Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Arrest Report: January 14, 2019

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Markus Powell, 800 N. Chestnut St., Warren, AR, age 37, arrrested on parole warrant (19-19)

Amia W. Jacks, 1018 Brown 8A, Warren, AR, age 22 arrested on warrant (1-11-19)

William Leeper, 3554 Hwy. 83 N., Monticello, AR, age 39, charged with Driving on Suspended License, , no vehicle license, and no proof of insurance (1-18-19)

Bivian Lambert, 322 Birch St., Hermitage, AR, age 55, charged with shoplifting, probation  parole warrant and warren pd warrant (1-12-19)

Michael McClenden 759 Bradley 38, Warren, AR, charged with no driver's license, no insurance, fictitious tags (1-13-19)

Blake Pope, 603 Clio, Warren, AR, age 33, arrested on warrant (1-14-19)

Michael Kentrell Jones, 900 E. Cedar, Warren, AR, age 30, arrested on warrant (1-14-19)

UAM to Close in Observance of MLK Jr. Day

MONTICELLO, AR – The University of Arkansas at Monticello will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All classes and offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

 UAM Student Programs and Activities will be honoring Dr. King’s legacy by hosting a dinner on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The buffet-style dinner will be held in the Gibson University Center’s Green Room. The price for dinner is $10.15 per person which will be collected at the door. All students with a university meal plan can eat free of charge. UAM’s Vice Chancellor for Student Engagements, Dr. Moses Goldmon, will be the guest speaker at the event.

For more information please contact Student Programs and Activities, 870-460-1396.

 Also, the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the University of Arkansas at Monticello are hosting the second annual cemetery cleanup on Monday, January 21 from 8 AM to noon. Participants will learn about cemetery maintenance and help clean up two cemeteries associated with the Hollywood Plantation, or the Taylor House, near Winchester, Arkansas as a morning of service to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Jodi Barnes, an archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey - UAM Research Station, will give an overview of the proper removal of invasive vegetation in cemeteries and provide a brief overview of the history and archeology of the Taylor House. Participants will help remove brush and clean up the Taylor family cemetery and the Valley Farm cemetery, the African American cemetery nearby.

Outdoor clothing and work gloves are recommended. The address is The Hollywood Plantation/Taylor House, 112 Plantation Ln, Tillar, AR  71670.

Contact Dr. Jodi Barnes for more details, jabarnes@uark.edu or 870-460-1290.


UAM Board of Visitors to Meet Jan. 22

MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello Board of Visitors will meet Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Student Success Center, Room 208.

 The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Jeff Weaver (870) 460-1328.

Spots Available For Tuesday Night Paint Class In Warren

If you would like to sign-up for tonight's 6pm to 8pm paint class at Rob Reep Studio, you can either do so online or in-store at 225 S Main St. in Warren.

The class tonight will be painting a snowy country barn.  A $35 course fee provides all of the necessary supplies as well as each student getting to carry home their finished painting.  Sign-up now online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barn-in-the-snow-january-15-beginner-painting-class-tickets-54316811044?fbclid=IwAR0KYshF_k0eloflUs7mths5h3DeXbAC9gc0x5mWrE8YzugP6-1wqXSFczI

First City Council Meeting Of 2019

Mayor Pennington presides over her first council
meeting.
All six Warren City Council members were present for the first council meeting of 2019, conducted January 14th in the Warren Municipal Courtroom.  It was the first meeting for new Council member Memory Frazer and the first one to be presided over by Mayor Denisa Pennington.  The council approved the minutes of the December 10, 2018 meeting and the financial report as reported by City Clerk Helen Boswell.  The clerk informed the council that city sales tax revenues ran $72,963.89 for the month of December, 2018 and the final sales tax number for the year 2018 amounted to $885,126.97.  This is a 4% increase over 2017.

Council Member Joel Tolefree informed those present that former Bradley County Chamber Manager Harry "Buddy" McCaskill past away earlier in the day.  Council Member Dorothy Henderson moved that a resolution honoring Mr. McCaskill be prepared for adoption at a future meeting.  The motion was approved 6-0.

Leah St. John, with the "Make Warren Shine" organization made a presentation to the council updating the members on activities of the group over the past year.  She ask the council to consider making improvements to the wooden covering the city built several years ago to protect the sidewalk in front of the building, commonly referred to as the "Old Hankins Building" on Cedar Street across from the courthouse.  She indicated the group is concerned with the appearance. Editor's Note: The structure was built by the city to protect individuals walking along the sidewalk due to the  deterioration of the building.  The building is privately owned.

