Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hospital Board Talks Progress & Challenges

The Bradley County Medical Center Hospital Board meet Thursday, March 22 for the monthly board meeting.  Vice Chairman Joe Don Greenwood presided.  Regular monthly business was handled including approval of last months minutes and the current financial reports.  CFO Brandon Gorman covered the financials in detail along with Home Health Statistics and the hospital sales tax fund.  He informed the board that the hospital experience a net gain of $61,078 for the month of February.  He indicated volumes remain too low but the hospital remains strong at this time. 

Dr. Joe Wharton made a motion to approve the following staff recommendations:
*Michelle Weaver, M.D., Family Medicine, reappointed
*Derek Bryant, M.D., ESS, reappointed
*Rajesh Sethi, M.D., RAPA, reappointed
*David Phelan, M.D., RAPA, reappointed
*Samuel Edwards, M.D., RAPA, reappointed
*John Meadors, M.D., RAPA, reappointed
*Jeff Henning, M.D., RAPA, reappointed
*Robert McCrary, M.D., RAPA, reappointed
*Dr. Petrescia Grubbs, APN, appointed
*Jermey Jones, M.D., ESS, moved to inactive
*Karen Chase, M.D., ESS, moved to inactive
*Steven Erwin, M.D., ESS, appointed
All were approved.

Hospital CEO Steve Henson gave a detailed report on hospital operations.  He reference information he has put out to all hospital employees about doing their jobs in a customer friendly manner and to always provide high quality services.  He mentioned Betty Burns, Helen Newton and Jeff Whipple as employees who have made extra efforts to take care of patients.  Mr. Henson provided the board information on the nursing shortage nation wide and the increasing number of doctors who work directly for hospitals. He told the board in 2016 hospitals employ 42% of physicians.  Mr. Henson went on to say that the number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. has hit a record high. 

The board voted to approve a payment of $39,000.00 for property the hospital has purchased adjacent to the facility.  The board continues to try to purchase additional property adjoining or near the hospital when feasible for future use.

During Mr. Henson's report he noted that the hospital has lost it's largest out patient doctor due to a change in his practice in another city.  The doctor's leaving Warren had nothing to do with Warren or the hospital.  This is hurting volumes.  The CEO said efforts are underway to try and get other doctors to conduct out patient clinics at BCMC. 

CNO Sarah Tucker gave a brief report and said the nursing staff is making progress in management but it remains a challenge to find nurses while competing against higher rates of pay from other hospitals.

Mr. Henson called to the board's attention that a recent survey for hospitals in our region ranked Bradley County Medical Center, one of the highest in quality and satisfaction.  He stated he believes BCMC is making progress, yet more work is necessary.

Applications Available For M*A*S*H Camps

LITTLE ROCK — Applications are now available to high school students for the summer
M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps. These camps will be located at
34 medical facilities throughout Arkansas. The two-week M*A*S*H camps are designed to
expose rising high-school juniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations.

BCMC CEO Henson Speaks to Rotary

On March 20th, Bradley County Medical Center CEO Steve Henson spoke to the Rotary Club about the new Hospitalist program. He spoke of the need for hospitalists in our healthcare system today and the many benefits to this program.

Pictured (l-r): Henson and Rotarian Baker Peebles

Southeast Community Action Conducts Long/Contentious Meeting

In a meeting that lasted over 4 hours, the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Board conducted a lot of business.  The meeting seemed to be a continual struggle within the board members present and with a number of people in attendance, including several who were recently selected to serve on the board.  The new members were not approved until near the end of the agenda.  That did not keep several of them from speaking out during the meeting.

The meeting began by calling the roll and approving the agenda for the day.  Minutes of December 19, 2017 and February 20, 2018 were approved.  ( It should be noted that it has been impossible to secure a quorum for some past board meetings and executive board meetings.)

Reports were given and approved concerning drug and alcohol policy, Head Start Practice Based Coaching, converting Head Start to Early Head Start and CSBG job description.  Approval was granted to advertise for the Executive Director's position.  The agency has been operating with an interim director for some time.  In other business the CSBG 1st quarter report was presented and the CSBG budget was revised.  Several of the board votes required a vote by the Chairperson to break a tie.

