Saturday, May 25, 2019

What's Up Dog, LLC Opens for Business

Chamber of Commerce members, friends, and relatives attended the What's Up Dog ribbon cutting, Friday, May 24.
What's Up Dog, LLC celebrated their grand opening Friday, May 24th in front of Warren City Hall.  The business, owned by Gage Atkinson and his brother Colton, will be a mobile hot dog stand.  The stand will be moved about Bradley and Drew Counties.  They plan to have a set route in the future to allow customers to know their daily locations.

Decked Out in Patriotism

The Bradley County court square is decked out in patriotism.  Come out Monday for the morning wreath -laying ceremony followed by a Memorial Day celebration at the First United Methodist Church.

Warren Fire Department Report

The Warren Fire Department has answered a number of calls from May 13th through May 23rd.  Most of the calls did not require volunteers to be called out.  the following responses have been reported:
*May 13th-An alarm went off unintentional
*May 13th-Vehicle fire on Smith Road
*May 14th-assisted with emergency call
*May 14th-vehicle accident
*May 16th-vehicle accident
*May 16th-vehicle accident
*May 17th-false alarm
*May 17th-false alarm
*May 20th-false alarm
*May 22nd-vehicle fire at Hayes Ave/N. Watson
*May 23rd-vehicle fire at 218 W. Central St.

The Warren fire Department operates the City of Warren Rescue Truck as well as Fire Engines.
Fulltime firemen man the Central Fire Station located in the Emergency Services Center.  Trained volunteers are called as needed to fires and accidents or to man the fire station as necessary. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Stabbing on North Walnut Street

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at approximately 7:14 p.m., Warren Police Department received a 911 call that a man had been stabbed in the 500 block of North Walnut St.  The victim Dacris Lawson, age 48, was transported to Bradley County Medical Center by personal vehicle.  After investigating the incident, it was determined that Lawson had been stabbed by Jeremy Clary, age 30.  Clary was arrested and charged with Battery 1st Degree. 28th State District Court Judge Bruce Anderson presided over Clary’s First Appearance.  Clary’s bond was set at $75,000.

City/County Offices Closed For Memorial Day

The Warren Municipal Building will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no garbage pickup on the 27th.  The City of Warren Emergency Services Center, including the police and fire departments will be open and fully staffed.   


Hermitage School Board May Meeting

Members of the board and staff of the Hermitage School District met May 13th to conduct the monthly business of the school system.  Minutes and the financial report were approved.  The 2019-2020 school calendar was then adopted.

By a vote of 6-0, the board then accepted a bid by Foster's Cleaning Service to clean the floors over the summer months.  The cost will be $9400.00. 

Mistie McGhee gave the 7-12 SIS report.  Rosalynda Ellis gave the k-6 SIS report and jade huitt gave the Pre-K ELL Coordinator report.  Dr. Tucker provided updates from the Superintendent's office.

By a vote of 6-0 the board then approved the sale of second lien bonds in the amount of $525,000.00 for the purposes of school security improvements, roof replacements and other facility  repairs.  The bonds are issued under existing millage and there is no tax increase.  The financing is being handled by First Security Beardsley and Crews and Associates. 

In other action by the board, the school choice applications were approved, the Child Nutrition bid from K-12 Culinary Connection was approved and the Education Disclosure Notification/Resolution to hire Collin Wilkerson was passed on a vote of 5-0. 

After returning from executive session the board took the following actions:
*Hired Tarah Martin for Music
*Accepted the resignation of Para-Pro Alexisa Clark, pre-k
*Accepted the resignation of Tyler Caruthers as Assistant Basketball Coach

The motion to adjourn was made by Harold Hampton , seconded by Gary Vines. 


BCMC Experiences Net Gain For April, 2019

Members of the board of Bradley County Medical Center were informed that in April of 2019 the hospital experienced a net gain of $449,018.00.  Usage of the hospital was up in several categories and the sales tax balance remains healthy.  The report was given during the May 23rd meeting of the board.  On the negative side, however, it was noted that accounts receivable has taken a large jump. 

CEO Steve Henson told the board that the building that formally housed Dr. Weaver is almost ready for further use by the hospital and that the new MRI machine in working and seems to be doing well.  He also stated that the effort to recruit another doctor is underway.

