Thursday, January 29, 2015

HOSA to Sponsor Blood Drive During P/T Conference

HOSA is sponsoring a blood drive during P/T Conferences, Tuesday, February 10th, from 10:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. at SEACBEC. Students are asked to please sign up to donate and to encourage parents/guardians to donate as well.

Warren Police Make Arrest For Burglary

The Warren Police Department have arrested and charged six juveniles ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old for breaking into the Bradley County Farmers Coop.  With assistance from surveillance cameras the police were able to identify several suspects and after further investigation made the arrests.  All merchandise was recovered.

The Warren PD continues working several cases of burglaries and urges all residents and businesses to keep buildings secure and if possible use cameras and security alert systems.  The primary recommendation is to keep equipment and valuables locked up and out of site.  Keep vehicles locked at all times and do not leave money or cell phones in vehicles.

Make sure your neighbors know when you are planning to be gone for a lengthy period of time and always report anything suspicious to the police department.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Youth waterfowl weekend information:  Outdoors page

Area duck hunters photos:  Outdoors page

Basketball updates from the Jacks:  Sports page

Valentine Banquet:  Features page

Quilts for Veterans:  Features page

100th day of School:  School page

Help Me Find My Family

This cute little girl, was found at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center recently.  She appears to be part Jack Russell and terrier mix.  If she is your missing pet, call Teresa Herring at 870-820-6002.  Mrs. Herring has taken it home with her because no pets  can be kept on state grounds.  Mrs. Herring says,  "I know it has a family.  It is very loved acting, friendly, and healthy...with lots and lots of energy!"

Relay for Life Set for April 17

The date for the Bradley County Relay for Life has been set for April 17.  Organizers plan to kickoff the event at the courthouse around 6 p.m. They hope you will accept this invitation and share with others to support the Relay For Life of Bradley County through word of mouth or through your respective community calendars.

If you are interested in starting a team or would like more details on the event, please log onto  or the main site, In addition, Sonya Davis, Specialist, Relay for Life, Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society, is available to help with any speaking engagements or provide health resources on the American Cancer Society, cancer research, programs and services. She may be reached at 870-820-1800.

Thank you kindly for your support.  I look forward to seeing you all at Relay.


Warren Lions Club Meets

The Warren Lions Club meet for their second regular meeting for the month of January on the 28th at Molly's Diner.  The club reviewed it's finances and then listened to a presentation by Brian Jones, President of "Higher Level Results" a company that provides services to individuals and organizations to assist in personal and business improvements. The firm is a for profit company.

Mr. Jones was the guest speaker at the invitation of Lions Club President Eddie Thomas.

The Warren Lions Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and provides a variety of civic services to the Warren and Bradley County community with an emphasis on vision care.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Country Club Expands Dining Area

The Warren Country Club began an expansion project Monday, January 26 to enlarge the restaurant dining area.  The plans for the expansion include space to add more tables and a fireplace.  In addition, other improvements to the room will be made including new countertop and better access for the waitresses to reach the dining area.  The club recently began serving plate lunches Monday through Friday and continues to offering evening meal dining to their members.

Phillip Hall Speaks To Woman's Club

Phillip Hall was the guest speaker at the January meeting of GFWC Warren Woman's Club which was held at the Bradley County Historical Museum.  Having served as a "wounded warrior" Mr. Hall informed the members about Fisher House and the experiences that he and his family had during their stay there.

The Warren Club has sent $100 to the Fisher house in San Antonio, Texas in Mr. Hall's honor.  Pictured with Mr. Hall is Clydine Davis, Public Issues Chairman for the Warren club.

Fisher House is a non-profit organization that provides free housing near military medical facilities to assist U.S. military veterans and their families who need medical care.  It allows those in need of treatment and family members a place to stay at no cost while receiving care.

Wes Brown Speaks to Rotary

Sue Wagnon was program chairman for Warren Rotary Club and presented Wes Brown of Chapel Woods who spoke on services rendered by the facility. Also pictured is Ashley Grider of Chapel Woods and a Rotary Club member.

Tech Petting Zoo at Warren Branch Library

Donovan Mays, with Arkansas connect will be at the Warren Branch Library October 14 from 10-3 to present the Tech Petting Zoo.  He will bring a variety of devices and explain how to use them and how to get ebooks onto them, as well as assist with any devices you may want to bring in and ask questions about. (You can bring your laptop, phone, Ipad, Kindle, ect.) This class is free, please call Warren Library at 870-226-2536 for more information.