Intermodal Board Discusses Needs of Intermodal Park

In a meeting lasting just about one hour, the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board covered the organizations previous minutes and the February and march financial statements for 2018.  The board voted to approve the payment of bill in the amount of $995.01.  The financial report shows the two cities and two counties owing a total of 4303,631.87 and a remaining debt of $154,147.19.  The board was told plans have been submitted to move the railroad switch that has been the subject of much discussion over the past year.  the final cost and who will pay is not settled.

A great deal of the meeting was spent discussing the need to secure a site certification from the Electrical Cooperatives for the site.  This may include more engineering work on several subjects including how much electrical power is needed on the sight, the cost of getting it, water run off mitigation and the availability of sufficient water and sewer capabilities.  The water and sewer utilities are connected to the City of Monticello's system.  There are limits as to how much water can be provided and the amount of sewer the system can currently handle.  Monticello has plans underway to expand their sewer capacity within the next few years.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Warren Native Elected Chair of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Reverend Doctor Fairfax Fullerton Fair, Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been elected Chair of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Dr. Fair was previously chosen for membership on the Board of Pensions and has served as a Director of the Board for several years.  At this year’s spring meeting, she was elected as the Board’s Chair.  The Directors review plan reserves and other data.  As of December 31, 2017 the Pension Plan was 131% funded.  The 2019 Benefits Plan will offer additional Healthcare and Security Options for Presbyterian Church (USA) pastors and other employees.
In addition to her duties for her Ann Arbor church and its members and the Board of Pensions, Fairfax serves on the Board of her seminary, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia.  She is the daughter of Sam and Fufa Fullerton and grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of Warren.

Group Raising Funds to Purchase Wheel Chair Swing for City Park

Members of the Bradley County Chapter of ASEA are fund raisers to raise money that will be donated to the City of Warren this Spring towards the purchase of a Wheel Chair Swing at the Warren City Park. 

Holy Week Services Set

Holy Week Services, sponsored by the Bradley County Ministerial Alliance, are set for March 26th-30th.  Services will start each day at 12;00 noon.  There will be a welcome, music, scripture reading, prayer, a message and the benediction.  A meal will be served by the host church and the entire program will be over by 1:00 P.M.

The schedule is as follows:
*Monday, the 26th-First United Methodist Church, speaker Rev. Henry Cox of Union Hill Baptist Church

*Tuesday, the 27th-Union Hill Baptist Church, speaker Rev. David Richey of Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County

*Wednesday, the 28th-First Free Will Baptist Church, speaker Rev. Ricky Rauls of First Free Will Baptist Church

*Thursday, the 29th-Immanuel Baptist Church, speaker Rev. Marty Reep of Hermitage Methodist Church

*Friday, the 30th-First Assembly of God Church, speaker Rev. Philip Faris of First Presbyterian Church

Offerings are accepted for the benevolent ministry of the Alliance.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Over 160 People Apply First Two Days For Coming Jobs

According to a spokesperson for Arkansas Workforce, over 160 individuals have applied during the job fair being held to hire employees for the new poultry plant preparing to operate in Warren.  The applications were received Monday, March 19th and Tuesday, March 20th.  Those still desiring to apply may do so Wednesday the 21st, Thursday the 22nd, and Friday the 23rd.  Applications may be submitted at the Old National Guard Armory located at 101 South Martin Street in Warren.  The spokesperson indicated around 150 applications had already been taken at the Workforce Office in Monticello and can continue to be filled out there as well.

The company has a variety of jobs to be filled and has stated they will need about 100 employees.  According to an Ad in, the wage package and benefits will be competitive.

Mayor Bryan Martin and the Warren City Council have made the Old Armory available for the job fair.  The City has been working to assist the company since the decision was made to locate in Warren.  

County Judge Reports On Prison, Says Two Judges Agree to Share Property Taxes

During his monthly report to the Bradley County Quorum Court, County Judge Klay McKinney updated the Court on the status of the planned private prison to be built in Bradley or Drew County.