The following medical staff recommendations were approved after a report was made by Dr. Wharton:
*Emmanuel Obi, M.D., ER/Family Medicine
*Justin Powell, M.D., Psychiatry
*Joseph Hackler, M.D., Cardiology
*Micah Fritsche, M.D., Radiology
*Wade McClain, LPN to Dr. Claycomb
*Shelbi Sloan, APRN to Dr. Mego
*Amanda Mullins, APRN to Dr. Mego
*J. Adams Yancey, M.D., Radiology
*Kristen harvey, APRN, RHC
*Edwarde Angtuaco, M.D., Radiology
*Jerome Gehl, M.D., Radiology-Moved to inactive, retiring
*Danny Lister, M.D.,, Surgery-proctor for Dr. Roger Mason

The board went into executive session.  After returning, no personnel action was taken.


The first step in AHF Products’ growth strategy

LANCASTER, PA, AHF Products, the leading wood flooring manufacturer, announces they will acquire LM Flooring, a global manufacturer and marketer of hardwood flooring products, with closing expected within 30 days.

A worldwide leader in engineered wood flooring, the LM Flooring brand signifies high quality products on the forefront of market trends: wide width, long length, sliced, sawn and textured constructions. LM Flooring serves a diversified portfolio of customers across the globe, including North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. LM Flooring manufactures product in a state-of-the-art facility in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. This facility will continue to service the U.S. market with high-styled and quality products.

 LM has a strong reputation for innovative products and speed to market. The LM team will remain committed to that mission to allow for seamless continuity for customers.

“AHF Products is recognized as best in class in solid and rotary engineered hardwood flooring. And the combination of LM adds best in class sawn and sliced faced manufacturing capabilities and products,” said Brian Carson, AHF Products’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Plans include immediate expansion of the Cambodian facility to service exceptional demand from the U.S. market.”

“The LM brand further expands our portfolio of strong brands, complementing our existing Bruce, Robbins, HomerWood and Hartco brand presence,” said Mike Bell, Chief Operating Office for AHF Products. “Our strengthened manufacturing capabilities will create new growth opportunities for both our AHF and LM channel partners.”

Meeting Of Parks & Recreation Called

A meeting of the Warren Parks & Recreation Commission was called for Thursday, May 23rd at the Warren Municipal Building.  At the last minute some members were unable to attend so a quorum was not present and no action was taken.  Plans call for another meeting soon.

In attendance was Mayor Pennington and Parks Director Kyle Wagnon.  Mayor Pennington and Mr. Wagnon went ahead and provided and update on all city recreational facilities and programs.  It was noted that the Mayor is in the process of nominating individuals to fill two vacancies on the Commission.  All appointments must be approved by the Warren City Council.

Reports were given on the Baseball/Softball complex, the Warren Cultural Center, the Railroad Depot, the City Park, Westside Pool/Ball Field, the Old Armory, the Shooting Range, the Axley Soccer Field and the Senior Citizens Center.  The Parks Director stated the Baseball/Softball complex has been very busy and heavily used the past several months and Warren High School Baseball is planning to play an extended league at the facility.  Softball is also planned.  He said the city is looking for grants to help make further improvements to the complex including possibly constructing a new field.  Mr. Wagnon indicated the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County is making use of the complex for baseball.

Mr. Wagnon reported the Westside Pool has been inspected by the Health Department and is certified to open.  Plans call for the pool to be operational May 28th.  He stated a soccer tournament is set for May 24th at Axley Field.   He also reported work is progressing on the Railroad Depot renovation.

According to Mr. Wagnon there will be a Pink Tomato Festival Shooting tournament at the Range in the near future.  All of the cities facilities are being used.  Maintenance and improvements are ongoing.

The City of Warren Parks and Recreation Commission is established by ordinance of the Warren City Council.  The Commission is authorized to set rules and regulations for operating the parks and recreation facilities and makes recommendations for expenditures to the Warren City Council. 

Rural Fire Department Responds to Fire Call

A vehicle fire was reported at Highway 63S and Highway 8E. Upon arrival of the Bradley County Rural Fire Department, a fire was observed inside the cab of a pickup truck. All doors and windows were closed and the fire was being deprived of oxygen. The fire was extinguished with the hose reel on the brush truck. The fire originated on the right rear corner under the rear seat where a stereo amplifier was located.  The vehicle was owned by Zack Allen of Hermitage.


