Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tourism Board Meets in Camden

Members of the Arkansas South Tourism Board meet in Camden Tuesday, February 21st to conduct monthly business and reorganize the multi-county organization.  Arkansas South is made up of the counties of Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita and Union.  The purpose of the organization is to promote tourism within the region and to bring people to the area to generate economic activity.

Arkansas South has been in business for many years but participation has declined and efforts are under way to put it in a renewed, solid financial and management condition and to carry out the functions it is designed by law to accomplish.  The board is made up of three people from each county.

For the next month the board will work to amend the bylaws as necessary and to put the organization on sound financial footing.  

Update on Homicide in County

A bond hearing was held today, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to set the bond for 35-year-old Alfonzo Hampton who has been changed with 1st degree murder in the death of his father.  Bond was set at $250,000.

UAM Debate Wins Team Sweepstakes Award At Bossier Parrish Tournament

                MONTICELLO, AR — The debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello continued its winning ways at the Bossier Parrish Community College Eddy Shell Invitational Debate Tournament held recently in Bossier City, La.
                UAM captured the first place sweepstakes award in team competition, placed third in individual sweepstakes and second in the overall sweepstakes while winning the Cumulative Excellence Award and the Debate Commander Award for posting a winning percentage of 65.9 percent, highest in the tournament.
                Cody Bijou of Crosby, Tex., and Reagan Dobbs of Dayton, Tex., teamed to win the team debate competition with Bijou capturing the individual varsity debate title. Dobbs was the individual speaking champion in team debate with Bijou fourth. Jacob Chisom of Monticello and Ben Graves of Hot Springs teamed to reach the quarterfinals in team debate.
                In individual debate, Abbygail Rounsaville of Mabelvale reached the quarterfinals in the novice division while Natalie Craig of Sherwood and Grace Nash of Mount Holly reached the round of 16.
                In the junior varsity division, Kyle Hargis of Warren reached the quarterfinals and Blake Adkins of Vilonia the round of 16.
                Bijou capture the championship of the varsity debate division with Chisom reaching the semifinals and Dobbs the quarterfinals. Dobbs was also the individual speaking champion in varsity debate.
                Others competing for UAM were Sam Aumagamanaia of Roswell, N.M., Gauge Adkins of Vilonia, Jordan Lakin of Cabot, Gabriel Bass of Pearcy, and Emily Mendiola of Warren.
                For more information, contact Jim Evans, director of debate and forensics, at (870) 460-1589.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Investigation of Death in County Underway

Alfonzo Hampton
According to Bradley County Sheriff Herschel Tillman, his office along with the Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of 58-year-old Fred D. Hampton.

At approximately noon Tuesday, February 21, 35-year-old Alfonzo Hampton came to the Warren Police Department with his dead father in the trunk of his car.

Alfonzo is in custody while the investigation continues.  He has been charged with 1st degree murder and has a bond hearing Wednesday.  The authorities have not released how or when Fred Hampton, the father, was killed. will keep the public updated on the investigation.

UPDATE:  The shooting took place on Bradley County Road 56.  

Bradley County Extension Council Interpretive Event Held

Bradley County Extension Homemakers
The Bradley County Extension Council Interpretive Event was held Tuesday, February 21 at the Warren Senior Care Center.  Bradley County elected officials were invited to attend and were treated to a meal prepared by the Bradley County Extension Homemakers.

Following the meal Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney made remarks to those gathered.

Planning Committee reports were given as follows:
     Agriculture-Luther Dangerfield
     Economic & Community Development-Sandy Gavin
     Family & Consumer Sciences/EHC-Judy Simmons
     4-H/Youth Development-Ken Simmons

Michelle Carter of the Extension Service gave the Report of Accomplishments

Bradley County Extension Council Members are Harry McCaskill, Luther Dangerfield, Joel Tolefree, Mark Pennington, Irma Baldwin, Christy Ward, Diane Fowler, Catria Roberson, Monty Balentine, Judy Simmons, Wanda Carr, Paul Cooper, Vicky Tapia, and Judge Klay McKinney.

