Thursday, July 30, 2015

Inside SRC's Other Pages

Check out the articles on other pages:

Feature Page:  Superintendent and his wife celebrate anniversary

School Page:  Registration Info and School Supply Lists for Hermitage and Warren, Immunization notice

Sports Page:  Warren Soccer Club Registration and Razorback Ranking

Politics Page:  An open letter from U.S. Senator David Pryor and Congressman Westerman's Bill Passes

Classified Ad Page:  New Community Calendar (If you have events you want to add, send them to

Patent Awarded to U of A Researcher for Drug Developed to Fight Baldness

Professor Joshua Sakon’s research is being commercialized for drug development by firm at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to the University of Arkansas for a drug developed through research at the university for treatment of hair loss and other disorders.

Joshua Sakon, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the U of A, is one of four co-inventors of the pharmaceutical protein now known as BMD-2341. The patent, titled “Fusion Proteins of Collagen Binding-Domain and Parathyroid Hormone,” was issued June 23 to the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees, the Ochsner Clinic Foundation and the National University Corporation Kagawa University in Japan.

BiologicsMD, a drug discovery firm headquartered at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park, holds the exclusive license to the patented technology and is developing a line of protein therapeutics and drug/device combination products to treat hair loss and baldness.

American Legion Post Creates Scholarship For Crossett Campus

American Legion Post 111 of Crossett recently created a scholarship to be awarded annually to a student enrolled in a technical program at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett. The scholarship is worth $500 a year and will be awarded in $250 installments each semester. Applications are available in the Student Services Office on the Crossett campus. Deadline to apply is September 1. “By establishing a scholarship, the members of American Legion Post 111 have demonstrated their desire to invest in the education of students who are preparing for technical jobs,” said Linda Rushing, vice chancellor of the Crossett campus. “We are not only thankful for their interest in our students and our workforce, but we are encouraged by the value they have placed on the technical training we provide.” Pictured from left are Steve Lochala, vice commander of American Legion Post 111, Janie Carter, assistant vice chancellor, Jack Netherland, commander of Legion Post 111, Linda Rushing, vice chancellor UAM-CTC, and Harry Walker, executive board member of Post 111.

Sign of Progress Goes Up in Warren

According to information made available to, Union Bank has approved plans to construct a new full-service bank at the corner of Martin and Sturgis Streets in Warren.  A sign went up this week on the property.  According to a spokesperson for Union Bank, the bank's board has approved the final plans.  Future information will be forthcoming concerning the time frame for construction.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UAM Interim Chancellor Speaks to Rotary

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday at noon for their regular weekly meeting in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.The speaker was Jay Jones.  Jay is the interim chancellor at UAM.  He was asked to speak by Rotarian Patricia Wilkinson. 

Armstrong Foundation Makes Donation to Bradley Medical and Health Foundation

Marty Reep and Keith Vandee representing Armstrong's Witt Plant presented $1500 to the Bradley Medical and Health Foundation on behalf of the Witt Plant.  Pictured above are Brandon Gorman and Rex Jones of the Bradley County Medical Center, Charles O'Neal of the Health Foundation Board, Marty Reep and Keith Vandee. (Left to Right)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Flag Raising at Banks Missionary Baptist Church

Sales Tax Holiday is This Weekend!

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday August 1, 2015, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday August 2, 2015, the State of Arkansas will hold its sales tax holiday allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain School Supplies, School Art Supplies, School Instructional Materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.  

All retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday.

BCEDC Board Monthly Meeting

Tommy Maxwell and Rosemary Lassiter make presentation to BCEDC.
July 27th was the date of the regular monthly board meeting for the Bradley County Economic Development Commission.  The board approved the financial report and voted to support the effort to designate the Warren Downtown area as an "Historic District."