Council Member Tolefree stated that he was concerned that we are not addressing the real problem, which is the condition of the building.  Mayor Pennington stated the city would look into the issue and try to decide what needs to be done at this time.  She thanked the "Make Warren Shine" organization for the work they have accomplished in the downtown area.

The council then adopted Ordinance # 916, to amend Ordinance #905 to reconcile the city's 2018 budget as a result of the final expenses for 2018.  This is done as needed each year in January for the previous year in order to comply with state law.

Mayor Pennington announce that the Civil Service Commission has named Mike Ashcraft, Acting Fire Chief.  She indicated she is reviewing the job description for the position of Fire Chief, prior to beginning the process of advertising the job for a new permanent Chief.  Any change in job description will require council action.  The Warren Civil Service Commission will ultimately hire a new Chief.

A motion was then made to approve all city council permanent committees for the year 2019.  All committees will remain as is with Council member Frazer being assigned to the positions held by her predecessor in 2018.

Reports were then given by each department head.  Acting Fire Chief Ashcraft indicated a lot of cleanup work is ongoing in the fire station and city wide inspections are back on track.  Police Chief Hildreth indicated the department is at full strength and the officers are very grateful for the raise given by the council.

Council Member Frazer reported that Dale Gilbert and Steven Stain have been approved as new volunteer firemen.

Sanitation Manager/Building Official Mike May gave updated reports on both departments.  He stated work should begin this week on the tearing down of two dilapidated houses, one on N. Martin and one on N. Walnut.  He also stated the sanitation workers did a good job getting a heavy volume of garbage collected during Christmas.

Council Member Burks made a motion to assign the matter of an economic development  program to the Community and Economic Development Committee and to ask them to research the matter and put together some specifications.  Council Member Tolfree, Chairman of the committee had previously stated he planned to call a committee meeting after visiting the Arkansas Municipal League meeting this week.  Mayor Pennington stated she was already looking into the issue as well.  The motion passed 5-1, with Council Member Frazer voting no.  This led to a rather intense discussion between Council Member Tolefree and Council Member Frazer, as to reason for her voting against sending the matter to the committee.  Council Member Tolfree then began a heated discussion about the location of the 'Agenda" meeting having been conducted in the upstairs conference room.  Mr. Tolfree, who was not in attendance at the "agenda" meeting, was very critical of the meeting having been held in the upstairs conference room.  Note; There is nothing illegal about meeting there and it is handicapped accessible.  Editor's Note: The issue of the vote concerning the economic development effort and the location of the agenda meeting had nothing to do with each other. Additionally, Council Member Frazer had nothing to do about the agenda meeting being held in the conference room.  Mayor Pennington had to call for order and get the discussion back on target.  She did state that future agenda meetings would be held in the courtroom to provide more room for the public.  She said agenda meetings are open to the public. She indicated the agenda meeting was held in the conference room to give the council a look at the rearranged Mayor's Office.  The conference room has been relocated to the former mayor's office and the mayor's office is now in the former conference room.  They are adjacent to each other.  Council Member Frazer, went on to say she voted against assigning the matter to the committee at this time because she thought some other ideas would be brought up in the future.  It was obvious that she accepted the full councils' decision and she told SRC after the meeting she was supportive of looking at new ways to recruit industry.

Reports were then submitted by the various boards and commissions that met during December, 2018.  Council Member Tolefree suggested that the vacant position of Parks and Recreation Director should be contracted out instead of hiring a new director for the city staff.

Mayor Pennington announced the next city council meeting will be held Monday, February 11th at 5:30 P.M. in the Municipal Courtroom and the agenda meeting, to set the agenda for the the 11th, will be held Thursday, February 7th at 7;00 A.M., also in the courtroom.  Both meetings are open to the press and the public.  No votes are taken during the agenda meeting.  

School Board Hears Report From Architect About Gym Situation

The Warren School Board met Monday, January 14 for their regular monthly meeting.  After approving the minutes, the building principals and Assistant Superintendent gave short reports of highlights and events taking place on their perspective campuses and within the district.

