Thursday, October 17, 2019

One Suspect Dead, Second In Custody, After Gunfire Aimed At State Trooper Near Warren

Official Press Release From The Arkansas State Police:

The Arkansas State Police is continuing an investigation into a shooting incident involving a state trooper who shot a suspect who fired a pistol at the trooper following a motor vehicle crash earlier today.  The investigation is being lead by Special Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division.

At approximately 1:30 PM, a state trooper in Warren assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop F, attempted to initiate a traffic stop involving a vehicle at Shelby Avenue and Main Street.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for the trooper and proceeded to drive out of town and at 1:33 PM turned onto Bradley County Road 24, about one mile southeast of Warren.  About one minute later, as the driver attempted to flee from the trooper, the vehicle crashed.  A vehicle occupant then pointed a gun at the trooper and fired striking the state police patrol car.

The trooper returned fire hitting the suspect, identified as Christopher Dequan Crosby, 34, of Warren.  Crosby died at the scene.

A second occupant in the vehicle fled on foot and was quickly apprehended without incident.  At this time the name of the second occupant is not being released while the individual is being questioned.

Crosby’s body and other evidence from the shooting scene are being transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for examination.

The state police investigation into the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer will be turned-over to the Bradley County prosecuting attorney to determine whether the use of deadly force was consistent with Arkansas laws.

The trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave and his identity will be released after the trooper has met with his family and provided a statement to CID agents.

Mark Spencer to Debut New Book Oct. 31

Mark Spencer will be at the Warren Branch Library October 31 at 4:00 p.m. to debut his new YA book, "n untimely Frost".  Mr. Spencer, who is also the author of "A Haunted Love Stor and Ghost Walking", will be giving a presentation on the Allen House.

Haunted House to be Held

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wardlaw Seeks Re-election to State Legislature

“I want to thank the people for allowing me to represent them in the House of Representative for the past 10 years.  It has been a privilege to serve the people of District 8.  I am pleased with what has been accomplished but know there is much more to do to keep our area of the state viable and headed on a positive economic path.  I am very excited about the Regional Jail project that will soon be an opportunity for our area.  I know it will bring some needed jobs, but we must continue to be proactive in attracting new business and seek expansion opportunities with our existing local businesses. I am asking the people of District 8 to give me the opportunity to continue to work on their behalf,” said Jeff Wardlaw as he announced he would seek another term as State Representative. The 8th District covers Bradley County and parts of Ashley, Calhoun, Cleveland, Dallas and Drew Counties.

Wardlaw currently serves as Co-Chair of Arkansas Legislative Council.  In addition, he is a member of the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, the House Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee and the House Rules Committee.

A lifelong resident of Bradley County, Wardlaw works in agriculture and medical sales.  He is a graduate of Hermitage High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  Wardlaw previously served on the Hermitage School Board.

Wardlaw and his wife, Missy, are the parents of 6 school age children.  They attend the Methodist Church and are active in various sports programs with their children.  Jeff is also a member of the Rotary Club.



What's more exciting than opening weekend of deer season? I'll tell you what's more exciting and that is opening weekend with a small Arkansas community festival that has deer hunting embedded in its DNA.

Plans are well underway for the Buck Fever Festival to be held Friday November 8, through Sunday, November 10. The annual festival is held opening weekend of deer season and draws people from all parts of south Arkansas. Activities include events for all ages and various venders including food, games, and more.

Activities will begin on Friday, November 8, with a pageant and baggo tournament, as well as, live music.

On Saturday, November 9, events will include a parade with a $300 cash prize for best float and $50 cash prize for best decorated bicycle, a catfish dinner, a talent show, a magic show, a cake walk, a big buck contest with $200 prize for biggest buck and $100 prize for biggest doe, live music and much more. 

On Sunday, November 10, also known as "Camo Sunday" there will be praise and worship located in the big tent. Come in your camo or come as you are. 

Pageants - The 2019 "Baby Girl" & "Baby Boy" Buck Fever, Toddler Miss Buck Fever, Toddler Mr. Buck Fever, Tiny Miss Buck Fever, and Little Mr. Buck Fever Contests will be held Friday at 6:30 pm. The Little Miss, Petite Miss, Young Miss, Jr. Miss and Miss Buck Fever Contest will be Saturday at 6:30 pm. Deadline to enter is Nov. 4th. 

Parade - The Buck Fever Festival Parade will be held at 12 pm on November 9th. 

Entertainment - The free entertainment this year will be Slik Nickel on Friday night starting at 8:00 pm. 