Present to provide an update on business in Warren, Bradley County and the region was Owner and CEO of Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Tommy Maxwell.  He talked about the Maxwell Plant located in Monticello and the Ouachita and Townsend Hardwood Flooring facilities in Warren.  According to Mr. Maxwell all three companies are doing well and he is enthusiastic about the future.  Attending the meeting with Mr. Maxwell was Rosemary Lassiter, who handles marketing for the businesses.

The board was then informed that the State Forestry Commission has agreed to conduct controlled burning on the so called Griggs property located on the Northeast Bypass.  The land is an industrial site being prepared for future industrial use in an effort to create jobs.

Fuller Home Burns, Total Loss

The Bradley County Rural Fire Department responded to a call at 153 Bradley 280  on July 22, 2015. The call came in at 12:06 p.m. with responders arriving at 12:15.  The last unit cleared at 2:48 p.m. Upon arrival of the first unit, the fire had exited the roof of the building on the west end of the home, and the home was fueled involved in fire.  The home and contents were a total loss with only exterior walls standing.  The home owner was not present when the fire started.  The fire was reported by a neighbor.  Battery powered detectors were present in the home.  The cause of the fire was unintentional.  The home was owned by Allen Fuller.

Hospital Board Votes Not To Renew Surgeon's Contract

During the Hospital Board meeting held July 23rd, the Bradley County Medical Center Board voted to purchase land west of the hospital from the First Presbyterian Church to be used for future expansion of hospital facilities.  The land is west of Jolly Street and north of the existing hospital parking lot.  It does not affect the Church facilities.

The board was briefed in detail on hospital finances by CFO Brandon Gorman.  He reported the hospital had an operating loss of $156,656.00 for June.  He also reported that Home Health care revenues were up 12.5% and that the hospital sales tax has a balance of around 2.9 million dollars.  Mr. Gorman said the sales tax owes $140,000.00 for the new x-ray machine that has been purchased.

Another Pharmacy Breakin

For the second time in a matter of weeks Warren has been hit with a break-in at a local pharmacy. This time it was Dolores Family Pharmacy located on E. Church Street.  The crime occurred early Monday morning July 27th.  There have been a number of breakins to pharmacies throughout South Arkansas and Warren was not the only city hit Monday evening.

Sergeant Donald Hollingsworth of the Warren Police Department stated that the burglary is being investigated along with the previous case and the local police department is working with the departments in the other cities that suffered similar breakins.

It appears these crimes are being carried out to gain access to drugs for illegal use and sale.  All Warren residents and businesses are urged to make your property as secure as possible and notify the Warren PD if any suspicious activity is noticed.

School Supply Drive by Warren Jr. Auxiliary

You may not realize what school supplies can do for a child.  They can not only be used to further education, it has been scientifically proven that children with new school supplies benefit by having their self esteem lifted which in turn gives them a better outlook on school.  

Now consider what donating to this worthy cause can do for you.  How great you will feel spiritually and emotionally as you know you really are making a difference. encourages you to take part in this drive.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Arrest Report: July 27, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Daman Haskell, 842 Bradley 48, Hermitage, age 44, charged with residential burglary (7-23-15)

Stephen L. Herring, 1854 Pigeon Hwy. Rd., Strong, AR, age 62, arrested on warrant (7-23-15)

Jason Lephiew, 103 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 45, arrested on warrant, jail time (7-24-15)

Fredrick Newton, 906 Pierson St., Warren, AR., age 22, arrested on warrant (7-24-15)

Christopher Bowie, 112 E. Church St., Warren, AR., age 20, charged with stalking 1st degree (7-24-15)

Erica Hampton, 811 Henry St., Warren, AR., age 35, arrested on warrant (7-25-15)

Armstrong Foundation Gives Back to the Community

Jean Adams accepts donation from Armstrong Foundation representative Marty Reep.
Armstrong Foundation donated $600 to the Arkansas Food Bank in the name of the Witt Plant. Marty Reep of Armstrong made the presentation to Jean Adams, the Branch Manager the Food Bank office in Warren.

