Monday, August 19, 2019

Miss Two Rivers Pageant for Southeast Arkansas

Exciting new events have been planned by the Bradley County Fair, scheduled for September 11-14.  One of the new events planned is the Miss Two Rivers Pageant on Saturday, September 14.  The new pageant is in recognition of the Saline and Ouachita Rivers and will be open to young women age 17-21 from Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Cleveland, Dallas, Drew, Calhoun, Cleveland, Lincoln and Union County.

The winner of Miss Two Rivers will receive scholarships including a $500.00 cash scholarship and will represent our area of Southeast Arkansas.

The pageant is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Bradley County Fairgrounds.  Girls will compete in Interview, Sportswear and Evening Gown.

Little Miss Two Rivers and Little Mister Two Rivers pageants are also planned for this year’s County Fair.  Children, age 2-6 years, are eligible to enter each pageant and the winners will represent our Southeast Arkansas area.  Competition for these groups has been set for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14 at the Fairgrounds.

For more information and to obtain an entry form, you may contact JeNelle Lipton at 501-416-7882 or email at jmldevco@sbcglobal.net or contact Robin Hollis at 870-226-8410 or Ken Simmons at 870-820-0144.

Arrest Report 8-19-19

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Michael T. Busby, Jr., 15 Southern Ct., Warren, AR, 11-30-82, theft by receiving, forgery 2nd degree 8-14-19)

Ronald Piper, 211 S. Speers, Monticello, AR, 5-18-82, arrested on warrant BCSO (8-14-19)

Joseph Deal, 22 Southern Ct., Warren, AR, charged with domestic battery 3rd (8-14-19)

Robert Payne, 2192 Hwy. 278, Wilmar, 7-17-85 arrested on warrant, parole warrant (8-15-19)

James Baldwin, 509 Kelly St., Warren, AR, 2-10-83, arrested on warrant (8-17-19)

Phillip Hays, 155 Bradley 37, Warren, AR, 2-3-86 arrested on warrant (8-17-19)

Terence Jackson, Wilmar, 12-7-88, arrested on warrant (8-8-19)

Charles Lawson, Jr., 716 McCauley, Warren,AR, 2-27-89, arrested on warrant and charged with aggravated assault (8-19-19)

Mt. Carmel Women's Mission Dept. To Host Women's Conference

Mt Carmel Missionary Baptist Church Women's Mission Department will host its Annual Women's Conference on August 23-24, 2019.  There will be a musical on Friday night featuring the Conference Choir and other talents at 6:00 pm.  Saturday morning will begin with prayer service at 10:00 am. The Conference hour is 11:00 am with Pastor Leshare Lee guest speaker. Lunch will be served following service. Everyone is welcome. Address is 510 N. Walnut St. Pastor is Rev Eddie Hampton.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Pep Rally With a Purpose

Warren High School Lumberjacks celebrate upcoming Kickoff Classic with local Pep Rally with a Purpose Event sponsored Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Hooten's Arkansas Football
August 15, 2019 (Warren, Ark.) — Football, food banks and fearless fans converged today, as Warren High School football players, cheerleaders, band members, coaches and several teachers and staff gathered today to celebrate their selection for participation in the 2019 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic, presented by hootens.com, and pack meals for the local food pantry.
The Warren High School Lumberjacks are one of eight teams selected to participate in the competitive, championship-caliber high school football showcase for 2019! Other schools participating are:
• Greene County Tech High School in Paragould (the Golden Eagles).
• Magnolia High School (the Panthers).
• Valley View High School in Jonesboro (the Blazers).
• Prescott High School (the Curley Wolves).
• Rison High School (the Wildcats).
• Osceola High School (the Seminoles).
• Westside High School in Jonesboro (the Warriors).