The city of Banks invites their neighbors to join them and celebrate a great Buck Fever Festival. Come and enjoy the great events planned.

Dorothy Henderson Promoted To DHS Area V DCO Director

Effective October 4, 2019, Bradley County DHS Administrator, Dorothy Henderson was promoted to the position of Department of Human Services Area V DCO Director. The DCO AREA V Director Duties include Coordinating and integrating service delivery Covering Bradley County, Drew County, Ashley County, Chicot County, Desha County, Lincoln County, Cleveland County, Grant County, Jefferson County, Monroe County, Arkansas County, St. Francis County, Phillips County and Lee Counties. The Area Director Monitors delivery systems for effectiveness and identifies problems. Recommend and implement corrective system actions as necessary.  Develops and administers operational budget for multi-county area. Direct the operating and biennial budgets of the area by providing instructions and reviewing budget requests of the county administrators.  Monitors the financial status of the area, approves expenditures, and identifies program, staffing and facility budgetary needs. Interviews, selects, and supervises county administrators and support staff. Reviews and approves hiring decisions and supervisory actions of subordinate staff in county offices.  Establishes work schedules, monitors work flow, and evaluates the performance of incumbents. Ensures compliance with agency policies and procedures. Reviews and analyzes delivery of public assistance services for accuracy and timeliness.  Investigates complaints and responds to inquiries from elected officials, clients, and service providers. Facilitates public relations by serving on county advisory boards and committees to develop practical approaches for providing public assistance. Dorothy is looking for to her new role as the Area V DCO Director and will be housed in the Bradley County DHS Office Building.

Hermitage GT Completes Animal Research

The fourth through sixth grade Hermitage Gifted and  Talented students completed research on their chosen wild animal for an independent project. Animals chosen were lemurs, pythons, komodo dragons, koalas, caracals, white tigers,, okapis, penguins, pandas, rhinos, turtles, red fox, prairie dogs, and wolves. The next step of this project is to construct a habitat for their animal.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Shelter Insurance Grant Makes New Mural a Reality

Shelter aInsurance Agent Greg Harton, Make Warren Shine representatives Leah St. John and Connie Jone, muralist  Jason White, Make Warren Shine Representatives Sharon Balentine and Tamara Johnson, nd Mayor Denisa Pennington pose with the completed mural.
Another step has been taken in the effort to "Make Warren Shine" thanks to a $5000 grant from Shelter Insurance and funds raised by Make Warren Shine.  Muralist Jason White was hired to painted a large patriotic flag on the wall between Warren Bank Drive Through Bank and the Rural Water Office located between Cedar and Cypress Streets.

Tax Deadline

Today is the deadline for paying property taxes!

Warren City Council Orders Properties Cleaned

Five of the six members of the Warren City Council were present Monday evening, October 14th for the regular monthly meeting of the body.  Council Member Joel Tolefree was absent.  Mayor Denisa Pennington presided.

After approval of the minutes, City Clerk Helen Boswell went over the financial reports in detail and informed the council that sales tax revenues are up for the year.  She indicated the city sales tax produced $80,560.63 for the month of September and the city's share of the county sales tax for September was $59,447.93.  The City Clerk also presented information on overtime paid and the District Court Clerk's report.

Council member voted to close certain streets for the Homecoming Parade to be held October 18th and then adopted a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a grant in the amount of $50,000.00 from the State of Arkansas to be used to purchase a new police dispatch system.  The Council then confirmed Andrew Tolbert to fill a term on the City's Water and Sewer Commission.  Brandon Gorman resigned.  Nominations are made by the commission.

Reports were then presented by Police Chief Shaun Hildreth, Acting Fire Chief Mike Ashcraft and Sanitation Manager Mike May.  Mr. May then gave the Building Official's report.  Members then voted to condemn four properties and order them cleaned up in accordance to city ordinance.  The properties include two on Howard Street, one on Pierson Street and one on Kelly.Street.  The city will officially notify the owners and if no action is taken, the city will move to clean the sites and bill the owners.  Failure to pay will result in a lien being filed on the property.

Information on Opportunity to Dispose of Pesticides

Bradley County producers and commercial applicators will have the opportunity to dispose of their outdated and unused pesticides during a collection event on Monday, October 28th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The event will take place at the Solid Waste Facility, located at 1424 Bradley 25 N, in Warren.

