Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lumberjack Soccer Club Crowned 4A State Champions, Mondragon Named MVP(Lots of Pictures)

The 2018 4A State Champion Warren Lumberjacks
Seven years is all it took.  Seven years may seem like quite a bit of time, but in the world of building an athletic program from scratch, seven years is akin to light speed.  Yes, in just seven years Warren High School went from having absolutely no soccer program to winning a state title.  It’s remarkable.  It’s sensational.  It’s down right amazing!  Perhaps more so, it was extremely emotional to be present when it began to look certain that the Fightin’ Warren Lumberjacks would bring home the championship this past Saturday in Fayetteville.  By this point you can tell I’m taking a more editorial approach to this story than a simple match report.  It merits more.

Bradley County Genealogy Society

Members of the Bradley County Genealogy Society meet Sunday afternoon, May 20th for their monthly meeting.  Rusty Rowell was  in charge of the program.  He had County Judge Klay McKinney and former County Judge Lavern Rice present to talk about the duties of being a county judge and the more difficult aspects of the job.  Mr. Rowell opened the program by mentioning several former judges and then turned the program over to Judge McKinney.

Judge McKinney went into some detail of the functions of the Judge's Office and the various operations of county government that the judge oversees and manages.  He talked about the road department, the courthouse operations, the solid waste system, the judicial system and the struggle financially to do everything that is needed.  He discussed the difference in the Quorum Court as the legislative body of the county and the County Court, which is the Judge's Office and the area the Judge has jurisdiction over, such as closing roads.

Former Judge Rice talked about his experiences as Judge and the fact that every judge has to do the best he or she can. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018


The Warren Lumberjacks defeated Berryville this afternoon 2-0 to win the 4A State Championship in soccer.  Senior Daniel Mondragon scored both of Warren's goals and was named MVP. was present for the game and will upload photos of the game and MVP.  Go Jacks!

Friday, May 18, 2018

LIVE 4A State Soccer Championship: Warren vs. Berryville

Watch top scorer and senior Daniel Mondragon(left) and Warren junior standout Javier Tinoco(right) lead the powerhouse Lumberjack Soccer Club as they take to the pitch looking to add a State Championship title to the Warren trophy cabinet.

4:00 p.m. CST, Saturday, May 19, 2018
Fayettville, Arkansas
There is a subscription fee required to watch this game live. will have a full game report by Sunday.

Warren Bank Sends Soccer Team Off With Pizza..zzz

Warren Bank and Trust Company treated the Lumberjack Soccer team to lunch before they left for the Championship game...Read More on the Sports Page.

Registration Open For Kids' University

MONTICELLO, AR — Registration for Kids' University, a summer enrichment program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is now open through June 21, according to Rebecca Newton, program director.

Kids' University, which will be held July 9-12, is open to children entering the first through sixth grades next fall. Registration may be completed online at Registration must be completed by 5 p.m. June 21. Tuition is $100 and includes a t-shirt and all supplies. Space in the program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

According to Newton, Kids' University is designed to "cultivate new interests, expand knowledge and spark imagination and creativity while providing a non-graded environment for personal growth and development."

For more information, contact Newton at

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

LITTLE ROCK – A recent survey of school bus drivers indicates a disturbing increase in the number of motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses while they are loading and unloading students.

The state Education Department conducted a survey of drivers on April 24. A total of 3,258 bus drivers, in 194 school districts, participated. Their responses were “alarming,” in the words of the transportation manager for the state Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation.

Early Voting Ongoing In Bradley County

As of late Thursday afternoon, 129 voters have cast their ballots during early voting in Bradley County.  Voters are reminded that they can vote Friday from 8:00 A.M. till 6:00 P.M., Saturday from 10:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. and Monday from 8:00 A.M. till 5:00 P.M.  All early voting is in the County Clerks Office in the Courthouse.

Election day is Tuesday, May 22nd at the regular voting locations.  If you have any question as to where to vote, call the County Clerk's Office at 226-3464.  Both the Democratic and Republican primaries will be conducted and non-partisan judicial races will be everyone's ballot.  Each voter may choose to vote in the primary of their choice and will be able to vote on all judicial races.  A voter may choose only to vote in the non-partisan races.  Voters cannot vote in both primaries. 

Voting is a right and a privilege and all registered voters should exercise their right to cast a ballot. 

The General Election will be in November when all party nominees and independents will be on the same ballot for election to office.

Watch 2018 WHS Graduation On-Demand

We recorded the WHS 2018 graduation ceremony in three separate parts.  They are posted in order from first to last.  This program was streamed live and on-demand for free by .

Drama Camp To Take Place In July

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Watch Warren High School Graduation LIVE will be carrying the Warren High School graduation ceremony tonight live starting at approx. 7:00 p.m. CST.  The program is being streamed live through the facebook page for free.