Warren will face Magnolia in the 2019 Kickoff Classic on Tuesday, August 27, at Southern Arkansas University's Wilkins Stadium. To help get the team and town excited about the game, a community pep rally was held at First Baptist church in Warren. At the pep rally, it was announced that students and staff, along with Arkansas Blue Cross employees had packed 25,000 meals for the First Baptist Church, Wilson Chapel Soup Kitchen, and Ebenezer Baptist Church food pantries. The Pack Shack of Cave Springs, conducted a Feed the Funnel party in the cafeteria to produce the nutritious meals.
"This is the fourth year for Arkansas Blue Cross to sponsor the Kickoff Classic and we couldn't be happier to be supporting the teams and the towns where they live with Pep Rally with a Purpose events," said Curtis Barnett, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Blue Cross. "The heartbeat of our company is serving Arkansans. Because our state is ranked 2nd in the nation in the number of people facing food insecurity, we are reaching out in advance of the games and making a deeper investment in the Arkansas communities where these students, coaches, teachers and administrators, parents and other folks live, learn, work and play.
As a very small token of appreciation for the hospitality shown by the citizens of Rison and to extend its investment in the youth of the community, Arkansas Blue Cross' also made a $1,500 donation to the Warren school district.
"We appreciate Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield affirming youth across the state and being involved in a positive activity like high school football," said Chad Hooten of Hooten's Arkansas Football. "Not only will all eight teams get to start this season in grand style at college stadiums, Arkansas Blue Cross will enable the players, cheerleaders and band members to help their communities while having a lot of fun before the games."
The 2019 Kickoff Classic schedule is as follows:
Monday, August 26 Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
• Westside vs. Greene County Tech (5:30 p.m.)
• Valley View vs. Osceola (7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, August 27 Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia
• Magnolia vs. Warren (5:30 p.m.)
• Rison vs. Prescott (7:30 p.m.)


State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

August 16, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – With the opening of the 2019-2020 school year, there are 26 open enrollment charter schools in Arkansas.

Two new ones are scheduled to open this year in Pulaski County.

The state Charter School Authorizing Panel recently recommended approval of an application for a new school set to open in Bentonville in 2020-2021. When it opens, it will bring to 27 the total number of open enrollment charter schools in Arkansas.

Under state law, the limit on the number of open enrollment charters in Arkansas is 34. However, it would automatically increase by five schools once the total number of charters is within two of the limit. That means the limit will remain at 34 until there are 32 charters in the state.

The original cap for open enrollment charters schools was 24. Every year there are usually several applications to open new charters, but there also are regular closings of existing schools. Financial deficits and lack of students’ academic progress are cited as reasons for several of the closings.

Charter schools are public, and receive state aid. However, they are free from many of the regulations that govern traditional public schools. The charter under which they operate is like a performance contract, which outlines the schools mission and goals, as well as how many students it will educate and how it will assess academic progress.

There are two types of charter schools. Open enrollment charters are operated by non-profit organizations, government entities or institutions of higher education. They can draw students from across district boundaries.

The second type are conversion charters, which are operated by local school districts and which can only draw students from within the district’s boundaries.

In exchange for the greater freedom from regulations, charter schools agree to oversight from the state Board of Education.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hermitage School Board Hires Staff

During the monthly meeting of the Hermitage School Board, conducted August 12th, the board took action approving the following hires:
*Carla McDougald, Library Media
*Tamera Otis, Elementary Computer Lab
*Selena Jurado ( Clark ), Migrant
*Garrett Milam, High School Literacy
*Samantha Newton, Pre-K Copa Administrative Assistant
All were hired by a 6-0 vote.

The monthly financial report was approved and a vote to pay bills was approved.

Reports were provided by Mistie McGhee, Rosalynda Ellis and Superintendent Dr. Tucker.

Board action was taken approving out-of-state travel to Texas and Indiana for FFA students.

Board members voted to accept the accreditation report from ADE showing both schools accredited for the 2018-2019 school year.




Coach Hembree Speaks To Warren Lions Club

Warren Head Football Coach Bo Hembree was guest speaker for the Warren Lions Club meeting conducted August 14th.  He updated the members concerning the prospects for the 2019 Lumberjack Football team.

