Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jersey Rural Fire Dept. Invites Community to Soup Supper

On Tuesday, December 13 , Jersey Rural Fire Department invites all community members to a Soup Supper in celebration of the community's and fire department's award of the Arkansas Forestry "Firewise" designation. This designation verifies that Jersey Fire District follows  "Firewise" principles and practices in reduction of urban interface fires. The urban interface is the area in  which homes intersect with wildlands .  These intersections provide greater natural fuel sources that contribute to loss lives and properties annually throughout  Arkansas and across the country. With education, mitigation and application being the heart of  "Firewise", the mere process  provides an opportunity for community members to interact with the firefighters who stand guard over them 24 hours a day; 365 days a year and for firefighters to meet the community members they would literally give their very lives for.  The community soup supper will begin at 6:00 PM followed by award presentation.  Jersey Station is located at 1470 Highway 160 in Jersey ,AR  71651. For additional information call 870-820-4189.

Jersey Rural Fire Department Responds to Call

At 1:18 PM Friday, December 2,  Jersey Rural Fire Department responded to a dispatch from Warren PD that a house fire had been called in at  Highway 63 and Bradley RD 85 near Moro Bay.  Upon arriving at the scene, Jersey Firefighters searched  Bradley RD 85 from it beginning at Hwy 63 to its end and all adjacent areas. No fire was found. Jersey Rural reported to dispatch that it was a false alarm.  Two Jersey Rural Trucks and 7 Jersey Rural Firefighters worked the call.    

Friday, December 2, 2016

LIVE: Warren vs. Prairie Grove(4A State Semifinal)


You Are Invited

The Congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Arkansas
invites you and your family
to the 90th Birthday Celebrations for

Mrs. Willie Belle Koehler
Mr. Buddy McCaskill

Sunday, December 18th, 2016
Fellowship Hall

Refreshments will be served                 Cards Only, please

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rotarians Hear Criminal Justice Program from SEACBEC

Rotarian Wayman Mann invited Jessica Johnson and Bo Hudson from Warren SEABEC to speak to the club at their noon meeting, Tuesday, November 29 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  They spoke about the new Criminal Justice classes they are teaching at SEACBEC.
to the high school students.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Warren Fire Department Called to Halligan Street

Three warren firefighters were called to 418 Halligan Street November 11th to extinguish a grass fire. It is thought a cigarette may have caused the fire.  Parts of two yards suffered some burning but no structures were damaged.

Fire Chief Howard Edwards told SRC that during the recent big fire in Monticello, the City of Warren sent six fire fighters and two fire engines to the assist.  The city's ladder truck was of major assistance in putting out the blaze.  The chief stated that personnel remained at the Warren Station at all times to respond to any local call.  

Warren Civil Service Hires Police Officer

The City of Warren Civil Service Commission has hired Larry Bennett as a police officer.  Mr. Bennett is a certified policeman and will begin his duties in early 2017.  He has worked in law enforcement for a number of years, including having served the City of Warren in the 1990's.

Hermitage Graduate Accepts Scholarship

EL DORADO—Maria A. Perez, a physical therapist assistant major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted a Dr. Kermit Parks Public Service Endowed Scholarship to attend the school this fall.

She is a 2015 graduate of Hermitage High School.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Two More Listings for the Tour of Homes 2016

The cozy hilltop home of David and Terri White, 268 Bradley 227, located off the Old Camden Road, will be featured on the Christmas Tour of Homes on December 11, 2016.  The tour is sponsored by the GFWC Warren Woman’s Club and is a fundraiser for the Bradley County Historical Museum.  The afternoon tour will include four lovely local homes.

Randy and Lydia Reynolds will be sharing their beautiful country home, located at 1717 Bradley 25 North (Prospect Road), for the 28th annual Christmas Tour of Homes.  The tour is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, December 11, from 2 – 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 and are available from GFWC Warren Woman’s Club members or at the door on tour day. 

Southeast Arkansas Blood Drive Schedule Released

1 in 7 people entering a hospital needs blood.
1 pint is all that is needed to save 3 lives.
Every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood.

Enter for your chance to win two tickets to the Super Bowl

Scheduled Blood Drives for December in Southeast Arkansas

First United Methodist Church-Monticello  3 -7 pm Dec, 15-Thursday
Second Baptist Church- Monticello 10-2 pm Monday Dec. 19- In honor of our local Monticello Fire Dept.
Bradley County Medical Center – Warren  Tuesday Dec. 19 -3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Chapel Woods Health & Rehabilitation- Warren – Wednesday Dec. 28th 1-5:00 p.m.