Union Bank Makes First Donation to Tomato Festival

Left to Right:  Quinn Simmons, Chairman Jeff Wardlaw, Randy Rawls of Union Bank, and Mike Nichols
Union Bank made the first donation to the 61st Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.  Randy Rawls with Union Bank presented the check to 2017 Chairman, Jeffrey Wardlaw.  Other executive committee members shown are Quinn Simmons and Mike Nichols.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Arrest Report: February 20, 2017

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Jonathan Hill, 1313 Bradley St., Warren, AR., age 33, charged with possession of controlled substance-marijuana (2-13-13)

Anna Hope Rica, 154 Ben Loveless Rd., Wilmar, AR., age 19, charged with theft of motor fuel (2-14-17)

Charles R. Hill IV, 113 W. Pine St., Warren, AR., age 37, arrested on warrant, parole hold (2-14-17)

Christian Donaldson, 835 Bradley Rd. 60, Hermitage, AR., age 21, charged with aggravated assault, fleeing (2-14-17)

Charles L. Patton, 603 Boyd St., Warren, AR., age 69, charged with driving on suspended license (2-15-17)

Ebony Wilson, 1227 St., James, Warren, AR., age 31, charged with driving on a suspended license and arrested on warrant from Warren Police Department (2-15-17)

Daquez Lawson, 601 Cherry St., Warren, AR., age 19, arrested on warrant and charged with disorderly conduct (2-17-17)

Lawrence Simmons, 900 Sturgis St., Warren, AR., age 40, charged with disorderly conduct (2-17-17)

Wilbert Jackson, Jr., 1112 St. James St., Warren, AR., age 49, charged with public intoxication (2-18-17)

James Ragland, 1115 Penister St., Warren, AR., age 62, charged with domestic battery 3rd (2-19-17)

Andre Harris, 128 N. John, Harrell, AR., age 61, charged with driving on suspended license and possession of instrument of crime (2-19-17)

Odario Moseley, 511 Boyd St., Warren, Ar., age 28, charged with driving on suspended license (2-20-17)

Christopher Rice, 14020 Saddlewood Drive, Little Rock, AR., age 50, arrested on felony warrant Sherwood (2-20-17)

Applications Being Accepted at Human Development Center

Current Jobs Advertised
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Warren, AR   71671
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school diploma.
Benchmarking Requirement:  Prefer 2 years of experience
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in custodial work. Prefer 5 years of work experience.

S085C 22099482 Food Preparation Specialist - From 2/20/2017
Requirements:  The ability to read, write, and follow until close of
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Prefer a high school diploma or GED.  Prefer  6 months
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Operate, maintain and service light equipment used in until close
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Requirements:  One year of experience in the operation, 3/3/17
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Benchmarking Requirements:  2 years experience in use and 
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State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

February 17, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – After a lengthy and impassioned debate, the Senate voted to refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ fees in civil lawsuits and limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded.
The measure is Senate Joint Resolution 8. The Senate vote is a virtual guarantee that it will be one of the proposed constitutional amendments that the legislature will refer to voters this session. In each regular session the legislature may refer up to three, although it has sometimes referred fewer than three.
This year the Senate and the House each will select a proposed amendment, and SJR 8 will be the Senate’s choice. Both bodies will have to agree on a third proposal.
The proposed amendments will be on the general election ballot in November of 2018.
SJR 8 would limit contingency fees charged by attorneys in civil lawsuits to a third of the net recovery.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Intermodal Talks Debt and Money to Pay

(Disclaimer:  Gregg Reep was attending the Intermodal Authority meeting as a reporter for  He was Mayor of Warren from 1987-2005 which included the time period when the City of Warren participated in the creation of the Intermodal Authority.)