The pesticide collection is free and is made available through funding from the Arkansas Abandoned Pesticide Trust Fund.  Products that will be accepted are outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides.  These pesticides may include older products that are more toxic, such as arsenicals, DDT, silvex, heptachlor, dieldrin, lindane and toxaphene.

Many old pesticides cannot legally be used or disposed of through usual means, such as landfills.  If you have pesticides that fall into this category, plan on bringing your pesticides to this event.

The purpose of this collection is to promote a safer and cleaner environment by reducing the amount of pesticides that could potentially contaminate the drinking water, groundwater, streams, rivers and lakes across the state.  To date, the pesticide collections have brought in over 790,000 pounds of unwanted materials from 75 counties.

If you’re interested in bringing your pesticides to the event, contact the Bradley County Farm Bureau office at 870-226-2649 to pre-register.  Any identifying information, such as name and address, will be removed from the registration form so that anonymity may be provided.  Contact your county agent at 870-226-8410 for information on safely transporting your chemicals to the event location.

For more information, go to the Outdoors Page.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Chancellor Hughes to Step Down

UAM Chancellor Hughes to Step Down, Retire from University at End of Year
LITTLE ROCK (Monday, Oct. 14, 2019) — University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) Chancellor Karla Hughes, Ph.D., today announced that she will be stepping down from her role and retiring from the institution effective Dec. 31.

Hughes has led the campus since she was appointed by University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt in January 2016.

“I’m proud of the progress we have made in the last four years, especially in demonstrating that UAM is, without question, a student-centered destination for higher education,” Hughes said. “Dr. Bobbitt and I discussed the challenges, both internal and external, that UAM has faced during my tenure, and we both felt the best step forward for the university was that I resign as chancellor.”

Bobbitt said he will turn his attention to planning for the future leadership of UAM.

“We appreciate the diligent work ethic and unmatched energy Dr. Hughes consistently brought to the table, along with her genuine passion for student success and being a part of the campus community at UAM,” Bobbitt said.  “There’s no question that there are many challenges ahead facing the campus to help meet its unique regional and economic needs and finding the right leadership for the institution will be a top priority moving forward.”

Hughes, UAM’s 12th chief executive officer and the first female to lead a four-year UA System institution, came to the university in 2016 from her role as executive vice president and provost of the University of Louisiana System in Baton Rouge, La., where she worked to support nine regional, comprehensive state universities.

Her previous leadership also includes being selected as a year-long American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow with an initial semester-long placement in the Office of the President at the University of North Carolina System, which serves 17 institutions.

During her career, Hughes has held academic appointments at the University of Missouri, Virginia Polytechnic and State (Virginia Tech), East Carolina, Kansas State, Middle Tennessee State, and Morehead State Universities, including three as a tenured professor, and has also developed professional relationships with faculty and administrators at six historically black universities.

Meeting Cancelled

The Bradley County SEACAC Meeting which was scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 15 has been cancelled.

Queen Mar'Shayla Haltiwanger to Reign Over 2019 Homecoming

Senior Mar’Shayla Haltiwanger was recently elected 2019 Warren Lumberjack Homecoming Queen by the student body in grades 10-12. Queen Mar’Shayla is the daughter of Mr. Maurice and Ms. Katrine Jones. She will be crowned during the Homecoming Coronation which will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the Warren Cultural Center. Queen Mar’Shayla will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by seniors Vincent Stepps and Jesus Tinoco. Vincent is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Stepps Sr. and Ms. Cynthia Cameron. Jesus is the son of Mr. Jesus Tinoco, Sr. During the halftime presentation, Queen Mar’Shayla will be escorted by her father. Attendants for the queen are Journi Courtney, daughter of Mr. Rodney Courtney and Ms. Alexia Stallings, Ivan Stepps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Stepps, Sr. Serving in the queen’s court are eight senior maids.

Maid Rivers Frazer is the daughter of Mr. Thomas Frazer and Ms. Memory Burks Farzer. She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Braden Jones. Braden is the son of Mr. Tommy Jones and Ms. Jennifer White. In the halftime presentation, Rivers will be escorted by her father.

Maid Anissa Henry is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Henry. She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by seniors Alex Rhoden. Alex is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rhonden. In the halftime presentation, Anissa will be escorted by her father.

Maid India Hudson is the daughter of Mr. Bernard Husdon and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny and Tonya Orr. She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Imaury Hamition. Imaury is the son of Ms Akia Taylor. During the halftime presentation, India will be escorted by her father and step-father.

Maid Faith Jackson is the daughter of Ms. Sandra Jackson. She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Trevon Duncan. Trevon is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elgin Duncan. In the halftime presentation, India will be escorted by her uncle.