Master Gardener Training Planned

The Cooperative Extension Service is planning upcoming Master Gardener Training.  Training includes five full days of education, and consists of topics such as soils, insects, diseases, vegetables, ornamentals, tree, bees, landscaping, and much more.  Training dates are as follows:  February 23, March 2, 9, 16, and 23.

The Master Gardener program is recognized as the top educational venue for those interested in gardening and landscaping.  The program first began in Arkansas in 1988, and has since grown to over 3,000 trained Master Gardener volunteers in sixty-seven counties.

The Drew County Master Gardener group currently consist of twenty-seven trained volunteers.  Monthly educational meetings are conducted, and the group sponsors several beautification projects in the county.

Cost for training is $75 which covers all educational materials.

Those interested in training should contact the Drew County Extension office at 870-460-6270 or contact Steve Kelley by email at  An informal interview will be set up to further explain the program.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your Drew County Extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

Hospital Board Approves Raises

By vote of the Bradley County Medical Center Board during their regular monthly meeting conducted November 29th, all full time and part-time employees will receive a 3% raise.  To be eligible for the raise, each employee must meet certain annual requirements and have completed their 90 day orientation period on or before December 31, 2016.

In other business, Interim CEO and Chief Financial Officer Brandon Gorman provided an executive update and went over all financial records for the month and year.  He reported that the hospital experienced a net gain of $187,612 in October, 2016 and had net income of $1.8 million for the past year.  Currently the hospital has just under $4 million in the sales tax fund.

Mr. Gorman informed the board that the new doctors clinic to be constructed on Central Street should go to bid in early January, 2017.  A new family physician and possibly one of our current doctors will practice from the new office.

The Chief Nursing Officer gave her report and indicated the hospital has several openings for nurses.  She went over training plans and efforts to improve services.

The board was told that Mrs. Rita Guice, who served the hosptial for 44 years recently passed away.  She was praised as a dedicated worker who made everyone's day brighter.

After the meeting, Board Chairman Freddie Mobley reported that three applicants have been interviewed for the administrators job and he hopes a decision can be made soon.     

Armstrong Presents Check to Southeast Arkansas Health Foundation

Marty Reep of Armstrong Flooring presented Stephanie Norris, Executive Director of the Southeast Arkansas Health Foundation with a $1,000 check from the Armstrong Foundation. Armstrong has been a supporter of the Southeast Arkansas Health Foundation for many years.  Pictured from left are Board Member Barbara Barnes and Stephanie Norris, representing the Southeast Arkansas Health Foundation, and Marty Reep and Steve Ellis representing Armstrong Flooring. The money will be used to support the foundation’s mission of providing quality, affordable healthcare for the Southeast Arkansas region.

Chop Talk is On Tonight At 9PM

Book Sale: 10 for $1.00

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Lighting Contest Details Released

Christmas is just around the corner, and once again GFWC Warren Woman's Club is celebrating the holidays by sponsoring the outdoor lighting contest.  This year's event will be held on Tuesday night,  December 13, beginning at 6 p.m.  There is no entry fee and anyone living in a two-mile radius of Warren is eligible to enter.  Deadline for entry is December 9.

Out-of-town judges will visit Warren to select from the first 20 entries.  Categories to be judged are: lighting, originality, visual appeal and tastefulness.  Prizes to be awarded are 1st - $100, 2nd - $75, and 3rd - $50.  First place winner from 2015 will be ineligible to participate. All entrants will be asked to keep their lights on during the holiday season for public viewing.

Prize money is being provided by Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union, First State Bank, Warren Bank, and Union Bank.

Help Warren glow with the spirit of Christmas by joining in the celebration with your neighbors and community by calling and registering your home or encouraging your favorites to enter.

To register or request more information please call:  Jennifer Taylor, 501-993-5876, Diane Parnell, 870-820-2823, Jan Smalling, 870-820-2425, JeNelle Lipton, 501-416-7882, Sandra Gatling, 870-820-3332 , or Sharon Raley, 870-820-1637

Arrest Report: November 28, 2016

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Jose Hernandez, 1107 North Myrtle St., Warren, AR., age 39, charged with DWI, DWI refusal, running stop sign (11-24-16)

Donny Brown, 834 Brown Rd., New Edinburg, AR., age 40, charged with driving on suspended license, possession of controlled substance (11-24-16)

Kevvan Anderson, 1316 East Maynard Dr., Apt 307, St. Paul, Minnesota, age 46, charged with public intoxication (11-25-16)