Judge McKinney informed the Justices that the agreement between each county and the private company has been substantially finalized and will be sent to the state for review.  He said the company had asked for an addition to the contract dealing with future cost increases.  The state of Arkansas will also have a contract with the private company.

Judge McKinney told the Justices that he and the Drew County Judge have agreed to share property taxes paid 50%-50% regardless of which county the prison is located in.  He indicated the location has yet to be determined.  Ask later about the constitutionality of sharing property taxes between the two counties, the Judge said the discussion was just between the County Judges at this point.  The Judge stated he thought the final plans could be set within another month or two.  

In other business Judge McKinney reported that the recent floods have caused severe damage to County Roads 4 and 59.  He sais there was other damage but it was limited due to past road work and erosion control.  He also indicated the county would receive a mitigation grant for County Road 7N to make repairs.  The grant will be in the amount of $35,000.00 and the county will match it with $35,000.00 more.  

In additional flood related information, Judge McKinney told the Court that 28 homes in the county were damaged by water.  He is working with the state to seek assistance for the homeowners.  

The Judge then reported on plans for LED lighting for the courthouse and other county facilities.

Action was taken by the Court to make the following appointments:

*Appointed Lathern Hairston to the Bradley County Medical Center Board.  He will replace Rusty Rowell.

*Appointed Paul Cash to the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board.  He replaces Rep. Jeff Wardlaw.

*Appointed Keith Neely to the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board.  He replaces Freddie Mobley. 

The Judge reported that plans are underway for a countywide cleanup in May.

A Hospital Update from BCMC

Having completed my first year at BCMC I wanted to provide you with an assessment of where we are, what we are working on, and why. I will start my discussion at the national level, then move into our regional area and lastly discuss specific local initiatives.
First, the national healthcare market place is in the most unstable environment that it has been in for as long as most of us can remember, especially for rural hospitals. Declining patient volumes and declining revenues have hit rural hospitals hard – to the point that rural hospital closures have been occurring in our nation at the rate of almost one a month since 2010. And, the National Rural Health Association has stated that of the just over 2000 rural hospitals currently operating in our nation, 673 of them are in risk of closing in the foreseeable future. Add to all of this the national shortage of physicians and nurses and I assure you that you will never have a boring day in hospital administration, even in Southeast Arkansas. Especially in Southeast Arkansas.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tree Planted at Bradley County Historical Museum

Mayor Bryan Martin
 A nice size crowd was in attendance Monday, March 19th to plant a tree in honor of the 'World War I Centennial" and to celebrate Arbor Day.  The welcome was given by JeNelle Lipton, President of the Bradley County Historical Museum followed by remarks from Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney.  The invocation was spoken by Floyd Brown, Chaplain of the Bradley County Veterans.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and remarks about World War I were presented by Len E. Blaylock III, Captain U. S. Army (RET), Baker-York VFW Post 4564.

Comments were then given by Mr. Bob Baker with the Arkansas Forestry Commission.  A memorial tree was planted with soil from the Meuse Argonne National Cemetery in France. 

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin read a proclamation celebrating Arbor Day.  The program was closed with the singing of "God Bless America."

It was noted that the first Bradley County casualty of World War I was Herbert Martin, the grandson of the original occupant of the house that now houses the Bradley County Historical Museum.   The names of all 18 Bradley County citizens killed in World War I were read. 
The Museum Board 

Len Blaylock, III was the keynote speaker

County Judge Klay McKinney

Reports Have Jarius Wright Going to Carolina Panthers

Various reports indicate that former Lumberjack and Razorback Jarius Wright may be heading to the Carolina Panthers.  The Panthers Offensive Coordinator is Norv Turner, who coached Jarius in Minnesota.  Sources are reporting that he plans to sign.  Wright was released late last week by the Vikings to make room for their salary cap as they signed Kirk Cousins at the quarterback position and a new defensive player.

Wright is a highly skilled receiver and it was expected he would be sought by other teams, if not resigned by the Vikings.

Warren PD Arrest Report For March 14-18, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty.