New Human Development Center Superintendent

The Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center located in Warren welcomes a new Superintendent.  He is Glenn R. Clark and he told SRC he is happy to be in Warren.  Mr. Clark has been on the job just over a week and is working to get to know the clients and staff.

He informed that he will get out and introduce himself to the community as soon as he get settled.  He comes to Warren from Little Rock and grew up in Fordyce.  Mr. Clark has an extensive background in administration and management.  He has managed health and rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities and has worked as a business strategy and development consultant.  He holds a license in long-term care administration.

The Human Development Center in Warren is one of five Centers operated by the State of Arkansas
and is one of the more modern and up to date facilities.  The Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center serves 92 clients and is capable of serving 100.  At this time the Center works 264 employees and is in need of additional workers.  The Center is allocated 299 positions.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

School District Unveils New Website

The Warren School District has unveiled a new website.  Check it out at

Straight From the Driveway Hosts First Annual School Supply Drive

Straight from the Driveway festival committee members are hosting its first annual school supply drive. SFTD encourages people in the community to help by donating supplies/backpack or cash that will be used to purchase supplies on their behalf. The cost to fill a backpack with supplies is $35, any amount is welcomed. For additional information contact Kelley Hollingsworth, Deanna Smith(870-820-0755), or Chris Helms. Drop off locations: First State Bank and Warren Bank and Trust in Hermitage by August 13th. Supplies will be given to the students in the Hermitage School District.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Rotarians Induct New Members and Hear Coach Hembree

Bob Milton and Bo Hembree
The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday, July 21 in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.  Rotarian Bruce Anderson inducted Warren School District Superintendent Bobby Acklin into the club.  On the Tuesday the week before Assistant Superintendent Carla Wardlaw was inducted by Past District Governor Carlton Davis.  The speaker for the July 21 meeting was Warren Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the Lumberjacks Bo Hembree.  He was Rotarian Bob Milton's program.
Carlton Davis and Carla Wardlaw

Superintendent Bobby Acklin and Judge Bruce Anderson

County Line Fire Department Meeting Announced

The County Line Fire Department of Bradley and Cleveland Counties will hold its Annual Meeting August 4, 2015, at 7:00pm in Station 1 on AR Hwy 8.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Public Meeting Held To Consider Historic District

A good number of Warren residents and property owners were present Tuesday July 20th for a meeting conducted in the Warren Municipal Court Room to discuss creation of an "Historic
District" in the downtown Warren business area.  The purpose is to make buildings and property eligible for tax credits and in some cases grants to improve and repair the buildings and property.
The tax credits are substantial.

On hand from the Arkansas Department of Heritage to explain the program was Ralph Wilcox and Tom Marr.  They went over the regulations of how the program works and answered questions from the audience.  Written information was also made available.

The geographic area under consideration is the immediate downtown area of Warren.  It runs from the railroad tracks on Main Street to Church Street and from the tracks on Myrtle to Molly's on Myrtle Street.  This includes both sides of both streets.  The old Pastime Theater and Coker Hotel are also part of the district.

Prior to the meeting, Samatha Sutterlee of SEACBEC had researched the names of all property owners within the district and a letter had been sent to each one inviting them to the meeting.  For those not attending, information will be mailed to them.

Both federal and state tax credits are available for owners of properties which are remodeled or repaired.  For government owned properties or non-profit property, grants are a possibility.  Mr. Wilcox told those present that buildings can be changed and no property owner is forced to do anything with their building or property.  Participation in the program is 100% voluntary.

During the presentation, Mr. Wilcox stated three myths about the program:
!. Buildings within the district cannot be changed-untrue
2. Owners are forced to maintain their property-untrue, local codes may force maintenance
3. Property within the district must be opened for tourism-untrue

Anyone desiring further information or with questions should contact the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce office by calling 870-226-5225.

New Warren Superintendent Speaks To Lions Club

Left to Right:  Lions Club President Brandon Gorman, Lion Tim Kessler, and Superintendent Bobby Acklin
Bobby Acklin, the new Warren School Superintendent was guest speaker for the Warren Lions Club July 22nd.  He was invited by Lion member Tim Kessler.