Maid Karissa Morman is the daughter of Mr. Greg Morman and Ms. Kathy Morman. She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by senior Kade Weaver. Kade is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Weaver. In the halftime presentation, Karissa will be escorted by her father.

Maid Marlee Rauls is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Rauls. She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by seniors Mark Hairston. Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hairston. In the halftime presentation, Marlee Rauls will be escorted by her father.

Maid Jamie Stallings is the daughter of Mr Freddrick Stallings and Mrs. Kristy Brown. She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by seniors Jayden Hampton. Jayden is the son of Ms. Kimberly Kelley. In the halftime presentation, Jamie will be escorted by her father.

Maid Jade Watson is the daughter of Mr. Tremaine Watson and Mrs. Sha’Freda Strickland. She will be escorted in the coronation ceremony by seniors Michael Miranda. Michael is the son of Mr and Mrs. Jouge Miranda. In the halftime presentation, Jade will be escorted by her father.

The coronation ceremony will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. The doors will be closed and locked at 12:20. Anyone planning to attend the coronation should be seated by that time.

Following the coronation, the parade will be held at 2:00 p.m. Parade entries will travel west on Bryant, then south on Semantry, which will become a one-way during parade and placed in lineup on Bond Street. Any K-5 floats and riders will have drop off at Central Office practice field.

The parade will begin on North Main Street at the corner of Bond Street. It will travel south to North Main and turn east on Church street, then turn north onto Myrtle, ending at the Bradley County Courthouse. Parade participants pick up will be behind the courthouse. A community-wide pep assembly will be held on the front lawn of the Bradley County Courthouse immediately following the parade.

The football game will kick off at 7:00 p.m., and the royal court will be presented to the fans at halftime.

Gerald Burton Honored

Gerald Burton was recently honored by Chapel Woods Health & Rehabilitation.  Mr. Burton retired after 46 year of bringing the Sunday morning service to the nursing home.  He is pictured with Lucretia Greenwood, who played the piano for the services for nearly as many years.  They represent First Baptist Church of Warren.

Volunteer Council Selling Boston Butts/Pick Up At Mad Butcher

The Volunteer Council of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren is selling Boston Butts to raise money for the Council.  Money raised is utilized to help the clients and employees of the Human Development Center.  All the money stays in Warren.  The Volunteer Council is a non-profit organization that assists the residents of the Center in ways the state cannot or is unable to, due to the budget.  Funds raised are used for Christmas presents for clients, fire works for the 4th of July and help with the garden activities of the residents as well as in other ways.   Any money donated to the Council is tax-deductible  The Council meets on a quarterly basis and is made up of volunteers. 

To purchase a ticket to buy a Boston Butt contact any member of the Volunteer Council or call the Human Development Center at 870-226-6774.  You may call 870-820-2403 to buy a ticket or get further information.  The Boston Butts will be available at the Mad Butcher on Martin Street Friday, October 25th between 1:00 and 5:00 P.M.  You will need to purchase a ticket in advance.  Cost is $30.00 for a whole smoked Boston Butt. 

The Volunteer Council thanks the Mad Butcher for their contributions and support of the Human Development Center and appreciates everyone who helps by making a purchase. 

YMCA Century Fund Drive Underway

As previously announce the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County is in the mist of a fund drive in celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the Y.  Money raised will be utilized to repair and upgrade the swimming pool and to expand and upgrade the fitness facilities.  All contributions are tax-deductible.  To donate or secure additional information call or visit the Y on Main Street in Warren.  Call 870-226-2404 for information. 

The Y Board has contributed over $14,000.00 to the project to start the campaign.  The Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County is a stable of recreation services in the area for youth and adults.  Warren is the smallest community in America with a full service YMCA.  The facility is operated on membership fees and annual donations.  The community has always strongly supported the Y and its services.

Please contribute!  Any amount will be appreciated and will be helpful.  Organizations and individuals may give along with businesses.

Durmon Has Dental License Revoked

Dentist John Durmon, who has been convicted of Medicaid fraud has had his license permanently revoked, according to published media reports.  His license had been suspended pending the outcome of his criminal case.  He was convicted and paid $33,383.05 in restitution, a penalty of $100,149.15 and fines and court cost in the amount of $2500.00.  According to the report, all have been paid.  It was stated that if he follows the conditions of his plea agreement, he will later qualify for expungement of his criminal record.  According to a media report, his attorney stated Dr. Durmon was retired and was not expected to ever try to practice again.  He plead guilty to the charges.