After taking care of basic monthly business, the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board spent most of the February 15, 2017 monthly meeting talking about how it plans to pay the remaining expenses for construction work to the authority's industrial park and a loan that currently amounts to $359,147.19 to a Southeast Arkansas bank.  It appeared from the comments made that most of the board expects or hopes that the cities of Monticello and Warren and the counties of Bradley and Drew will pay the debt as well as other expenses.  At this time the authority is not certain how much debt will be owed once the current construction contract is complete and all grant funds are expended.  Most of the grants that have been used to build the infrastructure of the intermodal park have required local matching funds.

The discussion concerning what the cities and counties "owe" followed a report that a presentation had been made to the Warren City Council at their February meeting
and plans are underway to address the Monticello City Council and both quorum courts to make a case for payment.  From comments made by several board members, it was very obvious that some of them assumed from information they have been given that the cities and counties legally owe the authority $609,114.19, which is the amount listed on the organizations financial report.

A number of question were asked by board members relating to the legal obligation of the two cities and two counties.  Gregg Reep, who was attending the meeting on behalf of, was asked to address the matter of the legal requirements of the cities and counties, since he was Mayor of Warren when the authority was created under state law.  He told the board that he was not there to speak or advocate but was willing to try to explain the relationship between the authority and the four governing entities.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bake Sale to Benefit Mission Trip to Nicaragua

A bake sale is being held Saturday morning beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. beside Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union to raise funds for a mission trip to Nicauragua.  Going with the group is a young lady named Bryleigh Bickers.

Bryleigh is going to Nicaragua with her grandfather Buck Thomas and a group of men from Calvary in April.  While there, the men will be doing construction work.  Bryleigh will be doing some activities with the children and helping the local ladies prepare food.

Support this worthy cause and get a great baked treat to boot!

LIVE: 8-4A District Tournament Lumberjack Coverage(Warren vs. Dumas)

PLEASE NOTE: Game start times vary depending on the games finishing prior.

Campground improvements are underway at Moro Bay State Park

The park is adding new 50 amp electrical service, new water service, and new sewer hookup to all campsites.  Also the park is adding 3 more campsites so it when we reopen we will have 23 sites available for reservations.   Each site is planned to be 60ft long with a concrete pad for awnings.  Each site will also have a new fire ring, picnic table, and BBQ grill.  Renovations began a few weeks ago and are expected to continue through this spring and summer.  To be on the safe side, the park is not accepting any camping reservations until October the 1st.     Due to the construction the playground and the Deer Run Trail are also closed.  However, the cabins, marina, visitor center, pavilions, picnic area, Ferry Exhibit, boat ramp, bank fishing, and the low water trail remain open.  Regular weekend programming which will include boat tours, guided hikes, and live animal programs will continue through spring break and on every weekend starting in April.  Equipment rentals which include fishing boat rentals, kayak rentals, pedal boat rentals, and bicycle rentals are currently available and will continue all year.   To see what programs are offered each weekend or to make reservations for cabins or pavilions people can visit or call the park at 870-463-8555.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No City/County Garbage Pickup On February 20th

Due to the observing of Presidents Day on Monday, February 20th, there will be no garbage pickup by the City of Warren or Bradley County.  The county will pick up the route for Monday on Tuesday the 21st.  The Bradley County landfill and the Courthouse will be closed on the 20th.

The Warren Municipal Building and the recycling center will be closed February 20th.  All city police and fire services will be fully staffed and operational.

Firemen Respond to House Fire

The Warren Fire Department received a call of a house fire on North Walnut Street to the house just north of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, shortly before 10:00 p.m.  Firemen arrived on the scene in only minutes and found the house filled with smoke. After entering the home, the pulled a cloths dryer from the house that was apparently the source of the fire.  Early reports indicate that no one was injured.

Crews at this time are still on the scene.

