Monday, October 22, 2018

Sign-up For This Spooky October 31 Dog Show

Bring your pet for a Spooktacular eveng of fun during the Warren downtown Trunk or Treat.  Enter your fur baby in the Mutt Strutt Costume Contest.  Entry is free for all costume contest categories.  Great Prizes will be awarded.

The event will be held in front of Rob Reep Studio at 225 S. Main Street at 5:30 p.m. October 31.  Categories include:
     "Spookiest Costume"
     Most Original Costume"
     "Largest Dog"
     "Smallest Dog"
     "Best Trick for a Treat"

Arrive early for registration.

Early Voting Underway

Bradley County, Warren, Banks and Hermitage voters may now vote early by stopping by the Bradley County Clerk's Office.  Early voting began today, October 22nd, and will run up until election day on November 6th.  Go Vote!

Early voting is available M-F 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.  You may early vote on Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M.  Early voting is possible on Monday, November 5th from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Voting on election day, November 6th is at your normal voting location.

This is important.  If you are  registered to vote, utilize your privilege and do so!

Warren Police Department Arrest Report For October 19-21, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty.

Jessie Oliver / 6 Walnut Ct., Warren, AR / DOB 10-19-18 / BCSO Warrant on 10-19-18

Cristian Torres / 228 Midway R. Apt 228, Monticello, AR / DOB 5-1-95 / Driving on suspended license, ran stop sign, and drinking on hwy on 10-20-18

Ken Roberson / 401 Elm, Warren, AR / DOB not listed / Careless & prohibited driving, and ran stop sign on 10-21-18

Rotary Brick Street 5K Held Saturday

The 1st Annual Rotary Brick Street 5K was held Saturday, October 20th. Despite the rainy conditions, there were still 35 participants from a wide range of ages.  The first place overall male runner was Joseph Garay at 18:14.  The first place overall female runner was Paige Stanley at 24:02.
The father/daughter duo of Delfino and Nora Gonzalez won the overall male and female walkers at 46:48  and 46:52, respectively.  There were also several other medals awarded according to age groups. The Rotary Club would like to thank Warren Bank and Trust, Union Bank, the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA, and Supervalu for their sponsorships of the race.  All proceeds from this race are going to the Imagination Library so thanks to everyone who helped out for this worthy cause.

Rotary's "World Polio Day" Is October 24

"Rotary International" has led the way and includes "The Warren Rotary Club" as part of making the world a Polio Free World! We are almost there!

What would you think if you woke up one Monday morning with a slight headache and by the end of the week you could not move your legs.  This nightmare has recently occurred in clusters of children in Colorado and Minnesota as the Center for Disease Control reported a mysterious outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis(AFM) which mimics symptoms of polio.  Could it happen here?

It already has.  In 1941 newspapers across Alabama were reporting widespread polio outbreaks across the state.  Some simply contracted flu like symptoms.  Others were permanently paralyzed, some died.  Why?  Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system.  It can be transmitted through direct contact with someone infected with the virus or through contaminated food and water.  There is no cure for Polio but it can be prevented.  Fortunately, in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed a vaccine which stopped the virus dead in its tracks.  In 1979, Rotary(an international service organization) and the Warren Rotary Club chose to lead the way in eradicating polio around the world and thus help protect all of us.  As a result of Rotary's efforts over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated and protected from polio.

How effect has Rotary been?  In 1979, there were over 350,000 polio cases world wide in over 100 countries.  As of today, only two countries are still reporting cases of the wild polio virus.  But we cannot rest until every county get the all clear.  Teams of doctors, nurses, researchers, analysts, and field study personnel must be supported along the way in order to keep polio at baby and ultimately defeat tit.  The vaccine itself is very inexpensive because Dr. Salk and those who followed him chose not the get a patent, recognizing this life saving discovery was bigger and more beneficial to the world than any paycheck.  Salk is a true inspiration of the love he had for his fellow man.  The Warren Rotary Club invites you to join us and "Be the Inspiration" and party of history by giving generously the End Polio Now!!!

To donate, contact "The Rotary Club of Warren" on its Facebook page.

Or go to

Or go straight to the Rotary donate page cursor on the blue colored website, hold ctrl down and left mouse click.)  You can donate as a guest.

Best regards,

The Rotary Club of Warren, Club #2567 and District #6170 of the International Rotary Club.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Former WHS Student Missing

According to a facebook post from Mark Baggett, his sixteen year-old daughter Adriana Baggett, known as AJ went missing yesterday, October 19, 2018.  She is believed to be either in North Louisiana or South Arkansas.  If anyone sees her they are asked to notify authorities and call Mark Baggett at 870-820-9099. has been told that AJ Baggett was a student at Warren High School up until about a month ago.

If you would like to see the original facebook page of Mark Baggett, please CLICK HERE.

