Thursday, September 24, 2020

Bradley County Circuit Court report

Four pleas have been recently approved by Bradley County Circuit Court with Judge Sam Pope presiding.  The convictions approved are as follows:

  • Michael Curry-Possession of Controlled substance, Schedule I & II,24 months imposed and 24 months suspended.  
  • Steven Shane Sivils, Jr.-Petition to revoke past suspended sentence, 24 months imposed
  • Kandace L. Loetscher-Possession of controlled substance, schedule I & II, endangering welfare of minor, violation of omnibus DWI act, 36 months probation
  • Brittany Amanda White-Burglary residential, theft of property, breaking or entering, theft of firearm multiple cases, 72 months probation

Each case had fees and fines as directed by the court.

Court proceedings are being conducted in accordance with covid-19 guidelines.

No Friday night football for the Lumberjacks this week


The Warren Lumberjack football game vs. the Crossett Eagles that was scheduled for tomorrow evening, Friday, September 25, 2020 has been cancelled and will result in a no-contest decision after a COVID precaution from Crossett forced the cancellation.

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UAM students awarded farm bureau scholarships

Chandler Knowles and Garrett Reynolds

The Arkansas Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation Committee has named the 13 recipients of the $3,000 Farm Bureau scholarships for the 2020-21 school year.

Scholarship recipients are Arkansas residents, members of a Farm Bureau family and enrolled as juniors or seniors in pursuit of an agriculture-related degree at a state-accredited university.

The scholarship recipients are:

College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Chandler Knowles of Rison (Cleveland County), UA-Monticello

Garrett Reynolds of Hamburg (Ashley County), UA-Monticello


Others

Casey Arnold of Poplar Grove (Phillips County), Arkansas State University

Kaylee Breckling of Benton (Saline County), Southern Arkansas University

Conner Catt of Marion (Crittenden County), Arkansas State University

Samantha Clanton of Hermitage (Bradley County), Southern Arkansas University

Sara Gardner of Fayetteville (Washington County), UA-Fayetteville.

Jacob Hollaway of Griffithville (White County), Leo Sutterfield Scholarship, Arkansas State University

Macy Lamkin of Buckner (Lafayette County), Southern Arkansas University

Neely Purifoy of Louann (Ouachita County) Troy Buck Scholarship, Southern Arkansas University

Caleb Swears of Carlisle (Lonoke County), UA-Fayetteville

Kaylie Stone of Gurdon (Clark County), Southern Arkansas University

Kacey Williams of Greenbrier (Faulkner County), Arkansas Tech University

The scholarships are based on financial need, academic achievement, career plans, as well as character and leadership potential. The 13 scholarship recipients will receive paid installments of $1,500 per semester for the 2020-21 academic year.

"Arkansas Farm Bureau has always been an advocate for higher education," said Arkansas Farm Bureau President Rich Hillman of Carlisle. "The future of Arkansas agriculture is dependent on the young adults who are pursuing agricultural careers. Supporting them remains a priority for this organization."

Arkansas Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureau organizations have awarded more than $1 million to assist more than 2,000 youth with their college expenses.

Many county Farm Bureaus also award scholarships to young people in local communities.

Feature: Pastime: Breaker, breaker, One-Nine

By Maylon Rice

Special to the Saline River Chronicle

The Pastime of the legacy of the 8-Track Tape and Warren, I knew, would bring back the other technology craze of the late 1960s and 1970s – the Citizen Band Radio.

Remember that old catch phrase: “Breaker, Breaker, One-Nine?”