It was alleged that Durmon submitted 2,557 claims for x-rays for 85 Medicaid recipients.  Records indicated he had not properly taken, developed, used or maintained x-rays as required by Medicaid.  He also submitted 637 claims for various dental services that were not provided.

Arrest Report: Oct. 14, 2019

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Alexander Carlos, 350 Reed Rd., Rison, AR., 4-26-97, arrested on warrant (10-6-19)

Tyrone Momon, 908 York St., AR, 9-10-62, possession  of a firearm by certain persons (10-11-19)

Daniel Romero, 915 North Martin, Warren, Ar., 8-3-79, charged with domestic battery 3rd (10-12-19)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Warren Mayor/Warren Woman's Club Proclaim Domestic Violence Awareness

Members of the Warren Woman's Club joined with Warren Mayor Denisa Pennington to designate October, 2019 as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Warren Arkansas."  Members of the Club joined the Mayor in the Warren Municipal Court Room to observe the Mayor sign the proclamation.  The proclamation notes that domestic violence is committed against women and children, that Congress passed commemorative legislation in 1989 and that the Warren Woman's Club recognizes domestic violence is a pervasive problem and people need to be aware.  The Woman's club supports shelters for victims. 

Pictured are the following members with Mayor Pennington:
Front row seated L-R, First Vice President Diane Purvis, Treasurer Judy Braswell, Mayor Pennington, Secretary Jane Powell

Back row standing L to R, Terrie White, JeNelle Lipton, Nancy King, Donna McGaha, Joy Kitchens, Fran Nutt, Hilda Thornton, Joen Bryant, Jonalyn Reep, Jennifer Taylor, Brenda Johnson

The Woman's Club is very active in the community.        

No Driver's License Testing Oct. 16

There will be no driver’s license testing at the Warren test site in Bradley County on Wednesday, October 16th.

Maltreatment Investigator Training

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to protecting the health and safety of residents who live at the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) Human Development Centers (HDCs) across the state. The division also makes continuing education for its staff a priority to better serve DDS clients.

To be sure that staff remain alert in looking out for the best interests of our clients, DDS recently held a refresher training for all investigators, HDC superintendents, and DDS staff who work in our five facilities across Arkansas. Dana Harvey, Assistant Superintendent of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center (SEAHDC), led the training which focused on the staff’s and investigators’ duties to report suspected maltreatment or abuse and provided education on how to detect and prevent maltreatment.

“As someone who works with clients at SEAHDC but who is also a certified investigator, I think it is great that our division focuses on educating and empowering staff at all levels so that our residents have a high-quality of life in our centers,” Harvey said. “It is important for our staff to know what they should do if they suspect a client is being mistreated by anyone, and it is important to know the signs to look for in a vulnerable population.”

Assist. Superintendent Harvey has been a certified maltreatment investigator since 2010 and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 2018. The Conway Human Development Center hosted the event for the division.

DDS operates five residential HDCs in Arkadelphia, Booneville, Conway, Jonesboro, and Warren, which are home to nearly 1,000 clients with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The Division’s mission is to work with clients so they can be as independent as possible and have a high quality of life.

Offices and Services Closed For Columbus Day

The Bradley County Courthouse will be closed Monday, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day.  The County Landfill will also be closed.  The County will run their regular routes on the 14th.

The City of Warren announces the Municipal Building will be close on October 14th.  There will be no garbage pick up in the city on the 14th.  The City Emergency Services Center will be open and fully staffed.

The Warren City Council Meeting will be conducted the 14th as normally scheduled.  The meeting begins at 5:30PM.

Chapel Woods Health & Rehab Fall Festival Open House

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

October 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – The annual report cards for Arkansas public schools has been released by the state Education Department, and they show improvement over last year.

More schools earned an A grade and fewer schools were labeled with an F. The number of schools getting an A went up by 11 percent, and the number of schools getting an F went down by 14 percent.

The grades are based on test scores, changes in test scores from one year to the next, graduation rates and other factors that indicate students’ academic success.

The report cards can be found on the Department’s web site. An Internet search for Arkansas and “myschoolinfo” will bring up the main page. Then you can search for individual schools and school districts.

A report card provides a letter grade and a demographic analysis of the students. For example, once you find a school and click on the button that says “Statistics,” you will get information such as the percentage of students who are in special education classes and who live in low income families.

The page lists the average years of experience of the teaching staff, and the average pupil to teacher ratio in all the classrooms.