State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

May 17, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – The rate of maternal mortality in Arkansas is above the national average, so earlier this year the legislature created a review committee to develop new strategies for preventing women from dying during childbirth.

The state Health Department will set up the committee with members from various medical and public health disciplines.

The committee will analyze the details of all pregnancy-related deaths, including the circumstances when women die as long as a year after giving birth. Regardless of the stated cause of death, the committee will review all the relevant factors that may have contributed to the deaths.

Committee members will review medical records and contact family members and other people involved in the women’s deaths.

The committee will recommend ways to prevent maternal deaths, such as efforts by public health agencies and clinics to improve prenatal care.

Under Act 829 of 2019, health care providers, facilities and pharmacies shall provide access to medical records. The act specifies that they will not be liable in a lawsuit for making those medical records available.

The medical records that are provided to the committee shall not be admissible as evidence in court, or before a regulatory board. Committee members and Health Department staff who participate in gathering and analyzing medical records shall not disclose them.

The proceedings of the committee will be confidential, as will the records it gathers and the statements of people interviewed by the committee.

If the medical information is available from other sources and by other avenues, it can still be used in criminal and civil proceedings.

Each year the committee shall issue a report to the Senate and House Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor and the Legislative Council. The Maternal Mortality Review Committee’s reports shall be in aggregate form, and will not include details that identify specific physicians or health care facilities.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Reception Held for Retiring Teachers


The Warren School District hosted a Retirement Reception for the following retirees; Frances Cornish, 9 years ABC, RDeWayne Banks, 2 years service to education in WSD, 33.5  years total in education, Felecia Bennett, 38 years service to education in WSD, 38 years total in education,Vicky McDougald, 4 years of service to education in the WSD, 38 years total in education, Tina McKinney, 24 years of service to education in the WSD, 32.5 years total in education, Cecilia Whittemore, 38.5 years of service to education in WSD, 38.5 years total in education.


Altogether they have a total of 189.5 years of service to education and a total of 115.5 years of service in the Warren School District.

Pictured are; Tina McKinney, Felecia Bennett, Cecilia Whittemore, and Vicky McDougald, not present were Frances Cornish and RDewayne Banks.

Amesha Brewies Accepts Scholarship

EL DORADO—Amesha Brewies, a physical therapist assistant major at South Arkansas Community College, has accepted an Alpha Xi Scholarship to attend the school this fall.
She is a 2007 graduate of Warren High School.

County Releases Holiday Schedule

The Bradley County Solid Waste will run their regular route on Memorial Day Monday May 27th. The Landfill will be closed.
The Bradley County Courthouse will be closed.


Memorial Day Program Set For May 27th

There will be a wreath laying ceremony conducted Monday, May 27th on the Courthouse Square in honor of those who sacrificed their lives for our country.  It will take place at 10:30 A..M. and the public is invited.  Following the wreath laying, a Memorial Day program will be held at First United Methodist Church, located at 111 West Church Street in Warren.

A welcome will be given by Pastor Gary Harrison, followed by a moment of silence.  There will be prayer and the singing of our National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.  "My Country Tis Of Thee" will be sung and World War II Navy Veteran Gerald Burton will bring remarks.  The Powerhouse COGIC will sing "America The Beautiful."  "God Bless America" will be sung by the audience and TAPS will be played.

The public is invited and urged to attend this solemn and important service to honor those who have kept our nation free.  

New Head Start Offices Moving To Monticello

Board members of Southeast Arkansas Community Action were updated Tuesday, May 21st on the status of Head Start and other programs managed by the agency.  As previously reported the agency has given up the Head Start Program due to management issues for a year.  Southeast Community Action hopes to reapply at the end of the next year.  A company hired by the federal government will take over the Head Start Program and run it until a new grant is issued in the future.  The new provider will use existing facilities in each county.  They will give current employees a chance to apply for available jobs.  There is no guarantee that all will be rehired.  According to information provided SRC, the new headquarters will be in Monticello. 

Southeast Community Action will continue to operate the Liheap ( low income home energy assistance program ), the CSBG ( community service block grant program and other administrative services from the Warren Central Headquarters. 