The coach stated that although the Lumberjacks won the 2018 84A conference title in 2018, injuries hurt the team at the end of the season and during the playoffs.  He indicated the team was unable to overcome the adversity they faced.  He stated the 2019 team is young but is working hard and he likes the effort they are giving.

According to the coach, the offensive and defensive lines are the strength of this years team, at lest in the beginning.  He indicated there is team speed and quickness.

Coach Hembree expects sophomore Riley Cornish to be the starting quarterback.  He went on to say Braden Jones will be the backup quarterback and play defensive back.  The coach mentioned almost every player on the roster and spoke of the ability of running back Vincent Stepps.  Others mentioned included Aaron Doggett, Tre'Lon Marshall, Cedrick Calbert, Davante Smith, Jacari Lee, Jett Reep, Christian Calhoun, J.J. Hampton, Travon Duncan, Michael Miranda, Kade Weaver, Mark Hairston, Weston Hembree and Jesus Tinoco.  He also mentioned Jacob Duran, Zander Hemphill and Jarrod Villareal.  The coach said he expects a large number of the players to get significant playing time.

Warren will take part in a controlled scrimmage Tuesday, August 20th at McGhee beginning at 6:00 pm and will play the first game of the year against Magnolia in the Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield Kickoff Classic, Tuesday, August 27 at South Arkansas University.  The game is presented by hootens.com with kickoff set for 5:30 pm.  The Lumberjacks hope for a large crowd to show up and support the team as they seek another conference and state championship.   2019 marks the twentieth year for Coach Hembree to serve as Warren High School Head Football Coach.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Change of Location of Warren Water and Sewer Commission Meetings

Warren Water and Sewers monthly commission meetings that are held every third Friday of the month will be moved to BCEDC building. There will be no other changes other than the place for the meeting. 

Railroad Grant Approved

The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District and its partners will be awarded $10.5 million to rehabilitate a 91.3-mile continuous short line railroad corridor between McGhee, Arkansas and Tallulah, LA.  The proposed project would include upgrading 91 miles of track to Class 2 capacity, seven bridge upgrades, and extend shortline rail access to port of Lake Providence and Madison Parish Port in Louisiana.  The grant is being made available from the federal government.

This project will support economic vitality by restoring this route to Class 2 standards, which will allow rail to travel up to 25 mph, and handle modern, full-size, 286K lbs. rail car loads.  It will benefit current shippers, as well as making the line a more attractive option for other shippers in the region. 

Arkansas School Gardens of the Year Contest Open

REMINDER: 2019 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest Open Through August 30 Little Rock, AR – School entries are being accepted for the sixth annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (ADA) and Farm Credit. Applicants may be any Arkansas school, grades pre-K through 12, that had a school garden open during the 2018-2019 school year, or any schools planning to start a garden in the 2019-2020 school year.
The deadline for submission is August 30. Online entry forms and program requirements are available at www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/aad-programs. All applicants except those applying for the school garden start up category will be required to provide photos or video documentation of garden activities and progress. Schools eligible to apply include non-traditional educational facilities such as juvenile detention centers and residential childcare institutions.
Farm Credit is generously providing funding for winners in the following award categories:
Best School Garden Start-Up Proposal - $500 Best Nutrition Education Based Garden - $500 Best Community Collaboration Garden - $500 Best Environmental Education Focused Garden - $500 Overall Winning Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year - $1,000
“School gardens bring agriculture, our state’s largest industry, to life for Arkansas students,” says Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward. “We are pleased to see this program enter a sixth year of successfully helping support and start school garden initiatives in counties across Arkansas. We appreciate the sponsorship provided by Farm Credit that makes this important program possible.”
“As a farmer-owned cooperative, we are excited to continue our support of teachers and projects that engage Arkansas students in food production and agricultural sustainability. Through these partnerships, we can ensure that the valuable role of Arkansas agriculture remains top-of-mind for the next generation,” said AgHeritage Farm Credit Services President & CEO, Greg Cole, on behalf of the Farm Credit cooperatives of Arkansas.
With more than $3.6 billion in assets, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit Midsouth, and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas support rural communities and agriculture across Arkansas with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow. In Arkansas, Farm Credit associations are owned by the more than 11,000 customer-owners they serve. Through the cooperative structure, customer-owners have a voice and vote in the associations’ governance. Members also share in the cooperatives’ financial success through cooperative returns which total more than $220 million since 1997.
The ADA is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

UAM Announces Coaching Changes

MONTICELLO, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello Athletics Department announces coaching changes for football, volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball in 2019-20.

