Saturday, February 24, 2018

Filing Fees For Democratic Party

According to Bradley County Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Butler, the following filing fees have been set for those wishing to file for office:
*County Officials-$30.00
*Justice of the Peace-$10
*Party Committee-$5

To file visit the County Clerks office in the Bradley County Courthouse.  Filing began Thursday, February 22nd at noon and runs till Thursday, March 1st. 

Anyone with questions may call Mr. Butler at 870-820-6152.

Friday, February 23, 2018

City Rescue Truck Called to Accident

The Warren Fire Department Rescue Truck was called out February 21st around 7:55 P.M. to a vehicle accident that involved a rollover just west of the Saline River Bridge on U.S. Highway 278, east of Warren.  A lady was reported trapped in the vehicle.  She was able to get out just before the truck arrived and was not seriously hurt.   The incident is being investigated by the Arkansas State police.

Movie Night Date Changed

The movie night planned for Saturday, February 24th has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 10th at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County.  It will be free with door prizes and a concession.  A family friendly movie will be shown.

This information was provided by Alicia Outlaw of the Bradley County Health Unit on behalf of the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition.

Cancellation

Cancellation:  The Alumni Soccer Game and Dessert Auction scheduled for Saturday, February 24 has been cancelled.

Pink Tomato Festival Trap Shoot Held

Winners of the Trap Shoot and Chairman Seth Jolley
Twenty-six two person teams were on hand Saturday, February 17th to take part in the 2018 Pink Tomato Festival Trap Shoot Fund Raiser.  The activitiy was held at the Warren Shooting Complex.  Seth Jolley chaired the event. 

There was a 15 and under division and a 16 and older division.  Teams paid to take part and a number of individuals and businesses sponsored.  All proceeds over expenses go to the 2018 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival Committee to help fund the festival.  Organizers stated they expect to net some $5000.00.

Winners were as follows:
*15 and under division
  First Place-Levi Baldwin & Austin Saunders
  Second Place-Gatlin Hale & Reid Erwin
  Third Place-Hunter White & Lee Johnson

*16 and over divison
  First Place-Josh Nichols & Joseph Nichols
  Second Place-McCall Groves & Caleb Coody
  Third Place-Chance Martin & Jared Martin

The sponsors of the Trap Shoot were:

City of Warren Parks & Recreation


In the City of Warren's annual report for 2017, the portion that addresses parks and recreation indicated the city council has continued to devote substantial funds to city parks and recreational facilities.  The biggest new project in 2017 was the completion of the Axley Field Soccer Complex. 
The new field with its lights and concession was constructed on the site of Axley Field, the longtime home of Lumberjack Football.  The field retains it's name.  It is a joint project of the Warren School District and the City of Warren. It will be used for soccer for all ages and for some youth football.

The Warren Shooting Sports Complex continues to grow.  It is managed by Thomas York.  It is being used for recreation and as a place to hold fund raisers.  Plans are progressing to add a pistol and rifle range to the site.

Work continues to restore the Warren and Ouachita Valley Railroad Station.  Grants and city funds are paying for the work.  The depot will be part of the facilities of the city park located on Martin Street.

The city operates the Westside Pool and ball field, the park on Martin Street, the Park and tennis courts on John Scobey Drive and the Baseball/Softball Complex on Highway 189 to the Northeast of the city limits.  The department is managed by Renius Harton.


Starting A Business In Arkansas Subject Of Free Seminar

MONTICELLO, AR — How to start a small business in Arkansas is the subject of a free seminar to be hosted March 1 by the University of Arkansas at Monticello's Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC). The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the SEARK College Technology Center in Pine Bluff.

Topics to be discussed include essential start-up steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing as well as key issues that affect business success and common mistakes faced by entrepreneurs.

To register, contact Lavonica Davis at (870) 460-1266 or register online at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Intermodal Has Meeting

Seven members of the Intermodal Board were present Wednesday, February 21st for the monthly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority.  Minutes of the previous meeting and current financial information was reviewed and approved.  the meeting lasted just over 30 minutes.

The board approved the payment of $955.01 in unpaid invoices.  According to the financial report, the following amounts are owed by the four governmental entities that created the authority:
*Monticello-$37,467.72
*Drew County-$38,924.50
*Warren-$54,117.53
*Bradley County-$172,167.11
Warren, Monticello and Drew County have been making periodic payments for several years as authorized by the respective governing bodies.  Bradley County has not been contributing cash but has recently conducted some in-kind work on the site using County employees and equipment.  It has been reported they have spent around $20,000.00 and that was deducted form the total amount listed as owed by the county.

The authority has a loan balance of $154,147.19 owed to Commercial Bank.  It has been previously reported that the authority will be receiving state funds in the future.

