Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hospital Board Member Resigns

Stating that he had served almost 20 years on the Bradley County Medical Center Board feeling that it is time to conclude his service on the board, Lathan Hairston submitted his resignation to the board by letter.  The announcement was made by board Chairman Freddie Mobley during the August 25, 2016 monthly board meeting.  Mr. Mobley stated that Mr. Hairston went on to say he was not unhappy or that no problems exist that caused him to step down.  According to Mr. Mobley, Mr. Hairston just feels it is time.  Anew appointment will have to be made in the future.

In regular board business, Brandon Gorman presented the financial reports and the home health care statistics.  He also reported on the hospital sales tax fund.  It has a balance of around $1.7 million.

On motion by Dr. Wharton, the board approved the following medical staff recommendations:
Ian Birkett, M.D., RAPA
Robin Bohra, M.D., Emergency Medicine/ESS
S. Killeen DesLauriers, M.D., OB/Gyn
Michael Flick, M.D., RAPA
Ioana Irime, M.D., Emergency Medicine/ESS
Andrew Kumpuris, M.D., Cardiology
Perkins Mukunyadzi, M.D., Arkansas Pathology
Muhammad Yusef, M.D., Emergency Medicine/ESS

Chief Nursing Officer, Tiffany Holland updated the board on the nursing staff and indicated that several job openings exist, including in ER and labor and delivery.  She stated that some contract nurses are being used to fill in.

Administrator Rex Jones provided and executive report.  He told the board a new agreement has been reached with the radiology firm that will save the hospital over $100,000.00 per year.  He reported on a meeting with the ambulance provider for Bradley County and indicated it went well and he hoped issues of finding locations out in the county in a timely fashion will be improved.  It was noted that one of the causes of a slow response to a call was that a state highway was improperly marked.  Mr. Jones updated the board on OB coverage and office upgrades within the hospital.  Staff will be relocated to the new offices from the building across the street from the hospital that will be demolished in the future.

The administrator also stated that plans are proceeding on planning for a new doctors clinic to be constructed sometime in 2017.  The new clinic will house a new family doctor.

The board elected Joe Don Greenwood as Vice President and Treasurer of the board to fill the two positions previously held by Lathan Hairston. 

Two Men Arrested In Animal Cruelty Case

According to the Bastrop Police Department, two individuals who were wanted in connection with an animal cruelty case widely reported on social media have been arrested.

Below is the official statement released by the Bastrop Police Department's facebook page:

The Bastrop Police Department has arrested Boots Stanley w/m and Steven Sadler w/m in connection with the complaint this department received on yesterday 8-24-2016 to Sgt. Carl Givens with the Detective Division. Both subjects have each been arrested with 1 count of Cruelty to Animals- Aggravated and 1 count of Conspiracy. The warrants were obtained through 4th District Court and these two subjects were booked at the Morehouse Parish Jail. 
Thank you for all assistance from the Ashley County Sheriff's Office, Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office, and Hamburg Police Dept.

Chief Allen Campbell

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Authorities Searching for Two Men in Animal Cruelty Case

Photo courtesy of Hanna Gospin's facebook page.
According to authorities of the Drew County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement in Arkansas and Louisiana are searching for two men who are wanted in connection to an animal cruelty case.  The two men are Boots Stanley and Steven Sadler, both residents of Arkansas, though the incident took place in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana.  The search began after many reports of the two men abusing a dog in a video.  In the video, the dog has a collar with a rope around its neck.  The man in the video is seen putting the dog on the back of a horse as well as taking a knife to the throat of the dog and killing it.  The Ashley County Sheriff's Department has released a statement that they are aware of the video and ask people to hold calls to report the video.  However, all authorities could use help in finding these two men. 

M.D. Jirous and Barbara Jirous Foundation Donates $2500 to WHS

Mr. Greg Skowronski, owner of the local Sonic, presents $2500 to Warren High School Student Council President Jakrya Miller while a group of fellow students watch.  In the group of students are:  Kalex Miller, Jacob Hicks, Imaury Hamilton, Omar Villareal, Parker St. John, Jose Torres, Khadijah Marks, Haley McDaniel, and Yaireth Tapia
Mr. Greg Skowronski, owner of the local Sonic, presented a check to Warren High School in the amount of $2500.00.  Accepting the donation on behalf of the student body was WHS Student Council President Jakrya Miller along with a number of WHS students.  The contribution was made by the M.D. Jirous and Barbara Jirous Foundation.  The Jirous Foundation enjoys giving back to communities.