Lions Club Jamboree Welcomes "The Kinsmen"

The Warren Lions Club will be bringing "The Kinsmen" to their annual Musical Jamboree for the 2018 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.  The event will be held Wednesday, June 6th in the comfortable confines of the Warren Cultural Center.  It will begin at 7:00 P.M. and will be free to the public.  Those attending will have the opportunity to make a donation to benefit the Warren Lions Club and the community projects and sight preservation programs they support.

Local businesses and supporters will sponsor the concert.  Put it on your calendar.  It will be a great night for Gospel Music as the Pink Tomato Festival gets into full swing.  Everyone is invited!   

Prison/Jail Project Nearing Approval

Sources have informed that the proposal for the construction of a new state prison, with some jail space for Bradley and Drew Counties, is under review by the state, and the state is close to being ready to sign it.  Bradley County and Drew County have both approved their contract with the private firm.

The facility will be owned and operated by a private company.  The state will contract for several hundred prisoners to be housed in the prison and the two counties will pay for jail space.  The counties will have a year to year option to continue, in accordance to state law.

The same sources indicate that the location of the prison/jail will be determined by the private company.  Two sites have been mentioned in the past, those being near Wilmar in Drew County and in Warren in the industrial park located on the U. S. 278 Bypass on the southern city limits of town.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Arrest Made After Altercation at Restaurant

Warren Police were called to the #1 Chinese Restaurant, located at 400 South Main Street around 4:48 P.M. on May 12, 2018 as a result of an altercation between an off duty employee of the restaurant and a suspect.

According to police, Connie Evette Franklin got into a fight with the off duty employee and during the fight, allegedly stabbed the employee in the thigh and then fled the scene.

Police located Franklin a short time later, in possession of the weapon used to stab the injured party, and arrested her.  The injured person was sent to the hospital and is reported to be ok.

Shred Day At Union Bank Set For May 18

2018 Pink Tomato Festival Entertainment

An exciting line up of Entertainment has been scheduled for your enjoyment at the annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival to be held on June 8th and 9th. 
The Bellamy Brothers will be the headliner on Friday night, June 8th at 8:30 p.m., after Fortunate Sons + 1, a Bradley County group, entertains at 6:30 p.m. 
The Bellamy Brothers are best known for their easy rolling, 70’s Southern soft rock classic “Let Your Love Flow” and are the most successful duo in country music history.  Brothers, Howard and David Bellamy, natives of Florida, consistently climbed into the upper reaches of the Billboard charts during the 80’s and racked up a string of Top Ten singles in the early 90’s. 
Mark Chesnutt, one of Country’s true musical treasures, will take the stage on Saturday night, June 9th at 9:00 p.m. following entertainment by Taryn and Jase at 7:00 p.m.
Critics have hailed Mark Chesnutt as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of Country music’s elites echo this sentiment. Mark Chesnutt has had 14 # 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records. A native of Texas, Mark Chesnutt has remained true to himself as a traditional country artist.  Hits include: It’s A Little Too Late, Too Cold At Home and Bubba Shot the Jukebox. 
Other musical acts entertaining on the Square are Jubilation Jazz, Danny Williams, Warren High Jazz Band and the Cummins Prison Band.
Don’t miss this great line up of entertainers during the 62nd Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival on June 8-9, 2018 in Warren, Arkansas.
For information on the Festival, please call the Chamber of Commerce 870-226-5225.

Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Reception

The Bradley County Medical Center's Hospital Auxiliary hosted a reception to honor all those who work with the hospital.  The event was to celebrate National Hospital Week.

Grand Reopening of Guest House

The Guest House celebrated its Grand Reopening Wednesday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which was attended by members of the Chamber of Commerce, BCEDC, community leaders, residents and their families, as well as the administration and workers of the facility.

Warren Civil Service Hires Two Police Officers

The Warren Civil Service Commission meet Tuesday, May 15th and took action to hire two police officers.  The Commission hired Matthew Chance as a patrol officer and Josh Bolland as a part time police officer.  Both individuals will be going to work immediately.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

School Board Deals with Personnel Matters

The Warren School Board met Monday night for the regular monthly meeting.  After the adoption of the April 10 and April 23 meeting minutes and out-of-state trip requests, the board approved the financial report.

They heard minute messages from building administrators and Assistant Superintendent Carla Wardlaw.