AR Connect will offer a free computer class February 24 from 11-12, 12-1, and 1-2, available to all, on Computer Basics 1&2  Limit 5 per class.  Please call 870-226-2536 to sign-up.

Money Available For Energy Efficient Homes/Businesses

During the Annual meeting of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission held January 26th at the Commission offices, representatives of Entergy Corp, briefed those in attendance about a $20 million program to help make homes and businesses more energy efficient.  Individual home owners and business owners are eligible and can get cash assistance to conduct improvements provided by private contractors.  For more information call: Matt Flanigan at 501-221-4016.

In Commission business the members elected officers for the new year.  Elected were:
John Lipton, President
Hugh Allen Quimby, Vice President
Carlton Davis, Treasurer

The board was updated on commission activities over the past year.  Information was provided relating to Act 1404 and Act 14ll which provide tax incentives to industry.  There was discussion of efforts to get the I-69 interstate project re-energized in Arkansas.

The BCEDC financial reports were reviewed and approved.

Darien Watson Awarded "Hercules Scholar"

Darrien Watson, a Freshman at  Langston University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Darrien is originally from Monticello , Arkansas and currently has a 3.07 GPA. He is majoring in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Chemistry.  His other  activities consist of  being a volunteer as a football coach at a local school and serves as a peer tutor.  He is the son of Eunice Watson, a Warren native.

He lives by the motto : “take the road less traveled”

Langston University, in Langston, Okla., is the Foundation’s School of the Month for April which is part of its on-going effort to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities.

The Hercules Scholarship is named after Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be male, attend a Foundation “School of the Month”, have a grade point average of at least 3.5, and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal toward making a difference in the quality of life for his race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation ( has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). The Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 25,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. Each week, the Foundation announces outstanding male student scholarship winners, called Hercules Scholars, on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Hayes and Sandridge Awarded Top Honors at Fireman's Ball

Officer of the Year Larry Hayes, Fire Chief Howard Edwards, and Fireman of the Year Scotty Sandridge
Each year, the Warren Fire Department hosts the Annual Fireman's Ball to raise funds to purchase equipment for the department.  The 2015 ball was held Saturday, January 24, at the Warren Country Club.  It began with a steak dinner prepared by the firemen.  At the conclusion of the dinner, an auction was held.  Auction items were donated by Mane Event, Jerry and Payton Ashcraft, KWRF, and the Warren Fire Department.

Following the auction, awards honoring years of service were presented to Josh Belvedresi, Justin Moore, Tim Watson, and Larry Hayes.  Scotty Sandridge was named Fireman of the Year, and Larry Hayes was named Officer of the Year.

Rutledge Announces Warren Man Sentenced for Adult Abuse

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Bradley County man has been sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, with three years suspended, on one count of adult abuse and one count of criminal use of property. Rutledge released the following statement:

"As your Attorney General, I will not stand for individuals who abuse or neglect those living in any of Arkansas’s residential human development centers. Today’s conviction demonstrates that we will punish these individuals to the fullest extent of the law. Residents of these facilities should be provided with the highest quality care."

Tristan S. Gill, 23, of Warren pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by Circuit Judge Don Glover. The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case in cooperation with 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen.

On Feb. 16, 2014, Gill was employed as a residential care technician at Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center. Gill used a spray bottle belonging to the facility to spray bleach in a developmentally disabled client's face. The victim suffered chemical burns on his face and blistering for several days, but no permanent injury. The conviction for adult abuse is a Class-D felony, and the conviction for criminal use of property is a Class-B felony.

Update:  Gill entered a negotiated plea of guilty and was sentenced to 24 months in the Department of Arkansas Corrections and 36 months of additional suspended sentence and court costs.  The crime is a felony offense.

"Home" Funds Provide New Home to Williams Family

Pictured in front of their new home located at 1019 Philips Street is Nathanial and Carrie Williams.  The house was constructed by the Warren Housing Authority utilizing "Home" funds provided by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.  The program is managed by Mike Jolley, Executive Director of the Warren Housing Authority.