In other matters, the members talked about the railroad crossing and the need to move a switch.  This has been an item of concern for months.  There remains some question whether the switch must be moved and who will pay.   The authority has quotes that indicate the cost of moving the switch will be $38,600.00.  To relocate the road crossing instead of moving the switch will be around
$20,700.00 and that does not include new road construction up to the crossing site.

Potlatch and Deltic Timber Complete Merger


Potlatch and Deltic Timber Complete Merger
SPOKANE, Wash. and EL DORADO, Ark., Feb. 20, 2018 (GLOBENEWSWIRE) --
PotlatchDeltic Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) (“PotlatchDeltic”) today announced the successful
completion of the previously announced merger of Potlatch Corporation with Deltic Timber
Corporation in an all-stock transaction, creating a leading domestic timberland owner and top-tier
wood products manufacturer. All closing conditions for the deal have been met.
The combined company has changed its name to PotlatchDeltic Corporation and its shares will
trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker PCH.
“Today marks the beginning of a stronger PotlatchDeltic, positioned for growth,” said Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Mike Covey. “We are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone and
eager to begin integrating our business and capturing significant merger benefits. Our businesses
have solid plans in place to deliver on our synergy commitments and provide a seamless transition
for our customers and other stakeholders.”
The combination brings together two leading timberland owners and wood products
manufacturers, while also combining two highly complementary and successful real estate
businesses.

SEACAC Beginning to Take Applications for Winter Crisis Assistance

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will begin taking applications for the FY’2018 LI-HEAP Winter Crisis Assistance Program on February 26, 2018 until funds are depleted.  The program is designed to assist low-income households with home energy related emergency situations.  The following information is needed to determine eligibility:  Winter assistance pays electric, butane, propane and gas bills.

Proof of total monthly household income for the month prior to application.
All household members birth dates and social security numbers
A recent electric bill and gas bill or other energy related statement for Regular Assistance.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pleas Approved by Circuit Court

Several plea agreements were recently approved by Judge Porch in Bradley County Circuit Court.
1. Christina Hughes-Convicted of residential burglary and theft of property.  Sentenced to 60 months probation with credit for time served.  Pay restitution and court costs.

2. Russell Allen Fritts/John William White-Convicted of burglary, breaking and entering and theft of property.  Sentenced to 72 months probation and fine and court cost.

3. Donny Ray Brown-Convicted of burglary and theft.  Sentenced to 60 months probation, restitution and court fees.  Jail time to be credited.

4. Gerry Allen Lephiew-Convicted of possession of a controlled substance and other drug charges.  Sentenced to fines and court cost.

Plea agreements are approved by the prosecutor and the Circuit Judge.

No Quorum At Community Action

Tuesday, February 20th was the scheduled meeting date for the Board of the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Agency.  The Board usually meets the third Tuesday of each month in the conference room of the Agency Headquarters in Warren.  the meeting for the 20th failed to produce a quorum, therefore no meeting was conducted.

There was one report given on state policy prohibiting the use of certain drugs in safety sensitive jobs within the various state agencies.  No action was taken by the board due to the lack of quorum.

The board will meet in a special meeting to conduct February business or will combine the business with the regular meeting in March.

Warren PD Seeking Information About Shooting

Warren Police were called to York Street February 18th around 10;36 P.M. in reference to an unoccupied vehicle being shot.  There were no injuries.

Officers are seeking any information on who did the shooting, damaging the vehicle.  Anyone with information please call the Warren Police Department at 870-226-3703.  The matter is being investigated.

Arrest Made In Fake Money Transactions

Wednesday, February 7th, two reports were made by two different individuals who were advertising items for sale on line.  When making the transactions, both individuals were given fake money in the exchange.

Friday, February, 9th, a search warrant and authorization for arrest warrant was signed by Judge Bruce Anderson.  The search warrant was executed the same day at 510 Clio Street in Warren.  Items of evidence were located pertaining to the incidents.  The suspect, Jewan Tre'Shaun, age 18, was located inside the residence and arrested on both counts.

MARKET IN PARK VEGETABLE GARDEN WORKSHOP

A  Vegetable Garden Workshop will be held Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the UAM Department of Agriculture.   Local Farmer's Market vendors, Master Gardeners, and UAM Agriculture Department faculty will present four major topics.  The subjects include Basics of Gardening, Types of Gardens, What to Grow, and Common Mistakes and Problems. Each area will offer tips and practical guidance as well as resources.  The workshop is free to participants.

Market in the Park Farmer's Market and More, the Monticello/Drew County Chamber of Commerce, University of Arkansas Monticello Agriculture Department, and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are again collaborating to present the workshop to take the mystery out of home gardening, inspire, and encourage more home gardeners.