All photos are from Mark Baggett's facebook page.

Friday, October 19, 2018

New Edinburg to Host Annual Fall BBQ Oct. 20th

The New Edinburg Community Center will have their annual Fall BBQ on Saturday, October 20th starting at 5:00 p.m.  BBQ plates will be $12.  There will also be a silent auction.  Live entertainment will be at 6:00 p.m. with Zack and Big Papa Binns Blues from Hot Springs kicking it off with Brothers 189 featuring the Pennington Brothers finishing out the evening.  No charge at the door.  For more information call Melody Spears at 870-510-6388.

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Bond Set For Stephanie Rogers In Solicitation To Commit Capital Murder Case

A bond hearing was held Friday afternoon in the Bradley County Courthouse for Stephanie Rogers of Monticello.  She is charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder and solicitation to commit capital murder.  Judge Bruce Anderson explained the charges and read Mrs. Rogers her rights.

Bond was set at $500,000.00 commercial.  If successful in securing a bond, Mrs. Rogers is to stay away from Joe Rogers, Debbie Rogers, one juvenile, and Mykala Rawls.

Guest House To Remain Open and Operational has been informed that Guest House, a level II Assisted Living facility will be continuing to operate in Warren.  Additional information will be forthcoming but the facility will continue to serve those in need.  It is open to applicants who are seeking a home.  Contact Guest House at 870-226-2346 or visit.  It is located at 1105 Woodlawn Street.

Intermodal Receives Excellent Financial Report

The Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority met Wednesday, October 17th in Monticello.  The board conducted routine monthly business including approval of the financial report.  The boards's
bookkeeper, Bob Milton, informed the members that the authority is now debt free, having paid off the note to Commercial bank.  According to Mr. Milton the authority has cash balances of $88,908.68 and owed just over $200.00 in unpaid invoices for September.  The financial statement listed city/county receivables as follows:

*Drew County-$1,682.78
*Bradley County-$174,925.37-

Mr. Milton stated that Bradley county has conducted $22,458.97 of work on the industrial site and that amount will be deducted from the county's balance. Bradley County crews and equipment and some materials have been used to conduct cleanup and drainage work on the site and the county keeps records of labor, equipment usage and materials used and utilizing FEMA rates is contributing to the intermodal with in-kind work instead of cash.  This work is being paid for with Bradley County funds.

Mr. Milton stated that the cash balances of the organization reflect a $75,000.00 payment by the State of Arkansas as appropriated by the state legislature.  The seven intermodal authorities in Arkansas, each received $75,000.00 from the state and will continue to do so, as long as the legislature continues to appropriate the funds annually. 

Bradley County Judge McKinney told the authority board that a good deal work needs to be done on the site to improved drainage and standing water.  He said there is work needed both north and south of the railroad track

The long running issue of the railroad crossing continues to be discussed and debated.  The board reviewed a letter to be sent by the authority's engineer to the railroad in an attempt to move the issue forward.  The matter concerns the proximity of a rail switch line to the geographic location of the crossing of the authority's onsite road that will cross the tr ack.  Either the switch or the road must be moved.  There is the question of who will pay for the work.  The railroad will not allow the crossing to be completed until the matter is settled.

Other issues were discussed concerning charging rent on use of the authority's side rails and problems with the lack of a qualified work force, especially CDL drivers in the region.

State Police CID Makes Arrest In Murder For Hire Case In Monticello

Official Press Release From the Arkansas State Police:

Stephanie Rogers, 48, of Monticello was arrested yesterday (Thursday, October 18, 2018) by Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division.  She is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Capital Murder and Solicitation to Commit Capital Murder.

On October 16, 2018 officials of the Monticello Police Department contacted the state police criminal investigation division requesting assistance in a case involving information that Rogers wanted a particular individual killed.

Special Agents presented their findings yesterday to Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen who subsequently charged Rogers.  She was later arrested and placed in the Drew County Jail.  A first appearance court hearing is expected to occur today.

Supreme Court Derails Issue One, Upholds Issue Five

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that Issue One, to be voted on during the upcoming election, is disqualified from being considered.  This means the votes for or against will not be counted and the proposed amendment is dead as currently proposed.  Issue One dealt with contingency fees, lawsuit damages and rules of the court.  It was commonly referred to as "tort reform."  Among other things it would put caps on personal liability lawsuits.