A donation of this amount has been presented to Warren High School for at least the past four years. In the past, it has been used to purchase choir robes, help fund homecoming, and more.  The funds will be used for needs of Warren High School students.

Sentences Approved In Criminal Cases

Three separate criminal cases before the Bradley County Circuit Court, resulted in negotiated pleas during court conducted August, 22nd.  Judge Sam Pope presided in each case and approved the sentences.

1. Michael Wayne Florence-sentenced to 36 months probation and required to pay restitution for residential burglary and theft by receiving.

2.  Detraveone L. Simmons-84 months in the department of corrections and 84 months additional suspended.  The charges were for fleeing and possession of cocaine and meth with purpose of delivering.

3.  Deidrick Morris Calbert-Probation revoked and sentenced to 24 months in community corrections.  Charges were for breaking and entering.

UAM's Master's Programs Ranked Among Nation's Best

            MONTICELLO, AR — The master’s degree programs in education and creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello have been ranked among the nation’s 10 best values for online master’s degree programs by two online clearinghouses for prospective master’s and doctoral students.
            UAM’s master of education degree program was ranked ninth nationally by GradSource.com while the master of fine arts program was ranked ninth nationally by GreatCollegeDeals.com as of the best online and low residency master’s degree programs nationwide.
            “This is wonderful news for both our education and creative writing programs,” said UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes. “I continue to be so proud of the academic quality of this institution. This speaks volumes about the efforts of our faculty to deliver programs equal to or better than those found at colleges and universities across the country.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Goods Being Collected for Relief for Flood Victims

Roland Blanchard has announced that he will be delivering a load of goods to Louisiana flood victims on Friday, August 26.  Anyone interested in making donations may contact him at 870-466-8440 or drop them off at the office of Attny. Bruce Anderson.  He has a place to store goods in Banks until the delivery.  The goods will be delivered to United Way.

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Donald W. Reynolds Y Receives $6000 from Armstrong Flooring Foundation

Employees of the Armstrong-Witt Hardwood Flooring Plant were on hand Tuesday August, 23rd to present a check in the amount of $6000.00 to the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County.  Also present were YMCA staff and Mr. John Nazzaro, President of the "Heart of Arkansas United Way."  The money goes to Y's operating fund.

Pictured are: front row L-R  Tammy Jones, Marty Reep, John Nazzaro, Heather Nicole Tittle;
back row L-R  Keith VanDee, Jorge Miranda, David Richey, Bart Goodwin, Stacie Stone.

The funds donated are from the Armstrong Flooring Foundation and are given through the United Way.  Armstrong is a strong supporter of the Warren community and the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA.

Calls Answered By Warren Fire Department

During the past week the Warren Fire Department answered three calls for assistance.  The first was on August, 17th to a false alarm on N. Martin Street.  On August, 20th the department responded to two calls.  One at 604 Hankins around 1:26 A.M., which turned out to be smoke from a stove, and another for a downed power line near 402 N. Etheridge.  No major damage or injuries resulted form any of the calls.

Ashcraft, Gray, and Adams Serve as Jr. Rotarians

Payton Ashcraft, Magnus Gray, and Logan Adams are serving as Jr. Rotarians this period.
Warren Rotary Clubmet Tuesday, August 23rd in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church and were excited to have their first group of Junior Rotarians from Warren High School.   Payton Ashcraft, Magnus Gray, and Logan Adams earned the invitation to serve as Jr. Rotarians through their outstanding academic excellence and their exemplary discipline records.  They will join the Rotary Club each Tuesday for a month to learn more about being civic-minded.
Rotarian Bob Smalling and his guests Donna Lawhon and John Lipton of BCEDC.

Rotarian Bob Smalling invited Donna Lawhon and John Lipton from the Bradley County Economic Development Corporation to speak about the importance of Bradley County becoming an "ACT Work Ready Community".