"People are the lifeblood of any staff and I am so excited for all of our programs who have added new staff to their programs. Each program has been vigilant in finding the right fit for not only their program but for UAM and the Department of Athletics," said Athletics Director, Padraic McMeel. "Each of these individuals bring a new, fresh perspective to their role with their program and our department as a whole. I am excited to get the 2019-20 year started!"

FOOTBALL
Ryan Lusby came to UAM this spring from Coffeyville Community College. Lusby enters his first full year as the Offensive Coordinator for the Boll Weevils.

At Coffeyville, he served as the team's Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator for one season. There, he mentored eight All-Conference selections and one Junior College All-American.

Also along with Lusby is Jordan Frost-Dixon. Frost Dixon joins the 2019 UAM coaching staff serving as the Linebackers Coach and the Assistant Special Teams Coordinator.

Before coming to Monticello, Frost-Dixon was the Graduate Assistant for two years at his Alma Mater, Middle Tennessee State University. He was also an intern for the Blue Raiders.

Another addition to the UAM football family is Matt Goggans. Goggans joined the staff in March 2019 and will be completing his first full year as the Wide Receivers Coach.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dr. Dent Spoke to Rotary About Plans to Set Up in Warren

On August 13, Dr. Kristen Dent spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren as means of getting to know the community. She shared her background growing up in Mississippi and the experiences that she had during her college and residency years that led her to practice family medicine with a specialization in obstetrics. She and her husband Bryan are very excited to be in Warren.

Pictured are Bryan Dent, Dr. Kristen Dent, and Rotarian Dennen Cuthbertson.

Chamber Hears Special Events Update

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board met Monday at noon in the BCEDC meeting room.  A quorum was declared by James Wells, Vice President of the Chamber board.  After approving the minutes of the previous month, the board reviewed and approved the financial report as well as discussed the budget.

The Chamber and BCEDC joint venture was discussed as well as the bylaws.

They discussed the need for memberships, a nominating committee, and board meetings.

Debbie Spencer discussed upcoming special events.   The Halloween Tent or Treat will be held Saturday, October 26 on Main Street from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This year there will be no cars.  Candy will be passed out under tents set up along the street.  Bouncy houses, games, face painting, food vendors and many other events will be a part of the celebration.  To volunteer or donate candy, contact Mrs. Spencer.

Plans are underway for Christmas celebrations on Main.  The event is set for the afternoon of the second Sunday in December.  Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be here.  The theme for this year is "O
 Christmas Tree".  Businesses are being asked to decorate a tree for the corner of Main and Cypress. Exact time of the parade will be announced at a later date.

The Mayor of Hermitage brought it to everyone's attention that Hermitage will be hosting an art fair in the Community Center September 21.

The board was made aware that there will be an Art Walk in Warren, Sunday, November 10 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.  Four artists will open their homes and galleries for persons to view and purchase their art.  Refreshments will be served.  A drawing will be held for a prize at the conclusion of the walk.  The art galleries and artists involved will be Rob Reep Studio, the studios of Maribeth Frazer and Mary Louise Porter, and the home of Sue Martin.  While the event is open to the public, invitations will be sent to many including residents outside Warren and Bradley County.  Patrons are encouraged to come and bring a friend.

JeNelle Lipton told the group that some new pageants are planned for the fair this year.  Contestants from surrounding counties will also be eligible to compete.  More information is set to be released.


Westside Baptist Invites All to Revival

Revival services will be held at Westside Baptist Church August 18-20 at 7pm nightly.  The church is located at 1328 S. Main St. in Warren.  Brother Danny Kelly is the Pastor.  Evangelist for the revival will be Bro Gary Carter, and Brother T. J. Files will be leading the music.  The church invites everyone to join them as they worship our their Lord and Savior.

