020.

“I’m honored to have been selected by my peers to serve as co-chairman and look forward to working closely with Federal Co-Chairman Caldwell,” said Gov. Edwards. “I am from a rural parish and understand the needs first-hand as well as the rich contributions these vital communities make to our state and nation. That’s why as I begin my second term in office, I have put a renewed focus on helping revitalize our struggling rural areas. The DRA continues to be a leader in expanding growth in the Delta and improving the lives of the people who call these regions home, and I am committed to building on that success.”

Under Governor Edwards’ Administration, Louisiana has the largest economy it has ever had, which is the 4th fastest growing economy in the nation. Louisiana has landed 211 economic projects, 40,000 new permanent jobs, 36,000 retained jobs with existing employers who are expanding and $42 billion in new capital investment, which includes the expansion of Epic Piping in East Carroll Parish that has brought 50 new jobs to Lake Providence.  In addition, he has created the Rural Water Infrastructure Committee to identify and address rural infrastructure needs and has increased funding to the Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP) and the Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF) to $15 million each.


“I am very excited to have Governor Edwards represent the eight Delta states and work with Co-Chairman Caldwell,” said Leslie Durham, Gov. Edwards’ designee to the DRA. “He truly understands the needs of the people and will be an effective advocate for finding innovative solutions to some of the greatest challenges.  We’re fortunate to have him serving in this role.”

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public  infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

Help Send Mission Group to El Salvador


First Baptist Church is selling fish plates to help send a mission group to El Salvador in order to drill a water well to produce clean drinking water. They also get to share the true living water in Jesus Christ. Plates are $10 each and will be available March 7th from 3-5 pm. For info please contact the First Baptist Church office at 226-5885 located at 310 S Main Warren