This year, the report cards were released earlier than in past years in order to give educators time to identify problem areas and adjust their teaching strategies accordingly.

The school report cards are part of the 2019 federal and state accountability reports. They indicate that 557 schools improved test scores, and 505 schools improved weighted achievement scores. For the third consecutive year, students’ graduation rates improved.

In 2017 the legislature enacted wholesale reforms in the accountability system for Arkansas schools. Although still very reliant on standardized test scores, Act 930 of 2017 ushers in “next generation accountability” to give local districts more flexibility and to factor in more varied measures of student achievement.

Some educators express caution that giving letter grades to individual schools can create misconceptions, if parents and civic leaders focus only on the letter grade.

Numerous factors must be taken into account to accurately measure how well a school educates children. One of the most important is the socio-economic level of the students. In general, children from prosperous homes have better scores on standardized tests than children from low-income homes.

Holding schools accountable is part of the legislature’s constitutional duty to provide all children with an equitable and adequate education, as mandated by the state Constitution and affirmed by the state Supreme Court in the historic Lake View case.

Arkansas Still Leads in Mallard Hunt

According to a recent report from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas is still the national leader in the hunt for mallards.

Last year hunters in Arkansas shot 477,817 mallards, which not only was more than in any other state but more than the entire Atlantic flyway.

Although anecdotal evidence from some hunters indicated that it was a less productive season than usual, it is no surprise that Arkansas led the nation in mallard hunting because of the abundance of wetland habitat that mallards prefer. Also, Arkansas is geographically situated along the migration route that mallards follow when they fly south for the winter.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Get your pup's costume ready!

AHFP Holds Health Fair For Employees

AHFP, the hardwood floor manufacturer located in the Warren Industrial Park recently held a Health Fair for their employees.  They do this annually.  Those who take part get flu shots and receive other medical monitoring checks such as blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.  Information on a variety of health issues is made available.

Taking part in the Fair was the Bradley County Health Department and Bradley County Medical Center.

Spencer Discloses "Tent or Treat" Plans

Debbie Spencer, Chairperson for the upcoming "Tent or Treat" event, spoke to the Warren Lions Club Wednesday, October 9 during their regular bi-monthly meeting held at Molly's.  She informed the organization that "Tent or Treat" will be held Saturday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Main Street.

Among the events will be bouncy houses, Spook House, Monster Mash, Hayride, free food/candy for children, costume contest (begins at 5:30 p.m./registration 5:15 p.m., Mutt Street 5:45 p.m./registration 5:30 p.m.

Main Street will close at 4:00 p.m. to allow time to set up.

She encouraged everyone to have plenty of candy to hand out to the children.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Smokey the Bear Coming to Hermitage Elementary

Smokey  the Bear will celebrate his 75th Birthday with Hermitage Elementary students Friday, October 11 at 12:30 PM. Jersey Firewise Volunteers and Communities will host this event to bring awareness of the danger of Wildfire. Firewise materials will be readily available as Firewise Volunteers continue their efforts to educate homeowners of the proactive measures that Firewise offers concerning Urban Interface Wildfire Preparedness.

Smokey the Bear's message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires", has been passed down through generations. Studies have shown that Smokey is second only to Santa Clause as the most  beloved characters of all time. The Arkansas Children's Hospital's Burn Safety Trailer will also be part of the event. For more information contact Jersey Firewise Coordinator Sheila Loomis

Palmer Named State Consultant To Arkansas Nursing Students’ Association

MONTICELLO, AR — Jamie Palmer, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been selected to serve a two-year term as a state consultant on the board of directors of the Arkansas Nursing Students' Association (ANSA).  Dr. Brandy Haley, Dean of the UAM School of Nursing stated, “We are honored to have one of our faculty members hold a state board position representing UAM.”

Palmer joined the UAM faculty in 2018. She became a registered nurse in 2013 by earning her bachelor of science in nursing from UAM, and completed a master of science in nursing from Walden University. Palmer said, “I’m excited to get more involved with nursing professionalism on the state and national level.  I am very grateful for this opportunity to guide future nurses from all over the state on how to become nurse leaders.”

Founded in 1953, ANSA is an official constituent of the National Student Nurses' Association, Inc.  The mission of ANSA is to organize, represent, and support students in Arkansas preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, as well as those enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs; convey the standards of ethics of the nursing profession; promote development of the skills that students will need as responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession; advocate for high quality health care; advocate for and contribute to advances in nursing education; and develop the potential for maximum growth in future professional roles. 

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