After returning from executive session, the following personnel matters were apprved:

Involuntary transfers of Brent Mann and Kristin Weeks

Transfer of Joyce Smith

Resignations f Certified staff: Jamie Wood and Taylor Wood

Resignations of Classified staff:  Cindy Jarvis and Timothy Davis

Certified Hires:  Karissa E. Campbell, Laura (Ashey) Bryant, Samantha McAlpin, and Nicole Muniz

Classified Hires:  Magdalena Ramos

Other Recommendations:  Rhonda Williams 11 month to 12 monty contract, Francine Shelton-add 30 minutes to her contract from 7.25 to 7.75, and Bart Goodwin as volunteer Head Girls Softball Coach

In other business the board approved updates in the Classified Personnel Policy, awarded Adrian Pacheco (the lowest bid) the job for summer painting, and approved the updated ASBA Model Policies as needed.  They also approved a Resolution adopting the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the Warren School Disttrict.

During the Superintendent's report, graduation activities were noted.  The End of Year Celebration for the faculty and staff will be held at Immanuel Baptist May 24 and a Retirement Reception on Tuesday, May 29 at 3:30 for retiring employees.  Mr. Cornish also noted that AETN will be producing a program on "The Heart of a Teacher."  Featured in this program will be Warren teacher Ms. Jodi Tainer.

Democratic Candidate For Governor In Monticello

Jared Henderson, Democratic candidate for Governor was in attendance Monday evening in Monticello, visiting with Drew County and Bradley County Democrats and supporters.  He talked about his vision for Arkansas and the need to improve education with better teacher pay, build the economy, especially in rural Arkansas and highway needs.  He stated he was careful not to make promises he can not keep but believes we can do better in Arkansas with proper leadership and the setting of the right priorities.

Mr. Henderson urged everyone to get out and vote in the Democratic Primary on May 22nd or vote early if possible.

Pictured with Mr. Henderson is Dr. Clarence Lucky of Bradley County.

Hermitage Girls and Boys State Delegates Announced

Hermitage High School has selected delegates for the 2018 Arkansas Boys and Girls State on the University of Central Arkansas and Harding University campuses respectively May 27-June 1.  Representing Hermitage High School are Gregory Hilliard, Jr., son of Nicole Jutras and Greg Hilliard; Ally Huitt, daughter of Matt and Leslie Huitt; Haley Raney, daughter of Mark and Donna Raney; and Cade Wilkerson, son of David and Gena Wilkerson.  The American Legion Martin Tate Post sponsors these students.

Chamber Board Meets

The Bradley County Chamber Board met Monday, May 14th to conduct regular business.  The meeting consisted of approving the minutes of the last board meeting and approval of the financial statement April, 2018.  On the agenda was plans to fill  the President's position.  No action was taken.  There were remarks made about plans for the upcoming Pink Tomato Festival.

This was the first board meeting since Joel Tolefree resigned as President of the Chamber and stepped down as Chairman of the Pink Tomato Festival for 2018.  It was stated that the Executive Committee would be conducting some future business. 

Warren's Randall Raney Named JRMC Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to Randall Raney, Jefferson Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse, on winning JRMC Nurse of the Year. Raney was awarded the honor during the annual awards breakfast on May 10.

“I had a lot of emotions – I was shocked, happy, overwhelmed,” Randall said. “I don’t expect this – I’m a giver, and it’s kind of hard to accept recognition for something that I feel like I should be giving to begin with. This is an honor. I’ve always chosen to stay here at JRMC. I can’t see myself working anywhere but here.”

JRMC is located in Pine Bluff and serves 11 counties in Southeast Arkansas.

Monday, May 14, 2018

City Council Approves Loan For New Industry

The Warren City Council meet in regular session Monday, May 14th to conduct the monthly business of the city.  Several major items of business were acted upon along with the normal approval of past minutes and the April financial statement.  Regular monthly reports were provided by department heads and city boards and commissions.

Of major consequence was action taken by the city council, recommended by the Mayor, to provide a $50,000.00 forgiveable loan to assist the new company locating a poultry plant in the city industrial park.  The project, which has been underway for some time, will provide around 90 jobs.  The loan is tied to the jobs being maintained for five years.  In accordance to law, the funding will go to the Bradley County Economic Development Corporation, which will then provide the loan to the company.  The funding is provided by the city's economic development fund which is generated by the city one cent sales tax.

In other business, the council members accepted the resignation of Ricky Roper as a member of the Warren Water and Sewer Commission.  The council then approved the appointment of Boyce Hamlet to the commission.  Mr. Roper has moved outside the city limits and is no longer eligible to serve.  Mr. Hamlet is the retired manager of Mad Butcher in Warren.

The council was informed that the Civil Service Commission has hired Joseph Smith as a volunteer fire fighter.  City firemen were authorized to attend the Arkansas Fire Convention.

An ordinance was adopted to amend the city's zoning law to allow a rezone of property on South Martin Street for a commercial business.  Another ordinance was approved to make a budget amendment.

The council approved a bid to stripe the streets in the downtown area.  This is normally done each year prior to the Tomato Festival.