Mr. Acklin provided background on himself.  He stated he grew up in Mayflower, starting out in the African-American school and ultimately graduating from Mayflower High School.  He has a degree from Hendrix College and worked in the school systems of West Memphis, Conway and North Little Rock.  He has a Masters Degree from Arkansas State.  Mr. Ackland was appointed Superintendent of Dollarway by the State of Arkansas and upon the local school board retaking over the schools he was let go by Dollarway due to his unwillingness to take actions he did not think was right.

Superintendent Acklin and his wife are now living in Warren, and he indicated they were very happy to be here.  He said Warren Schools have a great reputation, and he wants to make it run smoothly and continue to get better.  In his remarks he stated that he realizes there has been some confusion concerning 'Standards Based Education" efforts, and the district needs to communicate better and address the issues.

Mr. Acklin gave an update on the upgrade of school facilities during the summer.  He said Eastside is undergoing major renovations and the football stadium lights and visitors bleachers are being improved and made safer.  He also talked about upgrades to the fieldhouse and plans for a new soccer field.  He thanked Mayor Martin and the City of Warren for working as partners with the district on getting grants to make some of the improvements.  He went on to say the school district and city have a wonderful partnership.

The Superintendent said that if kids are always made the priority, things will be done right.  He said he looked forward to living and working in Warren and the Warren District. 

Judge Bruce Anderson Announces Intention to Seek Election

Judge Bruce Anderson announced his intention to seek election as District Judge for Bradley and Drew Counties in the 2016 election to be held March 1.  He has served 10 years as a Bradley District Judge.  In 2014 the Arkansas Legislature changed the District Judgeship to a full time position.

"I have enjoyed serving as District Judge because it allows me to have a positive impact on people's lives.  For the last 10 years I have presided over a variety of cases as Bradley County District Judge that range from traffic violations, domestic issues, criminal and drug cases.  I feel my experience, not only in the court room but in my legal practice as well, makes me a natural choice for this important position.  If elected I would like to create a workable program to assist victims of domestic violence.  By reaching out to both private and public agencies we might be able to help break the chain of physical and psychological abuse that so often destroy families.  I would also work with the County Judges and Mayors to institute a program to help collect old fines  Fines are an important source of revenue for our Cities and Counties and those that are unpaid, if collect, could be used to improve our local infrastructures and impact our quality of life."

Judge Anderson has had a general law practice for 33 years.  During that time he also served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Tenth Judicial District for 15 years and worked closely with law enforcement by advising them how to investigate cases and assisted in the preparation of search warrants.  He has served as President of the Southeast Arkansas Legal Institute and as a law clerk and Special Master for the Pulaski County Circuit Court.  Judge Anderson was appointed to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice and served for 6 years.  He was also elected to serve as a member of the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association.

Judge Anderson has been married to the former Lou Anne Ederington, a native of Warren, for 35 years.  He and his wife are members of the First United Methodist Church where he has served as a Lay Leader and Chair of the Finance Committee and the Administrative Council.

Calvary Missionary Baptist VBS Closing Program Set for Friday

There are two nights left in Calvary Missionary Baptist Church's Vacation Bible School.   The VBS serves children from kindergarten through the 6th grade and begins each evening at 6:00 p.m. and concludes at 8:30.  The closing program will be Friday, July 24, at 6:00 p.m.  For more information visit BaptistWarren.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Banks Missionary Baptist to Host Revival

Banks Missionary Baptist Church in Banks, AR is hosting a revival Monday, August 3rd through Wednesday, August 5th with nightly services at 7:30 PM. The revival will feature Evangelist Brother Rocky Goodwin with special singing nightly. Everyone is welcome.

Financial Course to be Offered

Photo attached:  Left to right, Michelle Carter, Bradley County; Diane Clement, Cleveland County; Laura Connerly, State Financial Specialist; Jane Newton, Lincoln County; Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County; and Tony Windham, Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Extension and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service.