In other business reports were given and the board took no action on the advertisement for vacancies for the positions of Executive Director and Finance Director.  Both jobs are being filled by interim appointments. 

After going into executive session the board voted to require an agency employee to repay several hundred dollars of expense money used to attend a training meeting that was not authorized by the board. 

The board meeting was chaired by Rick Matheney of Ashley County.   

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Brenda Nolan Named Hermitage Teacher of the Year

Brenda Nolan has been recognized as the 2019 Hermitage Teacher of the Year.  She is an educator at Hermitage Elementary School. Superintendent Tracy Tucker honored her with a special award.

Rotarians Hear About Upcoming Festival

Randy Rauls, Vicki Tapia, and Bob Milton
May 7th, Randy Rauls (left) and Vicki Tapia (middle) of the Pink Tomato Festival spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren about this year's festivities which will kick off Saturday June 8th with several events including the inaugural Tour De Tomato bicycle ride. Rotary Club will be having their annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Imagination Library on June 15th from 7:00-10:00 at the First United Methodist Church. Also pictured is Rotarian Bob Milton.

Special Called Meeting

The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation Board of Directors will conduct a Special Called meeting Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 1:00p.m.  The meeting will be held at the SEACAC Complex located at 1208 North Myrtle Street in Warren, AR.

The meeting is open to the public.

SEACAC serves Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew Counties in Southeast Arkansas.

SEACAC follows Titles VI and VII of the Civil Right Act and is operated, managed, and delivers services without regard to age, religion, disability, pollical affiliation, veteran status, sex, race, color or national

Council Approves Speed Bumps

The Hermitage City Council met May 20th for the monthly meeting of the council.  Present were council members Annette Peebles, Randy Gorman, Jr., Mayor Tonya Kendrix, Police Chief Ben Poole and Angela Dawson and Daphne Hargis.  Minutes of the April meeting were approved and the financial statement was reviewed and approved. 

Chief Poole reported 15 citations were issued in April.  There were no fires reported.  Under the water preort it was noted lab results are within allowable limits. 

The council approved the installation of speedbumps on W. Grand between Main and the train tracks.  This was the result of complaints concerning speeding.  The council then approved a proposal from RJR Playgrounds in the amount of $41,244.67 for implementation of a Fun Park Grant.  This is for construction of a fun park. 

The members then approved a membership for Mayor Kendrix to join the Rotary Club.  Ordinance 116 was adopted to allow Mrs. Mary Vines to work at City Hall through the NCBA program. 

Donald Hamilton Family Named 2019 Bradley County Farm Family of the Year

Donald Hamilton Family
The Bradley County Farm Family of the Year for 2019 is the Donald Hamilton Family.
The farm is located at 1264 Bradley 4.  It is just east of Hilo and is in what is referred to as the Marsden community.  Donald Hamilton and his son Steele Hamilton operate the 45 acres of agricultural production.   They are the 6th generation to farm the site.

During the 2019 season, the Hamilton Farm consist of the following:
*Tomatoes-15 acres
*Watermelons-10 acres
*Cantaloupe-5 acres
*Peppers-4 acres
*Squash-3 acres
*Cucumbers-2 acres
*Pumpkins-6 acres
The farm has irrigation capabilities for the 45 acres.

Fresh market produce is sold to wholesale vendors who sell to farmers' markets, grocery stores, local restaurants, and to visiting and local guests.  All produce can be purchased on the farm in a box or pick your own.

One of the major goals of the Hamilton Farm is to deliver a satisfactory product, along with excellent taste.  The Farm works with buyers and a consultant to improve yield and provide a safe product.  The Hamilton's have begun to implement a "food safety and hazard analysis program.  This protects people and the environment from harmful chemicals and unforeseen contamination.

According to Mr. Hamilton, they are leveling fields to improve drainage and cleaning edges of fields to offset to alter rows for crops.  They work with The University of Arkansas to provide soil samples to maximize productivity and integrity of the soil.  Three ponds are maintained on the farm as a secondary water source.  They utilize plastic mulch and drip irrigation to conserve water and reduce cultivation for weed control.

Mr. Hamilton's grandfathers, Wesley Hamilton and C. w. Wright started tje family farm. His grandmother Lizzie Gorman Wright was a staple in the operation.  Donald's father Byron Hamilton continued the tradition.