For more information, call Drew County Extension office 870-460-6270.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service 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 County Extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

UAM Scholarship Deadline Set for March 1


            MONTICELLO, AR — Prospective and current students who plan to apply for either institutional or private scholarships to attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello next fall should do so by March 1, according to Tawana Greene, executive director of admissions and enrollment management.

          For scholarship consideration, prospective first-time or two-year college transfer students must submit an admissions application, test scores, a 6- or 7-semester transcript and proof of immunization to meet eligibility requirements.

          To apply for private scholarships, all students must complete an online application at https://uamont.academicworks.com/.  Access to the application is gained by using the official student login credentials. Any student encountering issues logging in, should visit http://www.uamont.edu/pages/resources/weevilnet/ for log-in assistance.

            Students who have received an offer but are interested in receiving an upgrade must have their higher score submitted by the March 1 deadline.  The February ACT administration is the last score report that will be accepted for scholarship purposes. Concurrent enrollment status may affect eligibility for scholarships.

For questions regarding Institutional and Private Scholarships or the application process, please contact Tyler Harrison at harrisonjt@uamont.edu or finaid@uamont.edu.  Students may also visit the Financial Aid office located in Harris Hall 300 or call 870-460-1050.

Open house for new adult education location

The adult education department at South Arkansas Community College will hold an open house at 3 p.m. on Feb. 27 at its newly-renovated Education Center in Warren at 204 Bragg St.
The event notes the relocation of adult education in Bradley County from its former location at the South East Arkansas Community-Based Education Center. SouthArk began delivering adult education services in Bradley County last summer.
The college has provided these services—which include high-school equivalency, Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy certification, and English as a Second Language instruction, among others—in Union County for many years.
“We have already been welcomed into the Warren community by many great leaders, partners and students,” SouthArk adult education director Amy Sturdivant said. “Our plan is to continue providing services to the community so adults have more educational and occupational opportunities.”
SouthArk’s Education Center in Warren is located inside of the Bradley County Medical Center Brunson Complex, which was renovated to provide additional classroom and office space in order to house adult education there.

City of Warren Building Codes Annual Report

During 2017 the City of Warren 31 building permits.  Four were sold for commercial construction and nine for major remodeling with a total construction value worth $1,125,000.00.  Three new residents were built and 36 electrical and 76 plumbing permits were issued.  During the year, thirty-nine letters were sent out concerning properties identified as being in violation of city ordinances.

Thirty-one properties were brought into compliance by property owners and six structures were razed by the city and liens filed.  In each case, the city council voted to take action.

The Building Codes Department worked with the Warren Planning Commission to review zoning matters, mobile home request and general planning.

Hit and Run Reported

The Warren Police Department usually investigates a number of accidents each week.  Most are fender/bender type wrecks, but it takes time to investigate and prepare a report.  Sometimes a citation is issued and at other times, based on the circumstances, no one receives a ticket.

On February 3, 2018, a report was submitted to the police indicating a hit and run occurred on Boyd Street.  A vehicle traveling west on Boyd was swiped by another vehicle traveling east.  There was damage to the car reporting the incident, but there were no injuries.

According to the driver who reported the matter, the car that hit him was a black Cadillac.  Anyone with information should contact the Warren Police Department at 226-3703.

MACS board of directors elects officers for 2018

Tanya Jones Johnson was elected secretary.
February 19, 2018 (Lansdale, PA)-The board of directors of the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide met during the 2018 Training Event and Trade Show and elected officers.

Andy Fiffick of Rad Air Complete Car Care, Cleveland, OH will serve as MACS chairman and CEO.  Steve Sunday of Sunair, Ft. Worth, TX will serve as MACS vice chairman. David Jack from DENSO Aftermarket Sales, Long Beach, CA was elected as MACS association treasurer, and Tanya Johnson of Johnny’s Radiator, Warrren, AR will be MACS secretary.

The MACS Board of Directors has thirteen members: four members representing service and repair, four members representing distribution and four members representing manufacturing and the past chairman.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Repairs to Main St. Building Underway

Work to assure the building on Main Street adjacent to the now vacant lot on the corner of Main and Cypress Streets is underway.  During the removal of the "Words On A Shirt" building, after it burned, there was concern that the building to the south might not be stable.  The City braced the building to assure the front would not fall and began researching ways to make permanent repairs.  The contractor conducting renovation construction on the Rail Road Depot is working on the building with the assistance of an architect.   The city hopes to have the building in a safe condition very soon and have the braces removed. 

The "Words On A Shirt" building was ordered removed and cleaned up after the owner failed to take any action.  The city had to pay for asbestos removal and to tear down and clean up the site.  The cost was over $150,000.00.  A lien has been filed on the site to recover the expenses.