Christopher Alford, 906 Sturgis St., Warren, AR., age 27, charged with DWI, DWI refusal, driving left of center (11-25-16)

Pedro Contreras, 245 Circle B Farm Rd., Monticello, AR., age 38, charged with driving on suspended license, obstruction of government operation, arrested on warrant (11-25-16)

Derrick Clifton, 570 Midway Rt., Monticello, Ar., age 38, arrested on warrant for failure to appear, charged with possession of controlled substance (11-25-16)

Salvador Santiago, 705 S. Myrtle #29, Warren, AR., age 24, charged with DWI, no driver's license, no seatbelt, left scene of accident (11-25-16)

Gary Lephiew, 600 S. Walnut, Warren, AR., age 43, arrested on warrant (11-25-16)

Donovan Clary, 1414 Old Monticello Hwy, Warren, AR., age 23, charged with terroristic act (11-25-16)

Holly Temple, 1205 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 32, charged with driving on suspended license, endangering a minor, no child restraint, drinking on highway, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a firearm (11-25-16)

Afram Pena, 410 North Myrtle St., Warren, AR., age 22, charged with public intoxication (11-27-16)

Tomas Macias, 806 St. James, Warren, AR., age 21, charged with public intoxication (11-27-16)

Christian Torres, 7 Jay St., Warren, AR., age 21, charged with DWI, driving left of center (11-27-16)

Demarcus Blueford, 8145 Watson St., Warren, AR., age 28, charged with driving on suspended license, violation of protection order, endangering the welfare of a minor (11-27-16)

McKenzie Nichols, 40 Brook Ridge, Warren, AR., age 21, charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, reckless driving (11-27-16)

Toiletry Drive

Warren Schools to Dismiss at Noon Friday

Warren School District will dismiss Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12 o'clock for the playoff game. The Lumberjacks will play Prairie Grove in the 4th round of the 8-4A State Playoffs in Prairie Grove at 7p.m. Tickets are $6 and only AAA and Lifetime passes will be accepted at the gate.

Rodriguez Receives Award

EL DORADO—A total of 40 students received awards recently in the Semi-Annual Student Recognition Ceremony at South Arkansas Community College.

Outstanding Academic Student Award recipients were:
From Calion, Michael Anthony Neal (technical math) and Jace Vance (cosmetology).
From Camden, Montel Patton (gas metal arc welding).
From El Dorado, Maria Sanchez (intermedia algebra), Kelly Ann Jackson (statistics), Victoria Blann (information and business technology), William Bailey (registered nursing), Justin Burns (shielded metal arc welding), Aida Olmos (health science technical education) and Matthew Tinsley (process technology).
From Hamburg, Klent Wallace (kinesiology).
From Hermitage, Amairany Santana (college algebra).
From Junction City, Elichia English (physical science).
From Magnolia, Ricardo Lewis (elementary algebra) and Joshua Gore (nutrition and diet).
From Norphlet, Daniel Simpson (shielded metal arc welding).
From Rison, Frances Aud (practical nursing).
From Smackover, Lisa Palmer (anatomy and physiology I).
From Warren, Jonathan Rodriguez (physical education).
From Bernice, Louisiana, Evin Stapleton (practical nursing).
From Homer, Louisiana, Ellery Gorman (chemistry).
From Monroe, Louisiana, Latonya Lynch (anatomy and physiology II).
Exemplary Student Leadership Award recipients were:
From Camden, Zachary Relaford.
From El Dorado, Dawn Tucker, Hannah Ruiz, Kolton Dumas, Abigail Davis, Jerry Perry, Briant Williams, Warren Roden, Brett Avery, Darrell Davis and Michael Drummond.
From Fordyce, Warren West.
From Huttig, Edneisha Cooper.
From Louann, Jackson Beevers.
From Smackover, Nicholas Nelson.

Friday, November 25, 2016

LIVE: Warren vs. Robinson(4A State Quarterfinal)


County Officials and Employees Get Raises

The Bradley County Quorum Court, meeting in regular session on November 21st, voted to grant all county elected officials, all full time employees and all part time sheriff's deputies a 3% raise for 2017 and to grant them a $350.00 bonus for 2016.  The Quorum Court excluded themselves from the raises and the bonuses, a practice they have done for years. No retirement match will be included in the bonus payments.

Prior to the regular Quorum Court meeting, the Court meet in its capacity as the tax levying court and approved all property tax millage for 2017.  There is no change in the millage rates for any entity within the county.

Judge Neely stated that the Court's Finance Committee will need to meet soon to set to recommend a budget for 2017.  The budget will have to take into consideration the raises approved.