Donald Hamilton started working the farm as a boy and at age 16, got his first acre to tend to alone.  In 1972 he began logging and then worked at Potlatch for eighteen years, while continuing to farm.  He later had a career as a crop insurance adjuster.

Steele Hamilton is a graduate of hermitage High School and UAM with a degree in business, with an emphasis in marketing.  He too has worked the farm since he was very young.  Steele is married to Genevieve Huggins Hamilton and they have one son, David Slade, age 9.  They attend Immanuel Baptist Church in Warren.

Donald's daughters both worked the farm while growing up.  Taylor Hamilton Davis is a graduate of Hope High School.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Louisiana Tech and then her Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance.  Taylor and her husband, Jarret, live in Ponchatoulas, Louisiana.

Makenzi Hamilton is a graduate of Hope High School.  She attended SAU in Magnolia, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Science in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice.  She then earned her Master's degree in Education of Student Affairs and College Counseling.  She lives in Magnolia.

Donald Hamilton has attended Hermitage Baptist for 40 years and served three years on the Soil Conservation Board.

As a side note, it should be pointed out that farming consist of a lot of hard work and risk.  While interviewing Mr. Hamilton in his front yard, a "dust devil" wind sprang up in a field directly across the road from his house.  It pulled up and destroyed several rows of plastic that was part of the squash crop.  The Hamilton's had to immediately get back in the field and make repairs to try and save that portion of the crop. ( pictures show the wind in action )

Congratulations to Donald Hamilton and his family being named farm family of the Year for 2019 in Bradley County.  They add to the economy in Bradley County and benefit numerous other businesses in the region.  They work hard and provide an essential service, that of growing food.

Congratulations To The 2019 Bradley County Farm Family of the Year

Union Bank
Warren Bank & Trust
First State Bank
Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union
Mayor Denisa Pennington
Mad Butcher
Gannaway Drug
Shelter Insurance®-Greg Harton
Dr. Kerry Pennington
Dr. Joe H. Wharton
Angela Marshall Insurance
Two Rivers Outdoors
Judge Klay McKinney
Frazer's Funeral Home
Tony Cathy Auctions
Lumberjack Yamaha
Heritage Agriculture
Cash's Quick Check
Warren Motor Supply
Burgess Sales & Service
Russell's Body Shop
Mane Event
Smackover Motors
Dees's Station

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

WARREN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AWARDED 1.6 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS

 WARREN, Ark — Graduates of the Warren High School Class of 2019 accumulated over 1.6
million dollars in academic scholarships. While the Class of 2019 was offered multiple
scholarships from various institutions, this amount reflects the scholarships that have been
accepted from the seniors’ institution of choice. Several seniors were recognized for receiving
the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, which is valued at $14,000 over 4 years.
WHS Honor Graduates were awarded the following scholarships: UAM Band Scholarship,
valued at $20,000, the UAM Weevil Excellence Scholarship, valued at $6,000, the Mandy Coats
Memorial Scholarship, valued at $1,000, the Bradley County Farm Bureau Federation
Scholarship, valued at $400, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Grace
Adams; the UAM Leadership Scholarship, valued at $4,000, and the Arkansas Academic
Challenge were awarded to Jahaira Angeles; a University of Arkansas Football Scholarship,
valued at $102,000, the Jimmie Don Duprey Memorial Character Award, valued at $100, and the
Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Treylon Burks; the Arkansas State University
Academic Award Scholarship, valued at $28,880, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were
awarded to Cameron Cobb; the SAU Top 10% Scholarship, valued at $26,400, and the Arkansas
Academic Challenge were awarded to Karringon Hall; the University of Arkansas Silas Hunt
Scholarship, valued at $20,000, the U of A ECAP Engineering Scholarship, valued at $26,000,
and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Salutatorian Xitlaly Gonzalez; the Texas
State University Distinguished Scholarship, valued at $22,000, was awarded to Rigoberto
Pacheco, Jr.; the Arkansas Tech University Concurrent Advantage Scholarship, valued at $4,000,
the ATU Academic Excellence Scholarship, valued at $20,000, and the Arkansas Academic
Challenge were awarded to Madison Raines; the Hendrix College Award, valued at $88,000, the
Hendrix Academic Award, valued at $20,000, the Hendrix Grant, valued at $34,184, the Hendrix
Visit Award, valued at $500, the Blake Harris Memorial Award, valued at $500, and the
Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Jovankah Rodriguez; the UAM Chancellor’s
Award, valued at $48,000, a UAM Cheer Scholarship, valued at $4,000, the Amber Wilson Beta
Club Service Scholarship, valued at $300, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded
to Valedictorian Jaye Saunders; the SAU Achievement Award Scholarship, valued at $8,000,
and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Destiny Thomas; the UAM Weevil
Excellence Scholarship, valued at $6,000, the Union Bank & Trust Scholarship, valued at
$1,000, the Kimey McClellan Scholastic Scholarship, valued at $500, and the Arkansas
Academic Challenge were awarded to Madison Woodard.
Other scholarships awarded to graduates include: the SAU Tech Merit Scholarship, valued at
$6,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Kacie Cooper; the Arkansas
Academic Challenge was awarded to Caleb Chancellor; the UAM Academic Scholarship, valued
at $24,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Chandler Crockett; the U.S.
Army Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, valued at $144,157, was awarded to Jessie Erwin; the Arkansas
Academic Challenge was awarded to Josue Escamilla; the Arkansas Academic Challenge was
awarded to Blaine Forrest; the UAM Leadership scholarship, valued at $4,000, and the Arkansas
Academic Challenge were awarded to Jillian Goodwin; the Sherry Vincent Lambert Memorial
Scholarship, valued at $1,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Kamrie
Harding; the Arkansas Academic Challenge was awarded to Joshua Hensley; the Army National
Guard Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, valued at $75,824, the SAU Tech Merit Scholarship, valued at $6,000,
and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Xavier Kamau; the Arkansas Sports Hall
of Fame Scholarship, valued at $1,000, and the Dr. and Mrs. H. A. and Dr. Thomas Dew
Scholarship, valued at $8,000, were awarded to J’Malachi Kinnard; an OBU Football
Scholarship, valued at $90,480, the OBU Academic Scholarship, valued at $20,000, and the
Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Keemontrae McKnight; a University of
Arkansas Football Scholarship, valued at $102,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were
awarded to Marcus Miller; the SAU Achievement Scholarship, valued at $8,000, the
Anthony-Gathen-Rainey-Tolbert Scholarship, valued at $1,000, the Junior Auxiliary of Warren
Scholarship, valued at $2,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Cobe
Muldrew; the Arkansas Academic Challenge was awarded to Reagan Parker; U.S. Air Force
Scholarships, valued at $65,000, the SAU Blue & Gold Scholarship, valued at $26,400, and the
Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Kendall Pope; the Arkansas Tech University
Concurrent Advantage Scholarship, valued at $4,000, the ATU Leadership Scholarship, valued
at $8,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Andrew Raines; the First
United Methodist Church Garner Family Scholarship, valued at $2,500, and the Arkansas
Academic Challenge were awarded to Joshua Reams; the UAM Weevil Excellence Scholarship,
valued at $6,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Dalton Reep; a South
Arkansas Community College Basketball Scholarship, valued at $4,000, was awarded to Javion
Robinson; the South Arkansas Community College SkillsUSA Scholarship, valued at $5,800,
was awarded to Sheila Rodriguez; the UAM Academic Scholarship, valued at $24,000, the
Lorrie L. Baker Honorary Nursing Scholarship, valued at $1,500, and the Arkansas Academic
Challenge were awarded to Jacob Shipp; the Southeast Arkansas College High School Senior
Scholarship, valued at $1,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Easton
Sinclair; the SAU Tech Merit Scholarship, valued at $6,000, the Carthel Raines Scholarship,
valued at $500, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Peyton Sparks; the
Arkansas Tech Leadership Scholarship, valued at $2,000, and the Dr. and Mrs. H. A. and Dr.
Thomas Dew Scholarship, valued at $8,000, were awarded to Sabria Trotter; the UAM College
of Technology-Crossett Scholarship, valued at $4,100, the Eloise Levins Teacher Scholarship
from GFWC Arkansas, valued at $500, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to
Lillian Warren; the UAM Cheer Scholarship, valued at $4,000, and the Arkansas Academic
Challenge were awarded to Caleb Watson; the UAM Weevil Excellence Scholarship, valued at
$6,000, the 4-H Scott Foundation Scholarship, valued at $750, and the Arkansas Academic
Challenge were awarded to Avery Weaver; the UAM Leadership Scholarship, valued at $4,000,
and the Arkansas Academic Challenge were awarded to Anna Wilkerson; a Williams Baptist
University Academic Scholarship, valued at $32,000, a WBU Soccer Scholarship, valued at
$12,000, a WBU Track Scholarship, valued at $6,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge
were awarded to Anne Yepes. Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Short Quorum Court Meeting Conducted