Darrel Odom of Odom Architect PLLC addressed the board to explain the situation with the gymnasium and why it had to be shut down for repair.  He informed the board that there had been a roof leak that ran down the back side of one of the arched laminated beams which ran down to the floor.  The area was behind the pull-out bleachers and was undetected.  The water rotted out the beam about 6" high.  These beams support the roof.  He informed the board that three companies have been asked to submit prices on what it would take to correct the situation.  One of those companies is local.  He expects the prices to come in Wednesday or Thursday of this week.  The gym has been in service to the district since 1963.

Later in the Superintendent's report, Bryan Cornish thanked the Hermitage, Drew Central and Monticello school districts for reaching out to Warren offering the use of their facilities.  He indicated that Fordyce was chosen due to the schedules of the two schools better meshing.

The board moved into executive session and returned with the recommendation to hire Jacob Midyett to fill a vacancy as an instructor and assistant high school football coach (Defensive Coordinator).  This vacancy was created when Clark Watkins took the position of Middle School Assistant Principal.

The board reviewed the 2017-18 Legislative Audit.  Superintendent Cornish complimented the Bookkeeping Department and District Treasurer, Debbie Hargrave, for their excellent work.  The audit had zero findings.

The board approved an addendum to the Eastside, Brunson, and Middle School Building Level Improvement Plan in order to address the needs of a new subpopulation that came to light in the last round of testing.

The financial report was approved as presented by the District Treasurer.

The Superintendent gave his report informing the board of important dates of testing, professional development, and graduation activities.  He told them that asphalt will be laid on the track the day after graduation.  He reminded them of the AMI packets which are used in the closing of the school for inclement weather and reported that the handicapped bus ordered after the wreck last year has arrived.

McKnight Commits To Ouachita

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board Hears About New Event

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce board met Monday, January 14, at noon in the board room of the Bradley County economic Development Committee.  Board Chairman James Wells called the meeting to order.

The first item of business they discussed was the purchase of a new printer.  The board voted to accept a proposal from Univodata which will save them approximately $200 per month and will be from the same company that will be installing the chamber's new phone system.  Mr. Wells explained that the cost can be spread over a 12 month period and that once the payments are made, the printer would be owned, not leased, by the Chamber.

Minutes from the Dec. 10 General Board meeting were approved as presented.

It was noted by Chamber President Sarah Wehland that a meeting is scheduled for January 28th in which Shelly Short, Vice President Programs and Partnerships  of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce will speak to those in attendance.  President Wehland encourage all to attend as well as other Chamber members.  The meeting will be held at the Warren Country Club at noon.


President Wehland also noted that work is in progress for the annual Chamber Gala.

No financial report was given.  However, the board voted to move 1/2 of the Special Events funds raised ($3000), as previously agreed upon by the volunteers of the events such as the widely successful Halloween and Christmas events to the Chamber's funds.

A question was asked about the mailing out of Chamber dues and due dates.  President Wehland explained that invoices will be sent and that the date due will depend on the month in which the membership began.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Fire Department Called Out Sunday Morning

The Warren Fire Department was called to 425 Oak Street in Warren around 11:34 A.M. Sunday morning, January 13 to a reported attic fire.  Nineteen Warren fire fighters and equipment rapidly responded and took care of the fire.  There were no injuries and according to a fire spokesman, little damage.

A cause of the fire has not been determined.  It remains under investigation.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Meet Warren's Animal Control Officer

For may years the city of Warren has had an ordinance on the books requiring all dogs to be on leashes or properly maintained on the property of the dog's owner.  Put simply, it makes it a violation of the law for a dog to run free in the city limits of Warren.  Since the law was adopted by the Warren City Council in the 1970s, the city has employed an animal control officer ( dog catcher).  It is a difficult job because dogs are often hard to catch, whether they belong to an owner or are strays that are running free.  The job of the animal control officer is to try and catch free running dogs and when caught, place them safely in the Animal Shelter located West of Warren on U.S. Highway 278 West.  The dogs are kept fed and watered and sheltered and efforts are made to get them to their rightful owner or adopted if need be.  The animal control officer is in charge of the shelter and receives a lot of volunteer assistance.

The current animal control officer is Holly Curry.  She has been on the job just a few weeks.  She patrols the city and responds to calls from the public.  The animal control officer reports to the Warren Police Chief and is an employee of the Warren police Department.  When tickets must be issued against a person violating the law, the ticket must be issued by a deputized law enforcement officer.  When tickets are issued, the charged party must appear before the Dstrict Judge.

Note the following information:
1. Arkansas State law governs animal cruelty.  This requires all domestic animals to be properly feed, watered and sheltered.  It requires them to be treated humanly.  The animal control officer of the city has jurisdiction to enforce the state codes.