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

UAM Receives $50,000 Grant from the Windgate Foundation

Monticello, Ark. - The Windgate Foundation has awarded the University of Arkansas at Monticello a $50,000 grant to support visual arts. The grant will provide some of the first funding designated specifically for students pursuing art degrees. In addition to scholarships for art majors, the university will be able to purchase technology to support new graphic design course offerings within the university’s School of Arts and Humanities. “New scholarships and a designated Mac computer lab will continue to attract talented art students from the region and beyond. We have exceptional majors, and soon we can offer them even more comprehensive student support,” said Tom Richard, professor of art. In the last year, the art program has been the focus of program development and private planned gifts. The visual arts program received the university’s first operational endowment from Waymond Teague of Greenbrier last fall – the Barbara Teague Endowment for the Arts – made in memory of Waymond's wife.

BCEDC accepts donation of property

Board members of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission met Monday, September 21 to conduct the regular monthly board meeting.  All the normal monthly reports were presented and reviewed.   The board then heard a presentation from Vyve Broadband concerning funding available to expand internet capability in Bradley County and throughout Arkansas.  Vyve operates cable tv in Warren.

The board voted to accept a donation of property on E. Pine Street from the Binns family.  The land may be used for housing development in the future.

Board members then approved the purchase of a new copier.  Bids were taken and the low bid was selected.  A job fair for October 1 was announced.



Feature: A look at the Warren Public Housing Authority

The City of Warren has one of the best managed Public Housing Authorities in Arkansas.  The authority is a creation of municipal government that operates housing for the low to moderate income, elderly and handicapped.  It is operated as an independent agency and is managed by a five member board.  Any time a board member's term expires, the remaining  members make a nomination and the Warren City Council must confirm the appointment or reappointment.  State law dictates the process.

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Warren to host Pink Out! night during the October 2 Lumberjack game


Abby Mendez created posters during EAST class to raise awareness about October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Her original design creations are hanging throughout the hallways for students, faculty, and staff to see!

Warren High School's annual Pink-Out game will be October 2nd against Star City.


Community action announcement

The FY' 2020 Summer Regular, Crisis & CARESACT Programs will close on September 30, 2020. Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will no longer be taking applications for any energy assistance.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Greenwood reappointed to hospital board

Seven of the nine Bradley County Quorum Court Members were present Monday, September 21 for the monthly Quorum Court meeting, with one member attending by phone and one absent.  Under new business the Court approved the reappointment of Joe Don Greenwood to another term on the Bradley County Medical Center Board for Directors.

Numerous items of regular business in the form of reports were submitted for approval and review.  County Judge McKinney reported on several items including:

*The county hauled some 9000 yds of gravel last month.

*Bradley Rd. 33 is the recipient of a grant for $71,500 to improve drainage and make other improvements.

*Arkansas has received $75 million dollars under the CARES ACT to reimburse for the cost of dealing with the covid-19 pandemic.  There is a very short time to submit county applications.  According to Judge McKinney the county could be eligible for up to $400,000.00 and "this could be the best thing that could happen to the county."  

* The Judge talked about funding for internet expansion in the county .  Grant money is available to hire private firms to expand internet access throughout the county.  The consumer would still have to pay for use.  The Judge is not sure how much of the county might be serviced.  Part of the purpose is to make distance learning more available for students who cannot attend school due to reasons such as covid-19.

The Court continued discussing how to structure payroll periods and utilize direct deposit of salaries.  They voted to give the County Clerk and County Treasurer till January, 2021 to set up the system.

WHS Coronation info released

 




Hoskins accepts SouthArk Scholarship

Heather Hoskins of Banks, a 2020 graduate of Hermitage High School, has accepted a Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College this fall.

In high school, the daughter of Ronald Hoskins was a member of 4-H, Beta Club, Junior Rotarians, the soccer team and the cheerleading squad.

Hollingsworth accepts SouthArk Scholarship

Cassidy Hollingsworth of Banks, a 2020 graduate of Hermitage High School, has accepted a Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College this fall.

In high school, the daughter of Michael and Heather Hollingsworth was a member of the softball team, Junior Rotarians and GT Club. She was Class of 2020 salutatorian, senior class secretary, Beta Club secretary and a Class AA All-State basketball player.