Also pictured is David Simmons, who built the home, JaNelle Lipton, Mike Jolley, Roger George, Harry McCaskill, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Hugh Allen Quimby and Warren Mayor Bryan Martin.  Mrs. Lipton , Mr. George, Mr. McCaskill and Mr. Quimby serve on the City Public Housing Authority Board.

The house cost $90,000.00 which included cleaning up the existing property.  The home owner must meet income criteria to be eligible and has to pay one half of the total cost back at 1% interest over 20 years.  The lot must be mortgage free.  The resident is allowed to select certain colors and aspects of the house.  Appliances are included in the cost of the overall project.

According to Mr. Jolley the Warren Housing Authority has constructed about 50 new houses in Warren and Bradley County over the past several years and is the agency in charge of building several more in Cleveland County.

To operate the "Home" program the individual managing the program must be certified by ADFA.

Fire Department Responds To Illegal Burning

The Warren Fire Department responded to an illegal outdoor burning on January 19th at #11 Lakeside Dr.  A leaf burning that was being carried out in violation of city ordinance was out of control and threatened to harm property in the area.  Four firemen and one engine responded to the site and a citation was issued to the person who allegedly was conducting the illegal burning.  According to information provided by the Warren Fire Department, this was the second time within a year that an illegal fire was started on this property.  Conviction of illegal burning is subject to a fine.

Also on the 19th, the fire department assisted the ambulance service with a call.  On the 20th, the city rescue truck was called to a car wreck at the intersection of Rock and St. James Streets.

All citizens are reminded to check with the Warren Fire Department prior to setting an outdoor fire.  Permission must be secured from the department and certain precautions must be taken to practice safe burning.  For more information call 226-8302.

Arrest Report: January 26, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Wash Simon, 403 E. Cedar, Warren, AR., age 41, charged with no seat belt, drinking on highway, and public intoxication, arrested on warrant from Calhoun County (1-18-15)

Antonio Gilbert, 102 Bradley 194, Banks, AR., age 79, arrested on warrant, charged with driving on suspended license (1-21-15)

Kole Winfrey, 802 E. 7th, Stuttgart, AR., age 19, on hold for Arkansas County (1-23-15)

Donald Trotter, 119 Bradley 110, Hermitage, AR., age 54, arrested on warrant (1-23-15)

Gabriel Ramirez, 600 Bond St., Warren, AR., age 35, charged with driving left of center and no driver's license, DWI and no seat belt (1-25-15)

Bradley County Genealogy Society Hears Speaker From Poland

Members and guest of the Bradley County Genealogy Society listened to a fascinating presentation Sunday afternoon, January 25th, from Waclaw Sikora, a native of Poland who now lives in the United States and works as an electrical consultant.  Mr. Sikora is a native of Poland and was educated there as an electrical technician.  He served as President of the Solidarity Union in the early 1980's in the Cracow region of Poland and was a personnel friend and colleague of Lech Walesa, the head of the Solidarity Union and later President of Poland after the fall of communism.

Mr. Sikora talked about his own personal history, how he became involved with the Solidarity movement and how he eventually migrated to America with his family and became an American and began a new career.  He spoke of the time he and others spent in prison and the assistance provided by the Catholic Church.  He talked about the role played by Pope John-Paul, II in helping to overthrow communism in Poland and the events that occurred in the Soviet Union that lead to the many changes that have taken place over the last 30 years in eastern Europe.  Mr. Sikora gave a lot of credit to President Ronald Reagan for the positive events that took place in Poland and other countries under communist control.

He stated that one of the primary reasons that the Soviet Union lost control was the collapse of their economy.He further stated that while he was in prison, the Union and the Church took care of his family.

Mr. Sikora was invited to speak to the meeting by Stuart Rowell who has worked with him.

District Geography Bee Winners Announced

The Warren School District recently held the annual National Geography Bee. Brunson New Vision Charter School winner was fourth grader Hunter White. Warren Middle School A Conversion Charter School Winner was seventh grader Mark Hairston.