2. City ordinance #381 governs the dog leash law.

3.  There is no ordinance that restricts cats in the Warren city limits.  If the cats are causing a nuisance or destroying property, a complaining party can issue a complaint against the owner in District Court.

4.  The following animals are not allowed in the city limits: hogs, chickens, reptiles and alligators.  Check with the Warren police department if there are questions concerning the legality of housing an animal or the requirements of doing so.  Do this before you take ownership of an animal.

5. If a dog or any animal, belonging to a resident of Bradley County, even if residing just outside the city limits, enters the city limits, the owner is responsible and is subject to being issued a citation or being charged in court.  This includes dog running free and entering the city or any other animal violation within the city.  The state cruelty laws are applicable to people inside and outside the city limits.

6. Any dog that attacks a person or other animal, the owner is subject to criminal charges.

7. Owners of dogs that bark excessively are subject to citations being issued.  A judge would have to determine if the barking is excessive and creating a nuisance.  Just barking from time to time is not a violation.  

Crime Stats Released by Warren PD for 2018

The Warren Police Department has released a report on the number of arrest made in 2018.  This is not a record of the final adjudication of each case and it does not include all tickets issued.  It lists the cases that resulted in an individual being booked into the Warren city jail.

Aggravated assault-2
Aggravated assault on law enforcement officer-1
Breaking & entering-2
Battery 1st-1
Battery 2nd-4
Battery 3rd-5
Bench warrant-4
Battery domestic 2nd-2
Battery domestic 3rd-14
Capital murder tampering with evidence-1
Capital Murder-1
Careless driving-1

Friday, January 11, 2019

Health Fair Committee & Health Coalition Meet

Members of the Bradley County Health Fair Committee and the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition met Thursday, January 10th in the conference room of the Bradley County Medical Complex located on N. Bragg Street.  Many of the same individuals make up both groups.  The Health Fair met from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon and the Health Coalition met from 12:00 noon to 1:00 P.M.  The Health Fair committee spent their time planning for the Bradley County Health Fair to be conducted March 2, 2019 at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County.  The Fair will take place from 9:00 A.M, to 12:00 noon.  The Fair will consist of numerous vendors  and health test.  It will also have may activities for the children.

The Health Coalition then took the floor and talked about several activities they are pursuing.
Coalition members discussed disease prevention, seeking grants, events for kids and other programs such as opioid addiction.

Visiting the Health Coalition meeting and presenting a program on the opioid crisis was Cara Cox, Arkansas Delta Opioid Project Director for UAMS.  She showed a short flash drive presentation on the problem and handed out several fact sheets and information concerning opioids.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet

St James A.M.E. Church will again host the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet January 26th, with the program starting at 6:00 P.M.  Tickets are $15.00 each.  This will be the 26th annual MLK Banquet in Warren.  The public is invited to attend.

Rev. James R. Hooper is Pastor of St. James.  The guest speaker will be Judge Marion Humphry, retired judge of the Sixth Circuit of Arkansas.  He is Pastor of Allison Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, Arkansas. 

St. James is located at 915 St. James Street in Warren.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hospital Administrator Addresses Lions Club

Bradley County Medical Center Administrator Steve Henson was the guest speaker for the Warren Lions Club during their Wednesday, January 9th meeting at Molly's Diner.  Mr. Henson was invited by Lion member Karen Rawls.

Mr. Henson presented a very informative presentation on the status of rural hospitals in America, in Arkansas and the financial condition of Bradley County Medical Center.  He pointed out that over the past number of years more and more rural hospitals have struggled and many are closing at an accelerated rate.  According to Mr. Henson some 600 small hospitals in America are facing difficulties.

The club was told that several issues are creating the problem, but the top three are: technology that provides for treatment without needing a hospital along with more and better drugs, a large number of people who do not access health care due to the cost and lack of insurance and the reduction in the availability of medicare coverage.  He stated the states that refused the expansion of medicare have suffered the most.  This includes Texas, Tennessee and others.  In Arkansas, where the program was adopted, it has helped keep the hospitals operating, but the changes that have been made by the state have reduced the number of people covered.  He went on to say that BCMC is working hard to keep the hospital afloat, but it is losing money on daily operations.  The one cent county sales tax is allowing the hospital to modernize and purchase new and improved equipment and the board and local doctors are working hard to recruit new physicians, which is vital to the hospital's future.  He said the medical business is changing and we have to provide after hours access to doctors care and provide in- hospital physicians care.