Watch Warren vs. McGehee Scrimmage On-Demand

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Arrest Report: August 22, 2016

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Phillip Hays, 1505 US 63 S., Warren, AR., age 30, charged with domestic battery 3rd and disorderly conduct (8-15-16)

Terry W. Adams, 215 Bradley 16, Warren, AR., age 33, arrested on a warrant (8-16-16)

Holly Temple, 1205 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 32, charged with disorderly conduct (8-16-16)

Robert W. McCann, 21050 Hwy. 63, Rison, AR., age 28, arrested on a warrant failure to appear and speeding (8-17-16)

Aletha Broughton, 1010 S. Myrtle St., Warren, AR., age 51, charged with shoplifting and instrument of crime (8-19-16)

Terrance York, 606 W. Central, Warren, AR., age 40, charged with driving on suspended license (8-20-16)

Aletha Broughton, 1010 S. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 51, charged with failure to yield, leaving the scene of an accident, drinking on highway, and shoplifting (8-20-16)

Darren Patton, 601 N. Chestnut, Warren, AR., age 29, arrested on a warrant (8-20-16)

Robert Compton, 2504 Forest Lawn Dr., El Dorado, AR., age 63, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing by vehicle (8-20-16)

Bruce James, 507 Howard St., Warren, AR., age 56, arrested on a warrant (8-2-16)

Micah Richey, 406 S. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 19, charged with DWI, driving left of center, and failure to stop at stop sign (8-22-16)




Man Charged in Oil Spill

Bruce James was issued a citation charging him with three offenses in the late Saturday afternoon spilling of oil throughout several streets and a highway in Warren.  He was charged with obstruction of streets, spilling destructive and injurious material, and spilling on the highway.

Update on Woman Sought in Battery Case

Last week, the Warren Police Department issued a call to the public for assistance in locating LaKedra Warner, who had an active warrant for her arrested on battery charges.  With the help of the public, the police were able to locate the woman.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Single Parent Scholarship Applications for Fall Semester Open

The Bradley County Single Parent Schoalrship Fund has the fall semester application open until September 1st.

To apply, visit our website: http://www.aspsf.org/scholarships/find-your-county/bradley/
Resident of Bradley County, Arkansas

Single, head of household with custody of a minor child under the age of 18
A high school graduate or have obtained a GED
Pursuing an undergraduate course of study at a vocational,  2-year, or 4-year institution
Must have completed the FAFSA
Must have and maintain a 2.50 GPA
Must be a full-time student (12+ hours) or part-time student (6-11 hours)
Applicants are required to provide supporting documents, along with a completed scholarship application, by the deadline.

Hermitage Alderman Resigns

During the Hermitage City Council's monthly meeting conducted August 15, 2016, Alderman Frank Ford submitted his resignation and it was accepted by the council.  The reason for the resignation was not listed in the minutes of the meeting.  The minutes did state that Mr. Steve Baker was present for the meeting and that he "had" interest in being on the council.  He may be considered in the future.

Reports were given concerning the water department, the sewer department, street repairs, the fire department and the police department which reported 15 citations issued during July.  There were no fire calls for the month.  The financial statement was presented by Lanette Vines, and it was approved.

Under old business the council was informed that the Arkansas Municipal League health Insurance has to be "piggy backed" with the city of Hampton since Hermitage only has two employees on the program.  Hampton has agreed to the arrangement.

In new business, the council approved to accept Jay Harrod as a city worker for a couple of hours a day to clean ditches and put in culverts at a rate of pay of $25.00 per hour.  the council was informed that ETC Engineers has submitted a letter to ADEQ stating that all corrective actions have been completed.

Aldermen were informed there was one 2014 audit finding.  the city had lent $750.00 to the Hermit Huddle Fund.  State code prohibits such transactions.  The $750.00 was paid back and the city's Hermit Huddle Fund account was closed.  There were no findings for 2015.

The council then voted to transfer $10,000.00 from the depreciation fund to the water operating fund to assist in payment of interior pressure washing and painting of water tank #1.  The city will apply for a grant for another $10,000.00 to pay the total expenses.

An executive session was held to discuss employees.  No action was reported.

$8040 Raised by Local Girl to Help Veterans with PTSD

Shelby Gardner
About a year ago, Shelby Gardner, who is now a 17-year-old senior at Warren High School, approached her parents Chad and Marissa Gardner with her desire to raise funds to go to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder department at the Veteran's Memorial Hospital in Little Rock.  Shelby's idea was to host a dessert auction to raise funds for care packages for veterans suffering from this disorder.  With the support of her parents, Shelby began organizing the auction by signing up donors to give desserts and even some to make cash contributions.  This normally quiet and reserved young lady, stepped out of her comfort zone and spoke to civic clubs about her project. She sought the support of the local veterans groups, contacted Mike Nichols to serve as auctioneer, and worked to gather a crowd for the silent and live auction.  