Fair Catalogues Now Available

It’s Fair time in Bradley County and the 2019 Bradley County Fair and Livestock Show catalogs and entry tags are ready.  Catalogs are available at the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 201 N. Bragg Street in Warren.  Pre-registration for the Home Economics Division Exhibits is encouraged and may be done at the county Extension Office from 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information, you may contact the County Extension Office 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.

Applications for Jobs in Warren Area Being Taken Wednesday

Express Employment Professionals of Southeast Arkansas will be hosting a Job Fair Wednesday, August 14 2019, from 1pm-4pm at the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce. We will be accepting applications for various jobs in the Warren area. Currently we have openings for Welders, General Laborers, Production Workers, Electricians, Sewing Machine Operators,  Sales as well as Clerical Positions. For more information please contact Express, 870-535-3330.  https://www.facebook.com/ExpressprosPineBluffAR/.

School Board Meets for August Regular Meeting.

The Warren School Board met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting.  After adopting the minutes of the July regular meeting and a July 23 special called meeting, the board heard minute messages from district administrators.

In the first item of business, the board heard from Anita Swift, an area juvenile intake officer, who was requesting that the board provide a stipend for her position.

The board then moved into executive session to discuss personnel matters.  Upon returning the following personnel matters were made:

The resignation of Wesley LaFoon, Criminal Justice Instructor at SEACBEC, was approved.

Deborah Trinity Lee Diaz was hired as a Spanish Instructor.

Steven Forest was hired as a bus driver.

The following classified rehires were made:

Hannah Richey,athletic assistant
Henry Cox, bus driver
Earl Charles, bus driver
Idonia Godwin, bus driver
George Alexander, bus driver
Kevin Dunn, bus driver
James Sawyer, bus driver
Lonnie Rhoden, bus driver
Betty McCoy, bus driver
Mercedes Cox, transportation aide
Ellie Satterlee, bus driver sub
Bobby Hagler bus driver sub
Joe Mason, bus driver sub
Carolyn Pate, bus driver sub

The following classified hires were made contingent upon approval of background checks:

Ashleigh Bunch, bus driver
Ashley Davis, bus driver
Wayne White, bus driver
Tina Saldivar, bus driver

A stipend was approved for Justin Hollingsworth in the amount of $700 to be the E Sports coordinator.

After handling the personnel matters, the board approved a contract between the Warren School District and South AR Rehabilitation and approved the financial report.

Superintendent Bryan Cornish reported to the board that work on the track is nearly complete with only the marking of lanes, etc. remaining.  He expects that it will be done very soon.  He reported that school begins tomorrow, and all students will receive free breakfasts and lunches. He told the board that all buses now have two-way radio giving them ability to speak to the sheriff's office.

A representative of the NAACP, Shunda Belin, spoke to the board about her concern  for equal handling in matters involving all races of students and employees.  She had attended the July meeting and signed up to speak.  She addressed this issue.  President of the Board Jerry Daniels told her that he was unaware that she had signed up to speak, and they had dropped the ball.

Mayor Gives Economic Update/Paving Contract Let

In an approximate 40 minute, efficiently run, Warren City Council meeting, minutes of the previous meeting, financial reports, departmental reports and reports from city boards and commissions were reviewed and approved.  The council approved street closings for the "Trick or Trunk" and the "Christmas Parade," both upcoming later in the year. 

Police Chief Shaun Hildreth told the council that the Department is at full staff and all equipment is functioning.  Acting Fire Chief Mike Ashcraft reported the city received a grant in the amount of $1252.00 for equipment form CenterPoint Energy.  Fire Committee Chairman Memory Frazer reported the City's Civil Service Commission has hired Wesley LaFoon as a Full Time Fireman and Daniel Robinson and Jordan Brandon Baker as Volunteer Firemen.