Steven Sivils / 107 N. Bradley, Apt. 2, Warren, AR / DOB 4-13-92 / Warrant Drug Para on 3-14-18

Todd Winters / Davenport, Warren, AR / DOB 7-19-87 / Bench Warrant FTC Probation on 3-15-18

Thomas Bo Bratton / 949 E. College Ave, Monticello, AR / DOB 8-9-81 / Driver's License Suspended, No Insurance, Expired Tags on 3-17-18

Pascual A. Martinez / 511 Kelley Street, Warren, AR / 5-17-57 / Driver's License Suspended, No Insurance, Expired Tags on 3-18-18

Jamar Hampton / 1109 Phillips St., Warren, AR / DOB 4-8-97 / Driver's License Suspended, Violation of Protection Order on 3-18-18

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Update on Jarius Wright

According to reports out of the Minnesota Vikings, with two years left on his contract, Jarius Wright was released Friday by the Viking organization in order to carve out more salary-cap room for free-agent signings.  However, Wright told news sources about a possible return under a reduced salary.

The Vikings needed to create additional cap room during a week that saw them sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year $84 million contract and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a one-year deal worth $8 million with as much as $3 million more in incentives.

Wright knew he might be released in order for the Vikings to create more cap room.

"It wasn't a big surprise," said Wright.  "They had come to me and let me know that it was a possibility with some of the contracts they were looking at.  They kept me updated."

Wright fans in the area will be watching and waiting on additional information and continue to wish Wright well.

Chris Gragg Announces Camp to Benefit Y

Bart Goodwin Y staff, Chandler Wilson, Chris Gragg and David Richey Y Director
New York Jets Tight End Chris Gragg held a press conference to announce that his 2018 Southeast Arkansas Gridiron Grind football camp will be held in Warren this summer with all proceeds going to the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley, the place his mother noted where he kicked his first soccer ball.
Tenita Shannon Gragg supports her son in his
work to return help to his home community.

The camp which is open for grades K-12, will be held at Lumberjack Stadium June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Checkin will be at 8:00 a.m.  In case of inclement weather, the camp will be moved inside the Lumberjack Multi-Purpose Facility.

Registration will begin April 1 and can be done online ( through the mail.  The fee for the camp is $30.  Those attending will receive a t-shirt, an autographedphoto , a group photo, and other memorabilia as well as lunch which will be prepared by Warren Alderman, School Board member, and Chamber of Commerce President Joel Tolefree.  The camp will be no-contact.

Gragg plans to bring several NFL players with him to work the camp.  Names mentioned in the press conference as possible and hopeful camp workers were Ryan Mallett, Jarius Wright, Greg Childs, Nile Davis, Freddie Barnett, Randy Barnett, and more.  He noted that local volunteers such as Coach Bo Hembree will also be on hand.
Chris autographs ball for Westin Gavin.

Gragg introduced Chandler Wilson, a former Razorback cheerleader from Georgia who will be directing lil Divas Cheer Camp for girls K-6 in conjunction with the Gridiron Grind.  Working with her will be former Warren High School and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Cheerleader Morgan Gathen,
Chandler Wilson and Morgan Gathen
are excited about the Lil Divas Cheer Camp.

Y Director David Richey expressed his gratitude to Mr. Gragg for the camp and the contribution to the Y.

Gragg and his mother told the crowd that they can also use sponsorships and scholarships for campers who might not have funds.  Volunteers are also needed.

Chris will be an inductee in this year's Lumberjack Hall of Fame in May, along with Jarius Wright, Greg Childs, Randall Herring, and the 1931 basketball team.

Dr. Sue Martin, Chris, Mayor Bryan Martin, and Chandler Wilson at the press conference.

Retired Teachers Meet

Left to Right:  Diane Parnell, Devin McDiarmid, and Betty Mann
The Bradley County Retired Teachers met on Tuesday March 13 at 11:00 A.M. at Golden Girls. Devin McDiarmid, Director of SEACBEC, was the guest speaker. Pictured with McDiarmid are Diane Parnell, publicity chairman and Betty Mann, President.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Jobs Available In Warren

A Job Fair is set for Monday, March 19th through Friday, March 23rd in the Old National Guard Armory, located at 101 South Martin Street in Warren, adjacent to the City Park.  People seeking employment will have the opportunity to apply for jobs with J & E Food Group, a poultry processing plant preparing to open in Warren.  There will be a variety of jobs available.  The company will offer competitive wages, health insurance and 401K options.  These are full time jobs.