The Bradley County Quorum Court met Monday, May 20th and dealt with county business.  The meeting lasted less than thirty minutes.  Minutes of the previous meeting and financial reports were approved.

The County Judge gave a brief report and the Justices approved Kim Forrest and Joyce Trotter-Hampton for appointment to the County Equalization Board.  According to sources, a local media representative,  told the Justices he had heard State Representative Jeff Wardlaw tell the Rotary Club that the state should sign off on the private facility within days.  He would not comment on the proposed location.  It was reported that the County Judge and the Sheriff were not aware of any update or information.

School Elections Conducted In County

In accordance to state law both Warren and Hermitage recently held their annual school elections by early voting only.  Since neither district had a contested board race or proposed any millage change, they were allowed to have their respective elections by early voting only.  The following are the results:

Warren School District-A total of six votes cast.  Reelected to the Board were Joey Cathy to Zone 1 and Joel Tolefree to Zone 5.   There was no millage increase proposed.

Hermitage School District-One vote was cast.  Reelected to the Board was David Wilkerson.  There was no millage increase proposed.

There is the possibility that other votes may be received by mail, but few if any are expected.

Big Day In Downtown Warren

Business opportunities continue to increase in the Downtown area of Warren.  New businesses have started up and existing businesses continue to grow.  Saturday, May 18th the area was full of cars and full of people.  Mike Nichols had a big auction going and the other retail facilities were open and had people in and out.  It was topped off with a "Music On Main" concert at Rob Reep Studio. 

There are many options to check out in downtown Warren and they are affordable and varied.
 

BC Retired Teachers Hear Informative Program

BCRTA President Glenetta Burks and Mary Alice Hughes
The Bradley County Retired Teachers Association met Monday, May 20 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  The featured speaker for the meeting  was Mary Alice Hughes Co-owner of Insurance Advantage and LMA Financial Services.  She spoke to the group about the history and services of her businesses and future goals to reach out to new educators to help them better understand and plan for retirement.

In other businesses, the retirees approved the treasurer's report and minutes from the previous meeting.  They submitted volunteer hours sheets and heard a report of progress of the facebook webpage.

They also made plans for the next year.  They will meet the first Monday of each month beginning in August at the First United Methodist Church at 11:30 a.m.  The organization meets only in the months of August, September, October, January, February, March, April and May.

The club will accept dues beginning in August.

It was noted that three applicants for the 2019 Anna Lee Galloway Scholarship have been received and a committee has been chosen to select a recipient.

Helms accepts scholarship

Christian Helms of Jersey, a 2018 graduate of Hermitage High School, has accepted a Mabel Stratton Powell Endowed Scholarship to attend South Arkansas Community College this fall.
He is the son of Chris and Angela Helms of Jersey.
The scholarship is funded through the SouthArk Foundation.

Police Need Your Help

The stolen vehicle belongs to Warren fireman James Camp.

The Anthony, Gathen, Rainey, Tolbert Scholarship Recipients Have Been Named

The Anthony, Gathen, Rainey and Tolbert Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 have been awarded to each of the following high school seniors:
Charles James Harris III – Pine Bluff High, will be attending UAPB
Chelsea Sims – Dollarway High School, will be attending UAPB
Tatyanna Evans – Dumas High School, will be attending UCA
Cobe Muldrew – Warren High School, will be attending SAU

Retired former school district superintendents, Frank Anthony – Pine Bluff, Thomas Gathen – Dollarway, David Rainey- Dumas, and Andrew Tolbert- Warren are pleased with the students selected and wish them the best as they begin their college careers.