Re-New-ing Edinburg discusses activities for fall and winter

The following are the complete minutes from the September 15, 2020 Re-New-ing Edinburg meeting:

Tenna Kemp called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to Stewart’s Cash Store for the September meeting.  Prior to the meeting members inspected the installation of the third barn quilt in New Edinburg on the old barn located behind the NE Commericial Historic District Marker.  The quilt can be viewed by stopping by the marker located at 6420 Hwy 8 in New Edinburg.

The minutes of the previous meeting were emailed and passed out to those in attendance.  Motion made by Larry Waldrop to accept minutes as submitted, seconded by Melody Spears.  Motion passed.

Linda Hornaday passed out copies of the financial statement and with no questions or concerns, it was filed for audit.

Under the Facebook report, Kathy Waldrop stated the change in the “cover photo” had received over 900 “looks”.  A post was made regarding the group’s participation in the October Junk Hunt plus the new barn quilt placed on Ray Estes’ Garage.

Under old business, Roger McClellan told the group that the Cleveland County Veterans Committee had provided funds to purchase three new flag poles, 12 Pole mounts, a POW Flag and a new American flag for the veterans park.  During recent storms, six flags/mounts were blown down with several mounts broken off at the pole.  Thanks are extended to John Blanchard and the committee for their assistance in replacing items needed.  The Cleveland County Veterans Appreciation dinner will be held at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on October 24, however, due to the virus, it will be a “drive through” dinner with no official program held.  All veterans and one guest can receive a free fish/chicken dinner cooked by Dorey’s of Sheridan.  Additional dinners may be purchased by the public for $10.00.

Patricia McClellan advised the group that an extension for the documentary grant had been granted and plans are now to complete the documentary prior to December, 2020.  Pictures are still being accepted and can be emailed directly to grantrenewingedinburg@gmail.com.

A brief discussion was held concerning the group’s participation in the October Junk Hunt and Monday, September 21 at 8:30 was set as a work day at the store to price items donated.

Melody Spears informed the group that there would not be a fall barbecue at the community center due to the virus.  She hopes one can be held in the Spring.  Further discussion was held concerning Christmas decorations and a possible visit from Santa in December.

Information was distributed regarding Rison Shine in Rison creating a Cleveland County Calendar which is sponsored by FB&T Bank.  Photos can be submitted to Risonshines@gmail.com and everyone is encouraged to submit photographs for possible inclusion in the calendar.

With no additional business, motion was made by Larry Waldrop to adjourn, seconded by Don Triplett.  Motion Passed.



Roman accepts SouthArk Scholarship

Diego Roman of Warren, a 2020 graduate of Warren High School, has accepted a Living the Dream Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College this fall.

In high school, the son of Maria and Eduardo Roman was a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, SkillsUSA and the soccer team.

Warren FD responds to five calls last week

For the time period of September 15 through September 21, 2020, the Warren Fire Department responded to five calls.  They were as follows:

  • 9-15-20, Eleven firemen responded to an accident on the 278 Bypass and extradited a person from an automobile.
  • 9-18-20, One fireman issued a citation for an ordinance violation at #2 Railroad Ave.
  • 918-20, A false alarm was answered at 326 Bradley Road 75 by two fireman.
  • 9-20-20, Two firemen assisted the Warren Police Department at 105 Johnson.
  • 9-21-20, One fireman issued a citation for ordinance violation at 509 Howard.

The Department held their monthly training Monday, September 14 and practiced operating the city's new ladder engine.




Elks Club makes a donation to the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center


Herb Carey, representing the Elks Club was in Warren Saturday, September 19 to present the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center a donation of $4200.00.  The Elks have been consistent supporters of the Human Development Center for many years.  They often have a picnic for the clients, families and staff, but could not this year due to covid-19.

The SE Center is very grateful for the organization's support and care for the clients, families  and staff helped by the contributions made.   Assistant Superintendent Dana Harvey was present to accept the donation.