The Court also ruled that Issue Five, the increase in the state minimum wage, was constitutional and the votes will be counted.  If the issue passes it will increase the Arkansas minimum wage over a three year period. Endorses Denisa Pennington For Mayor Of Warren

Early voting begins Monday, October 22nd and will be available right up until election day.  If you do not vote early, then vote Tuesday, November 6th.  The race for Mayor of Warren is critical to the stability, good management, and growth of our City.  This is an important election and the voters of Warren should make the effort to vote. believes strongly that the voters of Warren should vote for Denisa Pennington as the next Mayor of Warren.  We believe this for several reasons.  She is the most qualified by every measurement that exists.  She has the education, the experience, the temperament and the heart for Warren that are essential for anyone seeking the office of Mayor.  This is not even a close call.  Denisa grew up in Warren in a working class family. She went to school in Warren and she has worked for years in a paid and volunteer capacity to help Warren progress.  She moved for a few years and worked in state economic development, but her family and her heart were always here and she moved back and got right back into volunteer work.   The future of Warren is important to her and she understands the job is to manage several million dollars of local and state money, as well as grants and to manage the some 50 plus city employees.

Being Mayor is about leading and working with the six member city council, who sets the budget and sets the policies.  It is about doing the job correctly every day and making sure the city operates by law and in fairness to all the people of Warren.  It’s about management and the law.  It is about telling the truth and not making up ridiculous facts and making brash statements and belittling certain groups of our citizens.  It is about skill and care.

Vote for Denisa Pennington for Mayor of Warren!  She is "Dedicated to Progress."  This is a serious and important vote.

SE Community Action Board Meets In McGehee

The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Board meet in McGehee, Arkansas Tuesday, October 16th for their monthly board meeting.  The board was presented numerous financial and program reports.  A great amount of time was spent talking about the hiring of a consultant to help the agency create improvements to the Headstart and CSBG programs.  The agency needs  to work on doing an improved job of striving to help families and individuals, who need services, to move out of poverty and into the work force.  The consultant is to help develop ideas and strategies for moving people into the middle class economically.  The board voted to move forward with the consultants work.  Some board members voiced concern that the effort began without the board's vote of approval.

Three new board members were seated.  Those include:
*Andrew Tolbert-Bradley County, Private Sector
*Rick Matheney-Ashley County, Low Income Sector
*Dr. Chris Allen-Drew County, Private Sector

The board has decided to continue the board meeting October 30th in the conference room at the headquarters in Warren at 1:00 P.M. to continue several items of business.

Hermitage Mass Flu Shots

The Hermitage Mass Flu event will take place Monday, October 22nd from 2:30 to 8:00 P.M. in the Hermitage High School Cafeteria.  This will be during parent/teacher conferences.  The public is welcome to come by and get their flu shot.  There is no out of pocket expense and no deductible for getting the shot.  If you have insurance, please bring your card, but there will be no charge. 

Parents of students should get their flu forms submitted by the twenty-second.  If a new form is needed either call or visit the school. 

The Bradley County Health Department urges everyone to get a flu shot.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Don't Miss Out...

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Warren Band Earns Superior Rating at Region III Marching Contest...Read about this on the Schools page.

Catch Coach Hembree's Weekly Interview on the Sports Page.

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Hermitage City Council Spends Money On Sewer Plant

Members of the Hermitage City Council meet October 15th and conducted the city's monthly business.  The minutes of the previous meeting and the financial reports were approved.  The police reported six citations issued in September and the hiring of Ben Wood as a reserve officer.
It was reported that one fire was responded to in September.

The council then voted to purchase two "reliant lagoon master sludge activating aerators" and other equipment for the sewer plant at a cost of $35,058.00.  The expenses will be paid for from the city's depreciating fund.

Community Action Holds Public Meeting

Over twenty people, mostly from Bradley County, were present Monday night, October 15th to receive an update on the status of the programs managed by the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Agency, meet the headquarters staff and to select a private sector representative from Bradley County to serve on the board of directors.  The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Agency operates several programs in the five counties of  Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew.  The programs are aimed at helping the elderly, the low income and children.  The agency operates the Head Start program, the CSBG program, distributes commodities and provides other assistance and education for those in need and who qualify.  The Headquarters for the agency is located in Warren.

After hearing from the interim executive director and introduction of the headquarters staff, those present were allowed to asks questions and make comments.  The group then turned to election of the new board member from Bradley County.

Each county get three board members.  An elected official or his/her representative, a representative of the low income community and a representative of the private sector.  Currently Bradley County is represented by Mrs. Angela Meeks ( on behalf of the low income community ) and Angela Marshall for the elected official position ( serves on the Warren City Council and Warren School Board). 

Joel Tolefree, a Warren City Council Member and a member of the Warren School Board, nominated Andrew Tolbert to serve as the private sector representative.  Mr. Tolbert has an extensive background in education, having served as a Superintendent.  There were no other nominations.  Those present unanimously elected Mr. Tolbert.  He goes on the board immediately.

The board meets monthly rotating the meetings among the five counties, with ever other meeting being conducted at the Headquarters in Warren.

Tricia West, Phil Wallace, Tim West, And Tyler West Set To Play A Free Concert October 27 At Rob Reep Studio On Main Street

Members of the band Fortunate Sons +1, Tricia Vanderzwalm West and Phil Wallace, along with musicians Tim West and Tyler West are set to play a free concert Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 7pm to 8pm at the Rob Reep Studio at 225 S. Main St. in Warren as part of "Music On Main."