Pine Bluff, AR – A Financial Management class taught by University of Arkansas Family and Consumer Sciences Agents is open to all Arkansas residents on Saturday, August 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Sessions including Budget Development, Money Management, Wise Use of Credit, and Consumer Protection will be held at the Jefferson County Extension Office, 500 South Idaho Street, Pine Bluff.
Cost of the class is $20 and it is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Trustee as a financial education program and complies with the laws enacted under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA).  A Certificate of Debtor Education will be presented to bankruptcy filers who bring picture identification, bankruptcy case number, and attorney’s fax number.

Lead FCS Agent, Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County, stated, “Our team recently received the Extension Excellence Diversity Team Award of $5,000, certificates, and a trophy for providing over 250 Certificates of Debtor Education for bankruptcy filers.  We provided financial management programs for Department of Community Corrections, ACCESS, ADC Farm Managers, STAND, University Professional Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and local schools”.  FCS Agents, Jane Newton, Lincoln County; Diane Clement, Cleveland County; and Michelle Carter, Bradley County, round out the team.

To register for the money management course, contact Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033 or e-mail  HYPERLINK ""
Additional information on money management can be found at  HYPERLINK "" The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hermitage Class of 1985 to Hold Reunion

The Hermitage 1985 Class Reunion is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th at the Warren Country Club starting at 6:00 p.m.

Contact Wynoka Smith at (870) 814-5398 or Kim Taylor Hannum at (870) 820-0541 or you can find us on facebook for any further details.

Quorum Court Holds July Meeting

The Bradley County Quorum Court met Monday, July 20 for their regular monthly meeting.  After approving all the regular monthly reports, Judge Neely reported on the construction at the courthouse and told them about the time capsule from 1903 that was found behind the cornerstone.

He further reported on plans to let bids for resurfacing of county road 33, the Prattsville Road.  He also indicated that the county is still waiting on a number of federally funded projects due to the lack of federal highway bill.  Judge Neely informed the court that recent inspections on the county landfill have been good.

The Quorum Court approved authorization to purchase a new vehicle for the Sheriff's Department. They authorized a maximum expenditure of $30,000 and granted the Judge the option to finance a portion of the cost if he determines it necessary.  The Sheriff will be allowed to decide whether to use the state contract or to bid out the car.

Judge Neely also informed the court that four counties in Southeast Arkansas, including Bradley, are working on forming a district to construct a new jail.  He told the court there was lots of work yet to be done and decisions to be made.

FREE Kids Movie This Saturday in the park.

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce will host a FREE movie in the park Saturday, August 1, at dusk.  It will be a PG "kids" movie entitled Bolt.

The film is about a canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real, embarks on a cross-country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.

There will be a concession stand with all proceeds going to the Chamber of Commerce.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Arrest Report: July 20, 2015

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Nicholas Jacobs, 1007 Phillips, Warren, AR., age 19, charged with domestic battery 3rd (7-12-15)

Megan Thompson, 3854 Freedom Cove, Benton, AR., age 27, charged with driving on suspended license and arrested on warrant x2 (7-13-15)

Damon Allen, 842 Bradley 45, Hermitage, AR., age 44, arrested on warrant, failure to pay time pay (7-14-15)

Erick Wood, 107 Beech Street, Magnolia, AR., age 24, arrested on warrant (7-16-15)

Aviva Thomas, 309 Bailey, Warren, AR., age 28, charged with domestic battery 3rd and disorderly conduct (7-16-15)

Moyishia Austin, 309 Bailey St., Warren, AR., age 29, charged with battery 3rd and disorderly conduct (7-16-15)

Filipe Marquez, 117 Shelby St., Warren, AR., age 28, charged with DWI, Driving on suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident (7-17-15)

Mickey Wayne McWhirter, 330 West 2nd, Kingsland, AR., age 51, charged with possession of controlled substance, driving on suspended license, expired tags, no insurance, parole hold (7-17-15)