Monday, September 21, 2020

Warren arrest report for September 14-19, 2020


The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Rickey J. Johnson / 514 N. Myrtle, Warren, AR / DOB 5-15-63 / Warrant, Felon in possession of firearm on 9-14-20

Alexus Davis / 433 Burnett Rd. 19 / DOB 5-11-96 / Battery 1st, Careless & prohibited

Marcus R. Finks / 318 East Pine, Warren, AR / DOB 2-5-84 / Warrant, theft of property, residential burglary on 9-18-20

Richard Montgomery / 1612 Ashley Rd, Crossett, AR / DOB 7-22-96 / Warrant x 2, possession on 9-19-20

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Hermitage School Board conducts monthly meeting


Members of the Hermitage School Board met September 14 and conducted monthly business.

Minutes of the last board meeting were approved , Dr. Tucker, Superintendent's report was presented and the financial report was reviewed.  The budget for 2020-2021 was approved.

In other action the keyboard approved repair work to the fire alarms from TIP/TAPS.  Next the board approved  emergency personnel policies for covid-19 leave and the federal statement of assurance.  The board voted not to make any changes to the student handbook for transportation changes for extra-curricular activities.

Members vote to refund bonds and to approve the SPED Budget.  Then a vote was taken approving unemployment compensation through ASBA.

After going into executive session the board came out and voted to hire Lacey Hollingsworth for a long bus route.  Then the board approved the minority recruitment plan.

Warren Branch Library hours posted

 

UAM athletics aiming to help victims of Southern Louisiana hurricanes

The UAM football team is aiming to collect supplies for victims of Southern Louisiana hurricanes from September 21 through October 9.

MONTICELLO, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello athletic department is aiming to collect supplies for victims of Southern Louisiana hurricanes from September 21 through October 9.

UAM is calling upon all Weevil faithful to help out during these unprecedented times. There will be a trailer in front of Steelman Field House beginning Monday, September 21 through Friday, October 9 and will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday.

Those willing to help are encouraged to bring supplies to the trailer during those times to help benefit families.

UAM will be asking for supplies like:

Mosquito Spray

Adult Wipes

Adult / Children undergarments

Socks

T-shirts

Cleaning Supplies

Baby supplies

Gloves

Antibiotic Cream

Soap

Sunscreen

Wipes

Granola Bars

Trail Mix

Toilet Paper

The plan is to distribute these supplies throughout the Lake Charles area and Allen Parish on October 10 and 11.

For more information, please contact UAM Head Football Coach, Hud Jackson at jacksonw@uamont.edu or 870-460-1317, or UAM Director of Athletics Padraic McMeel at mcmeel@uamont.edu or 870-460-1058.

Health Department announces drive-through flu clinic

The Arkansas Department of Health has announced there are no longer going to be any “mass flu clinics."  They will start giving flu shots today, Monday, September 21, 2020. There will be a drive through day on September 23. On this day they are asking the patients who are coming for a flu shot to enter the parking lot using the North entrance of the Health Departments facility on Scogin Drive in Monticello and remain in vehicles. If a patient has a scheduled appointment, they will use the south entrance and park on the south side of the building. For anyone coming another date besides the 23rd to get a flu shot, they can remain in their vehicle and call inside and a nurse will come out to their car, no appointment necessary.

For more information, please call 870.270.2056.



Watkins accepts scholarship

Photo from facebook

Erin Watkins of Jersey, a 2020 graduate of Hermitage High School, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College this fall.

In high school, she was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the yearbook staff, the art club, the travel club, the basketball team and Junior Rotarians. She was president of the Beta Club and treasurer-reporter of the Class of 2020.