It was reported to the council members that Warren has been granted a class 3 fire rating as the result of continued improvements to the fire department and water system.  This may result in lower insurance premiums for homes and business which are insured by companies that utilize the ISO rating system to set rates.  Some companies do not.  Each property owner should check with their insurance carrier.

The council was informed that mechanic work is being conducted on N. Etheridge Street, in the street right of way, creating a hazard.  They were also told that there are speeding issues on the street and one lot needs to be mowed.  Mayor Martin stated that city officials will look into each matter.

The next scheduled meeting of the council is set for June 11th at 5:30 P.M.

BSN Graduates Recognized At Pinning Ceremony

The School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello held a pinning ceremony for 2018 graduates at the Fine Arts Center last Friday. Students receiving the bachelor of science in nursing degree were (from left, first row) Corrie Ferrell of Tillar, Chelsea French of Monticello, McKenna Daniel of Searcy, Hernan Mondragon of Montrose, Anjernique Young of Monticello, Ashley Guffey of Monticello, (second row, from left) Hannah Murry of Monticello, Abby Searcy of Wilmar, Rebecca Rook of Warren, Kira Gray of Dermott, Cheyann Purifoy of Monticello, Alyssa Zieman of Stuttgart, Kya Standford of Grand Prairie, Tex., Bethany Jade Grice of Warren, Holly Rosegrant of Monticello, Laura Harper of Bastrop, La., Christen Shipley of Monticello, Madison Kelley of Monticello, and Christa Wisenor of Fordyce.

Recent Circuit Court Actions

Bradley County Circuit Court recently approved two cases for guilty pleas.

Carson Ray Pennington received 24 months probation plus jail time served and was ordered to pay fines and court cost for possession of drug paraphernalia

Cody Levon Donley was sentenced to 24 months in prison, with some time suspended and ordered to pay fines and cost for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Arrest Report: May 14, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Blake Pope, 603 Clio, Warren, AR., age 33, charged with breaking and entering (5-7-18)

Jamar Hampton, 1109 Phillips, Warren, AR., age 21, charged with violation of order of protection and driving on suspended license (5-9-18)

Tony Jackson, 1103 Kelly St., Warren, AR., age 25, charged with possession of SCH IV, possession of firearm by person (5-9-18)

Salvador Romero Santiago, 707 Myrtle St., Warren, AR., age 25, arrested on warrant x2 (5-9-18)

Roger Dale Jones, Jr., 205 S. Walnut, Warren, AR., age 28, arrested on warrant Bradley County, charged with speeding, drivers license suspended, no insurance and expired tags (5-10-18)

Daquez Lawson, 601 Cherry St., Warren, AR., age 20, arrested on warrant. FTA (5-11-18)

Douglas Blanner, 50 Rockridge Drive, Warren, AR., age 50, charged with terroristic threatening (5-12-18)

Connie Franklin, 437 W. Shelton, Monticello, AR., age 42, charged with battery 2nd (5-12-18)

Marissa Perez, 518 Hwy 22, Wilmar, AR., age 20, charged with domestic battery 3rd (5-12-18)

Michael Price, 911 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 22, charged with carrying prohibited weapon (5-12-18)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Make Warren Shine Members Address Lions Club

Sharon Ballentine, Tamara Johnson, and Leah St. John
Three members of the "Make Warren Shine" committee spoke to the Warren lions Club during the May 9th meeting of the club at Molly's Diner.  Present to talk about the group's effort to improve the Warren downtown business district were Leah St. John, Sharon Ballentine and Tamara Johnson.
They talked about their desire to work with the owners of downtown property to improve buildings, clean up the area and to make it attractive for existing businesses and draw in new enterprises.

The group is raising private funds to work on both public and private property.  The efforts consist of power washing buildings and sidewalks and helping with painting and repairs of the buildings where needed.  They are helping try to keep the cost to the individual owners as low as possible.  Work is ongoing to plant  flowers, install art work and clean or replace awnings.  In most cases the owners are spending money and the group is trying to provide some volunteer labor.

Hermitage School Board Hires Employees

After handling the routine monthly business such as approving minutes, approving the financial report and hearing several administrative reports, the Hermitage School Board took action on several specific items.  The board meet May 10th.

School improvement plans were presented by Rosalynda Ellis and Mistie McGhee for the elementary and high schools respectively.  The board also listened to a report from K-12 Culinary Connections regarding the Child Nutrition Program for the coming school year.  The private company will purchase food and plan meal options for the students. The concept is to improve available menus and to purchase food more cost effective.

The board voted to purchase a 10-passenger Ford van at a price of $29,135.00.  They also voted to buy four chromebooks.

Next the board members approved the Arkansas Department of Education accreditation report for the district.  The district was determined in full compliance.

A motion was approved hiring Cade Wilkerson, Hunter Saunders and Thomas Johnson for summer labor.