Mr. Henson stated the difficulty in meeting the hospital's financial needs is a steep hill to climb, but he, the staff, the board and the doctors are working hard to deal with the issues and assure quality and sufficient quantity of medical care in Warren and Bradley County.  He went on say there is a shortage of family physicians and nurses nation wide, and it is getting worse.  He said the pay requirements to hire medical professionals is escalating.

When ask about the impact the hospital has on the economy in Warren, Mr. Henson said it is substantial.  He also indicated the percentage of uninsured in the county has dropped from 30% to 15% since the medicare expansion was implemented.  This has been a major benefit to BCMC.  He remains concerned over the changes in the program in Arkansas that is reducing the number covered.

Mr Henson stated he loved being in Warren and Bradley County and working with the people of the community. 

Warren Gym Closed for Remainder of Season

According to Warren School Superintendent Bryan Cornish no more basketball games will be played this year in the Warren Gymnasium due to structural impairment.  The district is looking at alternatives for the home games.  We will provide information as soon as it is available.

Delta-Centered Earthquake Felt In Parts Of Bradley County


The ground throughout South Arkansas rumbled Tuesday, January 8, 2019 just after 6pm CST as a magnitude 3.9 earthquake shook from a central location six miles from Hollandale, Mississippi, a town located almost 100 miles from Warren, Arkansas.

Residents closer to the epicenter reported the small quake which lasted around 30 seconds.  In Bradley County the effects were much less prevalent, but still could be felt.

According to earthquakenewstoday.com, the quake's epicenter was about 3 miles deep.

Drama Club to Host Mini-Camp

FAFSA Application Workshop to be Held at WHS

A workshop will be held to assist parents and students in the application for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Monday, February  11, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Warren High School Media Center

Warren High to Host ACT Boot Camp

An ACT Prep Bootcamp will be held Monday, January 28 to better prepare the junior class for the upcoming GREE ACT to be given February 20.

Danny Williams to Perform January 26

Rob Reep Studio is pleased to announce that "Music on Main" night will be held at the studio located at 225 S. Main Street in Warren, Saturday, January 26 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  The featured music artist will be Danny Williams, a local gospel singer.  The event is free and open to the public.

School receives NAPTA endorsement

South Arkansas Community College’s process technology program recently received an official endorsement from the North American Process Technology Alliance.
NAPTA is a national alliance led by process industries in cooperation with participating educational providers. SouthArk is one of only 24 colleges with NAPTA endorsement. The designation signifies that the department follows curriculum important in these industries, specifically the eight core courses that train students in the disciplines of process equipment; instrumentation; systems; operations; troubleshooting; quality; and safety, health and environment.

Health Fair Planning Meeting Set for Jan. 10

The Bradley County Health Fair Planning Meeting will be tomorrow 1/10 at Brunson Complex Conference Room at 11 am-12noon follow by the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition Meeting from 12noon-1pm.

Lunch will not be served but if this is your lunch hour please feel free to bring you lunch and eat during the meeting.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Best Care Training Coming Soon

If you are an early childhood professional, foster parent, or early childhood educator and want to learn more about caring for young children, you may be interested in The Best Care. Sometimes it is difficult to find appropriate classes that are close to home and affordable. The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, is offering training for early childhood professionals. Classes are offered free of charge and is verified training through the Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways (TAPP) and supports the Better Beginnings Program.

The Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service has available a new, free set of classes for early childhood professionals and others interested in learning more about young children. These classes are part of a program called The Best Care. Ten hours of lessons will be provided on topics such as Safe Food Handling, Picking Eating, Opioids and Early Childhood, Illness Prevention, Figuring Out Challenging Behaviors, When Accidents Happen, Grace Under Pressure, Making a Clean Sweep, STEM Activities, and Creative Art Experiences.  The 2019 Best Care classes will be held January 26th and February 23rd from 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Forestry building on the U.A.M. campus.  For more information about The Best Care classes for early childhood professionals, contact Michelle Carter at 870-226-8410. The University Of Arkansas System Division Of Agriculture 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 Bradley County Extension Office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

First Baby Born At BCMC In 2019

The first baby born at Bradley County Medical Center in 2019 is Ian Ariel Cabrera Menocal.  He was born January 5th at 7:26 P.M.  Ian weighed 6lbs and 3oz at birth and was 20 inches long.  He is the son of Maritza Menocal and Juan Cabrera.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Arrest Report: January 7, 2019