Library to Host Free Blood Pressure Screening

LIVE: 8-4A District Tournament Lumberjack Coverage

Public Notice: Hearing for Priority Street Paving

The Warren City Council Street Committee will hold a public hearing Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Warren Municipal Courtroom located in the Warren Municipal Building at 104 N. Myrtle. (City Hall)

All individuals and groups interested in speaking in favor of specific streets and drainage improvements are urged to attend.  If anyone is unable to attend the hearing, written statements and neighborhood petitions will also be accepted at the Mayor's Office, 104 N. Myrtle, until 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017.

The City Council urges interested persons to attend the hearing and voice your street and drainage concerns.

Anyone desiring information may call the Warren Mayor's Office at 226-6743 or visit the office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hermitage School Board Approves Hires

At the end of the February 13th Hermitage School Board meeting, the board came out of executive session and voted to make the following new hires:
1. Tim Whitney-bus driver
2.Tyler Caruthers-to paint for the district at a rate of $10.00 per hour, off contract
3. Gwen Huitt-to tutor off contract
4. Caira Williams, Marissa Gardner and Jakki Woodall-to work in 21st CCLC after school program
    at Elementary School.

In previous actions the board heard regular reports from Mistie McGhee, Devin McDiarmid, Dr. Tucker and others and reviewed the financial report.  The members also adopted calendar #1 for the year 2017-2018.

Votes were then approved for out of state travel for FFA and changes to the cheerleader constitution.  The board then voted to accept educators liability insurance and to offer to sale by bid the parent center.  Another vote approved the bidding of roof repairs for the high school building.  

Mayor Martin Presents Award To Alderman Fullerton

Mayor Bryan Martin invited former city alderman Fufa Fullerton to the Warren Municipal Building Wednesday, February 15th and presented her with a framed certificate designating her as a life member of the Arkansas Municipal League as a result of her 30 years of service to Warren.  The certificate was signed by the League's Executive Director, Don Zimmerman.

Mayor Martin expressed his pleasure that Alderman Fullerton was so honored.  He stated it was well deserved.

Hermitage Police Officer Injured In Car Chase

According to the Bradley County Sheriff's Department, Hermitage Police Officer George Smith was slightly injured Tuesday after being hit by a car that he had been trying to stop.  Officer Smith was trying to pull the vehicle over when it fled from him on Bradley Road 31 around 5:00 PM. Tuesday, February 14th.  While chasing the truck, Bradley County Deputy Marty Lee Wardlaw joined the effort and tried to cut the vehicle off by meeting it from the opposite direction . The truck turned around and headed back toward Officer Smith and hit him head on.  The truck apparently had a big heavy duty bumper and was able to continue to flee and got away.  Officer Smith was transported to Bradley County Medical Center, treated and released.  The Hermitage patrol car is likely totaled.

After having determined who was driving the car, the Sheriff's office made an arrest of 21 year old Christian Donaldson of Johnsville.  He has been charged with assault and fleeing.

An investigation is being conducted by the Arkansas State Police.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rotary Hears Teacher Cadet Program

Left to Right:  Monica Rivera, Krista Sparks, Gwen Sledge, Shelby Gardner, and Alexis Dunaway.
The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday, February 14, at noon in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.  Rotarian Jeff Wardlaw invited Gwen Sledge with SEACBEC and four Warren students to talk about the Teacher Cadet Program.

Warren FBLA Shines at District III FBLA Spring Conference

PINE BLUFF, AR-  Dressed for Success ; 12 Warren High School- SEACBEC learners recently attended the District III FBLA Spring Leadership Conference on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.   Members attended two general sessions in which district officers reported on management, developing leadership, career skills, fundraising for a host of causes, as well as building lasting networks and relationships. They also attended the district talent show. The conference ended with highly commendable competition results.

Congratulations to the following students who are eligible to compete at the FBLA State Leadership Conference on April 3-4 in Little Rock, AR.
1st :
Logan Adams- Insurance & Risk Management
Magnus Gray- Accounting II

Payton Ashcraft- Spreadsheet Applications
Austin Hammons- Personal Finance
Destiny Neely- Cyber Security

Will Stracner- Impromptu Speaking

Josh Hensley- Agribusiness

Kevina Marshall - Healthcare Administration

Pink Tomato Trap Shoot to be Held Saturday

The Pink Tomato Trap Shoot will be held this Saturday, February 18th  at the Warren Shooting Range off Highway 63 south of Warren.

