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.  

P.A.W.S. to Hold Clothing Drive Saturday

P.A.W.S., Personal Advocates for the Warren Shelter, is hosting a clothing drive to benefit the Warren Animal Shelter.  If you have items you would like to donate, take them to The Mad Butcher Saturday, February 18.  The group will be there until noon.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Warren PD Organizes Drug Search

T. Browing and Geno
Lead by the Warren Police Department and assisted by officers and K-9 drug dogs from Grant County, Pine Bluff, Saline County and Union County, a search was conducted at Warren High School, Warren Middle School and SEACBEC seeking illegal drugs, Monday morning February 13, 2107.  This was a routine activity and was not conducted based on any specific investigation.  The law enforcement officers and K-9 officers checked lockers, classrooms  and vehicles parked in school lots.  One arrest was made of an adult after drugs were found in the car of the adult who was taking part in an adult education program. Arrested by the Warren Police Department was Jonathan Hill, age 23 for possession of a controlled substance.
Officer C. autry and K-9 Alf visited with three of the law enforcement officers and their K-9 officers and was allowed to watch some of the searches as they took place.   The following were on hand to assist the Warren PD:
Grant County-Officer T. Browing and K-9 Geno
Saline County-Officer C. Autry and K-9 ALF
Union County -Officer A. Boykin and K-9 Valick.
The officer and K-9 from Pine Bluff was not available while SRC was on site.
Several Warren Police Officers were helping work the search.

These type searches are made periodically and are unannounced to the students and staff.

Right:  Officer A. Boykin and K-9 Valick

Smokehouse Hosts Tasting Reception Prior to Opening Wednesday

Robertson Smokehouse held a reception where they provided samples of their menu on Monday evening as a prelude to their opening Wednesday, February 15, at 11:00 a.m.  The new restaurant is located on West Central Street next to the Donut Palace.  They plan to open each day at 11:00 a.m. except Sundays.  They plan a ribbon cutting next week.

Motorcycle Club Volunteers to Help Keep City Clean

The Warren City Council met Monday, February 13 for their regular monthly meeting.  After reviewing the financial report, the Warren City Council was addressed by Mr. Kenneth Colen, the secretary of the Wolf Pack Motorcycle Club of Warren informing them that the club was going to try to do its part to help clean up Warren by volunteering to keep a section of road cleaned up.  They intend on a regular basis to keep trash picked up on West Central Street (Highway 278 B) from Martin Street west to the Bypass.  Mayor Martin and the City Council expressed their appreciation for the club's commitment.

The council approved the financial report and approved routine departmental reports.

Representatives of the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board attended the meeting to update the city council on the status and future of the Intermodal Park.  Dr. Bob Smalling led off by updating the council on the purpose of the Intermodal Authority and reminded the members that he, Roger George, and Rick Warner represent the City of Warren on the board.  He told the council that the Park consists of 354 acres with an access road and utilities.  Bob Milton who serves as the bookkeeper for the Intermodal Board told the council that some $6.3 million have been spent developing the park.  He went on to tell the council that the city of Warren has invested $243,705 in the facility, and according to Intermodal records, the city owes another $133,000.  Roger George Spoke and told the council that he thought eventually some type of business would locate int he park.  Intermodal board chairman John Lipton also made comments.  Mayor Bryan Martin made a statement voicing his support for the Intermodal project and indicated that he would continue to recommend an annual contribution from the City of Warren to pay the city's share.

Warren School Board Conducts February Meeting

During the minute messages of the administrators to the Warren School Board during the February meeting held Monday night, WHS Principal Bryan Martin announced that the Warren High School Choir under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kuhn has been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City in April of 2018.

Principal Cornish also informed the board that Logan Adams, a senior in the Lumberjack Band has earned a chair in the All-State Band.  He also noted that the Jr. Boys and Jr. Girls won the district championship tournament, and that the Senior Girls and Senior Boys will play in the Regional Tournament which will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center with both teams playing Thursday.  He announced that one student who attended the State Beta Club Convention recently won a 1st place in contest and that some of the math students will be competing in the regional math contest soon.  He also reminded the board that parent/teacher conferences will be held at the high school from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

First State Bank Purchased New Scoreboard for Gym

As the Warren basketball season for the 2016-17 year comes to a close, many fans have noticed and enjoyed two new scoreboards that were purchased by First State Bank at a cost of around $10,000. The scoreboards were installed around the first of January.

Bradley County Chamber Board Meets

Members of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meet February 13, 2017 for the monthly meeting of the Chamber.  Chairman Patricia Wilkerson presided.  The minutes of the January meeting and the January financial report were approved.

A detailed report on plans for the 2017 Pink Tomato Festival was provided by Mike Nichols.  He stated that plans are proceeding and a "trap shoot" competition is scheduled for Saturday February 18th at the Warren Shooting Range, to raise money for the festival.  He went on to say that chances are being sold on a gun to help raise additional funds, thanks to The Swap Shop.  Mr. Nichols told the board that most of the entertainment for the festival is set, including a big name act for the Saturday night concert, but the group name will not be released until the contract is signed.
He thanked members of the Chamber who are helping in various ways.

Arrest Report: February 13

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Eduardo Hernandez, 707 S. Myrtle #6417, Warren, AR., age 49, charged with no driver's license, expired tags, and no insurance (2-6-17)

Ulysses Hampton, 902 Butler St., Warren, AR., age 61, charged with domestic battery 3rd (2-8-17)

Felicia Avery, 115 N. Wright St., Warren, AR., age 39, charged with domestic battery 3rd (2-8-17)

Michael Mendoza, 672 West Trotter St., Monticello, AR., age18, charged with aggravated residential burglary (2-9-17)

Odario Moseley, 511 Boyd St., Warren, AR., age 28, charged with driving on suspended license (2-10-17)

Danny Light, 1022 E. Cedar, Warren, AR., age 28, arrested on warrant parole violation (2-10-17)

Desmond Calhoun, 907 Kelly St., Warren, AR., age 32, charged with drining on highway, carless prohibited driving, no seat driver's license (2-12-17)

Adams Earns Chair in All-State Band

Warren bandsman, Logan Adams has earned a position in the All-State Band.  Logan competed for the position with hundreds of other band members from all classifications across the state in tryouts held on February 4.  Logan is an accomplished and dedicated saxophone player in the Warren Lumberjack Band under the direction of Mr. Kevin Dunn.

In addition to this major accomplishment, Logan also tried out and made the All-Star band for class 3A and below where he earned 2nd chair.

Logan is a senior and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Adams. He is one of the valedictorians of the 2017 graduating class.

To learn more about the good things that are happening in the Warren and Hermitage School Districts, go to the Schools Page.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Jersey Fire Department Earns Firewise Status

The Jersey Fire Department recently completed requirements to make Jersey a national Firewise Community.  Firewise Communities/USA is a recognition from the National Firewise Communities Program.

Members of the Jersey community and fire department worked with the Arkansas Forestry commission and Arkansas Firewise to conduct wildfire hazard assessments on homes in the fire district and develop a community wildfire preparedness plan to address wildfire safety concerns. Residents, firefighters and community volunteers will work together to implement the plan.

Rotarians Welcome New Member and Hear Program About WJROTC

During the weekly meeting of Warren Rotary Club, the organization welcomed Randall Baker to the club.  Mr. Baker is pictured with club president Phillip Faris.

Rotarian Carla Wardlaw invited CPT Len Blaylock and SGT Janey Surratt to speak to the club about the Warren JROTC program.

Rotary meets each Tuesday at noon in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.