Sanitation Manager Mike May reported all equipment is working and the crews are trying to catch up on limb pick ups.  Mayor Pennington informed Sanitation Chairman Angela Marshall that a Sanitation Committee meeting is needed.  It was noted that the City Attorney is reviewing the deeds on the  Bryant Property on Main Street that the city council has voted to redeem.

Street Foreman Ricky Joe Davis stated the Street Department has been busy repairing street breaks and answering complaints.  He stated keeping grass cut on the public right of way has been a challenge.  The Council voted to award a street paving contract to Riley Paving of Hamburg at a price of $109.00 per ton.  The recommendation was made by Street Chairman Emily Moseley. 

Community and Economic Development Chairman Tolfree reported the committee will meet again to review and finalize a "Request for Qualifications" for presentation to the full council in the near future. 

The council authorized a contract with the Area Agency on Aging in the amount of $200.00 to help buy fans for those in need during the hot weather.

Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Wagnon reported the Westside Pool is now closed and repairs are being pursued at the Baseball/Softball complex. 

Council Member Memory Frazer, Chairman of the Cultural Commission, reported the Commission is looking into needed repairs at the Center and will be reporting back to the council.

Mayor Pennington reported that J & E Food Group should be underway with operation of the new poultry plant in September.  She also reported on the sale of the cable company and Ashcraft Wood Products.  She indicated she thought both transactions will be good for the city.
( Both purchases have been reported in the SRC ).

All six city council members were present for the meeting.  The next agenda meeting is set for September 5th at 7:00 A.M. and the next regular council meeting for September 9th at 5:30 P.M.
Both meetings will be conducted in the Municipal Courtroom. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Public Schools Set To Open

Warren Police Chief Shaun Hildreth reminds everyone that the Warren Public Schools will be back in session Tuesday, August 13th for the new school year.  This means more cars on the streets, more kids moving around and school buses on the road.  The Chief urges all drivers to be very careful and drive defensively and within the speed limits.

With school starting back many residences will experience more hours with no one at home.  Please keep houses locked, cars locked and out buildings secure.  Do not leave lawn mowers, weed-eaters, tools etc. outside or unsecured.  Make it hard for items to be stolen.

Be sure to report any suspicious activities to the Warren Police Department at 226-3703 or call 911 if an emergency exists. 

Fire Department Calls From Late July to Early August

The Warren Fire Department has reported the following alarms responded to:
*July 27th-1403 Melrose Dr., outside equipment fire
*July 28th-Bradley 32 & Bradley 35-vehicle accident
*August 2nd-502 Martin St., outside gas explosion
*August 6th-1540 S. Main St., Ord. Violation

There were no injuries involved in any of the incidents.   The Department also answered five false alarms during this time period. 

The Warren Fire Department maintains a Central Station located in the City's Emergency Services Center and a Sub-Station on N. Etheridge Street.  The Department consist of both full time and volunteer firemen.  

Arrest Report: August 12

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Marcus R. Finks, Sr., #4 Walnut Crt., Warren, AR, 2-5-84, chargeed with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia (8-7-19)

Diana Perry, 520 North Walnut, Warren, AR, 5-18-93 charged with battery 3rd (8-7-19)

Reanna Lopez, 13 Cloverdale Drive, Warren, AR, 4-19-00, charged with harassment (8-7-19)

Erianna Strong, #12 Cook St., Warren, AR, 8-20-98, charged with endangering the welfare of a minor (8-7-19)

Bret Oden, 1144 N. Myrtle, Warren, AR, 9-25-92, arrested on warrant X2,(8-9-19)

Yoel Gonzalez, 7-12 N. Clark Ave., Tampa Florida, 12-11-85, arrested on warrant (8-9-19)

Keith Allen Davis, Jr., 903 York St., Warren, AR, 6-7-93, arrested on warrant

Cecilia St., John, 312 W. Pine, Warren, AR, 3-17-96, charged with driving on suspended license, expired tags, no insurance (8-10-19)

Steven Rice, 299 Bradley 30, Banks, AR,St3-16-92, arrested on warrant x2 (8-10-19)

Marcus Davis, 1322 W Central, Warren, AR, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (8-10-19)


This Week in the House

In Arkansas, there are on average 71 billion gallons of water flowing in rivers, 4.8 trillion gallons in lakes and 200 trillion gallons in the ground.