Two man teams from Bradley County will be joined by teams from surrounding counties in the competition and will be vying for $500 and the 1st prize trophy.  Second and Third place winners will also be awarded prizes.

Teams may register at the Warren Shooting Complex Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. and practice rounds will be available.  All team participants will be served lunch at noon and the competition will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The first order of the 2017 Pink Tomato Festival Tshirts in adult sizes S,M,L, XL will be on sale at the Trap Shoot.  Come out and join the fun on Saturday afternoon and be one of the first to have the new 61st Pink Tomato Festival Tshirt.  The 2017 Pink Tomato Tshirts will be available in all sizes on the second week of March.

For more information, please contact the Bradley County Chamber at 870-226-5225, Mike Nichols at 501-590-9755 or Randy Rawls at 870-226-2035. 

Team Bradley County Receives Certification

Left to Right:
Denisa Pennington Bradley County Economic Development Corp., board member
Kristin Weeks, Workforce Coordinator, SEACBEC Adult Education
Bethany Robbins, Human Relations Manager, Potlatch Corporation
Angela Scroggins, High School Counselor, Hermitage School District
Individuals representing Team Bradley County recently received a certification for successfully completing ACT Work Ready Communities Academies. The final ACT® Work Ready Communities Academy was recently held in Dallas, TX.   This was the fourth and final intense two-day training session of a series that has taken place over the past 12-months, meeting in different geographic locations including Atlanta, Denver, and Dallas.  This is a grant funded initiative of the Workforce Alliance of Southeast AR. The Workforce Alliance was established through grants awarded to UAM from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Delta Regional Authority.  The combined regional team from the counties of Ashley, Bradley, Desha, Drew, and Lincoln consists of economic developers, administrators from UAM, public schools districts, and adult education programs -- and of greatest importance -- business and industry owners and managers.  A total of nineteen individuals from five southeast Arkansas counties have taken part in the Academy sessions.
The ACT® Work Ready Communities (ACT WRC)® Academy is for leaders who want to move aggressively forward into a 21st century approach to work readiness and economic development. The Academy is a twelve month performance-driven program that state and local WRC leadership teams use to initiate, deploy and drive carefully tailored statewide efforts that will grow the number of counties certified as work ready.  The goal is clear:  through the ACT® Work Ready Communities initiative, the regional Alliance will strive to demonstrate to current and future employers that southeast Arkansas is willing to go the extra mile to equip our workforce with the skills employers demand.
To succeed at this goal, WRC leadership teams shape a performance-driven strategy that builds on deploying ACT's testing infrastructure and data gathering. However, the strategy must go beyond these two elements - and the ACT WRC initiative helps leadership teams do that by shaping a 'challenge' that makes the most sense for each state or community's unique circumstances, including - critically – competencies of work readiness. Successful teams are those willing to invest the team time and focus needed to shape and succeed against this challenge-centric approach.
The regional teams are now ready to move to the next phase of the process of becoming a certified Work Ready Community.

Warren Fire Department Responds to Outdoor Fire

The Warren Fire Department was summoned to a fire near 107 Baker Street around 4:48 P.M. Monday, February 13th.  It appears a fire in a barrel got out of control and set the grounds on fire.
Twelve firemen and two fire engines answered the call and put out the fire out.  There were no injuries and no damage to any structures.

Everyone is reminded that outdoor burning is prohibited in the Warren City limits unless a permit is issued by the Fire Department and prior to any legal burning, the department is to be notified in advance. 

Jr. Rotarians

Junior Rotarians for January 24, 31 and February 7 were Luke Barbara, KevinaMarshall, and Hannah Watt.