Weevil Welcome Days Set For February 6 and 9

            MONTICELLO, AR — High school seniors and their parents will have a chance to visit the University of Arkansas atMonticello and learn more about college life during Weevil Welcome Days on Friday, February 6 and Monday, February 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon in the UAM Fine Arts Center.
            Sponsored by the Office of Admissions, the event will provide information on admission, scholarships, financial aid, how to select an academic major, athletics and student activities. Representatives from the UAM Colleges of Technology at Crossett and McGeheewill be available to discuss technical options on their respective campuses.
            Campus tours and tours of residence facilities will be available in the afternoon. Prospective students and their parents will meet with current UAM students as well as faculty and staff.
            Anyone planning to attend should RSVP by February 1 by contacting the Office of Admissions at (800) 844-1826 or (870) 460-1026.

UAM Awards Degrees To December Graduates

(Editor’s Note: Students who opted to withhold their information from the media have been excluded from this list. Please refer all questions to the Office of the Registrar at 870-460-1035.)

Key to Awards:
MAT = Master of Arts in Teaching
MED = Master of Education
MPEC = Master of Physical Education and Coaching
MS = Master ofScience
BA = Bachelor of Arts
BAS = Bachelor of Applied Science
BBA = Bachelor of Business Administration
BGS = Bachelor of General Studies
BS = Bachelor of Science
BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BSW = Bachelor of Social Work
AA = Associate of Arts
AAS = Associate of Applied Science
AC = Advanced Post-Bach Certificate
ADC = AdvancedTechnical Certificate
TC = TechnicalCertificate
CP = Certificate of Proficiency

            MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello awarded 363 degrees and certificates to 349 students in December, according to information released today by the Office of the Registrar. The graduates, listed alphabetically by hometown, are:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Four Warren Bandsmen Selected to Participate in Four States Honor Band

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate in the 2015 Four States Honor band in Texarkana, TX.

Students pictured left to right,

Sean Davis, Stephanie Graham, Na'Quishia Newton, Logan Harton

Hospital Board Hears From Maintenance Supervisor

The Bradley County Medical Center Board was briefed by Keith Wright, Maintenance Supervisor for the hospital, during their monthly meeting January 22nd.  Mr. Wright presented the annual safety report and then provided information to the board about his qualifications, the maintenance staff and the work they are capable of doing.  He informed the members he has been employed by the hospital for about 18 years and is a master electrician, and has a license to work on heating and air conditioning units.  On the maintenance staff is a master plumber, and a very skilled carpenter.  The staff can repair all appliances.  Mr. Wright told the board that the hospital has passed all inspections with a clean bill of health.  He also told them the hospital consist of 133,400 square feet of space.

Brandon Gorman then provided a detailed financial report.  He said the hospital had a net loss of $133,383 in December,2014 and accounts receivable are up.  Use of the hospital has shown an increase and in many ways the revenue is up.  Mr. Gorman indicated that the biggest issue is getting revenue in timely and a serious effort is underway to improve the process.. He stated progress is being made.  He also provided information on Home Health Care and sales tax receipts.
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Warren Band Students Recognized

The following students were recognized as some of the best in the Region.

Brenisha Boswell
Stephanie Graham
Neyleea Gonzalez
Shaniece Harris
Destini Owens
Logan Harton
Logan Adams
Landon Jolley
DaQuan Marshall
Kaitlyn Green
NaQuishia Newton
Sean Davis
Levi Rogers
Mason Savage

These students competed against students from across Southeast Arkansas and were named to the Region 3 All-region band. The students will rehearse Friday and Saturday January 23 and 24 and give a concert. The Concert will be held at the Drew Central auditorium beginning at 2pm Saturday January 24.

Front Row Left to Right
NeyLeea Gonzalez, Kaitlyn Green, Stephanie Graham, Shaniece Harris, Destini Owens, Na'Quishia Newton, Brenisha Boswell

Back Row from Left to Right
Logan Adams, Logan Harton, DaQuan Marshall, Sean Davis, Landon Jolley, Mason Savage, Levi Rogers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ouachita Electric Presents Safety Program at Hermitage

A representative of Ouachita Electric presented a program to Hermitage Elementary students.  The focus of the presentation was electrical safety.

Chester Thompson Speaks to Hermitage Students

Former educator at Hermitage High School returned to the district to speak to the 5th and 6th graders in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Bradley County Health Coalition Meets

The Bradley County Health Coalition held its monthly meeting January 21st on the campus of Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center adjacent to Warren high School.  The program consisted of a presentation by the Fay w. Boozman College of Public Health regarding efforts to secure a grant to conduct a cancer study in Arkansas.  The study would take a look at the causes of cancer in rural areas and consider the causes related to race.  This proposal would conduct research in 21 rural counties of Arkansas, including Bradley County.