Visit the job fair at the Old Armory to apply.  Those interested may also contact the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services office located at 477 S. Main Street in Monticello or call 870-367-2476.

This is a great opportunity for employment.  See the ad for the job fair on the front page of  The company is reported to be planning to hire around 100 people.

Friday, March 16, 2018

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

March 16, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – The legislature completed its special session after addressing all of the issues on its agenda.

The bill that garnered the most attention will require pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) to be licensed by the state Insurance Department.

Pharmacy benefit managers negotiate contracts between health insurance companies and local pharmacies. Since the beginning of the year, local pharmacists have been hit hard by reduced reimbursements from the managers.

Neighborhood pharmacists testified at legislative hearings that in some cases they were not even getting paid enough to cover the cost of filling prescriptions.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

City Told Church on N. Myrtle Coming Down

City officials have been notified by church officials in charge of the New Zion AME Zion Church, located on N. Myrtle Street, that they plan to tear the structure down.  They have secured a price and plan to proceed.  No specific date has been given, although the city has urged action as quickly as possible.  The building is falling in and is dangerous.  City of Warren officials have been communicating with the church for some time,even before the roof started collapsing, asking for action to be taken.

A portion of Neely Street has been blocked off due to the danger of the building falling in.  The Mayor's office indicated they would continue to pursue having the work done and will not let the matter drag out any further than the law allows.

The public is asked to stay off the property for safety reasons.

Hermitage School Board Takes Personnel Actions

The Hermitage School Board meet March 12th to conduct the monthly business of the district.  After approving the minutes and financial report, the board heard reports from Rosalynda Ellis ( K-6 ), Jade Huitt ( Pre-k ) and Superintendent Dr. Tucker.  Dr. Tucker talked about several items including the future formation of a committee to consider safety issues relating to the school buildings and campus.  She also discussed roof problems on several school buildings. The board then voted to make some modest policy changes.

Board members voted to authorize several out of State trips for the FFA program.  They also approved offering for sale some surplus equipment and for Hermitage participation in the
Arkansas Leadership Academy.

Mistie McGhee then provided the 7-12 report.

After an executive session, the board vote to take the following personnel actions:
*accepted the resignation of Regina Vaughn ( K-12 music )
*Hired Jill Ferrell and Kristi Clanton as prom sponsors
*Hired Ginnie Sellers as Sr. Quiz Bowl sponsor
*Hired Kasey Shores Johnston as elementary teacher

Dr. Tucker announced that the district has been granted a state waiver for an early starting date.

Car Wreck on Old Camden Road

Local emergency personnel were called to a car accident Tuesday, March 13th west of Warren on the Old Camden Road.  The incident took place well outside the Warren City Limits.  According to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, a woman and two children were traveling East when the driver swerved to miss some deer.  She lost control and turned the vehicle over in an adjacent field on the left side of the road.  The car came to rest on it's top, upside down.

Fortunately there were no serious injuries, although the occupants were transported to the hospital by ambulance to be checked out medically.  All those in the car were wearing seat belts.

No citation was issued.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lions/Rotary Clubs Hold Joint Meeting

For the first time in the memory of those present, the Warren Lions Club and Warren Rotary Clubs meet in a joint meeting to hear a program on the subject of diabetes.  The meeting was conducted Tuesday, March 13th in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church of Warren.  A nice size crowd of Lions, Rotarians and guest were on hand to listen to the program.

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Robert Milton, program chairman for the Rotary Club for the day introduced the speaker.  The program was arranged by Randy Rawls, President of the Lions Club.  The speaker was Sue Tull, Executive Director of Arkansas Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  She talked about the two types of diabetes, the various programs operated by the Foundation and the fund raising events the organization sponsors to fund the programs.  Her talk was educational and informative.  Ms. Tull told those present that it is estimated that 29 million Americans have diabetes and 1.25 million have Type 1 diabetes.  She discussed the symptoms of the disease and the purpose of the foundation's work.  Helping those coping with diabetes and research to find a cure and to better treat the disease are all part of the mission.  She said great progress is being made.