Our state is abundant with water resources and much of our economy depends on it. It is estimated Arkansans use 157 gallons of water every day.

August is National Water Quality Month.  It reminds us to take a look at what our households and communities are doing to protect sources of fresh water.

The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants and regulating quality standards for surface waters. But most people are unaware of the little ways they can pollute their water.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using and disposing of harmful materials properly. When hazardous waste is dumped on the ground it can contaminate the soil. Contaminated soil then contaminates the ground water or nearby surface water. A number of products used at home contain hazardous or toxic substances that can contaminate ground or surface waters, such as:

·         Motor oil

·         Pesticides

·         Leftover paints or paint cans

·         Mothballs

·         Flea collars

·         Household cleaners

·         A number of medicines

Next, don't overuse pesticides or fertilizers. Many fertilizers and pesticides contain hazardous chemicals which can travel through the soil and contaminate ground water.

It is also recommended to keep yard waste off the streets, sidewalks, and driveways, and gutters. If yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves enters our storm drains, it flows untreated directly to creeks, streams, and lakes. As yard waste breaks down, nutrients that are released can lead to water pollution.

Overall, Arkansans have access to good quality water.  But it is not a resource to take for granted.  The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension has extensive material on how to best protect conserve and protect our water at www.uaex.edu.









Friday, August 9, 2019

Aviation Commission Meets

Three members of the City of Warren Aviation Commission along with Mayor Pennington Thursday, August 8th in the Warren Municipal Courtroom.  The commission was informed that the city is waiting on a final inspection of newly installed equipment by the FAA.  They were also informed that all hangers are currently rented.

The members talked about future needs of the airport and it was noted that aviation fuel has gone up in price.

Attending were Commissioners Dr. Joe H. Wharton, Chairman, Raymond Colen and Bryan Martin.  No voting action was required.

Members of Management Team Speak to Rotary

July 30th, several members of the management team for the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren about the various offerings that the center has for its residents that provide a sense of purpose and pride for each person.

Pictured are: Katherine Harris-Acting Business Manager, Rotarian Mark Wargo-Superintendent, Katina Moore-Residential Director, and Teresa Herring-Nurse Manager.

State Chamber of Commerce Director Speaks to Rotary

August 6th, Randy Zook, President/CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren. He gave an update of different areas where our state is making progress and areas where we are taking steps to improve, especially economically.

Pictured are Rotarian Len Blaylock and Zook.

Commodities to be Given Out August 23

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will receive U.S.D.A food commodities.  Items available will be:  Whole Bagged Chicken, Pork Ham Sliced, Pork Patty, Milk, Cream Style Corn, Spaghetti Sauce, Pinto Beans, Pears, Long Grain Rice, Cream of ‘Chicken, Fig Pieces, Wide Egg Noodles, Pistachio Nuts, and Cran Apple Juice.  The rules for acceptance and participation in the U.S.D.A’s Temporary Emergency Program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national origin, political affiliation, or veteran status.  If your household’s income is at or below the federal poverty level, you may be eligible to receive surplus commodities.  Households must meet income guidelines, live in the county that you apply for commodities, and show some type of identification (driver’s license, or other photo identification, etc.)

You can pick up for ONE (1) other person beside yourself IF you are and authorized representative.  If you pick up for another person, you must bring ALL required information and a written note from that person stating you may pick up their commodities.  PLEASE BRING BAGS OR BOXES TO COMMODITY SITE WITH YOU.