The event was held in the fellowship hall of Shelby's church, Central Missionary Baptist on Saturday, August 20. When all the proposed bidders arrived, there was standing room only.  The room was filled with sweet savory aromas of honey bun cakes, peanut butter cakes, apple and cherry pies, cream cheese strawberry cake, and more. The auction was made fun by the auctioneer and bidders proved willing to spend for a great cause.  When the final bid was cast, Shelby had raise $8040.00.
There was standing room only at the Dessert Auction Saturday morning.

But hold on.  She isn't through yet.  Shelby will be at the Bradley County fair selling pulled pork sandwiches to continue to raise money for the veterans.

Her mother, Marissa Gardner, sent this thank you out to all who helped make this worthy cause a great success, "Shelby came to us with an idea a year ago. We started small and her desire for helping those in need only grew larger. Today, we held a Dessert Auction for the Veteran's Memorial Hospital, PTSD Department, in the hopes of raising $1,000. We raised over $8,000. This absolutely would not have been possible without many wonderful people who donated baked goods, everyone who came to our exciting auction, and our great Auctioneer, Mike Nichols. Mike made sure all of the baked goods were sold at fair prices. Shelby's dream came true and everybody's generosity has blown her away and greatly humbled my family. Thank you so very much for your support. We appreciate each and every person that has reached out and helped in every way. "
With sincere gratitude,
Chad, Marisa, Shelby & Dayton Gardner
Left to Right:  Shelby's idea was supported by her whole family.  Her father, Chad Gardner and brother Dayton listen as auctioneer Mike Nichols works the crowd to get top dollar for the cause.

City Employees Called Out to Respond to Oil Spill

City crews worked until midnight putting sand on an oil spill that meandered through several city streets.
According to the Warren Fire Department, a driver pulling a trailer with a 55-gallon drum of oil drove through several streets within the city of Warren spilling oil onto the streets.  The vehicle was entering Warren from the east.  Oil began spilling when he turned onto Clingman Road.  The spill continued as he traveled north on Clingman and when he turned left onto East Cedar Street.  The spill became worse as he turned right onto North Gannaway and continued as he turned left onto Pennington Street and  right onto North Bradley Street, left onto East Pine, and north onto Myrtle Street.

Mayor Martin, the city street crew, fire department, and police department all responded.  Traffic had to be rerouted and sand was put on the oil spill throughout the route of the spill.  The incident was reported around 5:00 p.m.  Crews worked until midnight dispersing the sand.

At this time, the incident is still under investigation.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Don't Miss the Dessert Auction Saturday!!!

Shelby Gardner is hosting a Dessert Auction this Saturday August 20th @ Central Missionary Baptist Fellowship Hall (facing Bond St.).  Doors will open @ 9:30 a.m. with the auction starting at 10:00 a.m.  All proceeds will go to Veterans Memorial Hospital, PTSD Department. Come out and support our Veterans and Shelby!! Check out just a few of the delicious desserts awaiting you at the auction.

Cream Cheese Brownies



Honey Bun Cake



Linda Gardner's Hershey Bar Cake


Chocolate Chip Cookies
Linda Gardner's Strawberry Cake

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Called Quorum Court Meeting, Debate About Sheriff's Vehicles

A called meeting of the Bradley County Quorum Court was held Wednesday evening August, 17th.  Seven of the nine JP's were present.  The announced purpose of the meeting was to approve a resolution authorizing the County Judge to apply for a outdoor recreation grant to pay one half of the cost of purchasing land adjacent to the county park for the purpose of expanding the park in the future.  The court approved the resolution by a vote of 7-0.  If the grant is approved in the future, the county would have to come up with something around $121,500.00 to buy the property.

The court then voted 7-0 to waive their pay for the called meeting.

Judge Neely then asked the members to vote to amend the agenda and to add another item to the called meeting.  The Justices voted to do so.

Judge Neely informed the court that at the regular monthly meeting conducted Monday night the 15th of August, the court had approved the purchase of a new sheriff's car to replace a vehicle that was totaled as a result of being damaged by a falling tree during a recent storm.  He indicated he thought the car was to be replace by another car using the insurance money.  The Judge stated he received an invoice for a new truck to replace the car.  He indicated the insurance would pay $25,872.00 and the new truck will cost $27,797.00.  The county will have to pay the difference plus the cost of radios and lights.  He went on to say a car would cost less and there would be sufficient insurance to pay the total price.  He told the court they must decide whether to buy a truck or a car.