It was noted that Lions International works to assist people with vision problems and diabetes is a major contributor to poor eyesight.  Dr. Bob Smalling, an Optometrist, and a Rotarian, talked about the importance of eye exams for those with diabetes.

Jr. Rotarians visiting and introducing themselves were: Luke Gorman, Briaunna Harris and Heaven Clary.  All three did a good job of speaking.

School of Nursing Receives Accreditation

           MONTICELLO, AR — The School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has received full accreditation for both its associate and baccalaureate degree programs for a maximum of six years, according to Dr. Brandy Haley, associate professor and dean of nursing.

          The accreditation was awarded by the National League for Nursing's Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, the national accrediting body for nursing education.

          UAM offers both the associate of applied sciences in nursing degree and the bachelor of science in nursing degree.

          "I want to thank all of our stakeholders for their role in the accreditation process," said Haley. "We are so grateful for the support of our faculty, students, administration, support staff, advisory board and the community during this process."

          UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes praised the nursing faculty and students for "creating a legacy of excellence in our nursing program. UAM has a long and proud history of providing quality nursing education and for meeting the needs of the nursing profession throughout the region. This accreditation is recognition of the overall strength of the nursing program and the academic integrity of the institution as a whole. Congratulations for a job well done."

          For more information, contact the Division of Nursing at (870) 460-1069.


 Under the leadership of Jersey Rural Fire Department's President Venollie (Vaughn) Fisher, Jersey Rural has deemed 2018 as a year of education and certification. Thus far, JRFD has accumulated 8 classes, 64 hours of fire fighting training. A steadfast 15 certified volunteer firefighters are reaching for the certification of Firefighter I through the Arkansas Fire Training Academy by its AFTA Instructor Sheila Loomis also a JRFD firefighter. After the completion of the year long rigorous course work,  firefighters must pass a written exam and "Live burn" at the academy to reach their goal of becoming a Firefighter I . This educational project will save lives and property in the Jersey Fire District and surrounding fire districts. Kenny Loomis is Jersey's Fire Chief with Willie Avery serving as Assistant Fire Chief.

News from The Bradley County Museums

The Bradley County Veteran’s Museum and the Bradley County Historical Museum have partnered with the World War I Centennial Commission to host the observance of the World War I Centennial Celebration in Bradley County.  To commemorate, preserve and honor the courage, sacrifice and valiant efforts of all Arkansans who served in World War I, we will be planting a Memorial Tree in Bradley County.  The tree will provide a living memorial to the thousands who served their country during WWI which includes many from this area.
Through a partnership of the World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansans were urged to plant trees in 2018 to remember the 71,862 Arkansans who served during the Great War, including the 2,283 who died while in service.  The goal is to have a memorial tree in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties by the time the commemoration concludes at the end of 2018.  The Arkansas Forestry Commission is providing the two-year-old Willow oak trees for the project.
The Bradley County World War I Memorial Tree will be planted on the lawn of the Bradley County Historical Museum on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. as an official Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration event.  The Arkansas Forestry Commission will assist with the planting of the tree and will be adding soil from the Meuse-Argonne National Cemetery in France when the tree is planted. 
Following the tree planting, GFWC Warren Woman’s Club will present an Arbor Day proclamation    recognizing March 19th as Arkansas’s Arbor Day celebration.
Please make plans to attend this special commemorative event on Monday, March 19th at 1:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Bradley County Historical Museum at 200 West Ash Street.
For more information please call JeNelle Lipton at 870-226-5457 or call John Little at 870-226- 2329 or 870-226-3326.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Movie Night A Success

"Movie Night" sponsored by the Bradley County Hometown health Coalition was a success Saturday evening, March 9th.  A good crowd attended and seemed to enjoy the activity which was held at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County. 

The Coalition would like to thank Super Value, Mad Butcher, the Old Armory ( owned by the City of Warren) and the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County for their support and contributions to the two events conducted November 18, 2017 and March 10, 2018. 