Ashley County:  Monday, August 19, 2019
8:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Main St., Hamburg, AR.; Contact Cindy Griever at 870-853-8606 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Chicot County:  Tuesday, August 20, 2019
8:00 a.m. at the Expo Center, 1411 Park St., Lake Village, AR.; Contact 870-265-3379 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Desha County:  Wednesday, August 21, 2019
8:00 a.m. at the Municipal Complex, McGehee, AR., Contact Melvin Newman at 870-222-3392 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Drew County:  Thursday, August 22, 2019
8:00 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, Monticello AR.; Contact Andrea Crowder at 870-460-0842 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Bradley County:  Friday, August 23, 2019
8:00 a.m. at the Old National Guard Armory Warren, AR.; Contact Christina Harding at 870-226-4413 or Carolyn Davis 870-226-2668 X 307.

Centerpoint Community Partnership Grant Awarded To City of Warren


Juerga "Smitty" Smith, Operation Supervisor for Centerpoint Energy, presented Warren Mayor Denisa Pennington and Acting Fire Chief Mike Ashcraft with a Community Partnership Grant of $1,252 Friday morning at the Warren Municipal Building.

The Centerpoint Energy Community Partnership Grant will go towards purchasing new safety gear for Warren's first responders.

Mayor Denisa Pennington said "thank you on behalf of the City of Warren" for the generous grant that is set to help our local firefighters.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Warren Native Richard Roper Appointed To The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Richard Roper to the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission.

The commission is the environmental policy-making body for Arkansas.  With guidance from the Governor, the Legislature, the EPA and others, the commission determines the environmental policy for the State and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Implements these policies.

Mr. Roper is a native of Warren.  He earned degrees from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.  He has practiced law in Warren for 40 years and is a partner in the firm of Barton & Roper, PLLC.  He has previously served on the Bradley County Quorum Court, the Warren School Board, and the Warren Water and Sewer Commission.

Ricky lives with his wife, Kelly, in the Marsden community in south Bradley County.  He has two sons, Joey Roper of Rogers and John Roper of Pansy.

Warren Cultural Center Commission Meets

Members of the Warren Cultural Center Commission met Wednesday, August 7th at the Warren Cultural Center to take a close look at the building and discuss needed repairs and improvements.  A report is expected at the next City Council meeting and possibly the next school board meeting.

The Warren Cultural Center is a 750 seat auditorium with a large stage, dressing rooms and  large entry room.  It is jointly owned by the City of Warren and the Warren School District.  The city manages the day to day operations and does the scheduling.  The school district has first priority access to utilize the building.  The city may use it as needed and third parties are allowed to rent the building.  Expenses to operate and repair are based on a formula agreed to by the city and school district.

The facility was built in the mid to late 1970s using an EDA grant from the United States Department of Commerce and some bond funding provided by the school district.  The land was donated by the district.

Current members of the Commission include:
Council Member Memory Frazer, Chariman
School District Board Member Shannon Gorman
Member at Large Jim Wheeler
The council and school members are selected by their respective bodies and the at large position is appointed for a term, rotated between the city council and school board.

Bradley County Retired Teachers Award Scholarships and Hear Speakers

Shelby Gardner, Nathan Hairston, and Dalilah Pedroza

The Bradley County Retired Teachers met Monday, August 5, 2019 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  Following a noon meal, the retirees heard a program from 5th grader Dallas Cathey, son of Jeff and Holly Cathey. He spoke to the group explaining how he functions as a blind person in daily life at school, at home, and in the community.  Dallas uses a brailler to write his assignments at school.  He reads braille text which make his books much thicker than regular texts.  Dallas walks using a cane.  He entertained the former educators by playing the piano.

Following Dallas's program, Sandy Doss, Director of the Warren Library spoke to the former   teachers and thanked them for their generous donation they made early in the summer.  She informed them that the funds came at a much-needed time and were used for the summer reading program.  She gave a brief overview of the summer reading program and a few other programs at the library.

The Bradley County Retired Teachers awarded three scholarships, each in the amount of $1500.00 to three upperclassmen currently enrolled in higher education.  The recipients were Shelby Gardner, Nathan Hairston, and Dalilah Pedroza.  In order to receive the Anna Galloway Scholarship, the applicant must be a junior in college and be pursuing a degree in education.

The association conducted other business.  Their next meeting will be the second Monday in September due to the Labor Day holiday being the first Monday.  It will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.