In other business, the Justices approved repairs on the Search and Rescue Building roof in the amount of $1650.00.  They also approved overtime pay owed to Sheriff's Department employees. Repairs to the county library roof was also approved.  State general improvement funds will help pay for the library work.

Members of the Jersey Fire Department were present to inform the judge and court that they oppose any effort to bring all county rural fire departments under the umbrella of the Bradley County Rural Fire Department.  According to Kenny and Shelia Loomis, they have been told efforts are underway to combine all rural departments into one fire department.  They asked to be kept informed if any effort is made to do so.  Judge Neely and members of the Court stated they were unaware of any such plan or effort.  There was some discussion concerning ways to finance rural departments and the best way to collect dues.

Rotarians Hear Program About Upcoming Lady Jacks Basketball

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church at noon.  For their program, Rotarian Thomas Frazer introduced Jae Kell, the new Warren Lady Jacks basketball coach.  She spoke to the club members about the team's upcoming season.

Left to Right:  Rotarian Thomas Frazer and Warren Lady Jacks basketball coach Jae Kell.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Burn Ban Lifted

Bradley County Judge Keith Neely has lifted the burn ban in Bradley County as of November 23, 2016.

Warren Bank & Trust Donates $6000 to Y

Pictured (left to right): Missy Saunders, WB&T, Kelly Ashcraft, WB&T President, David Richey, YMCA CEO, Heather Tittle, YMCA Business Manager, Josh Tittle, WB&T
The Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren & Bradley County is committed to meeting the growing needs of our community.  We are able to do that with the help of donors like Warren Bank & Trust Company. Warren Bank has been a supporter of the DWR YMCA for many years both financially and by volunteer work. Recently, Warren Bank made a contribution to the YMCA’s 2017 Annual Campaign in the amount of $6000.  It is with the help and gracious gifts of donors, volunteers, members, neighbors, and partners,  like Warren Bank & Trust, that the YMCA is able to continue its legacy of building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.  If you would like to make a contribution to the 2017 Annual Campaign, please contact Heather Nicole Tittle or David Richey.  100% of every dollar given to the YMCA Annual Campaign is invested in the lives of people who need the Y. Help us make the community a better place to live.

Pictured (left to right): Missy Saunders, WB&T, Kelly Ashcraft, WB&T President, David Richey, YMCA CEO, Heather Tittle, YMCA Business Manager, Josh Tittle, WB&T

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Brunson Students Donate to Food Bank

Students and teachers from the Brunson Middle School delivered boxes of canned goods to the Warren Branch of the Arkansas Food Bank, Friday, November 18th.  Student leaders of the community service program helped oversee the project and with the help of the students of Brunson and the faculty, around 725 cans of food were collected.  The teacher whose room collected the most cans will be rewarded with a pie to the face.

On hand to receive the canned goods were Mrs. Jean Adams and Mr. John Smith with the Arkansas Food Bank-Warren Branch.

The Brunson Community Leaders are:
Abby Bailey
Bracey Bickers
Matt Brown
Daisy Miranda
Jannah Reep
Ryann Turne
rLoran Vallejo
Sarah Villeda
Jake Weaver
Za'kaiya Felton
Gauge Weaver

Teachers: Becki Quoss and Angelique Fickle

4A State Quarterfinal Berth And More On Chop Talk

Buck Fever Winners Announced

During the recent Buck Fever Festival, Charlee Carter was crowned the 2016 Miss Buck Fever.  To see other winners in the pageants and talent show, go to the Outdoors Page.

Buck Fever is held in Banks, Arkansas annually during the first weekend of gun deer season in the state.

Tour of Homes

The home of Klay and LaWanda McKinney will be featured on the 2016 Tour of Homes.

The 28th annual Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by the GFWC Warren Woman’s Club, promises to be an exciting event for the residents of Bradley County and the surrounding area.  Four lovely local homes are featured on the 2016 tour scheduled for Sunday, December 11th from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
The home of Tyler and Holly Chambers is sure to delight all who take the tour of homes.

Families sharing their homes this year include: Klay and LaWanda McKinney, located at 235 Bradley 310, off 278 West;  Tyler and Holly Chambers, 510 West Pine Street;  David and Terri White, 268 Bradley 227, off Old Camden Road;  Randy and Lydia Reynolds, 1717 Bradley 25 N. on the Prospect Road.  

Tickets may be purchased for $10 and are available from any Warren Woman’s Club member.  All proceeds benefit the Bradley County Historical Museum.  For more information, contact any club member or call 870-226-5457 or 870-820-1354.