The city is working on several lots and structures throughout the city limits to get the owners to cleanup or repair the properties.  If the problems are not corrected, the city council may take action to order the sites cleaned up or repaired. If the owners fail to act, the city may have the work done and bill the owner.  If the bill is not paid a lien may be place on the property.  A number of properties have been acted upon by the city the past several years, but more are in line for action.

Arrest Report: February 19

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

John Andrew Jackson, 2120 Loyd St., Little Rock, AR., age 43, charged with driver's license suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, drinking on highway (2-15-18)

Alicia Anette NaQuin, 1950 Parker Loop, Rison, AR.,  age 47, arrested on Monticello warrant (2-18-18)

Darvius Santwann Dixon, 1816 Mt. Zion Rd., El Dorado, AR., arrested on Hermitage warrant (2-16-18)

Pamela Meyers, Sheridan, AR., age 54, charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, (2-17-18)

Donald Hargraves, 21 Oak Grove Rd., Warren, AR., age 27, arrested on Drew County warrant (2-18-18)

Frederick King, 608 S. Main St., Warren, AR., age 42, charged with DWIm running stop sign, drinking on highway (2-18-18)

Essie Mae Lewis, 1292 US Highway 63, Warren, AR., age 46. arrested on BCSO warrant (2-18-18)

Movie Night at YMCA

The Bradley County Health Coalition will be sponsoring a family oriented movie night Saturday, February 24th at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County, located on Main Street in Warren.  Bring your blankets and chairs.  It will be a fun event for the entire family.  The movie will run from 4-6 P.M.

Admission is free.  By bringing a new or used book to donate, you will be eligible for a door prize.  Concessions will be available and you may bring your own snacks.  Each person attending will be given one free smoothie as supplies last.

The Bradley County Health Coalition is made up of individuals, businesses and agencies from the Bradley County/Warren area working to promote good health in our community.

Johnson's Quick Lube Back Open After Repairs

After a recent accident that damaged Johnson's Quick Lube , repairs have been made and the company has now reopened for business.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

February 16, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Some observers may think that fiscal sessions of the legislature lack drama, because of the lack of controversy. Lawmakers focus on budgets and revenue projections.

But a glimpse at one day’s work in the Arkansas Senate offers a revealing perspective on the numerous services provided by state government.

On the final day of the session’s first week, the Senate approved a long list of appropriations, which authorize spending by state agencies and institutions of higher education for next year.

They included budget bills for the State Police that allow the agency to replace aging equipment and upgrade its computer and radio systems. Another spending bill authorized the Department of Community Correction to renovate facilities and equipment. The department operates minimum security lock-ups, halfway houses and specialty courts such as drug courts. It hires officers who supervise offenders who have been released on probation or parole.

Hermitage Superintendent Speaks to Rotary

On February 13th, Dr. Tracy Tucker, Superintendent of the Hermitage School District, spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren. She spoke of the three main goals that the schools are striving for: better communication, better attendance, and a commitment to teaching kids to read.

Pictured are Rotarian Waymann Mann and Dr. Tucker

Rotary Inducts New Members and Hosts Jr. Rotarians

On February 13th, the Rotary Club of Warren installed two new members, Rev. Clarence Lucky, pastor of Bethel A.M.E., and Lynn Blaylock, director of the Bradley County Economic Development Center.

Attending the meeting were the Jr. Rotarians for this period. Left to Right:  Kennth Puterbaugh, Bruana Bailey, Santiago Garcia, and Davis Pennington.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Paul Cash Appointed to Petroleum Gas Board

Governor Asa Hutchinson has recently appointed Paul Cash of Warren to the "Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board."  The appointment runs through January 14, 2022.  Cash is associated with Gresham Petroleum Company, which has facilities in Warren.

Friday, February 16, 2018

LIVE Basketball: Watch Tonight On Facebook

"For tonight's games, we are testing some new equipment, so we are doing a trial stream on salineriverchronicle.com's Facebook fan page.  The link below will carry you to our facebook page, and the live stream of each game will be available on that page.  You may have to scroll down some on that page."-Rob Reep, Owner of salineriverchronicle.com
CLICK HERE TO WATCH BOTH THE WARREN LUMBERJACKS CONSOLATION GAME
AND THE
LADY JACKS 8-4A TOURNAMENT CHAMPION GAME LIVE.
Estimated Game Start Time: 5:30pm CST.
When you reach our facebook page, we will have a post that will be live streaming.

Programs brought to you in part by:

From State Representative Jeff WardlAW

In the first week of the 2018 Fiscal Session, the House passed more than 30 appropriation bills.

The appropriations passed are for various boards and commissions and do not include any increases in funding.

The Governor presented his State of the State address in the House Chamber on the first day of the session.  He outlined many of his requests for the upcoming fiscal year which include increases in funding for the Department of Correction, Department of Community Correction, and Department of Human Services.  We will be addressing funding for those agencies in the weeks ahead.