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Gail W. Miller, 812 Isom Drive, Fordyce, AR, age 55, arrested on warrant (12-31-18)

Terica Hampton, 433 Burnett Rd., Warren, AR, age 35, arrested on warrant (1231-18)

Montrell Kelley, 414 W. Elm St., Warren, age 21, arrested on county warrant (12-31-18)

Fliberto Gonzalez, 1107 N, Myrtle Warren, AR, age 42, arrested on warrant (1-2-19)

John William White, 146 Bradley Rd. 227, Warren, AR, age 27, arrested on bench warrant (1-2-19)

Bo Bratton, 949 E. College St. Monticello, AR, age 37, arrested on warrant (1-4-19)

Aaron Michael Berry, 106 Cash St., Fordyce, AR, age 30, arrest on warrant Calhoun County (1-4-19)

Aerious Martin, 604 N. Myrtle, Warren, AR, age 29, charged with criminal trespassing  (1-5-19)

Tyrell Williams, 707 24A S. Myrtle St., Warren, AR, age 25, charged with domestic battery  3rd (1-6-19)



BCMC October Employee of the Month

WARREN, Ark. (1/4/19) – Bradley County Medical Center is pleased to announce Theretha White, who works for our Purchasing Department as the supply clerk, has been named the Employee of the Month for October.

Our newest Employee of the Month is dependable, hardworking, and self-motivated. As a loyal employee of five years, she passes out hugs as she takes care of everyone here at BCMC. She remains positive through the toughest circumstances and gives Bradley County Medical Center her all every day. Thank you Theretha White, for being you and helping make BCMC great!

Friday, January 4, 2019

UAM TO HOST ORIENTATION FOR NEW STUDENTS JANUARY 7, 2019

            MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will host an orientation session January 7 beginning with check-in at 8:30 a.m.in the Student Success Center for all new students planning to attend the Monticello campus in the spring semester.

            Following a campus welcome and general orientation, students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic advisors and receive information about financial aid, housing, and other campus offices and services.

            The UAM Colleges of Technology at Crossett and McGehee will also host orientation sessions on January 7. Students planning to attend the Crossett campus should meet in the main building at 1 p.m. Students planning to attend the McGehee campus should meet in the main building at 10 a.m.

            For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 844-1826 or (870) 460-1026.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

January 4, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Legislators have begun pre-filing bills in anticipation of the regular session that begins January 14.

So far, 93 House bills and 40 Senate bills have been introduced. Those numbers will continue to go up each day. In the most recent regular session of 2017, legislators filed 1,280 House bills and 789 Senate bills. Of those, 1,127 became law.

Tax reform bills will get a lot of attention this year, mainly because a task force has worked for two years to build a consensus on a package of bills that will simplify and lower state income taxes.

Three high-profile bills that have already been pre-filed are HB 1070, HB 1071 and HB 1072. They have the support of the governor and they would reduce the number of cabinet-level agencies in state government from 42 to 15.

Another high-profile bill is HB 1002. It would authorize the state to collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. A United States Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for states to collect sales taxes from out-of-state merchants who don’t have a physical presence in the state.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Deputies Sworn In

'During the swearing in of elected officials for new terms January, 2nd, Judge Kenneth Johnson also swear in a number of deputies to various offices.  Included were:
Auxiliary Deputy Sheriffs-Sim McCoy, Kevin Steadman, Tre'Vaugh Moore, Wesley LaFoon
Full Time Deputy Sheriffs-Jose Ramirez, Brad Johnston, Kevin Black, Kendall Rawls
Part Time Deputy-Monty Hearnsberger

Deputy Corners-Elizabeth Britton, Albert Hammons

Deputy Circuit Clerk-Stephanie Bigham
Deputy Circuit Clerk-Sandra Erlanson
Deputy Assessor-Sharon Huitt
Deputy Collector-Emily Moseley
Deputy Collector-Wilma Adair
Deputy County Clerk Chyrle Parnell
Deputy in Sheriff's Office-Cassidy Trucks

Moseley Wins Quilt In Fundraiser

The Bradley County Search & Rescue would like to congratulate Jeff Moseley on winning the “Rescue” quilt. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Bradley County Block Builders for making and donating the “Rescue” quilt for a fund raiser, and a thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and supported Bradley County Search & Rescue.