Plans are to hold future "Movie Nights."

Bradley County Health Fair

Community Engagement to help you SAVE the DATE….. for 4-21-18 Bradley County Health Fair!!  Where? YMCA from 9-12noon!!!

In preparation for the annual health fair which will be April  2018 , the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition-Health Fair Committee would like to encourage each individual to take advantage of local resources that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.  We are wanting individuals to get engaged in their community and participate is some resources that help you lead a healthy lifestyle:
The participating resources are:

The following services and/or resources are available and if you take advantage and participate in them between 3/14 and 4/19  your name will be entered to win door prizes at the Bradley County Health Fair!!  All you will need to do is complete your ticket at the following:
Bradley County Local Health Unit , 208 North Bragg ( 3/14 through 4/21 from 8AM-3:30PM you can have a BP screen, BMI screen and CO monitored)  Call 225-8440 for more information!
Bradley County Medical Center Home Health Agency, 204 North Bragg Street  ( 3/14-4/19 8AM-3:30 PM)
Warren  Branch Library, 115 W. Cypress ( 3/14-4/19 go check out a book of your choice and be entered to win and e-reader. If you don’t have a library card, Bradley County residents can sign up for free!  Just bring a phot ID and a piece of mail to verify your address)
Warren YMCA , 207 North Main ( 3/14- 4/19 stop by to pick up a calendar of YMCA events and you’ll receive a FREE ONE DA””Y PASS to the YMCA
Life Touch  Hospice on 4/20 10:00-4:00 will be at their Warren office, 205 N Martin, Suite A to observe National Healthcare Decisions Day, with the focus on Advance Care Directives Education.


City Council Sanitation Committee Discusses Property Cleanup

A major need in the city of Warren is the cleanup and maintenance of private properties.  This includes abandoned houses and commercial buildings, grown up lots and illegal junk yards, including abandoned vehicles.  As the years have gone by the problem has grown.  In many cases the properties are owned by people who do not live in Warren, however, there are those who live in some of the properties and simply refuse to keep the sites up.

Warren has ordinances on the books to deal with the issues and in fact has been addressing a large number, yet more is needed.  Recently the City Council's Sanitation Committee has been assigned the task of reviewing the existing ordinances to determine if they can be strengthened or better procedures can be put in place to deal with the properties in a more efficient and faster manner.

State law dictates the authority of city government in these matters.  The following is the process:
1. The city receives a complaint about a site or a city council member brings in a complaint.
2. The city Building Official inspects and makes a determination if the property is in violation of the
3. If found in violation, an effort is made to locate the owner, whether they live in Warren or 
    across the country.  The owner is notified that corrections need to be made.  this can include 
    repairs, tearing down, mowing or moving junk.
4. If not action is taken the city council ( only the city council ) can vote to order the cleanup
    conducted by the owner.
5. If no action is taken after being so notified, the city can clean up the site or hire it done.
    The city, using tax dollars must pay the expenses.
6. A bill is sent to the owner.  If it is not paid a lien is filed on the site and no money can be
    borrowed against the property, no taxes can be paid and no other action can be taken with the 
    site until the lien is paid in full.  If the property goes tax delinquent it is certified to the state, 
     which can offer it for public sale after several years.  If it is sold, the lien must be paid.  If it 
     fails to sale, the state takes ownership and can donate it for public purposes. 
This is a long and costly process for the city and there is no guarantee that the taxpayers will get their money back.  It is the only way to enforce the improvements.

City officials continue to order properties cleaned up and a number are in the works at this time.  Only the Warren City Council has the authority to order a house torn down or a lot cleaned up.  

Residential Burglaries

According to the Warren Police Department  on Monday, March 12, 2018, there were two residential burglaries reported on North Bradley Street, near Eastside Elementary School.  Anyone who has information concerning these burglaries or suspicious people in the area, please contact Warren Police Department’s detective division at (870) 226-3703.  Warren Police Department would like to remind people who may be leaving home for an extended period of time to have a neighbor or someone they trust to check on their property during their absence.  They can also call and be placed on the Warren Police Department’s House Watch list.