Friday, September 18, 2020

School to dismiss early for WSD P/T Conference on September 21 and 22

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State News: Arkansas tourism industry continues to strengthen state economy

2019 economic impact report indicates solid growth

The positive economic impact of tourism in Arkansas continues to be significant, according to data released from the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. In 2019, just under 69,000 Arkansans worked directly within the travel industry, a 1.4 percent increase over 2018. And these ambassadors greeted more than 36 million visitors to The Natural State in 2019, a 10.2 percent increase.

The Division of Tourism’s 2019 economic impact report, online at Arkansas.com, illustrates that tourism remains vital to Arkansas’s economy.

Arkansas’s total travel expenditures were also up 4.2 percent in 2019. And the 2 percent tourism tax revenue rose 7.5 percent over 2018 figures, one of the largest increases in the past decade.

“This growth in revenue allows our state to market the Arkansas tourism message nationally and internationally, delivering to our industry partners new and returning visitors year over year,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “The Arkansas experience invites travelers to immerse themselves in the local flavor and the quality of life that exists here. Our successes over the past decade of growth will help as we prepare for the impact of 2020.”

Among the other key findings for 2019:

Travel-generated local tax is up 5.4 percent.

Travel-generated payroll is up 5.1 percent.

Travel-generated state tax is up 5.3 percent.

Travel-generated federal tax is up 4.9 percent.

“Tourism is vital to Arkansas’s economic prosperity,” said Travis Napper, director of the Division of Tourism. “2020 has presented significant setbacks, but we continue to explore new opportunities to sustain growth. We’ve worked to inspire travel by participating in national campaigns such as ‘Let’s Go There’ with the U.S. Travel Association. And in collaboration with other state agencies and partners, we’ve worked to inform the public that ‘Arkansas is Ready for Travel.’"


Pastime: Those 8-Track memories


By Maylon Rice:

Some of the youngsters on the popular TV show Jeopardy brought this Pastime to my memory.

None of the three contestants, all seemingly well-read, studious and tech savvy sorts, it seemed, had not a clue to what an 8-Track Tape was.

Could that have been so long ago, and thus the Pastime wheels began to spin, as fast, well as fast as the faithful 8-Track Tapes we loved so much.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Board hears public comments from one employee and one parent


At the end of the monthly school board meeting conducted September 15,  two individuals addressed the school board during the public comment portion of the agenda.  Public comments are limited to three minutes.

The first speaker was Brandi Childs who voiced her concern about her daughter being given demerits for not taking part in specific cheer stunt events without her mask.  As understood the cheerleaders were required to remove their face masks for the stunt, and Ms. Childs does not want her child to be without a mask.  She indicated she had tried to talk to the sponsor and received no call back.  This may be Jr. Cheerleaders.  That was not made clear.  The school board indicated the superintendent will look into the matter and get back to Ms. Childs.


Next, addressing the board was Brigette Clark, who has spoken to the board in the past.  She has been advocating that she should be paid as a certified teacher though she was apparently hired at a lower rate of pay.  She voiced her feelings that she was not being valued.  School Board President Jerry Daniels responded that the superintendent had visited with Ms. Clark and explained the reasons and status of her employment and he could add nothing further.  The board then moved to adjourn.

Moving back to the beginning of the meeting, minute messages from all administrators were provided and the financial report was presented and approved.  The board then went into executive session.

The board then moved through a number of issues rapidly:

Voter registration event set for Saturday

A voter registration event put on by the GFWC Warren Woman's Club is set to be held Saturday, September 19 at 10am-2pm on the Bradley County Courthouse lawn.



GFWC Warren Woman's Club met on Tuesday


The GFWC Warren Woman’s Club met Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church. This is the first meeting of the club for the 2020-2021 year.  Fourteen members were present, wearing masks and adhering to social distancing.  Diane Parnell, President, presented Diane Purvis with a 25-year membership pin.  Ms. Purvis was a GFWC member in Mississippi, before joining Warren Woman’s Club in 2001.

Hostess and Co-Hostess were Jennifer Taylor and Clydene Davis.