Sheriff Rick Anders told the Justices that a truck was more practical and that most sheriffs departments are going to trucks in the rural areas.  Chief Deputy and the presumed sheriff-elect Herschel Tillman agreed with Sheriff Anders.  What followed were a number of questions and comments by several JP's concerning the need for the truck, the difference in the cost of the car vs. the truck,  the overall status of the sheriffs fleet of vehicles and the cost of operation of the car vs. the truck.  Sheriff Anders stated the department has eleven vehicles and only four have under 100,00 miles.

At times there appeared to be some frustration among the court as to the needs and the facts.  Sheriff Anders indicated that he not only needs the new truck but he also needs to purchase another vehicle to replace one of his existing vehicles that have excessive miles and stays in the shop constantly. There was considerable  discourse back and forth among the sheriff, the court and the county judge.

Justice Pat Morman made the motion to buy a new vehicle of the sheriff's choice to replace the car totaled by the tree during the storm.  The cost is to be $27,927.00.  The county will pay any balance in excess of the insurance settlement.  The motion was approved 7-0.

24/7 Corn Dispenser Open On Martin Street

The newest retail business to open in Warren is a corn dispenser that is fully automated.  In other
words it is self serve.  It is located on Martin Street between the tabacco store and the At&T/Life Hospice building.  Those desiring to purchase corn for deer feeding will be able to secure the product at their convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new business is owned by the Shannon Wilkerson and Rick Reep families.

Warren Police Seeking Woman Suspected of Battery

Lakedra Warner has an active warrant for first degree battery. If anyone knows the whereabouts of this subject, please contact the Warren Police Department at 870-226-3703.

AAD ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NATIONAL ORGANIC COST SHARE REIMBURSEMENT

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Certified Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program. Organic certification fees paid between the dates of October 1, 2015 – September 20, 2016 are eligible for reimbursement. If you would like to apply, please submit a completed application along with required documents (included in the application), located at www.aad.arkansas.gov.

Reimbursement is available for companies who have been certified by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved certifying agent. The AAD administers the USDA National Organic Program’s Organic Certification Cost Share Reimbursement through funding provided by the USDA Farm Bill. Learn more about the USDA Cost Share Reimbursement Program at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/occsp

Contact Melissa Lambert with questions about the application and/or reimbursement process at 501-683-4851.

The AAD is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.  Learn more about the AAD by visiting www.aad.arkansas.gov. 

Holy Hill to Host 1st Annual Musical

Holy Hill Church of God in Christ, located at 7447 Bradley 1 N, Banks, AR,  will be hosting their 1st Annual Musical which will be held Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  The guest speaker for the event will be Elder Rodney Henderson of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ of Monticello, AR.  The theme is "Sing unto the Lord a new song."  Psams 98:1-4.  Supt. Joseph L. Mosley and 1st Lady Cynthia Mosley invite all.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Youth Day to Be Held

Bethel A.M.E. Church Annual Youth Day will be held Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  The guest speaker for the event will be Rev. Christopher Jones of Rose Hill Missionary Baptist  Church  of Pine Bluff.  Pasteor Welton Boyce, Presiding Elder Rev. James Hooper, and Presiding Bishop Rev. Michael Mitchell invite all.

Head Start Employees Receive Pre-training

Michelle Carter, Bradley County Cooperative Extension Agent, recently provided the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Head Start Employees with two hours of pre-service training to jump start the new school year.  Amy Howard, Head Start Director, coordinated the workshop and included the following five counties: Bradley, Drew, Ashley, Desha, and Chicot.  Carter's presentations included "Getting Your Hearts Right" and "Color Me Happy".  

Rotarians Hear Programs

Joel Tolefree and Jimmy Sledge
Rotarian Jimmy Sledge on August 9, 2016 had Joel Tolefree from Chamber of Commerce speak to club about all the events scheduled for the county fair.
Stephanie Harton and Mayor Bryan Martin

Rotarian Bryan Martin on August 16, 2016 had Stephanie Harton with Small Business & Technology Development Center speak about the services they have to offer to help individuals looking into starting a new business.

Poultry Testing For Fair

All poultry to be entered into the Bradley County Fair must comply with the poultry health regulations by being tested for Pullorum-Typhoid.  The Bradley County Agent, John Gavin, will test chickens at the Bradley County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, September 6th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  No Pullorum-Typhoid testing will be conducted during the Fair.  Contact the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-226-8410 to register your poultry to be tested.