On hand to discuss the project and seek help in securing the grant were Dr. Eric S. Johnson, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Boozman College and Dr. Lori Fischback also associated with the school.  Both individuals went over the mechanics of how the research would be carried out and specifically how it would need to operate in Bradley County.

About 43% of Arkansas' population lives in rural areas and the study would include 100,000 people with more detailed research conducted with 20,000 of the 100,000.  The grant is being sought from the National Institute of Health and would be in the range of a $40-$60 million endeavor.  The purpose is to find the causes of cancer and make efforts to prevent as much as possible as well as learn to better treat the disease.  Again, the focus is on rural Arkansas.

Should the grant be approved in 2016 plans call for around 5000 Bradley County residents to be asked to take part.  There will be stipends paid to those who take part.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bradley County Students Named to Arkansas State Chancellor's and Dean's Lists

JONESBORO — Students named to the Chancellor’s and Deans’ lists for fall 2014 at Arkansas State University have been announced. Combined, the group has 2,128 students.

The two lists recognize students who achieved the highest grade point averages while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of study.

The Chancellor’s List (designated as CL) includes students who earned a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.0 for fall classes. The Deans’ List (DL) includes students with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79.

Students representing 64 of the 75 counties in the state of Arkansas met the requirements, as did students from 24 states and 23 countries.

The lists are recorded alphabetically by state, county, hometown and name of student.

Hermitage City Council Meets

The Hermitage City Council meet for their first meeting of 2015 January 20th.  First order of business was to swear in the elected officials for the new term.  Justice of the Peace Alton Richard conducted the swearing in.  He administered the oath to Mayor Alma Harrod followed by the swearing in of new Recorder/Treasurer Kimberly Thomas and Aldermen Carol Bell, Tonya Kendrix and Wade Wolfe.  There remains one vacancy on the Council.

After approval of the minutes of the December, 2014 meeting, the council heard reports from Police Chief Ben Poole and Fire Chief Barry Booker.  Chief Poole stated 18 citations were issued in December and Chief Booker stated there were no fire calls during the month.  Lanette Vines gave the water/sewer/street reports.  She then presented the December, 2014 financial statement.

Due to a mistake in previous appropriations, the council voted to set the Police Chief's salary at $23,034.56 for the 2015 budget year and reset the police salaries and benefits to $72,199.43 for the year.  The vote was unanimous.

The council was provided a copy of the 2014 annual financial statement which has been posted in five locations around Hermitage. Lanette Vines went over the statement.

A report was provided from the Arkansas Rural Water Association regarding the city water tower.
The recent paint job appeared to be in good shape and the city has a one year warranty on the work.

The council adopted Resolution #90 allowing the majority of all Treasurer's duties to be conducted by the Administrative Assistant.  They then voted to buy a new dog trap at a cost of $269.95.

The meeting concluded after a discussion of the items that should be included in a 10 year plan for the water department.

City of Warren Named Volunteer Community of The Year

Left to Right:  Alderman Zack Burks, Chamber of Commerce President David King, Sherri Middleton Director of Governor's Office of Volunteerism, Alderman Joel Tolefree, Mayor Bryan Martin, and Governor Asa Hutchinson

The City of Warren was among several cities receiving an award for being a "Volunteer Community" during the Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference held January 14-16 at the State House Convention Center.  On hand to accept the award for Warren was Mayor Bryan Martin, Aldermen Dorothy Henderson, Zack Burks and Joel Tolefree.  Also present was Bradley County Chamber of Commerce President David King.  Sitting with the Warren delegation at the awards luncheon was Tony Sullivan, an official with the Arkansas Highway Department and a native of Warren.

Warren is a multiple time winner of the award which is based on the number of man hours of volunteer time contibuted by members of the community.  A large percentage of the hours donated in Warren relate to the annual Pink Tomato Festival.

The speaker at the awards luncheon was Governor Asa Hutchinson.  The conference ran Wednesday through Friday and consisted of a number of training sessions and educational classes for city officials.  Over 1200 people were in attendance representing close to 500 municipalities throughout Arkansas.

Currently Alderman Henderson serves the League on the Executive Committee and Mayor Martin serves on the Workers' Compensation Trust Board of Trustees.