"Music On Main" is an increasingly popular event that has developed at the new art studio of artist Rob Reep which opened in July.  The event is put on monthly in an effort to provide artistic entertainment to the local community.  "We want people to know that there are things to do on Main Street in Warren on a Saturday evening," said owner Rob Reep.  "I know there is still a lot of work to be done to revitalize the Main Street area, but events such as "Music On Main" and the Halloween Trunk Or Treat(set for October 31) are a good start," he continued.

The musical event being put on October 27 is the third installment of the monthly program.  In the first two months over 40 people have attended each event, with even more expected for the upcoming concert.  It feels like a coffee house type show, with a relaxed atmosphere.  Popcorn and drinks are available for purchase, but attending the concert is completely free.  Attendees are encouraged to tip the musicians.

If you would like more information about this free "Music On Main" concert, please visit the facebook event page by CLICKING HERE.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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LifeShare Brings Blood Mobile To Warren

The LifeShare Blood Mobile was on hand at the Bradley County Medical Center Friday afternoon, October 5th to give local individuals the opportunity to give blood.  Hospital staff and the Hospital Auxiliary assisted.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hospital Board Members Appointed

In a brief meeting of just over 15 minutes, the Bradley County Quorum meet October 15th and disposed of county monthly business.   Judge McKinney reported on construction of a new box culvert on Bradley Road 11.  He told the Justices the work was near completion.

The Judge also informed the court that the ordinance for levying a local tax on liquor is still being reviewed by the county attorney and should be ready soon.

The Judge submitted the names of Kenneth McDougald and Freddie Mobley for re-appointment to the Bradley County Medical Center Board.  The re-appointment is for three years.  Both men were approved.

Justice of the Peace Pat Morman asked the Judge about the status of the prison/jail.  The Judge stated he had not heard anything in about a month.  He stated he was waiting on further information.  It was noted that recent reports indicate that certain  members of the legislature have just learned of the proposal by the state and have voiced concerns.

Jr. Rotarians for October Announced

The Junior Rotarians for October 16, 23, and 30th are (l-r): Grace Adams, Jovankah Rodriguez, and Jacob Shipp.

Local Banker Travels to DC

Back Row Left:  Local banker Randy Rawls travels to DC with Arkansas Bankers Association
Local banker Randy Rawls along with the Arkansas Bankers Association recently traveled to Washington DC to meet with regulators and lawmakers to discuss their views on the state of the banking industry today and the direction it is heading. They also sat down with Senator Tom Cotton and Senator John Boozeman to express their thoughts on the same subject.  The House was in recess so no representative were in town.

Update on Prison/Jail Status

Information continues to trickle out relating to plans that have been under discussion for over three years, to build a private prison that could be utilized as a jail by Bradley and Drew Counties.  Just to remind our readers, the original plan was to have five southeast Arkansas counties go together and form a regional jail commission.  A private company from Louisiana was to construct a prison to house several hundred state inmates and then add some beds to be rented by the counties.  The company was to finance, own and operate the facility.  The quorum courts of Bradley and Drew Counties adopted ordinances creating the commission.  No reason was given why the counties had to form a commission to individually rent bed space.  That plan was scrapped.

Next the counties were told the private company would finance, own and operate the prison and would contract with the state for housing state inmates and would then contract with the counties for a set number of beds for each county.  The county contracts would be renewable on an annual basis.

Now, another plan has been brought up that calls for the county where the prison is built  to contract with the private company for housing of the state inmates as well the local jail inmates.  The State of Arkansas would then contract with the county to house the several hundred state prisoners.  When a local county official ( not from Bradley County ) was asked why the change, he stated there was no change and it is being done so the state does not have to take proposals for a contract with the private company.  This is a major alteration from the previous two plans. 

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State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

October 12, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Depending on the outcome of legal challenges that are being considered by the state Supreme Court, Arkansas voters could decide five ballot issues at the November 6 general election.

The legislature referred Issue One and Issue Two to the ballot during last year’s regular session. The other three issues were brought to the ballot by citizens’ groups that gathered signatures of registered voters on petitions.

The first four issues are proposed amendments to the state Constitution. The fifth is a proposed initiated act; approval by voters would place it in the statute books but not in the Constitution. The process of changing a statute is simpler than changing a constitutional amendment. It is less time consuming and less expensive, too.

Issue One would cap attorneys’ fees and the amounts that plaintiffs can be awarded in a civil case. Contingency fees for attorneys would be limited to a third of the net recovery for plaintiffs. Punitive damages would be limited to $500,000, or three times the amount of compensatory damages, whichever is greater.

Parent Teacher Conferences Set for Next Week

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